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Bracket Watch: Gonzaga headlines Field of 68

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgWe’ve made it to Selection Sunday.  And to no one’s surprise, the Gonzaga Bulldogs lead the latest Field of 68, followed on the No. 1 seed line by Arizona, Kansas and Baylor.  The order became clear following Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee and the Jayhawks’ victory over Texas Tech in the Big 12 title game.

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Questions remaining today …

  • How will the Selection Committee handle Duke’s losses down the stretch?  The Blue Devils could be rewarded for early wins over Gonzaga and Kentucky and remain a two-seed; they could also be passed by Purdue, Villanova and/or Tennessee and end up as a high three-seed.
  • Will Notre Dame’s non-conference schedule and victories over Kentucky, Virginia Tech and North Carolina be enough to overcome just four wins against Quads 1/2?
  • Will the Committee acknowledge Rutgers’ eight (8) wins against the tournament field as its dominant trait versus a poor non-conference schedule and early losses to non-tourney teams?
  • Given Michigan’s metrics, a Top 5 schedule, and seven wins against the Field, will the Committee value those accomplishments over a meager 17-14 mark overall?
  • How will the Committee manage Xavier’s late-season slide?  One the surface, one could make an argument that Xavier accomplished more during its season than Notre Dame.

Remaining bracketing issues … If Richmond upsets Davidson in the Atlantic 10 final, one of the current bubble teams will get bumped form the field.  It appears that Davidson has done enough to warrant an at-large bid, regardless.  If Texas AM beat Tennessee to claim the SEC’s automatic bid, then the Aggies would move out of the at-large pool and any option for the First Four.  Someone else would be designated for Dayton.

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