In the world of sports, it...is...bracket time. It's the time of the year where you impress your friends with your knowledge of directional schools as if you've been chronicling their every move in the past four months. So here are some random notes of no important and even less rationale.
- While they don't have a true point guard, I still like the Mountaineers' draw. Dayton won't be a slouch (they defeated Marquette when Marquette was really Marquette), but once they get past them, I think they will beat the overrated Jayhawks.
- I've been hearing about Siena all year long, but they're not nearly as good as people are making them out to be. They haven't beaten an RPI top 50 team all season long (the college basketball season is longer than operation Iraqi Freedom - and I promise I'll balance the political humor later in this piece).
- The Big East did get some pretty fortunate seeding. Syracuse a 4-seed? The Cuse were a 6-seed in the Big East Tournament! They were on the bubble three weeks ago. I realize the conference was clearly the best this year, but why is their run in the Big East tournament that much more impressive than anyone elses? Sure they beat Uconn in six overtimes. But Ohio State crushed Michigan State, yet didn't see a bounce in their seeding. Villanova also gets to play in their home town as a three-seed. Seeding is a self-fulfilling prophecy. You give teams better seedings, the better they're likely to do in the tournament, which then goes to reaffirm their seeding. At the same time, I have no problem with three 1-seeds coming from the Big East. The conference was very strong at the top (and embarrasingly bad at the bottom).
- Do you feel bad for Penn State? Sorry Kim Lucey, I do not. You beat nobody pre-Big Ten. You can watch the Buckeyes with me on Friday night!
- Do you feel bad for St. Marys? I really don't. Would have been nice to see Mills play, but your schedule was far too weak. The committee has spoken: Mid-Majors must schedule up. It's not exactly fair, but if you know the rules ahead of time, you can't complain later.
- How about five schools making the dance from Ohio? OSU, Cleveland St,. Dayton, Xavier, Akron. That sure does say a lot about the quality of high school basketball in the state of Ohio.
- John Kerry is a flip-flopper.