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State Tournament Brackets Posted

Posted in Uncategorized by mattmanley on October 28, 2010

NJ.com released the State Brackets Wednesday night. Remember, the tournament is now seeded based on power points instead of record and winning percentage. Some veeeeery interesting match-ups and potential match-ups. More on the brackets in the days to come once I get a break from the SCT.

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  1. Fan said, on October 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    something is amiss. TRS ranked 6th, TRN ranked 2nd & 4th and TRE not ranked at all!!

  2. njfann4 said, on October 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    no offense to whoever makes the state brackets, but how the hell do you have freehold township ahead of howell. howell beat them and tide them and had a better overall record and ranking in the shore. Doesn’t make sense. What do you think Mr. Manley

    • mattmanley said, on October 28, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      First off, NJ.com simply made a misprint on the SJ IV bracket. TR East is the 2 seed, TR North is the 4 and TR South is the 6. Secondly, the reason Freehold Township is in front of Howell – and the reason TR North is ahead of TR South for that matter – is because the tournament this year is seeded based on on power points through a team’s first 12 games. Through 12 games, Freehold Township and Howell were both 8-3-1 and Howell had not yet beaten Freehold Township. Both had virtually identical resumes at that point, but Freehold Township had a win over Southern while Howell had only a win over Marlboro. Southern had more power points through 12 games than Marlboro, so it was a more valuable win.

      Similar situation between TRN and TRS. TRS beat them twice this season, but through 12 games, TRN was 8-4 with wins over Jackson (twice), TR East and Freehold Township, while TR South was 8-3-1 with only one win against Jackson and two wins over TRN to boost its resume. TRS beat TR East after the 12th game, which means it didn’t count toward the power points. Another point of note: In TRN’s case losing to three-win Brick Memorial and beating TR East is actually better than taking care of business against the team with the bad record and losing a hard-fought battle with the good team. You are rewarded for quality wins and you are punished more for playing bad teams than you are for losing to them. You don’t get many power points for beating a bad team, so if you’re going to take a loss, that’s actually the best time to do it.

      I’ll get into this more on Friday and Saturday. If you want to read the power point formula, it’s here at the NJSIAA website.

  3. njfann4 said, on October 30, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    man. not sure i agree with that. that’s like picking the ncaa basketball bracket when they’re less than 3/4 thru conference schedule. I know they have a lot of teams to look at but jeeze, theres a huge difference btwn. 3 and 4 being that the 4 will play the #1 seed. i think youd agree that if look at the overall work, howell should be 3 and FT could drop to 4 or 5


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