Thursday, March 13, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville---Championship Week Edition

61-conference championship tournament game in one day. A great day in Bracketville.
There is no such thing as too much college basketball.
I guess we can say that Villanova and SMU are a bit overrated.
Nova has not defeated a top-40 RPI win since November.
SMU (23-9) has now lost three consecutive games entering the NCAA Tournament.
There have only been six title games pitting #1 seeds…last in 2008 when Kansas beat Memphis.
On three occasions (most recently in 2011), no #1 seed has made the final.
Bo Ryan has only taken Wisconsin past the Sweet Sixteen just once, and that time to the Elite Eight.
Arizona is #1 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, allowing 87.3 points per 100 possessions.
Louisville is second in steals…about one in seven opponent’s possessions end with Cardinal steal.
UVA rebounds 75 percent of opponents’ missed shots.
Villanova is 5th in 3-point attempts and 19th in assists.
Kansas hits 49.7% of their field goal attempts.
North Carolina can beat or lose to anyone.
Just three steals total in Miami’s victory over Virginia Tech.
Michigan makes 39.7% of their 3-point attempts…9th in the nation.
Florida scores 117.4 points per possession…and allows just 91.8 ppp.
18 double-doubles and counting for UK’s Julius Randle.
New Mexico has just three losses since Christmas…by a total of seven points.
Meanwhile, San Diego State has only three losses…period.
Villanova is the inverse of Kentucky, going from unranked in preseason to Top-5 at the end of the regular season.
Iowa has lost five of their last six.
It has been 15 years since Delaware made the Tournament.
Pitt had seven losses in their last 14 regular season games.
In keeping with my entrepreneurial belief in rewarding risk taking, scoring in the Bracketville contest will be “round times seed.” Should you pick the #13 over the #4 in the first round and #13 wins, you earn 13 points. In round two, if you pick #13 advance and they upset the #5 seed, you earn 26 points. And so it goes.
It is tedious to score and can drive me crazy…but I think you deserve more if your upset pick rewards you with a W.
So…checking my math is something you should do daily.
Risk taking need not be restless, especially this season with so many teams separated by so little.
Not so fast: Unbeaten in league play: Florida, Wichita State, Stephen F. Austin (25 in a row, 17-0 in conference.).
One more thing: Bravo: In women’s basketball, a coach's timeout called within 30 seconds of a media timeout becomes the media timeout and cancels out the dreaded back-to-back timeout.
Congratulations!!! You made it to the end. Celebrate by watching more Conference Tournaments this week.
Just to show that nobody knows it all…check out the preseason predictions from Sports Illustrated.

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