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Bracketology: Gonzaga, Baylor against the Field

February 13, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015We are a month away from Selection Sunday, and as we sit today, it’s Gonzaga and Baylor against the Field of 68.  The Zags and Bears remain perfect and are about as locked-in as the top two overall seeds as two teams can be.  This morning, Michigan and Ohio State continue to occupy the other two slots along the top line.  It will be interesting to see how the Selection Committee handles a team like the Wolverines, who have just one blemish and lead the Big Ten, but who haven’t played for two weeks.  The Committee’s initial Top 16 seeds are revealed today.

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Elsewhere, many eyes will be on the Missouri Valley as Drake and Loyola-Chicago lock horns for a back-to-back set this weekend in Des Moines.  In a weird way, it would help the MVC if the teams split those games.  The bubble is as fluid as ever; we’ll start taking a closer look there after what figures to be a critical weekend for many teams.

Bracketology: Top line stays steady

January 30, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015As February approaches, Gonzaga and Baylor remain atop the bracket, and it will take more than one loss from either to change that.  Heading into a busy weekend, the rest of the top line stays steady, with Michigan and Villanova holding the final No. 1 seeds.  Houston keeps winning and a continued dominant run through the American Athletic Conference would keep the Cougars in the conversation for a one-seed.

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With the exception of aforementioned Michigan (thus far), the Big Ten continues its internal assault on each other, with Illinois taking down Iowa on Friday night.  The league currently has six teams on the top six seed lines, with four stashed along lines 3-4 and five among the top 15 teams on the Seed List.

Although Virginia’s resume certainly has some question marks, the Cavaliers grab the final No. 2 seed this morning, based on its overall record, metrics and status as ACC leader.  They could be re-passed by numerous Big Ten contenders if some separation develops.  Enjoy a busy weekend.  More frequent updates ahead.

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Seed List: Gonzaga, Baylor lead the Field

December 26, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015The opening Seed List here at Bracketville has many questions – and we don’t yet know exactly how the potential bracket will shape up, including the number of teams.  Fortunately, the top line was a pretty easy set-up: Gonzaga, Baylor, Kansas and Villanova.

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After that, it gets more tricky – as teams try to navigate schedules, postponements and the potential loss of players due to quarantines.  As a result, resumes offer us a predictably mixed bag.  Some teams have played multiple games against quality opponents.  Others have yet to face a notable foe, for whatever reason.  We also have some questions about Oklahoma State’s availability for the tournament; stay tuned.

So … take this for what it is, a snapshot at the moment of publication.  Right now, the first bracket is scheduled to arrive on New Year’s Day.  Until then, best wishes for a healthy Holiday season.

Bracketology: Kansas grabs overall No. 1 Seed

February 24, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Following its win at Baylor, Kansas grabs the No. 1 overall seed in today’s bracket update.  That said, it’s basically semantics. Kansas continues to lead the Midwest Region and Baylor the South Region.  The margin between the two is more of a 1-A and 1-B approach.

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The biggest surprise of the weekend was San Diego State losing at home to UNLV.  For now, the Aztecs hold onto their No. 1 seed in the East.  Maryland could have made a strong case had the Terrapins won at Ohio State on Sunday.  Either way, the door is now open for a Big Ten, Big East, or ACC champion to potentially overtake SDSU. Dayton is squarely in the mix, too.

As for the Bubble, the Providence Friars and UCLA Bruins have both recovered from challenging starts to emerge as serious at-large contenders.

 

Bracketology: Selection Committee tabs Gonzaga for West Region

February 10, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015There’s been a lot of discussion about whether Gonzaga or San Diego State would be the No. 1 seed in the West Region if today were Selection Sunday.  We got a glimpse into how the Selection Committee would handle that debate on Saturday, and the Committee placed Gonzaga in the West – with San Diego State slotted to the East Region.

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Overall, there were no surprises on the top line, with Baylor entrenched as the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Kansas.  The Bears would lead the South, with KU in the Midwest.  That’s how the bracket here has looked for about three weeks.

In all, 15 of the 16 top four seed lines in Friday’s bracket projection were the same as those revealed by the Selection Committee (with a couple variations in the order).  The one difference … Kentucky was No. 16 on the Seed List here; Michigan State was the Committee’s No. 16 team (the final No. 4 seed) before games this past weekend. Read more…