Tag:Big East
Posted on: September 16, 2011 6:50 pm

Schmolik 14 College Conference Realignment

Hello college football/basketball fans!

This is a proposal for realigning conferences based partially on the projected moves of Texas A&M to the SEC and the Oklahoma schools to the Pac-"12".

Pac-12: Add Oklahoma and Oklahoma State
SEC: Add Texas A&M and West Virginia
Big 12: Add Pittsburgh and Notre Dame
ACC: Add Syracuse and Connecticut

All of the remaining Big 12 and Big East schools merge into a new "Big Mess" conference.

South: Baylor, Central Florida, Houston, South Florida, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech
North: Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Missouri, Rutgers

For a more detailed look: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/
Posted on: March 13, 2011 9:26 pm

Comments on the Real Bracket (Seeds/Brackets)

Hello, college basketball fans!

Now I will critique the seeding and bracketing of the real dance as opposed to mine.

I had all four No. 1 seeds but had Pittsburgh and Duke reversed. I thought it was close between the two and I could have seen it either way.

As for No. 2 seeds, I disagree with Florida. I had Kentucky but I can see it both ways. Kentucky won the SEC Tournament but Florida won the SEC regular season. Then again, Kentucky won two of the three meetings. I had Kentucky a No. 2 and Florida a No. 4 (the reverse of what the NCAA had). Had Florida won, I would have swapped the two teams. It may look weird that one game could be a two seed difference but I was looking at my four No. 4 seeds and I think all four of them have an argument to be a No. 3 seed and I think there wasn't a huge gap between the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds. I had Kentucky and Florida on my bracket this morning as SEC 1 and SEC 2. I thought the SEC champion would be a No. 2 seed but when it came down to it, I thought the four teams on the 3rd line were all more deserving than the SEC runner up.

As for Florida, it is not the first time I think Florida got a gift from the Selection Committee. Last year, Florida was the one team I didn't have in the field and they turned out to be a 10 seed. I actually think Louisville is a better team than Syracuse. Louisville beat Syracuse in the regular season and also beat Pittsburgh as well.

Once again, I think the mid majors get shafted. I had CAA champion Old Dominion as a 6 seed, they had them as a 9 seed. I had Gonzaga as a 9, they had them an 11. The one team I really think has a beef is Utah State. Their RPI was 15. I had them as a 7, the NCAA gave them a 12 seed. Other than the teams I didn't think belonged in the field, however, there was no team I thought was grossly overseeded.

As for the brackets, one problem I have is that Big East teams are scheduled to meet in the third round (for all Big East teams, their second game). In the East Regional, Syracuse (#3) and Marquette (#11) would meet if each win their first game (although Marquette is an underdog to Xavier (#6). In the West Regional, Connecticut (#3) and Cincinnati (#6) also would meet (and both wouild be favored by seed). With 11 teams in the field, it was impossible to make sure no Big East teams met before the regional final but I would think without that your goal should be they wouldn't meet until the Sweet 16. I think that rule should be in place and the NCAA should add it next season. I can think of just swapping Marquette and Georgia in the East (I think Marquette is more worthy of a #10 anyway) and swap Temple and Cincinnati (I think Cincinnati is a better team but then again you are allowed to swap teams one line for bracket reasons).

The matchup by far I have the most interest in the "second" round is Penn State vs. Temple. I have a master's degree from both schools. I am thrilled to see Penn State in the NCAA's for the first time since 2001 (the great Sweet 16 run). Guess who beat Penn State in the Sweet 16 that year? Temple. Of course where is a Temple/Penn State game played? Tucson, Arizona, the farthest location away from Pennsylvania. Go figure. I also went to Illinois for undergrad so I have three alma maters in the field for the first time since I started Temple.

Actually the name other than my three schools that I was most excited to hear? St. Peter's. Not the name itself, but the team name. You see, they are the St. Peter's ... Peacocks! The last time the Peacocks made the field was 1995. I just liked wanting to hear Greg Gumbel say the name "Peacocks". Unless St. Peter's gets good in the next few years, when will be the next time we hear them say "Peacocks"?

Coming in the next few days, Schmolik Bracket Analysis! Stay tuned!

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Big East, Florida
Posted on: March 9, 2011 7:20 am
Edited on: March 9, 2011 6:03 pm

Schmolik 64 Update (3/9/11)

Hello, college basketball fans!

Welcome to the March 9, 2011 update of the Schmolik 64.

Small tweaks from the Monday update to include the auto bids from the last two days and the first day of the Big East Tournament. Villanova has to be considered a bubble team now after choking last night. Clearly they have reasons to be left out but they still have many quality wins as reasons to be left in.

Also, since Gonzaga is now officially in, one team had to get the boot. The last team I put in Monday was Memphis and one reason was they beat Gonzaga. Well since Gonzaga now is an automatic bid, Memphis loses the head to head edge in bubble competition and is eliminated.


Opening Weekend: Thur/Sat March 17-19, Fri/Sun March 18-20

Regionals: Thur/Sat March 24-26, Fri/Sun March 25-27

* Clinched Automatic Bid

Wednesday's games not included in record. 

EAST REGIONAL (Newark, NJ - Fri/Sun)

Cleveland, OH (Fri/Sun)

(1) Ohio State (29-2) vs. (16) First Four: Bethune Cookman / MEAC (16-11) vs. McNeese State / Southland (15-10)

(8) UCLA (22-9) vs. (9) Butler * (22-9)

Washington, DC (Thur/Sat)

(5) Texas A&M (22-7) vs. (12) St. Mary's (22-7)

(4) Syracuse (25-6) vs. (13) First Four: Missouri State (25-8) vs. Virginia Tech (19-10)

Washington, DC (Thur/Sat)

(6) Temple (24-6) vs. (11) Michigan (18-12)

(3) Louisville (23-8) vs. (14) LIU-Brooklyn / Northeast (26-5)

Charlotte, NC (Fri/Sun)

(7) Connecticut (21-9) vs. (10) Georgia (20-10)

(2) North Carolina (24-6) vs. (15)  St. Peter's* (20-13)

WEST REGIONAL (Anaheim, CA - Thur/Sat)

Chicago, IL (Fri/Sun)

(1) Notre Dame (25-5) vs. (16) Boston University / America East (20-13)

(8) Missouri (21-9)  vs. (9)  Tennessee (18-13)

Denver, CO (Thur/Sat)

(5) Arizona (25-6) vs. (12) Richmond (24-7)

(4) Wisconsin (23-7) vs. (13) Oakland* / Summit (22-9)

Tulsa, OK (Fri/Sun)

(6) Georgetown (21-9) vs. (11) Gonzaga * (23-9)

(3) Texas (25-6) vs. (14) Morehead State* / Ohio Valley (22-9)

Denver, CO (Thur/Sat)

(7) Vanderbilt (21-9) vs. (10) Illinois (19-12)

(2) Brigham Young (27-3) vs. (15) Long Beach State / Big West (18-10)


SOUTHEAST REGIONAL (New Orleans, LA - Thur/Sat)

Cleveland, OH (Fri/Sun)

(1) Pittsburgh (27-4) vs. (16) First Four: Arkansas-Little Rock* / Sun Belt (16-16) vs. Texas Southern / SWAC (18-11)

(8) UNLV (23-7) vs. (9) Florida State (21-9)

Tucson, AZ (Thur/Sat)

(5) Kansas State (21-9) vs. (12) Washington (20-10)

(4) Kentucky (22-8) vs. (13) Indiana State * / Missouri Valley (19-13)

Chicago, IL (Fri/Sun)

(6) Cincinnati (24-7) vs. (11) Harvard / Ivy (21-5)

(3) Purdue (25-6) vs. (14) Kent State / MAC (20-10)

Charlotte, NC (Fri/Sun)

(7) Old Dominion * (26-6)  vs. (10) Villanova (21-10)

(2) Duke (27-4) vs. (15) Wofford * / Southern (21-12)


SOUTHWEST REGIONAL (San Antonio, TX -  Fri/Sun)

Tulsa, OK (Fri/Sun)

(1) Kansas (29-2) vs. (16) UNC Asheville * / Big South (16-13)

(8) George Mason (26-6) vs. (9) UAB (22-7)

Tampa, FL (Thur/Sat)

(5) Xavier (24-6) vs. (12) First Four: Clemson (20-10) vs. Penn State (16-13)

(4) St. John's (20-10) vs. (13) Belmont * / Atlantic Sun (30-4)

Tampa, FL (Thur/Sat)

(6) West Virginia (20-10) vs. (11) Michigan State (16-13)

(3) Florida (24-6) vs. (14) Bucknell / Patriot (24-8)

Tucson, AZ (Thur/Sat)

(7) Utah State (27-3) vs. (10) Boston College (19-11)

(2) San Diego State (27-2) vs. (15) Northern Colorado / Big Sky (17-10)

By Seed (East/Southeast/Southwest/West)

1. Ohio State, Pittsburgh. Kansas, Notre Dame
2. North Carolina, Duke, San Diego State, BYU
3. Louisville, Purdue, Florida, Texas
4. Syracuse, Kentucky, St. John's, Wisconsin
5. Texas A&M, Kansas State, Xavier, Arizona
6. Temple, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Georgetown
7. Connecticut, Old Dominion*, Utah State, Vanderbilt
8. UCLA, UNLV, George Mason, Missouri
9. Butler*, Florida State, UAB, Tennessee
10. Georgia, Villanova, Boston College, Illinois
11. Michigan, Harvard, Michigan State, Gonzaga*
12. St. Mary's, Washington, Clemson/Penn State, Richmond
13. Missouri State/Virgina Tech, Indiana State*, Belmont*, Oakland*
14. LIU-Brooklyn, Kent State, Bucknell, Morehead State*
15. St. Peter's*, Wofford*, Northern Colorado, Long Beach State
16. Bethune Cookman/McNeese State, Ark Little Rock*/Texas Southern, UNC Asheville*, Boston University

RPI Numbers according to CBS Sports RPI

Lowest RPI at large berth: Virginia Tech (65)

Lowest RPI at large berth, non First Four: Michigan (56)

Highest RPI not selected: Memphis (38)

RPI in top 50 not selected: Memphis (38), Cleveland State (41), Colorado State (43), Virginia Commonwealth (T49), Princeton (T49)

RPI below 50 at large berths, non First Four: Michigan (56), Richmond (58)

First Four: Missouri State (42), Penn State (55), Clemson (60), Virginia Tech (65) 


Bids By Conference:

Big East (10)

Big Ten (7)

ACC (6)

Big 12 (5)

SEC (5)

Pac-10 (3)

MWC (3)

A-10 (3)

Colonial (2)

WCC (2)

MVC (2)

One Team (for now): (20)

No. 1 Seed Ranks: No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 Pittsburgh, No. 3 Kansas, No. 4 Notre Dame (East vs. West and Southeast vs. Southwest in Final Four)

Compare my brackets to CBS Sports Bracketology and others at the Bracket Project's Bracket Matrix.

Remember to comment! If you think a team or teams that are out should be in or vice versa, let me hear from you!

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 5, 2011 8:58 pm

Scheduling of Championship Week Games on CBS

Hello, college basketball fans!

Some things I would change about the schedule of conference tournament games on CBS.

I would like the Big Ten final on Sunday to be earlier in the day. I have seen Big Ten champions not be seeded where they should because the game ends too late for the NCAA bracket to be adjusted. Maybe they should swap with the Atlantic 10 on Sunday and play at 1pm (I think the Big Ten should have priority over the A-10 as to when they get to play). Another option is to move the A-10 final to noon and the Big Ten game to 2:30pm ET (an extra hour before the Selection Show).

I also think that the Missouri Valley Championship "Arch Madness" should replace Conference USA on Saturday. Excluding Memphis's run, I think the MVC has been a better overall basketball conference than C-USA and they deserve to be part of the final weekend more than Conference USA. Either move C-USA to the MVC slot or just move them to another network (I wouldn't miss them). Or how about split national coverage between C-USA and the MVC in the same slot on Saturday? I think the chance to play on the final weekend for the MVC is worth sharing TV coverage with C-USA.

I kind of like the A-10 but I would prefer to see the ACC or Big East on Sunday on CBS instead. I believe the ACC signed a huge contract with a rival network so they are likely out. Maybe CBS could get the Big East back? We can always put their championship on Saturday night in place of the Pac-10(12) final.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:41 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 2:48 pm

Schmolik 64 Update (2/28/11)

Hello, college basketball fans!

Welcome to the Feb. 28, 2011 update for the 2011 Schmolik 64. At the end of the regular season I will pick a complete NCAA bracket with the teams I think belong in the NCAA field and where they should be seeded. Up to then, there will be updates to see where your team stands if the season ended today (Records as of Sun. Feb. 27, 2011).

Until Championship Week, I will only seed the top 12 seeds. The bottom four seeds are usually reserved for one-bid conferences in which usually only the conference champion goes.
To accommodate this year's new "First Four" format, I am reserving two 12 seed lines for the "First Four." You should interpret these as being among the last teams to get into the field (although there could be exceptions based upon bracketing rules which prevent the actual last four from making the field). However, if only one team from a conference is listed, that team will not be placed in a First Four slot.

Until the final bracket, the No. 1 seeds will not be given ranks (although geographic placement will be considered) and no semifinal matchups will be provided.

For the record, I know there are 68 teams now but if I had my way there would still be just 64 teams and when I started the Schmolik 64 there were just 64 teams.

EAST REGIONAL (Newark, NJ Fri/Sun March 25-27)

Cleveland, OH (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Ohio State (27-2) vs (16)
(8) Cincinnati (22-7) vs (9) Old Dominion (24-6)

Charlotte, NC (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(5) Georgetown (21-8) vs (12) First Four: UAB (20-7) vs Harvard (19-5)
(4) North Carolina (22-6) vs (13)

Tucson, AZ (Thur/Sat March 17-19)

(6) Texas A&M (21-6) vs (11) Missouri State (23-7)
(3) San Diego State (25-2) vs (14)

Chicago, IL (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(7) Temple (22-6) vs (10) Michigan State (15-12)
(2) Notre Dame (23-5) vs (15)

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL (New Orleans, LA Thur/Sat March 24-26)

Cleveland, OH (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Pittsburgh (25-4) vs (16)
(8) Missouri (21-7) vs (9) Virginia Tech (19-8)

Tampa, FL (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) UCLA (21-8)  vs (12) First Four: Michigan (17-12) vs Southern Mississippi (18-7)
(4) Florida (22-6) vs (13)

Tampa, FL (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(6) Villanova (21-8) vs (11) Butler (20-9)
(3) Wisconsin (22-6) vs (14)

Tulsa, OK (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(7) West Virginia (18-10) vs (10) Tennessee (17-12)
(2) Texas (24-5) vs (15)

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL (San Antonio, TX Fri/Sun March 25-27)

Tulsa, OK (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Kansas (27-2) vs (16)
(8) Utah State (25-3) vs (9) Florida State (20-8)

Tucson, AZ (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) Vanderbilt (20-7) vs (12) Washington (19-9)
(4) Connecticut (21-7) vs (13)

Washington, DC (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(6) Xavier (22-6) vs (11) Memphis (21-8)
(3) Louisville (22-7) vs (14)

Chicago, IL (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(7) UNLV (22-7) vs (10) Marquette (18-11)
(2) Purdue (24-5) vs (15)

WEST REGIONAL (Anaheim, CA Thur/Sat March 24-26)

Denver, CO (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(1) Brigham Young (26-2) vs (16)
(8) Kansas State (19-9) vs (9) Illinois (18-11)

Denver, CO (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) Kentucky (20-8) vs (12) Princeton (21-5)
(4) St. John’s (19-9) vs (13)

Washington, DC (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(6) Arizona (23-6) vs (11) St. Mary’s (21-7)
(3) Syracuse (24-6) vs (14)

Charlotte, NC (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(7) George Mason (25-5) vs (10) Georgia (19-9)
(2) Duke (26-3) vs (15)

Seeds (listed East/Southeast/Southwest/West):
1. Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Kansas, BYU
2. Notre Dame, Texas, Purdue, Duke
3. San Diego State, Wisconsin, Louisville, Syracuse
4. North Carolina, Florida, Connecticut, St. John's
5. Georgetown, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Kentucky
6. Texas A&M, Villanova, Xavier, Arizona
7. Temple, West Virginia, UNLV, George Mason
8. Cincinnati, Missouri, Utah State, Kansas State
9. Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Illinois
10. Michigan State, Tennessee, Marquette, Georgia
11. Missouri State, Butler, Memphis, St. Mary's
12. Washington, Princeton (First Four: UAB, Harvard, Michigan, Southern Miss)

Big East (11)
Big Ten (6)
SEC (5)
Big 12 (5)
MWC (4)
ACC (4)
C-USA (3)
Pac-10 (3)
A-10 (2)
Colonial (2)
Ivy (2)
Horizon (1)
MVC (1)
WAC (1)
WCC (1)

Remaining Automatics (16)
Unclaimed Slots (2 - reserved for party crashers)

Compare my bracket to CBS Sports Bracketology and many others at Bracket Project's Bracket Matrix.

Please comment! I will assume you are 100% satisfied with this bracket if you don't!


Category: NCAAB
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