How did we do in 2011?
Now that the actual brackets have been revealed, time to take a quick look at our results. With three extra teams and a weak bubble, it was interesting to see how the Committee would handle teams like USC, Alabama, UAB, VCU, Virginia Tech, Clemson, St. Mary’s, and Colorado. Two things became evident … UAB was rewarded for winning the regular season Conference USA title, and Colorado was left out because of its non-conference strength of schedule.
After correctly selecting all 65 teams in 2010, I missed two – UAB and VCU- this year. My final bracket had Virginia Tech and Colorado in the Field of 68, with UAB and VCU listed among the Last 5 out. VCU was a tough decision, as the Rams had beaten George Mason and Old Dominion in the Colonial, and UCLA on a neutral court. A late slide to close the CAA regular season and fourth-place finish led me to think VCU would fall a little short. Not unhappy with the Committee’s decision, however. UAB is a little more interesting, as the Blazers didn’t have the quality wins of other bubble teams. May have been UAB’s final RPI (31).
The final breakdown …
- Correctly projected 35 of 37 at-large teams.
- Had 32 teams on their correct seed line.
- Had another 22 within one (+/-) of their correct seed.
- That makes a total of 54 either on their seed line or within one.
- Had all four No. 1 seeds correct.
- Another 9 were within 2 of actual seed. Only one was more off (Missouri – 8 in our bracket 11 in actual).
- Surprised by a few of the actual seeds; particularly Florida, Texas, Missouri, and several Big 10 teams.
Thanks for another great season. Now, it’s time to enjoy March Madness. Some observations and interesting matchups coming soon.