Bracketology update through 02/05/2019

A night of updates shook up the seed lines today but it’s still a mess at the bottom. There’s just no a lot separating the 10-11-12-bubble teams right now. I’m sure the picture will become more clear as March approaches, right? RIGHT!?!?!? (Edit: Nebraska will not even see the bubble again, let alone the actual bracket, unless they finish at least 6-2. I’m done with them)

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East

1 Duke
16 Prairie View/Robert Morris

8 Baylor
9 Ole Miss

5 Iowa
12 NC State/Temple

4 Villanova
13 Hofstra

6 Kansas St
11 Alabama

3 Louisville
14 N Kentucky

7 Washington
10 Nebraska

2 Gonzaga
15 UC Irvine

West

1 Michigan
16 Bucknell

8 Buffalo
9 St John’s

5 Texas Tech
12 Davidson

4 Marquette
13 S Dakota St

6 LSU
11 Utah St

3 Kansas
14 Radford

7 Auburn
10 Indiana

2 North Carolina
15 Georgia St

South

1 Virginia
16 Sam Houston/Robert Morris

8 Ohio St
9 TCU

5 Nevada
12 New Mexico St

4 Wisconsin
13 Vermont

6 Mississippi St
11 Texas

3 Purdue
14 Montana

7 Cincinnati
10 Lipscomb

2 Kentucky
15 Loyola Chicago

Midwest

1 Tennessee
16 Rider

8 Oklahoma
9 Minnesota

5 Virginia Tech
12 Arizona St/UCF

4 Iowa St
13 Belmont

6 Maryland
11 Syracuse

3 Houston
14 Old Dominion

7 Florida St
10 Wofford

2 Michigan St
15 Princeton

On The Bubble (No Particular Order)

UNCG
Clemson
San Francisco
Seton Hall
Creighton
Florida
Arkansas
VCU
Liberty
Arizona
Belmont
Toledo
Butler

Bracketology update through 02/04/2019

A big night for Utah St as they travel to Fresno. I currently have Utah St in the filed, one of the last 4 in, but a loss tonight would harm their chances at an at large bid. Florida also needs a win tonight at Auburn if they want to keep their place in the field as they are also one of the last 4 in.

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East

1 Duke
16 Prairie View/Norfolk St

8 Baylor
9 Ole Miss

5 Iowa
12 Florida/Arizona St

4 Louisville
13 N Kentucky

6 Maryland
11 Alabama

3 Marquette
14 N Kentucky

7 Kansas St
10 St John’s

2 Michigan
15 Princeton

West

1 Tennessee
16 Bucknell

8 Buffalo
9 Syracuse

5 Nevada
12 New Mexico St

4 Wisconsin
13 Old Dominion

6 Mississippi St
11 Indiana

3 Kansas
14 S Dakota St

7 Cincinnati
10 Lipscomb

2 Kentucky
15 Loyola Chicago

South

1 Virginia
16 Rider

8 Ohio St
9 TCU

5 Texas Tech
12 Davidson

4 Villanova
13 Hofstra

6 LSU
11 Wofford

3 Purdue
14 Radford

7 Florida St
10 Minnesota

2 Gonzaga
15 UC Irvine

Midwest

1 Michigan St
16 Sam Houston/Robert Morris

8 Oklahoma
9 NC St

5 Virginia Tech
12 Utah St/UCF

4 Iowa St
13 Vermont

6 Auburn
11 Texas

3 Houston
14 Montana

7 Washington
10 Nebraska

2 North Carolina
15 Georgia St

First 4 Out

UNCG
Temple
Creighton
Clemson

Next 4 Out

San Francisco
Arkansas
Seton Hall
Liberty

Bracketology update through 02/03/2019

The bubble is soft, bad, horrible, complete dog poo. If you’ve won a Q1 game then you’re probably on the bubble in some sense. If you’re NET ranking is decent and don’t have a Q1 win then you’re probably on the bubble too. It’s a pillow fight to determine that last 8 or so spots in this year’s field. Hopefully, as the season progresses, teams will start separating and staking their claim.

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East

1 Virginia
16 Prairie View/Robert Morris

8 Ohio St
9 TCU

5 Nevada
12 Minnesota/Temple

4 Virginia Tech
13 Belmont

6 Maryland
11 Alabama

3 Houston
14 N Kentucky

7 Florida St
10 Lipscomb

2 Gonzaga
15 UC Irvine

West

1 Tennessee
16 Princeton

8 Oklahoma
9 Syracuse

5 Texas Tech
12 Hofstra

4 Wisconsin
13 New Mexico St

6 Mississippi St
11 Indiana

3 Kansas
14 S Dakota St

7 Cincinnati
10 NC State

2 Michigan
15 Georgia St

South

1 Duke
16 Sam Houston/Norfolk St

8 Baylor
9 Ole Miss

5 Iowa
12 Florida/Texas

4 Villanova
13 Old Dominion

6 Auburn
11 Arizona St

3 Marquette
14 Radford

7 Buffalo
10 Wofford

2 Kentucky
15 Lehigh

Midwest

1 Michigan St
16 Rider

8 Kansas St
9 St John’s

5 Louisville
12 Davidson

4 Iowa St
13 Vermont

6 LSU
11 UCF

3 Purdue
14 Montana

7 Washington
10 Nebraska

2 North Carolina
15 Loyola Chicago

The Next 12

UNCG
Utah St
Creighton
Clemson
San Francisco
Liberty
Arkansas
VCU
Arizona
Butler
Northwestern
Toledo

Bracketology update through games played 02/02/2019

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East

1 Virginia
16 Prairie View/Norfolk St

8 Kansas St
9 Wofford

5 Villanova
12 VCU

4 Louisville
13 Belmont

6 Maryland
11 Alabama

3 Marquette
14 N Kentucky

7 Cincinnati
10 Nebraska

2 Gonzaga
15 UC Irvine

West

1 Michigan St
16 Lehigh

8 Washington
9 Syracuse

5 Texas Tech
12 Utah St/UCF

4 Wisconsin
13 Yale

6 Mississippi St
11 Texas

3 Purdue
14 S Dakota St

7 Buffalo
10 St John’s

2 Kentucky
15 Georgia St

South

1 Duke
16 Rider

8 Baylor
9 Lipscomb

5 Iowa
12 Florida/UNC Greensboro

4 Houston
13 New Mexico St

6 LSU
11 Indiana

3 Kansas
14 Old Dominion

7 Florida St
10 TCU

2 Michigan
15 Loyola Chicago

Midwest

1 Tennessee
16 Sam Houston/Robert Morris

8 Ohio St
9 NC State

5 Nevada
12 Hofstra

4 Iowa St
13 Vermont

6 Auburn
11 Minnesota

3 Virginia Tech
14 Montana

7 Oklahoma
10 Ole Miss

2 North Carolina
15 Radford

Last 4 Out

Clemson
Temple
Arizona St
Creighton

Next 4 Out

San Francisco
Arkansas
Butler
St Mary’s

Bracketology update through games played 02/01/2019

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…..for the B1G.  6 B1G teams have 6 seeds or higher in my recent bracket, Minnesota and Ohio St are still solidly in but Indiana and Nebraska are in free fall mode.  They are both still in although Nebraska lost today at Illinois so that will drop them to 10-11 in tomorrow’s update while Indiana will fall completely out (finally) after Michigan St emasculates them today.  (Edit: Indiana decided they didn’t want to be emasculated) The B1G seemed like a lock for 9-10 teams this year but, unless trends reverse, 8 is the more likely number.  Then again the bubble is Charmin soft so……

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1 Virginia
16 Sam Houston St/Norfolk St

8 Kansas St
9 Nebraska

5 LSU
12 Davidson

4 Texas Tech
13 Vermont

6 Nevada
11 St John’s

3 Purdue
14 S Dakota St

7 Florida St
10 Lipscomb

2 Kentucky
15 Jacksonville St

West

1 Tennessee
16 Lehigh

8 TCU
9 Ohio St

5 Iowa St
12 Utah St/NC Greensboro

4 Marquette
13 Yale

6 Maryland
11 Florida

3 Kansas
14 N Kentucky

7 Buffalo
10 Wofford

2 Michigan
15 Loyola Chicago

South

1 Duke
16 Rider

8 Washington
9 Baylor

5 Villanova
12 San Francisco/Indiana

4 Virginia Tech
13 Old Dominion

6 Mississippi St
11 Texas

3 Wisconsin
14 Montana

7 Cincinnati
10 Syracuse

2 Gonzaga
15 UC Irvine

Midwest

1 Michigan St
16 Prairie View/Robert Morris

8 NC State
9 Ole Miss

5 Iowa
12 Hofstra

4 Louisville
13 New Mexico St

6 Oklahoma
11 Alabama

3 Houston
14 Texas St

7 Auburn
10 Minnesota

2 North Carolina
15 Radford

First 4 Out

UCF
Clemson
Temple
Arizona St

Next 4 Out

Creighton
VCU
Seton Hall
Belmont

Bracketology update through games played 01/31/2019

Kansas has finally fallen to a 3 seed in today’s update after losing 3 out of the last 4, including a game to a pretty bad West Virginia squad.  The injury to Azubuike has derailed what was a phenomenal start to the season.  Iowa St, yes THE Iowa State Cyclones are now the team to beat in the Big 12 and will (maybe)end the Jayhawks 14 year reign of terror over the Big 12. 

Iowa St, Marquette, and Villanova are my sleeper teams to make a run at the final 4 this year.  Lipscomb would another deep sleeper pick to make a Loyola Chicago type run this year assuming they end up getting a 10-12 seed.   Drop a comment below with your sleeper teams (3 seed or lower)

Jacksonville St, coming off a dominating win over Murray St, makes their first appearance in the bracket this year.  Double double machine Jason Burnell lead the way with 21 points and 15 rebounds.  They have a tough game on Saturday against Austin Peay however, if they win, they will be the favorite to be the #1 seed in the conference tournament as their schedule is very manageable to finish out the year. 

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East

1 Duke
16 Sam Houston St/Norfolk St

8 TCU
9 Nebraska

5 Maryland
12 Florida/San Francisco

4 Virginia Tech
13 N Kentucky

6 Oklahoma
11 Alabama

3 Marquette
14 S Dakota St

7 Cincinnati
10 Syracuse

2 Kentucky
15 Jacksonville St

West

1 Michigan
16 Lehigh

8 Kansas St
9 Ole Miss

5 Iowa St
12 Davidson

4 Wisconsin
13 Yale

6 Iowa
11 UNC Greensboro

3 Kansas
14 Old Dominion

7 Florida St
10 St John’s

2 Tennessee
15 Loyola Chicago

South

1 Virginia
16 Rider

8 Auburn
9 Ohio St

5 Villanova
12 Hofstra

4 Texas Tech
13 New Mexico St

6 Buffalo
11 Minnesota

3 Houston
14 Texas St

7 NC State
10 Lipscomb

2 Gonzaga
15 UC Irvine

Midwest

1 Michigan St
16 Prairie View/Robert Morris

8 Washington
9 Baylor

5 LSU
12 Utah St/Indiana

4 Louisville
13 Vermont

6 Nevada
11 Texas

3 Purdue
14 Montana

7 Mississippi St
10 Wofford

2 North Carolina
15 Radford

First 4 Out

UCF
Temple
Clemson
Arizona St

Next 4 Out
Seton Hall
Creighton
Belmont
VCU

Bracketology update through games played 01/30/2019

I feel sick to my stomach.  I thought, after last night’s loss to Rutgers, that my bracket would be devoid of any reference to a team with a 7 game losing streak.  However, like a European backpacker who you let crash on your couch for a week, their stench remains.  Please, oh please, will one, or more, of the wretched bubble teams please rise up and take their rightful place in the field. 

Let’s congratulate the Auburn Tigers on their first Q1 win of the year thanks to a surging Washington team that cracked the top 30 in the NET rankings.  Right now there are only 5 more opportunities for Q1 wins left on the schedule.  They had better take advantage of every opportunity for quality wins or it’s likely they won’t make it past the first weekend of the tournament.  War Eagle!

I’ve received some feedback, for a lack of a better word, from Tennessee fans because they feel they’re being snubbed in my bracket.  They don’t understand how I can have Michigan St as a 1 and Tennessee as a 2 since MSU has 3 losses while the Vols have only lost once.  Here’s a dirty little secret…..Michigan is the team just ahead of you on the seed line.  MSU’s resume, 8 Q1 wins and 4 Q2 wins, is simply better than Tennessee’s resume at the moment.  Michigan has one more Q1 and Q2 win than Tennessee does.  Tennessee’s SOS is better. Folks, it’s really splitting hairs at the moment but, as of this moment, Michigan gets the nod.  Here’s some good news, maybe, I have a feeling that Michigan loses at Iowa on Friday.  That may shift the balance enough to flip the teams. 

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East

1 Duke
16 Sam Houston/Norfolk

8 Baylor
9 Nebraska

5 LSU
12 San Francisco/Utah St

4 Texas Tech
13 New Mexico St

6 Iowa
11 Alabama

3 Marquette
14 S Dakota St

7 Florida St
10 St John’s

2 Kansas
15 Loyola Chicago

West

1 Michigan
16 Lehigh

8 Auburn
9 Washington

5 Virginia Tech
12 Hofstra

4 Houston
13 Davidson

6 Nevada
11 Wofford

3 Purdue
14 Texas St

7 NC State
10 Texas

2 Tennessee
15 Radford

South

1 Virginia
16 Rider

8 Kansas St
9 Lipscomb

5 Maryland
12 Murray St

4 Louisville
13 Vermont

6 Buffalo
11 Minnesota

3 Kentucky
14 N Kentucky

7 Cincinnati
10 Ohio St

2 North Carolina
15 Montana

Midwest

1 Michigan St
16 Prairie View/Robert Morris

8 TCU
9 Ole Miss

5 Villanova
12 Indiana/UCF

4 Iowa St
13 Yale

6 Oklahoma
11 Florida

3 Wisconsin
14 N Texas

7 Mississippi St
10 Syracuse

2 Gonzaga
15 UC Irvine

First 4 Out

UNCG
Temple
Seton Hall
Arizona St

Next 4 Out

Clemson
Creighton
Belmont
Arizona