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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!

January 16 bracketology

Hard to believe, but the season is halfway over. We are less than 2 months till Selection Sunday. With college football over, all attention turns to college basketball.

There have been some interesting results in the last week. Three top 10 teams lost on Sunday. Arizona, Wisconsin and Duke all lost on the road. Duke to NC State, Wisconsin to Rutgers, and Arizona to Oregon State. Duke was shocked again Tuesday night at Cameron Indoor by Miami.

This sets up for an interesting bracket.

There will be several changes this week.

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

2: Wisconsin (Big Ten), Gonzaga (WCC), VCU (Atlantic 10), Utah (Pac 12)

3: Duke, West Virginia, Butler, Wichita State (MVC)

4: Arkansas, Maryland, Seton Hall, Iowa State

5: Baylor, Arizona, SMU (American), Providence

6: Louisville, Old Dominion (Conference USA), Dayton, San Diego State (Mountain West)

7: Stanford, Oklahoma, St. John’s, Cincinnati

8: Northern Iowa, Oklahoma State, LSU, Georgia

9: Texas, Georgetown, Michigan State, NC State

10: Colorado State, Xavier, Miami (FL), Notre Dame

11: Tulsa, Illinois, Alabama, Davidson

12: Indiana, Syracuse, Saint Mary’s, George Washington, Buffalo (MAC), Wofford (SoCon)

13: Harvard (Ivy), Eastern Washington (Big Sky), Northeastern (CAA), Iona (MAAC)

14: Green Bay (Horizon), UC Santa Barbara (Big West), Sam Houston State (Southland), Texas Southern (SWAC)

15: North Carolina Central (MEAC), St. Francis (PA) (NEC), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Eastern Illinois (OVC)

16: Georgia Southern (Sun Belt), New Mexico State (WAC), North Dakota State (Summit), North Florida (Atlantic Sun), Vermont (America East), Colgate (Patriot)

Last Four In: Indiana, Saint Mary’s, Syracuse, George Washington

First Four Out: Ohio State, Temple, Tennessee, BYU

NIT home games: 1) Ohio State, Temple, Tennessee, BYU

2) Rhode Island, Loyola Chicago, Iowa, UConn

3) Florida, UMass, Bowling Green, Colorado

4) Boise State, Rutgers, South Carolina, UCLA