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2015 NCAA Tournament: Bracketology (II)

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We'll get started as soon as all the teams land their helicopters on the roof. Until then, have a danish, some coffee, and meet us in the auditorium.

Big Board, Big Board on the wall, who's the fairest one of all?
Big Board, Big Board on the wall, who's the fairest one of all?
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Welcome back to our College Crosse Bracketology Tournament  Information Session, Volume II. We know you are busy, so let's get right to it.

Here's the updated Big Board through April 16th:

2015 BRACKETOLOGY (II): CONFERENCE LEADERS
TEAM
RPI WRPI SOS 1-5 6-10 11-20 AVG. RPI W AVG. RPI  L RPI 1-10 W RPI 40-69 L
Notre Dame ACC 1 1 2-1 2-0 2-0 13.38 5.00 Georgetown, Virginia, Syracuse, Duke N/A
Albany A. East 14 27 0-1 0-1 0-0 43.70 5.00 N/A N/A
Denver B. East 5 8 2-1 1-0 0-1 27.44 7.00 Duke, Notre Dame, Georgetown N/A
Maryland B1G 6 11 1-0 0-1 3-0 27.91 9.00 North Carolina N/A
Towson CAA 13 34 0-0 1-0 1-3 37.11 14.67 Georgetown N/A
Cornell Ivy 8 7 0-1 1-1 2-0 31.00 10.00 Yale N/A
Marist MAAC 28 62 0-0 0-0 0-1 50.11 29.00 N/A Penn State
Hobart NEC 23 44 0-1 0-2 0-1 54.43 8.25 N/A N/A
Navy Patriot 17 21 0-0 0-1 2-2 36.88 16.75 N/A N/A
Richmond SoCon 33 48 0-1 0-1 0-1 54.86 18 N/A UMBC

* Conference leaders were determined by current league record. Where there was a tie in league record, the team with the higher RPI was noted as the conference leader.

2015 BRACKETOLOGY (II): POTENTIAL AT-LARGE POOL
TEAM
RPI WRPI SOS 1-5 6-10 11-20 AVG. RPI W AVG. RPI L RPI 1-10 W RPI 40-69 L
Syracuse ACC 2 2 1-2 2-0 2-0 23.56 2.00 Cornell, UVA, Duke N/A
N. Carolina ACC 3 4 3-0 1-1 1-0 26.67 6.00 Denver, Duke, UVA, Syracuse N/A
Duke ACC 4 3 0-4 2-0 1-0 28.56 2.75 Georgetown, UVA N/A
Virginia ACC 7 5 0-4 1-0 2-0 33.50 2.50 Cornell N/A
Yale Ivy 9 16 0-0 1-0 1-0 34.11 13.50 Maryland N/A
Georgetown B. East 10 9 0-3 0-0 2-1 37.00 5.75 N/A N/A
Ohio State B1G 11 12 1-1 0-0 2-1 35.1 16.67 Denver N/A
Marquette B. East 12 13 0-1 0-1 1-0 37.6 21.67 N/A Bellarmine
Brown Ivy 15 31 0-0 0-1 1-0 38.89 19.33 N/A N/A
Loyola Patriot 16 10 0-1 0-4 2-1 31.71 14.83 N/A Holy Cross
Johns Hopkins B1G 18 6 0-2 0-1 1-3 36.6 9.17 N/A N/A
Princeton Ivy 19 17 0-0 1-1 1-1 35.43 19.75 Yale N/A
Colgate Patriot 20 35 0-0 0-1 1-1 37.57 24.25 N/A Boston U.

* The at-large pool was limited to teams currently ranked in the top 20 of the RPI.

Some notes on what's up there:

  • Philly Watch: Much to the consternation of the main stream media (and haters of freedom around the world), Philly teams are very much alive in their respective conference races. Drexel sits in third place in THUNDERDOME! and barring a meltdown, the Dragons should make the THUNDERDOME! Tournament. Additionally, Penn is causing major problems in the Ivy League and may just sneak its way into the Ivy League Tournament, something that would've been unthinkable three to four weeks ago. Moreover, I see you, St. Joseph's! Like last week, though, Hobart gets the square as the Statesmen have a higher RPI than the Hawks. Interestingly, St. Joseph's takes on Hobart this weekend in a vital Northeast Conference game. The winner earns the right to host the 2015 Northeast Conferencep Tournament and most importantly gets the NEC square on our Big Board.
  • Play-In Games: Nothing much has changed since last week, the MAAC, Northeast, Patriot, and SoCon automatic qualifiers will probably kick off the tournament in the play-in games. There is an interesting race, however, between the Patriot League, THUNDERDOME!, and the America East. There is a reasonable possibility that those three leagues will fight down the stretch to avoid a play-in game scenario.
  • Johns Hopkins: It's probably not going to happen.
  • Top Eight Seeds: [closes eyes and swings bat] (1) Notre Dame; (2) North Carolina; (3) Syracuse; (4) Denver; (5) Maryland; (6) Duke; (7) Virginia; (8) Cornell.
  • At-Large Field: We all know the math, there are only eight at-large spots in the tournament. As of now, the smart money is that the four ACC teams that don't win the AQ will probably hog up half of the at-large seats. This should leave four spots for everyone else. Yale, Ohio State, and Georgetown seem to have the best at-large resumes, admittedly, one can find flaws in each of their profiles. But as of now, they seem to be the best of the rest. So who gets the last chair? Right now, the fight is likely between Marquette and Loyola, and the Eagles and 'Hounds each have an albatross loss hanging around their necks. There's a lot of lacrosse left and things are too fluid to make any guarantees just yet, though.
Well that about wraps it up for our College Crosse Bracketology Tournament  Information Session.  Remember show no fear out there.