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Here at Bracketville, you’ll find insights and updates, seeding-curve rankings, forward-thinking predictions, and fan-interaction. We’ve had eight great seasons online and look forward to another adventure in 2017-18.  You can also look for Bracketology updates on NBCSports.com – College Basketball Talk.



Categories: Current Updates

Quick Takes: Searching for No. 1 seeds

January 17, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015That search for No. 1 seeds?  It’s far from over.  Oklahoma lost at Kansas State on Tuesday, meaning both the Sooners and West Virginia (on Monday) have lost this week – and it’s Wednesday morning.  Ultimately, our search may take a while.  In addition to depth and balance, particularly in the ACC and Big 12, we appear to lack – at least to this point – a handful of truly elite teams, teams you expect to win every night regardless of the opponent or where they play.  Instead, we have collective group of very good teams – fun for game action, but a little cloudy around the edges.

As of this morning, here’s a quick look at a handful of teams in relation to “wins against the field” – i.e. wins against teams currently projected to be at-large teams (based on Monday’s bracket) … Read more…

Quick Takes: Kansas offers a Big 12 reminder

January 16, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015About those 13 straight Big 12 titles: Kansas isn’t conceding No. 14.  Down double-digits at halftime in Morgantown, the Jayhawks rallied to beat West Virginia, and in the process, remind us that the road to a Big 12 title still runs through Lawrence.  There’s this, too: while he played limited minutes, Silvio De Sousa made his Jayhawks’ debut, adding a much-needed body to a thin front line.  As a whole, the Big 12 is as good as its ever been, so one win doesn’t guarantee anything.  But if you had decided, “this was the year,” for Kansas to relinquish its crown, let’s hope you wrote it in pencil.

Other Quick Takes from Monday: Read more…

Bracketology: Villanova, Purdue lead Field

January 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015As the dust settles following another wild weekend of college hoops, Villanova and Purdue hold the top two positions on the Seed List.  Oklahoma now sits third, with West Virginia fourth.  This small shift from Friday allows for a quick regional re-assesmment.  Since the mileage for Purdue between Atlanta (South Region) and Omaha (Midwest) is negligible, and Oklahoma is much closer to Omaha than Atlanta, the Boilermakers shift to the South and Oklahoma the Midwest.  Could such a situation occur during final bracket development on Selection Sunday?  Sure.  Thus, it’s a perfect example to use today.

Bracketology   |    Seed List

Elsewhere, the bracket remains fluid.  This shouldn’t be a surprise in mid-January.  We’re still in the process of forming resumes, and conference schedules are not created equal – especially through a few games.  We are at the point, however, where such things as non-conference schedule strength becomes more relevant.  Baylor is today’s example.  The Bears’ boast a not-so-pretty NC SOS of around 280, which puts a drag on an otherwise okay profile.  Fortunately (or unfortunately, I suppose), the Big 12 will help, provided Baylor wins some games, especially away from home.

Bracket Bits: Western KY and mid-major at-large hopefuls

January 13, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015If you’re looking for an early mid-major team that could potentially steal an at-large bid on Selection Sunday, look no further than Bowling Green, Kentucky.  That’s the home of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.  Think back to the Bahamas: WKU left Atlantis with victories over Purdue and SMU, and a respectable loss to Villanova.  Since, SMU has dropped a bit, but it remains a viable non-conference win, nonetheless.  Here’s a quick peek at WKU’s current situation:

Resume Builders: 

  • Wins over Purdue and SMU (as noted) on a neutral court;
  • Top 25 NC SOS
  • Road wins at Old Dominion and Marshall (solid league W’s)
  • One-point loss at Wisconsin in a somewhat controversial finish

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Bracketology: Purdue makes claim for No. 1 Seed

January 12, 2018 4 comments

Dave2015Purdue has won 12 straight, staking its claim as an early No. 1 seed contender.  The Boilermakers left the Bahamas with a victory over Arizona and haven’t loss since.  In all, they’ve compiled a 6-2 record against the NCAA’s updated “Group 1,” the highest win total of any team against that metric.  For their efforts, Purdue sits atop the Midwest Region heading into another busy weekend.

Bracketology   |   Seed List

Villanova remains the top overall seed, followed by West Virginia, Purdue, and then Oklahoma.  The ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Big East dominate the field.  Another new bracket arrives on Monday.

Categories: Current Updates

Quick Takes: Sorting out the SEC

January 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015As a whole, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is having a good season.   When Monday’s bracket was posted, seven SEC teams made the field; another three were among the first eight teams out.  That’s an impressive number.  While conference play should help clarify a few things, sorting out the SEC as a whole may not be easy.  Examples: Florida started hot, faded, and now seems to be playing better again.  Arkansas has that early win over Oklahoma, but its been a bit of a roller-coaster ride since – the Hogs have lopsided defeats to Houston and now LSU.  Kentucky has been steady, but has yet to emerge as an elite unit.  Auburn and Tennessee are the league’s surprises, although aforementioned LSU has emerged as a potential wild card.  In other words, sorting out the SEC may not happen in January, or even February.  The league has a lot of good teams, all capable of beating each other on a given night.  It’s great for competition, not so much for bracket positioning.

Other Quick Takes from Wednesday: Read more…

Quick Takes: Purdue building its resume

January 10, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Somewhat quietly, Purdue is building its resume.  The Boilermakers squeaked out a win at Michigan on Tuesday, adding another “Group 1” victory to its NCAA folder.  These things ebb and flow, but as of this morning, Purdue is 5-1 vs. Group 1, the most wins of any team against that metric on the NCAA’s new team sheets.  What’s more, all six of its Group 1 games have been away from home; three neutral, three on the road.  Impressive work.  Purdue began the week at No. 6 on the Seed List and could reach the top line by Friday.  While the Big Ten is down by past standards, the upper half of the league still has some good teams.   Read more…