Thoughts on the 2009 NCAA Tournament Bracket
This is one of the better brackets in recent memory (of course I would say that, given my projection). But top-to-bottom, Mike Slive’s Committee did a fantastic job of selection and seeding.
Boston College: A 7-seed seems a bit high for a team that lost to Harvard and Saint Louis in the non-conference portion of its schedule, and finished with an RPI of 60! To me, their resume looks a lot closer to Arizona’s than it does to Texas’…The Committee obviously gave plenty of weight to that road win at North Carolina.
Tennessee: Wow. LSU seeded ahead of Tennessee? Really? The Vols made it further in their conference tournament, won great non-conference games against Siena and a healthy Marquette, and had an RPI 20 slots ahead of the Tigers.
Arizona: Even though I predicted it, I didn’t think it would have–or should have–happened. In the end, UA just had too many great wins over top four seeds (Kansas, Gonzaga, Washington), even though they didn’t win on the road.
A few final thoughts:
- Many will probably gripe that Ohio State got a raw deal by being given an 8 seed after a run to the Big Ten final. But look at WHERE they’re playing: Dayton. At barely an hour from Columbus, that’s as good a second-round draw, against Louisville, as they could possibly have expected.
- REALLY glad to see VCU got the respect of an 11-seed so close to home in Philadelphia. Eric Maynor is a terrific player to watch and the CAA is a consistently underrated league.
- St. Mary’s was absolutely given a fair deal. They were blown out by Gonzaga in their Tournament final, and their best win with Mills in the lineup was, in the end, against a team that was not included in the field (San Diego State). I LOVE watching Patty Mills play (I saw his breakout game against Oregon last year LIVE), but the fact is the team just wasn’t competitive enough in Vegas with him in the lineup.
Now, if I had a vote on the Committee, I would have voted for St. Mary’s and Creighton ahead of Wisconsin and Arizona.
But the fact remains, this Committee was entirely consistent with what it’s done in years past by selecting Arizona ahead of teams like St. Mary’s, Creighton, and San Diego State.
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