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NCAA Releases Mock NCAA Men’s Bracket

In predictions, Uncategorized on February 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm

The NCAA has begun releasing a mock selection bracket for March Madness a month in advance of the actual selections.

There’s a pretty complex set of stats, algorithms and processes involved in creating this hypothetical and you can read about it at the NCAA website – they even have videos explaining it all, but for now,

here’s the mock bracket, itself

Check out the Mock NCAA Men’s bracket for yourself – set the .pdf to 50% of actual size and you can see the whole bracket on one screen easily.

If selection were to go this way I would definitely put money on Kansas to win it all. (Oh yeah, I already did!).

And looking at Syracuse’s bracket, you run into an opportunity in that game against Texas in the Sweet 16. I’m a Longhorn, but I gotta say ‘Cuse’s play against the BIG men of the BIG East is impressive – Dexter Pittman and Wangemele neutralized and the three high-scoring freshman of Texas under heavy defensive pressure? I like Syracuse.

Lots to look at in  this mock bracket, including Georgetown’s bear of a bracket having to face Belmont, Xavier and Ohio State to get to the Sweet 16 … hmmm. And they’d end up facing a Kentucky team that has a much easier road.

I like Wisconsin in their bracket too. I figure they’d make it all the way to the Kansas matchup and then fall in the final four.

If Purdue and K-State manage to get through some tests against Maryland and Butler, I like that game a lot – K-State D versus that Purdue team wil be a blast to watch. Early, of course, but I’m taking K-state. And if Nova makes it past OK State or Illinois or Wake, I actually like K -state or Purdue in that matchup because of fatigue. G’Town took Nova apart.

enjoy.

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Reviewing Our NBA Predictions Midway

In predictions on February 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Before each season we make:

YH’s Preseason NBA Remarks [2009]

which is a sort of a predictions list. Let’s see how our view is holding up at the midway point this year:

1. Nobody’s winning 70 games and anybody who suggested it’s wack.

TOLD YA!

2. Orlando management from January when Nelson went down has been brill: Pick up, then dump Tyronn Lue and Rafer Alston; Andersen/Bass replace Turkoglu; Carter’s eye-candy. Magic are in East Final.

I’M STICKING BY IT.  OH, AND VCs 48 POINTS THE OTHER NIGHT?    TOLD YA!

3. Lakers are in the Western Conference Final with either San Antonio or Dallas

SPURS LOOKING WEAKER AND NUGGETS LOOKING STRONGER.

4. Cavs can’t beat Boston or Orlando in seven games.

I UNDERESTIMATED LEBRON AND SHAQ – THEY CAN PROBABLY BEAT THE CELTICS – BUT MIKE BROWN CAN’T WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP – NO WAY.

5. Josh Smith and Atlanta are sleepers.

TOLD YA!

6. Don Nelson will become Winningest Coach in NBA history, January 26, 2010, Golden State vs. Sacramento at SAC

THIS ONE ISN’T MY FAULT                      IT’S CHRIS COHAN’S!

7. 35 … 38 or even 40 boards in a game!

I’M STICKING TO THIS –                       LATE SEASON, AGAINST THE NETS!

8. a quadruple-double, possibly two in a season for 1st time

I LIKE MY MAIN MAN J-SMOOVE TO BE THE ONE TO PULL THIS OFF, BUT LEBRON, NASH, HOWARD, CP3 AND A HANDFUL OF OTHERS MIGHT STILL PROVE ME RIGHT.

9. it’s going to be an awesome year

TOLD YA!

Hope you will join us here at Yesterday’s Hoops for the stretch run in college and professional basketball!