Monday, March 17, 2008

General Bracket Observations

reuters/yahoo

SEC
Tennessee is the 2 seed in the North Carolina's bracket who was tabbed as number one overall. This means Tennessee is considered the weakest of the 2 seeds. Kind of hard to fathom for a team with the #1 RPI rating and the highest RPI since Duke in '99.

Memphis gets a #1 seed. Tennesssee gets a #2. I think the Vols beat Memphis at Memphis just a few weeks ago. So much for head to head wins. See Arizona and Arizona State (Sun Devils swept the Wildcats).

Kentucky made it in. Who would have thought that after home losses to Gardner-Webb and San Diego.

Georgia as a 14 has to be the lowest ever for a team from a power conference.

ACC
North Carolina is the number 1 overall seed in the tourney. The Tar Heels are a 1 seed for a record 12th time. UNC's last 3 national championships all came as 1 seeds.

The number 1 RPI conference, the ACC, only gets 4 teams in. The Big East gets 8, Pac 10 6, SEC 6. Big 12 5. Billy Packer asked several questions to the head of the committee about this. Good for Billy for being an ACC homer. Interesting note that the ACC did not have a member on the selection committee.

Virginia Tech becomes the first team in ACC history since the Tournament was expanded to 64 to not get in with a winning conference record.

National
The committee put high seeds with nearby teams in the first round together like Georgetown and UMBC. This is to help generate tv interest in the games especially in major markets where viewership has been dropping.

Also with tv in mind, the committee made some interesting matchups like USC vs Kansas State - a battle of the top 2 freshman in the country before they head pro.

Indiana as #8 seed seemed a little low. I think the committee doesn't have much faith in the interim coach and his performance so far and seeded them based on that.


Oregon went from bubble to a #9 seed. I guess two Elite 8 appearances in the last 7 years helps out.

Temple finished 2nd in the A-10 and won the conference tournament beating St Joe's. Temple gets a 12 seed, St Joe's gets an 11 seed.

How about the Baylor Bears. After all they have been through in the last 5 years. Scott Drew should be coach of the year hands down. And CBS waited til the last pairing for Baylor to get in.

Tuesday: Preview ACC & SEC Thursday games
Wednesday: Preview ACC & SEC Friday games

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