Posts Tagged ‘ncaa basketball’

The Solution to Keep NBA Prospects in the NCAA Longer: League Contraction

April 7, 2011 1 comment

In a recent episode of the BS Report podcast, Bill Simmons and Chuck Klosterman discussed at length the issue of NCAA basketball players leaving college too soon to enter the NBA draft. Bill, Chuck, and many other basketball fans, feel that this recent trend is hurting the NCAA product (Butler’s 18% shooting in the NCAA final this year) and the NBA product by having players enter the league before they are ready. Read more…


Round 3 Complete. Update!

March 23, 2011 2 comments
Writer Method Round 2 Winners Round 2 Upsets Round 3 Winners Round 3 Upsets Score After Round 3 Best Possible Score
David SRS & Win Shares 23 2 / 6 8 1 / 6 39 143
Kai None 25 4 / 8 10 1 / 4 45 133
Marcus Team Names 24 1 / 3 8 0 / 2 40 124
Matt Bitterness 24 3 / 9 8 1 / 4 40 152
Sean 3PT/FT Percentage 21 3 / 10 11 3 / 6 43 167

Rounds 2 and 3 are now complete.  Ignoring the fact that they should still be called Round 1 and 2 (the play-ins don’t count in our opinion), we’ll give a brief summary of our writer’s score totals, and give some initial thoughts on the success of each methodology.  The leaders in each category are in bold, and the last-place writer is in italics. Read more…

Matt’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Methodology: The Bitter Bracket

March 15, 2011 4 comments

I have been following and picking winners for the NCAA finals basketball tourney for about 5 years now, and I have come to learn a few things. I know that my time involved with this isn’t anywhere near as long as most of the die-hard American college sports lovers out there, but as a Canadian basketball fan with absolutely no reason to have an attachment to any US school team, I hope I can bring my unbiased observations to the table in a helpful way. The theme of my methodology this year is bitterness. You may ask why, and my answer will focus around the fact that I have tried the whole “getting attached to an underdog” and the “just pick a team and going with it” for the last few years and I have repeatedly been disappointed. That, among other reasons, will be explained below. Read more…

Marcus’ NCAA Basketball Tournament Methodology: Battle of the Fiercest Team Names

March 14, 2011 6 comments

Nothing beats a Blue Devil. (It's like Rock)

This year I have chosen my bracket using a system that came to me in a dream and I have invested a lot of confidence in.  Basically it works like this: In each given matchup the higher seed will be granted the win unless the difference between the two seeds is equal to or less than 3 in which case they do battle (i.e. first round matchups of 7v10 and 8v9 and so on).  A battle consists of taking the team name of both schools and deciding if the two animals or whatever it may be were to fight then which one would likely win.  Here’s how it shaped up.

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David’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Methodologies: SRS and Win Shares

March 14, 2011 5 comments

Final Four: Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Pittsburgh

Biggest Cinderella:  Morehead State to the Round of 16

When reflecting on my annual futile journey down the road of NCAA March Madness gambling, it seems like the strategies I use each year vary, depending on my success the previous year.  My own intuition always told me that established programs won the final games but were vulnerable in the rounds of 16 and 8.  In a game with equal opponents, I’ll usually place my money on the team with better team defense, and if that factor is a toss-up, the team with a larger front court.  And of course, every single year I am obliged to place the Kentucky Wildcats in at least the Final Four, because they’ve been my team since I was a teenager.  Before we get started, my full bracket is below.  Read more…

First Off The Bench Blogger’s Cup

March 14, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s that time of year again…

We here at First Off The Bench are going to be having an intra-blog competition among our writers to see who is the smartest, craftiest, and most of all luckiest with their NCAA basketball tournament picks.

Each participating writer will be throwing up a quick introductory article explaining the strategies they used to determine their picks, and will be including their analysis on how they see the tournament playing out.

Scoring will be determined using the addicting-as-crack CBSSports application on Facebook, where participants receive an increasing number of points for each correct game picked. The maximum total score is 192.

The winner will earn the right to champion their picking methods as the best for the following year. We love all the feedback we can get, so let us know what you think of each writer’s selection style.

Game on!