Bracketology Week 10

Games of the week are Kansas @ West Virginia and St. Mary’s @ Gonzaga. St Marys would get a huge boost to their resume if they could get a road win vs. Gonzaga. Last real chance for a grade A win.

NEW: Marquette, and Missouri

Last Four In: Va. Tech, Missouri, Marquette, Syracuse

Last Four Out: Penn St., Boise St., Georgia, BYU

 

1 Seeds-  Villanova, West Virginia, Virginia, Purdue (+2)

2 Seeds- Wichita St., Duke, Oklahoma, Texas Tech

3 Seeds- Kansas, Xavier, Michigan St. (-2), Gonzaga (+1)

4 Seeds-  UNC, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Arizona (+1)

5 Seeds-  Arizona St. (+2), Seton Hall, Clemson, Auburn (+2)

6 Seeds- Tennessee, Creighton, TCU, Michigan (+2)

7 Seeds- Miami, Ohio St. (+2), St. Mary’s (+1), Florida St. (-2)

8 Seeds- Nevada, Florida, Notre Dame (-1), Arkansas (-1)

9 Seeds- Maryland, SMU, Baylor, Rhode Island (+1)

10 Seeds- Houston, Texas, Butler, Louisville (+1)

11 Seeds-  UCLA, Kansas St., Syracuse, Marquette (NEW), Missouri (NEW), Va. Tech

12 Seeds- E. Tennessee St., Middle Tennessee, New Mexico St., Missouri St.

13 Seeds- Belmont, Vermont, Stephen F. Austin, Northern Kentucky, Buffalo

14 Seeds-  La. Lafeyette, Charleston, Bucknell, Stephen F. Austin

15 Seeds- IonaPenn, South Dakota St., Lipscomb

16 Seeds- Hampton, Texas Southern,  St. Francis Pa., Montana, UNC Asheville, UC Santa Barbara

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Bracketology Week 9

West Virginia moved to my 1 line last week, and they proved they belong. A crazy week of losses across the top 25. Plenty of changes across the board. Texas Tech @ Oklahoma is my game of the week.

NEW: Ohio St., Mississippi St., Buffalo, La. Lafeyette, South Dakota St.

Last Four In: Louisville, Syracuse, Mississippi St., Va. Tech

Last Four Out: Penn St., Boise St., Missouri, Georgia

 

1 Seeds-  Michigan St., Villanova, West Virginia, Virginia (+1)

2 Seeds- Texas Tech (+3), Wichita St., Duke (-1), Oklahoma (+1)

3 Seeds- Kansas, Purdue, Xavier (-1), Arizona St. (-1)

4 Seeds-  Gonzaga (+1), UNC, Kentucky, Cincinnati (+1)

5 Seeds-  Arizona, Florida St. (+2), Seton Hall (+1), Clemson (+1)

6 Seeds- Tennessee, Creighton (+1), Texas A&M (-3), TCU (-1)

7 Seeds- Miami (-2), Arkansas (-1), Notre Dame, Auburn (+3)

8 Seeds- Michigan (+1), St. Mary’s, Nevada (+1), Florida (+1)

9 Seeds- Ohio St. (NEW), Maryland (+1), SMU (-1), Baylor (-2)

10 Seeds- Houston, Texas (-2), Butler (-2), Rhode Island (+1)

11 Seeds-  UCLA (-1), Kansas St., Syracuse, Louisville, Mississippi St. (NEW), Va. Tech (-1)

12 Seeds- E. Tennessee St. (+2), Middle Tennessee, New Mexico St., Missouri St.

13 Seeds- Belmont, Vermont, Stephen F. Austin, Northern Kentucky (-1), Buffalo (NEW)

14 Seeds-  La. Lafeyette (NEW), Charleston, Bucknell (-1), Stephen F. Austin (-1)

15 Seeds- IonaPenn, South Dakota St. (NEW), Lipscomb

16 Seeds- Hampton, Texas Southern,  St. Francis Pa., Montana, UNC Asheville, UC Santa Barbara

Bracketology Week 8

West Virginia moves to my 1 line. They will have a week to prove it as they play at Kansas St. and at home against Oklahoma. That Oklahoma @ West Virginia is my game of the week. Other notables: UNC @ Virginia, Kansas @ TCU & vs. Texas Tech.

NEW: East Tennessee St., Iona, Northern Kentucky, Boise St., Syracuse, Rhode Island, Butler

Last Four In: Rhode Island, Boise St., Louisville, Syracuse

Last Four Out: Penn St., Marquette, Mississippi St., Alabama

 

1 Seeds-  Michigan St., Villanova, West Virginia (+1), Duke

2 Seeds- Xavier, Arizona St. (-1), Wichita St., Virginia (+1)

3 Seeds- Kansas, Purdue, Oklahoma (+1), Texas A&M (-1)

4 Seeds-  Miami, UNC, TCU (-1), Kentucky

5 Seeds-  Texas Tech (+1), Arizona, Gonzaga, Cincinnati (+1)

6 Seeds- Clemson (+1), Seton Hall, Tennessee (-1), Arkansas (+1)

7 Seeds- CreightonFlorida St. (-1), Baylor (-2), Notre Dame

8 Seeds- SMU, Texas, Butler (NEW), St. Mary’s (+2)

9 Seeds- Florida, Michigan, Maryland (+1), Nevada (+1)

10 Seeds- UCLA, Auburn (+1), Va. Tech (-2), Houston (+1)

11 Seeds-  Minnesota, Kansas St., Rhode Island (NEW), Syracuse (NEW), Louisville (-3), Boise St. (NEW)

12 Seeds- Missouri St., Middle Tennessee, New Mexico St., Northern Kentucky (NEW)

13 Seeds- Bucknell, Belmont, Vermont, Stephen F. Austin (-2)

14 Seeds-  UT-Arlington (-1), Charleston, East Tennessee St. (NEW), Ball St.

15 Seeds- Iona (NEW), Penn, South Dakota, Lipscomb

16 Seeds- Hampton, Texas Southern,  St. Francis Pa., Montana, UNC Asheville, UC Santa Barbara

Bracketology Week 7

Slow week due to the Holidays, but a lot of seeding movement below the 1 seeds. A few changes at the bottom as I have re-examined the smaller conference champions and rankings. Conference play is in full swing this week!

NEW: Missouri St., St. Bonaventure, Kansas St., Houston, UCLA, Texas Southern, Hampton, Lipscomb, Penn,

 

Last Four In: Kansas St., Minnesota, Oregon, St. Bonaventure

Last Four Out: Penn St., Butler, Syracuse, Marquette

 

1 Seeds-  Michigan St., Villanova, Arizona St., Duke

2 Seeds- Xavier (+1), West Virginia (+1), Wichita St., Texas A&M (+1)

3 Seeds- TCU (+1), Virginia, Kansas (+1), Purdue (+1)

4 Seeds-  Miami (-2), UNC (-2), Oklahoma (+1), Kentucky (-2)

5 Seeds-  Gonzaga (-1), Arizona, Baylor (+1), Tennessee (+1)

6 Seeds- Florida St., Seton Hall, Texas Tech (-1), Cincinnati (-1)

7 Seeds- CreightonNotre Dame, Arkansas, Clemson (+2)

8 Seeds- LouisvilleVirginia Tech (+1), SMU, Texas

9 Seeds- Florida (-2), USC (-1), Oklahoma St. (+1), Michigan

10 Seeds- St. Mary’s, Nevada (-1), UCLA (NEW), Maryland (+1)

11 Seeds-  St. Bonaventure (NEW), Auburn, Oregon, Houston (NEW), Minnesota (-1), Kansas St. (NEW)

12 Seeds- Missouri St. (NEW), Middle Tennessee (-1), New Mexico St. (+1), Stephen F Austin (+4)

13 Seeds- UT-Arlington (-1), Bucknell, Belmont, Vermont (-1)

14 Seeds-  Oakland, Charleston, Mercer, Ball St. (-1)

15 Seeds- Monmouth, Penn (NEW) , South Dakota, Lipscomb (NEW)

16 Seeds- Hampton (NEW), Texas Southern (NEW),  St. Francis Pa., Montana, UNC Asheville, UC Santa Barbara (-1)

Bracketology Week 6

Well it was a pretty boring week due to finals. Then Saturday happened, upsets galore. Not the greatest week of games this week, but I like Northern Iowa to give Xavier a test, as everyone else gets ready for conference play.

NEW: Michigan, Oklahoma St., Northern Iowa, Penn St.

 

Last Four In: Penn St., Maryland, Auburn, Oregon

Last Four Out: Kansas St., Houston, Missouri, Syracuse

 

1 Seeds-  Michigan St., Villanova, Arizona St. (+1), Duke

2 Seeds- Kentucky, Wichita St. (-1), Miami, UNC (+1)

3 Seeds- West Virginia, Texas A&M (-1), Xavier, Virginia

4 Seeds-  Gonzaga, Kansas, TCU, Purdue (+1)

5 Seeds-  Cincinnati, Arizona (+1), Texas Tech, Oklahoma (+2)

6 Seeds- Florida St., Tennessee, Baylor (+1), Seton Hall (-2)

7 Seeds- Creighton, Florida (-1), Notre Dame (-2), Arkansas (+1)

8 Seeds- LouisvilleUSC, SMU, Texas (-1)

9 Seeds- Nevada (+1), Virginia Tech, Clemson, Michigan (NEW)

10 Seeds- St. Mary’s, Alabama (-1), Oklahoma St. (NEW), Minnesota (-1)

11 Seeds-  Maryland, Middle Tennessee (+1), Auburn, Oregon, Penn St. (NEW), Rhode Island

12 Seeds- Belmont, Northern Iowa (NEW), Vermont, UT-Arlington

13 Seeds- Ball St.,  Charleston, New Mexico St., Bucknell

14 Seeds-  Florida Gulf Coast, Oakland, Charleston, Yale

15 Seeds- Monmouth, Mercer , South Dakota, UC Santa Barbara

16 Seeds- NC Central, Stephen F. Austin, Praire View A&M,  St. Francis Pa., Montana, UNC Asheville

Bracketology Week 5

It is going to be a light week of action with finals happening across most campuses. Arizona St. is climbing the rankings with an impressive start, and beating Kansas, in Lawrence, proves they are for real. Tennessee vs. North Carolina on Sunday is my game of the week.

NEW: Loyola-Chicago, Maryland, Auburn, Clemson, Prairie View A&M, UC Santa Barbara, Mercer, and Arkansas

Biggest Gain: Florida St. +4 seeds

Biggest Fall: Minnesota -5 seeds

Last Four In: Oregon, Loyola-Chicago, Georgia, Oregon

Last Four Out: Kansas St., Northern Iowa, Houston, Temple

 

1 Seeds-  Michigan St., Villanova, Wichita St. (+1), Duke

2 Seeds- Kentucky, Arizona St. (+3), Miami (+1), Texas A&M

3 Seeds- West Virginia (+1) , UNC, Xavier (+1), Virginia (+1)

4 Seeds-  Gonzaga (-1), Kansas (-3), TCU (+1), Seton Hall (+1) 

5 Seeds-  Cincinnati, Purdue (+1), Notre Dame (-2), Texas Tech (+2)

6 Seeds- Florida (-4), Arizona (+2), Florida St. (+4), Tennessee (+1)

7 Seeds- Creighton, Texas (+1), Baylor (-1), Oklahoma (+2)

8 Seeds- Louisville, USC (-2), SMU (+2), Arkansas (NEW)

9 Seeds- Alabama, Virginia Tech, Clemson (NEW), Minnesota (-5)

10 Seeds- Mississippi St. (+1), St. Mary’s (+1), Nevada (-4), UCLA (-3),

11 Seeds-  Maryland (NEW), Loyola-Chicago (NEW), Auburn (NEW), Oregon, Georgia, Rhode Island (-2)

12 Seeds- Belmont, Middle Tennessee, Vermont, UT-Arlington (-2)

13 Seeds- Ball St.,  Charleston, New Mexico St., Bucknell

14 Seeds-  Florida Gulf Coast, Oakland, Charleston, Yale

15 Seeds- Monmouth, Mercer (NEW), South Dakota, UC Santa Barbara (New)

16 Seeds- , NC Central, Stephen F. Austin, Praire View A&M (NEW),  St. Francis Pa., Montana, UNC Asheville (-1)

Summary

Hopefully you’ve read my blogs, Zoos and Aquariums Saving Animals, and Research; Not Just for Research Papers. It is my heartfelt opinion that zoos are not only relevant in today’s society, but that are absolutely necessary. The tremendous amount of work and monetary resources that zoos and aquariums put into animals, and their habitats, shows the importance of conservation and animal well-being. These institutions have the very important job of creating future conservation biologist, veterinarians, and recyclers. Every kid that walks into a zoo or aquarium is someone who can hear the message about sustainability, and what everyone can do to create a better life for future generations, and the animals we share this planet with. Zoo and aquarium visitors leave inspired to take direct conservation action.

Zoos and aquariums strive to evolve, develop and transform as science, and public perception change. Institutions have turned to a message of education and conservation. Carl Hagenbeck came up with modern zoo exhibition in the late 1800s. He went away from the traditional bars, and made the exhibits similar to the animal’s natural habitat. His forethought led to advances from collectionism to more natural social groupings. As recently as the 1970’s, zoos held animals in extremely small spaces, and animals were used for entertainment with little regard for their own welfare.

With what many consider the 6th great extinction, humans have reduced or destroyed plants and animals habitats. Because of this, zoos and aquariums have become custodians of numerous species. Many facilities also have the added duty of rehabbing and reintroducing animals back into the wild. Sea World, and a few other aquariums, have teams devoted to rescuing wild animals and either returning them to the wild or keeping them at their institution for medical evaluation. Many animals that are extinct in the wild, are only alive today because of zoos and aquariums.

Zoos and aquariums also use their power and influence to protect or create laws that conserve endangered species. The AZA contributes more money to research and conservation than any other world group besides the United States government. Habitat protection is an area that is greatly funded by zoos and aquariums across the world. Many of the larger institutions have biologist that are on their payroll who live in areas where the research in being conducted. The organization doesn’t gain financially from this, but it shows how committed they are to conservation.

Some make the argument that the experience of a visit to the zoo can be replaced by the internet, television or film. I think there is no substitute for an affordable, up-close encounter with the dynamic living world that the zoo, or aquarium can offer. A day at the zoo or aquarium is more family-friendly, less costly, complicated, or time consuming than an international expedition. More people visit zoos and aquariums each year than attend all 3 professional sports combined. I cannot think of any other institution that more realistically or more powerfully declares the values of the nature world.