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SOMM Big Dance Pick ‘Em Round One Results: Signal to Noise, Hoops Addict Lead the Way

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S2N (Signal to Noise ) with 25 correctly-picked games and Ryan McNeill, owner of Hoops Addict with 24 posted the top scores after round one of the SOMM Big Dance Pick ‘Em on Yahoo! Sports. J Spraitz, MODI, and yours truly are three games behind S2N with 22 picks.

Looking at the draws, though, it appears that S2N might just continue to lead through the 2nd round as well. While everyone else’s best bracket has UConn advancing, Signal correctly took San Diego to defeat the Huskies. I look the worst of the top five as I had Arizona getting through the 1st round and making a nice run to the regional finals.

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March 22, 2008 at 12:39 am

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SOMM NCAA Predictions From Round One to the Championship Game

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jaimedixon.jpgAfter writing out my feelings on key matchups in the East Region, I realized how similar my assessments were to those in the mainstream. So, what I’m going to do instead is just give up my main picks.

So, without further ado, here we go.

ROUND 1

East Region

No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s – UNC
No. 8 INDIANA vs. No. 9 ARKANSAS – Arkansas
No. 5 NOTRE DAME vs. No. 12 GEORGE MASON – ND
No. 4 WASHINGTON STATE vs. No. 13 WINTHROP – Washington St.
No. 6 OKLAHOMA vs. No. 11 SAINT JOSEPH’S – Oklahoma
No. 3 LOUISVILLE vs. No. 14 BOISE STATE – Louisville
No. 7 BUTLER vs. No. 10 SOUTH ALABAMA – Butler
No. 2 TENNESSEE vs. No. 15 AMERICAN – Tennessee

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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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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