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Here at Bracketville, you’ll find insights and updates, seeding-curve rankings, forward-thinking predictions, and fan-interaction.  Beyond COVID-19, I want to thank everyone at College Basketball Talk for a great 10-year run with NBC Sports.  At least for this season (2020-21) Bracketville is solo again.

2021 Updates:

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Bracketology: Michigan joins No. 1 seeds

January 16, 2021 Leave a comment

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Michigan has earned its place among the No. 1 seeds. The Wolverines enter the weekend with an unblemished record and lead arguably the nation’s deepest conference. If there’s any chink in Big Blue’s resume, it’s the fact the Wolverines have only played two road games and nothing on a neutral court. Then again, it’s not like Michigan hasn’t been dominating its competition.

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Gonzaga continues to hold its spot at the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Baylor, Michigan and Villanova. The pandemic has taken a recent toll on Villanova, so we haven’t seen much of the Wildcats lately. We’ll have to see how the Committee eventually handles those types of scenarios. Even though ‘Nova holds a head-to-head win over Texas, one could make the case that both the Longhorns and Iowa have a better overall resumes. Stay tuned.

Enjoy a busy weekend of college hoops.

Quick Takes: Texas horns another big road win

January 10, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015

It appears that 2021 agrees with the Texas Longhorns. After throttling Kansas in Lawrence on January 2, Texas rallied late to take down West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday. That’s two road wins against two of the Big 12’s best teams; impressive regardless of the largely empty stands. Looking ahead, UT locks horns with Baylor on February 2; the only time the schools are scheduled to meet in the regular season. If both remain unbeaten in league play, Austin will be the epicenter of college hoops that evening.

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Bracketology: ACC teams bunched along cutline

January 9, 2021 Leave a comment

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Uneven schedules and results continue to make certain team evaluations a challenge. Look no further than the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Virginia, Duke and Syracuse have all had scheduled games cancelled, postponed and delayed. Thus, we have somewhat limited information about those teams. As a result, the Cavaliers, Blue Devils and Orange are all among the first teams out in the latest bracket update. Ultimately, I expect those teams to climb the Seed List; then again, who knows what to expect right now.

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Gonzaga continues to lead the Field of 68, followed by Baylor, Villanova and Texas. Iowa and Michigan both hold positions as two-seeds. Another good week could vault Michigan to the top line. As their Big Ten slate intensifies, additional high-end wins are available. Enjoy your weekend of college hoops! 

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Quick Takes: Michigan on a roll

January 7, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015

Welcome back to Quick Takes! Let’s get started.

Michigan is on quite a roll. The Wolverines thumped Minnesota in Ann Arbor to move to 5-0 in the Big Ten. Looking ahead, the schedule is favorable for Big Blue, too. Michigan only has to play Iowa, Illinois and Rutgers once, all three at home. That’s the type of advantage that could bring a regular season B10 title to Crisler Arena.

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Bracketology: Welcome to 2021

January 1, 2021 Leave a comment

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Welcome to 2021 and the hopeful countdown to Selection Sunday. As we begin our journey, a variety of challenges remain. What we do know – or anticipate, anyway – is that all NCAA tournament games will occur at various sites around Indianapolis – creating a type of bubble in which teams can play. Thus, you will notice the bracket features Region 1, Region 2, Region 3 and Region 4 rather than the traditional East, South, Midwest and West designations. Pod locations are also entirely in one city, eliminating home court and other travel issues often considered.

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With the Ivy League withdrawing, there are 37 at-large bids in this 68-team format and 31 automatic qualifiers. Some additional teams have withdrawn themselves from consideration. Should we learn the bracket format will be different, adjustments will be made.

The bracket is based on results to date, while acknowledging the potential disparities in games played, non-conference cancellations and limited data points. It is merely a starting point, nothing more.