NCAA Team’s Selection
Everyone knows how the brackets work once the teams are chosen. It’s the “choosing” that seems to cause the most trouble. It should be a fairly straight forward process but it’s not. It should be numerically based but it’s not. While there seems to be a “system” or a factual base it also relies on human input. It’s this “human” part that seems to cause so much disagreement about the teams chosen. Obviously, the winners of their respective conferences should go on to the championship playoffs with an automatic bid. What is not so obvious is the selection of the “at large” teams.
I can assure you that even after all the explanations, formulas, and discussions much of the final seeding and selections of “at large” teams will seem arbitrary and confusing at best. The formula for selecting the 68 teams is to say the least complicated. In 1985, the total number of teams changed from 53 to 64, and then in 2011 the number was changed to 68. This last change was an effort to include the lower ranked teams. Thirty-two of the teams are included automatically based on their respective conference championships. The remaining thirty-six slots are called “at-large” bids and are determined by the NCAA Selection using a very complicated process.
In 2014, 10 of the thirty-six at large teams came from the runner’s up from the conference championships. This left only twenty-six possible slots for the remaining teams. This is where the selection committee uses it’s “criteria”.
According to the NCAA the selection committee uses several criteria for choosing the “at large” teams. The criterion includes:
- Ranking in the national polls
- Conference record
- Road record
- Wins versus ranked opponents
- The way a team finishes its regular season
- Rating Percentage Index (RPI). (We’ll talk about this later!!)
Unfortunately, it does not seem like the committee sticks to these criteria. For instance, when looking at the “national polls”, which one do they use? There is the Associated Press (AP), The Coaches, and CBS Sports polls, just to name a few. And like everyone else, each one puts their own spin on the selection. Looking at the 2014 data, Kansas is ranked 3rd based on its RPI, 10th by the AP and Coaches polls and was seeded 7th in the official seeding list for the tournament. As you can see from the table below, this is just one of the many discrepancies. It seems safe to say most of the discrepancies between the RPI, AP, and Coaches has to do with “personal” feelings. The rational is “the numbers say one thing, but the experts put their own spin based on their feelings about how the team is really doing”. This puts a little too much subjectivity into the rankings. If the RPI is determined by:
- the team’s winning percentage against Division 1 teams (25%),
- strength of schedule (50%),
- the team’s opponents strength of schedule (25%).
Then how can there be so much discrepancy in the rankings? Then in 2004, the formula was changed again to give more weight to teams that win on the road! Next they will be taking the weather into account for its effect on the wins!!
Stay tuned for Part 3 – a look back at 2014.
Screamin Designs – A look at March Madness by a rookie… If you have ever wondered how teams go from First to the Final Four in March Madness – here is a little help to get through the maze. Here at Screamin Designs, we are ready for March Madness, just like the rest of the country. So we thought in the spirit of spring we would try to add a little information and a little science to help you move through the “madness”. This series is not about the “teams” but the process and how it all works or doesn’t as the case may be. So stay tuned, stay sane and have a good time!!
At Screamin Designs we are committed to our sports enthusiasts! With March Madness close at hand we thought this would be a great opportunity to give you a little history, information and help on how the teams get selected for the First Four to the Final Four. This will be a 5 part series, so be sure to look for each installment. The average person thinks that spring means warmer weather, spring break, and the end of winter. This is especially true for those who spend their winter’s shoveling snow. For basketball lovers none of these are relevant. This portion of the population is anxiously awaiting the start of March Madness!! It’s time for final games in the regular season, polls, selections, seeds, and filling out brackets. For basketball enthusiasts it’s time to do their own polls, selections, seeds and joining basketball pools on who correctly chooses the “right” final four and champion! It is also a time of joy and glee, with angst and irritation. So read on and you might find a few tips to help. At least you’ll be better armed with knowledge of how it all works. Good luck with choosing the winner. But in order to go forward, let’s look back at how it all started.
What began as an annual high school boys’ basketball tournament has morphed into a college tournament viewed by millions. It began with just a few teams from Illinois in 1908 to more than 900 schools by the late 1930’s. The Sweet Sixteen was played at the University of Illinois’ Huff Gymnasium to sold out crowds. The “fever” started in Illinois, long before “madness” gripped the country. The phrase “March Madness” was coined by Henry V. Porter, assistant executive secretary of the Illinois High School Association. He was so impressed by the phenomenon; he wrote an essay to commemorate it. Entitled “March Madness,” it first appeared in the Illinois Interscholastic, the IHSA’s magazine, in 1939. Beginning in 1973, the IHSA began using the term officially in its programs and on its merchandise. In 1977, the organization enlisted veteran Chicago sportswriter and Big Ten basketball referee Jim Enright to write the official history of the boys’ basketball tournament. The result was March Madness: The Story of High School Basketball in Illinois. However, the NCAA credited Bob Walsh, of the Seattle Organizing Committee, with the first celebration in 1984. But since the first championship was played in 1939, and the name “March Madness” became officially used in 1973, it seems the NCAA might be a little “late to the party”!! Regardless, no matter who named it, it has grown to an astounding frenzy by fans everywhere. It starts with the end of the season numbers and moves to a complicated process of the team’s selection. The televising of the games is one of the reasons for its phenomenal growth. Once the games began to be televised in 1969, it was no longer just a “local” event. Initially, it was only partially shown on television but since 2011, all the games are shown nationwide and internationally. This is another reason for the tremendous growth in revenue, which registers in the billions!! Yes, I said billions, not millions!! Even the team’s selection is shown on Selection Sunday!
Stay tuned for Part 2 – Team Selection…
March Madness is right around the corner, and if you’re anything like us, you can’t wait to print out that empty bracket and begin filling out your predicted results. This is one of the biggest reasons why March Madness is such a huge deal.
Not everyone is into college basketball, but when it comes to March Madness – they follow every game. Why? Because they’ve filled out a bracket and maybe even joined a pool at work. However, filling out a March Madness bracket isn’t easy. In fact, even if you simply flip a coin for every result, your bracket will most likely only finish better than 1.7 percent of those submitted to ESPN.
Filling out a March Madness bracket takes more than just guesswork. Here are a couple of tips for how to fill out a March Madness bracket:
- Check the games that each team has played before heading into the tournament.
- Teams that have caught fire in a series of wins are more likely to come into the tournament with a lot of confidence.
- Look for teams that have won against other big teams as well. You should also avoid filling out a March Madness bracket with your heart.
- Yes, your Alma Matter is in the tournament and you would like for the team to go far, but as a 16-seed, is the team’s chances at beating a 1-seed really that realistic? Not really.
Use these tips for how to fill out a March Madness bracket and bring home the big bucks while watching your team cut down the net.
At Screamin’ Designs, we consider ourselves die-hard sports fans. It’s one of the reasons why we offer a number of beautifully carved, unique wood items that are sports-related. We recommend picking up one of our sports pieces in preparation for March Madness.
If you look through our wide variety of wood carved products, you’ll notice that we have many sports-themed pieces. This is no coincidence – here at Screamin’ Designs we are huge sports fans. In fact, we’re absolutely stoked about one of the biggest athletic events of the year that’s right around the corner – March Madness! There’s nothing quite like perusing over the NCAA March Madness bracketology form, trying to figure out who is going to get in, to who will advance.
If you’re not familiar with NCAA March Madness bracketology, let us break it down for you. The tournament contains 64 teams that are divided into four sections. The tournament narrows the playing field down to four teams, which go on to the Final Four and compete to take home the NCAA college basketball championship.
So, how exactly does a school get invited to take part in the tournament? There are five major conferences that send their top teams to the tournament every year, and several midmajor schools make it as well.
There tend to be a group of mainstays that make it to the tournament every year. These include schools such as Michigan State and UCLA. This year some of the favorites to win the tournament include Duke, whose freshman phenom Jahil Okafor is predicted to go first or second in the NBA draft next year. Kentucky has also become a perennial powerhouse under the leadership of John Calipari. This year’s team is one of Kentucky’s strongest teams in recent memory – not an easy feat to accomplish. In fact, they are undefeated at the moment!
As you can see, we are quite excited about our NCAA March Madness bracketology. For information about our unique sports-related carved items or the Hope for the Warriors campaign, contact us at Screamin’ Designs.
Sometimes its hard remembering our Vietnam Veterans. It was a very tumultuous time in our country. The sixties were a time of “peace and love” according to some but for others it was a time of war. The United States was involved in a “war” it seemed like no one at home wanted. It was called Vietnam! But today how many of us really remember what those men and women sacrificed for a country that seemed so ungrateful. It would take decades for those who served to receive the recognition they deserved.
At home no one was thinking about recognition, they were busy with their daily lives. We had hippies that turned the world into a psychedelic haze. The British invasion was upon us and women found mini-skirts. The music and the pictures from home kept the Vietnam soldiers going.
Who doesn’t remember Woodstock, the Beatles and of course the mini-skirt!!
Unfortunately the music couldn’t save our soldiers. Here are a few sobering statistics for those who came home in a draped coffin, for those who came home and suffer to this day from battle injuries and those who never came home and are still missing. Here’s a few things to think about when remembering our Vietnam Veterans:
- 9.087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era (5 Aug 1964 to 7 May 1975)
- 2,709,918 men and women served in Vietnam
- 7,484 women (mostly nurses) served in Vietnam
- Another 3,403,100 served in the Southeast Asia Theater
- Average age of an infantryman was 22 years old
- 240 men were awarded the Medal of Honor
- 61% of the men killed were 21 or younger
- 58,148 were killed
- 104,578 were wounded
- As of 16, 2015 there are still 1,637 official MIA’s
At the time there was no joy or humor for these service personnel. It would be 12 years before someone could take the horror of this war and make a humorous movie that would help us remember. There were over 75 movies made about the Vietnam War, some very violent trying to give the full effect of the war itself. And while they did a good job, like Apocalypse Now and Platoon. The one that stands out in my mind was Good Morning Vietnam.
It took a tough subject and showed the human side of war. It was the first movie to satirize the war effort while memorializing the soldiers. Robin Williams, as Adrian Cronauer, won a Golden Globe Award for his performance. It was also named one of the 20 greatest war movies of all time by AMC and was award the ASCAP Award for the film’s original music. It did have some great music!
So always remember, even when the men and women of the Vietnam era are gone, and most of them are now. What they did will never be forgotten – it will live on in the movies, music, and memories of the time. They deserve are heartfelt gratitude for their service. Some made mistakes, but they were human and we all make mistakes. But we should never forget them…that is the reason why we support Hope for the Warriors so no one gets left behind.http://www.lzcenter.com/Myths%20and%20Facts.html SOBERING STATISTICS FOR THE VIETNAM WAR Subject: [Chapter 61 DisabledRetirees] Fw: Vietnam War Stats.UPDATE] http://www.nationalvietnamveteransfoundation.org/statistics.htm Vietnam War: Facts, Stats & Myths Credit: Capt. Marshal Hanson, USNR (Ret.) and Capt. Scott Beaton, Statistical Source http://www.uswings.com/about-us-wings/vietnam-war-facts/
Here at Screamin’ Designs we create unique wood carved items that make a perfect gift for a friend or family member. These beautiful, intricately detailed woodcarvings can be displayed with pride anywhere in the home and will capture the attention of anyone that comes to visit. One unique item that we are especially proud of is our custom wooden family tree carving.
Our custom wooden family tree carving is a rectangular piece measuring 30”x 20”x 2”. Carved from walnut and finished with satin polyurethane, this unique item depicts a tree growing through the center, with branches spreading to the edges of the piece. Because our family tree carving is made of wood it has an organic look that’s stunning when viewed in person. It is sure to be a great focal point wherever you place it in your home. Besides walnut, you can have the family tree custom made from African mahogany or oak, as well. This wood carving has a unique “blonde” streak up the middle. This is due to the color on the live edge of the tree; the milled boards were then “book matched” to give this piece its one of a kind look!
So, why do we call it the family tree? For starters trees are symbolic for our family, as they grow in all directions but remain connected by the trunk. Because of this beautiful symbolism, the family tree could make for a perfect gift for your parents!
Along with being able to display our gorgeous, unique items throughout your home as a way to spruce up your décor, you’ll also be helping the Hope for the Warriors organization when you buy from Screamin’ Designs. We provide Hope for the Warriors with 10 percent of our after-tax profits to help the many men and women that have served our nation post-9/11.
Although we offer a large variety of beautiful novelty items that can help spruce up your home, we also create pieces that help improve the function of your home. In addition to our decorative items for hunting, fishing and sporting enthusiasts, we also offer beautiful wooden surf rack designs.
Whether you enjoy surfing, wakeboarding, or snowboarding, you need to have a place to stash your boards. Instead of just leaning them against the wall, keeping them in the garage or storing them away in your basement or attic, why not display them in their full glory? Most surfboards, wakeboards and snowboards boast beautiful designs. By using a wooden surf rack, you can display your board like a piece of art.
We offer several different types of wooden surf rack designs. We provide two types of double racks that allow you to display two boards – the Surfboard Rack-Double Natural (shown below) and the Surfboard Rack-Double Pecan. The Surfboard Rack-Double Natural is made from plywood and finished with satin polyurethane to protect against salt and moisture. The Surfboard Rack-Double Pecan is made from the same materials using a pecan stain. The dimensions of both are 33 x 19 x 5″.
If you only need to display one board, then opt for our Surfboard Rack-Single Natural or our Surfboard Rack-Single Pecan (shown below), which use the same materials as their double rack counterparts. Their dimensions are both 19 x 16 x 5″. No matter which one of our wooden surf rack designs you choose, rest assured it is durable and will hold the weight of your boards with ease.
For more information about our wooden surf rack designs and other products, we invite you to contact us at Screamin’ Designs today. We donate 10 percent of our after-tax profits to Hope for the Warriors.
At Screamin’ Designs, we have several wood carved, three-dimensional unique items for people that love hunting, fishing and athletics. These unique items are perfect for sprucing up your home’s interior design and help add character and beauty to your home. The history of woodcarving goes back thousands of years, and we are proud to continue the tradition with our custom unique items, like our Jumping Bass.
If you aren’t aware of the rich history of woodcarving, then you’ll find it interesting that woodcarving is one of the oldest types of art there is. In fact – artists have been using wood since the Stone Age to carve beautiful pieces of art. The reasoning behind this is simple – wood has always been easily available.
Although wood is more vulnerable than other materials – it absorbs water and is vulnerable to airborne fungi and insects, making it degrade faster than other materials – its use can be traced all over the world.
Woodcarving was used in Oceanic art for ceremonial canoes, as well as by American Indians for totem poles. Woodcarving was quite popular later in Europe as well, especially in Medieval, Gothic, and Romanesque architecture – such as in churches and cathedrals. Woodcarving has continued to be popular even in the twentieth century, such as its use in folk art. Original artists used chisels to build their canoes and totem poles.
These are just a couple of examples of early woodcarving art forms. Be sure to contact us at Screamin’ Designs for information about our novelty items. We donate 10 percent of our after-tax profits to the Hope for the Warriors organization.
We know our veterans need support and so as a veteran owned company Screamin Designs, Inc. wanted to help. But knowing they need support, and finding a worthy charity is hard. So we did what we always do when we’re not sure – we did some research. Using information from Charity Navigator, we chose several well-known charities to review. Also, we used their data to decide which charity was the most efficient and responsive about their financial health, accountability, and transparency. We wanted a charity that understands veterans need support on multiple fronts. This led us to Hope for the Warriors®. With an overall rating of 95.21, a financial rating of 93.23, an accounting and transparency of 100, and a 4-star rating we felt they were our best choice.
Hope for the Warriors® mission, values, and philosophy resonated with our company. Their mission is “to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families”. Hope’s values center on understanding the challenges, pride, and joy of being a military family. Their philosophy is they are a family, united by their shared conviction of honor and sacrifice. They believe everything begins with Hope! And so it does. Also, they are very efficient and effective with their funds.
What it boils down to is “No Man Left Behind” which is how Screamin Designs feels as well. We are a family owned company, dedicated to bringing you unique three-dimensional wood carvings all why we support our veterans through Hope for the Warriors®. We have chosen to donate 10% of our after-tax profits to this charity. Our veterans need support, not just for themselves but for their families. Never forget – “All gave Some – Some gave All. So remember, every time you make a purchase from us, you are supporting our veterans as well.
Here at Screamin’ Designs, we offer an absolutely gorgeous 3D wooden mermaid carving that will definitely spruce up your home’s interiors. Our pieces help add texture, interest and personality to your space. One such piece is Bella the Mermaid. She is created using a digital wood carving process, allowing us to re-create the piece for you. However, each piece is unique due to the different types of wood and their unique grains.
The mermaid is a mythical aquatic creature with the upper body of a female and the lower body of a fish, making it a popular subject for artists due to the mermaid’s inherent beauty. Our Bella the Mermaid depicts a mermaid amidst the ocean’s waves in intricate details. This 3D wooden mermaid carving is made from African mahogany and has been finished with satin polyurethane. It is also available in oak and walnut. Its dimensions, which are 48” x 24” x 2”, make it a carving that will create a strong focal point no matter where you put it in your home as it will be sure to draw attention! If this wasn’t reason enough to own such a spectacular piece of art, keep in mind that every 3D wooden mermaid carving is a custom order – no two are alike! Depending on the material used, as well as the grain of the wood, each piece is unique. Delivery will take between 6 and 8 weeks. At $1,749.95, you’ll not only be getting a grand statement for your home’s décor; you’ll also be helping the Hope for the Warriors® nonprofit organization.
Hope for the Warriors® is an organization that focuses on assisting post-9/11 service members and their family members – as well as the families of fallen service members – with physical and psychological wounds. We donate ten percent of our after tax profits to them. For more information about our 3D wooden mermaid carving or the Hope for the Warriors® project, contact us at Screamin’ Designs Image Source: Screamin’ Designs