Joe Lundardi is ESPN’s resident Bracketologist. And if that sounds like a made up position, it’s because that’s exactly what it is. How does one even become a bracketologist? Do you have to have a fake degree from a fake school like Hogwarts, Trump University or South Harmon Institute of Technology? Anyway, I digress.
Lunardi has released is way too early predictions for what 68 teams will populate the 2020 NCAA Tournament bracket. You can see the full bracket and previous predictions here. Picture below.
Now, the Kentucky homer in me doesn’t care about Kentucky being a 2 seed or even that Louisville is too. The casual college basketball fan can usually guess at least 7 of the top 8 teams. There are two problems with this early bracket though: why is coming out 2 months before football season even starts and how can Joey Brackets realistically predict the low seeds?
The problem is with the 11-16 seeds. How in the world can this guy predict what teams will be there? He is essentially picking conference tournament winners since that is the only way teams from the SWAC, MEAC, MIVA, or SoCon will get into the tournament.
Nobody can actually predict who the double digits seeds will be 4 months before the season. And the people that think they can probably didn’t realize that one of the four conferences above is actually a men’s volleyball conference. Basically, don’t make a prediction on a conference champion when a 5’10” white dude could get hot from three and wreak havoc on a tournament. So, let’s pump the brakes and let football have at least one month of spotlight before we start making such bold predictions.
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