Thursday, March 8, 2018

Home Stretch

Bucknell, welcome to The Dance.  

Bubble Talk
Focusing on 10 teams that I truly believe are on the bubble.  Given the numbers, 7 are in and 3 are out.  This is my current rank order:  Providence, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, ASU, Kansas State, Syracuse, Louisville, Marquette, Baylor.

My field prognostication as of today is as follows:

#1 seeds:  Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier
#2 seeds:  Duke, North Carolina, Purdue, Auburn
#3 seeds:  Michigan,  Michigan State, Cincinnati, Tennessee
#4 seeds:  Wichita State, Clemson, Arizona, Gonzaga
#5 seeds:  Houston, Texas Tech, Miami (FL), West Virginia
#6 seeds:  Ohio State, Nevada, Florida, Seton Hall 
#7 seeds:  Arkansas, Texas A&M, Kentucky, TCU
#8 seeds:  Missouri, Creighton, Rhode Island, USC
#9 seeds:  Florida State, VA Tech, NC State , UCLA
#10 seeds:  St. Bonaventure, Saint Mary's, Butler, Providence
#11 seeds:  Middle Tennessee State*, Texas, Oklahoma, play-in:  Washington / Arizona State
#12 seeds:  Loyola-Chicago, Buffalo*, New Mexico State*, play-in:  Kansas State / Syracuse
#13 seeds:  South Dakota State, Murray State, College of Charleston, UNC Greensboro
#14 seeds:  Louisiana-Lafayette*, Vermont*, Bucknell, Montana* 
#15 seeds:  Wright State, UC Santa Barbara*, Iona, Lipscomb 
#16 seeds:  Harvard*, Radford, play-in:  SF Austin* / LIU Brooklyn, play-in: Hampton* / Prairie View*  
First Five Out:  Louisville, Marquette, Baylor, Alabama, Boise State

* presumed automatic qualifiers

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