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Bracket group is on ESPN
Group is Rerolled, PW is RR
Bitch about how team xyz doesn't deserve the seed they got below.
Be cool if the site would let me submit my bracket. Fuck you ESPN.
My bracket is probably way off, but I don't care. I picked who I like.
I'll probably be the only guy picking NMSU over KU in the 1st round, but fuck KU. Also, my pop lives in Las Cruces, NM where NMSU is located.
I also have Gonzaga winning the Tournament. Commence laughing now.
Ended up picking a Kentucky - Virginia final. Will be the most boring title game ever, the #1 and #2 defensive teams in the tournament. Final score will be about 53-45
Really want ISU to win just because I love their style of play. Maybe if they win it all we will see more coaches think about it.
Tired of every possession just dribbling the ball just beyond the key.
ISU is just small. With Morris I think our guard play can match up against anyone in the nation, but we'll have to have incredible shooting nights to get past Gonzaga and Duke both. McKay is a boost on the weakside, but neither him nor Niang can guard 7 footers and Georges has trouble offensively against defenders with size.
It's not impossible. It's just not likely. Gonzaga and Duke are both just huge teams and I don't think they can rely on Niang to carry them against either of them. It'll take everyone else getting hot. We have the shooters for that to be possible, but you know how the long ball goes. Some nights you're hot. Some nights you're ice cold.
My bracket is bad and I feel bad about how bad it is
I got Wisconsin and ISU in the Final with Wisconsin winning it all. Just for something different.
Take a look at this:
Look at how many teams are in the tournament with below-average defense but above average offense(only like 6 or 7) vs the opposite of above average defense vs below average offense(22). You can win with good defense more consistently than good offense, apparently.
I like that chart, it makes my Villinova and Gonzaga picks not look so bad. Xavier, not so much.
Also, ISU doesn't really have a bad defense. Not too 10 or anything, but a far cry from bad.
High Offensive tempo really isn't mutually exclusive to a good defense either
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I think they just happen to be in the tourney because of conference titles/wins. I could be wrong.
Does the size of the circle correlate to the size of the school?
I think the size of the circle correlates to how high of a seed you are. All of those bad defense/bad offense schools are auto-bids from tiny conferences with 14/15/16 seeds.
That graph is also offensive efficiency, which is really only loosely related to offensive temp (which is what I was referring to with enjoying watching ISU).
Either way, there has already been some analyses done that show that slow tempo teams are more succcessful than fast tempo teams, but I just hate it. 30 second or less shot clock would help
The NIT tournament is testing out a 30 second shot clock this year in all of their tournament games. Will be interesting to see how that goes and if the NCAA as a whole adopts it soon.
I saw that, should be interesting. I think they have to and will change it, it's just a matter of time. I think they should also reduce the number of timeouts available.
Just filled out my bracket in 2 minutes with no research. I feel pretty confident.
Pretty much, honestly that's what makes it so great to watch. Anything can happen
It's also why I can't stand to read articles about how only certain teams can win the tournament. Every team but Kentucky has lost this season, why do they think it can't happen again? And Kentucky was taken to double OT by VT, they are hardly invincible.
I'd generally say if any 1-4 seeded team wins the tournament, that's not any kind of upset or surprise, so there's 16 teams that could realistically win it. Once you get a winner thats lower than a 4, that starts to get into legit upset/shocking territory.
ISU isn't a bad defensive team they're just small and they will have issues with Gonzaga and Duke (if they get past Gonzaga) because of it.
Notre Dame tried real hard to totally fuck my bracket in the first game, now Iowa State is trying the same.
Bust those brackets! Can't believe everyone was so high on Iowa State.
See guy, the Big 12 is the best and deepest conference!
Right off the bat, UAB takes a long, lingering piss on most of the world's brackets.
Lmao brackets busted everywhere already
Must be something to this picking my mascot, my wife picked UAB in her bracket over Iowa State. I picked Iowa State in mine
UAB does have a badass mascot. I'm happy for them though, their school gets the terrible news that the football team is being disbanded just a couple months ago, and now they have what might end up being the biggest upset of the tournament fall their way.
My buddy who is huge in the NCAABB had Iowa St going Final 4. Was talking them up a ton to me about how fun they are to watch and everything. He's not happy right now lol.
I'm loling pretty hard right despite having ISU in the final four. Fantastic.
I had them in the final 4 as well. That side of the bracket is pretty weak, with Gonzaga as the #2, and Duke(who is always prone to horrible upsets, it seems) as the #1, I thought Iowa State had a good chance of making it out of there. Not so much.
Baylor with 13 turnovers in 25 minutes of play so far...they're trying their best to lose as well
Understand guys. It's not like the better team won in this match up. ISU played like absolute shit. Go back and watch them come from behind in all 3 big 12 tournament games. They were clutch when they needed to be.
The team played like absolute shit today. UAB decided to stop Niang and he kept shooting. Finished like 4 for 15 or something. And other than that, just undisciplined basketball on the defensive boards. This isn't a knock on the big 12. It's a knock on a superior team not taking a game seriously.
Anyway, kill me.
I need a drink. 12 drinks.
So... Didn't I say Big 12 sucks? Baylor falls now too. That conference blows dick
Big 12 is a House of Cards, like I said...
Jesus. 2015 tournament is awesome!
2 our of 3 games are upsets.
she'll probably win the whole thing
Found this: How many No. 15 seeds have won in the NCAA tournament, and other first-round questions answered - The Washington Post
No. 3 seeds lead, 102-18
Of note: Two No. 14 seeds won in the same tournament only twice, in 1986 (Arkansas-Little Rock over Notre Dame, Cleveland State over Indiana) and 1995 (Weber State over Michigan State, Old Dominion over Villanova).
If Oklahoma can lose, it'll make history!
First, why doesn't this 3rd world forum support Vine embeds? Jesus fucking christ.
2nd, I could watch this all day. Better with the Audio on Vine.
Watch TheViner's Vine "R.J. Hunter game winning 3 pointer from DOWNTOWN for Georgia St with 2 seconds left #MarchMadness"
Man these 14s are fucking me. I had SMU to the S16 until this morning and I switched after ESPN had a piece on ISU.
Long story short, I suck.
The audio on that Vine gives me goosebumps.
I was at a bar watching the game, and the whole place went nuts when that 3 went down.
Including me, I picked GAST in the upset.
And thanks go to UAB for clearing the way for Gonzaga.
What a wild sequence in that ucla-smu game. Of course UCLA won.
Also, some lady walks up to the bar, sees all the BB games and goes, "Oh, is this the Midnight Madness?"
All brackets are dead.
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I got an alert that said 0.12% of all ESPN brackets remain perfect.
UCLA hung in there. At least they can put to rest those saying it was a joke they made it in the tournament. Might actually make it to the S16 now... did not expect that.
Another upset. VCU falls to OSU. Fucking a!
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Was VCU really an upset though?
Also, anyone else hate the new ESPN format this year? It used to be highlighted in green or yellow, but now it's just the text. I'm having a bitch of a time seeing the results.
My Alma Mater, SFA got in for only the 3rd time and we don't get Tru TV.
All of the games can be viewed for free, online, at ncaa.com
Now that Octavius Ellis is ejected from this game, maybe Cincy offensive possessions won't look so terrible. What an idiot.
Wow, Bearcats going to OT. That ball circled around the rim for a few seconds
All but like 2 games have come down to the final possession so far. Insane first day. Madness if you will
The end of the second half in this Cincy game was something else. All the UK fans are getting a show.
Really makes you wonder how bad a doofus you would have to be to fail at UNC and Kansas.
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A lot of UK fans are more UK fans than basketball fans, so that makes sense
So after day one, my wife who picked by mascot only missed on Baylor. But then she has Cincy beating UK, so she'll fall big time.
Indiana is the only other state with 5, and they are 2-1 with ND and Butler winning, and Purdue losing in OT to Cinci.
kansas not looking great so far, but New Mexico St has to be about the most unathletic team I've ever seen. They have some size but they look like a bunch of stiffs so far. Can't catch a pass to save their lives.
Also worth mentioning that all 5 Indiana teams are in the same bracket (Midwest)
I'm torn, as much as I love to see kansas lose in the 1st round, I almost want them to make it 1 game in so they can get beat by Wichita St, because that loss will hurt more. Wichita St has been dying to play them for years, and kansas won't schedule the game.
I have Indiana beating Kansas in the next round. Granted that still means they have to beat Wichita St, but it's looking more feasible now.
Just read a news blurb on yahoo of all places. Their brackets for some contest only had 3 people get thru the first round. Then all 3 idiots didn't complete the rest of their bracket. One woman get all first round right and then just picked Kentucky to win it all and left off the other rounds.
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KU wins decisively, shot immensely better from the 3 than the last few games. Though it helps that NM state didn't bother to defend the perimeter, but they had been missing wide open looks like crazy.
Perry Ellis obviously isn't at 100%, which may limit how far they get this year. At least they didn't pull a mizzou though
Just fucking LOL at WVU. Big 12 represent!
God Buffalo is worthless. Really whiffed on them and Eastern Washington.
Going to be a hell of a game between KU and Wichita. The possibility of butthurt Jayahawks has never been higher.
Kudos to Regime and the other dude at the top. This tourney has fucked me hard
This 7'6 guy on UCI is just a fucking monster. It isn't that he is good, but he's just so fucking HUGE (tall and wide, he isn't a tall pencil) that there is not much you can do about him. Mathiang is coping somewhat, but good lord.
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C'mon Robert Morris, fuck duke
Goddammit I hate Raftery so fucking much. I hate having to mute the TV in order to watch the game
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