[b]Committee thumbs-up:[/b] There isn't one this year. While there were no gross bubble injustices (spare me the Wake Forest-Virginia Tech "debate" -- play someone before January next time, Hokies), this may be the worst job of seeding and balancing the bracket I've ever seen from a committee. So we might as well skip ahead to ...
Committee thumbs-down: We can agree to disagree whether Duke is a better team than Syracuse, or how Ohio State could have slipped to eighth on the S-curve. My biggest complaint is the lack of consistency. If how you end your season matters – as chairman Dan Guerrero indicated in regards to the Blue Devils’ ascension above the Orange – then how is Villanova still a No. 2 seed? How did West Virginia, which beat the Wildcats a week ago and then won the Big East tournament, draw a higher No. 1 seed (Kentucky)? Why did No. 6 seeds Notre Dame and Marquette get rewarded for one great stretch of late-season basketball while No. 5 seed Temple (10 straight wins) did not? FYI, the Owls (29-5) beat the Wildcats and have a higher RPI, yet check in three seeds lower. Just saying.
Richmond got double whammied and was pitted against St Mary’s, another school seeded low. Think this is the best game of the first round…but would prefer to have seen both of these go after BCS reject teams.
Richmond got double whammied and was pitted against St Mary’s, another school seeded low. Think this is the best game of the first round…but would prefer to have seen both of these go after BCS reject teams.[/quote]Most think they double-whammied Temple too, with Cornell a 12 seed. I’m not so high on Cornell, but I agree that they are probably at least a little higher than a 12.
Is the committee not only unimpressed with the A10, but also out to get us? (now where did I put that tinfoil…).
hmm kind of suprised, from the times I’ve heard Gottlieb on air he’s always come off as a BCS homer… before the tourny came out he was pushing Virginia Tech over Utah St hard.[/quote]
Gottlieb picked Richmond to go to the elite 8, xavier to s16, and temple to s16.[/quote]If that happens, it will go a long way in bringing national respect back to the conference and keeping the conference playing at a high level.
Well, the A-10 has had two teams in the Elite 8 recently (SJU/XU in the same year). Hasn’t helped us much as a conference.
Mullins Maniac, I would bump Pitt and Baylor down for Temple. I think Nova was seeded too high at 2 also. I’m sure MSU was seeded correctly, but they are not an impressive team to me and I expect them to flame out early. I may be wrong, but we’ll see soon enough.