Monday, March 12, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville---Working the Brackets Edition

Virginia is down to seven players, and has lost five of their last eight.

With Drexel out, we lose the finest nickname in this year’s college game---coach Bruiser Flint.

Of the 68 teams in, my guess is that around 60 will be over coached---some to the point of paralysis.

Six conference champions are in the west bracket.

The lowest RPI teams included are #52 Virginia, #53 South Florida and #56 West Virginia.

Best team nickname goes to “The Beach”---Long Beach State.

Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan has gone for 30 or more points four times this season.

Iona point guard, Scott Machado has ten double-doubles this year.

BYU (#1) and Missouri (#2) have appeared in more tournaments without reaching a Final Four than any other team.

St. Bonaventure center Andrew Nicholson switched majors from chemistry to physics…not only brainy, but he scored 70 points and grabbed 30 rebounds in three games at the Atlantic Ten Tournament.

Vandy’s John Jenkins made 126 3-pointers and shot the three at an unreal 45.3%---the perfect answer for the Syracuse zone.

UNLV has gone 5-6 since February 1---including losses to a pair of teams that did not make the dance.

Georgetown has only seven top-50 wins and is 9-8 against the top-100.

Wichita State was 8-4 vs. Top-100 and Creighton was 8-3.

Creighton has four regulars who made better than 40% of their 3-pointers.

Florida averages 1.16 points per possession (ppp) which is fourth-highest in D1; UVA allows 0.88 ppp, second lowest in D1.

The last time Gonzaga did not win the WCC regular-season or tournament title was 1997.

All five ACC teams begin play on Friday.

For me, the 8/9 first-round games are the toughest 8/9 I can recall. UConn, Southern Mississippi and Memphis are most mercurial. Alabama and Creighton are polar opposites.

Florida, in 2006, was the last time the championship was the first in school history.

Not so fast: There were 9.22 quintillion possible brackets (9.22 followed by 16 zeros) in the field of 64. With 68, multiply that number by 16.

One more thing: You’re working on your brackets. You know the picks you haven’t made yet are doomed, but you don’t care. It is all possibility and unpredictability and the greatest game of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey sports could ever produce.

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