First Bracketology of 2019-2020

Most teams have played two games, so of course I’m going to make a bunch of assumptions and produce my first bracket of the year. A lot will change, and predicting who is going to win the conference tournaments at this point is just silly. But, I’m going to do it anyway.

1- Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State, Louisville

2- UNC, Kansas, Gonzaga, Virginia

3- Villanova, Maryland, Arizona, Texas Tech

4- Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor

5- Purdue, Oregon, Seton Hall, Marquette

6- Xavier, Memphis, Texas, VCU

7- Providence, Auburn, St. Mary’s, Utah St.

8- Tennessee, Butler, Colorado, Houston

9- LSU, Cincinnati, NC State, Washington

10- Creighton, Michigan, Harvard, Davidson

11- Missouri, Illinois, Utah, Mississippi State, Dayton, Arkansas

12- Alabama, Northern Iowa, New Mexico State, Western Kentucky

13- Kent St., East Tennessee State, South Alabama, Wright State

14- Northeastern, Vermont, Liberty, Belmont

15-  UC Irvine, South Dakota, Colgate, Southern Utah

16- Radford, Rider, Fairleigh Dickinson, Sam Houston St., Prairie View A&M, Norfolk State

 

Last 4 Out: Georgetown, San Diego State, Iowa State, Notre Dame

Next 4: Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Indiana, Mississippi

Bracketology 3/17 (FINAL)

Last minute switch Belmont and NC State for St Johns and Arizona State. Thinking the committee will use NET, Hopefully I won’t regret it.

1 Seed-  Virginia*, Duke$ +1, North Carolina, Gonzaga

2 Seed- Michigan St.*, Tennessee, Kentucky -1, Michigan

3 Seed-  Houston*, LSU, Florida St, Texas Tech +1

4 Seed- Purdue, Kansas, Auburn +1, Wisconsin

5 Seed- Kansas St -1, Va Tech, Iowa St +2, Villanova +2

6 Seed-  Marquette -1,  Mississippi St. -1, Buffalo$, Wofford$

7 Seed-  Maryland, Cincinnati, Louisville -1, Nevada

8 Seed- Mississippi, UCF, Iowa, Seton Hall +1

9 Seed-  Minnesota, Syracuse -1, Utah St$+1, Baylor

10 Seed- Washington -1,  Oklahoma, Florida, VCU

11 Seed- TCU, St. Mary’s$ +1, (Ohio St, Temple, Belmont, NC State First Four)

12 Seed- Oregon$ NEW, Murray State$, New Mexico St.$,  Liberty$ +1

13 Seed- Northeastern$, Vermont$, UC Irvine$, Yale$ +1

14 Seed- Old Dominion$, Northern Kentucky$, St. Louis$ NewGeorgia State$ +1

15 Seed- Montana$ -1, Colgate$, Gardner-Webb$, Bradley$

16 Seed- Abilene Christian$ NEW, Iona$, Fairleigh Dickinson$,  Prairie View A&M$, North Dakota St$, NC Central$ NEW First Four

  • *Automatic Qualifier Prediction

$- Won Conference Tournament

First Four Out: Arizona State, St Johns, Alabama, UNC-G

Next Four Out: Indiana, Lipscomb, Creighton, Texas

Bracketology 3/15 (after Florida Win)

Zion Williamson returned and couldn’t miss. If he is playing well this Duke team is the title favorite, in my opinion. A ton of good games on tap today. UNC/Duke, Florida State/Virginia, Mississippi St/Tennessee and Iowa St vs. Kansas St just to name a few. Florida’s win against LSU moves them out of the first four and into they byes.

-Gardner-Webb, Murray State, Liberty, Bradley, Iona, Wofford, Northeastern, Fairleigh Dickinson, North Dakota St, Northern Kentucky, St. Mary’s and Colgate all AQs

1 Seed-  Virginia*, Kentucky , North Carolina, Gonzaga

2 Seed- Duke, Michigan St.*, Tennessee, Michigan

3 Seed-  LSU, Purdue, Houston*, Florida St +1

4 Seed- Kansas, Texas Tech -1, Kansas St, Wisconsin +1

5 Seed- Va Tech- 1, Mississippi StMarquette*, Auburn +1

6 Seed-  Maryland -1, Buffalo*, Wofford$, Louisville

7 Seed-  Iowa St, Villanova, Nevada, Cincinnati

8 Seed- Mississippi, Syracuse, UCF, Iowa +1

9 Seed-  Minnesota, Washington*, Seton Hall +1, Baylor +1

10 Seed- Oklahoma -1, Utah St* -1, Florida +1, VCU -2

11 Seed- Arizona St.,  Temple (TCU -1, Ohio St -1 First Four) (NC State -1, St Johns -1 First Four)

12 Seed- Murray State$, New Mexico St.*,  St. Mary’s$, Dayton* NEW

13 Seed- Liberty$, Northeastern$ NEW, Vermont*, UC Irvine*

14 Seed- Yale*, Old Dominion*, Northern Kentucky$, Montana*

15 Seed- Georgia State*,  Gardner-Webb$, Colgate$, Bradley$

16 Seed- Sam Houston St*, North Dakota St$, Fairleigh Dickinson$,  Prairie View A&M*, Norfolk St*, Iona$ First Four

  • *Automatic Qualifier Prediction

$- Won Conference Tournament

First Four Out: Belmont, Alabama, UNC-G, Indiana

Next Four Out: Lipscomb, Creighton, Texas, and Clemson

Bracketology 3/14

No More bids being given out until Saturday, but there is basketball from 11am-11pm everyday! Clemson assured themselves of a NIT trip yesterday. A lot of bubble implications today; Ohio St beats Indiana and sends Indiana to the NIT. Texas win vs. Kansas and they are in, lose and they are NIT bound, Alabama and Florida both need a win to stay alive today, but I believe they both will have to get another win tomorrow as well. If your a Belmont fan you are cheering for Kansas, Arkansas and Mississippi today. Belmont makes an appearance in my bracket today, but if Florida wins they will be out. Selfishly I’m hoping Belmont gets in, but they need help.

$-Gardner-Webb, Murray State, Liberty, Bradley, Iona, Wofford, Northeastern, Fairleigh Dickinson, North Dakota St, Northern Kentucky, St. Mary’s and Colgate all AQs

1 Seed-  Virginia*, Kentucky , North Carolina, Gonzaga

2 Seed- Duke, Michigan St.*, Tennessee, Michigan

3 Seed-  LSU, Purdue, Houston*, Texas Tech*

4 Seed- Kansas, Florida St, Kansas St, Wisconsin +1

5 Seed- Va Tech- 1, Mississippi StMarquette*, Maryland

6 Seed-  Buffalo*, Auburn, Wofford$, Louisville

7 Seed-  Iowa St, Villanova, Nevada, Cincinnati

8 Seed- Mississippi, Syracuse, UCF, VCU +1

9 Seed-  Iowa, Minnesota, Washington*, Utah St* +1

10 Seed- Oklahoma -1, BaylorSeton Hall, St. Johns +1

11 Seed- Temple, Arizona St., Ohio St (TCU -1, Florida NEW First Four)

12 Seed- Murray State$, New Mexico St.*,  St. Mary’s$, (NC State -1, Belmont NEW First Four)

13 Seed- Liberty$, Northeastern$ NEW, Vermont*, UC Irvine*

14 Seed- Yale*, Old Dominion*, Northern Kentucky$, Montana*

15 Seed- Georgia State*,  Gardner-Webb$, Colgate$, Bradley$

16 Seed- Sam Houston St*, North Dakota St$, Fairleigh Dickinson$,  Prairie View A&M*, Norfolk St*, Iona$ First Four

  • *Automatic Qualifier Prediction

$- Won Conference Tournament

First Four Out: Texas, Creighton, Indiana, UNC-G

Next Four Out: Lipscomb, Alabama, Georgetown, and Clemson

Bracketology 3/13

St. Mary’s becomes the first bid stealer of the year. They were not going to be in. This will drop Gonzaga to the last overall 1 seed. If MSU, or Duke win their conference tournament, I think there is a chance they drop to a 2 seed. Texas was my casualty from the St. Mary’s win.

$-Gardner-Webb, Murray State, Liberty, Bradley, Iona, Wofford, Northeastern, Fairleigh Dickinson, North Dakota St, Northern Kentucky and St. Mary’s all AQs

1 Seed-  Virginia*, Kentucky , North Carolina, Gonzaga

2 Seed- Duke, Michigan St.*, Tennessee, Michigan

3 Seed-  LSU, Purdue, Houston*, Texas Tech*

4 Seed- Kansas, Florida St, Virginia Tech, Kansas St

5 Seed- Wisconsin, Maryland, Mississippi StMarquette*

6 Seed-  Buffalo*, Auburn, Wofford$, Louisville

7 Seed-  Iowa St, Villanova, Nevada, Cincinnati

8 Seed- Mississippi, Syracuse, UCF, Oklahoma

9 Seed-  VCU*, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington*

10 Seed-Utah St*, BaylorSeton Hall, TCU

11 Seed-Ohio St, St Johns, Temple, (Arizona St, NC State First Four)

12 Seed- Murray State$, New Mexico St.*,  St. Mary’s$ NEW, (Indiana, Florida First Four)

13 Seed- Liberty$, Northeastern$ NEW, Vermont*, UC Irvine*

14 Seed- Yale*, Old Dominion*, Northern Kentucky$, Montana*

15 Seed- Georgia State*,  Gardner-Webb$, Colgate*, Bradley$ +1

16 Seed- Sam Houston St*, North Dakota St$ NEW, Fairleigh Dickinson$,  Prairie View A&M*, Norfolk St*, Iona$ First Four

  • *Automatic Qualifier Prediction

$- Won Conference Tournament

First Four Out: Clemson, Texas, Creighton, Belmont

Next Four Out: UNC-G, Lipscomb, Alabama, and Georgetown

Bracketology 3/12

Wofford and Iona have punched their tickets.

$-Gardner-Webb, Murray State, Liberty, Bradley, Iona and Wofford all AQs

1 Seed-  Gonzaga*, Virginia*, Kentucky , North Carolina

2 Seed- Duke, Michigan St.*, Tennessee,Michigan

3 Seed-  LSU, Purdue, Houston*, Texas Tech*

4 Seed- Kansas, Florida St, Virginia Tech, Kansas St

5 Seed- Wisconsin, Maryland, Mississippi StMarquette*

6 Seed-  Buffalo*, Auburn +1, Wofford$, Louisville

7 Seed-  Iowa St, Villanova -1, Nevada, Cincinnati

8 Seed- Mississippi, Syracuse, UCF, Oklahoma +1

9 Seed-  VCU*, Iowa -1, Minnesota, Washington*

10 Seed-Utah St*, Baylor, Seton Hall, TCU

11 Seed-Ohio St, St Johns, Temple, Arizona St

12 Seed- Murray State$, New Mexico St.*,  Indiana, NC State, Texas , Florida= First Four

13 Seed- Liberty$, Hofstra*, Vermont*, UC Irvine*

14 Seed- Yale*, Old Dominion*, Northern Kentucky*, Montana*

15 Seed- Georgia State*,  Gardner-Webb$, Nebraska-Omaha*, Colgate*

16 Seed- Sam Houston St*, Bradley$, Fairleigh Dickinson*,  Prairie View A&M*, Norfolk St*, Iona$ First Four

  • *Automatic Qualifier Prediction

$- Won Conference Tournament

First Four Out: Clemson, Creighton, Belmont, UNC-G

Next Four Out: Lipscomb, St Marys, Alabama, and Georgetown

Bracketology 3/11

A few small changes since yesterday. UNC-Greensboro is the first team that can steal a bid and shrink the bubble tonight. If you are on the bubble you need to be cheering for Wofford.

$-Gardner-Webb, Murray State, Liberty and Bradley all AQs

1 Seed-  Gonzaga*, Virginia*, Kentucky , North Carolina

2 Seed- Duke, Michigan St.*, Tennessee,Michigan

3 Seed-  LSU, Purdue, Houston*, Texas Tech*

4 Seed- Kansas, Florida St, Virginia Tech, Kansas St

5 Seed- Wisconsin, Maryland, Mississippi StMarquette*

6 Seed-  Buffalo*, Villanova, Wofford*,Louisville

7 Seed-  Iowa St, Auburn, Nevada, Cincinnati

8 Seed- Mississippi,Syracuse, UCF,Iowa

9 Seed-  VCU*, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Washington*

10 Seed-Utah St*, Baylor, Seton Hall +1, TCU +1

11 Seed- Ohio St -1, St Johns -1, Temple, Arizona St

12 Seed- Murray State$, New Mexico St. *,  Indiana, NC State, Texas , Florida

13 Seed- Liberty$, Hofstra*, Vermont*, UC Irvine*

14 Seed- Yale*, Old Dominion*, Northern Kentucky*, Montana*

15 Seed- Georgia State*,  Gardner-Webb$, Nebraska-Omaha*, Colgate*

16 Seed- Sam Houston St*, Bradley$Fairleigh Dickinson*,  Prairie View A&M*, Norfolk St*, Iona*

  • *Automatic Qualifier Prediction

$- Won Conference Tournament

First Four Out: Clemson, Creighton, Belmont, Alabama

Next Four Out: Lipscomb, St Marys, Toledo, and Georgetown