Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Welcome to Bracketville---Play In Games Have Begun Edition

Who does the Pope cheer for when Marquette and Xavier tipoff?

In the women’s Tournament, Marist (MAAC Champion) is on a 26-game winning streak.

Washington’s ten losses came by an average of five points…their 23 wins were by an average of 21 points.

Washington and Illinois (four gifted seniors) are two teams with quite a bit of talent that have underachieved.

“If members of congress have to vote publicly on tax increases or whether or not to go to war, why in the world shouldn’t tournament selection committee members have to explain why they voted for or against certain teams?”---John Feinstein.

Next year the selection committee will have zero ex-coaches.

Watch for Oakland’s Keith Benson…18 points and 10.1 rebounds per game…against Purdue he was 16 and 14…and 26 and 10 in a win over Tennessee.

Notre Dame has five seniors…Ben Hansbrough is averaging 18 ppg.

JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore account for more than half of Purdue’s points. Purdue takes a lot of jump shots for such a tall team.

USC has beaten Tennessee, UCLA, Texas and Arizona. Nukola Vucevic averages 17 ppg and 10rpg.

Pitt and Kansas are the only teams in the Top 22 in both field goal percentage and rebounding.

Five teams enter the tournament 14 losses including USC and Michigan State.

The Southwest could be nicknamed the “all-injury region” with Georgetown (Chris Wright), Chris Singleton from FSU and Purdue’s Robbie Hummel.

#12 seeds have won at least one game 20 of 22 years.

#9 seeds have won over half their games (54%) vs. #8 seeds.

72% of #1 seeds advance into the 4th round.

The Final Four has included exactly one or two #1 seeds 21 of the last 26 years.

There are 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 possible brackets for a field of 64. That's the number nine follow by eighteen zeros. Multiply that by 16 for a 68-team field.

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