Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:57 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2012 1:17 pm
 

NCAA BASKETBALL BRACKETS

Here's my bracket for the NCAA Tourney, as of today.  The rest of the regular season and the conference tournaments will most likely have an effect on this.  Let me also say, at the top, that I feel there's NO WAY UConn should be in this year's tourney.  Same goes for West Virginia but I don't feel as strongly about the Mountaineers not being in as I do UCONN.  The only way either of them should be in is if they play each other in the Big East Tournament Championship.  I think any team that does not have a .500 or above winning percentage in their conference should not be in the NCAA Tournament.  
Update:  After watching UConn in the Big East Tourney, I'll have to change my thinking.  Same goes for W.Va.  I think both will make the NCAA Tournament now.  I also have S. Florida in (not Seton Hall though).  There were also some surprises in the mid-major conference tournaments.  How 'bout them Hilltoppers!!
Update:
  Last update before the selection show tonight.  Some have the winner of the Big 10 tourney as a #1, replacing Kansas and, as a Big 10/Ohio State fan, I am tempted to make that change but opted to keep Kansas as the #1 in the West.  I also put in St. Bonaventure but that is contingent on them winning the Atlantic 10 tourney.  If they don't win it, they will most likely not make the NCAA tournament.

MIDWEST:

 1) Kentucky (32-1)
16) Norfolk St.(25-9)/Western Ky.(15-18) winner

 8) Creighton (28-5)
 9) Kansas St. (21-10)

 4) Wisconsin (24-9)
13) BYU (25-8)

 5) New Mexico (25-6)
12) Texas (20-12)

 3) Michigan (24-9)
14) Belmont (27-7)

 6) Florida St. (23-9)
11) VCU (28-6)

 7) Cincinnati (24-10)
10) S. Mississippi (25-8)

 2) Missouri (30-4)
15) Davidson (25-7)


EAST

 1) Syracuse (31-2)
16) Miss. Valley St.(19-12)/Vermont(23-11) winner

 8) Memphis (26-8)
 9) Iowa St. (22-10)

 4) Indiana (25-8)
13) New Mexico St. (23-9)

 5) Murray St. (30-1)
12) St. Bonaventure (19-11)

 3) Marquette (25-7)
14) Montana (25-6)

 6) San Diego St. (25-6)
11) Harvard (26-4)

 7) Gonzaga (25-6)
10) West Virginia (19-13)

 2) Ohio St. (26-6)
15) Lehigh (26-7)


WEST

 1) Kansas (27-6)
16) Lamar (23-11)

 8) Virginia (22-9)
 9) Purdue (21-11)

 4) Georgetown (23-8)
13) Long Beach St. (23-8)

 5) Vanderbilt (23-10)
12) Drexel(27-6)/Colorado St.(20-11) winner

 3) Louisville (26-9)
14) Ohio (27-7)

 6) Wichita St. (27-5)
11) Colorado (23-11)

 7) Temple (24-6)
10) Alabama (20-10)

 2) Duke (27-6)
15) Detroit (22-13)


SOUTH

 1) North Carolina (29-4)
16) NC-Asheville (24-9)

 8) St. Louis (25-7)
 9) Connecticut (20-13)

 4) Florida (23-10)
13) S. Dakota St. (27-7)


 5) Saint Mary's (27-5)
12) S. Florida(20-13)/Washington(21-10) winner

 3) Baylor (27-7)
14) Loyola MD (24-8)

 6) Notre Dame (22-11)
11) NC St. (22-12)

 7) UNLV (26-7)
10) Xavier (21-11)

 2) Michigan State (26-7)
15) LIU-Brooklyn (25-8)


Last 4 In:  Colorado St., Drexel, S. Florida, NC St.

First 4 Out:  Arizona, Nevada, Miss. St., Seton Hall

Next 4 Out:  Dayton, Iona, Oral Roberts, Northwestern
 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:36 pm
 

NCAA Football Super Conferences

Let me start this by saying I HATE all these schools changing conferences like they're changing their underwear or something.  Missouri is the latest school that is looking to jump conferences.  Having said that, I propose the NCAA, once and for all, just make 6 "super conferences" and leave it at that. Actually, it's more like 4 super conferences, plus 2.  This would only work for football, as there are many more "mid major" conferences in basketball. Many of these basketball schools, play D-1AA or D-2 football.  So, combining the D-1A conferences into 6 super conferences would, hopefully, change all this conference jumping.  Then again, maybe it wouldn't, but it's interesting to think about and something to discuss.  Here's my proposal for the Super Conferences.

BIG 20 (BIG 10 X 2)

North Division

Michigan State
Michigan
Minnesota
Northwestern
Penn State
Wisconsin
Ohio State
Illinois
Purdue
Indiana

South Division

Nebraska
Iowa
Iowa State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Kansas
Kansas State
Texas
Texas A&M
Texas Tech


ACC

North Division

Boston College
Syracuse
Pittsburgh
Rutgers
West Virginia
Maryland
Clemson
Wake Forest
Connecticut

South Division

Georgia Tech
Virginia Tech
Virginia
Florida State
Duke
North Carolina
North Carolina State
Miami
South Florida


SEC

East Division

South Carolina
Georgia
Florida
Vanderbilt
Tennessee
Kentucky
Louisville
Central Florida
Cincinnati
East Carolina

West Division

Alabama
LSU
Auburn
Arkansas
Missouri
Mississippi
Mississippi State
Baylor
Houston
SMU


PAC 20

North Division

Stanford
Oregon
Oregon State
Washington
Washington State
California
Boise State
Wyoming
UNLV
Utah

South Division

Arizona
Arizona State
USC
UCLA
Colorado
TCU
Fresno State
SDSU
Colorado State
BYU


MAC

East Division

Temple
Miami (Oh)
Ohio
Bowling Green
Buffalo
Akron
Kent State
Marshall
Toledo
Memphis

West Division

Western Michigan
Eastern Michigan
Central Michigan
Ball State
Northern Illinois
Arkansas State
Tulsa
Troy
UAB
Western Kentucky


USA Conference

East Division

UL-Lafayette
UL-Monroe
Tulane
Florida International
Florida Atlantic
Louisiana Tech
Middle Tennessee State Univ.
North Texas
Navy
Army

West Division

Air Force
Hawaii
Nevada
New Mexico
New Mexico State
San Jose State
Utah State
Idaho
Rice
UTEP


And, of course, Notre Dame would remain Independent.

You could still have all the bowl games or even have a playoff/tournament amongst the conference champions.

I know these super conferences will never come about, but it passes the time to think about it.  Laughing 

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: February 18, 2011 6:19 pm
Edited on: March 13, 2011 5:06 pm
 

2011 NCAA Tournament Field

I'm getting an early start on my brackets this year but it's subject to change as the end of the season and conference tournaments end.  So, without further ado, here's my (amended) picks as of now.

After a few upsets today (2/19), I've edited my brackets already.  Upsets abound!  UConn is fading fast in my bracket.  A lot of people seem to feel that the Big East will get 11 teams into the NCAA but I just can't bring myself to put that many from one conference in.  Looks like Marquette is odd man out, unless UConn continues to fade.  Have to see how they do in the Big East Tourney.

This is probably my third or fourth amendment to my brackets.  The way it's going, Marquette may make it into the tourney after all.  I still find it difficult to put in 11 teams from one conference though.

Yet another update to my bracket.  I'm not sure Michigan State will make it in, unless they have a good showing in the Big-10 Tournament.  I have them in for now but only time will tell.

Here's my last modification before they announce the brackets later today.


FIRST ROUND (Play-in games)

EAST (16th Seed)

Arkansas-Little Rock vs Alabama State


SOUTHWEST (16th Seed)

UT-San Antonio vs UC-Santa Barbara


SOUTHEAST (12th Seed)

 VCU vs Alabama

WEST (12th Seed)

St. Mary's vs. Penn State or Michigan State


SECOND ROUND

EAST

#1 Ohio State vs #16 Ark-LittleRock/Alabama State Winner

#8 George Mason vs #9 Florida State

#5 Texas A&M vs #12 Virginia Tech

#4 Syracuse vs #13 Princeton

#6 Xavier vs #11 Georgia

#3 Louisville vs #14 Long Island

#7 Old Dominion vs #10 Clemson

#2 Notre Dame vs #15 Boston University


SOUTHEAST

#1 Duke vs #16 UNC-Asheville

#8 UCLA vs #9 West Virginia

#5 Georgetown vs #12 VCU/Alabama Winner

#4 Florida vs #13 Belmont

#6 Cincinnati vs #11 Illinois

#3 BYU vs #14 Indiana State

#7 Temple vs #10 Colorado

#2 Pittsburgh vs #15 Akron


SOUTHWEST

#1 Kansas vs #16 UT-San Antonio/UC-Santa Barbara Winner 

#8  Richmond vs #9  UNLV

#5 St. John's vs #12 Tennessee

#4 Wisconsin vs #13 Bucknell

#6 Washington vs #11 Memphis

#3 Connecticut vs #14 Morehead State

#7 Villanova vs #10 Gonzaga

#2 North Carolina vs #15 St. Peter's


WEST

#1 San Diego State vs #16 Hampton

#8 Utah State vs #9 Missouri

#5 Arizona vs #12 St. Mary's/Penn. St. or Mich. St. Winner

#4 Kentucky vs #13 Oakland

#6 Kansas State vs #11 Butler

#3 Purdue vs #14 Wofford

#7 Vanderbilt vs #10 Michigan

#2 Texas vs #15 Northern Colorado



Last four in:  VCU, Alabama, St. Mary's, Michigan State/Penn State

First four out:  USC, Boston College, Missouri State, Marquette



Category: NCAAB
Tags: Bracketology
 
Posted on: March 13, 2010 11:17 pm
Edited on: March 13, 2010 11:32 pm
 

This MAN's Brackets for 2010

With less than 24 hours until THE selections, here's my picks for the tourney.  With all the recent upsets, it has been very difficult to choose who's in and who's not.
ST. LOUIS BRACKET:
(at Oklahoma City)#1 Kansas vs #16 Robert Morris; #8 Louisville vs #9 California
(at New Orleans)#5 BYU vs #12 Wake Forest; #4 Tennessee vs #13 Oakland
(at Providence)#6 Texas A&M vs #11 Notre Dame; #3 Purdue vs #14 Wofford
(at Milwaukee)#7 N. Iowa vs #10 UTEP; #2 New Mexico vs #15 Vermont
SALT LAKE CITY BRACKET:
(at Jacksonville)#1 Duke vs #16 Winthrop; #8 Marquette vs #9 UNLV
(at Spokane)#5 Baylor vs #12 Mississippi St.; #4 Michigan St. vs #13 Murray St.
(at San Jose)#6 Gonzaga vs #11 Old Dominion; #3 Villanova vs #14 Ohio
(at Buffalo)#7 Texas vs #10 Georgia Tech; #2 Ohio St. vs #15 Morgan St.
SYRACUSE BRACKET:
(at Milwaukee)#1 Kentucky vs Play-in Winner [Lehigh v Ark-Pine Bluff]; #8 Missouri vs #9 Florida St.
(at San Jose)#5 Wisconsin vs #12 Washington; #4 Georgetown vs #13 Houston
(at Providence)#6 Xavier vs #11 Siena; #3 Butler vs #14 Sam Houston St.
(at Jacksonville)#7 Clemson vs #10 Cornell; #2 West Virginia vs #15 Montana
HOUSTON BRACKET:
(at Buffalo)#1 Syracuse vs #16 E. Tenn. St.; #8 Oklahoma St. vs #9 Cornell
(at Spokane)#5 Temple vs #12 San Diego St.; #4 Maryland vs #13 Minnesota
(at New Orleans)#6 Vanderbilt vs #11 Virginia Tech; #3 Pittsburgh vs #14 UC Santa Barbara
(at Oklahoma City)#7 Richmond vs #10 Utah St.; #2 Kansas St. vs #15 N. Texas St.
Last 4 in: San Diego St., Georgia Tech, Mississippi St., Minnesota
Last 4 out: Arizona St., Mississippi, Illinois, Florida
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Bracketology
 
Posted on: October 17, 2009 12:04 pm
 

2009 NL Cy Young

I think it'll come down to one of the two Cardinals pitchers for this award.  Carpenter will probably get it but there's a good case for Wainwright to win it, based on the stats/numbers.  Wainwright had more starts, more wins, more Ks, and his ERA is less than .4 higher than Carpenter's.  Carpenter did have more complete games in his fewer starts, only 38 walks in 192 innings pitched, and only 4 losses.  Here's my picks for the NL Cy Young Award.
  1. Adam Wainwright:  GS-34, CG-1, W-L: 19-8, IP-233.0, K-212, BB-66, ERA: 2.63
  2. Chris Carpenter:   GS-28, CG-3, W-L: 17-4, IP-192.2, K-144, BB-38, ERA: 2.24
  3. Tim Lincecum:    GS-32, CG-4, W-L: 15-7, IP-225.1, K-261, BB-68, ERA: 2.48
  4. Josh Johnson:   GS-33, CG-2, W-L: 15-5, IP-209.0, K-191, BB-58, ERA: 3.23
  5. Jorge De La Rosa: GS-32, CG-0, W-L: 16-9, IP-185.0, K-193, BB-83, ERA: 4.38
Posted on: October 16, 2009 7:26 pm
 

2009 AL Cy Young Candidates

CC Sabathia is probably a lock for this award but you never know.  If you look at the numbers/stats, maybe he shouldn't be a lock.  Here's the way I think it should be:
  1. Felix Hernandez: GS-34, CG-2, W-L: 19-5, IP-238.2, K-217, BB-71, ERA: 2.49
  2. CC Sabathia:  GS-34, CG-2, W-L: 19-8, IP-230.0, K-197, BB-67, ERA: 3.37
  3. Justin Verlander: GS-35, CG-3, W-L: 19-9, IP-240.0, K-269, BB-63, ERA: 3.45
  4. Zack Greinke:  GS-33, CG-6, W-L: 16-8, IP-229.1, K-242, BB-51, ERA: 2.16
  5. Josh Beckett:  GS-32, CG-4, W-L: 17-6, IP-212.1, K-199, BB-55, ERA: 3.86
  6. Roy Halladay: GS-32, CG-9, W-L: 17-10, IP-239.0, K-208, BB-35, ERA: 2.79
I may even put Halladay ahead of Beckett, based on his ERA, CG, Ks & BBs.
What do you all think?
Category: MLB
Posted on: March 20, 2009 9:50 pm
 

2009 "Junior Circuit"

Here's my view of the American League for this year:

AL EAST:

As much as I despise 'em, the Yankees have improved their starting pitching significantly and get the edge in winning the division.  I think it'll be a close race between three teams: Yanks, Sox, and Rays.  The Blue Jays lost Burnett and will drop down below the .500 mark.

  1. Yankees      95 - 67
  2. Red Sox      93 - 69
  3. Rays           92 - 70
  4. Jays            80 - 82
  5. Orioles        70 - 92

AL CENTRAL:

This is a tough one to predict, I think.  I would like the Tigers to win it but I don't think they've improved their pitching enough to be competitive in the Central race.  I think it will be a two-team race between the Twins and the Tribe.  KC will be much improved but I don't think they have enough to challenge for the top spot.  The White Sox fall from 1st to last in one year.

  1. Twins       89 - 73
  2. Indians    88 - 74
  3. Royals     83 - 79
  4. Tigers      80 - 82
  5. ChiSox    77 - 85

AL WEST:

This race will be closer than last year but the Angels will still win it.  They won't win 100 games this year though.  If the A's pitching improves (and stays healthy) they will make it a race down to the wire.

  1. Angels       90 - 72
  2. A's            87 - 75
  3. Rangers     80 - 82
  4. Mariners     65 - 97

Wild Card goes to the Red Sox.

Playoffs: Red Sox beat the Angels; Yankees beat the Twins; Red Sox beat the Yankees and meet the Cubs in the World Series.

CUBS WIN!!!!

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 15, 2009 12:12 am
 

This MAN's Brackets

 With less than 24 hours until Selection Sunday, here are my final brackets.

EAST BRACKET:

  1. Pittsburgh vs. 16.  Robert Morris
  2. Duke vs.  15.  Radford
  3. Washington vs.  14.  Cornell
  4. Purdue vs. 13.  Akron
  5. UCLA vs. 12.  Creighton
  6. West Virginia vs. 11.  Wisconsin
  7. Clemson vs. 10.  Dayton
  8. Boston College vs. 9.  Oklahoma State

MIDWEST  BRACKET:

  1. Memphis vs.  16.  Binghamton
  2. Oklahoma vs. 15.  Alabama State
  3. Wake Forest vs. 14.  E. Tennessee State
  4. Syracuse vs. 13.  North Dakota State
  5. LSU vs.  12.  Temple
  6. Texas vs. 11.  Southern Cal.
  7. Marquette vs. 10.  Minnesota
  8. Maryland vs.  9.  St. Marys

SOUTH BRACKET:

  1. North Carolina vs. 16. Morgan State/CS-Northridge Winner (play-in game)
  2. Connecticut vs. 15.  Portland State
  3. Missouri vs. 14.  Morehead State
  4. Kansas vs. 13.  Utah State
  5. Arizona State vs. 12.  Western Kentucky
  6. Tennessee vs. 11.  Virginia Commonwealth
  7. Ohio State vs. 10.  Siena
  8. Butler vs. 9.  Mississippi State

WEST BRACKET:

  1. Louisville vs.  16.  Chattanooga
  2. Michigan State vs.  15.  S.F. Austin
  3. Villanova vs.  14.  American
  4. Gonzaga vs.  13.  Cleveland State
  5. Xavier vs.  12.  Northern Iowa
  6. Florida State vs.  11.  Utah
  7. California vs.  10.  Texas A&M
  8. Illinois vs.  9.  Brigham Young

Out:  Arizona, Florida, Penn. State, Virginia Tech, Providence, Kansas State, Rhode Island, Davidson.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Bracketology
 
 
 
 
 
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