What would this blog be without some bracketology?
So, yes, the basketball tournament is in the rear view mirror. But it’s just a little more than three weeks until the next Selection Sunday —- for the NCAA lacrosse tournament.
It’s a little tricky not working with an official RPI, but it’s certainly still possible to produce a 16-team field resembling how things might look come May 3.
Still, it’s worth giving it a whirl at this point. Obviously, there’s plenty still to come this season, but for now this is a reasonably well-informed projected field.
(1) Virginia vs. Loyola
(8) Duke vs. Cornell
(5) GWLL/Notre Dame vs. ECAC/Massachusetts
(4) CAA/Hofstra vs. Brown
(3) Syracuse vs. PATRIOT/Colgate
(6) Johns Hopkins vs. North Carolina
(7) AMERICA EAST/UMBC vs. Maryland
(2) IVY/Princeton vs. MAAC/Providence
Last four out: Albany, Navy, Harvard, Georgetown
A few notes:
* Loyola is a loser under this scenario. If the NCAA wants to avoid (a) more than two first-round flights and (b) no conference matchups in the first round, then Brown won’t be going to Virginia or Princeton. So that’s why the Greyhounds are in Charlottesville rather than on Long Island.
* Syracuse and Hofstra would be funneled into the quarterfinals at Hofstra; Virginia and Princeton would be funneled into the quarterfinals at Navy.
* The team off the radar for now because of its good unofficial RPI and strength of schedule numbers is Penn State. The 5-5 Nittany Lions (who would look a whole lot better had they beaten Robert Morris) probably need to win out —- and their remaining schedule of St. John’s, Rutgers, Saint Joseph’s and Georgetown will only do them so much good.
—- Patrick Stevens