Too Many Wildcats in the NIT

Paul SwaneySenior Analyst IMarch 26, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 06:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Davidson Wildcats watches on during their game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 6, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

My son, who is not yet two years old, chose his bracket based on the color of his favorite sesame street character and a given team's primary color. His favorites in order are; Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, and Oscar the Grouch. I did build in a couple of rules.

No upset greater than eight seed differential, and in the case of color tie, the higher seed wins.

His Final Four: Louisville, Memphis, Oklahoma, and Florida State.

Sure, the Seminoles would be a long shot, but otherwise, it's a reasonable bracket.

I hear more and more people are choosing their bracket winners based on which mascot would win in a fight. Sadly, in some years, it is just as good as listening to the "experts" make their picks.

What does one do for the NIT, when there are five different Wildcats? Weber State, Kansas State, Davidson, Northwestern, and Kentucky brought their version of the wildcat to the secondary tournament.

I propose that tournaments limit the number of mascots per bracket to one. This would go a long way in helping make these important life decisions.