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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…

Bracketology: Baylor leads countdown to Selection Sunday

February 3, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015With the Super Bowl behind us, we look ahead toward Selection Sunday.

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As the final month of the regular season begins, Baylor continues to lead our projected Field of 68.  The Bears cruised through December and January without a scratch and haven’t lost since November 8.  While it’s too early to begin throwing the word “lock” around, Baylor is in prime position to be one of this year’s No. 1 seeds when the Selection Committee reveals its bracket.

It’s looking more and more like Kansas will be in the mix again, too – along with both Gonzaga and San Diego State.  The Bulldogs and Aztecs will be favored in most if not all of their remaining games, with SDSU showcasing a perfect 22-0 record. Read more…

Bracketology: Baylor strengthens its grip on the No. 1 overall seed

January 27, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Baylor continues to strengthen its grip on the No. 1 overall seed.  The Bears won their fifth true road game (5-0 in opportunities) of the season at Florida on Saturday.  They are No. 1 in the NCAA’s NET ratings, 6-1 in Quadrant 1 games and 10-1 against Quadrant 1 and 2 opponents combined.  Baylor hasn’t lost since November 8, a nearly three-month stretch of perfection.

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Elsewhere, the top line remains in tact.  There’s room for debate across lines two through four. It’ll be interesting to see how the Selection Committee views the profiles of teams like Florida State, Louisville and Duke in the weeks ahead.  Unless something changes, there will be fewer Quad 1 opportunities in this year’s Atlantic Coast Conference.

Tracking the Bubble is going to keep you busy.  It’s several lines deep into the bracket today.  The margins between a nine seed and an 11-seeded play-in team are minimal.  And that’s not factoring in the next 8-12 teams knocking on the door.

Bracketology: Top seeds remain in place

January 24, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s been a while since we could say this:  All four No. 1 seeds remained in place between bracket updates: Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas and San Diego State.

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Elsewhere, more than a handful of teams still have significant resume questions.  And several current bubble teams have important showdowns this weekend – including key matchups in the Big 12 / SEC Challenge.

On a closing note … remember that the Selection Committee evaluates a team’s entire profile, from beginning to end.  How a team performed in its last ten games is no longer an official criteria (although each Committee member may have his or her own perspective on its importance).  So while Ohio State and Michigan, as examples, have both struggled of late, each team’s early wins remain relevant considerations with regard to team sheet evaluation.

Quick Takes: It’s getting late early for UVA

January 21, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s starting to get late early for Virginia.

As the Cavaliers’ offensive struggles continue, so does their NCAA tournament profile.  Ranked 60th in the NCAA’s NET ratings on Monday morning, UVA dropped its third home game of the season, falling by two points to NC State.  If nothing else, it was a missed opportunity to parlay a home game into a victory over another team fighting for a tournament bid.

Further hampering UVA is the simple fact that this year’s ACC isn’t as loaded with NCAA-quality wins.  Which brings us here: there’s both good and bad news ahead.  The Cavaliers’ closing schedule is both challenging and opportunistic.  They have a home date with Florida State next week, two games against Louisville and a visit from Duke.   Assuming UVA avoids further unexpected losses (like South Carolina and Boston College), there’s still time to recover.  But it’s definitely feeling late early in Charlottesville. Read more…

Bracketology: Baylor leads, Big Ten reigns

January 17, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015One bracket decision was easy today: Baylor as the No. 1 overall seed.  The Bears are 5-1 against Quadrant 1 teams, have a win at Kansas, and haven’t lost since dropping a close game to Washington in early November.

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Elsewhere, the Big Ten reigns, filling up the field with a dozen teams.  Much of that has to do with the strength and depth of the conference, with quality wins available almost every night and home teams rarely losing.  Another contributing factor is fewer contenders in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big 12, and even the Southeastern Conference (SEC).  Whether those trends continue remains to be seen.  Ultimately, the Big Ten is more likely to end up with nine or ten bids.

In a close call, Butler remains the final No. 1 seed, but loses its Midwest route to Kansas.  The Bulldogs depth of wins against teams in the Field was the difference.  But one could make an equally compelling and accurate case for San Diego State.