Bracketology 3/7

Conference Championships are here! This is a great 3 week stretch for basketball fans. Lots of moving and shaking on the bubble. UCF can lock themselves in with a win vs. Cincinnati tonight.

1 Seed-  Gonzaga*, Virginia*, Duke, Tennessee*

2 Seed- Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan St.

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

4 Seed- Kansas,  , Florida St, Virginia Tech, Kansas St +1

5 Seed- Marquette* -1, Wisconsin, Maryland, Mississippi St +1

6 Seed-  Iowa St -1, Louisville, Buffalo*, Cincinnati +1

7 Seed-  Louisville -1, NevadaWofford*, Auburn

8 Seed- Iowa, Mississippi, Syracuse, Washington* +1

9 Seed-  VCU*, UCF, Baylor -1, Oklahoma +1

10 Seed- Utah St* +1, Minnesota +1, Ohio St, St Johns

11 Seed- Florida, Clemson, Texas -1, Arizona St +1

12 Seed- Belmont* NEW, Lipscomb* Indiana, NC State -2, Seton Hall NEW, Temple NEW

13 Seed- New Mexico St*, Hofstra*, Vermont*, Yale*

14 Seed- Old Dominion*, South Dakota State*, Northern Kentucky*, UC Irvine*

15 Seed- Georgia Southern*, Loyola Chicago*Montana*, Radford*

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

First Four Out: Alabama, TCU, Butler, Creighton

Next Four Out: Murray St., Furman, St. Marys, Toledo

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Bracketology 3/3

It is March! Utah State, UCF and Indiana all had huge wins yesterday. The Ohio Valley will crown the first conference tournament champion on Saturday. Hoping for a Belmont/Murray St final. Loser will have a real chance at an at large bid. Belmont a slightly stronger resume.

1 Seed-  Gonzaga*, Virginia*, Duke, Tennessee* +1

2 Seed- Kentucky -1, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan St.

3 Seed-  Purdue*, Texas Tech*, LSU +1, Houston*

4 Seed- Kansas,  Marquette* -1, Florida St, Virginia Tech +1

5 Seed-  Kansas St, Wisconsin -1, Iowa St, Maryland

6 Seed-  Mississippi St, Louisville, Buffalo*, Villanova +1

7 Seed-  Nevada -1, Cincinnati, Wofford*, Auburn +2

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

9 Seed- Washington* -1, Texas, VCU* +1, UCF +2 

10 Seed- Ohio St -1, St Johns -2, NC State, Oklahoma

11 Seed- Florida, Clemson NEW, Utah St* +1, Minnesota +1

12 Seed- Belmont* NEW, Lipscomb*Alabama, Arizona St. -1, TCU -2, Indiana NEW

13 Seed- New Mexico St*, Hofstra*, Vermont*, Yale*

14 Seed- Old Dominion*, South Dakota State*, Northern Kentucky* NEW, UC Irvine*

15 Seed- Georgia Southern NEW*, Loyola Chicago*Montana*, Radford*

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

* Projected Automatic Qualifier

Last Four In: Alabama, Arizona St, TCU and Indiana

Last Four Out: Seton Hall, Temple, Murray St, St. Marys

Next Four Out: Georgetown, Creighton, Butler, Nebraska

Bracketology 2/27

We are getting close to conference tournament time and the bubble isn’t getting any clearer. Butler has taken themselves out of consideration with a loss against Providence, but Indiana got themselves back in bubble talk with a win against Wisconsin. If they can go 3-2 down the stretch, I think they have a real shot. A 17-16 team in the dance is gross, but they have no bad losses. The end of the 3 line, through the first 2 seeds of the 7 line are the most fluid right now. A lot of really close resumes. These last 3 weeks will be fun!

1 Seed-  Gonzaga, Duke, Virginia, Kentucky

2 Seed- Michigan St., Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan,

3 Seed-  Houston, Purdue, Marquette, Texas Tech +1

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

5 Seed-  Kansas St, Virginia Tech +1, Iowa St, Maryland -1

6 Seed-  Nevada -1, Louisville, Mississippi St. +1, Buffalo +1   

7 Seed-  Villanova -1, Iowa -1, Cincinnati, Wofford

8 Seed- St. JohnsWashingtonBaylor, Mississippi

9 Seed- Auburn, SyracuseTexas, Ohio St. +1

10 Seed- TCU -1, VCU, NC State, Oklahoma +1

11 Seed- Florida, UCF, Arizona St. +1, Seton Hall +1

12 Seed- Murray St*., Lipscomb*(Would both be bubble teams but not in)Alabama, Minnesota -1, Utah St. NEW, Temple

13 Seed- Hofstra*, Vermont*, New Mexico St*, Yale*

14 Seed- Old Dominion*, South Dakota State*, Wright St* NEW, UC Irvine*

15 Seed- Texas St*, Loyola Chicago NEW*, Montana*, Radford*,

16 Seed- Sam Houston St*, St. Francis PA*, Bucknell*, Prairie View A&M*, Norfolk St*, Rider*

* Automatic Qualifier. Would not make tournament as an at large

Last Four In: Temple, Utah St. Minnesota, Alabama

Last Four Out: Indiana, Belmont, Clemson, Nebraska

Next Four Out: Creighton, St. Mary’s, San Francisco, Butler

Bracketology 2/24

Kentucky is probably playing some of the best basketball in the country right now. The last 1, first 2 was really close between Tennessee and Kentucky. After yesterday Kentucky is the last 1 easy. Tennessee still has a chance to reclaim, and they have a head to head match-up Saturday. Wofford got a huge Quad 1 win against Furman, essentially assuring them of an at-large bid if they should falter in their conference tournament.

1 Seed-  Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, Kentucky

2 Seed- Tennessee, Michigan, North Carolina, Michigan St.

3 Seed-  Houston, Purdue, Kansas, Marquette

4 Seed- LSU, Texas Tech, Wisconsin +1, Florida St. +1

5 Seed-  Iowa St -1, Maryland, Nevada -1, Kansas St +1

6 Seed-  Louisville -1, VillanovaVirginia Tech, Iowa

7 Seed-Mississippi St., Cincinnati, Buffalo, Wofford

8 Seed- St. Johns +1, Baylor, Washington, Mississippi

9 Seed- SyracuseTexas, Auburn, TCU

10 Seed- Minnesota, Ohio St., NC State, VCU +1

11 Seed- UCF, Clemson, Florida +1, Oklahoma -1

12 Seed- Murray St., Seton Hall -1, Temple, Arizona St.Lipscomb, Alabama

13 Seed- Hofstra, Vermont, New Mexico St., Yale

14 Seed- Old Dominion, South Dakota State, Northern KentuckyUC Irvine

15 Seed- Texas St., Montana, Radford, Drake

16 Seed- Sam Houston St., St. Francis PA, Bucknell, Prairie View A&M, Norfolk St., Rider

Last Four In: Temple, Arizona St., Alabama, Seton Hall

Last Four Out: Belmont, Utah St., Nebraska, Indiana

Next Four Out: Butler, Creighton, St. Mary’s, San Francisco

Bracketology 2/20

Last night bubble teams did themselves no favors, besides Baylor. Clemson, Indiana, Nebraska, and Alabama all lost. I’ve seen brackets with Indiana in. How do you put a team in that is 13-13, 4-11 in conference and lost 11 of 12 in the tournament? It doesn’t get any easier as they are projected to lose 4 of their next 5. If they can’t win 3 of 5 and a win in the tournament, their bubble will burst.

1 Seed-  Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, Kentucky +1

2 Seed- Tennessee -1, Michigan, North Carolina, Michigan St.

3 Seed-  Houston, Purdue, Kansas, Marquette

4 Seed- Nevada, LSU, Texas Tech, Iowa St

5 Seed-  Louisville, Wisconsin, Maryland, Florida St. +1

6 Seed-  Villanova -1, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Kansas St.

7 Seed-Mississippi St., Cincinnati, Buffalo, Wofford

8 Seed- St. Johns +1, Baylor, Washington, Mississippi

9 Seed- Syracuse, Texas, Auburn, TCU -1

10 Seed- Minnesota, Ohio St., NC State, Oklahoma +1

11 Seed- UCF, Seton HallClemson, VCU

12 Seed- Murray St., Florida NEW, Temple, Arizona St.Lipscomb, Alabama -2

13 Seed- Hofstra, Vermont, New Mexico St., Yale

14 Seed- Old Dominion, South Dakota State, Northern KentuckyUC Irvine

15 Seed- Texas St., Montana, Radford, Drake NEW

16 Seed- Sam Houston St., St. Francis PA, Bucknell, Prairie View A&M, Norfolk St., Rider NEW,

Last Four In: Temple, Arizona St., Lipscomb, Alabama

Last Four Out: Belmont, Utah St., Nebraska, Indiana

Next Four Out: Butler, Creighton, Furman, St. Mary’s

Bracketology 2/17

Kentucky absolutely put it on Tennessee yesterday. It moved Tennessee down to the last #1 seed, but not quite enough to move Kentucky up in their spot. There match-up in Knoxville could be the determining factor for the last #1 seed. This is really important because they both would have a huge advantage if they are in the Louisville regional. I’m higher on Wofford than most. They need to win at Furman next Saturday for chance at a top 8 seed.

1 Seed-  Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, Tennessee

2 Seed- Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Michigan St.

3 Seed-  Houston, Purdue, Kansas, Marquette

4 Seed- Nevada, LSU +1, Iowa St. Texas Tech +1

5 Seed-  Louisville -1, Villanova,  Wisconsin -1, Maryland +1

6 Seed-  Virginia Tech -1, Iowa, Kansas St., Florida St. +1

7 Seed- Mississippi St. -1, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Wofford

8 Seed- TCU, Baylor, Washington, Mississippi +2

9 Seed- Auburn -1, Syracuse,  St. Johns, Texas

10 Seed- Minnesota, Ohio St. -1, Alabama, NC State +1

11 Seed- UCF, Seton Hall, Clemson, VCU, Oklahoma +1

12 Seed- Murray St., Temple, Arizona St., Indiana, Lipscomb -2

13 Seed- Hofstra, Vermont, New Mexico St., Yale

14 Seed- Old Dominion, South Dakota State, Northern Kentucky, UC Irvine +1

15 Seed- Texas St. -1, Montana, Radford, Loyola

16 Seed- St. Francis PA NEW, Bucknell, Prairie View A&M, Norfolk St., Canisius NEW, Sam Houston St.

Last Four In: Temple, Arizona St., Lipscomb, Indiana

Last Four Out: Belmont, Utah St., Nebraska, Florida

Next Four Out: Butler, Creighton, Davidson, Furman

Bracketology Update 2/12

Eventually Oklahoma is going to have to win some conference games to get in. If they finish 4 games under .500 in the conference I’m not sure how you put them in without a run in the conference tourney.

1 Seed-  Duke, Tennessee, Virginia, Gonzaga

2 Seed- Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Michigan St.

3 Seed-  Houston, Purdue, Kansas, Marquette

4 Seed- Nevada, Louisville, Iowa St. Wisconsin

5 Seed-  Villanova, LSU, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech

6 Seed-  Maryland, Iowa, Mississippi St., Kansas St.

7 Seed- Florida St, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Wofford

8 Seed- Auburn, TCU, Baylor, Washington

9 Seed- Ohio St., Syracuse,  St. Johns, Texas +1

10 Seed- Minnesota, Lipscomb, Mississippi, Alabama +1

11 Seed- NC State, UCF, Seton Hall, Clemson +1, VCU +1

12 Seed- Murray St., Temple, Arizona St., Oklahoma -3, Indiana -1

13 Seed- Hofstra, Vermont, New Mexico St., Yale

14 Seed- Old Dominion, South Dakota State, Northern Kentucky, Texas St

15 Seed- UC Irvine, Montana, Radford, Loyola

16 Seed- Robert Morris, Bucknell, Prairie View A&M, Norfolk St., Rider, Sam Houston St.

Last Four In: Temple, Arizona St., Oklahoma, Indiana

Last Four Out: Utah St., Butler, Nebraska, Belmont

Next Four Out: Creighton, Davidson, Florida, UNC-Greensboro,