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Kansas rejoins No. 1 seeds + BIGs

February 2, 2023 Leave a comment

SeedListGraphicAfter a brief, three-game blip, Kansas has regained its traction and rejoined the No. 1 seed line.  With a month to go – and numerous Quad 1 opportunities still ahead – there’s little ceiling for the Jayhawks on Selection Sunday.  Purdue remains No. 1 overall and will stay there regardless of its outcome this weekend at Indiana.

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It’s been a wild week along the bubble and Thursday’s results will go a long way toward finalizing the First Four and Next Four Out when a fresh bracket arrives Friday morning.

Thursday’s Bracket Impact Games (BIGs): Read more…

QT: Arkansas, Nevada, UK win bubble games + BIG’s

February 1, 2023 Leave a comment

QuickTakesArkansas beat Texas AM.  Nevada toppled San Diego State.  Important home victories for both on Tuesday.  Kentucky earned a must win at Ole Miss.  West Virginia dropped a close game at TCU.  No harm except this: WVU is going to have to start winning at a greater clip down the stretch.  It’s hard for teams to back their way into the NCAA field via a stockpile of “good” losses.

Elsewhere: Kansas exacted revenge on Kansas State.  Alabama took out Saturday’s frustration at Oklahoma by obliterating Vanderbilt.  Clemson lost an ugly game at Boston College, creating a much more anxious month for the Tigers.

Historically, the Selection Committee has valued quality wins more than bad losses (especially a singularly poor game).  Iowa hopes that trend continues.  With a victory over Northwestern, the Hawkeyes are 5-5 vs. Quad 1 and 8-7 vs. Quads 1 and 2 overall.  The blip against Eastern Illinois is still sitting there, but that blip is losing relevance as the season progresses. Read more…

QT: Texas rebounds; Bracket Impact Games

January 31, 2023 Leave a comment

QuickTakesTexas returned to Austin and rebounded from Saturday’s loss at Tennessee by outlasting Baylor.  The Longhorns are now 7-4 vs. Quad 1and well positioned for a high seed in March.

Iowa State was ahead 59-36 midway through the second half at Texas Tech before collapsing and losing in overtime.  The stunning turn of events follows a rather lopsided loss at Missouri on Saturday.  Overall, ISU has dropped three of four.  Next up?  A visit from Kansas on Saturday.

Virginia needed a late rally but won at Syracuse.  No damage done.

Tuesday’s Bracket Impact Games: Read more…

Bracketology: Purdue leads Field of 68 into home stretch

January 30, 2023 Leave a comment

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgCombined with Alabama’s loss at Oklahoma, Purdue’s victory over Michigan State on Sunday firmly entrenches the Boilermakers as the No. 1 overall seed entering the home stretch toward Selection Sunday.  It also creates a rather nifty routing through Columbus and Louisville.


Alabama stays put at No. 2 overall, followed by Arizona and Tennessee, which helped its case Saturday night by taking care of Texas in Knoxville.  Kansas’ victory at Kentucky moves KU back into the No. 5 seed list position, with Houston next in line.

The bubble continues to percolate, and that scenario us unlikely to change.  As March approaches it’s worth this reminder: one or two at-large positions will likely disappear as conference tournaments unfold.

Bracketology: Arizona, Tennessee join No. 1 seeds

January 27, 2023 Leave a comment

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgWith some immense battles ahead this weekend during the Big 12/SEC challenge, Arizona and Tennessee join Purdue and Alabama as No. 1 seeds in today’s bracket update.  Both Purdue and Alabama are firmly entrenched and a loss would not alter either’s positioning.  The current race for the Boilermakers and Crimson Tide is the right to lead the South Region in Louisville.


Arizona claims its spot due do its impressive 5-0 record against the upper tier of Quad 1 (Quad 1A).  Those wins include: UCLA, Tennessee, Indiana and San Diego State.  Tennessee has more work to do to hold its position, although the Volunteers’ metrics are impressive, including No.2 ratings in the NET and predictive metrics.  They get a huge opportunity to impress (or disappoint) when Texas arrives on Saturday.

A tight race is underway in the Big 12.  It’s a rare occurrence, but today’s bracket features five Big 12 teams among the four seed lines.  Thus, you will see more than one Big 12 team in a region within those parameters.  This would be an authorized exception to bracketing principles of separating teams from the same conference among the top four seeds.