Here is the updated bracket following Monday night’s Championship Week action. Iona and Omaha, the new projected winner of the Summit League, have been added to the bracket. And there has been some slight shuffling among some of the at-large teams. Otherwise, not many changes since the Sunday edition.
1 – Kansas, Villanova, North Carolina, Gonzaga
2 – Baylor, Kentucky, Oregon, Louisville
3 – UCLA, Arizona, Butler, Duke
4 – Florida, Florida State, West Virginia, Purdue
5 – Virginia, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Purdue
6 – SMU, St. Mary’s, Iowa State, Oklahoma State
7 – Creighton, Dayton, Maryland, Wisconsin
8 – South Carolina, Miami (FL), VCU, Wichita State
9 – Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Michigan State, Michigan
It’s time for the first bracketology in February for the 2017 NCAA Tournament. We are officially hitting the stretch run of the college basketball season, which means we are hitting the prime time for frequent bracketology updates.
This edition is a bit different than most due to the release of the Top 16 by the NCAA Selection Committee on Saturday. My goal with bracketology is not to create a bracket based on what I think it should be or based on my own methodology; I am trying to mimic what I think the committee will do come Selection Sunday. Because of that, the committee provided a great starting point on Saturday with their top 16. Of their top 16, Florida State, Virginia, and Butler all lost this weekend. I don’t think the losses by FSU and Virginia are too damaging to their profiles. I considered dropping Butler a couple of spots, but their resume is still very strong, and a loss to an improving Providence team is not THAT damaging. I kept them on the 4-line. Therefore, my 16 matches the committee’s 16 in today’s bracket.
Here’s today’s bracket projection. A reminder: each bracketology edition, I will post the projected bracket with match-ups, pod locations, and all the other things a bracket would have. I will also post the seed list 1-68 as well as the breakdown of bids by conference (for conferences that receive multiple bids). Here we go.
1 – Villanova, Kansas, Baylor, Gonzaga
2 – North Carolina, Florida State, Louisville, Oregon
3 – Arizona, Virginia, Florida, Kentucky
4 – Butler, West Virginia, UCLA, Duke
5 – Purdue, Cincinnati, Creighton, Wisconsin
6 – Maryland, South Carolina, St. Mary’s, Notre Dame
Here is our final bracket before the bracket is revealed in about an hour. I’d like to personally (sarcastically) thank the Big Ten and American conferences for both holding their tournament finals far too late in the day. It sure does make trying to complete the final bracket before the Selection Show starts quite difficult. But nonetheless, the final bracket is below!
Below is the link to the bracket, as well as the usual seed list, bubble teams, and conference breakdown.
Here’s our new bracket following Championship Saturday, which was just a superb day of games.
If you read our post from Saturday morning, you’ll notice a big change on that 1-seed line. Despite my writeup in that post, I’ve switched Duke with Virginia and made the Blue Devils the final 1 seed. I still am very unsure about this, and it’s entirely possible I could switch back to Virginia tomorrow. It’s that close between the two teams. I moved Duke up to a 1-seed based on their big wins, specifically their road wins. I think those wins will be overwhelmingly impressive to the committee. Or I’ll completely change my mind again on a night of sleep and think Virginia should be the final 1. We’ll see!
Here’s the bracket. Below is the link to the bracket, as well as the usual seed list, bubble teams, and conference breakdown.