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SOMM March Madness Contest via Yahoo!

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Hey er’body, if you wanna see what you got, how much you know, or wanna have some fun, join the SOMM March Madness pool! Of course, as the tourney progresses, I’ll be keeping day-by-day tallies and announcing them on the site and letting everybody know where they stand.

This ought to be fun because I never win anything when it comes to Big Dance pools. I want to see which one of you peeps has all the pick skills so I can get your secrets for next year!

Email me at: mesoanarchy@gmail.com for all the sign-in info.

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March 16, 2008 at 10:25 pm

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: The Bracket – First Thoughts, Gut Feelings

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The teams have been announced (I’ve been watching ESPN’s “Black Magic” – a history of basketball from the side of black players and coaches). Here are some matchups that caught my eye and my gut feeling about which team will win.

The Top Seeds
1. UNC (East)
2. Memphis (South)
3. UCLA (West)
4. Kansas (Midwest)
5. Georgetown (Midwest)
6. Duke (West)
7. Texas (South)
8. Tennessee (East)

Key First Round Matchups

East
#8 Indiana – #9 Arkansas (Arkansas)
#7 Butler – #10 South Alabama (Butler)
#6 Oklahoma – #11 St. Joe’s (St. Joe’s)

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Written by dwil

March 16, 2008 at 9:53 pm

My 37 At-Large Teams (That means three have to go!)

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Update: Ruining potential brackets everywhere, Dennis Felton completed and improbable run by winning four games in three days to win the SEC Tournament. Felton took over the Bulldogs program after it was decimated by the actions of the coach he succeeded, Jim Harrick. Now the 16-16 Georgia Bulldogs, after defeating heralded teams and coaches, go dancing.

And who knows, the team he might be knocking out of the Big Dance could just well be from his own conference (or, if the South Alabama Jaguars were the final team in – they’re gone).

Because I love this time of year so much and spend so much time trying to get together a winning bracket, what I’ve decided to do is let you in on my thinking about March Madness, how I see the teams and what I see for the matchups after the bracket is announced. Here are my 34 at-large teams, by conference, according to the hundreds of games I watched throughout the season, and according to Sagarin ratings (yes, I trust in Jeff’s ratings).

Pac 10
Stanford – 89.42, Wash St. – 88.69, USC – 86.62, Zona – 85.09, Oregon – 83.86, Az. St. – 83.06

Big 12
Championship game loser, Texas A&M – 85.78, Ok – 84.26, K St. – 84.24

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March Madness: Here We Go!

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calst.jpgThis is the first installment of March Madness posts (6 hours to the pickin’s!)

Conference Tournament Winners (with Sagarin Ratings): American – 73.14 (21-11, 10-4 Patriot), Austin Peay – 73.29 (24-10, 16-4 OVC), Belmont – 75.10 (25-8, 14-2 A-Sun), Boise St. – 77.01 (25-8, 12-4 WAC), Butler – 86.35 (29-3, 16-2 Horizon), CS Full. – 78.92 (24-8, 12-4 B. West), Coppin St. – 64.12 (16-20, 7-9 MEAC), Cornell – 76.88 (22-5, 14-0 Ivy), Davidson – 85.58 (26-6, 20-0 Southern), Drake – 87.62 (28-4, 15-3 MVC), G. Mason – 78.33 (23-10, 12-6 CAA), Kent St. – 82.75 (28-6, 13-3 MAC), Memphis 94.41 (33-1, 16-0 C-USA), MVSU – 61.89 (17-15, 12-6 SWAC), O. Roberts – 80.19 (24-8, 16-2 Summit), Pittsburgh – 87.44 (26-9, 10-8 B. East), Portland St. – 75.87 (23-9, 14-2 B. Sky), Mt. St. Mary’s – 71.27 (18-14, 11-7 Neast), San Diego – 76.70 (21-13, 11-3 WCC), Siena – 77.55 (22-10, 13-5 MAAC), Temple – 80.56 (20-12, 11-5 A-10), UCLA – 94.61 (31-3, 16-2 Pac-10), UMBC – 75.28 (24-8, 13-3 AEast), UNLV 82.57 (26-7, 12-4 MWC), W. Kentucky – 82.16 (27-6, 16-2 S. Belt), Winthrop – 76.71 (22-11, 10-4 Big South), UT-Arling. – 72.45 (21-11, 7-9 Southland), North Carolina – 95.39 (32-2, 14-2 ACC), Wisconsin – 91.56 (29-4, 16-2 Big 10), Kansas – 94.32 (31-3, 13-3 Big 12), Georgia – 77.70 (16-16, 4-12 Southeastern)

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March 16, 2008 at 11:01 am