College basketball is one week away. The start of the season also signals the start of bracketology. The ranking and ordering of teams for selection to the 2019 NCAA Tournament. As results happen, each team will be evaluated on a variety of criteria and ranked accordingly.
This year the NCAA committee has some new criteria to consider. Location of games will be considered differently this year. Delphi Bracketology will provide the best possible analysis of there new criteria.
We will update our brackets regularly starting in mid December. Look for our podcasts starting in November. On these podcasts we will be discussing our thoughts and rankings, as well as all topics related to college basketball.
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Last week we posted a blind resume. Team A was Clemson and Team B was Wisconsin. Which team is more deserving of a higher seed? We believe its Clemson at this time, but both teams have faced a few losses lately.
We are entering the fourth week of conference play. The outcomes of these games will greatly effect the seeding process. Who can get quality wins? Who can get road wins? Conference play is always a battle. It separates out the contenders from the pretenders.
Lets look at the BIG Ten. The top teams are Purdue and Wisconsin. Where should these teams be seeded? Purdue has only 2 top 50 wins and Wisconsin has 0. Therefore, we have them seeded as 5th and 7th seeds. Northwestern and Indiana have 3 top 50 wins each. Wisconsin also has the weakest Strength of Schedule of any big team currently in our field and also three BIG Ten bubble teams the likes of Michigan, Penn State, and Nebraska.
We just don't compare conference teams but all the teams. Georgia Tech with its win over NC State on the road, now has 3 top 50 wins and may be pushing to be included in the field.
As we get closer we will look at more than just the number of wins, but also at the quality of opponent and location to make our decisions.
Seeding the teams is a constant practice of comparing resumes of similar teams. UCLA has only 2 top 50 wins but a huge win at Kentucky. The Bruins strength of schedule is the 5th worst of our at large field. So should they be a 1,2 or 3 seed or maybe even lower. Time will tell. Until then, happy hoop watching from the guys here at Delphi Bracketology.
The conference season is in full go now in college basketball. Mid January finds discussion of teams and possible NCAA tournamentinclusion starting in full. We here at Delphi Bracketology will help you understand the procedures and the selection process through this blog from here until the end of the tournament.
Today, we focus on seeding. Bracketologists all have different methods of selecting teams for mid-season brackets. We bracket teams as if the season were to end currently. We do not attempt to predict future results. As we use this method, we understand that changes will occur thoughout the rest of the season.
Each of 32 conferences get an automatic bid. That leaves 36 at large spots open to teams that did not win their conference. Delphi Bracketology has identified 22 conferences as likely one bid leagues. Meaning only the conference winner will advance to the NCAA. That leaves 46 spots from the top 10 conference to fill the bracket. We attempt to place those 46 in order 1-46 and the 22 one bid leagues after. We will move a one bid league team up as needed.
Once the entire field is selected, we then "scrubb" the teams, which means compare the team resumes to see what order is best. Here is an example of the scrubbing process.
Let's look at two resumes:
Team A: 11-4:
5-3 vs top 50 RPI, 2-0 vs 51-100 RPI, 1 sub 100 RPI loss, strength of schedule 26
Team B: 13-3
0-3 vs top 50 RPI, 3-0 vs 51-100 RPI, 0 sub 100 RPI loss, strength of schedule 127
Which team should be seeded higher? Need more info? Tweet us your answer. We will give you the team names in next blog. This is the process that we use to complete the field of 68 and to seed the teams. We will be sharing our seed lists and brackets as we go forward. Please let us know what you think.