Thursday afternoon, I went on 810am Orlando CBS Radio and discussed college hoops. I was a little tired after a mid-week business trip (no, this isn’t my real job, but thanks for thinking that). Tony and Kyle had some really good questions for me. Here’s what we covered:
Tony primed the interview by talking about how this season continues to be crazy and filled with parity. I mentioned once again that college hoops is the hardest sport to get road victories and pointed out that 2011 Kentucky was 2-6 on the road in the SEC, got a 4-seed, and went to the Final Four.
Then we moved into some good old-fashioned bubble talk. Has Villanova done enough to get in? Did Cal’s loss to Stanford cost them their chance for an at-large bid?
We moved into our weekly “Miami Talk” portion of the segment next and talked about why Miami fans shouldn’t be fretting that they may not be a 1-seed, considering that before the season, just making the Field of 68 would have been considered a big accomplishment.
The next question came from Kyle and was about Ryan Kelly. Kyle asked if Kelly really was the difference between Duke being able to win it all or not.
Then we moved to the top, and the guys asked if Gonzaga could break the “Curse of #1.” I mentioned that they have two things going for them: an easier schedule with only the West Coast Conerence Tournament remaining and no true road games since said tournament is played at a neutral venue in Las Vegas.
After we talked about the back of the field and the top of the field, we moved into some of the middle seeds when Kyle asked me what “under-the-radar” teams can make noise in the Big Dance. I gave about seven teams currently seeded between 5 and 8 in my latest bracket. Listen in to see who you should be looking at when you fill out your brackets the week of March 17.
Kyle then asked a great question about how the Catholic 7 will change the landscape of College Hoops. I personally hope that the field stays at 68, one more automatic bid is given, and one fewer at-large bid is available.
Tony then asked me what “Built for the Tournament” meant and which teams fit that bill. I mentioned Louisville and Michigan State as two that should come to top of mind when that cliche is used.
After I signed off, the guys were awfully nice when Kyle said he’d pay me to fill out his bracket for him, and Tony said that secretaries and random-picking children have as good a chance to win as the “experts” do.
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Tuesday afternoon, I went on 810am Orlando CBS Radio and discussed college hoops. It was a great segment where both hosts had some really good questions for me. I’m introduced at the 2:00 mark. Here’s what we covered:
“How young is too young?” – Nick Saban offers a full ride to an 8th grader
Teams on the rise – Georgetown, New Mexico, Saint Louis, Akron
How far have Cincinnati and the Valley teams fallen?
Notable changes in the top 12 overall seeds – Michigan back to the top line; Michigan State down to 5th overall; Miami down to 6th, and how bad was the Wake Forest loss; New Mexico up to the 2-line at 8th and why they’re there over Kansas, who is 9th
Last Four In, First Four Out, Next Four Out – Kentucky’s situation
Bracketing Principles – what they are and how they can drive me nuts while projecting brackets; addition of “pods” to my projections; why the Committee puts so much emphasis on geography vs. seeding
As you may know (at least you darn well should), I’ve been posting all of my bracket updates to one pagelately so as not to waste valuable front page space with constant updates when little changes from day-to-day. That plan had to be temporarily abandoned, though, when I went a whole five days without updating the bracket – especially when two of those days were a weekend.
Below, I’ll lay out the biggest changes in the bracket, teams on the rise, on the decline, teams now in danger, and I’ll discuss the biggest addition to this version of all (and it’s not a team). Enjoy!
Since you can go pretty much anywhere on the internet and find a different version ofBracketology (there’s even amatrix with 60+ brackets), I decided it was my responsibility as a college hoops blogger to initiate one of my own. Below you’ll find a link to a pdf file that has my bracket within and also the breakdown of where each team is slotted. For those unable to view such a link, I’ve also included screengrabs that can be enlarged by clicking on them.
The Super Bowl is over a week in our rear-view mirror, so by now, you’ve seen all the bracket projections, conference races, and AP rankings you can handle. But what you really want to know is who’s going to cut down the nets in Atlanta. We’ll count down from 30, and these rankings won’t be which teams are playing the best right now, who’s the hottest, or who has the best resumes.
This a gut-feel list of who we’d bet on to win the National Championship – whether it be talent, coaching, team makeup, or any other reason we feel plays a role. In Part I, we started at 30 and went through 9. In this installment, we’ll give a rundown of our “Elite Eight” and some more in-depth info on those teams.