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Bracketology 2022: Checking Our Work with College Basketball Coast to Coast

I’m not sure if this was my best season ever, but it’s close.

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Notre Dame vs Virginia Tech
Notre Dame was my lone at-large miss. And Virginia Tech’s fate might have just rested on Saturday night’s win over Duke.
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The Final Projected Bracket’s Performance

  • 1 missed at-large (Notre Dame over Texas A&M)
  • 45 teams seeded correctly (42 in 2021, 43 in 2019, 38 in 2018)
  • 21 teams seeded within one line (18 in both 2021 and 2019, 25 in 2018)
  • 1 team seeded within two lines (Virginia Tech) (7 in 2021, 6 in 2019, 3 in 2018)

Looking at the 1 to 68 overall Seed List:

  • 21 teams exact
  • 20 teams within 1 spot
  • 11 teams within 2 spots
  • 7 teams within 3
  • 4 teams within 4
  • 3 teams within 5
  • 1 team within 10 (Virginia Tech again)

In tonight’s College Basketball Coast to Coast Selection Sunday special, a full house of college hoops luminaries joined T.J. Rives and me, including the Coach, Ari Russell;’s West Coast maven Matt Zemek; DeShaun Tate, the king of hoops takes, and Jason Powers, host of the Powers on Sports podcast.

During my time on the mic, I discussed some of my main gripes with the Committee’s work—the 2 line, Notre Dame over Texas A&M, Virginia Tech’s need to win the ACC Tournament. I must say they did a fairly good job and were relatively consistent, particularly when it comes to importance of Quad 1 wins, particularly Quad 1A victories. However, the inconsistency in how teams’ conference tournament results were treated sticks out in my mind as a major problem.

I will surely write more of my bracket thoughts over the next couple of days, as I move toward making my typically terrible tournament picks on Tuesday.