Monday, March 12, 2012

Bracket Creep, Part 1

Yours truly may not get to his own misbegotten selections until later, so here's a friendly suggestion to those of you handicapping the NCAA tournament for fun and (especially) money.

You've probably noticed, or at least I hope you have, that three of the four number one seeds in the tournament are coming off losses in their conference tournaments, and the fourth flirted with that possibility for 40 minutes. Those number one seeds indicate just what the tournament selection committee thinks of conference tourneys as a means of evaluating basketball teams -- namely nothing.

The committee, like all human institutions, is fallible. But it is unanimously composed of individuals whose college basketball knowledge surpasses yours by a margin about the same length as the distance between your home and the next galaxy.

If I were you, I'd take their handiwork as a hint.


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