Bracketology – February 28, 2014

Here’s a Friday morning update on bracketology following this week’s first four days of games. We’ll have another post up following this weekend’s games, which are terrific by the way. Syracuse at Virginia is probably the highlight of the weekend. But there are some other great games in both the Big 12 and the American as well.

Big 12 matchups include Kansas/Oklahoma State, Iowa State/Kansas State, and Texas/Oklahoma. And in the American, four of those top five teams in the league are facing off, with Louisville traveling to Memphis and UConn hosting Cincinnati. The premiere A-10 matchup is also Saturday, with Saint Louis making the trip to face VCU. And Creighton has a tough test at Xavier. Those are eight matchups that I can get behind on Saturday, as should you.

But before then, there’s a bracket projection to consider. 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 – February 28, 2014 (CLICK HERE)

  • 1 – Arizona, Syracuse, Florida, Wichita State
  • 2 – Kansas, Creighton, Villanova, Wisconsin
  • 3 – Duke, Michigan State, Iowa State, Michigan
  • 4 – Virginia, San Diego State, Cincinnati, Louisville
  • 5 – St. Louis, North Carolina, Ohio State, Texas
  • 6 – UConn, Kentucky, UCLA, Oklahoma
  • 7 – New Mexico, Iowa, UMass, VCU
  • 8 – SMU, Kansas State, Memphis, Arizona State
  • 9 – Stanford, George Washington, Pittsburgh, Xavier
  • 10 – Gonzaga, St. Joseph’s, Colorado, Baylor
  • 11 – California, Oklahoma State, BYU, Minnesota
  • 12 – Providence, Arkansas, Green Bay, Harvard, North Dakota State
  • 13 – Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, LA Tech, Iona
  • 14 – Delaware, Belmont, New Mexico State, Mercer
  • 15 – UC-Santa Barbara, Georgia State, North Carolina Central, Boston University
  • 16 – Vermont, Davidson, Weber State, Robert Morris, VMI, Alabama State

Bracketology – February 24, 2014

It’s time for this week’s Monday edition of Bracketology. It was an interesting weekend for bracketologists over the past couple of days. Right now, it’s so very muddled between the seed lines of 9 through 12 for at-large berths. A lot of teams are not taking care of business, like Minnesota, Arizona State, and Tennessee. And a lot of teams are fighting like hell to get into the field, like Nebraska, Georgetown, and Dayton. So essentially, it’s almost March as usual. I hope you’re all ready for it. No more ranting here, that’ll be left for this week’s Stock Up/Stock Down Report. Make sure to check it out.

Onto the bracket. Click the link below for the PDF bracket.

Bracketology – February 24, 2014 (CLICK HERE)

  • 1 – Arizona, Florida, Syracuse, (more…)

Bracketology – February 10, 2014

We are officially just five weeks away from Selection Sunday. Get excited folks. With that, you would think the bracket would start to get a little clearer. Yeah, not so much. Especially when quite a few teams who were on the back-end of the bracket have been losing, while those on the bubble have recorded some W’s. This creates quite the muddled bubble. And to be honest, I really struggled even filling up the last 4-5 spots of today’s bracket projection. Hopefully, some of these teams start to get some big wins to separate themselves from the pack a bit.

Before we get into the bracket, let’s look at our Stock Up/Stock Down report from this past week.

  • Stock Up:
    • Wichita State – I had the Shockers as a 1-seed last week and still have them as a 1-seed this week, so choosing them for Stock Up might seem confusing. But before this week, it was assumed that if Wichita State dropped one of their two road games at Indiana State or at Northern Iowa, they would drop off the 1-line. Instead, they won both, and it seems impossible to imagine them not running the table and finishing the regular season unbeaten. They’ll still have the Missouri Valley conference tournament in St. Louis, but if they drop one there, it won’t matter. This team will be a 1-seed if they win their last 6, and it’s looking more and more like they will.
    • Ohio State – After dropping 5 out of 6 games, including puzzling losses to Nebraska and Penn State, the Buckeyes are back on track and have won 3 straight, including a road win at Wisconsin and a road win at Iowa. That’s impressive. The schedule clears up down the stretch as well. Their two toughest games remaining are Michigan on Tuesday and Michigan State to close out the regular season, but both of those are at home. Do not be surprised to see Ohio State grab a 3 or 4 seed on Selection Sunday.
    • SMU – What a terrific win for Larry Brown and his program on Saturday night in Dallas over Cincinnati. The Mustangs are now 8-3 in the American with home wins over UConn, Memphis, and now Cincinnati. Even if they don’t pick up a signature road win, if they continue to take care of business at home, they’ll be dancing in March with ease.
  • Stock Down:
    • Oklahoma State – Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Not only did the Cowboys drop two heartbreakers this week, a triple OT defeat to Iowa State and a road loss at Texas Tech, but they had to deal with the unfortunate Marcus Smart situation which also resulted in a 3-game suspension for Smart. I’m not going to get into that whole ordeal, it’s had its fill on the Internet and ESPN over the last day or so. But I am going to talk about how Oklahoma State is dangerously approaching the bubble and will be doing so without Smart for the next 3 games. Those 3 are at Texas, home against Oklahoma, and at Baylor, all while Oklahoma State are 4-6 already in the Big 12. A week ago, I had Oklahoma State as a 4-seed. This week, I have them as an 8-seed. If they drop all 3 of those, they’ll likely be out of the following bracket.
    • Providence – The Friars went 0-2 this week, with a home loss to St. John’s and a road loss at Xavier. I still have them in the field of 68 as the final at-large team to receive a berth. Providence is in a perfect glass half-full, half-empty. Their remaining schedule is difficult, with road games at Georgetown and Creighton and home games against Villanova and Marquette. But, that also provides opportunity for the Friars to boost their resume, which is nothing to complain about. The committee loves big wins. They can get some.
    • Missouri – Mizzou is essentially the exact opposite of Providence right now. When you look at their remaining schedule, there’s not a lot out there for quality wins. The Tigers still have a home-and-home with Tennessee and a home game against Arkansas. And that’s about it. That’s not much. If they win those two home games, is that really something the committee will value? Missouri fans should hope for a chance to play Florida and/or Kentucky in the SEC Tournament. It’ll provide some of those chances that they are lacking, chances that Providence already has.

Alright, here is this week’s bracket. Click on the PDF link below.

Bracketology – February 10, 2014 (CLICK HERE)

  • 1 – Syracuse, Arizona, Florida, Wichita State (more…)