NittanyWhiteOut.com: Breaking down the Madness Part I
NittanyWhiteOut.com
2008 Big 10 Basketball Poll
Big Ten Bloggers

ESPN College News
The White Out Experience
Penn State Blogs
Breaking down the Madness Part I
BallHype: hype it up! Monday, March 17, 2008

Duplicate Post of the original version at www.nittanywhiteout.com.
Check out our current blog here.

californiaadventure.jpg
Its tough for teams to just get past the first round of the tournament, like them we had to
fight our way through groups of small children just to make it into Disneyland’s
California Adventure Park.

The first round games are always the toughest. Mid majors take advantage of this round where a first round victory can propel a team deep into the tournament. Need proof?

It was in the first round last year where #11 Winthrop beat #6 Notre Dame and #11 VCU took down #6 Duke.

In 2006, 6 underdogs took advantage of the first round when #12 Texas A&M beat #5 Syracuse, #14 Northwestern State upset #3 Iowa, #10 NC State beat #7 California, #13 Bradley beat #4 Kansas, #11 George Mason upset #6 Michigan State and #11 Wisconsin-Milwaukee beat #6 Oklahoma.

In 2005, #12 Wisconsin-Milwaukee beat #5 Alabama, #11 UAB upset #6 LSU, #14 Bucknell beat #3 Kansas, #10 NC State upends #7 Charlotte and #13 Vermont beat #4 Syracuse.

So there is no doubt that the big players are most vulnerable in the first two rounds especially if they are playing sloppy and looking past their first round opposition. For the mid majors, getting to the second round is a major achievement in itself and that deadly combination have left stunned powers in their wake.

With that said, of this year’s first round games, the ACC faces the least opposition to the second round. This is credited more so to the high seeds awarded to the 4 ACC participants like #1 North Carolina, #2 Duke, #5 Clemson and #7 Miami. But they face 1 team from the Big 6 (Villanova) and 3 mid major teams (Play-In, Belmont and St. Mary’s). Not exactly a tough slate of opponents. So chalk up 4 ACC teams in the second round.

Of the Big 6 conferences, the Big Ten received the middle finger from the selection committee.

  • ACC season and tournament winner North Carolina received the top overall #1 seed,
  • Big 12 season and tournament winner Kansas received a #1 seed,
  • Big East season winner Georgetown received a #2 seed and surprise tournament winner Pittsburgh a #4 seed,
  • Pac 10 season and tournament winner received a #1 seed,
  • SEC season winner Tennessee received a #2 seed and surprise tournament winner Georgia a #14 seed,
  • the Big Ten regular season and tournament winner, Wisconsin? A #3 seed despite having beaten a #2 seed Texas (at Texas) and Georgia (the SEC tournament winner)

I guess winning the Big Ten just isn’t that tough anymore despite Texas the #2 seed having lost to both Michigan State as well as Texas. Tennessee another #2 seed? They lost to that very Texas team. I whole heartedly believe that the regular season champions from the Big 6 conferences should automatically receive a #1 or #2 seed considering there are 8 of them to hand out. But here is a breakdown of the caliber of opponents teams from the Big 6 have to face to get past the first round.


ACC BIG 12 BIG EAST BIG TEN PAC 10 SEC mid major
ACC


1




3

BIG 12


1

1


4

BIG EAST

1



1

1

5

BIG TEN

1



1

2

PAC 10

1

1


1

3

SEC

1

1

1

3

mid major

3

4

5

2

3

3

5

Is it also safe to say the selection committee likes the Big East? The Big East picked up 8 seeds in the tournament (most out of any of the Big 6) and 7 of the 8 teams are seeded favorites with Villanova as the only exception.


Bids Seed Favorites Seed Underdogs
ACC 4

4: Clemson, North Carolina, Duke, Miami


BIG 12 6

3: Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas

3: Kansas State, Texas A&M, Baylor

BIG EAST 8

7: Georgetown, Notre Dame, Louisville, Connecticut, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Marquette

1: Villanova

BIG TEN 4

4: Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State


PAC 10 6

4: USC, Washington State, UCLA, Stanford

2: Arizona, Oregon

SEC 6

3: Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Mississippi State

3: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky

mid majors 30

7: UNLV, Gonzaga, Butler, BYU, Drake, Xavier, Memphis

23: Portland State, Kent State, Siena, Cal State Fullerton, Davidson, UMBC, Coppin State/Mt. St. Mary’s, George Mason, St. Joseph, Boise State, South Alabama, American, Mississippi State, Western Kentucky, San Diego, Winthrop, Belmont, UT Arlington, Temple, Oral Roberts, Ivy League, St. Mary’s, Ohio Valley

posted by Nittany White Out @ 10:54 AM  
0 Comments:
Post a Comment
<< Home
 

Share This On Facebook

 Subscribe in a reader

About Me

Name: Nittany White Out
Home: State College, PA, United States
About Me:
See my complete profile
Previous Posts
Archives
Penn State Blogs
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Northwestern
Ohio State
Purdue
Wisconsin
Blogroll
Powered by

BLOGGER

© 2007 NittanyWhiteOut.com: Official Website of nittanywhiteout.com