Bracket Report: Long waits for Xavier, Wake Forest

March 10, 2022 Leave a comment

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgWake Forest and Xavier exited Stage Left on Wednesday – opening the door for a host of other bubble teams who are taking the court today and Friday.  All Wake and XU can do now is wait – and it may not end well for either.  Until we see results additional results, both the Demon Deacons and Musketeers hold onto spots in the Field – slated to face each other in Dayton.  By 6:00 p.m. today – that could change.

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Notable bubble teams in action today:
Indiana vs. Michigan – The Wolverines might survive a loss; it’s much less likely for the Hoosiers.
Florida vs. Texas AM – Feels like an elimination game.
Oklahoma (vs. Baylor) – The Sooners need a run to the B12 title game.
Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame – The Irish are among the Last 4 Byes, so this game matters to both.  In an odd way, Virginia Tech and Virginia can help Wake’s case.
Virginia (vs. North Carolina) – The Cavaliers survived Louisville, but have to beat red-hot Carolina.

Among No. 1 seed contendersArizona takes the court against Stanford.  The Wildcats are trying to garner a No. 1 seed in the South Region since it appears Gonzaga owns the West.

Bracket Report: Gonzaga clinches West Region

March 9, 2022 Leave a comment

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgFollowing Gonzaga’s win over Saint Mary’s, we should have a least one piece of the No. 1 seed puzzle in place.  The Zags will reign over the West Region – and they will likely be the NCAA Tournament’s top overall seed on Sunday night.

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Today, action begins for some bubble teams:
Xavier battles Butler in its Big East opener;
Wake Forest takes on Boston College in the ACC;
Virginia meets Louisville (ACC).

A couple of minor adjustments on the Seed List – and Tuesday’s automatic qualifiers – are reflected in this morning’s bracket update.  Tomorrow, we turn the pressure cooker up a few degrees.

Bracket Report: Gonzaga can secure West Region

March 8, 2022 Leave a comment

Dave2015Tuesday – March 8
Gonzaga can secure the West Region with a victory over Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference Championship game in Las Vegas.  By taking care of San Francisco in the semifinals, the Zags wrapped up a No. 1 seed on Sunday.  A loss to SMC could open the door for Arizona to potentially grab the West, if the Wildcats roll through the Pac-12 tourney.

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Six NCAA Tournament invitations will be handed out tonight.  Brief note about the Atlantic Sun championship: Bellarmine is ineligible due to its transition status; thus, if Bellarmine beats Jacksonville, it would send the A-SUN regular-season champion, Jacksonville State, to the NCAAs.

Congratulations to Georgia State and Chattanooga for earning automatic bids on Monday.  The Mocs last-second victory over Furman will go down in March Madness lore.

Bracketology: No. 1 seeds up for grabs

March 7, 2022 Leave a comment

Dave2015We enter the final push toward Selection Sunday with six teams in play for No. 1 seeds – at least that’s how it looks this morning.  Duke’s home loss to North Carolina and Wisconsin’s shocking home loss to Nebraska take a bite out of those teams chances.  That leaves Gonzaga, Baylor, Arizona, Auburn, Kansas and Kentucky as the best bets heading into conference tournament play.

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Expect daily updates this week – and some days movement may occur – even if teams do not play – as the seed list is reviewed.  That’s the way it works.  The middle of the bracket is still somewhat fluid in terms of order.  This is particularly the case for the bottom of the 5-seed line through the 7-seed line.  The bubble is the bubble, so it could be a revolving door until Saturday night – and even then we could end up with a bid thief in play on Sunday.  It’s happened many times.

Take a breath.  Enjoy the ride!  Our 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket is less than a week away.

Bracketology: Auburn returns to top line

March 4, 2022 Leave a comment

Dave2015The race for at least one of the No. 1 seed positions is wide open – with four strong candidates: Auburn, Kansas, Kentucky and Duke.   As within our 2022 Mock Selection Committee, opinions will vary on the exact order.  This morning, Auburn replaces Kansas for the final spot.

Honestly, it’s likely to change – perhaps multiple times – between now and Selection Sunday.  In terms of the easiest potential path – that would belong to Duke.  While the Blue Devils lack the same opportunity to gain high-end victories, they will be heavily favored in every remaining game.  Experience suggests it would be hard for the Committee to overlook a 30-4 team with non-conference victories over Gonzaga and Kentucky.

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