Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bracket questions?

I would love to answer any and all bracket questions.  Comment, email or tweet @jabesblog3000 them to me and I will answer them all!!


  1. Yeah, I have a question. I don't mean to be a smartass, and I don't know if you say this or not, but why do bracketologists refer to the four best teams they project to not make the Big Dance as the "First Four Out?" Wouldn't they be the "Last Four Out?" Being the "First Four Out" means that of all the teams not to make the NCAAs, they were the first ones to be eliminated. In other words, a team on the bubble, like Minnesota, was deemed by the bracketologist to be quicker and easier to bump from the tournament than, say, TCU, a team that isn't even going to the CBI or CIT or whatever fourth-rate postseason they have.

    Do you know what I mean? Can you explain this? Thanks.

  2. You are looking at it backwards. They are the first four teams out of the tournament. The committee doesn't select the teams that don't make it, they select the ones that do. So they start a 1 and count to 68. 69 70 71 and 72 would be the first 4 teams out.

  3. But how does the committee select the teams that make it without considering all the teams that have a good enough resume to make it? To me, saying that Minnesota is the "first team out" of the NCAA tournament before a crap team like Northwestern defies logic.


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