Wisconsin headlines Midwest Region in opening 2014 bracket
As of New Year’s Day, the Wisconsin Badgers hold the No. 3 spot on our s-curve and a No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region. That would route the Badgers through Milwaukee and Indianapolis – a pretty favorable set-up. Arizona (West), Syracuse (East), and Michigan State (South) grab the other No. 1 seeds. Villanova, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Florida are next in line. Conference races will help shape the top of the bracket in March – particularly in the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12, and the new-look Big East.
The cutline remains quite fluid at this juncture. So don’t put too much stock in the last few in or first few out. Teams continue to ebb and flow. Resumes tend to look very similar. Conference results will be critical for teams with little or nothing to show from the season’s first two months. Those who notched a few quality wins on their resume have more room to maneuver.
Weekly bracket updates resume on Monday (January 6). This year, the entire s-curve will be included (and is today), and I’ll try to add a few more posts related to selection, seeding, and the overall landscape. If you’re just re-entering the college hoops scene, the NCAA Selection Committee has a few new rules to play with this season. You can see those for yourself at www.ncaa.com. The goal is to keep as many teams as possible on their true seed line.
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