Final Bracketology Projection

1 seeds: Virginia, Duke, Michigan State, UNC
2 seeds: Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky, Gonzaga
3 seeds: Houston, Texas Tech, Kansas, LSU
4 seeds: Florida State, Purdue, Auburn, Wisconsin
5 seeds: Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Villanova, Iowa State
6 seeds: Buffalo, Marquette, Mississippi State, Cincinnati
7 seeds: Wofford, Nevada, Maryland, Louisville
8 seeds: Oklahoma, Iowa, UCF, Utah State
9 seeds: NC State, Washington, VCU, Florida
10 seeds: Syracuse, Clemson, Seton Hall, Baylor
11 seeds: Minnesota, Saint Mary’s, TCU*, Ole Miss*, Ohio State*, Indiana*
12 seeds: Oregon, New Mexico State, Murray State, UC Irvine
13 seeds: Liberty, Vermont, Northeastern, Yale
14 seeds: Old Dominion, Georgia State, Saint Louis, Northern Kentucky
15 seeds: Montana, Colgate, Abilene Christian, Gardner Webb
16 seeds: Bradley, Prairie View A&M, North Dakota State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Iona, North Carolina Central

First 4 Out: Belmont, Creighton, Arizona State, Temple
Next 4 Out: Alabama, St. John’s, Lipscomb, Furman
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Selection Sunday Bracketology

This blog will be updated with the conclusion of each game this afternoon. At this point, the bubble is pretty much set, and the only changes will be auto-bids for one bid leagues/the A-10, and more importantly, who gets the last two one seeds. Duke and UVA are locks with UVA holding the #1 overall seed. If Tennessee wins, they get a one seed. If Michigan State wins, they also get a one seed. If one of those two loses, UNC gets a one seed. If both lose, UNC and Michigan get one seeds. I don’t believe Gonzaga has the resume when they will at best, 40% as many Q1 victories as any other potential one seeds, with the 5th highest average computer metric of all teams.

UPDATE #1 – Yale wins the autobid over Harvard for the Ivy and slide into a 13 seed, bumping Old Dominion to the 14 line.

UPDATE #2 – Saint Louis wins the A10 auto bid and moves to the 14 line, dropping Montana to a 15. Auburn wins the SEC auto bid and moves past Wisconsin on the true seed list, while Tennessee drops behind Michigan on the true seed list.

UPDATE #3 – Cincinnati wins the AAC Tournament and scoots past Wofford for a 6 seed. Houston stays in the same place. Will post a new blog with my final projection after the Big 10 Tournament.

1 seeds: Virginia, Duke, Michigan State, UNC
2 seeds: Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky, Gonzaga
3 seeds: Houston, Texas Tech, Kansas, LSU
4 seeds: Florida State, Purdue, Auburn, Wisconsin
5 seeds: Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Villanova, Iowa State
6 seeds: Buffalo, Marquette, Mississippi State, Cincinnati
7 seeds: Wofford, Nevada, Maryland, Louisville
8 seeds: Oklahoma, Iowa, UCF, Utah State
9 seeds: NC State, Washington, VCU, Florida
10 seeds: Syracuse, Clemson, Seton Hall, Baylor
11 seeds: Minnesota, Saint Mary’s, TCU*, Ole Miss*, Ohio State*, Indiana*
12 seeds: Oregon, New Mexico State, Murray State, UC Irvine
13 seeds: Liberty, Vermont, Northeastern, Yale
14 seeds: Old Dominion, Georgia State, Saint Louis, Northern Kentucky
15 seeds: Montana, Colgate, Abilene Christian, Gardner Webb
16 seeds: Bradley, Prairie View A&M, North Dakota State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Iona, North Carolina Central

First 4 Out: Belmont, Creighton, Arizona State, Temple
Next 4 Out: Alabama, St. John’s, Lipscomb, Furman

Bracketology – 3/16

VCU falls, opening the door for a bid stealer in the A10. Davidson temporarily takes the projected auto bid and Nebraska drops out of the field with their 16th loss – eliminated from consideration due to no precedence of a 16 loss team being awarded an at-large bid. Belmont hangs onto the last at-large spot.

1 seeds: Virginia, Duke, UNC, Kentucky
2 seeds: Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee, Gonzaga
3 seeds: Houston, Kansas, Texas Tech, LSU
4 seeds: Florida State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Kansas State
5 seeds: Virginia Tech, Auburn, Villanova, Marquette
6 seeds: Mississippi State, Buffalo, Iowa State, Wofford
7 seeds: Nevada, Maryland, Cincinnati, Louisville
8 seeds: Oklahoma, Washington, UCF, Iowa
9 seeds: NC State, Florida, Utah State, VCU
10 seeds: Syracuse, Minnesota, Clemson, Seton Hall
11 seeds: Baylor, Saint Mary’s, TCU, Ole Miss*, Ohio State*
12 seeds: Indiana*, Belmont*, Murray State, New Mexico State, Davidson
13 seeds: Liberty, UC Irvine, Vermont, Northeastern
14 seeds: Old Dominion, Georgia State, Northern Kentucky, Harvard
15 seeds: Montana, Colgate, Gardner Webb, Bradley
16 seeds: Abilene Christian, North Dakota State, Prairie View A&M, Fairleigh Dickinson, Iona, Norfolk State

First 4 Out: Creighton, Arizona State, Oregon, Temple
Next 4 Out: Alabama, St. John’s, Furman, Toledo

Bracketology – 3/15

Here’s my update for today, doing a full bracket this morning instead of just a seed list. Texas, by virtue of being .500, is eliminated. Metrics and resume are stronger than some at-large teams, but until the Selection Committee selects a team at .500 or below, I will not give them any consideration.

Other tidbits – Minnesota and Seton Hall rise up to 11 seeds and escape the First Four. Indiana’s loss to Ohio State drops them into the Last 4 In. Creighton’s loss drops them out of the field and Nebraska’s win over Maryland puts them in. Belmont slides into the final at-large spot by virtue of Texas’ .500 record.

East Region (Washington, D.C.)South Region (Louisville, KY)
Columbia, SC
1 Virginia (#1 Overall)
16 Prairie View/Fairleigh Dickinson
8 Oklahoma
9 Utah State
Columbia, SC
1 North Carolina
16 Sam Houston State
8 UCF
9 Baylor
San Jose, CA
5 Marquette
12 New Mexico State
4 Wisconsin
13 Vermont
San Jose, CA
5 Mississippi State
12 Indiana/Belmont
4 Kansas State
13 Northeastern
Des Moines, IA
6 Buffalo
11 Minnesota
3 Kansas
14 Northern Kentucky
Tulsa, OK
6 Wofford
11 Seton Hall
3 Houston
14 Georgia State
Jacksonville, FL
7 Maryland
10 Clemson
2 Tennessee
15 Gardner Webb
Columbus, OH
7 Cincinnati
10 Syracuse
2 Michigan State
15 Colgate
West Region (Anaheim, CA)Midwest Region (Kansas City, MO)
Hartford, CT
1 Duke
16 Iona/Norfolk State
8 VCU
9 Washington
Columbus, OH
1 Kentucky
16 North Dakota State
8 Iowa
9 NC State
Hartford, CT
5 Virginia Tech
12 Murray State
4 Purdue
13 UC Irvine
Salt Lake City, UT
5 Auburn
12 Ohio State/Nebraska
4 Florida State
13 Liberty
Jacksonville, FL
6 Villanova
11 TCU
3 LSU
14 Old Dominion
Tulsa, OK
6 Nevada
11 Ole Miss
3 Texas Tech
14 Harvard
Salt Lake City, UT
7 Louisville
10 Florida
2 Gonzaga
15 Montana
Des Moines, IA
7 Iowa State
10 Saint Mary’s
2 Michigan
15 Bradley

Last 4 Byes
Minnesota
Seton Hall
TCU
Ole Miss
Last 4 In
Ohio State
Nebraska
Indiana
Belmont
First 4 Out
Arizona State
Temple
Creighton
Alabama
Next 4 Out
Oregon
St. John’s
Furman
Toledo

Multi-Bid Conferences
Big 10 – 10 teams
ACC – 9 teams
Big 12 – 7 teams
SEC – 7 teams
AAC – 3 teams
Big East – 3 teams
Mountain West – 2 teams
Ohio Valley – 2 teams
West Coast – 2 teams



Bracketology 3/14

Colgate clinches the auto-bid. This seed list includes games up to the start of today’s action.

1 seeds: Virginia, UNC, Duke, Kentucky
2 seeds: Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee, Gonzaga
3 seeds: Texas Tech, Houston, LSU, Kansas
4 seeds: Purdue, Wisconsin, Florida State, Virginia Tech
5 seeds: Kansas State, Auburn, Villanova, Maryland
6 seeds: Nevada, Marquette, Mississippi State, Buffalo
7 seeds: Wofford, Louisville, Cincinnati, Iowa State
8 seeds: UCF, VCU, NC State, Oklahoma
9 seeds: Iowa, Baylor, Washington, Syracuse
10 seeds: Clemson, Texas, Ole Miss, Utah State
11 seeds: TCU, Saint Mary’s, Florida, Indiana
12 seeds: Minnesota*, Seton Hall*, Creighton*, Ohio State*, Murray State, New Mexico State
13 seeds: Liberty, UC Irvine, Vermont, Northeastern
14 seeds: Old Dominion, Georgia State, Northern Kentucky, Harvard
15 seeds: Montana, Colgate, Gardner-Webb, Bradley
16 seeds: Sam Houston State, North Dakota State, Prairie View A&M, Fairleigh Dickinson, Iona, Norfolk State

First 4 Out: Nebraska, Belmont, Temple, Arizona State
Next 4 Out: St. John’s, Toledo, Oregon, Alabama

Bracketology – 3/13

Saint Mary’s stole the show last night with the stunning upset of Gonzaga, locking them in. I had just placed them onto the right side of the bubble yesterday afternoon, so no bid thief here, but bubble teams across the country are much more nervous now.

Here is today’s seedings – I went through and did a fresh scrub through the entire field, so some teams that may have been out of action yesterday may have flipped spots.

1 seeds: Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky
2 seeds: Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee, Gonzaga
3 seeds: Texas Tech, Houston, LSU, Kansas
4 seeds: Purdue, Wisconsin, Florida State, Virginia Tech
5 seeds: Kansas State, Auburn, Villanova, Maryland
6 seeds: Nevada, Marquette, Mississippi State, Buffalo
7 seeds: Wofford, Cincinnati, Louisville, Iowa State
8 seeds: UCF, Oklahoma, VCU, NC State
9 seeds: Iowa, Baylor, Washington, Clemson
10 seeds: Texas, Syracuse, Ole Miss, Utah State
11 seeds: Saint Mary’s, Florida, TCU, Indiana
12 seeds: Minnesota*, Seton Hall*, Creighton*, Ohio State*, Murray State, New Mexico State
13 seeds: Liberty, UC Irvine, Vermont, Northeastern
14 seeds: Old Dominion, Georgia State, Northern Kentucky, Harvard
15 seeds: Montana, Colgate, Gardner Webb, Bradley
16 seeds: Sam Houston State, North Dakota State, Prairie View A&M, Fairleigh Dickinson, Iona, Norfolk State

First 4 Out: Belmont, Temple, Nebraska, Arizona State
Next 4 Out: St. John’s, Toledo, Alabama, Oregon

Bracketology – 3/12

Not a whole of action last night as Iona and Wofford held true and clinched the auto bids. Saint Mary’s has temporarily moved into the at-large field over Temple thanks to their computer metrics, but all it would take for Temple to jump back in is a SMC loss to Gonzaga plus a single win in the AAC Tournament, without considering how SMC’s metrics look after tonight – which, based on how they have previously fared against Gonzaga, may take a hit.

1 seeds: Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky
2 seeds: Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee, Gonzaga
3 seeds: Texas Tech, Houston, LSU, Kansas
4 seeds: Purdue, Wisconsin, Florida State, Kansas State
5 seeds: Virginia Tech, Auburn, Villanova, Marquette
6 seeds: Maryland, Nevada, Mississippi State, Buffalo
7 seeds: Wofford, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Louisville
8 seeds: UCF, Oklahoma, VCU, Iowa
9 seeds: NC State, Baylor, Washington, Clemson
10 seeds: Texas, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Utah State
11 seeds: TCU, Florida, Indiana, Minnesota
12 seeds: Seton Hall*, Creighton*, Ohio State*, Saint Mary’s*, Murray State, New Mexico State
13 seeds: Liberty, UC Irvine, Vermont, Hofstra
14 seeds: Georgia State, Old Dominion, Harvard, Montana
15 seeds: Colgate, Wright State, Omaha, Gardner-Webb
16 seeds: Bradley, Sam Houston State, Prairie View A&M, Iona, St. Francis PA, Norfolk State

First 4 Out: Temple, Belmont, Arizona State, Nebraska
Next 4 Out: St. John’s, Toledo, Alabama, Oregon