Welcome to Bracketville

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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.

Final links for 2016-17:

SEED LIST   March 12, 2017 – UPDATED 5:00 PM (ET)

BRACKET PROJECTION  |   March 12, 2017 – FINAL / 5:00 PM (ET)

BUBBLE TALK  |  March 3, 2017

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Categories: Current Updates

Preseason: How would you rank the Big 10?

October 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015How do you think the Big Ten season will play out?

Will Michigan State dominate the league?  How will Minnesota respond to last year’s breakout season?  What about Purdue after losing a key piece to last year’s team?  How will Maryland’s young core react to a greater role?  Will new coaches at Indiana and Illinois return those teams to the tourney?  Will a young nucleus at Iowa push the Hawkeyes forward?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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Preseason: How would you rank the Big East?

October 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015How would you rank the Big East this season?

Will Villanova claim another league crown in a competitive league?  Who is the Wildcats top challenger?  Will Georgetown surprise under Patrick Ewing?  How will Butler respond to its coaching change?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts?

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Preseason: How would you rank the Big 12?

October 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015How would you rank the Big 12 conference this season?

Complete the survey below to rank your preseason order of finish.  Will Kansas win yet another conference title?  Will West Virginia emerge as a true contender?  Will Oklahoma re-emerge as a threat?  Will TCU take another step forward – or Texas Tech?

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Preseason: How would you rank the ACC?

October 11, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015How would you rank the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) this season?

Complete the survey below to rank your preseason order of finish.  Will Duke earn another title?  Will Louisville overcome its off-season issues?  How will North Carolina rebound from its national title?  Will Miami or Notre Dame challenge the leaders?

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Preseason: Early look at Top Line

October 10, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015The 2017-18 college hoops season kicks off Friday, November 10 with some interesting match-ups, including West Virginia and Texas AM (Germany), Iowa State vs. Missouri, and UCLA vs. Georgia Tech (in China – and yeah, we’re not sure why, either).  Which means it’s time to start gearing up for another journey toward Selection Sunday.

Quick Detour: Regarding recent allegations of payments, bribes, and other misgivings related to the sometimes-sketchy underworld of high-end recruiting, you can find a plethora of information and opinions at a host of sports outlets.  Read to your heart’s content or ache.  The question moving forward is how quickly the NCAA reacts to the these issues (if at all).  Could Louisville be banned from the tourney before it begins?  What if additional coaches/players are named during the season?  Until we know those answers, and/or until we see how the NCAA responds, we’ll just have to keep dribbling with our eyes open. Read more…

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Quick Takes: 4 key Final Four questions

March 31, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015As North Carolina, Oregon, Gonzaga, and South Carolina complete final workouts in advance of Saturday’s Final Four, four key questions come to mind.  They are …

How healthy are Joel Berry ankles?  Given his game-winning shot against Kentucky, it would be tempting to look at Luke Maye’s bench production (12.5 ppg in NCAAs vs. 4.9 ppg in regular season) and wonder if he can sustain those numbers in Phoenix.  No question, North Carolina would like that to continue.  But the Tar Heels chances of reaching Monday’s title game and avenging last year’s loss hinge more on the health of Berry’s ankles.  How many minutes can he play?  How effective will he be?  Will his ankles be 70 percent? 80? We don’t know.  He may not either until he takes the court.  Standing between Carolina and another NCAA title are three solid defensive teams.  Oregon shut down Kansas, and South Carolina and Gonzaga are elite defensive groups.  As we saw against Duke in the ACC tourney, UNC can struggle when Berry’s off the floor. How healthy are Joel Berry’s ankles? The answer could well map out UNC’s final journey. Read more…

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Quick Takes: Five tasty weekend matchups

March 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Between Thursday and Friday, three eleven seeds won.  We also had the usual 12 over 5-seed.  And yet, the first two days of the 2017 NCAA tournament feel rather chalky.  Maybe that’s because the twelve seed, Middle Tennessee State, was actually favored to win its matchup with Minnesota.  Also, were we surprised to see Xavier beat Maryland? Or Rhode Island trip up a less-than-healthy Creighton?  If there was a surprise, it’s USC.  The Trojans rallied from double-digit deficits twice, beating Providence in the First Four, and then SMU on Friday.

While the results might leave us a little hungry, the Round of 32 looks might tasty. My Quick Takes on the weekend’s top five matchups …

Gonzaga vs. Northwestern – We could rename this game: Ultimate Underdog vs. New Kids on the Block.  While Gonzaga is respected for its consistent excellence, the Bulldogs have never reached a Final Four and remain many people’s pick as first No. 1 seed to lose.  Thus, the pressure is squarely on the Zags, who struggled to score against South Dakota State (shooting 39 percent overall and 27 percent from 3).  The good news: Gonzaga no longer relies on its offense to carry the day.  Flipping the page, Northwestern might be the feel good story of the year. They survived a late rally by Vanderbilt to win their first-ever NCAA tournament game in their first-ever appearance. And who doesn’t enjoy those sidelines shots of Doug Collins and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, right? Read more…

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