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Bracketology
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:20 am
  • It feels like we are getting close to tournament time, but looking at the calendar we actually have quite a ways to go. There will probably be quite a bit of movement in the brackets between now and mid-March, but here is a bracketology projection. It's from ESPN, there are others out there, of course. ESPN tends to have my preferred team, Marquette, lower than other projections but based on history even ESPN is probably over-estimating what seeding they'll actually get.

    http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basket ... acketology
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Re: Bracketology
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:44 am
  • Another update. This one has the Huskies as a #8, my Golden Eagles as a #3, Gonzaga as a #2. Any other teams of interest? Alabama is in there as an #11.

    http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basket ... acketology

    The #1 seeds are interesting in terms of location. With Duke, Virginia, and Tennessee each getting one seeds, they kind of get thrown around in terms of region. Tennessee ends up in the Midwest (probably makes the most sense), but Duke ends up in the East and Virginia is put in the South.
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Re: Bracketology
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:15 pm
  • Yeah it’s pretty early for bracketology, but I find myself constantly looking to see where people have UW.

    Your Marquette team is really good. The Big East is really down, and they’ll have a chance at winning that conference.
    Markus Howard and Jaylen Nowell might be the two best guards in college basketball.
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Re: Bracketology
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:17 pm
  • I have found other than the Dwayne Wade year, they generally under-perform but hopefully this year will be different. Last year they were okay and probably would have made the tourney but they had a skid of a few games they dropped. Hopefully they can avoid that this year.

    In the Big East it's pretty much Marquette and Villanova by a mile in the conference. So they pretty much have a top 2 finish locked up at a minimum.
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Re: Bracketology
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:55 pm
  • I was at the NCAA tourney game between UW and Marquette when Quincy Pondexter hit the game winning shot.
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Re: Bracketology
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:27 pm
  • Zags a 1 seed in the west. Assuming they win out I don't think they lose that spot.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:44 am
  • The way they're rolling the WCC right now I don't see how they lose a game.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:20 am
  • Zags will either be a #1 or a #2 seed. ACC will likely get two #1's in Duke and Virginia. Tennessee will likely get another #1 seed. That leaves one spot between Gonzaga, Kentucky or one of the Big10 teams. With the way Michigan St is trending, don't see them getting it. I think it will either be Michigan, Kentucky or Gonzaga for that last #1 seed.
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Re: Bracketology
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:25 pm
  • Apparently my Golden Eagles can't beat St. Johns, but they did beat Villanova so that's a good thing. I would guess barring a meltdown they are likely to get a #3 seed. They've got at Villanova left on their schedule as their only real threat game, but given they got swept by St. Johns there's always the possibility they drop another one and end up as a #4 seed.

    Looks like the Huskies are moving up a bit. I think the last ESPN projection had them as a #7 seed.
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Re: Bracketology
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:39 am
  • My Golden Eagles decided to tank at the end of the season. So sad to see.
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Re: Bracketology
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:49 am
  • HawkGA wrote:My Golden Eagles decided to tank at the end of the season. So sad to see.

    Yeah, they have really struggled. Any reason why?
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Re: Bracketology
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:08 pm
  • Yeah weird end to the season for Marquette, although I do think they get back on track and beat GTown and then make a deep run in the Big East tourney. The end to that Seton Hall game was weird, Marquette went cold as ice down the stretch. Markus Howard might be the best bucket getter in college basketball, but Myles Powell isn't far behind him. He put on a show in that game. I think your Golden Eagles are looking at about a 4 seed as of now.
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Re: Bracketology
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:57 pm
  • Another bad loss for Marquette. Could have been a foul called at the end on the loose ball rebound but refs chose not to call it. Howard really struggled for most of that game.
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Re: Bracketology
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:16 pm
  • Watched the game as well. Marquette had their chances to win that game. I did not think a foul was warranted after the missed free throw. That wasn't over the back and after that it was just a loose ball.
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Re: Bracketology
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:02 pm
  • Wow, I had posted before they lost again today. Last year they had a stretch in roughly mid-season where they lost several games. Cost them a spot in the tourney. They'll still make the tourney this year but I won't be surprised to see them as a 5 seed when they could have been a 3 seed pushing for a 2. Such a let down.

    I don't follow closely enough to know what's gone wrong these last two weeks but hopefully they can get the ship righted and make a good run. As I mentioned before, all I really want is for them to end up in a bracket with Gonzaga so I can see the two teams play.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:42 am
  • It's Selection Sunday. Here are some of the final projections.

    ESPN: East #8 Washington vs. #9 Seton Hall. Midwest #11 Oregon vs. #6 Mississippi State. South #11 Arizona State vs #11 St. John's in a play-in game.
    CBS: South #11 Washington vs.#6 Nevada. East #11 Oregon vs. #6 Marquette. Midwest #11 Arizona State vs. #11 St. John's in a play-in game.
    NBC: South #10 Washington vs. #7 Buffalo. Midwest #11 Oregon vs. #6 Auburn. East #11 Arizona State vs #11 St. John's in a play-in game.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:03 pm
  • My Golden Eagles have fallen so hard to end the season. Heard that Howard has a wrist injury and maybe that's part of it. Hopefully a bit more rest for a week or so will get him right.

    Just a couple of hours to go, but I'm thinking a 6 seed is very likely. So far down from the borderline 2 seed they were looking at 2 or 3 weeks ago.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:17 pm
  • Ducks are a 12 seed and play Wisconsin. Anybody know anything about the badgers? I know they usually have a lot of white guys.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:49 pm
  • Washington's a 9-seed and will play Utah State.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:53 pm
  • JSeahawks wrote:Ducks are a 12 seed and play Wisconsin. Anybody know anything about the badgers? I know they usually have a lot of white guys.


    They have a signature win over Michigan earlier in the season but other than that they haven't done that much. Could be a good match up for Oregon.

    UDub's loss actually turned out to be a good thing for the Pac with three teams in the dance. I am hoping that the Pac, yes, even Oregon, can win something to stop all this Pac-12 bashing.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:59 pm
  • JSeahawks wrote:Ducks are a 12 seed and play Wisconsin. Anybody know anything about the badgers? I know they usually have a lot of white guys.

    Wisconsin isn't very good this year. I think Oregon wins this one.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:00 pm
  • I feel bad for Zags fans, they got a terrible draw. Syracuse in the second round, last team Few wants to see there. That West bracket is absolutely loaded. FSU just beat Virginia and then played Duke pretty close, and they beat Zags last year in the tourney. Then you got other really capable teams like Marquette, Buffalo and Nevada who can all light it up if they get hot.

    Don't mind UW's draw. Utah St is a solid team, honestly don't know much about them. If I had to pick a #1 team to face in teh 2nd round, it would be UNC. Think UW will have a chance at pulling the upset if they can get there.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:05 pm
  • Hawk-Lock wrote:I feel bad for Zags fans, they got a terrible draw. Syracuse in the second round, last team Few wants to see there. That West bracket is absolutely loaded. FSU just beat Virginia and then played Duke pretty close, and they beat Zags last year in the tourney. Then you got other really capable teams like Marquette, Buffalo and Nevada who can all light it up if they get hot.

    Don't mind UW's draw. Utah St is a solid team, honestly don't know much about them. If I had to pick a #1 team to face in teh 2nd round, it would be UNC. Think UW will have a chance at pulling the upset if they can get there.

    Syracuse has been Fews Kryptonite but if they can't beat Cuse they don't deserve the title. Florida as a 4 is a head scratcher for me. That team is really good defensively long and athletic.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:13 pm
  • I'm really looking forward to this, so much better than watching Pac teams beat each other up.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:14 pm
  • Natethegreat wrote:
    Hawk-Lock wrote:I feel bad for Zags fans, they got a terrible draw. Syracuse in the second round, last team Few wants to see there. That West bracket is absolutely loaded. FSU just beat Virginia and then played Duke pretty close, and they beat Zags last year in the tourney. Then you got other really capable teams like Marquette, Buffalo and Nevada who can all light it up if they get hot.

    Don't mind UW's draw. Utah St is a solid team, honestly don't know much about them. If I had to pick a #1 team to face in teh 2nd round, it would be UNC. Think UW will have a chance at pulling the upset if they can get there.

    Syracuse has been Fews Kryptonite but if they can't beat Cuse they don't deserve the title. Florida as a 4 is a head scratcher for me. That team is really good defensively long and athletic.


    I agree. A #1 should always beat the winner of the 8/9, but that's a tough draw for them. Feel like FSU should have been a 3, that will be a tough Sweet 16 game if they meet. FSU is probably the second most athletic team after Duke. This is the Zags redemption bracket after losing in the past to Syracuse and FSU.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:30 pm
  • Hawk-Lock wrote:
    Natethegreat wrote:
    Hawk-Lock wrote:I feel bad for Zags fans, they got a terrible draw. Syracuse in the second round, last team Few wants to see there. That West bracket is absolutely loaded. FSU just beat Virginia and then played Duke pretty close, and they beat Zags last year in the tourney. Then you got other really capable teams like Marquette, Buffalo and Nevada who can all light it up if they get hot.

    Don't mind UW's draw. Utah St is a solid team, honestly don't know much about them. If I had to pick a #1 team to face in teh 2nd round, it would be UNC. Think UW will have a chance at pulling the upset if they can get there.

    Syracuse has been Fews Kryptonite but if they can't beat Cuse they don't deserve the title. Florida as a 4 is a head scratcher for me. That team is really good defensively long and athletic.


    I agree. A #1 should always beat the winner of the 8/9, but that's a tough draw for them. Feel like FSU should have been a 3, that will be a tough Sweet 16 game if they meet. FSU is probably the second most athletic team after Duke. This is the Zags redemption bracket after losing in the past to Syracuse and FSU.

    Almost seems like they purposely set it up that way. Syracuse as an 8 and FSU as a 4. FSU was a lock for a three seed in my mind but whatever.
    I don't like complaining about it. You have your shot. Go out and take it. Plus it gives us a shot at redemption.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:51 pm
  • Cuse isnt that good this year, i agree that if zags cant beat them then this season would be a fluke. I think both UW and Zags got tough regions overall.
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Re: Bracketology
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:39 pm
  • HawkGa, I just noticed that its possible Marquette and GU meet up in the sweet sixteen. Thought that prospect might excite you.
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:11 am
  • Man, this is a tough tourney to gauge. Hard to not go with top 1-2 seeds but you just know a few of them will unexpectedly lose early.

    Kansas is always my team but they are missing a big part of their pre-season hyped players. 4 freshman starting...

    Murray State and Buffalo are my sleeper teams, Ja Morant is unreal. He looks like he could be the next big time NBA guard. Buffalo just consistent across the board with a lot of seniors.

    Gonzaga and Duke seem easy enough to put into elite 8, Cuse will have a hard time keeping up with the Zags.

    I like Houston this year too, barely lost to Michigan last year and look to be even better.
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:41 am
  • mistaowen wrote:Man, this is a tough tourney to gauge. Hard to not go with top 1-2 seeds but you just know a few of them will unexpectedly lose early.

    Kansas is always my team but they are missing a big part of their pre-season hyped players. 4 freshman starting...

    Murray State and Buffalo are my sleeper teams, Ja Morant is unreal. He looks like he could be the next big time NBA guard. Buffalo just consistent across the board with a lot of seniors.

    Gonzaga and Duke seem easy enough to put into elite 8, Cuse will have a hard time keeping up with the Zags.

    I like Houston this year too, barely lost to Michigan last year and look to be even better.


    Haven't really gone through the bracket yet, but agree with a lot of this. A lot of people will put Kansas through based on name recognition, but they aren't close to full strength. They are without two of their better players. Buffalo can definitely go far, that team is really good. I think Zags have a tough path but I'll likely have them in my final four, same with Duke. Got a feeling I'll have all four #1 seeds in my Elite 8. Upsets early, and chalk in the late rounds.
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:44 am
  • I really think the west is stacked with good teams. Nevada as a 7 is really good. So is Buffalo as a six. I thought FSU was a lock for a three seed before the brackets came out. Texas Tech is the best defensive team in the nation. Michigan is a team that went to the championship game last year and only lost one player who they have more than adequately replaced.
    As has been said Ja Morant is a top three pick in the draft this year. A lot of people talking about the Mid West region but I think Kentucky is overrated. I think Wofford could give them a good game.
    Over all the West region is stacked from top to bottom.
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:01 am
  • Natethegreat wrote:I really think the west is stacked with good teams. Nevada as a 7 is really good. So is Buffalo as a six. I thought FSU was a lock for a three seed before the brackets came out. Texas Tech is the best defensive team in the nation. Michigan is a team that went to the championship game last year and only lost one player who they have more than adequately replaced.
    As has been said Ja Morant is a top three pick in the draft this year. A lot of people talking about the Mid West region but I think Kentucky is overrated. I think Wofford could give them a good game.
    Over all the West region is stacked from top to bottom.


    Yeah West is solid the more I look at it. Lot of streaky teams who seem to be capable of matching anyone. Too bad Nevada and Buffalo would play early, could see both teams breaking some brackets in other conferences. Ja Morant is a stud but against the length, speed, and depth of FSU I think their team will struggle to keep up. Would need a Jimmer-like game to push them through. Gonzaga vs FSU if they both make it that far will be one hell of a game.

    Compared to the South which is a huge grouping of 'meh'. Most of the top teams run very slow paced styles trying to shorten the game. That style of play against the same style of play means no one knows who will win. Probably going with Tennessee or Villanova just because they are actually exciting to watch. Kansas St vs Wisconsin could actually be a 50-48 game as the 4 v 5 seeds.

    East has 4 interesting top seeds but don't see many surprises until they'd all match up. Mich St has probably their most talented team in awhile and they're always a lock to push into day 2, can never count Sparty out.

    Overall though, pretty fun bracket to mess around with so far. Very unique season, Duke looks to be unstoppable with Zion but if he goes down or struggles, they are very beatable. That potential game vs Virginia Tech could be very interesting.
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:04 am
  • mistaowen wrote:
    Natethegreat wrote:I really think the west is stacked with good teams. Nevada as a 7 is really good. So is Buffalo as a six. I thought FSU was a lock for a three seed before the brackets came out. Texas Tech is the best defensive team in the nation. Michigan is a team that went to the championship game last year and only lost one player who they have more than adequately replaced.
    As has been said Ja Morant is a top three pick in the draft this year. A lot of people talking about the Mid West region but I think Kentucky is overrated. I think Wofford could give them a good game.
    Over all the West region is stacked from top to bottom.


    Yeah West is solid the more I look at it. Lot of streaky teams who seem to be capable of matching anyone. Too bad Nevada and Buffalo would play early, could see both teams breaking some brackets in other conferences. Ja Morant is a stud but against the length, speed, and depth of FSU I think their team will struggle to keep up. Would need a Jimmer-like game to push them through. Gonzaga vs FSU if they both make it that far will be one hell of a game.

    Compared to the South which is a huge grouping of 'meh'. Most of the top teams run very slow paced styles trying to shorten the game. That style of play against the same style of play means no one knows who will win. Probably going with Tennessee or Villanova just because they are actually exciting to watch. Kansas St vs Wisconsin could actually be a 50-48 game as the 4 v 5 seeds.

    East has 4 interesting top seeds but don't see many surprises until they'd all match up. Mich St has probably their most talented team in awhile and they're always a lock to push into day 2, can never count Sparty out.

    Overall though, pretty fun bracket to mess around with so far. Very unique season, Duke looks to be unstoppable with Zion but if he goes down or struggles, they are very beatable. That potential game vs Virginia Tech could be very interesting.

    Tech is getting their top guard back so yeah they are experienced and tough. If they get hot from three they are the only team capable of beating Duke in that region outside of MSU.
    East is the easiest bracket to get through for the top teams IMO. Not a lot of quality there really except the top two seeds outside of Virginia Tech.
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:06 am
  • The bottom of that West Bracket will have some really good match-ups especially in the round of 32 and the sweet 16 (assuming of course my picks go the way I assume). Right now, I have Nevada over Michigan and Buffalo over Texas Tech in the round of 32, and Nevada over Buffalo in the Sweet 16, but honestly I think those games are all a toss up and are the ones I'm looking forward to watching the most (outside of my Blue Devils of course).
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:35 am
  • kidhawk wrote:The bottom of that West Bracket will have some really good match-ups especially in the round of 32 and the sweet 16 (assuming of course my picks go the way I assume). Right now, I have Nevada over Michigan and Buffalo over Texas Tech in the round of 32, and Nevada over Buffalo in the Sweet 16, but honestly I think those games are all a toss up and are the ones I'm looking forward to watching the most (outside of my Blue Devils of course).


    Ivecseen similar and dont understand the lack of trust in a really good Michigan team and a strong TTU team.
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:40 am
  • Uncle Si wrote:
    kidhawk wrote:The bottom of that West Bracket will have some really good match-ups especially in the round of 32 and the sweet 16 (assuming of course my picks go the way I assume). Right now, I have Nevada over Michigan and Buffalo over Texas Tech in the round of 32, and Nevada over Buffalo in the Sweet 16, but honestly I think those games are all a toss up and are the ones I'm looking forward to watching the most (outside of my Blue Devils of course).


    Ivecseen similar and dont understand the lack of trust in a really good Michigan team and a strong TTU team.

    I agree, they are both top tier teams but so are the lower seeds. Really tough bracket to pick. Top to bottom its the best bracket.
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:44 am
  • Uncle Si wrote:
    kidhawk wrote:The bottom of that West Bracket will have some really good match-ups especially in the round of 32 and the sweet 16 (assuming of course my picks go the way I assume). Right now, I have Nevada over Michigan and Buffalo over Texas Tech in the round of 32, and Nevada over Buffalo in the Sweet 16, but honestly I think those games are all a toss up and are the ones I'm looking forward to watching the most (outside of my Blue Devils of course).


    Ivecseen similar and dont understand the lack of trust in a really good Michigan team and a strong TTU team.


    Can't speak for the rest of the brackets, but for me personally, those were the hardest picks I made. I can see those games going either way. A lot will depend on momentum going into those games. I wouldn't be surprised in the least to see my picks be wrong on both of those, but one thing I feel fairly safe in saying is those will be some really fun games to watch.
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:32 pm
  • I thought both oregon and ASU (despite needing a play in game) got more favorable draws than washington.

    Id love to see oregon/asu get to final 32 and can see both winning that game.

    Huskies... id love to see them play UNC tough. Be good for them moving to next season
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:40 pm
  • Natethegreat wrote:HawkGa, I just noticed that its possible Marquette and GU meet up in the sweet sixteen. Thought that prospect might excite you.


    That's about all I've really paid attention to with the bracket too. I'm excited, hope it happens.
    Thanks for noticing!
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:43 pm
  • Natethegreat wrote:
    JSeahawks wrote:Ducks are a 12 seed and play Wisconsin. Anybody know anything about the badgers? I know they usually have a lot of white guys.

    Wisconsin isn't very good this year. I think Oregon wins this one.


    Read an article that said Wisconsin's best player is a horrible free-throw shooter, so is often pulled late in the game. If the Ducks can keep it close . . .
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:17 pm
  • HawkGA wrote:
    Natethegreat wrote:
    JSeahawks wrote:Ducks are a 12 seed and play Wisconsin. Anybody know anything about the badgers? I know they usually have a lot of white guys.

    Wisconsin isn't very good this year. I think Oregon wins this one.


    Read an article that said Wisconsin's best player is a horrible free-throw shooter, so is often pulled late in the game. If the Ducks can keep it close . . .


    Hard to gauge and thus trust the Big 10 teams because they so frequently lose to each other.

    Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Maryland, maybe even Minnesota might all lose first round. 2-3 of them could be in sweet 16.

    Alot will be matchups. Oregon represents a tough matchup for Oregon
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:08 pm
  • I really like this guys break down of the west bracket. He seems fairly knowledgable. I don't agree that FSU will take GU out again this year but its certainly possible. He really like Texas Tech and I certainly can understand why.

    https://collegebasketball.nbcsports.com ... eakdown-2/
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:40 pm
  • Well hopefully FSU loses to Marquette and it becomes a non-issue.
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:01 pm
  • HawkGA wrote:Well hopefully FSU loses to Marquette and it becomes a non-issue.


    Don’t see that happening. Marquette is really struggling, I heard Howard is playing with a wrist injury.
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:48 pm
  • My final four predictions.....
    Duke, Virginia, North Carolina, and Michigan
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:57 pm
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:03 pm
  • Tenn and Cinci are underrated, could see one of them making a FF run. My Cinderella team is Oregon....they still have some players from that FF team few years ago. Lunardi has Zags beating UNC in the title game....that would be quite nice.
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:27 pm
  • I like Cincinnati to upset Tennessee. They are good team playing very close to home. I have them reaching elite eight.
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Re: Bracketology
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:18 pm
  • Hawk-Lock wrote:
    HawkGA wrote:Well hopefully FSU loses to Marquette and it becomes a non-issue.


    Don’t see that happening. Marquette is really struggling, I heard Howard is playing with a wrist injury.


    It's definitely been a disappointing end to a promising season. Hopefully the wrist will heal up enough by then. They play their first game Thursday afternoon, so not much rest time.
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