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Arena 2017-18 NCAA Basketball/March Madness Discussion

Discussion in 'Community' started by Dal--Intrepid, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. DarthIntegral

    DarthIntegral VIP star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    When did College Basketball figure out they could tap into the Cash Cow that College Football created with their rankings show, and start producing a "the committee right now" show? I'm not sure I like it. In football, it works because the drama of "who's in" makes for compelling arguments in the final month of the season "if x beats y, but only by z points, are they in?". Here, no one being highlighted is on the bubble of "in or out", just jockeying for seeding. So, while I'm excited that Ohio State is slotted in as a 4 seed, and three teams from Ohio are slotted in as top-four seeds ... I'm just not sure I like it. Some of the mysitque from Selection Sunday was about those #1 seeds. What did the committee value this year? What Bull**** reasons would they invent to justify giving Duke a #1, who were they going to **** over so Duke could have an easy region. This doesn't add to my excitement the way it does in football and kind of leaves me flat.
     
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  2. heels1785

    heels1785 JCC/PT/New Films Manager star 7 Staff Member Manager

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    I mean, it used to be an informal thing, tracking "bracketology," which made guys like Lunardi and Seth Davis valuable, because they generally had pretty good insight. It also made 5 PM on "Selection Sunday" must-watch television, as you mentioned. Watching Greg Gumble go through the bracket (before the age of it being leaked onto Twitter beforehand) was one of the highlights of the sports year. Now, we pretty much know what the bracket will look like (other than the SEC and B1G champions) a day or two before.

    It just seems to be the direction that everyone's going in - networks trying to maintain relevancy in the age of Twitter with what amounts to meaningless, manufactured drama.
     
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  3. DarthIntegral

    DarthIntegral VIP star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    See, I have no issue with "Bracketology" and "Bubble Watch" and those sorts of things from insiders/experts/predictors. That's a completely different thing than the committee themselves telling us "We currently see Ohio State as the #14 team in the country. Bracketology predictions make me look at them and go "Ohio State as a four? **** you, let's prove em wrong and get a 2 or 3!" The Committee themselves saying it? It's mote like - "damn, let's not fall further than a 4", and takes away suspense even more so, because it's official, and not a projection.
     
  4. heels1785

    heels1785 JCC/PT/New Films Manager star 7 Staff Member Manager

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    ASU gave Arizona a hell of a game. Hurley is a weird, but very good coach. I could absolutely see him being in the discussion for Coach K's successor if he takes ASU a bit further - he's spent two years cleaning up the **** storm Herb Sendek left him, and has made them relevant.
     
  5. darth_gersh

    darth_gersh Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Feb 18, 2005
    Badgers with a win tonight. Not making the tourney, but the team needed a good win.