Monday, March 7, 2011
Postseason Push - NCAA
Here we are: part 3 of our postseason trilogy. If you've ever seen one of my brackets, you'll know that picking NCAA basketball is not my forte. But still, I'm going to do my best sports reporter impression and make bold claims with little legitimate evidence and stand by them even after they are proven wrong.
Top 4 Seeds:
-Ohio State: Right now, OSU is playing the best basketball in the country.
-Kansas: Kansas has spent all year in the top rankings and won another Big 12 regular season championship.
-North Carolina: UNC made a late-season run and won the ACC regular season title. With a deep conference tourney run, they'll swipe a #1 seed from Duke.
-Pittsburgh: A #1 seed must be reserved for the best team in America's most competitive conference.
Last 4 In:
-Boston College: BC has been just good enough to make the tournament without any real signature wins.
-Michigan: The maize and blue finished 19-12 with a .500 conference record in the competitive Big 10. UM will seal a tourney bid with a win against Illinois in the Big 10 Tournament on Friday.
-Virginia Tech: The Hokies had an up and down season, but a 19-10 record that includes an upset over then-#1 Duke should be enough.
-Alabama: Alabama had a 20-10 overall record and went 12-4 in the SEC, with a big win over Kentucky, all en route to the best record in the SEC West.
First 4 Out:
-Michigan State: What a disappointment MSU has been. The Spartans had a chance at redemption at the end of the season, but got blown out in a 20-point loss against Purdue and then lost to Michigan for the second time this season.
-Georgia: Georgia < Alabama. The Bulldogs will lose to the Crimson Tide in the first round of the SEC tournament, squashing all March madness hopes.
-USC: USC has a good record, but an impressive RPI will be detrimental to the Trojans.
-Baylor: A sub-.500 conference record really hurts the Bears and significantly undermines tourney chances.
Less than a week until Selection Sunday...let the madness begin!
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