Monday, May 10, 2010

NCAA Brackets and a Few General Comments

The bracket is here

Definitely the committee's best job since I started the blog 3 years ago. 4 very intriguing Sweet 16 matches and also some very tough round of 32 matches. I was discussing the potential seedings on Saturday and from the looks of it, it's something along the lines of:

7. Carnegie
8. Kenyon
9. Amherst
10. Hopkins
11. NC Wes
12. Williams

Basically, Williams upset win on Saturday did nothing for them in terms of their NCAA fate. The bracket was made almost as if it never happened. My guess would be that Williams and Amherst are paired together purely for geographical reasons. If Williams traveled South to Hopkins, then NCW would have nowhere to go. JHU has to be breathing a sigh of relief after seeing their regional. They don't have to travel and they get a team that they beat 8-1 during the regular season. As a sidenote, the Blue Jays will be hosting their regional at the great facilities of nearby Goucher College. A pretty nice region for Emory, although they do have a 9 hour bus ride. They beat W&L 9-0 not even a month ago, Trinity (TX)-Kenyon is the Sweet 16 match that I would most like to see. California is the region of death once again and I don't know who to take in the CLU-Cruz match. Also unfortunate for Whitman that they get sent here. CMU may be the biggest winner in all of this with a nice regional and a host site. They had a tough match with Mary Wash mid-season though, and UT-Tyler has a great chance at a round of 32 upset. Wash U has a nice region and I also have a feeling Luther may beat Kzoo. Midd has the easiest region but they definitely deserve it.

Tuesday I'll be previewing regions 1, 3, 5 and 7 (Midd, CMS, CMU, Amherst)
Wednesday I'll be doing 2, 4, 6 and 8 (W&L, Wash U, Whitewater, Hopkins)

Play begins Thursday at CMS and CMU, and Friday at the other 6 sites.