BV Bracketology: Several spots up for grabs
It’s nothing new this time of year. We often see a weak – i.e fluid – bubble. Which means the middle and bottom of the bracket may see a variety of changes over the next two weeks.
The latest Bracketville ’09 update is now posted in Bracketology.
Take for example the Mountain West. While we still see four teams in the bracket, all four are seeded 8 through 12. Several reasons for this: lack of separation and lack of strong NCAA profiles. UNLV has the best non-league performance with wins at Louisville and over Arizona. Utah has by far the best power numbers (RPI and SOS). The four league leaders all play each other as we race toward March.
Looking at the current field, our First Five Out include: Michigan, USC, Penn State, Cincinnati, and Miami-FL. Then you have Maryland, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Temple and Oklahoma State in the mix. Given the Mountain West situation, along with bubble profiles of Kentucky, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and the MWC situation, several spots remain up for grabs. At this time of year, performance outweighs expectations.
Of note, Florida (losing at Georgia), UCLA (an o’fer in Arizona), and Butler (home loss to Loyola-Chicago) all drop. Florida, with a weak non-conference schedule, needs to win again in a hurry or risk missing the NCAAs. They’ll be joining Bubble Banter very soon.
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