Tag: Bracket

BRACKETOLOGY: Monday January 15, 2018

This bracket is good for games thru 1/14

Last Four In: Washington, Texas, Boise St, Missouri

Last Four Out: Colorado, NC State, Georgia, SMU

Next Four Out: Texas A&M, St. Bonaventure, Saint Mary’s, San Diego St

EAST

1.Villanova16.Gardner Webb/Boston U Pittsburgh

8.Florida St9.Houston

5.Cincinnati12.South Dakota St Boise

4.North Carolina13.Wright St

6.Tennessee11.Western Kentucky Wichita

3.Kansas14.Montana

7.TCU10.Notre Dame Dallas

2.Wichita St15.Drake

WEST

1.Oklahoma16.Penn Wichita

8.Louisville9.Providence

5.Florida12.Middle Tennessee Nashville

4.Seton Hall13.East Tennessee St

6.Arizona St11.Boise St/Texas San Diego

3.Auburn14.Louisiana-Lafayette

7.Nevada10.UCLA Detroit

2.Purdue15.Canisius

MIDWEST

1.Duke16.North Carolina A&T Charlotte

8.Miami9.Butler

5.Rhode Island12.Buffalo Boise

4.Gonzaga13.William & Mary

6.Arizona11.LSU San Diego

3.Michigan St14.Belmont

7.Michigan10.Alabama Pittsburgh

2.West Virginia15.Robert Morris

SOUTH

1.Virginia16.Florida Gulf Coast/Jackson St Charlotte

8.Creighton9.USC

5.Clemson12.New Mexico St Nashville

4.Kentucky13.Vermont

6.Ohio St11.Missouri/Washington Detroit

3.Xavier14.Cal St Fullerton

7.Arkansas10.Marquette Dallas

2.Texas Tech15.Stephen F. Austin

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BRACKETOLOGY: Tuesday January 9, 2018

This bracket is good for games thru 1/8

Last Four In: USC, Washington, Texas, Marquette

Last Four Out: Boise St, Alabama, St Bonaventure, Syracuse

Next Four Out: San Diego St, Maryland, Saint Mary’s, Colorado

EAST

1.Villanova16.Penn/North Carolina A&T Pittsburgh

8.Nevada9.Notre Dame

5.Auburnl12.William & Mary Boise

4.Gonzaga13.UC Davis

6.Arkansas11.Louisville Dallas

3.Wichita Stl14.East Tennessee St

7.Texas A&M10.Providence Wichita

2.Oklahoma15.Wright St

WEST

1.Michigan St16.Robert Morris Detroit

8.Florida St9.Baylor

5.North Carolina12.Middle Tennessee Wichita

4.Kansas13.Vermont

6.Florida11.Texas/Washington San Diego

3.Arizona St14.Radford

7.Creighton10.Georgia Charlotte

2.Duke15.Drake

MIDWEST

1.Virginia16.SE Louisiana/Jackson St Charlotte

8.Ohio St9.UCLA

5.Kentucky12.Buffalo Boise

4.TCU13.South Dakota St

6.Arizona11.Missouri San Diego

3.Seton Hall14.Louisiana-Lafayette

7.Miami10.Houston Dallas

2.Texas Tech15.Murray St

SOUTH

1.West Virginia16.Montana Pittsburgh

8.Tennessee9.Butler

5.Cincinnati12.Lipscomb Nashville

4.Clemson13.New Mexico St

6.Rhode Island11.Marquette/USC Nashville

3.Purdue14.Rider

7.Michigan10.SMU Detroit

2.Xavier15.Bucknell

BRACKETOLOGY: Tuesday January 2, 2018

This bracket is good for games thru 1/1

Last Four In: Boise St, Notre Dame, Washington, Texas

Last Four Out: Georgia, Ohio St, Auburn, Maryland

Next Four Out: Providence, San Diego St, Utah, Saint Mary’s

MIDWEST

1.Michigan St16.North Carolina A&T/Canisius Detroit

8.Syracuse9.SMU

5.Gonzagal12.Buffalo Boise

4.Texas Tech13.UC Santa Barbara

6.Cincinnati11.Missouri Charlotte

3.North Carolina14.Louisiana

7.Tennessee10.Nevada Pittsburgh

2.Kansas15.Radford

WEST

1.Villanova16.Wright St Pittsburgh

8.Alabama9.UCLA

5.Miami12.Lipscomb Boise

4.Wichita St13.Belmont

6.Butler11.Texas/Boise St Nashville

3.Virginia14.Vermont

7.Clemson10.Houston Pittsburgh

2.West Virginia15.Princeton

EAST

1.Xavier16.Robert Morris Detroit

8.St Bonaventure9.Florida

5.Arizona12.Middle Tennessee San Diego

4.Purdue13.Missouri St

6.Arkansas11.Washington/Notre Dame Dallas

3.TCU14.South Dakota St

7.Michigan10.Baylor San Diego

2.Arizona St15.Northern Colorado

SOUTH

1.Duke16.SE Louisiana/Jackson St Charlotte

8.Minnesota9.Creighton

5.Kentucky12.New Mexico St Nashville

4.Seton Hall13.William & Mary

6.Florida St11.USC Dallas

3.Texas A&M14.Furman

7.Rhode Island10.Louisville Wichita

2.Oklahoma15.Bucknell

BRACKETOLOGY: Wednesday December 27, 2017

This Bracket is good for games thru 12/25

Last Four In: San Diego St, Georgia, Syracuse, Missouri

Last Four Out: Temple, UCLA, Auburn, Ohio St

Next Four Out: Houston, UCF, Maryland, Providence

EAST

1.Villanova16.Penn/North Carolina A&T Pittsburgh

8.Minnesota9.St. Bonaventure

5.Seton Hall12.Northern Iowa Boise

4.Kentucky13.Buffalo

6.Cincinnati11.Nevada Charlotte

3.Virginia14.UT Arlington

7.Notre Dame10.Alabama Pittsburgh

2.West Virginia15.South Dakota St

SOUTH

1.Duke16.Radford Charlotte

8.Arkansas9.USC

5.Florida St12.Middle Tennessee Wichita

4.Oklahoma13.Towson

6.Baylor11.Missouri/San Diego St Nashville

3.Wichita St14.Stephen F. Austin

7.Creighton10.Texas Dallas

2.Texas A&M15.Wofford

WEST

1.Arizona St16.Bucknell San Diego

8.Florida9.Clemson

5.Miami12.Lipscomb Boise

4.Purdue13.Portland St

6.Tennessee11.St. John’s Nashville

3.North Carolina14.Belmont

7.Michigan10.SMU Dallas

2.TCU15.Oakland

MIDWEST

1.Michigan St16.Rider/Texas Southern Detroit

8.Rhode Island9.Virginia Tech

5.Texas Tech12.New Mexico St San Diego

4.Gonzaga13.UC Santa Barbara

6.Arizona11.Syracuse/Georgia Wichita

3.Kansas14.Wagner

7.Louisville10.Iowa St Detroit

2.Xavier15.Vermont

BRACKETOLOGY: Monday December 18, 2017

This Bracket is good for games thru 12/17

Last Four In: St. Bonaventure, Ohio St, Auburn, Temple

Last Four Out: Butler, Texas, Boise St, UCF

Next Four Out: Maryland, UNLV, Providence, South Carolina

Quick Note: One-bid leagues were decided by the team with the highest RPI.

EAST

1.Villanova16.Prarie View A&M/Bucknell Pittsburgh

8.Florida9.Minnesota

5.Seton Hall12.Towson Boise

4.Purdue13.UC Davis

6.Cincinnati11.Iowa St Nashville

3.North Carolina14.Cal St Bakersfield

7.Notre Dame10.USC Dallas

2.Texas A&M15.Milwaukee

SOUTH

1.Duke16.Penn Charlotte

8.Arkansas9.Rhode Island

5.Oklahoma12.Auburn/Ohio St Wichita

4.Wichita St13.Wagner

6.Tennessee11.St. John’s Pittsburgh

3.West Virginia14.Buffalo

7.Creighton10.Syracuse Nashville

2.Kentucky15.Belmont

WEST

1.Arizona St16.Iona San Diego

8.Missouri9.Virginia Tech

5.Florida St12.Lipscomb Wichita

4.Kansas13.Southern Utah

6.Baylor11.Northern Iowa Boise

3.Gonzaga14.Stephen F. Austin

7.Michigan10.Clemson Charlotte

2.Miami15.South Dakota St

MIDWEST

1.Michigan St16.Radford/North Carolina A&T Detroit

8.Nevada9.Alabama

5.Texas Tech12.Temple/St Bonaventure San Diego

4.Virginia13.Georgia Southern

6.Arizona11.Middle Tennessee Dallas

3.TCU14.Vermont

7.Louisville10.SMU Detroit

2.Xavier15.UNC Greensboro

 

Westwood Rising

 

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(Photo: Casey Sapio, USA TODAY)

 

 

All year long, Steve Alford has been brewing something in Los Angeles. The embattled coach has had a superb bounce back season for UCLA. That was no more evident then on Saturday night as the Bruins took down the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson.

UCLA’s resurgence can be attributed to freshman sensation Lonzo Ball. The sure-fire lottery pick has proven himself to be the best pure point guard in a draft class filled with talented point guards. He leads one of the most explosive teams in the country.

UCLA isn’t always dialed in defensively because they’re so adept on the other end. The Bruins will certainly need to defend better in March, but if they don’t it won’t stop them from being one of the toughest outs in the Big Dance.

Let’s do some conference tournament previews.

ATLANTIC SUN: Florida Gulf Coast, once again, proved to be the class of the Atlantic Sun as it won another regular season title. With many of its primary challengers defecting from the conference recently, the Eagles have enjoyed life at the top. Despite that, they’ll have a difficult time winning the automatic bid here. Lipscomb watched crosstown rival Belmont dominate this league before it left and is ready to step up to primetime. The Bisons have already beaten the Eagles on their home court and that’s why they’ll win the automatic bid.

BIG SOUTH: Winthrop and UNC-Asheville tied for the regular season title at 15-3 with Liberty right on their heels at 14-4. Those three have separated themselves from the pack and look primed to take the bid. UNC-Asheville has the most experience here and thus the Bulldogs are the team no one wants to see in this tournament. Too bad. The Bulldogs will be the team that wins it.

OHIO VALLEY: This one is simple. If Belmont doesn’t breeze through the conference tournament it will be one of the more shocking results in any conference tournament. The Bruins finished five games ahead of their next closest competition and look like a team that can pull off an upset in the Big Dance.

NORTHEAST: Mount St. Mary’s looked to be clear favorites in the NEC until last week when LIU beat the Mountaineers on their home court. It’s going to be a slugfest for the Mountaineers as 7 of the 8 teams that qualified for the conference tournament finished at .500 or above. This will be competitive, but the regency of the the loss to LIU will work in their favor and they’ll return to the dance for the first time since 2014.

AMERICA EAST: The Vermont Catamounts went 16-0 in conference play and are as heavy favorites as Belmont is in the OVC. This tournament will be played on the home court of the higher seeded team. That means teams will have to travel to Vermont to attempt to do something none of them have been able to do all season – beat the Catamounts. That won’t happen. Vermont goes dancing.

On to the bracket.

Last Four In: Syracuse, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Rhode Island

Last Four Out: Marquette, California, Wake Forest, Houston

This bracket is good for games through 2/26

EAST

1.Villanova16.UC Davis/Mount St Mary’s Buffalo

8.Michigan9.Dayton

5.Purdue12.Nevada Orlando

4.Florida St13.Monmouth

6.Oklahoma St11.USC Buffalo

3.West Virginia14.East Tennessee St

7.Virginia Tech10.Providence Sacramento

2.UCLA15.CSU Bakersfield

SOUTH

1.North Carolina16.South Dakota Greenville

8.South Carolina9.Michigan St

5.Florida12.Georgia Tech/Illinois Orlando

4.SMU13.Akron

6.St. Mary’s11.Vanderbilt Salt Lake City

3.Arizona14.Bucknell

7.Wisconsin10.Middle Tennessee St Indianapolis

2.Kentucky15.Oakland

MIDWEST

1.Kansas16.North Carolina Central/New Orleans Tulsa

8.VCU9.Arkansas

5.Cincinnati12.Texas-Arlington Milwaukee

4.Notre Dame13.Princeton

6.Minnesota11.Rhode Island/Syracuse Tulsa

3.Baylor14.Florida Gulf Coast

7.Wichita St10.Northwestern Indianapolis

2.Louisville15.Winthrop

WEST

1.Oregon16.North Dakota Sacramento

8.Creighton9.Maryland

5.Iowa St12.UNC-Wilmington Greenville

4.Duke13.Vermont

6.Miami(Fl)11.Illinois St Milwaukee

3.Butler14.Belmont

7.Virginia10.Seton Hall Salt Lake City

2.Gonzaga15.Texas Southern

Fear the North

 

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North Dakota’s Quinton Hooker (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

In the first time since both universities have been Division I participants, both North Dakota and North Dakota St have legitimate shots to  go dancing.

At the publishing of this post, North Dakota is  in first place by a half-game in the Big Sky while North Dakota St is tied for first in the Summit with South Dakota.

This would be quite the feat for the two universities and would give the state bragging rights over the Dakota to the South. Both schools will most likely be 15/16 seeds, but that doesn’t take away of how historic this will be for the state. Besides, the world needs to see North Dakota’s Quinton Hooker in the Big Dance.

Stock Up: Wichita St. As you will see below the Shockers are an No. 8 seed without an at-large resume. That’s because I believe what my eyes tell me when I watch them play. This is a tournament team. They are destroying the Missouri Valley. In 13 of their 15 conference wins, the margin has been double digits. In fact they beat Illinois St, the team they’re tied with for first place, by 41 points earlier this month. You don’t want to see this team in March.

Stock Down: Virginia. I’m starting to wonder if the rest of the ACC has figured Tony Bennett out. It happens from time-to-time, but the Cavaliers are currently on a four-game losing streak and haven’t looked good in the process. There is now a scenario where Virginia is playing in a 7/10 or 8/9 game in the Big Dance.

Stock Up: Bucknell. On Sunday, Bucknell traveled to Boston University to play a game for first place in the Patriot League. When the game was over; there was no doubt. Bucknell throttled Boston 86-66 to take a two-game lead and are now the odds-on favorite to win the automatic bid.

Stock Down: Mountain West. Last week we spoke about the downturn of Conference USA and this week it’s the Mountain West, which appears to be a one-bid league again. Long-term this appears to be more of a blip than a trend as it has major state universities. However, more is expected of this league.

 

Last Four In: TCU, Seton Hall, Syracuse, California

Last Four Out: Alabama, Marquette, Providence, Illinois St

This bracket is good for games through 2/19.

EAST

1.Villanova16.UC Irvine/Mount St Mary’s Buffalo

8.Virginia Tech9.Saint Mary’s

5.Florida St12.Texas-Arlington Orlando

4.Cincinnati13.Monmouth

6.Maryland11.Dayton Orlando

3.Florida14.UNC-Asheville

7.Northwestern10.Kansas St Indianapolis

2.Louisville15.Florida Gulf Coast

SOUTH

1.North Carolina16.North Dakota Greenville

8.Oklahoma St9.Michigan

5.Wisconsin12.Nevada Buffalo

4.West Virginia13.Vermont

6.Creighton11.Tennessee Salt Lake City

3.UCLA14.Belmont

7.South Carolina10.USC Tulsa

2.Baylor15.Texas Southern

WEST

1.Gonzaga16.North Dakota St Sacramento

8.Wichita St9.Georgia Tech

5.SMU12.Syracuse/Seton Hall Milwaukee

4.Purdue13.Bucknell

6.Iowa St11.California/TCU Greenville

3.Duke14.Valparaiso

7.VCU10.Michigan St Sacramento

2.Oregon15.Furman

MIDWEST

1.Kansas16.North Carolina Central/New Orleans Tulsa

8.Miami(Fl)9.Xavier

5.Notre Dame12.UNC-Wilmington Milwaukee

4.Butler13.Akron

6.Virginia11.Middle Tennessee St Indianapolis

3.Kentucky14.Princeton

7.Minnesota10.Arkansas Salt Lake City

2.Arizona15.CSU Bakersfield