Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DWG Projected NCAA Tournament Teams

I figured I'd take a crack at projecting out who will be invited to the NCAA Basketball Tournament in March.  Let's take a look at this when the tournament rolls around and see how I did.

American East (1):  Maine
Atlantic 10 (3):  Xavier, Temple, Richmond
ACC (6):  Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Maryland
Atlantic Sun (1):  East Tennessee State
Big 12 (6):  Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Missouri, Colorado
Big East (8):  UCONN, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Pitt, St. Johns, Syracuse, Villanova, WVU
Big Sky (1):  Weber State
Big South (1):  Coastal Carolina
Big Ten (7):  Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State
Big West (1):  UC-Santa Barbara
Colonial (2):  VCU, Old Dominion
C-USA (2):  Memphis, Southern Miss
Horizon (1):  Butler
Ivy (1):  Harvard
MAAC (1):  Fairfield
MAC (1):  Central Michigan
MEAC (1):  Morgan State
Missouri Valley (2):  Wichita State, Missouri State
Mountain West (4):  San Diego State, BYU, New Mexico, UNLV
NEC (1):  Central Connecticut State
Ohio Valley (1):  Murray State
Pac-10 (3):  Washington, UCLA, Arizona
Patriot (1):  American
SEC (5):  Miss State, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Ole Miss
Southern (1): Wofford
Southland (1):  Stephen F. Austin
SWAC (1):  Jackson State
Summit (1):  Oakland
Sun Belt (1):  Western Kentucky
WCC (1):  Gonzaga
WAC (1):  Utah State

Just missed:  Seton Hall, Detroit, Dayton, Loyola-Marymount, George Mason, Tennessee

Wasn't that an exciting post?

Ok, I'll give you a little bit more and strongly recommend George Dohrmann's new book, Play their Hearts Out.  It takes a look behind the scenes of the youth basketball machine and how it starts turning kids into commodities to be used and traded for money and prestige as early as 10-years old.  It is a fascinating look into a weird, sometimes creepy world that turns a kids game being played by kids into big business.  I couldn't put it down, and it's the gift that keeps on giving because most of the kids who are featured in the book are now freshman or sophomores in college and I keep seeing their names pop up playing for teams like Cal, Oregon State, New Mexico, and Maryland.  In fact, the kid who hit the game-winner for Maryland tonight, Pe'Shon Howard, is one of the more prominent characters.  I can't recommend it more highly.  In fact, my brother is reading it now and my dad is reading it after him, but after that I can send it to somebody.  If you want it for free, shoot me an email with your address.


snacks said...

Actually I'm reading the Pendergast book first. And I'd love to make a wager on Northwestern not making the tournament if you are confident in that selection.

Dr. Acula!. said...

Can I hit that Pendergast? Not "Devoe", more like "nerdy white guy" style.