March 15th, 2011 12:02 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Tags: NCAA, Rick Springfield, RPI, Selection Sunday
As it’s about to slide to one of our many backpages, we wanted to remind folks of the RPI-based tournament bracket we put forth for your perusement last night.
In it, we took the human element out of the NCAA Tournament selection process and filled this year’s bracket with only conference tournament winners (automatic bids) and the top remaining teams in the RPI (at-large bids).
We even turned the seeding process over to the computer and used a simple S-curve to divy up the teams and create the matchups.
You can eye the silicon-chip-friendly bracket right here.
Personally, we like the human touch — and yes, we enjoyed the music of Rick Springfield in our youth — when it comes to tourney selection. But if the NCAA could arrive at a formula for picking and seeding teams, it might quiet some of the complaints that arise each year following Selection Sunday. That’s the theory anyway. We think folks would just complain about the formula instead.
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