Monday, March 17, 2008

Come On--Washington State in the East?

The mmviii NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is set to begin this week, and here's the bracket:

Midwest

Detroit Final Four,
San Antonio
CharlotteEast
Omaha 1 Kansas








1 North Carolina Raleigh
16 Portland State
16 Mount Saint Mary's
Dayton
17 Coppin State
8 Nevada-Las Vegas

8 Indiana
9 Kent State 9 Arkansas
Tampa 5 Clemson



5 Notre Dame Denver
12 Villanova 12 George Mason
4 Vanderbilt

4 Washington State
13 Siena 13 Winthrop
Omaha 6 Southern California





6 Oklahoma Birmingham
11 Kansas State 11 Saint Joseph's
3 Wisconsin

3 Louisville
14 California State-Fullerton National Champion 14 Boise State
Raleigh 7 Gonzaga



7 Butler Birmingham
10 Davidson 10 South Alabama
2 Georgetown

2 Tennessee
15 Maryland-Baltimore County 15 American
Anaheim 1 UCLA







1 Memphis Little Rock
16 Mississippi Valley State 16 Texas-Arlington
8 Brigham Young

8 Mississippi State
9 Texas A&M 9 Oregon
Tampa 5 Drake



5 Michigan State Denver
12 Western Kentucky 12 Temple
4 Connecticut


4 Pittsburgh
13 San Diego 13 Oral Roberts
Washington6 Purdue





6 Marquette Anaheim
11 Baylor 11 Kentucky
3 Xavier

3 Stanford
14 Georgia 14 Cornell
Washington 7 West Virginia



7 Miami Little Rock
10 Arizona 10 Saint Mary's
2 Duke

2 Texas
15 Belmont 15 Austin Peay

West

Phoenix Final FourHouston South

Notice that xxxii of the lxv teams are italicized. This is because they each are placed in a region that makes no nominal sense (Duke in the West?). I don't see much, if any, advantage in arbitrarily sending East coast teams West, and vice versa.

So, I've rearranged the bracket. Each team keeps its given seed number and its same placement in its respective bracket; I geographically rearranged the teams, seed by seed, to make the regionals more regional:

Midwest

Detroit Final Four,
San Antonio
CharlotteEast
Omaha 1 Kansas 1 North Carolina Raleigh
16 Texas-Arlington 16 Mount Saint Mary's
Dayton
17 Coppin State
8 Brigham Young 8 Indiana
9 Arkansas 9 Kent State
Omaha 5 Michigan State 5 Notre Dame Washington
12 Villanova 12 Temple
4 Pittsburgh 4 Connecticut
13 Oral Roberts 13 Siena
Little Rock 6 Marquette 6 Purdue Raleigh
11 Kansas State 11 Saint Joseph's
3 Wisconsin 3 Xavier
14 Boise State National Champion 14 Cornell
Little Rock 7 Butler 7 West Virginia Washington
10 Arizona 10 Davidson
2 Tennessee 2 Georgetown
15 Belmont 15 Maryland-Baltimore County
Anaheim 1 UCLA 1 Memphis Birmingham
16 Portland State 16 Mississippi Valley State
8 Nevada-Las Vegas 8 Mississippi State
9 Oregon 9 Texas A&M
Denver 5 Drake 5 Clemson Tampa
12 Western Kentucky 12 George Mason
4 Washington State 4 Vanderbilt
13 San Diego 13 Winthrop
Anaheim6 Southern California 6 Oklahoma Birmingham
11 Baylor 11 Kentucky
3 Stanford 3 Louisville
14 California State-Fullerton 14 Georgia
Denver 7 Gonzaga 7 Miami Tampa
10 Saint Mary's 10 South Alabama
2 Texas 2 Duke
15 Austin Peay 15 American

West

Phoenix Final FourHouston South

1 comment:

BellaFitz said...

Wow. You have a real flair for arrangement. Come to my house and help me move The Herniamaker. My living room needs re-arranging for the new big screen TV.