Archive for February, 2008

First NCAA Tournament Berth Goes to Cornell (Ever Heard of It?)

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Cornell clinched the Ivy League championship with its win over Dartmouth tonight. More importantly — from a national perspective, anyway — the Big Red earned the conference’s automatic berth in the 2008 NCAA tournament by improving to 11-0 in the Ivy League, which does not hold a post-season conference tournament.

It will be Cornell’s first appearance in the tournament since 1988, when it was defeated by #1 seed Arizona by a 90-50 count in the round of 64. After the jump, a brief look at Cornell’s season to this point.

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Amateur Bracketology: South Region

Please feel free to post your comments regarding my first attempt at projecting the field and pairings of this year’s NCAA tournament. Keep in mind that these projections reflect games through February 24.

First and Second Rounds:
Little Rock, Arkansas:
#1 Memphis vs. #16 Morgan State
#8 Mississippi vs. #9 Butler

Birmingham, Alabama:
#5 Xavier vs. #12 Kent State
#4 Marquette vs. #13 Virginia Tech

Omaha, Nebraska:
#6 West Virginia vs. #11 Drake
#3 Kansas State vs. #14 Winthrop

Washington, D.C.:
#7 Western Kentucky vs. #10 Indiana
#2 Duke vs. #15 Oral Roberts

South Regional to be played in Houston, Texas. Winner of South Regional to meet winner of Midwest Regional in Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

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Amateur Bracketology: Midwest Region

Please feel free to post your comments regarding my first attempt at projecting the field and pairings of this year’s NCAA tournament. Keep in mind that these projections reflect games through February 24.

First and Second Rounds:
Omaha, Nebraska:
#1 Kansas vs. #16 Portland State
#8 Florida vs. #9 St. Joseph’s

Tampa, Florida:
#5 Miami vs. #12 USC
#4 Michigan State vs. #13 Robert Morris

Denver, Colorado:
#6 Wake Forest vs. #11 Villanova
#3 Gonzaga vs. #14 Cornell

Raleigh, North Carolina:
#7 Washington State vs. #10 Syracuse
#2 Clemson (yeah, I know) vs. #15 Belmont

Midwest Regional to be played in Detroit, Michigan. Winner of Midwest Regional to meet winner of South Regional in Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

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Amateur Bracketology: West Region

Please feel free to post your comments regarding my first attempt at projecting the field and pairings of this year’s NCAA tournament. Keep in mind that these projections reflect games through February 24.

First and Second Rounds:
Anaheim, California:
#1 UCLA vs. #16 Holy Cross
#8 Maryland vs. #9 Arkansas

Denver, Colorado:
#5 Wisconsin vs. #12 Rhode Island
#4 St. Mary’s vs. #13 George Mason

Washington, D.C.:
#6 Texas A&M vs. #11 Purdue
#3 Louisville vs. #14 Cal-Northridge

Little Rock, Arkansas:
#7 Notre Dame vs. #10 Baylor
#2 Tennessee vs. #15 UMBC

West Regional to be played in Phoenix, Arizona. Winner of West Regional to meet winner of East Regional in Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

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Amateur Bracketology: East Region

Please feel free to post your comments regarding my first attempt at projecting the field and pairings of this year’s NCAA tournament. Keep in mind that these projections reflect games through February 24. Here it goes.

First and Second Rounds:
Raleigh, North Carolina:
#1 North Carolina vs. #16 Play-In Winner (Murray State vs. Alabama State)
#8 Pittsburgh vs. #9 Washington

Tampa, Florida:
#5 Vanderbilt vs. #12 Florida State
#4 Georgetown vs. #13 Stephen F. Austin

Anaheim, California:
#6 Connecticut vs. #11 Mississippi State
#3 Stanford vs. #14 Rider

Birmingham, Alabama:
#7 New Mexico vs. #10 Davidson
#2 Texas vs. #15 Boise State

East Regional to be played in Charlotte, North Carolina. Winner of East Regional to meet winner of West Regional in Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

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Amateur Bracketologist Preview: North Carolina Probable #1 Overall Seed

I’m about halfway through the number crunching — I started with the power conferences — and have discovered that the likely #1 overall seed in this year’s NCAA tournament will be North Carolina. They’re projected to be joined by Memphis, Kansas and UCLA. Despite Tennessee’s win on Saturday, the top team in the nation (not for long) was projected to wind up with a #2 seed based on numbers accumulated prior to February 25.

A full report is coming once I get done with the mid-majors, and there are some surprises in terms of seeding.

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Tuesday Roundup: Bastards, Boobies, Chris Simon and Weed

I’m taking another break from the tedious data entry that comes with trying one’s hand at bracketology, and figured I’d at least throw up another post in an effort to generate or maintain at least some traffic while I focus the majority of my efforts on trying to project the entire 65-team field before falling flat on my face when I attempt to project a winner of the entire thing when the bracket is released on Selection Sunday (I nail it every ten years, exactly — witness UCLA in ’95 and North Carolina in ’05. Why I’m admitting this, I don’t know. Please come back and visit before 2015).

Since I want to get back to crunching numbers (God, what a geek) quickly, brevity shall be the key. Here, then, is a list of links to some of the top stories in the day in sports:

  • Running back Kevin Faulk, of the 18-1 AFC Champion New England Patriots, was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession on Friday night. (ProJo Pats Blog)
  • Run DMC has made a lot of babies. (Miami Herald)
  • “So you’ve got something to look at while you’re talking to them!” (New York Daily News)
  • Yao Ming is done for the year. (AP)
  • Chris Simon was traded on NHL Trade Deadline Day. (Newsday)
  • As were many others. (TSN)

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