Open Thread: NCAA Tournament

  • 03/13/2011 7:48 pm in

Quite a bit of chatter tonight on the just revealed 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket. Seven Big Ten teams — Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin — made the field.

And with the Hoosiers already home for the season, we’re opening up this space for your bracket discussion.

Questions to ponder: Best draw for a Big Ten team? Worst draw for a Big Ten team? Biggest at-large snub? Team that didn’t belong in the field? Sleeper team? Highest seed ripe for an upset? All of this, and anything else you’d like to discuss, is on the table.

And of course, you can join our NCAA Tournament Pick ‘Em group.

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  • Anonymous

    Go Sycamores!!!

  • Anonymous

    Doug Gottlieb says MSU has become lucas and a bunch of other dudes… seems a lil harsh doesnt it?

  • Anonymous

    Anyone’s thoughts on the hoosiers next year? I think its reasonble for us to be on the bubble by next year

  • Anonymous

    Anyone’s thoughts on the hoosiers next year? I think its reasonble for us to be on the bubble by next year

  • Clinton Mills

    This is one of the most wide open fields I have seen in a long time. There are a ton of teams who I think are capable of winning it all.

  • Q95

    i am anxious to see how well the badgers do this year. for all the talk about bo ryan and his success at wisconsin over the past 9 years, his teams have been bounced from the tournament in either round one or two on 6 occasions. he has made it to the elite 8 only once. this is after never finishing no worse than 4th in the conference standings. this guy is a serious underachiever when it comes to the ncaa tournament.

    and by the way, i have already heard a couple the the espn analysts predict upset city when wisconsin takes on belmont in round one.

  • Anonymous

    Colorado got SCREWED……

  • INUnivHoosier

    I couldn’t have picked 7 b10 teams deserving of a bid this year…

  • cooper

    IU only improved two wins ( i think) and this was a horrible year for college bball, which is troubling. no great teams, no even really good teams, I have no idea who will win

    good for Penn State making it, they deserve it.

  • IU_Fan_99

    IL and MSU both…

  • Tjmadden

    colorado got robbed, va tech got robbed. illinois a #9 seed? that’s a joke. couple of potential dynamite big east matchups in the second round…should be interesting. duke got a tough region. if they would have lost to UNC and kept that 2 seed they would’ve been in the newark region. i expect uconn to contine their momentum from the big east tourney. i think florida is overrated. i see st. john’s making a run in that region.

  • Tjmadden

    colorado got robbed, va tech got robbed. illinois a #9 seed? that’s a joke. couple of potential dynamite big east matchups in the second round…should be interesting. duke got a tough region. if they would have lost to UNC and kept that 2 seed they would’ve been in the newark region. i expect uconn to contine their momentum from the big east tourney. i think florida is overrated. i see st. john’s making a run in that region.

  • Scott W.

    I believe that Northwesten should of been in over Illinois.

  • Scott W.

    I believe that Northwesten should of been in over Illinois.

  • Glawton12

    I honestly think MSU is pulling themselves together in time for the tourney like they have for a couple of years now. I could be eating my words later on, but I see them winning a few. They’re like the San Diego Chargers of college basketball, except they actually win when it counts.

  • Seriously, really thought they deserved a chance in. Certainly a lot more than IL did.

  • Anonymous

    Bel

  • Kansas is going to have a tough time getting through Illinois, Louisville, then Purdue or Notre Dame. I think the Jayhawks got screwed.

  • Anonymous

    off subject, but John Pelphrey just got fired @ Arkansas, hoping we get another chance at BJ Young!!!!!We need him badly!

  • HoosierFromCt

    so did anybody notice some of our future recruits twitter accounts? I think this Fab 5 movie just did us a little favor. #2012 The Takeover.

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t pick 68 teams deserving of being in the tournament. Probably not 65

  • Diesel

    Not sure why everyone sees Penn St as a bad team. If you count the B10 Tournament, they won 12 B10 games this year. They have a first team B10 player in Taylor Battle who is also I believe 9th all time in scoring for the B10. They start 4 seniors. They have athletic and strong bigs. This was not your momma’s Penn State team. Next year will be a different story though.

  • N71

    Yes, looks like Buss and Yogi are recruiting Gary and Jeremy. Not surprising but definately good to see. Buss and Yogi along with coach Crean will be much more effective than us wearing IU garb at a HSE or LC game.

  • IUJeff

    AND hopefully a health Mo Creek. That would be a pretty solid recruting class..

  • IUJeff

    Not me. UAB should not be in the NCAA tourney over Colorado. Furthermore, after the great tourney run, Davis is who started IUs downslide IMO.

  • JerryCT

    Looking at the brackets here is what I am hoping/looking for :

    + Butler vs ODU
    + Matchup btwn Battle and Kemba Walker
    + Matchup btwn Morris and N Smith
    + KY vs OSU
    + ND vs PU
    + STJU vs UCLA
    + Ferdette vs Lucas

    Since I will be in Ferdette’s hometown area to watch the tournament I am forced to watch every BYU game unless I watch the tournament in a snow cave somewhere.

    Fla is the highest seed ready for an upset , VCU does not belong , CU does belong. I think PU got the best draw and Wisc or UM got the worst.

    I like PSU making the elite 8 and hoping for ND in the final 4.

    Continuing my chant ……. ” the 1966-67 IU team finished 1st in the B10 while finishing last the year before ” ……… a rare if ever before occurrence. We need to learn more of this team and adopt them as our mantra for next season

  • Plane1972

    Wisconsin has had some really really nice players in recent memory who have been upset in the dance, but it is hard for me to imagine Jordan Taylor not just willing this team to at least a Sweet 16 run. Of course, plenty of great players have seen their teams get surprised early on, but watching what he did against us in the Hall makes it hard to believe this team folds to a lesser opponent.

  • Tetkalee

    and yet he’s taken UAB to several straight 20 win seasons. believe me i wanted him gone just as much as the next guy when he was here…..but the mess we got after he left….i would have kept him for a year or two more

  • millzy32

    Big Ten HQ are a little closer to IL than to CO. CO definitely should have made it though. Lots of Politics going on in the selection process (as always).

  • stonaroni

    At least Ill is in the tournament and not 193 inthe RPI with a 12-20 record!!!!!!

    I personally would not be shocked if they made a run in the tourn to the Sweet 16. The talent is there, the coaching is not. nd yes, not be shocked if they are 1 and done.

  • stonaroni

    The ONLY way we make it to the tourn next season is if CTC modifies our offense to fit out personnel. And this has to happen after CTC actaully teaches this team how to play good defense. If he cannot, hire a defensive guru from the NCAA or NBA as an asst and keep him on the bench all season.

    I have another concern about next season. I am afraid CTC has nothing but “yes” men in his staff. None of them hit me as the type to say “”Coach, we have been beating our heads against the wall for 3 years waiting for this scheme to develop, We just do not have the players to make this happen.” I could be wrong, but it would be nice to have that top notch asst. EVERY great program in the country has a very special asst coach.

  • Anonymous

    And I know it was two years ago, but they won the NIT then too – there are some players on the team with tourney experience (and advancing in tournaments)

  • InTheMtns

    I liked Colorado, too, and thought they would get in. They seemed to be playing pretty well at the end of the season, but I think the committee just thought their overall schedule wasn’t strong enough. They had too many games against teams with RPIs 300 and above, plus they lost 7 games against teams who didn’t make the tournament. Their non-conference schedule was really weak.

    UAB played a much harder schedule than Colorado. Now granted, they lost some of those games against good teams but they played all on the road. Top teams usually don’t want to schedule the road/home game combo with teams like UAB, so Davis accepted the challenge of playing them on the road because he wanted his team to play against top teams. They were 10-7 against top 100 teams in the RPI and 4-4 against the Top 60. They also won their conference for the regular season and I think that plus their schedule is why the committee put them in.

  • Bryan

    Really worried that statement will be repeated at the end of next season as well…

  • Anonymous

    I agree. I will never accuse Mike Davis of being the sharpest tack on the bulletin board (and maybe he is a good coach who was simply thrust into a situation that was way bigger than he was ready for at that time,) but I always admired his honesty (any coach who professes to hate Kentucky can’t be all bad,) and I feel confident that he has integrity.

  • Anonymous

    Thing with Illinois is, if Weber accidentally gets lost in his hotel closet and misses the team bus to the arena, they have the talent to knock Kansas off.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll never cry for Duke. I swear, it’s written in the NCAA bylaws that Duke and/or UNC gets to play tournament games in their home state every year. Every freakin’ year!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t be surprised if Louisville has fits with Morehead. Kenneth Faried is a monster, and U of L isn’t a great rebounding team.

  • Anonymous

    So if they both sign, is the “Fab Five” trumped by the “Sexy Six”?

  • Anonymous

    As much as I’d love to see Kentucky flame out against an Ivy League school, I’m kind of slobbering down my shirt waiting for Sullinger to crush Harrelson and Jones.

  • Anonymous

    This may be a little bit of a stretch, but a lot of the tournament “snubs” got me thinking about our non-conference schedule. It seems that the selection committee valued non-conference SOS very highly (Colorado vs. UAB).

    This year, CTC emphasized that our players had to “learn to win” and so we played a bunch of cupcakes. I personally feel that this strategy (even though it wasn’t the only factor) significantly contributed to our (lack) of success in big ten play.

    Now this may be my bad for not knowing next year’s schedule, but is CTC planning a similar “learn to win” strategy? If we want to make significant progress within the B1G and are at least discussing post-season opportunities, shouldn’t we go for a significantly tougher non-conference schedule?