Sunday, March 17, 2013

Final Bracket

(Conference Champions in BOLD)

1 Seeds: Louisville, Indiana, Gonzaga, Kansas
2 Seeds: Miami (Fl), Duke, New Mexico, Ohio State
3 Seeds: Florida, Georgetown, Michigan State, Wisconsin
4 Seeds: Kansas State, Marquette, Syracuse, Michigan
5 Seeds: Arizona, Oklahoma State, St. Louis, NC State
6 Seeds: Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, North Carolina, UNLV
7 Seeds: VCU, Butler, Colorado State, Creighton
8 Seeds: UCLA, Memphis, Oregon, Illinois
9 Seeds: SD State, Minnesota, Villanova, Colorado
10 Seeds: Boise State, Iowa State, Missouri, Cincinnati
11 Seeds: Oklahoma, Temple, Wichita State, Ole Miss
12 Seeds: St Marys / Tennessee, Belmont, La Salle / California, Bucknell
13 Seeds: Valpo, Akron, Davidson, South Dakota State
14 Seeds: Montana, Harvard, New Mexico State, Florida Gulf Coast
15 Seeds: Iona, Northwestern State, Albany, Pacific
16 Seeds: WKU, Southern, LIU / Liberty, James Madison / NC A&T

Last Four In:
St Marys
La Salle

Others in Consideration:
Middle Tennessee State
Southern Miss

A few final notes.  Louisville is the number 1 overall seed.  I debated Florida v. Ohio State for the final 2 seed and ultimately went with Ohio State.  They have better wins and better losses.  It really was that simple.  Regardless of what happens in the Big 10 Championship that will be the same.  I swapped UC and Oklahoma as the more I look at UC's resume the more I think it is ever so slightly better.  That makes UC the last 10 seed and Oklahoma the top 11.  I decided to value Tennessee's wins and put them in, but would not be surprised if MTSU ultimately got the last mid.   I'd be fine if they gave the last bid to Virginia or Iowa, but I cannot fathom that given their non-conference SOS and some of UVA's awful losses.  I'd also be fine if UMass got the last bid.  

Lastly, I have done my attempt at bracketing based on region and where the first and second round matchups will be.  The city between the two games designates the 4 team pods for each region.  I'm not positive, but I believe the East will match the Midwest and the South will match the West in the National Semis.  

East - DC

1. Indiana
16. LIU / Liberty
                             Dayton Pod
8. Memphis
9. Villanova

4. Syracuse
13. Akron
                           San Jose Pod
5. Oklahoma State
12. California / La Salle

2. Duke
15. Albany
                                 Philly Pod
7. Colorado State
10. Cincinnati

3. Michigan State
14. Harvard
                            Auburn Hills Pod
6. Notre Dame
11. Wichita State

West- LA

1. Gonzaga
16. Southern
                        Salt Lake City Pod
9. Colorado

4. Kansas State
13. South Dakota State
                           Kansas City Pod
5. NC State
12. St Marys / Tennessee

2. Miami (fl)
15. Pacific
                                Lexington Pod
7. Creighton
10. Boise State

3. Wisconsin
14. Montana
                               Auburn Hills Pod
6. Pittsburgh
11. Ole Miss

Midwest – Indy

1. Louisville
16. James Madison / NC A&T
                                      Dayton Pod
8. Illinois
9. San Diego State

4. Michigan
13. Valpo
                                   San Jose Pod
5. Arizona
12. Bucknell

2. Ohio State
15. Iona
                                  Lexington Pod
7. VCU
10. Missouri

3. Florida
14. Florida Gulf Coast
                                      Austin Pod
6. North Carolina
11. Oklahoma

South – Dallas

1. Kansas
16. WKU
                                Kansas City Pod
8. Oregon
9. Minnesota

4. Marquette
13. Davidson
                               Salt Lake City Pod
5. St. Louis
12. Belmont

2. New Mexico
15. Northwestern State
                                             Austin Pod
7. Butler
10. Iowa State

3. Georgetown
14. New Mexico State
                                                Philly Pod
11. Temple

Current Projected Field

1 Seeds: Louisville, Indiana, Gonzaga, Kansas
2 Seeds: Miami (Fl), Duke, New Mexico, Florida
3 Seeds: Ohio State, Georgetown, Michigan State, Wisconsin
4 Seeds: Kansas State, Marquette, Syracuse, Michigan
5 Seeds: Arizona, Oklahoma State, St. Louis, NC State
6 Seeds: Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, North Carolina, UNLV
7 Seeds: VCU, Butler, Colorado State, Creighton
8 Seeds: UCLA, Memphis, Oregon, Illinois
9 Seeds: SD State, Minnesota, Villanova, Colorado
10 Seeds: Boise State, Iowa State, Missouri, Oklahoma
11 Seeds: Cincinnati, Temple, Wichita State, California
12 Seeds: St Marys / Tennessee, Belmont, La Salle / Ole Miss, Bucknell
13 Seeds: Valpo, Akron, Davidson, South Dakota State
14 Seeds: Montana, Harvard, New Mexico State, Florida Gulf Coast
15 Seeds: Iona, Northwestern State, Albany, Pacific
16 Seeds: WKU, Southern, LIU / Liberty, James Madison / NC A&T

Last Four In:
St Marys
Ole Miss
La Salle

Others in Consideration:
Middle Tennessee State
Southern Miss


1 Seeds: I gave Louisville the number 1 overall seed on the strength of their performance down the stretch and their overall body of work. I thought their resume was fairly close to Indiana and just watching Louisville play I don't think there is anyone better in America right now. Indiana by virtue of being the number 2 overall seed, does not get the Indianapolis regional. I could easily justify putting Duke as a 1 seed based on their overall body of work, but I simply could not put them ahead of ACC regular season and tournament champion Miami. That said I think Miami and Duke are both possible one seeds, even though I went with Gonzaga and Kansas.

2-3 seeds: The only additional thing I will note about the 2 seeds is I think Ohio State can get there if it wins the Big Ten tournament AND Ole Miss beats Florida. Otherwise I like my 2 and 3 seeds as they are right now.

4-6 Seeds: I think Arizona has a good case for a 4 seed, but I think a lot of that was based on early season luck. As a result I ultimately went with Michigan and Syracuse for the final four seeds. I could even see the committee making the leap and putting St Louis there. If North Carolina wins the ACC today, I may bump them up to a 5 seed, knocking down NC State. Likewise if VCU wins the A10 I may flip them and UNLV.

Some Specific Teams:

Villanova- There is plenty of weakness to their resume, but I ultimately decided to see them on the high end of where they may be seeded, because I value, and I think the committee has historically valued, really strong wins. Now if really strong wins come with a bad resume that is one thing, but Villanova's wins come with at least an alright resume. Because of this, I think the wins keep them in the 9/10 range.

Boise State- I like what Boise State accomplished in the number 1 RPI conference. I think that is going to matter to the committee. I think Boise is going to be a 10 seed, further away from the bubble than many experts have them.

Cincinnati- You may notice I moved Cincinnati up a couple spots on my bracket and are now the highest 11 seed. Essentially I made the decision that Temple and Wichita State should be behind Oklahoma and Cincinnati. I could, however, see the committee going the other way. I think Cincinnati is going to likely wind up with either the 10 or 11 seed. I know many people have them as a 9 and there is an outside shot at that, but honestly I don't think they will be there (which is probably a good thing).

Last Four In: I am really comfortable with St Marys, La Salle and Ole Miss at this point, though it would not shock me if either of them were left out. As I mentioned in my ranking the bubble piece, St Marys has a flimsy resume based on RPI wins, but their advanced numbers (Ken Pom) are really good and scream tournament team (and probably a higher seed than I have them). Frankly if the committee seeded them as high as a 10 seed I would be 100% Ok wit that. La Salle to me is a closer case, but I just think their overall resume is better than the rest of the bubble. I think Ole Miss played their way in by taking 2/3 from Missouri and making the finals of the SEC tournament. I did not necessarily think this would be enough at the beginning of the week, but none of the bubble teams around them did anything to warrant a bid. Ole Miss, of course, can beat Florida to earn the automatic bid, and avoid being in the first 4.

The last spot, however, is a nightmare. I ultimately went with Tennessee because I think they have more meat on their resume when it comes to beating tournament caliber teams than anyone but Virginia. Virginia would be an interesting case, but they did too much damage to their resume and closed the season poorly. There is a lot of talk about Middle Tennessee State, but wow is their body of work uninspiring. I'd be fine with them getting in, but I ultimately could not put them in over Tennessee. I do think switching Tennessee for MTSU is the spot I am most likely off.

I will put up my final bracket just before the selection show, after the games have finished.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Current Projected Field

Here is my projected field as of 1050 AM on Saturday Morning.   I'll will likely update two more times.  One tomorrow morning and one reasonable close to the selection show.  

1 Seeds: Indiana, Gonzaga, Louisville, Kansas
2 Seeds: Miami (fl), Duke, Michigan State, New Mexico
3 Seeds: Florida, Georgetown, Ohio State, Kansas State
4 Seeds: Arizona, Syracuse, Marquette, Wisconsin
5 Seeds: Michigan, Oklahoma State, Saint Louis, NC State
6 Seeds: Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Colorado State, North Carolina
7 Seeds: UNLV, Butler, VCU, Creighton
8 Seeds: Memphis, SD State, UCLA, Illinois
9 Seeds: Minnesota, Villanova, Colorado, Boise State
10 Seeds: Iowa State, Oregon, Missouri, Temple
11 Seeds: Wichita State, Oklahoma, Cincinnati, Cal
12 Seeds: St Marys / Ole Miss, Belmont, La Salle / Tennessee, Bucknell
13 Seeds: Valpo, Davidson, South Dakota State, Stephen F Austin
14 Seeds: New Mexico State, Ohio, Montana, Harvard
15 Seeds: Florida Gulf Coast, Iona, Vermont, Pacific
16 Seeds: WKU, Southern, LIU / James Madison, Morgan State / Liberty

Last 4 In:
St Marys
Ole Miss

Others Still Alive (in order)
Middle Tennessee State
Southern Miss

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Current Projected Field

1 Seeds: Duke, Gonzaga, Indiana, Louisville
2 Seeds: Georgetown, Kansas, Miami (Fl), Florida
3 Seeds: New Mexico, Michigan State, Michigan, Marquette
4 Seeds: Ohio State, Arizona, Kansas State, Syracuse
5 Seeds: Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Pittsburgh, St. Louis
6 Seeds: North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, North Carolina
7 Seeds: Butler, VCU, Creighton, Memphis
8 Seeds: UNLV, San Diego State, UCLA, Illinois
9 Seeds: Minnesota, Villanova, Missouri, Colorado
10 Seeds: Boise State, Iowa State, Temple, Oregon
11 Seeds: Wichita State, Oklahoma, Cincinnati, California
12 Seeds: St Marys / Kentucky, Belmont, Tennessee / La Salle, Bucknell
13 Seeds: Louisiana Tech, Valpo, Davidson, South Dakota State
14 Seeds: Stephen F. Austin, Ohio, Montana, Harvard
15 Seeds: Florida Gulf Coast, Iona, Vermont, Long Beach State
16 Seeds: Western Kentucky, Southern, LIU-Brooklyn / James Madison, Hampton / Liberty

Last 4 in:
St Marys
La Salle

Outside looking in:
Ole Miss
Louisiana Tech

Ranking the Bubble

Here is my first attempt this year to rank the bubble teams.  I'll be posting my first projection of the field in a couple of minutes...

Teams I cannot see being left out, that have done just enough to get in:

Boise State
Iowa State

Teams I think are most likely in, but I would not be shocked if the committee left them out.

Wichita State- The Shockers finished 3-2 against the RPI top 50 and second to Creighton in a very solid Missouri Valley conference. They also are 8-5 against the RPI top 100. A road win over VCU is the highlight of their resume overall, though the home win over Creighton is nice as well. They beat Southern Miss who has strong RPI numbers, but is probably not a tournament team. They also have a nice win over borderline bubble team, Iowa.

Oklahoma- Oklahoma probably has done enough as well. They only went 3-7 against the RPI top 50 but went a strong 6-2 against RPI 51-100. 5 of those 7 RPI top 50 losses are to teams that will be seeded very highly (Gonzaga will likely be a 1, Kansas could be a 1, Kstate and Oklahoma State will be be seeded well) and the other two losses were to an Iowa State team that has likely done enough. Oklahoma has beaten Kansas, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State, in addition to sweeping borderline bubble team Baylor. Of course all but one of the two Baylor games was at home. It's not a perfect resume, but it likely is enough.
Cincinnati- The Bearcats have had a bunch of chances against the RPI top 5 (13) and have come away with relatively few wins (4). The result is that UC can point to 4 really good wins over @Pitt, Marquette, Uconn, and a neutral floor win over Iowa State, but more often than not UC has failed to beat tournament caliber teams, particularly at the end of the season. Cincinnati does have good wins over Villanova and Oregon, both of which are likely to be tournament teams. UC is 5-2 against Rpi 51-100 which puts them under .500 against the RPI top 100 (at 9-13). UC has nothing that really qualifies as bad losses, but getting smoked 3 times down the stretch cannot look good. All in all UC's tournament resume looks strong enough on its own, but it is not the same team it was early and there is a ton of room for disagreement about the Bearcats. The committee's ultimate criteria is whether or not a team is among the best 37 at large teams and I don't think it would be unreasonable for a committee to decide UC is not. That said, I could say that about everyone below them and I think UC's strong schedule and quality wins are enough, to pull them in.

Cal- Cal's resume comes largely down to strong play down the stretch and a really good performance in a fairly deep PAC 10. Cal has some high quality wins beating Arizona and UCLA. Cal also has a good win over Colorado and a sweep of Oregon, both of which should be tournament teams. The weakness in the resume comes from a losing record (3-5) against the RPI top 50 and the RPI 51-100 (3-5 as well). However, most of those losses were in conference in a solid, though not great PAC 12. It seems to me that the Bears have likely done enough to get in.

Last four in:

St Marys- To me St Marys is a tournament team because I don't think you can watch them and not believe they are one of the 37 best at large teams. I would actually put them ahead of anyone in the prior group, because I just think they are a better basketball team. Advanced statistics tend to back that up as St Marys was dominant in the WCC against everyone other than probable 1 seed Gonzaga and KenPom has them as the 25th best team in the country. That said, of their 26 wins 22 of them are against teams ranked 100 and below. That is a lot. Their only win against the RPI top 25 was against Creighton. St Marys is 1-3 against the RPI top 25, but all three losses are to probable one seed Gonzaga. They are 4-4 against the RPI top 100. St Marys did itself a real disservice scheduling this poorly in the non-conference schedule, and the committee could very legitimately leave them out, BUT I think if you are taking the best 37 there is little doubt St Marys fits.

La Salle- With wins over Butler, VCU and Villanova, as well as a strong performance in a deep Atlantic 10, La Salle has reason to be optimistic that it could earn a bid. Winning 1 more might be necessary, but given the bubble status of teams behind them it may not. Getting to the a10 finals would lock up a bid. La Salle is only 2-3 against the RPI top 50 and 4-4 against 51-100 so there are holes in the resume.

Tennessee- There are a mess of SEC teams trying to lay claim to an NCAA tournament bid, but I think of the SEC bubble teams, Tennessee has the strongest resume. Tennessee is a strong 4-4 against the RPI top 50. It has wins over Florida, Missouri, and Wichita State, all who will likely be in the tournament. It also split with bubble team Kentucky and has wins over borderline bubble teams Umass, Bama and Xavier. It was swept by borderline bubble team Ole Miss and has two bad losses to Georgia. In short, Tennessee has performed really well against the probable tournament teams on its schedule, but there is a lot of muck against some of the weaker competition. I think as of right now the better parts of their resume win out, but Tennessee should probably beat Bama (and of course Miss State before that) if it wants to feel decent.

Kentucky- 2-4 against the RPI top 50 and 5-5 against RPI 51-100 does not scream tournament team. It's two wins against probable tournament teams are both at home against Missouri and Florida, and both wins came after the Noel injury. Kentucky also has a split against bubble team Tennessee and a win over borderline bubble team Ole Miss. Short of a trip to the SEC finals I think UK will really be sweating on selection Sunday (and even that would not make their resume really shine). If UK loses their first tournament game to Arkansas/Vandy winner, their chances drop significantly.

Others with a chance:

Virginia- This might be the weirdest resume I have ever seen. Virginia is 2-2 against the Rpi top 25, 2-0 against 25-50, and 4-1 against 51-100, making it a robust 8-3 against the RPI top 100. Virginia has performed its best against the best competition on its schedule. Virginia has a win over probable 1 seed Duke to go with wins over UNC, NC State, Wisconsin and Tennessee. That is strong stuff. Of course UVA only has an RPI of 67 having lost 7 games to teams outside of the RPI top 100, one of which was to RPI 316 Old Dominion. So that is the bad. UVA is also only 3-9 away from home. UVA's non-conference SOS was 307. This is the stat where borderline bubble teams have historically gone to die. When in doubt the committee has penalized teams that schedule poorly out of conference and rewarded teams that scheduled well. Still usually the doubt does not include top line wins that are as good as this Virginia teams. I think it is less than 50-50 they get in without a win over NC State tomorrow, but with that win the prospects get to over 50/50. How the committee handles UVA will be interesting.
Ole Miss- Just some shameful stuff from Ole Miss down the stretch losing to dreadful South Carolina and Mississippi State teams. Those losses are now tacked on to a resume that was already lacking. Ole Miss has a home win over Missouri, a sweep of bubble Tennessee and a win over borderline bubble Bama. I don't think that is enough right now, but Ole Miss has a favorable SEC tourney draw and each game will provide an opportunity to play their way in. If Ole Miss beats Missouri to start, they will be in discussion. If seeds hold, could a semi-final matchup with UK be a play-in game for the Big Dance?

Bama- Similar resume to Ole Miss, except that its shameful losses were to Auburn, Tulane and Mercer. 1-4 against the RPI top 50 and wins against quality teams are not even that impressive having only beaten UK, Tennessee, and Villanova among possible at large teams. I think Bama has to make the finals of the SEC tournament to have a shot.

Iowa - Another interesting resume, where the non-conference SOS is absolutely killer. Iowa did not do as much as UVA against the top, but it also did not fail as miserably against the bottom. Iowa is only 1-6 against RPI top 25, but those losses are to Indiana (2x), Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State...that is a murderer's row. Iowa is 3-2 against 26-50 and 1-0 against 51-100 to 100 with wins over Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio State. Of course its non-conference SOS is 310 and 15 of its 20 wins are over teams outside the RPI top 100. I don't even think a win over Michigan State will be enough, I think Iowa must make the Big 10 finals (beating OSU along the way). That said, beat Michigan State and the discussion gets more interesting. For now Iowa is out.

Middle Tennessee State- They have a 29 RPI and a win over Ole Miss. They do not have much else. I don't think they get in, I don't think they should get in, but they would not be the least accomplished team to sneak in (See Utah State/Air Force 2006).

Louisiana Tech- It's easy for La Tech, win the WAC and make the big dance. Their resume deserves a brief mention, only because this type of team has snuck in on insanely rare occasions in the past (situations where I believe the committee has got it wrong). Their one top 50 win is over Southern Miss. They only have 3 wins over the RPI top 100. Sorry, that SHOULD not cut it.

Baylor- Their win over Kansas suddenly made things a little more interesting, but this resume is thin enough that there is plenty of more work to do. Baylor is only 3-10 over the RPI top 50 (though 2-0 against 51-100). It's 3 wins are very solid over Kansas, Oklahoma State and Kentucky. A trip to the Big 12 finals would give them 5 top 50 RPI wins and would likely include additional wins over Kansas State and Oklahoma State. That would put them squarely on the bubble.

Akron- 1-2 against the RPI top 50 and 3-1 against RPI 51-100, in addition to a really dominating year in the MAC...Could that have been enough? Maybe. After the suspension of one of its best players, probably not. The problem is, Akron's wins simply were not good enough to overcome any slip-ups in the MAC, much less 2 in its final 3 games. Akron now must win the MAC to get in... I think.

Umass- The 1-6 record against the RPI top 50 is not good, however, the 7-2 record against RPI 51-100 is very solid. Umass is one of those teams like most of below the cut, that has a lot of work to do, but will have opportunities to do it. It's best win, however, is against bubble, La Salle and that is just a really lacking resume. A run to the finals that includes wins over Temple and VCU would make their resume a lot more interesting, however.

Xavier- Another weird resume, that really illustrates how far Xavier has come throughout the season. This was a bad team early, but I am 90% convinced right now they are one of the 37 best at large teams. Of course entire body of work matters, and Xavier's resume is not that of a best 37 at-large team at the moment. Xavier has 15 losses and is 0-5 against RPI 51-100. Of course it is also 5-3 against the RPI top 50, which is really good (like comparable to 6/7 seed good). If they beat VCU and Temple on their way to A 10 championship birth, they will get their RPI top 50 record up to 7-3 which would be stellar. Could that be enough to outweigh all the bad?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thinking Outside the Box: Bearcats Should Pitch Themselves to the SEC

An Open Letter to Whit Babcock...

Mr. Whit Babcock:

I know someone, who is smarter than me has already thought about this and knows why it will never happen. Indeed, I can think of many reasons why it seems an impossible, futile effort, but given the state of college athletics and the drastic reshaping of conferences across the country I believe it is time for UC to seriously pitch itself to the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Having worked at a University that has recently been added to the SEC you seem to be in a unique position to make this pitch.

Conference Realignment has consistently taken unexpected turns, and this would probably be the least expected of them all. Still the University of Cincinnati may make more sense to the SEC than it does to any other conference. This is particularly true if the North Carolina schools ultimately decide to stick together in the ACC. The SEC wants to extend its footprint for the SEC network. It has already extended to Texas and Missouri. To extend it to Oklahoma it would probably have to take both Oklahoma schools, and I doubt it wants to make this play. It is not jumping west of Texas and the only Northeast football schools that seem viable are already in desirable conferences. Additionally, a Northeast school would be very isolated in the SEC.

The two logically places, that everyone has talked about for SEC expansion are North Carolina and Virginia, but why not Ohio? In an article last week over at Grantland, the author cited a study showing the best football recruiting states. Of the best recruiting states per capita the SEC had a presence in 6, only missing Ohio and Oklahoma. Adding an Ohio team to the SEC could put the SEC stranglehold on yet another of the top talent developing states in college football.

More importantly the SEC could put their brand, right down in the middle of Big Ten Country. Ohio is a very populated state and UC alumni are spread throughout the state. Ohio is more populated than any state already affiliated with the SEC not named Florida or Texas. It is more populated than the two states SEC seems most likely to expand in North Carolina and Virginia. If the SEC is trying to sell it's network to cable companies getting the higher subscriber fees for the most possible people, Ohio could be a great selling point. The ACC does not have the Network where this is as big of a deal, but the SEC getting its footprint into Ohio could be huge.

Additionally, Cincinnati is a manageable rode trip for multiple teams in the SEC East, it is a nice, logical extension of the conference. Kentucky, Vandy, and Tennessee all are just a short ride from Cincinnati. The SEC could add a team from Virginia, like a Virginia Tech, and send Missouri out west where it probably belongs.

You know more than me about how to sell the program and what else could be said, but I think the Bearcats could make a strong case that it offers a ton to the SEC and their network. Clemson and FSU make little sense as they don't expand the SEC footprint. If the North Carolina schools hold the ACC together it may not be a viable option for UC (and if the ACC starts losing teams I am sure UC is now on their radar). In fact if North Carolina holds the ACC together, Ohio could really jump as an area for the SEC to expand.

I am confident that UC is doing everything it can to end up stronger after realignment, but this is a direction I have never heard anyone mention and one I believe makes more sense when you really delve into it. I hope to see UC competing in a conference that will allow its athletics to thrive. I think UC has more to offer the SEC at this exact moment in time than it does any other conference out there and I think you are uniquely positioned to make the argument. Best of luck moving forward.

Mark Raines

Sunday, March 11, 2012

My Final Bracket

My bracket for the morning of Selection Sunday.

1 Seeds- Kentucky, Syracuse, Michigan State, Missouri,

2 Seeds- UNC, Kansas, Ohio State, Florida State

3 Seeds- Duke, Baylor, Marquette, Louisville

4 Seeds- Michigan, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Georgetown

5 Seeds- Indiana,Wichita State, Florida, Cincinnati

6 Seeds- New Mexico, Murray State, San Diego State, Memphis

7 Seeds- Creighton, Notre Dame, Temple, St Marys

8 Seeds- Purdue, UNLV, Iowa State, Gonzaga

9 Seeds- Kansas State, Alabama, Xavier, Southern Miss

10 Seeds- Uconn, St Louis ,VCU, Harvard

11 Seeds- Colorado State, West Virginia, Long Beach State, Texas

12 Seeds- South Florida, Virginia, California/BYU, Seton Hall/Drexel

13 Seeds- Colorado, New Mexico State, Ohio, St. Bonaventure

14 Seeds- Davidson, South Dakota State, Belmont, Montana

15 Seeds- Detroit, Loyola, LIU, UNC Ashville

16 Seeds- Lehigh, Vermont, Norfolk State/Western Kentucky, Lamar/Mississippi Valley State

Last 4 in:


Seton Hall



First 6 Out:

NC State

Mississippi State


Oral Roberts



Others in the field I could see committee leaving out: Colorado State, Texas, South Florida, Virginia

Others I could see committee including: Miami (Fl), Northwestern, Ole Miss

Others I could see committee ridiculously including: Washington

St Bonaventure bumps out NC State by winning the A10 tournament. I would give the 4 1 seeds as I have them, but something tells me the Tarheels will keep their 1 seed.