- Nov 25, 2004
I'm about to get on a plane to Indianapolis to smack Florida State upside the head. They are dominating Colorado but they can't pull away.
I picked the Big10 to perform well since the tournament is taking place in their back yard.Ten conferences represented in the Sweet 16. Of course, PAC 12 leads the way with their impressive 25% of the remaining field. ACC, Big East and SEC have two apiece. The darlings of all the experts and bracketologists, the Big 10 and Big 12, have one each.
I think Oregon State and Colorado were the only tourney teams UCLA beat. They lost to Oregon, lost both times to USC, and limped into the tourney on a 4-game losing streak. They were probably seeded appropriately based on their resume, but like Syracuse, they have a high ceiling for an 11-seed.Yep. Against a team like UCLA who played their own game instead of letting the little guy dictate it, they were in way over their heads.
As much as that's a testament to ACU being overmatched, I still think UCLA is dangerous and likely among those who were poorly seeded.
Different situation in 1996. We won the regular season, made the ACC Final, and only lost because we played known cheaters and probable child predators Wake Forest. Word on the street was that the referees had kids and some threats had been made. I can't confirm this, but I do endorse it as obvious and incontrovertible truth.Agreed. Unless the year is 1996.
Yeah, poorly said on my part. In retrospect most of my bitching about seeding has lacked explanation of what my real issue is, which is exactly what @77GTFan said very well. On paper this current system - of using polls through the regular season, then bubble watches and bracketology to track tournament potential, and finally a committee to handle the placement and seeding - should be ideal for a season and field as long and sprawling as college basketball. The problem is, none of the people involved in those bodies have any interest in doing right by the players and teams themselves. Their commitment is to self-promotion, mass appeal, and revenue generation.I think Oregon State and Colorado were the only tourney teams UCLA beat. They lost to Oregon, lost both times to USC, and limped into the tourney on a 4-game losing streak. They were probably seeded appropriately based on their resume, but like Syracuse, they have a high ceiling for an 11-seed.
That's one of the difficult things about seeding. If you go strictly off merit, you're going to have some games where the lower seeded team is probably the more dangerous but has just underachieved. Conversely, it's difficult to rationalize rewarding a team with a higher seed based on potential.