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Bracket Impressions: Selection process with misplaced priorities in need of fix

by - Published March 12, 2018 in Columns

From once being a tournament of champions, the NCAA Tournament has come a long way.

For most of those years since first expanding to take in more than one team per conference in 1975, it has been nothing but positive, growth and good for what became as great of a sporting event as there is in this country. That has not been the case the last few years.

If the NCAA Tournament selection committee continues on the path it has been treading down, an event that long ago was for only champions may soon became a tournament of mediocrity. It’s becoming ever more clear every year that the selection process for this event, if not actually broken, has some misfiring spark plugs and is leaking a bit of oil, and it needs a mechanic. … Continue Reading

Selection Sunday morning 2018: One projection of the NCAA tourney field

by - Published March 11, 2018 in Columns

My, how things change in a couple days.

As recently as probably Thursday, maybe even Friday morning, the prevailing banter from bracket projectors on social media and elsewhere was about how unpredictable and wide open the final selections for this year’s NCAA Tournament were.

Yet as we sit on the morning of Selection Sunday 2018, the number of open spots in the field is actually quite small. We estimate only 6-7 spots available at absolute most, depending on the result of the Atlantic 10 final today where Davidson could send Rhode Island into the at-large pool and therefore steal one of those bids away. … Continue Reading

Storylines we’re watching for on Selection Sunday

by - Published March 9, 2018 in Columns

With a process as deliberately open-ended and always changing as NCAA Tournament selection is, finding perfect themes in selection is a fruitless endeavor.

Selection committee membership changes at least slightly from year to year, and with it their points of emphasis do, too. It’s one of the things that makes bracketology and guessing who the committee will pick so maddening, but also so much fun, if we’re being honest.

It will be impossible to draw a straight line through committee reasoning through every selection, that much is certain from past experience. That doesn’t mean there aren’t certain things we’ll be watching among seeding and especially selection as the field is unveiled Sunday. Among them: … Continue Reading

Bracket preview reactions show need for philosophical discussions on tourney data

by - Published February 15, 2018 in Columns

As much as the NCAA is trying to advance the hype of its prize basketball event with the release of a bracket preview roughly a month before Selection Sunday, this year’s early look really didn’t tell us a whole lot that we didn’t know already.

The NCAA’s reveal of its top 16 teams at this point of the season should’ve provided little to be fired up about, nothing further than light debate about whether a team might be a line higher or lower.

Three of the four No. 1 seeds were a shoo-in, and the fourth (Xavier) was a worthy choice. Cincinnati was a deserving 2 seed, while Michigan State down at a 3 seed is a sign of the Big Ten’s slippage as much as anything, but also of a team that had been less than impressive in a diminished conference up until the last week. … Continue Reading

Bracket impressions: Little changes with selection committee fixations

by - Published March 13, 2017 in Columns

As a whole, this year’s selections for the 2017 NCAA Tournament were not filled with a ton of surprises. It doesn’t mean that predictability was a good thing.

The revealing of the bracket for this year’s tourney wasn’t going to induce as much frustration as a year ago for a number of reasons. For one, the pool of at-large contenders on the cut line this season was truly poor. For another, it would’ve been hard for the committee to have done a worse job than it did last year.

Mostly, though, it’s because by now many have become conditioned to the committee’s shift in philosophy over the last four years. They’re getting used to the committee overemphasizing top level wins, ignoring losses when convenient, picking and choosing whichever metrics they find to support putting in the teams they want in, and regularly ignoring just about every other criteria (road wins, non-conference scheduling) that once used to be important parts of selection.

That’s not a good thing. … Continue Reading

Selection Sunday morning 2017: One projection of the NCAA Tournament field

by - Published March 12, 2017 in Columns

It’s OK if you used the words earlier this year. And it’s still perfectly fine-and accurate-if you use them now.

Soft bubble.

One of the hot takes as this season went was that the teams on the fence for the NCAA Tournament this year really weren’t any worse than any other year. It was an understandable thought in that the ‘soft’ term gets trotted out every year, often without validity, but that doesn’t mean it can’t ever apply. And it absolutely is applicable this year.

Narrowing down the field for the final spots in this year’s NCAA Tournament is almost an exercise in futility. There’s no other way to say it: there are going to be some lightly qualified teams playing in this year’s event. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, February 26, 2016

by - Published February 26, 2016 in The Morning Dish

In a college basketball year that has been defined by unpredictability, we dare say that the host of downright thrilling conference races is a story developing late that is also becoming a signature mark of this season.

Talk of bracketology and bubbles will continue to dominate, but one following the sport nationally is missing out if they haven’t been monitoring some of the intense fights for league honors. There are some fantastic chases going on for championships as well as positioning for league tournaments, and it was evidenced again Thursday night.

The night’s biggest winner was Hofstra, which in a week has vaulted from two games back in the CAA into a tie for the lead and maybe into the driver’s seat for the conference title. The Pride (we still want to call them the Flying Dutchmen every single time) fought back from an 18-point deficit on the road to stun UNC-Wilmington 70-69, ironically reversing exactly what the Seahawks had done to them just three weeks earlier.
… Continue Reading

Bracket impressions: Committee missed it with Indiana, Texas, UCLA

by - Published March 15, 2015 in Columns

Texas and its 3-12 record against the top 50? In.

UCLA going 2-8 against the top 50, 5-10 against the top 100 and 4-11 in road/neutral games? In, and not even needing a play-in game. (Yet Dayton goes 1-3 against the top 50, 6-6 against the top 100 and 9-8 in road/neutral games and needs to play in?)

Indiana and its 4-9 mark against the top 50? Not just in, but a comfy 10 seed.

What can one say? Apparently this year’s NCAA Tournament selection committee, more than ones the past couple years, thoroughly enjoys mediocrity.
… Continue Reading

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