Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sports: Mad Marchness!

Got to give the NCAA selection committee credit as the seedings by and large held true.

Let's do the numbers:
East region: 1, 2, 3 and 4 advance.
South region: 1, 2, 3 and 5 advance.
West region: 1, 3, 7 and 12 advance.
Midwest region: 1, 3, 10 and 12 advance.

11 of the 16 were "supposed" to advance and a five seed getting to the round sixteen is as much of an "upset" as a 9 beating an 8.

Duke and GTown going down were clearly shockers. You just don't expect 2 seeds to get bounced. UConn, a 4 seed was defeated because a key player was injured early in their first round game paving the way for an upset. Vandy, the other 4 seed ousted, was in the eyes of many commentators over-rated. Pittsburgh, the other 4 seed that lost, was beated by 5th seeded MSU which at most would be considered a minor upset.

Conference breakdowns in the sweet 16:
Pac10 - 3 teams (UCLA, Stanford, WSU)
Big East - 3 teams (Villanova, West Virginia, Louisville)
Big 10 - 2 teams (Wisconsin, Michigan State)
Big 12 - 2 teams (Kansas, Texas)
SEC - 1 team (Tennessee)
ACC - 1 team (UNC)
A10 - 1 team (Xavier)
CUSA - 1 team (Memphis)
Southern - 1 team (Davidson)
Sun Belt - 1 team (W. Kentucky)

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