Hello and welcome to Barnes Bracketology, the 2010 edition. After my inaugural run in 2009 on my personal blog, I'm excited to give this another shot. Last year was fairly successful in both reader interaction and my picks. I had a somewhat solid following that gave me plenty of opinions, from start to finish. I also did a decent job with the picks, correctly guessing all the top seeds and predicting 64 of the 65 teams in the field (Arizona the lone miss).
But with a new year comes bigger goals. This year, I wanna get them all. Of course, that may not happen, because while I may see something one way, the selection committee may see it another, so in essence, there is no "wrong' answer. But that's not going to stop me from crunching the numbers every night and putting together the massive puzzle that is the field of 65.
While some may think it's easy, trust me, it's not. I figured that out quickly last year. There are tons of components that go into making a bracket. First, picking the 34 at-large teams. Then, seeding all the teams. With the seeding though comes the task of making sure conference foes (really tough, especially with Big East teams) OR teams that met each other in the regular season don't face each other in the first three rounds. Oh, and then don't forget the fact that you have to assign teams to regions. So yeah, it's not easy.
Despite all that, I'm going for it again. And if that means late nights for yours truly, that's quite fine. My plan is to update the blog with projections everyday, except for Saturday. That's because there aren't really any big Friday games, until the conference tournaments begin. Other than that though, expect a new post everyday. I will apologize now though if I miss a day. Things do come up.
With each and every post, I will reveal more and more. I make it a gradual process. I will start with the top 4 seeds. Then, I'll pick my 65 teams. From there, I'll make a full bracket. Each post will also include my locks (teams who've done enough to assure a spot), autos (teams with automatic bids in the tourney for winning conference tourneys), and at-larges (teams that will earn an at-large bid). I will also have a list of bubble teams and I will rank those in order, to let you know who is close and not close to being included in my bracket.
I also want to assure you that during this process, I will not look at any other bracket projections on any other website or publication. I pride myself on coming up with these predictions myself and not simply copy and pasting someone else's thoughts. I accomplished this feat last year successfully and see no reason why I can't do it again.
I think this will be fun, but it is more fun with interaction from you, the readers. I hope you'll check in everyday and let me know what you think. The first post will be up soon. Let the 2010 Barnes Bracketology begin!
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