Joe Lunardi Bracketology
March 13, 2011 by staff
Projections vary somewhat by source, but ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had the Huskies as an opening of No. 3 seed Washington, DC, in his bracketology before the championship game Saturday night against Louisville.
UConn is Th in the latest RPI.
ESPNanlyst Jay Bilas considers that the exact words.
“It depends on how you value these tournaments,” Bilas said before working the game ESPN at Madison Square Garden. “Connecticut could be as high as three. Louisville is about four or five. ”
UConn investment sense. The NCAA selection committee rewards top four seeds by inserting these teams closer to the sites on the respective campuses.
Win or lose Saturday night, the odds favor the Huskies playing a game of first round Thursday in Washington, leaving only a short payback period of five conference tournament games in five days, a record stretch of consecutive the conference tournament.
Look at the recent history of Big East teams play four conference tournament games and their success rate in the NCAA tournament.
In, Syracuse lost in the Big East final in Louisville and reached the Sweet Sixteen.
But, taking the same path difficult in 2006, Orange has lost the first round of the NCAA tournament at Texas A & M.
Pittsburgh beat Georgetown in championship game and went out into the NCAA’s second round to Michigan State.
There is no precise way to measure if a tire alongside the conference tournament short of a team or not, according to Bilas.
“It’s always a mirror thing,” said Bilas. “If you lose, you say you are tired. If you win, you say you stronger.”
The NCAA selection committee announced tonight on the 68-team field. Saturday Championship winner Big East got the automatic bid.
Overall, the field of the NCAA is not as deep as in years past.
“There are a handful of teams that are in circulation, then there are some very good teams and very average teams there,” said Bilas. “A lot of teams are capable of playing well. So if they play well and you do not, you have a chance of losing.
“But some teams in (the tournament) at the end of the line are not good. They are bad. It is the largest group of teams in the broad sense that we have ever had.”
ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi still thought Illinois was attached to a ticket to the NCAA tournament Saturday.
Lunardi dropped the Illini from a No. 9 seed at No. 11 after losing to Michigan in the Big Ten quarterfinals on Friday. He also moved the Illini tournament ratings below 90 percent and put two teams far from being included in a play-in game in Dayton, Ohio this week.
Notre Dame remains a No. 1 seed in the last bracketology Saturday despite losing to Louisville in Big East semifinals on Friday.
The Big Ten also added a seventh team in support of Lunardi. Penn State Press as No. 12 seed after upsetting Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament on Friday.
Purdue dropped a seed to a No. After losing against Michigan State on Friday. The Spartans jumped to a three seeds, No. 9, thanks to their victory.
Michigan also won two seeds at No. 10 after also advancing to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament with a win over Illinois.
Ohio State remains No. Seed and will meet Michigan in the semifinals of the conference tournament on Saturday.
Wisconsin remained still as No. 4 seed despite losing 36-33 to Penn State on Friday.
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