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Bracket Bits: Florida among teams with work to do

dave1We’re not picking on Florida, but the first month of the college basketball season has left the Gators – and several other preseason bracket teams – with work to do.  Florida opened as a projected No. 3 seed on November 10.  Since then, the Gators have lost to Miami, Georgetown, North Carolina, and Kansas.  Although none are bad losses, the results have left the Gators’ win column a bit bare.  And non-conference opportunities are fading – only Florida State (a stretch at this point) and Connecticut remain before SEC play begins, unless you count Yale among the opportunities – ask the aforementioned Huskies before answering.

December 8 Seed List

Which brings us to the current Seed List (s-curve) update.  Florida is among the First Five Out – alongside other preseason bracket picks Pittsburgh and Kansas State.  It’s also worth noting that BYU, SMU, Boise State, Xavier, George Washington, Georgia, Colorado, Memphis, and Florida State have also been passed (or slid) during the first month.  None would be “IN” a bracket today.

The at-large teams that have vaulted into the current Field of 68? … Butler, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Baylor, Washington, Providence, California, Creighton, Seton Hall, and TCU.

Will the current landscape hold?  Of course not.  There’s a lot of basketball yet to be played.  We’ve seen strong starts fade into mediocrity.  We’ve also seen teams struggle for a month only to make a run in January and February.  Conference play begins in about three weeks and should provide some clarity.  We’ll wait and see.

Until then, add a few “Ws” to the Christmas wish list.  Sometimes, those stocking stuffers come in handy in March.

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