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 Post subject: "NCAA tweaks men's bracketing tactics"
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:44 pm 
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From USA Today article:

"With Selection Sunday 32 days away and teams trying to play their way into consideration for one of 34 at-large berths, committee chairman Tom O'Connor said Tuesday that his group will look closely at how a club does in its last 12 games as one criterion."

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http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/2008-02-12-Notes_N.htm


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 Post subject: Re: "NCAA tweaks men's bracketing tactics"
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:56 pm 
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Officially or unofficially, didn't the committee always look at the last 10 games?

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 Post subject: Re: "NCAA tweaks men's bracketing tactics"
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:09 pm 
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Yes, that's hardly news. But it is weird that one Committee member would be talking out on any "change" or tweak. Like the Supreme Court, the Committee should speak as a whole. Certainly millions more pay attention to the Committee.

I can't recall if your last 10...or 12... includes the conference tourney. Can someone shed some light on that?


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 Post subject: Re: "NCAA tweaks men's bracketing tactics"
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I"m not sure of that either, however, if the past is any indicator, Xavier has still gotten a decent seed in the tourney after blowing it in the tourney but also rewarded for doing well. My guess is that they primarily use the last 10-12 regular season games because as anyone knows, anything can happen during the tournament.


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It used to be 10 games, did it not? If the last 10--or 12--games were not now more important, why would the committee chairman bother to enunciate it? It was the committee chairman who said it. If he can't speak for the committee, who can? Should they have stood as a group on a stairway and chant in a single voice? I can't think of a single instance when they've done that. When the Supreme Court renders a decision, a single justice writes the opinion of the majority.


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<<When the Supreme Court renders a decision, a single justice writes the opinion of the majority.>>

Not always.

"In law, a concurring opinion is a written opinion by some of the judges of a court which agrees with the majority of the court but might arrive there in a different manner. In a concurring opinion, the author agrees with the decision of the court but normally states reasons different from those in the court opinion as the basis for his or her decision. When no absolute majority of the court can agree on the basis for deciding the case, the decision of the court may be contained in a number of concurring opinions, and the concurring opinion joined by the greatest number of jurists is referred to as the plurality opinion."

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 Post subject: Re: "NCAA tweaks men's bracketing tactics"
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Mr N...er, are you quoting someone in another post? I cant find anyone in this post saying "When the Supreme Court renders a decision, a single justice writes the opinion." Has a post been deleted?

My point was that Justices don't speak out of turn before the decision is announced, and members of the Committee shouldn't, either. Tongue was firmly in cheek in light of Scalea's recent interview with the BBC where he basicly jumps an issue surely to come before the court...and says something we wont call torture..needles under the fingernails...is OK.


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