Month: March 2014

Final Bracketology – March 16, 2014

Here is our final Bracketology before the brackets our revealed on CBS in under an hour. This is my first year doing this, and my one lesson is to start bracketing much earlier on Sunday. I had two final versions, one where Michigan wins the Big Ten title and one where they lost to Michigan State. It was a lot more work than I expected building both. I give props to the committee for the work they do in the selection process.

You’ll see the big change in my bracket from yesterday is the final 1-seed. I’ve got Virginia taking that spot, as the 1-seed in the East region. I’m not sure I necessarily agree with that placement, but after winning the ACC regular season and tournament title, combined with other contenders dropping games in the last week, I think this is what the committee will do. The other big difference between my bracket and others is the inclusion of Green Bay over SMU. This is a bit of a risk, but the committee has shown a tendency to take a liking to one mid-major every week to send to Dayton. I think Green Bay is that pet team this season. And I think SMU, with their terrible non-conference schedule and lack of Top-100 wins on their resume, will be the surprise team left out of the field this season.

Okay, onto the final bracket. See below for a PDF and PNG link to our final bracket. Below those links is our final 1-to-68 seed list, Last 4 IN, First 4 OUT, and Next 4 OUT. Bids by conference are also below.

Final Bracketology – March 16 (PDF Link – CLICK HERE)

Final Bracketology – March 16 (PNG Image Link – CLICK HERE)

  • 1 – Florida, Arizona, Wichita State, Virginia
  • 2 – Michigan, Wisconsin, Villanova, Kansas
  • 3 – Iowa State, Duke, Louisville, Creighton
  • 4 – Syracuse, San Diego State, Michigan State, Cincinnati
  • 5 – UCLA, Ohio State, Oklahoma, North Carolina
  • 6 – UConn, New Mexico, VCU, Baylor
  • 7 – Kentucky, Texas, St. Louis, UMass
  • 8 – Oregon, Memphis, George Washington, Oklahoma State
  • 9 – Gonzaga, Colorado, Kansas State, Stanford
  • 10 – Pittsburgh, Arizona State, St. Joseph’s, Iowa
  • 11 – Harvard, Nebraska, Tennessee, Providence
  • 12 – BYU, Dayton, Xavier, Green Bay, North Dakota State, Stephen F. Austin
  • 13 – Tulsa, Delaware, Manhattan, Western Michigan
  • 14 – Mercer, New Mexico State, UL-Lafayette, North Carolina Central
  • 15 – Eastern Kentucky, American, Milwaukee, Weber State
  • 16 – Coastal Carolina, Wofford, Albany, Texas Southern, Mount St. Mary’s, Cal Poly
  • Last 4 IN: BYU, Dayton, Xavier, Green Bay
  • First 4 OUT: SMU, Minnesota, California, Arkansas
  • Next 4 OUT: NC State, Southern Miss, Florida State, Toledo

Breakdown by Conference:

  • Big 12: 7
  • Big Ten: 6
  • Pac-12: 6
  • A-10: 6
  • ACC: 5
  • American: 4
  • Big East: 4
  • SEC: 3
  • Mountain West: 2
  • West Coast: 2
  • Horizon: 2

As always, check out The Bracket Matrix. He’ll have his grading system posted later tonight or early tomorrow morning I believe. It’ll be interested to see where we fall in our first year of doing this.

Bracketology – March 15, 2014 – Morning Edition

Here’s a quick look at today’s Bracketology before today’s games get going. There’s a lot of conference tournament championship games today, so things will clear up quite a bit by tonight. We’ll have another updated bracket posted tonight. And tomorrow, on Selection Sunday, we’ll be updating throughout the day and have a final bracket up right when the Big Ten Tournament final ends.

Bracketology – March 15, 2014 (PDF Link – CLICK HERE)

Bracketology – March 15, 2014 (PNG Image Link – CLICK HERE)

  • 1 – Florida, Arizona, Wichita State, Wisconsin
  • 2 – Michigan, Villanova, Duke, Kansas
  • 3 – Virginia, Creighton, Iowa State, Louisville
  • 4 – San Diego State, Syracuse, Michigan State, Cincinnati
  • 5 – North Carolina, Oklahoma, UCLA, Ohio State
  • 6 – UConn, VCU, Baylor, Texas
  • 7 – New Mexico, Kentucky, St. Louis, UMass
  • 8 – Oregon, Memphis, Gonzaga, George Washington
  • 9 – Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Colorado, Arizona State
  • 10 – Stanford, Pittsburgh, Iowa, SMU
  • 11 – Harvard, Nebraska, St. Joseph’s, Tennessee
  • 12 – BYU, Xavier, Dayton, Providence, North Dakota State, LA Tech
  • 13 – Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Delaware, Manhattan
  • 14 – Mercer, New Mexico State, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia State
  • 15 – North Carolina Central, American, Milwaukee, Stony Brook
  • 16 – Weber State, Coastal Carolina, Cal State Northridge, Wofford, Mount St. Mary’s, Alabama State
  • Last 4 IN: BYU, Xavier, Dayton, Providence
  • First 4 OUT: Minnesota, Arkansas, California, Green Bay
  • Next 4 OUT: Southern Miss, Florida State, Missouri, NC State

Breakdown by Conference:

  • Big 12: 7
  • Big Ten: 6
  • Pac-12: 6
  • A-10: 6
  • ACC: 5
  • American: 5
  • Big East: 4
  • SEC: 3
  • Mountain West: 2
  • West Coast: 2

As always, check out The Bracket Matrix. We’ll be up with another bracket late tonight. And then tomorrow, we’ll have a couple versions throughout the day.

Bracketology – March 14, 2014 – Morning Edition

Here’s a quick look at today’s Bracketology before today’s games get going too much. This will be updated late tonight/early Saturday morning as well, and we’ll have a new bracket posted then.

Bracketology – March 14, 2014 (PDF Link – CLICK HERE)

Bracketology – March 14, 2014 (PNG Image Link – CLICK HERE)

  • 1 – Florida, Arizona, Wichita State, Wisconsin
  • 2 – Kansas, Michigan, Villanova, Syracuse
  • 3 – Duke, Virginia, Creighton, Iowa State
  • 4 – Louisville, San Diego State, Cincinnati, North Carolina
  • 5 – Michigan State, Oklahoma, St. Louis, Ohio State
  • 6 – UCLA, Texas, UConn, VCU
  • 7 – New Mexico, Kentucky, UMass, Baylor
  • 8 – Oregon, Memphis, Gonzaga, George Washington
  • 9 – Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Colorado, Arizona State
  • 10 – Stanford, Iowa, SMU, Pittsburgh
  • 11 – Harvard, Nebraska, BYU, Xavier
  • 12 – St. Joseph’s, Dayton, Tennessee, Minnesota, North Dakota State, LA Tech
  • 13 – Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Delaware, Manhattan
  • 14 – Mercer, New Mexico State, Eastern Kentucky, UC-Irvine
  • 15 – Georgia State, North Carolina Central, American, Milwaukee
  • 16 – Stony Brook, Weber State, Coastal Carolina, Wofford, Mount St. Mary’s, Alabama State
  • Last 4 IN: St. Joseph’s, Dayton, Tennessee, Minnesota
  • First 4 OUT: Providence, Arkansas, California, Florida State
  • Next 4 OUT: Missouri, Green Bay, Southern Miss, Illinois

Breakdown by Conference:

  • Big 12: 7
  • Big Ten: 7
  • Pac-12: 6
  • A-10: 6
  • ACC: 5
  • American: 5
  • SEC: 3
  • Big East: 3
  • Mountain West: 2
  • West Coast: 2

As always, check out The Bracket Matrix. We’ll be up with another bracket late tonight/early tomorrow.

Bracketology – March 12, 2014

Here’s our late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning update. We had four teams lock up bids last night: Mount St. Mary’s, Milwaukee, North Dakota State, and Gonzaga. Mount St. Mary’s will definitely be heading to the Dayton as a 16-seed to play in an Play-In Game/Opening Round/First Round matchup (fix this NCAA, it’s not the First Round!). Milwaukee will either be a 15 or 16, I’ve got them as a 15 for now. North Dakota State will be a popular upset pick, especially since they are very likely to end up as a 12 seed in a 5-12 matchup. And Gonzaga has won the WCC once again. No surprise there. I’ve got the Bulldogs as a 10, and I see them being in that 9-10 range.

Perhaps the more interesting development is that of BYU. I still have the Cougars in as an 11-seed as of this bracket, but I did have Harvard and Nebraska pass them in the 1-68 seed list after their loss to the Zags. And BYU has the unenviable position of waiting five days before they hear if their name is called. That’s a lot of time for other teams to record quality wins to pass them, not to mention the possibility of bid thieves as well. I’m sure Dave Rose and his crew will have some worrisome nights ahead.

Onto the bracket. Like always, the link to the bracket immediately follows this paragraph. And once again, the seed list from 1 to 68 is below, along with Last 4 IN, First 4 OUT, and Next 4 OUT. Bids by conference is further down the page as well.

Bracketology – March 12, 2014 (PDF Link – CLICK HERE)

Bracketology – March 12, 2014 (PNG Image Link – CLICK HERE)

  • 1 – Florida, Arizona, Wichita State, Villanova
  • 2 – Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Syracuse
  • 3 – Duke, Virginia, Creighton, San Diego State
  • 4 – Iowa State, Louisville, Oklahoma, Cincinnati
  • 5 – Michigan State, North Carolina, St. Louis, Ohio State
  • 6 – UCLA, Texas, UConn, VCU
  • 7 – New Mexico, Kentucky, UMass, Memphis
  • 8 – Baylor, SMU, Oregon, Oklahoma State
  • 9 – George Washington, Iowa, Kansas State, Arizona State
  • 10 – Gonzaga, Stanford, Colorado, Pittsburgh
  • 11 – Harvard, Nebraska, BYU, St. Joseph’s
  • 12 – Xavier, Dayton, Tennessee, Minnesota, North Dakota State, LA Tech
  • 13 – Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Delaware, Manhattan
  • 14 – Eastern Kentucky, Mercer, New Mexico State, UC-Santa Barbara
  • 15 – Georgia State, North Carolina Central, Boston University, Milwaukee
  • 16 – Stony Brook, Weber State, Coastal Carolina, Wofford, Mount St. Mary’s, Alabama State
  • Last 4 IN: Xavier, Dayton, Tennessee, Minnesota
  • First 4 OUT: Arkansas, California, Georgetown, Providence
  • Next 4 OUT: St. John’s, Missouri, Green Bay, Southern Miss

Breakdown by Conference:

  • Big 12: 7
  • Big Ten: 7
  • Pac-12: 6
  • A-10: 6
  • ACC: 5
  • American: 5
  • SEC: 3
  • Big East: 3
  • Mountain West: 2
  • West Coast: 2

As always, check out The Bracket Matrix. It’s getting updated more and more this last week of the season.

Bracketology – March 11, 2014

Here’s our Tuesday morning update. I apologize for not having a bracket ready to go yesterday morning and for not having a long preview/write up here. I’m still in the process of recovering from my weekend out of town. I’ll be releasing a new bracket every day from now until Selection Sunday and will have a writeup on Wednesday or Thursday I’m thinking.

Until then, onto the bracket for today. The link to the bracket immediately follows this paragraph. The seed list from 1 to 68 is below, along with Last 4 IN, First 4 OUT, and Next 4 OUT. Bids by conference is further down the page as well.

Bracketology – March 11, 2014 (PDF Link – CLICK HERE)

Bracketology – March 11, 2014 (PNG Image Link – CLICK HERE)

  • 1 – Florida, Arizona, Wichita State, Villanova
  • 2 – Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Syracuse
  • 3 – Duke, Virginia, Creighton, San Diego State
  • 4 – Iowa State, Louisville, Oklahoma, Cincinnati
  • 5 – Michigan State, North Carolina, St. Louis, Ohio State
  • 6 – UCLA, Texas, UConn, VCU
  • 7 – New Mexico, Kentucky, UMass, Memphis
  • 8 – Baylor, SMU, Oregon, Oklahoma State
  • 9 – George Washington, Iowa, Kansas State, Arizona State
  • 10 – Stanford, Gonzaga, Colorado, Pittsburgh
  • 11 – BYU, Harvard, Nebraska, St. Joseph’s
  • 12 – Xavier, Dayton, Tennessee, Minnesota, North Dakota State, LA Tech
  • 13 – Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Delaware, Manhattan
  • 14 – Eastern Kentucky, Mercer, New Mexico State, UC-Santa Barbara
  • 15 – Georgia State, North Carolina Central, Boston University, Wright State
  • 16 – Stony Brook, Robert Morris, Weber State, Coastal Carolina, Wofford, Alabama State
  • Last 4 IN: Xavier, Dayton, Tennessee, Minnesota
  • First 4 OUT: Arkansas, California, Georgetown, Providence
  • Next 4 OUT: St. John’s, Missouri, Green Bay, Southern Miss

Breakdown by Conference:

  • Big 12: 7
  • Big Ten: 7
  • Pac-12: 6
  • A-10: 6
  • ACC: 5
  • American: 5
  • SEC: 3
  • Big East: 3
  • Mountain West: 2
  • West Coast: 2

As always, check out The Bracket Matrix. It’s getting updated more and more this last week of the season. We’ll have another updated bracket late tonight/early tomorrow morning following today’s games.