The 2017-18 college basketball season has come to an end and we’ve crowned Villanova as the champions this year. It was a fun season for me as well. Here’s a few of the highlights:
1. Visiting Gallagher-Iba Arena
This is one of the 7 historic college gyms on my list to visit, so when the Longhorns had a game on a Saturday I knew it was a trip I wanted to make. Even though the Longhorns couldn’t hold on to win the game, the trip was overall great. We got to see the empty gym Friday night before the game and were invited to stay and watch UT practice. Eating at Eskimo Joe’s was a great experience too with some amazing cheese fries! (I was also able to get into 2 other gyms on my travels this season, Oklahoma and Harvard.)
I'm ready to fill this bracket out on Sunday! Who else is excited about March Madness!
Here are a few posts to check out for March Madness info:
- March Madness Survival Guide
- Road to Selection Sunday Series
- Guide to Madness 2018 (includes discount code for 20% off)
- Join the Red Phog bracket pool
On the last Sunday before Selection Sunday I wanted to show you a little bit about how the selection process works. Here are the basic highlights of how the committee works to seed and create the bracket that the world will see on Sunday night. During the entire process there are several rules and procedures they follow which you can find here if you want to read through it. I've only listed a few of the highlights to give you a general idea of what goes on.
Check out the other 3 parts of the series here.
These are the last conference standings of the season. The Big Ten is final and their conference tournament starts today at Madison Square Garden. Still a few close races out there with 1 or 2 games left in the regular season, it's tied up in the SEC.
You can now purchase the 2018 Guide to Madness! Click on the link and use the discount code PREORDER2018 to get a 20% discount (if you are an early insider look for an email with your code for 40% off). There's over 120 pages of team information and facts about March Madness. The guide will finalized on March 11 after the tournament seeds have been announced and you will be sent an email with instructions on how to download the guide.
It's the last week of the regular season in college basketball and these are the 5 best games to watch. A few with bubble implications and the Big Ten Tournament starts this week on Wednesday.
In Part 3 of the Road to Selection Sunday series, it's a quick look at how RPI, BPI, and Strength of Record are calculated. These 3 metrics are a large part of what goes into seeding on Selection Sunday. RPI has been used since 1981 while BPI and SoR were introduced by ESPN in 2011.
Here are Parts 1 and 2 if you missed them.
These are your individual stat leaders going into the last week of college basketball. Be sure to check out 2 games to watch today- Kansas @ Texas Tech and Harvard @ Pennsylvania (leaders in the Ivy League). Tomorrow will be Part 3 of the Road to Selection Sunday series. Check out the first 2 parts here.