Monday, March 6, 2017

8 days until the NCAA tournament field of 68 tips off

Conference tournaments in full swing.  Tournament favorites such as Belmont and Monmouth are dropping like flies.  

My field prognostication as of today is as follows:

  • #1 seeds:  Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas, Gonzaga
  • #2 seeds:  Baylor, Louisville, Kentucky, Florida
  • #3 seeds:  Duke, Florida St., Butler, UCLA
  • #4 seeds:  Oregon, Arizona, Virginia, Purdue
  • #5 seeds:  West Virginia, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Creighton
  • #6 seeds:  Cincinnati, Dayton, St. Mary's, SMU
  • #7 seeds:  Iowa State, Wisconsin, Maryland, South Carolina 
  • #8 seeds:  Oklahoma State, Miami (FL), Arkansas, Michigan St.
  • #9 seeds:  Michigan, VCU, Virginia Tech, Xavier  
  • #10 seeds:  Seton Hall, Providence, Wichita State, Northwestern
  • #11 seeds:  Vanderbilt, Marquette, Rhode Island, Wake Forest, USC, Syracuse
  • #12 seeds:  Middle Tenn. St.*, TX Arlington*, N.C. Wilmington*, Nevada*
  • #13 seeds:  Iona*, Vermont*, Princeton*, Akron*
  • #14 seeds:  Winthrop, E. Tennessee St.*, Valparaiso*, CSU Bakersfield*
  • #15 seeds:  Bucknell*, Fla Gulf Coast, N. Dak. St.*, North Dakota*
  • #16 seeds:  Jacksonville State, UC Irvine*, North Carolina Central*, Mount St Mary's*, New Orleans*, Texas Southern*
  • First four out:  Kansas State, Illinois, Iowa, California

* presumed automatic qualifiers

    Bubble talk
    Ilinois and California with devastating blows to their chances over the weekend losing to Rutgers and Colorado respectively.  Wake Forest with another big win, this time over VA Tech, that puts them in the field.  Syracuse hanging on by a thread with a similar profile to last year highlighted by a 6-7 record against the RPI top 50.

    Bracket Matrix
    Check this site out.  Great compilation of expert and amateur bracket projections.