Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bracketology 2/21/2018

Hard to believe the Big 10 Conference Tournament tips off 1 week from today!

A few tidbits before moving on to the updated seed list:

Texas A&M: Drops two seed lines to a 7 after losing at home to Mississippi State. Despite 7 wins vs Quadrant 1 teams, their dismal conference record of 6-9 has to be taken into account.

Oklahoma: Losers of 6 in a row, and 9 of their past 11 games, this team is a train wreck at the moment. There is still time to right the ship though, but they need to find a way to win a game.

Kentucky: Jumped 2 two seed lines to a 5 seed. Two reasons behind this. 1) They picked up a marquee road victory at Arkansas last night. 2) So many other teams lost ahead of them, that they had to fall. The SEC is chaos right now with teams jockeying for position. Many of the bottom dwellers have pulled out upsets over this past week. We may be in store for one wild SEC tournament in St Louis in 2 weeks!

Michigan: With several teams ahead of them losing, it was time to take a look at the Wolverines again. I decided to bump them up 2 seed lines to my last 6 seed at the moment. That road victory at Michigan State was mighty impressive, and although they don't have as many marquee victories as others do, they also don't have as many losses. They do have a tough road stretch to close out the Big 10 regular season though, travelling to Penn State and Maryland this week.

Baylor: Decided to keep the Bears as my last team in, despite losing to the Mountaineers at home last night. Their overall resume is still slightly better than the teams below them in my opinion.

Here is my updated seed list:

1's: Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Kansas
2's: Duke, Auburn, Michigan State, Purdue
3's: North Carolina, Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Clemson
4's: Tennessee, Arizona, Gonzaga, West Virginia
5's: Wichita State, Rhode Island, Ohio State, Kentucky
6's: Alabama, 
Florida, Arizona State, Michigan
7's: Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Nevada, Houston
8's: Creighton, Missouri, Saint Mary's, Florida State 
9's: Miami, Seton Hall, Butler, Virginia Tech
10's: TCU, Arkansas, North Carolina State, Providence
11's: Kansas State, Texas, Saint Bonaventure*, UCLA*, Syracuse*, Baylor*
12's: Middle Tennessee State, Vermont, New Mexico State, Loyola-Chicago
13's: Louisiana, Buffalo, South Dakota State, East Tennessee State
14's: Rider, Charleston, Belmont, UC Santa Barbara
15's: Montana, Bucknell, UNC-Asheville, Northern Kentucky
16's: Florida Gulf Coast, Wagner, North Carolina A&T*, Harvard*, Sam Houston State*, Southern*
denotes play-in game

Last 4 Byes: NC State, Providence, Kansas State, Texas
Last 4 in (in order): Saint Bonaventure, UCLA, Syracuse, Baylor (last team in)
First 4 out (in order): Washington (first team out), USC, Louisville, LSU
Next 4 out: Marquette, Georgia, Utah, Penn State

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