There’s Always That One Friend


There’s Always That One Friend

Special From ESPN – Joe Lunardi

Editor’s Note: We all have them. You know, that one friend who seemingly creates issues without much effort. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has a team that fits the bill when it comes to Bracketology. 

The math behind Bracketology is pretty simple. There are 351 teams in Division I and 68 spots in the bracket.

That means, at any given time, supporters of at least 283 schools aren’t going to like me. And there’s nothing anyone — including me — can do to change that reality.

One would think, however, with so many schools in the mix and so much variability from season to season, that the odds of repeatedly aggravating the same fan base would be low. The real acrimony lies in the “last four in” and “first four out” groups, which represent just 2.3 percent of Division I basketball.

So wouldn’t it take an almost uncanny set of circumstances for any team to land in that range year after year after year? Again, one would think so.

There’s Always That One Friend

Oh, sure, we had fun with Seth Greenberg and Virginia Tech a few times, but never did the Hokies make or miss the NCAA field in opposition to our final Selection Sunday projections. And there was once a Champ Week call from the governor of a certain Big Ten state (think four letters) who didn’t like our evaluation of the home team.

By and large, though, every season is its own entity, and most fan bases are willing to forgive and forget the next time their favorite team is really good. The annual back-and-forth is just the cost of doing business, an occupational hazard if you will. I’ve regretted only a handful of final selections over the years, given the enormous amount of analysis that goes into them.

Except for you-know-who, the team that — incredibly, improbably, uncannily — is once again you-know-where.

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Joe Lunardi – Lunardi is a Senior Writer at, the resident college basketball bracketologist and contributor to SportsCenter and ESPN Insider. He published his first public bracket in 1995.

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