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BRACKETOLOGY: Tuesday February 20, 2018

This bracket is good for games through 2/19

Last Four In: Saint Mary’s, Louisville, Washington, Virginia Tech

Last Four Out: St. Bonaventure, Penn St, USC, Boise St

Next Four Out: Syracuse, Nebraska, Maryland, Marquette


1.Virginia16.Florida Gulf Coast/North Carolina A&T Charlotte

8.Missouri9.Kansas St

5.Ohio St12.Loyola-Chicago  Boise

4.Rhode Island13.New Mexico St

6.Arizona St11.NC State Boise


7.Kentucky10.Middle Tennessee Dallas

2.Texas Tech15.UC Santa Barbara


1.Kansas16.Harvard Wichita


5.Clemson12.Buffalo Pittsburgh

4.Cincinnati13.East Tennessee St

6.Nevada11.Virginia Tech/Saint Mary’s Wichita

3.Purdue14.South Dakota St

7.TCU10.Texas A&M Detroit

2.Xavier15.Wright St


1.Michigan St16.Nicholls Detroit

8.Miami(Fl)9.Seton Hall

5.Houston12.Washington/Louisville San Diego


6.Michigan11.Florida Dallas

3.Wichita St14.Belmont

7.Baylor10.Providence Charlotte



1.Villanova16.Winthrop/Southern Pittsburgh

8.Florida St9.Alabama

5.Arizona12.Louisiana-Lafayette San Diego

4.West Virginia13.Vermont

6.Arkansas11.Texas Nashville

3.North Carolina14.College of Charleston

7.Creighton10.Oklahoma Nashville



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


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


1.Michigan St16.Robert Morris Detroit

8.Florida St9.Baylor

5.North Carolina12.Middle Tennessee Wichita


6.Florida11.Texas/Washington San Diego

3.Arizona St14.Radford

7.Creighton10.Georgia Charlotte



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


1.West Virginia16.Montana Pittsburgh


5.Cincinnati12.Lipscomb Nashville

4.Clemson13.New Mexico St

6.Rhode Island11.Marquette/USC Nashville


7.Michigan10.SMU Detroit


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


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


5.Gonzagal12.Buffalo Boise

4.Texas Tech13.UC Santa Barbara

6.Cincinnati11.Missouri Charlotte

3.North Carolina14.Louisiana

7.Tennessee10.Nevada Pittsburgh



1.Villanova16.Wright St Pittsburgh


5.Miami12.Lipscomb Boise

4.Wichita St13.Belmont

6.Butler11.Texas/Boise St Nashville


7.Clemson10.Houston Pittsburgh

2.West Virginia15.Princeton


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


1.Duke16.SE Louisiana/Jackson St Charlotte


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


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.


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


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


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



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


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


5.Texas Tech12.Temple/St Bonaventure San Diego

4.Virginia13.Georgia Southern

6.Arizona11.Middle Tennessee Dallas


7.Louisville10.SMU Detroit

2.Xavier15.UNC Greensboro


Westwood Rising


(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


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


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


1.North Carolina16.South Dakota Greenville

8.South Carolina9.Michigan St

5.Florida12.Georgia Tech/Illinois Orlando


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


7.Wisconsin10.Middle Tennessee St Indianapolis



1.Kansas16.North Carolina Central/New Orleans Tulsa


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



1.Oregon16.North Dakota Sacramento


5.Iowa St12.UNC-Wilmington Greenville


6.Miami(Fl)11.Illinois St Milwaukee


7.Virginia10.Seton Hall Salt Lake City

2.Gonzaga15.Texas Southern

Fear the North


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.


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

8.Virginia Tech9.Saint Mary’s

5.Florida St12.Texas-Arlington Orlando


6.Maryland11.Dayton Orlando


7.Northwestern10.Kansas St Indianapolis

2.Louisville15.Florida Gulf Coast


1.North Carolina16.North Dakota Greenville

8.Oklahoma St9.Michigan

5.Wisconsin12.Nevada Buffalo

4.West Virginia13.Vermont

6.Creighton11.Tennessee Salt Lake City


7.South Carolina10.USC Tulsa

2.Baylor15.Texas Southern


1.Gonzaga16.North Dakota St Sacramento

8.Wichita St9.Georgia Tech

5.SMU12.Syracuse/Seton Hall Milwaukee


6.Iowa St11.California/TCU Greenville


7.VCU10.Michigan St Sacramento



1.Kansas16.North Carolina Central/New Orleans Tulsa


5.Notre Dame12.UNC-Wilmington Milwaukee


6.Virginia11.Middle Tennessee St Indianapolis


7.Minnesota10.Arkansas Salt Lake City

2.Arizona15.CSU Bakersfield



BRACKETOLOGY: Sunday March 15, 2015 AM (Welcome Albany, UAB, Hampton, Harvard, Wyoming, Iowa St, Villanova, Buffalo, Notre Dame, Stephen F. Austin, Eastern Washington, Arizona, UC-Irvine, New Mexico St)

Last Four In: Mississippi, Indiana, Boise, Temple

Last Four Out: Miami(FL), Colorado St, Illinois, Tulsa

This bracket is good for games thru 3/14


1.Kentucky16.Robert Morris(NEC)/Lafayette(Patriot) Louisville

8.Ohio St9.St. John’s

5.SMU12.Wyoming(MWest) Portland


6.Michigan St11.Davidson Columbus

3.Notre Dame(ACC)14.Belmont(OVC)

7.Xavier10.Purdue Omaha

2.Iowa St(B12)15.Georgia St


1.Wisconsin16.Coastal Carolina(BSouth) Omaha


5.Providence12.Boise St/Indiana Seattle


6.Georgetown11.Temple/Mississippi Louisville

3.North Carolina14.UAB(CUSA)

7.West Virginia10.BYU Portland

2.Arizona(P12)15.Texas Southern(SWAC)


1.Duke16.North Florida(ASun)/Hampton(MEAC) Charlotte


5.Arkansas12.Buffalo(MAC) Jacksonville


6.Wichita St11.Stephen F. Austin(Southland) Pittsburgh

3.Maryland14.New Mexico St(WAC)

7.San Diego St10.Oklahoma St Seattle

2.Gonzaga(WCC)15.North Dakota St(Summit)


1.Villanova(Beast)16.Manhattan(MAAC) Pittsburgh

8.Dayton9.NC State

5.Louisville12.Wofford(SoCon) Jacksonville

4.Northern Iowa(MVC)13.Harvard(Ivy)

6.Oregon11.LSU Columbus

3.Kansas14.Eastern Washington(BSky)

7.Butler10.Texas Charlotte