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.
- Because the bubble is amazingly fluid this year (it changes every single night), I’ve added a blue highlight to the new entries. You’ll find in this update that they’re all 12-seeds, so they’ve been highlighted at the bottom.
- 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.
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- Tom Izzo’s boys aren’t sneaking up on anyone anymore. They’ve made their first appearance on the top line.
- After being decimated by Colorado on Thursday night, Arizona has dropped to the 3-line. I have no idea what to make of Sean Miller’s team anymore.
- Pitt and Oklahoma State are the sneakiest picks among a group that can be called “high majors with middling seeds who can make a run.”
- In my last update, I discussed that I wouldn’t want to see Kentucky as the 8-seed if I were the 1-seed in the same region. With the injury to Nerlens Noel, not only does this not apply more, but the Wildcats have dropped two lines.
- Replacing Kentucky in the “8-9 seeds I’d like to avoid in the Round of 32″ is a list that’s longer than I thought it would be: UNLV, UCLA, Creighton, Illinois, and Memphis all have at least player who can take over a game and/or could be a starter on any of the 1-seeded teams.
- Despite losing to Gonzaga Thursday night. I’m still not sure why so many bracketologists are down on St. Mary’s. For me, that loss knocked them from comfortably in to just above the Last Four In group.
- “The Valley” drama continues. I’ve moved Wichita State ahead of Creighton, though they’re both still in 8-9 matchups and, therefore, have the same draw. The Shockers are one game up in the Valley standings and hold a win over Creighton.
- Similar “lower league” drama exists in the Atlantic 10. You’ll note that VCU is now the “bolded” team due to their better conference record than Butler. Butler’s non-conference resume, however, is enough to keep them seeded above Shaka Smart’s Rams though.
- What I said in the last update about the 3-line perhaps getting more wins than the 2-line no longer applies. Michigan State was a big reason why I thought that, and the 3-line lost them. Florida and Michigan are now on the 2-line and are both better bets to win more games than any 3-seed.