Monday, March 12, 2012

Picking a Bracket: Expert Picks (CBS, Yahoo!, SI, and ESPN) - Part 4

UPDATED: I have added all of the SI experts.
This is the reference to the Expert Bracket tabulating I referenced in Part 1

One thing to take into consideration is that most of these picks were made before it was announced Fab Melo would not play in the tournament.  Obviously that greatly impacts Syracuse, so you may not want to read too much into their predicted success below.

Highlights:
  • Total Expert Brackets: 19
  • Total picks for Kentucky as National Champ: 16
  • First Round:
    • Upsets (Majority of picks for lower seeded team): UConn and NC State. (Belmont received 8 picks and Long Beach State 9)
    • Marquette and Florida State each received all 19 picks.
    • Surprise: For how great everyone touts the Billikens to be, only two experts picked them beat Memphis.
  • Elite Eight Match-ups (Based on majority of picks): Kentucky/Baylor, UNC/Kansas, Mich.St/Mizz, Syracuse/OhioSt
    • Notable: West has 10 different teams with a pick in EE.
  • Final Four: KY/Mizz, Kansas/Syracuse
    • Notable: Kentucky was picked by all 19 experts to reach Final Four. I highlighted Kansas because they had more picks to reach the Championship than UNC.
  • Championship: Kentucky over Syracuse

Apologies these charts aren't the prettiest things, I haven't quite mastered the whole HTML thing yet...
1st Rd
.
SouthISUUConnWSUVCUIndyNMxStUNLVCOBaySD StXavND
.
811154172172163910
.
.
WestMemStLNMxLBStLouDavMurStCOStMarqTBDFLVA
.
172109163172190163
.
.
EastKStSoMVanHarWIMTCinTXFSUStBGonWVU
.
163172163181190109
.
.
MidwestCreALTemTBDMichOHSDStNCStGTwnBelStMPur
.
154154181811118127
.

Here are the tallies for how far the experts have teams going.

Sheet20
.
Elite 8KYBayNDUNLVDukeUNCKanCreGTwnNCStMich
.
19914517161211
.
.
MichStMemLouisMurStMarqMizzNMxFLLBStVA
.
103116103111
.
.
WIVanOSUFSUSyr
.
1512713
.
.
Final 4KYMichStMarqMurStFLMemMizz
.
19531119
.
.
UNCKanCreSyrOSUFSUVan
.
9919442
.
.
Championship Match UpKYMizzUNCSyrKanOSU
.
1814753
.
.
National ChampionKYSyr
.
163
.


Links to each of the expert brackets...

CBS Sports Experts: Gary Parrish, Dennis Dodd, Gregg Doyel, Jeff Borzello, Jeff Goodman, Matt Norlander, Jerry Palm and Peter Tiernan

Yahoo! Sports Experts: Brad Evans, Pat Forde, Mike Huguenin and Dan Wetzel

ESPN Expert: Jay Bilas

SI Experts: Seth Davis, Luke Winn, Stewart Mandel, Andy Staples, Andy Glockner and Rob Dauster

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