Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Just Gimme a Chance: Dr. Brackets' 2024 NCAA Tourney Tips & Tricks


CBS' post-bracket reveal show may be good, BUT ESPN'S GOT JAY BILAS!
from ESPN's Youtube channel.

Late on Selection Sunday every year – after the bracket has been announced, after the kids have been put to bed – I like to turn on a couple of the big sports networks’ “bracketology” shows, where experts and former players interview coaches, talk about whether they agree with the selection committee’s decisions, and make their predictions on who will win each match-up in the tourney.

Now, I know these folks are working on coming up with info nuggets essentially on the fly since the bracket isn’t revealed until 5-6pm central time, and these shows typically start shortly after. It’s tough to basically wing it on live TV on these shows that have a lot of moving parts.

But to a large extent, college basketball followers have a pretty good idea of who ~60 of the 68 tournament teams will be at least a day in advance. And I am always blown away by the number of match-up predictions where the analysis offered up is almost literally something like, “I like Alabama, BUT GONZAGA HAS DREW TIMME, I’m going with the Zags.”