2018 Selection Sunday Bracketology

The final day before the Madness will feature the selection show at 6:00 ET, but let’s speculate first! The top seeds seem cemented, but beyond that is rather confusing. In addition, Davidson’s upset of Rhode Island earns Stephen Curry’s alma mater an automatic bid to the tournament, popping Nebraska’s bubble.

Virginia
Villanova
Kansas
Xavier

2 seeds (#5-8)
Cincinnati
Duke
North Carolina
Tennessee

3 seeds (9-12)
Michigan State
West Virginia
Michigan
Purdue

4 seeds (13-16)
Texas Tech
Wichita St
Auburn
Gonzaga

5 seeds (17-20)
Clemson
Arizona
Houston
Kentucky

6 seeds (21-24)
Ohio St
Rhode Island
Arkansas
Miami

7 seeds (25-28)
TCU
Florida
Butler
Texas A&M

8 seeds (29-32)
Missouri
Seton Hall
Creighton
Alabama

9 seeds (33-36)
USC
St. Bonaventure
Kansas St
Virginia Tech

10 seeds (37-40)
Florida St
NC State
Providence
Nevada

11 seeds (41-45)
Loyola-Chicago
South Dakota St
Davidson
Middle Tennessee*
Oklahoma*

12 seeds (46-50)
Baylor*
Texas*
Buffalo
New Mexico St
Charleston

13 seeds (51-54)
Bucknell
Marshall
UNC Greensboro
Murray State

14 seeds (55-58)
San Diego State
Montana
Georgia State
Pennsylvania

15 seeds (59-62)
Lipscomb
Wright State
Iona
Radford

16 seeds (63-68)
SF Austin
UMBC
CS-Fullerton*
NCCU*
LIU-Brooklyn*
Texas Southern*

*denotes play-in game

First four out. . .

Nebraska
Notre Dame
Syracuse
Marquette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seven Days of Bracketology 5+6: Upsets, Blowouts, And A New #1

With a massive win over Duke, North Carolina jumps to the top line.

Of the top 45 teams in the nation, 17 play today. For now North Carolina is a top seed, while Tennessee jumps to #8 overall, good for a two seed. Providence’s unbelievable run to the Big East Championship has them up to #39 overall and a 10 seed. Oh, and Louisville loses their spot due to Nevada’s 17 point loss to San Diego State. This crazy sport. The top seeds continue below.

Virginia
Villanova
Kansas
North Carolina

2 seeds (#5-8)
Cincinnati
Duke
Xavier
Tennessee

3 seeds (9-12)
Michigan State
West Virginia
Michigan
Purdue

4 seeds (13-16)
Wichita St
Texas Tech
Auburn
Gonzaga

5 seeds (17-20)
Clemson
Arizona
Houston
Ohio St

6 seeds (21-24)
Kentucky
Arkansas
Rhode Island
Miami

7 seeds (25-28)
TCU
Florida
Butler
Texas A&M

8 seeds (29-32)
Missouri
Seton Hall
Creighton
USC

9 seeds (33-36)
Alabama
St. Bonaventure
Kansas St
Virginia Tech

10 seeds (37-40)
Florida St
NC State
Providence
Nevada

11 seeds (41-45)
Middle Tennessee
Loyola-Chicago
South Dakota State
Oklahoma*
Baylor*

12 seeds (46-50)
Texas*
Nebraska*
Vermont
New Mexico St
UL-Lafayette

13 seeds (51-54)
Buffalo
Charleston
Bucknell
UNC Greensboro

14 seeds (55-58)
Western Kentucky
Murray State
New Mexico
Montana

15 seeds (59-62)
Wright State
Pennsylvania
Lipscomb
Iona

16 seeds (63-68)
Radford
UC Irvine
SE Louisiana*
Hampton*
LIU-Brooklyn*
Ark-Pine Bluff*

*denotes play-in game

First four out. . .

Marquette
Notre Dame
Syracuse
Louisville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seven Days of Bracketology 4: The Power Conference Tournaments Begin

Something’s wrong with that image.

Hmm. . .

Now the real tournaments begin. The Big East, Pac 12, SEC, and Big 12 tournaments all start today. The ACC’s predictable first round has concluded, and Louisville-Florida State begins the wild day at 11:00.

1 seeds (#1-4)
Virginia
Villanova
Kansas
Xavier

2 seeds (5-8)
Duke
Cincinnati
Michigan State
North Carolina

3 seeds (9-12)
Auburn
Tennessee
Michigan
Texas Tech

4 seeds (13-16)
Gonzaga
Purdue
West Virginia
Wichita State

5 seeds (17-20)
Clemson
Arizona
Houston
Ohio St

6 seeds (21-24)
Kentucky
Missouri
TCU
Miami

7 seeds (25-28)
Florida
Texas A&M
Arkansas
Nevada

8 seeds (29-32)
Virginia Tech
Rhode Island
Seton Hall
Creighton

9 seeds (33-36)
NC State
Oklahoma
Butler
Florida St

10 seeds (37-40)
Arizona St
USC
St. Bonaventure
Middle Tennessee

11 seeds (41-45)
Alabama
Kansas St
Baylor
Providence*
Louisville*

12 seeds (46-50)
Texas*
Nebraska*
Loyola-Chicago
South Dakota State
Vermont

13 seeds (51-54)
New Mexico State
UL-Lafayette
Buffalo
Charleston

14 seeds (55-58)
UNC-Greensboro
Murray State
Montana
Bucknell

15 seeds (59-62)
UC Davis
Wright State
Pennsylvania
Lipscomb

16 seeds (63-68)
Iona
Radford
Nicholls State*
Hampton*
LIU-Brooklyn*
Ark-Pine Bluff*

*Denotes play-in game

First four out. . .
Syracuse
Washington
Saint Mary’s
Marquette

Seven Days of Bracketology 3: West Coast Chaos

It was a quiet Monday for power teams, but some mid-major shuffling flew under the radar. In between the two lies West Coast chaos, as BYU upset Saint Mary’s 85-72, putting the latter’s tournament hopes on life support.

The pros of the Gaels’ resume are limited to a win at Gonzaga and a 28-5 record. However, Saint Mary’s lost to Washington State (12-18, 4-14 Pac 12), Georgia (16-14, 7-11 SEC), and San Francisco (18-15, 9-9 WCC). The Gaels are in the First Four Out, and need some help to participate in the Madness.

1 seeds (#1-4)
Virginia
Villanova
Kansas
Xavier

2 seeds (5-8)
Duke
Cincinnati
Michigan State
North Carolina

3 seeds (9-12)
Auburn
Tennessee
Michigan
Texas Tech

4 seeds (13-16)
Purdue
West Virginia
Wichita State
Gonzaga

5 seeds (17-20)
Clemson
Arizona
Houston
Ohio St

6 seeds (21-24)
Kentucky
Missouri
TCU
Miami

7 seeds (25-28)
Florida
Texas A&M
Arkansas
Nevada

8 seeds (29-32)
Virginia Tech
Rhode Island
Seton Hall
Creighton

9 seeds (33-36)
NC State
Oklahoma
Butler
Florida St

10 seeds (37-40)
Arizona St
USC
St. Bonaventure
Middle Tennessee

11 seeds (41-45)
Alabama
Kansas St
Baylor
Providence*
Louisville*

12 seeds (46-50)
Texas*
Nebraska*
Loyola-Chicago
New Mexico St
UL-Lafayette

13 seeds (51-54)
South Dakota State
Vermont
Buffalo
UNC-Greensboro

14 seeds (55-58)
Murray State
Charleston
Montana
Bucknell

15 seeds (59-62)
UC Davis
Wright State
Pennsylvania
Lipscomb

16 seeds (63-68)
Wagner
Iona
Radford*
Nicholls State*
Hampton*
Ark-Pine Bluff*

*Denotes play-in game

First four out
Washington
Syracuse
Saint Mary’s
Marquette

Seven Days of Bracketology 2: Michigan Climbs

Michigan’s Big Ten Tournament win catapulted the Wolverines up to the three line, while Purdue falls to a four seed. Not much else changes, although a blowout Gonzaga win tonight could move the Zags over Clemson. On to the field!

1 seeds (#1-4)
Virginia
Villanova
Kansas
Xavier

2 seeds (5-8)
Duke
Cincinnati
Michigan State
North Carolina

3 seeds (9-12)
Auburn
Tennessee
Michigan
Texas Tech

4 seeds (13-16)
Purdue
West Virginia
Wichita State
Clemson

5 seeds (17-20)
Gonzaga
Arizona
Houston
Ohio St

6 seeds (21-24)
Kentucky
Missouri
TCU
Miami

7 seeds (25-28)
Florida
Texas A&M
Arkansas
Nevada

8 seeds (29-32)
Virginia Tech
Rhode Island
Seton Hall
Creighton

9 seeds (33-36)
NC State
Oklahoma
Butler
Florida St

10 seeds (37-40)
Arizona St
St. Mary’s
USC
St. Bonaventure

11 seeds (41-45)
Middle Tennessee
Alabama
Kansas St
Baylor*
Providence*

12 seeds (46-50)
Louisville*
Nebraska*
Loyola-Chicago
New Mexico St
UL-Lafayette

13 seeds (51-54)
Buffalo
South Dakota St
Vermont
Murray State

14 seeds (55-58)
UNC Greensboro
Charleston
Montana
Bucknell

15 seeds (59-62)
UC Davis
Wright State
Pennsylvania
Lipscomb

16 seeds (63-68)
Wagner
Iona
Radford*
Nicholls State*
Hampton*
Ark-Pine Bluff*

*Denotes play-in game

First four out
Texas
Washington
Syracuse
Marquette

Seven Days of Bracketology 1: The First Autobids Finalize

One week until Selection Sunday, college basketball has received some clarity. Conference tournaments are underway, with two teams (Radford and Lipscomb) booking their tickets to March Madness. Three top seeds seem entrenched, but Xavier could slip. Which of the two seeds will position themselves for a move up?

1 seeds (#1-4)
Virginia
Villanova
Kansas
Xavier

2 seeds (5-8)
Duke
Michigan State
Cincinnati
North Carolina

3 seeds (9-12)
Auburn
Tennessee
Purdue
Texas Tech

4 seeds (13-16)
W Virginia
Wichita St
Clemson
Michigan

5 seeds (17-20)
Gonzaga
Arizona
Houston
Ohio St

6 seeds (21-24)
Kentucky
Missouri
TCU
Miami

7 seeds (25-28)
Florida
Texas A&M
Arkansas
Nevada

8 seeds (29-32)
Virginia Tech
Rhode Island
Seton Hall
Creighton

9 seeds (33-36)
NC State
Oklahoma
Butler
Florida St

10 seeds (37-40)
Arizona St
St. Mary’s
USC
St. Bonaventure

11 seeds (41-45)
Middle Tennessee
Alabama
Kansas St
Baylor*
Providence*

12 seeds (46-50)
Louisville*
Nebraska*
Loyola-Chicago
New Mexico St
UL-Lafayette

13 seeds (51-54)
Buffalo
South Dakota St
Vermont
Murray State

14 seeds (55-58)
UNC Greensboro
Charleston
Montana
Bucknell

15 seeds (59-62)
UC Davis
Wright State
Pennsylvania
Lipscomb

16 seeds (63-68)
Wagner
Iona
Radford*
Nicholls State*
Hampton*
Ark-Pine Bluff*

Team clinched autobid

*Denotes play-in game

First four out
Texas
Washington
Syracuse
Marquette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bracketology 2018: Chaos Everywhere

Apologies for the last two inactive weeks. Life is a thing, and despite some others’ indications, I have one. Moving on. College basketball’s season is winding down, but the excitement is just beginning. To map the chaos, After the Whistle premiers a long-requested topic, bracketology.

I won’t bother with regions, because the selection committee always decides to mess it up. Comments, questions, and disputes are always welcomed in the comments. On with the chaos!

This week’s statement win belongs to. . . Wichita State. In a massive game against Cincinnati for control of the American, the Shockers came out on top. Landry Shamet led the way with 19 points, five assists, and four rebounds. The sophomore flamethrower also canned three triples, continuing a worrying trend. . . for his opponents.

It’s time to start talking about. . . Texas Tech. The Red Raiders lead the Big 12 at 10-4 in the conference, and hold the tiebreaker over fellow 10-4 Kansas due to a twelve point win in Lawrence. Add in Tech’s 16-0 record at home, and the Red Raiders are a legitimate national championship threat.

A mid-major rising is. . . Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders are dominating a solid Conference USA at 14-1 in the conference, and I have them at a 7 seed. Those in front of MTSU can’t afford to lose, or their seed will be taken by the Blue Raiders

 

1 seeds (Ranked #1-4)

Virginia
Villanova
Xavier
Texas Tech

2 seeds (#5-8)
Kansas
Auburn
Michigan State
Duke

3 seeds (#9-12)
Clemson
Tennessee
North Carolina
Purdue

4 seeds (13-16)
Wichita St
Cincinnati
Ohio St
Arizona

5 seeds (17-20)
Rhode Island
Gonzaga
W Virginia
Missouri

6 seeds (21-24)
Alabama
Creighton
Texas A&M
Florida

7 seeds (25-28)
St. Mary’s
Nevada
Middle Tennessee
Houston

8 seeds (29-32)
Michigan
Oklahoma
Kentucky
Miami

9 seeds (33-36)
Arkansas
Florida State
Arizona State
TCU

10 seeds (37-40)
Seton Hall
Butler
NC State
Virginia Tech

11 seeds (41-44)
Providence
Kansas St
St. Bonaventure
Loyola-Chicago

12 seeds (45-48)
Syracuse/Nebraska*
Texas/Louisville*
Vermont
East Tennessee State

*denotes play-in game.

13 seeds (49-52)
New Mexico St
Buffalo
UL-Lafayette
South Dakota St

14 seeds (53-56)
Charleston
Belmont
Rider
Bucknell

15 seeds (57-60)
Montana
UCSB
N Kentucky
FGCU

16 seeds (61-64)
Pennsylvania
UNC-Asheville
Wagner/Arkansas-Pine Bluff*
Nicholls State/Savannah State*

*denotes play-in game

 

Last four in

Syracuse
Texas
Louisville
Nebraska

First four out

Baylor
Boise St
UCLA
USC

Next four out

Washington
Temple
Penn St
Utah