Welcome to episode No. 56 of The Scarlet Faithful podcast. This episode welcomes Bracketologist Brad Wachtel to discuss the NCAA Tournament projections for Rutgers men’s basketball. He is annually one of the most accurate in the business. Brad is also a former administrator for Rutgers men’s basketball prior to the Steve Pikiell era.
Brad is ranked No. 10 out of 148 nationally over the last 5 years of projecting the field of 68 per the Bracket Matrix. He ranks way ahead of national bracketologists from ESPN, CBS Sports, The Athletic and The Sporting News.
Rutgers defeating Penn State on Sunday made a big impact both in their own projections for the NCAA Tournament as well as for the Nittany Lions. Of course, two regular season games remain for RU. They play at Minnesota on Thursday night and then host Northwestern on Sunday night. How the Scarlet Knights fare in those games will either help solidify their NCAA Tournament prospects or make it more questionable heading into the Big Ten Tournament. Brad and I discuss this and more.
The discussion for this episode focuses both on the NCAA Tournament Committee Selection Process as well as the outlook for Rutgers. How does the committee evaluates teams? How does Rutgers’ resume measures up currently? We run through multiple scenarios where they could improve or fall back to the bubble, as well as seeding possibilities. Also included are an explainer on how regions are selected. We also discuss the Big Ten outlook and much more.
Thanks so much to Brad for taking time to discuss all of the data and explain the process so well. And thank you for listening and or watching once again.
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