Saturday, March 31, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville---Final Four Tip Off Edition

It's remarkable, but Tyshawn Taylor has not made a single three-pointer during this tournament. That's 0-for-17 and counting. In fact, Taylor has never made a three-pointer in a dome in his entire career.Of the 33 titles contested since seeding the field began in 1979, 17 were won by #1 seeds (51.5%)

Anthony Davis has put up some remarkable numbers this season, but this one might the most remarkable of all: One. That's the number of times he has fouled out. In fact, there have only been three occasions when Davis committed as many as four fouls -- and none since Dec. 10 in the loss to Indiana.

During the NCAA tournament, Louisville has committed 15 fewer turnovers than their opponents.

Louisville made just 31.7 percent of their three-point attempts during the season, which was ranked 14th in the Big East and 272nd in the country. During the NCAA tournament, they have made 39 percent.

The Kentucky/Louisville match-up is the first in-state pairing in the Final Four since Penn State/LaSalle in 1954.

For the Duke women, next season looks promising. Their top six scorers return (five had double digit averages). And, they bring in the fifth rated recruiting class, including a pair of McDonald All-Americans.

In every quadrant of the Sweet Sixteen, the higher ranked defensive team won.

Not so fast: Didjaknow that Duke and UNC have never met in the NCAA Tournament?

One more thing: From his Skyped press conference to his NBA announcement, UNC’s Harrison Barnes has never shown much in the way of humility. The NBA, however, has a habit of teaching it to everyone except for a highly select few. He’ll get his share soon enough.

I have been noodling around with the Leader Board methodology…trying to figure out a better way.

Currently, there are fewer points available per round as we go deeper into the tournament. Some how that seems off kilter.

There should be a greater reward for advancing correctly. The latter rounds ought to be worth as much as the early one.

To do that, a more geometric progression of points-per-game (ppg) seems the way to go.

So, next year I thought each round should be worth a total of 32 points…making the games worth 1,2,4,8,16 and 32 if you have the champion.

Currently, the points available per round decrease after the second round. Total-points-possible rise from 120 to 192.

As you can see, not much changes in the standings, but the payoff for better results in the Sweet Sixteen and beyond will be deservedly higher. I think you’ll still need to have the ultimate winner to win the blue ribbon.

What’s your take?

This year, the winner gets a copy of “The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds That Changed Basketball” by Gene Wojciechowski.

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