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Selection Sunday-NCAA tournament thread

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Moderator1, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    We can transition to this one as the field is revealed. And soon the games will begin.

    Oh, Happy St. Patrick's Day. I'm going to drink green stuff all day and then yell at the TV when my alma mater gets seeded too low.
  2. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    Few predictions:

    Overseeded: Notre Dame, North Carolina, Arizona
    Underseeded: Belmont, St. Louis, New Mexico
    First Four mid-major reach: Southern Miss
    First Four major reach: Iowa
    Unexpected non-First Four inclusions: Middle Tennessee, Alabama
    Unexpected exclusions: LaSalle, Boise State, California
    Team everyone is bracing to get in but won't: Kentucky
    Top NIT seeds: Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, California
    12-seed or lower that makes the second weekend: South Dakota State
    Popular Cinderella pick that never finds a pumpkin, goes out hard in the first game: Bucknell
    Top seed that doesn't escape the first weekend: Gonzaga
    Odds of 15-over-2: 50-1 (subject to change once the bracket is set; FGCU is most likely of the teams often talked about as a 15 to win)
    Odds of 16-over-1: 3,000-1 (barring an underseeding of a 15 or 14-type, this year's 16s are pretty damned weak, no matter what you think of the 1-seeds)
    Odds that SJ explodes in butthurt over meanness to mid-majors: 1-500
  3. Bracket Matrix Rundown

    01 -- Louisville, Indiana, Gonzaga, Duke
    02 -- Kansas, Georgetown, Miami, Michigan State
    03 -- New Mexico, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan
    04 -- Kansas State, Syracuse, Marquette, Arizona
    05 -- Oklahoma State, Saint Louis, Wisconsin, UCLA
    06 -- UNLV, Pittsburgh, Butler, Notre Dame
    07 -- Virginia Commonwealth, Nort Carolina, Colorado State, Creighton
    08 -- Memphis, North Carolina State, Illinois, San Diego State
    09 -- Missouri, Oregon, Minnesota, Cincinnati
    10 -- Colorado, Wichita State, Iowa State, Temple
    11 -- Oklahoma, Villanova, California, St. Mary's
    12 -- BELMONT, Boise State, Middle Tennessee State, LaSalle, Mississippi, BUCKNELL (LaSalle-Ole Miss would be play-in game)
    13 -- Akron, Valparaiso, Davidson, New Mexico State
    14 -- South Dakota State, Harvard, Northwestern State, Montana
    15 -- Iona, Florida Gulf Coast, Pacific, Albany
    16 -- Western Kentucky, LIU-Brooklyn, James Madison, Southern, Liberty, North Carolina A&T (Liberty-NC A&T would be play-in game)

    First Four Out: Tennessee, Kentucky, Southern Miss, Virginia
    Others: UMass, Iowa, Alabama, Maryland, Baylor
  4. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    NCAA Tournament? Who gives a shit? I'll be glued to the NIT pairings later on (bashes head repeatedly on desk).

    I'm going to laugh my ass off if Indiana blew their chance at the Indy Regional and have to go via D.C. or Arlington. The butthurt among Hoosiers fans would be priceless.
  5. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Central-KY-Kid already has me screaming!!

    VCU-St. Louis are playing for a 4, or ought to be. Winner gets a 4. Loser gets a 5-6. Anything lower than that? HOSE JOB HOSE JOB HOSE JOB
  6. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    VCU getting a 4 seed was unthinkable four years ago.

    Just replace Lee's statue on Monument Avenue with Smart's.
  7. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    Not a chance VCU is getting a top 4 unless they beat St. Louis by 60. Look at the 4-line on the matrix -- do they really rate over Marquette, Arizona, Kansas State and Syracuse? Or Wisconsin and UCLA on the 5 line?

    I suspect that the selection committee either formally or informally has the St. Lou-VCU winner as a 5 seed and the loser as a 6.

    Still, the idea that VCU might play the winner of a play-in game two years after being in one themselves is pretty heady stuff.
  8. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Not tournament-related per se, but I just got done with Alexander Wolff's SI piece about the Big East. What a trip down memory lane, although they included a picture but no name-check of Wendell Alexis.
  9. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Wow. I'm impressed.

    Will keep this for future reference and reserve the right to be unimpressed before sundown.
  10. Saw these on other boards:

    - Unless Baylor somehow sneaks in, ZERO teams from Texas in the field. Considering Austin is one of the eight pods, ticket sales might suffer there.

    - Could have a Tennessee-MTSU possible play-in game.

    - Doubt Lunardi's pods are correct. Marquette (4), Arizona (5), Saint Louis (4) and Wisky (5) as the "home" teams in San Jose? Yikes.

    - A 10th-seeded Cincy team could luck out and get to play in Lexington (easy drive of 85 miles. About as close as Louisville to Lexington).

    - Miami and Duke both screwed by this year's eight pods. No where to send them to.
  11. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    So they don't get in?? They will find a place to send them
  12. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    Austin will be OK. They'll get a Big XII team or two (and/or New Mexico).

    Duke will go to Philly and be OK with it.

    The western pods will be more difficult. Figure Arizona goes to SLC? Then some unlucky 3 or 4 might find themselves in San Jose with a 5/6 UCLA.
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