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15 March 2009


Selection Sunday predictions

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
3/15/2009 02:02:00 PM
The official NCAA tournament brackets are just a few hours away, but there's still time to make some quick predictions.

First of all, I would be very surprised if Villanova is not a 3-seed in Philadelphia for the Thursday-Saturday games at the Wachovia Center. It's looking very likely the 'Cats will be sent to South Philadelphia to play a 14-seed on Thursday.

My wild guess for Villanova's first-round opponent? East Tennessee State.

Louisville, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, and Memphis look pretty solid as the one-seeds. Duke, Connecticut, Michigan State, and Oklahoma should be the two seeds. If any of those teams could swap places, it would be UConn and Memphis, but with 25 straight wins and an absolute demolition of the C-USA, it would be unfair to the Tigers to leave them off the top line.

In the Big East, I have Syracuse as a solid #4, Marquette as a weak #6, and West Virginia as a solid #6. Providence heads to the NIT as a 2-seed, a victim of a brutal Big East schedule and a tight bubble due to mediocrity in the Big Ten and the SEC.

I have Penn State out. San Diego State in. Maryland in. St. Mary's out. (That cheap tactic of scheduling a cupcake after the conference tournament cannot be rewarded!) Arizona gets in, and its streak of tournament appearances survives one more year. Minnesota? Sorry Tubby. The Gophers are out despite his excellent coaching job turning that team around. Wisconsin is in, and is the safest of all the teams listed in this paragraph.

I think Creighton gets in as the very last team, as long as Tennessee holds off Mississippi St. this afternoon in the SEC final.

If I were in charge of the committee, Davidson would be in on the strength of a recovered Stephen Curry alone. But all signs point to Davidson heading to the NIT, where Curry will have one more chance to perform his magic in Madison Square Garden before heading to the NBA. 

We'll see how I did in a few hours.

What are your bracket predictions?


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26 Comments:

At 3:22 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Miss St is in!

Looks like Creighton is out as the bubble shrinks by one more!

Haha, two years in a row a bad SEC team gets the autobid.

 
At 3:56 PM, March 15, 2009, Anonymous HerndonforScottie said...

Tried to get tickets via TicketMaster. What's up with this?

Seats will be assigned on a random basis. Orders processed by 12noon Friday March 13th will be sent via 2 day UPS (please no PO box numbers). All other orders must be picked up at will call at the Open Practice Day, Wednesday March 18th (open practice begins at noon, box office opens at 10am).

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Session 1-Thursday March 19th, 2009 TBA
Session 2-Thursday March 19th, 2009 TBA
Session 3-Saturday March 21st, 2009 TBA

 
At 4:00 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Looks like they are selling general admission tickets that will have a seat, but the seats are not specified. I'd still do it.

 
At 5:29 PM, March 15, 2009, Anonymous kevin said...

any idea how many student tickets will be set aside per school?

 
At 6:02 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Louisville #1 overall seed -- no surprise there

 
At 6:03 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Lou -- midwest

Pitt -- east

UNC -- south

Uconn -- west


Memphis a 2

 
At 6:08 PM, March 15, 2009, Anonymous Sean Don said...

I predict a #2 seed for 'Nova in the Midwest.

 
At 6:11 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Arizona in as a #12 -- one of the last teams in.

 
At 6:11 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Wake going to Miami as the #4 seed.

 
At 6:12 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

MSU a #2 in Minneapolis -- just as I predicted. Philly looking like a lock

 
At 6:12 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Kansas a 3 in Minneapolis

 
At 6:13 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

ND state a 14 -- thats high !

 
At 6:13 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

WVU a 6 in Minneapolis vs Dayton -- tough first game

 
At 6:14 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Lou should handle this midwest bracket pretty easily...

 
At 6:18 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

uconn gets Chattanooga

8 BYU vs 9 TAMU in Uconn's Philly pod in the west regional

 
At 6:19 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

WOW--- Miss St gets a #13 seed as the autobid from the SEC... so low for a major conf

 
At 6:19 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Memphis on the other side of Uconns bracket, as expected

 
At 6:20 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

MD in as a 10 seed in memphis's pod -- tough pod for 2 memphis

 
At 6:20 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Mizzou a #3 in Boise

#6 marquette playing Utah State -- tough game for them in Mizzou's pod

 
At 6:24 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Looking very good for nova #3 in the east = philly --> boston

 
At 6:25 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Pitt in Dayton in the East as expected... will play ETSU (WOW!) I had ETSU as a #14. Tough game for Pitt relativel

 
At 6:26 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Tenn a #9 in Pitt's Pod -- rough!!

 
At 6:27 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

#12 Wisconsin as expected vs FSU in Boise

X the #4 pop captain in Boise

 
At 6:27 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

#2 Duke in Greensborough in t he east as expected...

 
At 6:28 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Nova vs. American

a #3 in the East in Philly! Sweet 16 matchup vs Duke. Elite 8 Matchup vs Duke. Doesn't get much better than that!

Our #6 is UCLA which is tough.

 
At 7:24 PM, March 15, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Pretty nice predictions by me. Called 64 of the 65 teams and every seed I specified was within 1.

 

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