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Bracketology – February 14, 2015

Here’s our updated bracket post heading into Saturday’s games. We’ll have another bracket out late Sunday night or early Monday morning following this weekend’s games.

Here is the link to the actual bracket, as well as the usual seed list, bubble teams, and conference breakdown. (more…)

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Bracketology – February 2, 2015

Quick post incoming. I’m hoping to have a write-up later tonight diving into the bracket a little bit deeper. Bur for now, here are the links to today’s bracket, as well as the usual seed list, bubble teams, and conference breakdown.

Bracket – February 2, 2015 (PDF Link – CLICK HERE)

Bracket – February 2, 2015 (PNG Image Link – CLICK HERE)

  • 1 – Kentucky, Virginia, Gonzaga, Kansas
  • 2 – Duke, Wisconsin, Arizona, Villanova
  • 3 – Louisville, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Utah
  • 4 – West Virginia, North Carolina, VCU, Baylor
  • 5 – Maryland, Ohio State, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma
  • 6 – Wichita State, Butler, Georgetown, SMU
  • 7 – San Diego State, Providence, Arkansas, Texas
  • 8 – Indiana, Michigan State, Dayton, Stanford
  • 9 – Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, Texas A&M, LSU
  • 10 – Cincinnati, Colorado State, Xavier, Georgia
  • 11 – Old Dominion, Miami (FL), Iowa, Davidson
  • 12 – NC State, St. John’s, Tulsa, George Washington, Green Bay, Harvard
  • 13 – Buffalo, Stephen F. Austin, Murray State, Wofford
  • 14 – Eastern Washington, Iona, UC Davis, Georgia State
  • 15 – William & Mary, North Carolina Central, South Dakota State, Florida Gulf Coast
  • 16 – High Point, Albany, New Mexico State, Bucknell, St. Francis NY, Texas Southern
  • Last 4 IN: NC State, St. John’s, Tulsa, George Washington
  • First 4 OUT: St. Mary’s, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Wyoming
  • Next 4 OUT: BYU, UCLA, Kansas State, Alabama

Breakdown by Conference:

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

And as always, check out The Bracket Matrix.

Bracketology – January 12, 2015

Welcome back to The Nickel Dimer. After a long break, we are back with our first Bracketology of the 2015 season. Or should I say, we are back with the 6th most accurate bracket on the web, according to the Bracket Matrix (link to final 2014 scoring). Last year was my first year doing Bracketology, and it was a successful one. Hopefully, this year will be even better.

Reminder, this is a bracket that looks at teams and how they currently sit. There is no projecting of where teams will be in March. For example, I think Florida will probably make the NCAA Tournament, but as of today, their resume doesn’t have enough substance for them to get an at-large bid. Maybe a month from now, it will. If so, they’ll be in the bracket then. I want to give a forecast of what the NCAA Tournament would like if, for some reason, it had to start today.

I’m hoping to have an updated bracket out twice a week for the month of January and first half of February. There will always be a Monday morning edition. The second one each week will either come out Friday morning or Saturday morning, depending on the week. Once we hit late February and March, the bracket will be updated and posted much more frequently.

I will always have a link to an actual bracket and then will post the seed list, bubble teams, and breakdown by conference. Depending on the day and how much time I have available, there could also be a write-up on the site after I release the bracket. This would usually detail something interesting from the previous few days, whether it’s a discussion on 1-seeds, bubble teams, conference analysis, etc.

But for today, let’s just get to the first bracket of the 2015 season. Here are the links to the bracket. (more…)

The Blow-By: Tuesday Once-Over

Tuesday, January 14th Review

  • And We’re Down to 3, Wisconsin Falls:
    • Wisconsin dropped their first game of the season Tuesday in a 75-72 loss in Assembly Hall to Indiana. Yogi Ferrell led the Hoosiers with 25 points, on a voluminous 10-24 from the field. Even with the inefficient performance, Indiana does not win this game without Ferrell. He overcame being benched by Tom Crean for a stretch in the 2nd half and had moments of greatness in that 2nd half to lead IU.
    • If you’re a Wisconsin fan, no need to worry about this loss too much. It’s frustrating, obviously, after having a 10-point lead at one point in the 2nd half, but no one was going to go undefeated through Big Ten play. And the fact still remains that the Badgers have a highly manageable Big Ten schedule compared to the rest of the title contenders in the conference’s unbalanced setup. The don’t travel to Ohio State or Michigan State and are actually favored to win every game but one (at Iowa on February 22) from here on out according to Kenpom.com. They should still be the favorite to win the regular season title.
    • Two quick notes on Indiana. Their fans rushed the court, I don’t care. If you do care enough to be bothered or annoyed by it, maybe re-evaluate things a little bit in life. These are (possibly drunk) college students who just saw their team get a big win and are excited about it. If they want to rush the court in that excitement, who am I to judge? College kids like to have fun. I personally support Mark Titus’ hope that we once have a school that rushes the court after every single win to mock all of these complaints.
    • Second, I’m not sure what this does for Indiana’s tourney chances. It’s obviously a big win that will help their resume, but what else do they have right now? They’ve lost to every other quality opponent they’ve played (unless you want to call Washington a quality opponent, which I don’t). They still have opportunities against Iowa and Ohio State at home and Michigan State and Wisconsin on the road. Can they go 2-2 in those games? Can they go 10-8 in the Big Ten? That would get them to 20-11 overall which would likely be enough to get in. We’ll see if they’ll be in this week’s bracket on Sunday night.
  • Arkansas Downs Kentucky in Overtime