Bracketology 2/16/07

February 16th, 2007

March Madness has long been known for dramatic buzzer beaters, memorable upsets, and crushing defeats. Guys named Tyus go coast to coast and become heroes for several hours as fans throughout the country breathe a sigh of relief and put that red pen away, the same pen that comes out a few hours later to get some heavy work as some guy named Bryce stakes his claim in March Madness history with a play called "pacer". It's moments like these that make March special, unless the thought of Ryan Howard taking BP off some AA pitcher in Clearwater gets you going, then these are the type of moments that make Jammes Forrest, Mike Miller, and Tate George legends (possibly begrudged) to college basketball fans everywhere.
Granted, nothing beats the NCAA Tournament in my mind, but the month leading up to the tournament is very close. Teams jockeying for that one last win to stick in the minds of the selection committee, teams making 4 day runs through their conference tournamnets to make up for futile seasons, it almost seems like something important happens everyday in regards to the infamous "bubble". Ahh the bubble, the greatest phrase in sports, nothing better than waking up to the replay of the late night SportsCenter, which happens to be showing for the seventh consecutive hour to see Dickie V and Digger argue over the merits of the Missouri Valley Conference versus the eight and ninth teams from the ACC.
The best though is trying to do the work of the 10 member selection committee by yourself in a few hours, for them it takes what seems to be 5 days of voting teams in the tournament and seeding them 1 through 65 while waiting for the results of conference tournaments from A.C. to L.A. Around the middle of February each season, experts start their "Bracketology" and I love it, because apparently there are other poor souls out there like myself that week after week start putting together their own brackets and wait for Selection Sunday about as patiently as a teenager waiting for the release of PS3. Then the brackets get released we all wonder who will be this year's George Mason or Harold "The Show" Arceneau, remember him? Carolina fans do. Yes, March is upon us.

Here are my current seed projections for February 12, 2007:

1-Wisconsin, UCLA, Florida, UNC
2-Ohio St, Pitt, Texas A&M, Kansas
3-Georgetown, Washington St, Kentucky,S.Illinois
4-Duke, Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma St
5-Butler, Memphis, Marquette, VA Tech
6-Virginia, Texas, Oregon, BC
7-W.Virginia, Nevada, Tennessee, Air Force
8-USC, GA Tech, Villanova, Florida St
9-Clemson, Michigan St, Maryland, Notre Dame
10-Stanford, Purdue, Tx Tech, Louisville
11-Illinois, Georgia, Creighton, Missouri St
12-Oklahoma, Xavier*, Winthrop*, Gonzaga*
13-Vermont*, Akron*, VCU*, Davidson*
14-Oral Roberts*, Penn*, Marist*, South Alabama*
15-ETSU*, Weber St*, Austin Peay*, Long Beach St*
16-Holy Cross*, MVSU*, Del St*, CCSU*, Holy Cross*
*Automatic Qualifier

Last Four In: Georgia, Creighton, Missouri St, Oklahoma
Last Four Out: Alabama, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Syracuse
Next Four Out: Michigan, Bradley, BYU, Mississippi