February 11, 2016 |
It was bound to happen: Bracketology has gone to the dogs. One of the sponsors for this month's Westminster Dog Show came up with the idea of having Joe Lunardi, the father of bracketology, come up with his picks for the dog show. Bracketology for bearded collies? "No, it's barketology," Lunardi corrected. If you are so lucky to see the Purina commercial, Lunardi has made his canine selections, with considerable technical assistance. Instead of touting some mid-major on the bubble, Lunardi will say things like, "I love the matchup between the English springer spaniel, a five-time winner, and a formidable entry, the lagotto romagnolo.
April 9, 2015 |
DOESN'T THIS guy ever rest? Yesterday, Joe Lunardi, the nation's premier bracketologist, posted an early look at next year's NCAA Tournament pairings on ESPN.com. And guess what? Jay Wright's Villanova Wildcats are back as a top seed, this time in the West Region, while Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls are listed as an 11 in the Midwest. And, oh yeah, Lunardi has Lehigh in a play-in game. Two teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference are also No. 1 seeds, but neither is named Duke.
March 17, 2015 |
HE ISN'T KNOWN as the nation's premier bracketologist for nothing. On Nov. 12, Joe Lunardi published his first NCAA Tournament bracket. Yesterday, the selection committee revealed the teams that go to the Big Dance. In comparing then and now, it was revealed that Lunardi - 4 months ago - selected 40 of the 68 teams or 58.8 percent. And that includes Northeastern and Robert Morris. Granted, that was down from last year when he correctly penciled in almost 65 percent of the final field early in the season, but it's still noteworthy.
March 16, 2015
Villanova is in and alive for a chance at its first No. 1 NCAA tournament seed since 2006. Temple yo-yoed from on the bubble entering the American Athletic Conference tournament, to almost surely in the field after beating Memphis, to back on the bubble - but how far back? - with its defeat Saturday at the hands of Southern Methodist in the semifinals. Welcome to Selection Sunday, everyone. The fates of about a couple of dozen teams will be determined this day, with a committee of 10 people sitting in Indianapolis doing the seeding and determining which teams will be paired up in each regional.
March 21, 2014 |
THERE IS NO one better than Joe Lunardi when it comes to predicting which teams will make the NCAA Tournament each year. The nation's one and only bracketologist correctly picked 67 of the 68 teams in this year's Big Dance. When he's not bracketologizing, Lunardi is the assistant vice president for marketing communication at Saint Joseph's University, where he even teaches a non-credit course in bracketology. He also "publishes" a weekly bracket on ESPN.com throughout the season.
February 17, 2014 |
The eminent bracketologist Joe Lunardi just spent a couple of days in Indianapolis as part of a media mock NCAA selection committee that went through the whole process of picking a field for March Madness. That's kind of funny since Lunardi basically does that every day after creating his own, "only in America" industry as ESPN's house bracketologist. The most interesting part of the Indianapolis exercise was how it marked the St. Joseph's Hawks as the very definition of a bubble team.
March 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Temple guard Khalif Wyatt sat in the media room late Friday night, his voice a monotone, a blank stare on his face. His team had just been eliminated in the Atlantic Ten tournament quarterfinals by Massachusetts for the second straight season. It was a game in which he scored 19 points but shot just 4 for 19 from the field. "They did a good job defending me," Wyatt said. "I still had some good looks. Just couldn't put it in. " Wyatt and the Owls were beaten by the Minutemen, 79-74, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
March 15, 2013 |
One thing about the resumés of the three Big Five schools in contention for an NCAA bid is that they seem to have quality wins and dreadful losses in almost equal numbers. The prospects for Temple, La Salle, and Villanova in what is likely to be a very crowded group under consideration for the last of the 37 at-large berths in the NCAAs depend on how each of the 10 members of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Committee evaluates good victories and bad defeats. Mike Bobinski, the chair of the committee that convened Wednesday in Indianapolis to begin selecting, seeding, and pairing teams for Sunday's announcement of the field, said quantifying the effects of win-loss results is difficult to do. "Everybody gets to make their determination on their own," Bobinski said Wednesday during a conference call.
March 10, 2013
Although its hold on its first NCAA tournament invitation in more than two decades remains tenuous, La Salle can all but cement a trip to the dance Saturday by going into one of the toughest arenas in the Atlantic Ten for a visiting team and leaving with a victory. The Explorers (21-7, 11-4) will pay a call on Chaifetz Arena, home of the St. Louis Billikens, in a matchup for seeding since both teams have clinched a first-round bye in next week's A-10 tournament. Believe it or not, a win by the Explorers and a loss by Virginia Commonwealth, the A-10 coleader with St. Louis, at Temple will clinch the top seed for La Salle in the tournament since it would prevail in a three-team tiebreaker because of wins over the Rams and the Billikens.