Monday, March 16, 2009

This year's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament pairings...

...are the most screwed-up brackets that I've seen in a way long time.

I'm beginning to see some merit to Dad's suggestion: take the top 64 teams, and apart from the teams that deserve to be #1 seeds, pick numbers out of a hat and pair 'em up randomly.

I still haven't given up hope that someday, I'll live long enough to see Elon University go to the Big Dance. Along with witnessing firsthand a real tornado, it's one of my aspirations in life :-)

4 comments:

Patrick said...

Memphis should have been a number one seed, and Duke instead of Carolina. And what's up with different regions playing in the same venues? Duke and Carolina are in different regions but they both play in Greensboro.

Chris Knight said...

"And what's up with different regions playing in the same venues? Duke and Carolina are in different regions but they both play in Greensboro."

I've wondered that myself.

And I noticed that one of the East regional games is being played in... Boise, Idaho.

?!?!?

NCAA's sense of geography is all wrong.

Crystal said...

I'm not up on all the basketball stuff, but hey come to Oklahoma and you can possibly see some wicked basketball and tornados in the same week. ;-)

Eric W. said...

The intent of 'podding' started a few years ago. They wanted to alleviate the long distance traveling for the higher seeds (1-8) so they decided to try and keep them close to home (this also served the purpose of higher attendance when numerous 'home' teams are playing in one place). That's why Duke and UNC are playing in NC. After the 1st 2 rounds, it goes to a more traditional 'region' oriented bracket.
And as for Duke being a #1 seed over UNC... I think that would be a lot to ask after UNC swept them in the regular season and Duke finished 3rd. Conference tournaments are about who gets hot for a weekend, not an entire season. They shouldn't be the measure of a #1 seed.

Monday, March 16, 2009

This year's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament pairings...

...are the most screwed-up brackets that I've seen in a way long time.

I'm beginning to see some merit to Dad's suggestion: take the top 64 teams, and apart from the teams that deserve to be #1 seeds, pick numbers out of a hat and pair 'em up randomly.

I still haven't given up hope that someday, I'll live long enough to see Elon University go to the Big Dance. Along with witnessing firsthand a real tornado, it's one of my aspirations in life :-)

4 comments:

Patrick said...

Memphis should have been a number one seed, and Duke instead of Carolina. And what's up with different regions playing in the same venues? Duke and Carolina are in different regions but they both play in Greensboro.

Chris Knight said...

"And what's up with different regions playing in the same venues? Duke and Carolina are in different regions but they both play in Greensboro."

I've wondered that myself.

And I noticed that one of the East regional games is being played in... Boise, Idaho.

?!?!?

NCAA's sense of geography is all wrong.

Crystal said...

I'm not up on all the basketball stuff, but hey come to Oklahoma and you can possibly see some wicked basketball and tornados in the same week. ;-)

Eric W. said...

The intent of 'podding' started a few years ago. They wanted to alleviate the long distance traveling for the higher seeds (1-8) so they decided to try and keep them close to home (this also served the purpose of higher attendance when numerous 'home' teams are playing in one place). That's why Duke and UNC are playing in NC. After the 1st 2 rounds, it goes to a more traditional 'region' oriented bracket.
And as for Duke being a #1 seed over UNC... I think that would be a lot to ask after UNC swept them in the regular season and Duke finished 3rd. Conference tournaments are about who gets hot for a weekend, not an entire season. They shouldn't be the measure of a #1 seed.