Bracket Log

In an effort to keep my thoughts organized I decided to keep a running log during the selection show. Here are some of my observations.

3:00 p.m.
Thanks to Daylight Savings time occurring, we get the selection show an hour earlier this year. That means an extra hour to get your brackets fine tuned.

3:04 p.m.
We already have some wackiness. Florida as a No. 1 makes sense, but the top team overall? They are good, real good, but five losses is a lot of losses for the No. 1 overall team.

3:05 p.m.
When did "line" become so prevalent? I don't remember three years ago people talking about the "No. 1 line" or the "No. 9 line". I blame Joe Lunardi and his bad hair.

3:06 p.m.
The more I think about it the more I realize that Florida is the team you least want to play. They may not have had the best season, but they are the scariest team. I am not sure that is enough to seed them No. 1 overall, but it is hard to argue. No team is better when they are on a roll.

3:07 p.m.
I have to cancel my car insurance. Coach K. is a spokesman for State Farm. I will be calling Geico immediately. I boycott anything he or Dukie Vitale endorses. That is why I had Frachetta for lunch and not DiGiorno, even though their spicy chicken pizza looked pretty good.

3:09 p.m.
Isn't anyone who has ever put together a mock bracket leading up to the tournament just a little jealous of Lunardi? The guy basically makes a very good living making mock brackets year round. No one ever calls him on it until his final bracket of the year, and that one is the easiest to put together. No one remembers who he had as No. 1 seeds back in August. Ever sports dork around the nation is kicking themselves for not being internet savvy enough to be Lunardi.

3:10 p.m.
Does not take long for the Cats to get announced and that is not a good thing. They get Purdue, which is a good match-up but Florida looming on the horizon is not a good match-up. Had they gotten a seven (or ten) they would have gotten a better match-up against Wisconsin. Guess strength of schedule and RPI were less important than we were banking on.

. 3:18 p.m.
So far three Wildcats are in the Tourney and all three are in the 8/9 game. Villanova and Kentucky will square off.

3:19 p.m. p.m.
How is Indiana a seven seed and the Wildcats are an eight? It makes no sense to me. Both teams had similar records, but the Cats played in the better conference and had the better non-conference slate. Maybe the committee really likes the red and white striped warm-up pants.

3:20 p.m.
And Duke just got a six. Just shoot me now. Was Dick Vitale and Coach K. on the committee? No way Duke is two seeds better than Arizona (or Kentucky for that matter). That is an absolute JOKE. No, there is no East Coast bias.

They do have to play Virginia Commonwealth, don't be shocked if VCU does not win that one.

3:26 p.m.
Arkansas is in? No way. That means someone who should be in is not. Arkansas was not deserving. They couldn't win in the putrid SEC West. USC got a great seed and should handle the Hawgs.

3:27 p.m.
Texas Tech sneaks in, while WSU gets a three seed. If I had told you before the season that WSU got a three seed, while Arizona, Kentucky and Michigan State would all be playing in the 8/9 game, you'd commit me to an institution. Other than the Cats, the Pac-10 is getting some love.

3:28 p.m.
Vandy got a six? I knew they were in, but a six? As bad as the Cats have been this season, they are on par with Vandy, Duke and Indiana. In fact, most of the 8/9's have to be feeling pretty upset right now. I'd rather play Duke, Indiana or Vanderbilt than play Michigan State and Marquette.

3:33 p.m.
BYU got hosed as well. Too good of a season to be a No. 8. Add the Cougars to a team who I think is better than Vandy, Duke or Indiana.

3:35 p.m.
Nevada and Creighton is one heck of a game.

3:36 p.m.
Stanford is in, not sure they should have been, but good for the Pac-10. The bad news is that they have to play Louisville in the state of Kentucky. How do the six seed Cardinals get the best placement in the entire tournament so far. I'm not sure one-seed North Carolina plays closer to home.

3:37 p.m.
Drexel and Syracuse should have been in, especially Drexel. I don't think Arkansas was deserving, they were under .500 in their conference and actually finished tied for second, but fourth overall in the SEC West, a terrible conference. Stanford and Texas Tech are also teams I would have left out. Guess the Lopez twins and Bobby Knight have more star power than Bob Huggins and Jim Boheim.

3:38 p.m.
According to MapQuest Louiville has to travel less than 80 miles for their first round game and Carolina has to travel about 50. So I guess the Cardinals don't have the biggest home court advantage, but it is close.

3:39 p.m.
Billy Packer says he expects Arizona to play better in the Tournament. I like that he has confidence in the Cats, but he was the guy who kept defending Gerald Henderson for "going for the ball" after he broke Tyler Hansbrough's face.

3:40 p.m.
The committee did Arizona no favors by giving them a potential second round match-up with Florida, but if they can pull the shocker (and it would be a HUGE shocker), they could actually have a nice path.

4:02 p.m.
Dick Vitale apparently just said Arizona has the kind of firepower to beat Florida if they can get by Purdue. I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. He does realize he is talking about a team west of the Mississippi? To his credit (this pains me) he did just champion Drexel and other mid-majors who were left out. He does know the Dragons don't play in the ACC?

4:05 p.m.
Wait. Duke starts with the letter ‘D', as does Drexel. Maybe that explains Vitale.

4:22 p.m.
Hubert Davis lost a bit of credibility. First he said that Arizona would need to slow things down against Purdue. Then he talked about how good Arizona is, but picked Purdue to win. He also talked about the Wildcats "terrific" point guard play and their big man EYE-van Radenovic.

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