Tuesday, March 14, 2006

And Now for Something Completely Different - Tourney Questions

How did the UNC women's team end up in the same region with Tennessee, the second highest RPI in the tournament? And in the regional that Mechelle Voepel at ESPN.com calls possibly the toughest regional... ever? Giving UT a 2 seed has just pissed them off royally and pointed them straight at UNC. Sucks.

Why did the UNC men get sent to frickin' Dayton Ohio instead of Greensboro? To play Murray State, which can't be more than an hour or two from Dayton? Who got the home-court advantage there? Remember that Murray State beat NC State as a 14th seed in 1988. Okay, they've lost every other NCAA tournament game they've ever played (going back to 1964, but still...).

Can Boston College go to the Final Four without more 3-point shooting? (I'll answer that one - yes).

Can anyone argue against Nantz and Packer's complaints about too many mid-majors in at the expense of Florida State, Cincinnati, Maryland etc.? The Missouri Valley conference has as many tourney-worthy teams as the ACC and the Big 12? Bullshit. Who has won all the championships this century? The ACC and the Big East. When's the last time a team from a non-power conference won it all? Before my time.

Side note: the Chicago Tribs' horse-racing handicapper Liam Durbin ran his program that picked Illinois over UNC in last year's tournament (not a bad call!) against this year's bracket and came out with Duke over UNC by a point. Interesting.


At 6:23 AM, Blogger Lex said...

I caught the tail end of the show Sunday (after spending 8 hours putting up a prefab storage shed, and I've got the sunburnt neck to show for it), and man, Nantz and Packer were tearing the selection chairman new orifices like crazy. They were loaded for bear, too -- all the stats about how far Missouri Valley teams had gotten in the tourney vs. power-conference teams, who the MV teams' nonconference opponents were, and so forth. It was like they were practicing accountability journalism. At least, I think it was -- it's been so long since I've seen that on national TV that I'm not sure....

At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how can i get a copy of his picks?


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