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FINAL bracketology and seed list

Here is my final bracketology before Selection Sunday. Hope you enjoy the show. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-52lrud84IIgPzyzTdCXlbG8tnIL9rirxA38_pURnlk/edit

Final seed list 1-68:

1: Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois, Michigan

2: Alabama, Houston, Ohio State, Iowa

3: Texas, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Kansas

4: Purdue, Florida State, Virginia, West Virginia

5: Villanova, Tennessee, Creighton, USC

6: Colorado, Texas Tech, Missouri, BYU

7: Oklahoma, Wisconsin, San Diego State, Oregon

8: LSU, Loyola Chicago, UConn, Clemson

9: Georgia Tech, St. Bonaventure, Rutgers, Florida

10: North Carolina, VCU, Maryland, Virginia Tech

11: UCLA, Michigan State, Louisville, Syracuse, Wichita State, Drake

12: Oregon State, Georgetown, Winthrop, Colgate

13: UC Santa Barbara, North Texas, Liberty, Ohio

14: UNCG, Abilene Christian, Morehead State, Eastern Washington

15: Grand Canyon, Cleveland State, Oral Roberts, Drexel

16: Hartford, Iona, Mount St. Mary’s, Norfolk State, Texas Southern, Appalachian State

Enjoy the brackets!

March 5 bracketology

The action is getting hotter and hotter as we progress towards Championship Week. It has already started in earnest in the mid-major leagues. In the NEC, Bryant beat Sacred Heart in two overtimes, while St. Francis of Brooklyn survived their cross-borough rivals LIU. Robert Morris and St. Francis (PA) won the other two games.

In the Big South, Longwood, UNC Asheville, and Gardner-Webb all won their first round games and progressed to quarterfinal play. In the America East, New Hampshire survived Hartford in OT, while Stony Brook survived Binghamton, while Albany and Vermont advanced.

The major leagues provided fun too. LSU had a big loss at home to Tennessee hurting their bubble chances; while UCLA held serve against USC to keep their bubble chances alive. Miami kept their chances alive with a win at Pitt, while Pitt is basically eliminated from bubble contention.

Here is my NCAA/NIT seed list. Teams at the bottom of that NIT seed list are on the bubble, liable to be replaced by regular season conference champions who don’t win their conference tournaments:

1: Kentucky (SEC, Cleveland Regional), Virginia (ACC, Syracuse), Duke (Houston), Villanova (Big East, Los Angeles)

2: Wisconsin (Big Ten), Arizona (Pac 12), Kansas (Big 12), Gonzaga (WCC)

3: Maryland, Baylor, Utah, Wichita State (MVC)

4: Notre Dame, North Carolina, Iowa State, Northern Iowa

5: Oklahoma, Arkansas, SMU (American), Georgetown

6: Providence, Louisville, West Virginia, San Diego State

7: Butler, Boise State (MWC), Michigan State, Virginia Commonwealth

8: Iowa, St. John’s, Oklahoma State, BYU

9: Cincinnati, Georgia, Colorado State, Dayton (Atlantic 10)

10: Ohio State, Temple, Xavier, Ole Miss

11: Davidson, Purdue, NC State, Texas A&M, Indiana

12: Oregon, LSU, Wofford (SoCon), Iona (MAAC), Louisiana Tech (Conference USA)

13: Harvard (Ivy), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Murray State (OVC), Valparaiso (Horizon)

14: UC Davis (Big West), Central Michigan (MAC), South Dakota State (Summit), William & Mary (CAA)

15: North Carolina Central (MEAC), Albany (America East), New Mexico State (WAC), Sacramento State (Big Sky)

16: Bucknell (Patriot), Georgia Southern (Sun Belt), Charleston Southern (Big South), Texas Southern (SWAC), St. Francis (NY) (NEC), North Florida (Atlantic Sun)

Last Four In: Texas A&M, Indiana, Oregon, LSU

First Four Out: UCLA, Richmond, Stanford, Texas

NIT

1: UCLA, Richmond, Stanford, Texas

2: Tulsa, Texas, Miami (FL), Illinois

3: St. Mary’s, Buffalo, Green Bay, Old Dominion

4: Pittsburgh, Rhode Island, Yale, Connecticut

5: Toledo, UTEP, Massachusetts, Illinois State, Minnesota

6: Georgia State, Seton Hall, Kansas State, George Washington

7: Eastern Washington, Kent State, Memphis, Wyoming

8: Alabama, Tennessee, Arizona State, Bowling Green

Bubble teams: Clemson, California, Chattanooga, Northeastern, Vanderbilt, UC Irvine, Sam Houston State, Oregon State.

Enjoy the games!

March 2 bracketology

The madness of March is upon us. College basketball is into its 40 days where it dominates the sports landscape. Mid-major conferences are finishing up their regular seasons and are into conference tourneys (this link from Tony Miller has a list of all conference tournament games), while the major leagues have one more week of games before their conference tournaments.

Saturday was one of the most crucial days of the year, as BYU almost punched their ticket with a huge upset of Gonzaga in Spokane. San Diego State also lost at home, to Boise State, putting the Broncos in my bracket for now. Wichita State won the MVC with a home win over Northern Iowa, while North Carolina beat Miami in Coral Gables. UAB won in three overtimes over Middle Tennessee State, but that wasn’t the only three OT game of the day.

The mid-major leagues were particularly crazy on Saturday. In the CAA, William & Mary lost at home on Senior Day to 7-man Drexel, but UNCW couldn’t capitalize, losing on the road to Elon. Bucknell clinched the Patriot, North Florida the A-Sun. The Big South title came down to High Point and Charleston Southern in the BucDome. Charleston Southern trailed by as many as 13 points, and by five in OT, but survived in three overtimes to take the Big South regular season title in an incredible game.

Here is today’s NCAA/NIT seed list. Teams in bold have clinched at least an NIT bid:

1: Kentucky (SEC, Cleveland Regional), Virginia (ACC, Syracuse), Duke (Houston), Villanova (Big East, Los Angeles)

2: Wisconsin (Big Ten), Kansas (Big 12), Arizona (Pac 12), Gonzaga (WCC)

3: Maryland, Baylor, Wichita State (MVC), North Carolina

4: Utah, Oklahoma, Louisville, Northern Iowa

5: Iowa State, Arkansas, SMU, West Virginia

6: Virginia Commonwealth, Providence, Butler, San Diego State (MWC)

7: Georgetown, Notre Dame, Colorado State, Dayton (Atlantic 10)

8: Boise State, Tulsa (American), Oregon, Texas A&M

9: Michigan State, Georgia, St. John’s, BYU

10: Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Temple, Xavier

11: Cincinnati, Davidson, Indiana, LSU, Old Dominion

12: Ole Miss, NC State, Wofford (SoCon), Iona (MAAC), Louisiana Tech (Conference USA)

13: Harvard (Ivy), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Murray State (OVC), Valparaiso (Horizon)

14: UC Davis (Big West), Central Michigan (MAC), South Dakota State (Summit), William & Mary (CAA)

15: Albany (America East), North Carolina Central (MEAC), New Mexico State (WAC), Sacramento State (Big Sky)

16: Bucknell (Patriot), Georgia Southern (Sun Belt), Charleston Southern (Big South), Texas Southern (SWAC), St. Francis (NY) (NEC), North Florida (Atlantic Sun)

Last Four In: LSU, Old Dominion, Ole Miss, NC State

First Four Out: Purdue, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, UCLA

NIT

1: Purdue, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, UCLA

2: Stanford, Illinois, Iowa, Texas

3: St. Mary’s, Green Bay, Richmond, Massachusetts

4: Rhode Island, Connecticut, Yale, Miami (FL)

5: Seton Hall, UTEP, Toledo, Minnesota

6: Illinois State, Georgia State, Alabama, Clemson

7: Bowling Green, George Washington, Eastern Washington, Memphis

8: UNLV, Arizona State, Sam Houston State, Wyoming, Vanderbilt

“Bubble teams”: UC Santa Barbara, Chattanooga, Northeastern, California, Kent State, La Salle, UC Irvine.

Enjoy the games!

February 28 bracketology

Headed into today’s early games, I will make a bracket. Starting with today, I will have more frequent updates. Expect at least once every day, perhaps more.

Cornell put the Ivy back into play last night with a win over Harvard in Ithaca. Valparaiso won in Cleveland over Cleveland State to take control of the Horizon League. Today is the last day for many mid-major leagues as they prepare for their tournaments.

Northern Iowa and Wichita State will battle for the MVC in Wichita, while High Point travels to Charleston Southern. A win there and they win the Big South outright. Also, William & Mary hosts Drexel. A win there and they take the CAA.

Here’s your NCAA/NIT seed list as of 12pm:

1: Kentucky (SEC, Cleveland Regional), Virginia (ACC, Syracuse), Villanova (Big East, Houston), Gonzaga (WCC, Los Angeles)

2: Duke, Wisconsin (Big Ten), Arizona (Pac 12), Kansas (Big 12)

3: Utah, Maryland, Baylor, Wichita State (MVC)

4: Northern Iowa, Iowa State, SMU (American), North Carolina

5: Arkansas, Louisville, West Virginia, Oklahoma

6: Virginia Commonwealth (Atlantic 10), Providence, San Diego State (MWC), Butler

7: Georgetown, Notre Dame, Colorado State, Oklahoma State

8: Xavier, Temple, Tulsa, Georgia

9: Texas A&M, Michigan State, Indiana, St. John’s

10: Pittsburgh, Oregon, NC State, Boise State

11: Ohio State, Ole Miss, Texas, Wofford (SoCon)

12: Boise State, Old Dominion, Davidson, UCLA, Iona (MAAC), Louisiana Tech (Conference USA)

13: Harvard (Ivy), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Valparaiso (Horizon), Murray State (OVC)

14: Central Michigan (MAC), UC Davis (Big West), Eastern Washington (Big Sky), South Dakota State (Summit)

15: High Point (Big South), William & Mary (CAA), North Carolina Central (MEAC), New Mexico State (WAC)

16: Albany (America East), Georgia Southern (Sun Belt), Bucknell (Patriot), St. Francis (NY) (NEC), Texas Southern (SWAC), North Florida (Atlantic Sun)

Last Four In: Boise State, Old Dominion, Davidson, UCLA

First Four Out: Stanford, Cincinnati, St. Mary’s, Iowa

NIT

1: Stanford, Cincinnati, St. Mary’s, Iowa

2: Buffalo, LSU, BYU, Illinois

3: Purdue, UTEP, UMass, Green Bay

4: Miami (FL), Richmond, Yale, Rhode Island

5: Toledo, Seton Hall, Connecticut, Minnesota

(After this spot, NIT bids could be taken by regular season champs who lose in conference tournaments)

6: Alabama, Michigan, Memphis, Clemson

7: Georgia State, George Washington, Illinois State, Kansas State

8: Bowling Green, Sam Houston State, Washington, Wyoming

“Bubble teams”: Oregon State, Kent State, La Salle, Tennessee, UNLV, Evansville, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Northeastern

Enjoy the games!

February 23 bracketology

Three weeks from today, your bracket will be in your hand, ready to fill out as we prepare for the NCAA Tournament, and bubble teams who don’t make it will be preparing for the NIT, CBI or CIT.

There is a lot of basketball to play though. Virginia escaped Florida State on Sunday night, even with injuries to London Perrantes and Malcolm Brogdon. Oregon got a huge bubble win over Utah today, which will put them in my bracket. Dayton suffered a bad loss to Duquesne Saturday, but will remain.

Michigan got a big win over Ohio State in Crisler on Sunday, while Michigan State solidified their tournament position with a W over Illinois in Champaign.

Here is my new NCAA and NIT seed list. Teams in bold have clinched at least an NIT bid for winning their conference. Teams in italics are projected for the First Four in Dayton, Ohio.

NCAA

1: Kentucky (SEC, Cleveland), Virginia (ACC, Syracuse), Duke (Houston), Gonzaga (WCC, Los Angeles)

2: Kansas (Big 12), Arizona (Pac 12), Wisconsin (Big Ten), Villanova (Big East)

3: Iowa State, Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth (Atlantic 10), North Carolina

4: Utah, Northern Iowa (MVC), Baylor, Oklahoma

5: Wichita State, SMU (American), Louisville, Arkansas

6: Georgetown, Providence, San Diego State (Mountain West), Notre Dame

7: Butler, West Virginia, Colorado State, Oklahoma State

8: Michigan State, Xavier, Ole Miss, Indiana

9: Texas A&M, Temple, Pittsburgh, Massachusetts

10: Georgia, Dayton, Tulsa, Ohio State

11: Boise State, Oregon, St. John’s, Iona (MAAC)

12: Texas, UCLA, Old Dominion, Cincinnati, Wofford (SoCon), Harvard (Ivy)

13: Valparaiso (Horizon), Louisiana Tech (Conference USA), Murray State (OVC), UC Davis (Big West)

14: Central Michigan (MAC), South Dakota State (Summit), High Point (Big South), Sam Houston State (Southland)

15: Northeastern (CAA), Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun), North Carolina Central (MEAC), New Mexico State (WAC)

16: Albany (America East), Georgia Southern (Sun Belt), Bucknell (Patriot), Sacramento State (Big Sky), Texas Southern (SWAC), St. Francis (NY) (NEC)

Last Four In: Texas, UCLA, Old Dominion, Cincinnati

First Four Out: Stanford, NC State, Buffalo, LSU

NIT

1: Stanford, NC State, Buffalo, LSU

2: St. Mary’s, Iowa, Davidson, Illinois

3: BYU, UTEP, Purdue, Rhode Island

4: Green Bay, Toledo, Yale, Stephen F. Austin

5: Eastern Washington, Miami (FL), Seton Hall, Richmond

6: Wyoming, Alabama, Memphis, Connecticut

7: Alabama, Georgia State, Clemson, Kent State

8: Illinois State, Tennessee, Arizona State, William & Mary

“Bubble teams”: Michigan, George Washington, Washington, Oregon State, Minnesota, California, UNLV, Bowling Green, Florida State, Penn State, Chattanooga, Evansville

Enjoy the games!

February 20 bracketology

On this cold Friday night throughout the country, we are getting ready for a good weekend of college basketball. There are many conference races throughout the country which will be decided in these next few weeks. Many experts say that this will be a slow Saturday of college basketball.

But often, like college football, it is the “boring” Saturdays that help to provide excitement. Kentucky hosts Auburn tomorrow, while Kansas hosts TCU, Virginia hosts Florida State Sunday night, while Duke hosts Clemson.

There are some changes on the bubble. Purdue is now in my bracket after their road win at Indiana Thursday night; and there are some other changes with teams as they position themselves for the next few frantic weeks. Some big name teams will miss the NCAAs. As with every post, I will also have an NIT bracket.

Here is the seed list:

1: Kentucky (SEC, Cleveland Regional), Virginia (ACC, Syracuse), Kansas (Big 12, Houston), Duke (Los Angeles)

2: Villanova (Big East), Wisconsin (Big Ten), Gonzaga (WCC), Arizona (Pac 12)

3: Utah, Iowa State, Maryland, Oklahoma

4: Baylor, VCU (Atlantic 10), North Carolina, Northern Iowa (MVC)

5: Wichita State, SMU (American), San Diego State (MWC), Georgetown

6: Providence, Louisville, Arkansas, Notre Dame

7: Butler, West Virginia, Colorado State, Oklahoma State

8: Temple, Dayton, Xavier, Michigan State

9: Ole Miss, Indiana, Texas, Ohio State

10: UMass, Boise State, Texas A&M, St. John’s

11: Illinois, Georgia, Iona (MAAC), Stanford

12: Wofford (SoCon), Harvard (Ivy), NC State, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati

13: Louisiana Tech (Conference USA), Murray State (OVC), Eastern Washington (Big Sky), Central Michigan (MAC)

14: UC Davis (Big West), Valparaiso (Horizon), High Point (Big South), South Dakota State (Summit)

15: William & Mary (CAA), Sam Houston State (Southland), Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun), North Carolina Central (MEAC)

16: Albany (America East), New Mexico State (WAC), UL Monroe (Sun Belt), Texas Southern (SWAC), Bucknell (Patriot), St. Francis (NY) (Northeast)

Last Four In: NC State, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati

First Four Out: LSU, St. Mary’s, Tulsa, UCLA

NIT

1: LSU, St. Mary’s, Tulsa, UCLA

2: Davidson, BYU, Iowa, Oregon

3: Yale, Old Dominion, Buffalo, Rhode Island

4: Green Bay, UTEP, Miami (FL), Alabama

5: Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Seton Hall, La Salle

6: Florida, Wyoming, Georgia State, Bowling Green

7: Connecticut, Arizona State, Richmond, George Washington

8: South Carolina, Clemson, California, Memphis

Teams on “bubble”: Kent State, Illinois State, Oregon State, Northeastern, Minnesota, Penn State, Washington, Akron, UNLV, Western Michigan, Vanderbilt, Rider, Florida State

Enjoy the games!

February 18 bracketology

As the Eastern United States goes through a deep freeze, the basketball is getting hotter. The first conference tournament begins in just THIRTEEN days.

The Ohio Valley and the Atlantic Sun begin Tuesday, March 3rd, then most of the smaller conferences have their tournaments that week. The next week is when most of the big boys play.

West Virginia upset Kansas on Monday night in a big win for the Mountaineers, one they badly needed. Virginia keeps winning, with a big W over Pittsburgh Monday night. Kentucky now has the best start in school history, 26-0 with a win over Tennessee Tuesday night, while Georgia suffered a bad home loss to South Carolina, dropping them to the bubble.

Radford lost at home to Coastal Carolina Monday night to further muddle the Big South race. High Point and Charleston Southern are now tied for 1st at 10-4, while Coastal and Radford are 10-5. Texas Southern continues to be the top eligible team from the SWAC, winning over Jackson State in OT Monday night.

Here is my new NCAA and NIT seed list:

1: Kentucky (SEC, Cleveland Regional), Virginia (ACC, Syracuse), Wisconsin (Big Ten, Houston), Villanova (Big East, Los Angeles)

2: Kansas (Big 12), Gonzaga (WCC), Duke, Arizona (Pac 12)

3: Utah, North Carolina, Iowa State, VCU (Atlantic 10)

4: Maryland, Baylor, Louisville, Wichita State (MVC)

5: Northern Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgetown

6: SMU (AAC), Butler, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame

7: San Diego State (MWC), Providence, West Virginia, Temple

8: Colorado State, Indiana, Dayton, Ohio State

9: Michigan State, Texas, Ole Miss, Massachusetts

10: Xavier, UCLA, Cincinnati, Texas A&M

11: Wofford (SoCon), St. John’s, Boise State, NC State

12: Illinois, Stanford, Georgia, Pittsburgh, Iona (MAAC), Harvard (Ivy)

13: Valparaiso (Horizon), Murray State (OVC), Bowling Green (MAC), Louisiana Tech (Conference USA)

14: UC Davis (Big West), Sam Houston State (Southland), South Dakota State (Summit), Eastern Washington (Big Sky)

15: Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun), Georgia Southern (Sun Belt), North Carolina Central (MEAC), High Point (Big South)

16: UNC Wilmington (CAA), Albany (America East), New Mexico State (WAC), Bucknell (Patriot), Texas Southern (SWAC), St. Francis (NY) (NEC)

Last Four In: Illinois, Stanford, Georgia, Pittsburgh

First Four Out: LSU, Green Bay, Tulsa, Old Dominion

NIT-

1: LSU, Green Bay, Tulsa, Old Dominion

2: Iowa, St. Mary’s, BYU, Oregon

3: Yale, Miami (FL), Davidson, Purdue

4: Buffalo, UTEP, La Salle, Rhode Island

5: Seton Hall, Stephen F. Austin, George Washington, Alabama

6: Central Michigan, Clemson, Wyoming, Minnesota

7: Oregon State, Tennessee, Connecticut, Kent State

8: California, Georgia State, Penn State, Memphis

Bubble teams: Illinois State, Arizona State, UNLV, Washington, South Carolina, ULM, Richmond, William & Mary, Western Kentucky, Northeastern, Vanderbilt, Nebraska

Enjoy the basketball!