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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)

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  • 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.

Weekend Review – January 10-12th

We’re reaching that point of the year where college basketball is reaching the national spotlight. College football is over, the NFL is winding down, and the NBA is in the dog days of January. With those factors combined with the start of conference play, it feels like this weekend had some added importance and interest. Here’s a rundown of some of the biggest storylines I took out of the weekend.

  • Big Win for Iowa:
    • Iowa headed into their game Sunday against Ohio State with a 13-3 record with road losses to undefeated Wisconsin and 1-loss Iowa State and a neutral court OT loss to 1-loss Villanova. All of those games were one possession games with 5 minutes or less to go in the 2nd half. So clearly, Iowa’s losses were very good losses that were close to being very good wins. They finally got that good win Sunday at #3 Ohio State.
    • Iowa was up 70-68 with 3:22 left, and it was shaping up to be another one of those close games that Iowa has struggled to win this year, as well as last year. Iowa closed the game on a 14-6 run to record one the best victories by any team in the nation yet this season. Iowa’s two best players, Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White, had highly effective and efficient games on Sunday. Marble had 22 points on 7-13 shooting from the field and 8-11 from the line, while White put up 19 points on 8-12 shooting. Iowa is known for its depth, they play 11 guys. But Marble and White are the key for this club and are two of the more underappreciated players in the nation. When they play like they did Sunday against Ohio State, Iowa is extremely tough to beat and will be a threat in March to make the Final 4.
  • One Undefeated Survives, One Falls: (more…)