Sunday, March 14, 2010

It's Bracket-Mania Time!

It's that time of the year!


The NCAA Men's Basketball Tourney brackets are in. All the office pools, online pools and everywhere pools are officially buzzing. Let the games begin!
But I'm not going to make any predictions or anything like that on here because we all know how these tournaments can play themselves out.

I mean, who can forget the George Mason Patriots, who as an 11th seed reach the Final Four in 2006 and the Missouri Tigers who as a #12 seed reached the Elite 8 in 2002. While I'm at it, I might as well give the Chattanooga Mocs a shoutout who as a #14 seed made the Sweet 16 back in 1997. In other words, we can make all the predictions we want but we all know anything can happen.

Anyway--

Congratulations to the Kansas Jayhawks on being the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Jayhawks will rumble out of the Midwest Bracket. The other No. 1 seeds are the Kentucky Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orangemen. The Wildcats will do battle out of the East Bracket, the Blue Devils out of the South and the Orangemen out of the West.

But--

What is interesting about this year's tournament is--
  • No North Carolina (16-16)
  • No UCLA (14-18)
  • No Connecticut (17-15)
  • No Indiana (10-21)
  • No Arizona (16-15)
My goodness! What is going on? When was the last time these 5 powerhouses were all out of a single tournament? I'm sure this has got to be a first? I mean, we're talking about 5 schools that have 24 national championships between them [UCLA-11; North Carolina-5; Indiana-5; Connecticut-2; Arizona-1], not to mention, 51 Final Four appearances combined [UCLA-18; North Carolina-18; Indiana-8; Arizona-4; Connecticut-3].
Just to put it in perspective, in 17 out of the last 20 years, at least one of these five schools has reached the Final Four. Never mind just simply making the tournament-- at least one has reached the Final Four year after year after year. Only in 2003, 1996 and 1990 did anyone other than (at least) one of these juggernauts play in the Final Four in the last 20 years. So to see all 5 out of this year's tournament is mind-boggling.
My! Oh my! How the mighty have fallen.
But anyway, the show must go on. Good luck to everyone who enters a pool this year.
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1 comment:

  1. I’m really excited about the 2010 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament. I haven’t filled out a bracket yet, but I’d say my Final Four teams are Michigan State, Syracuse, Kentucky, and Baylor. I’ll put Syracuse and Kentucky in the championship game, with Syracuse winning. It should be an interesting tournament though.

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