Since you can go pretty much anywhere on the internet and find a different version of Bracketology (there’s even a matrix with 60+ brackets), I decided it was my responsibility as a college hoops blogger to initiate one of my own. Below you’ll find a link to a pdf file that has my bracket within and also the breakdown of where each team is slotted. For those unable to view such a link, I’ve also included screengrabs that can be enlarged by clicking on them.
A Few Notes
- There were so many teams that moved up or down by one line. Therefore, teams highlighted in green have moved up at least two seed lines since my last update. Teams in red have moved down at least two.
- I’m still using the Bracketing Principles and Procedures.
- The first three teams selected from a conference shall be placed in different regions.
- There shall not be more than two teams from a conference in the same region (unless a 9th team is selected from a conference).
- Conference teams shall not meet prior to the regional final (unless a 9th team is selected from a conference).
- On the breakdown, teams in BOLD are projected Conference Champions. These were decided by who currently has the fewest losses in each league, and RPI was used to break any ties. Outside of teams like Southern Miss and Illinois and their ongoing love affair with the bubble, this is the most fluid part of this exercise.
- There’s also a link to an Excel file below so that you can download it and build your own Bracket.
- I nearly had New Mexico on the three line, but Kansas’ decimation of Kansas State Monday night switched those two teams.
- Indiana is still my #1 overall team. Losing at Illinois said a lot more for the Illini than it did the Hoosiers – which is why Illinois jumped from Last Four In to a 9-seed.
- Miami FL has arguably the best resume of anyone (especially if you’re into Strength of Schedule playing a significant role in evaluating teams).
- If the West Region held up exactly as shown here, it could be argued that Michigan has the easiest 2-seed at the bottom. However, this arrangement would mean they probably drew the short straw for the Round of 32 with a matchup against Kentucky looming. If Kentucky stays in the 8-9 game, I wouldn’t want to be the 1-seed in that region.
- I’m not sure why so many bracketologists are down on St. Mary’s. I have them above “Last Four In” status now. A Valentine’s Day win at home against Gonzaga would solidify their spot in the field.
- “The Valley” is experience no peaks. Creighton has dropped all the way to an 8-seed with an 0-2 week, and Wichita State dropped a game they had no business losing to Southern Illinois. The Shockers are now seeded in the double-digits.
- Pitt is among the hottest teams around – something I told you would happen (why don’t you listen). They’re now a 4-seed in my bracket.
- If this field holds close to what I have here (with how this season has gone thus far, I highly doubt it will), I would pick the 3-line to collectively win more games than the 2-line.