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 4: The Power Conference Tournaments Begin

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Basketball Power Rankings: A New #1

Duke lost to Boston College, while Arizona State went to Lawrence and knocked off Kansas. Neither neither take the top spot. Michigan State sits at 12-1 while Villanova remains undefeated. 1-2 is an entertaining debate.

1. Villanova 11-0

The Wildcats blew out Temple by 20 to remain undefeated, and vault to #1 thanks to Boston College’s huge win.

2. Arizona State 11-0

Entering the year, Arizona was #2 and their in-state rival was unranked. When the teams meet on December 30, Arizona State will be #2. It’ll be a matchup of ranked teams, and the atmosphere will be electric.

3. Duke 12-1

Losing to BC hurts, and seeing Duke at the bottom of the ACC standings is amusing. However, the Blue Devils will get back on track.

4. Michigan State 12-1 

The Spartans racked up four quick wins against weak opposition, and don’t rise in the rankings.

5. Miami 9-0

Miami played only one game the past two weeks, but the ‘Canes stayed undefeated against George Washington. Miami and Villanova are the only unbeatens to appear in every top 25.

6. Kentucky 9-1

Edit: This post was written Friday, and hasn’t accounted for Saturday’s results.

Finally the Wildcats played some quality teams, as Kentucky knocked off Monmouth and Virginia Tech. They won’t be challenged until a January 6 trip to Tennessee. (Update: UCLA disagrees)

7. Texas A&M 11-1

The SEC is shaping up to be incredible this year. The Aggies follow Kentucky as the second top-10 team, while #14 Tennessee is one of the most dangerous teams in the country. Texas A&M will face a brutal January, coming up against Tennessee, Kentucky, and Kansas. . . all on the road.

8. Xavier 11-1

J.P. Macura is outperforming Trevon Bluiett, but Xavier doesn’t mind. The flamethrowing duo is averaging a combined 31 points per game, and that number will rise when Big 12 play begins, and there’s little garbage time for the bench.

9. Wichita State 9-2

The Shockers were upset by Oklahoma, and fall a few spots. Trae Young outdueled Landry Shamet on both ends of the floor, but don’t expect that to happen to Shamet often. Markis McDuffie’s imminent return will add another explosive weapon for coach Gregg Marshall.

10. Kansas 10-2

The Jayhawks snapped out of a skid, destroying Stanford by 21. Someone circled January 6 on the calendar, as TCU comes to Lawrence in the day’s 2700th ranked matchup.

11. West Virginia 10-1

The Mountaineers haven’t lost since the season opener, but that might change when WVU faces Oklahoma on January 6, (when else?) Baylor on the 9th, and Kansas on the 15th. However, all of those games are at home.

12. North Carolina 10-2

UNC picked up a great win over a terrific Tennessee team by 5, and is in good shape heading into ACC play.

There’s just one little problem called Wofford.

13. TCU 11-0

The Horned Frogs haven’t lost since last March, and coach Jamie Dixon has TCU in the thick of Big 12 contention. The conference is incredible this year, and TCU looks to be headed for the NCAA Tournament.

14. Tennessee 8-2

While the AP Poll has the Vols #21, Tennessee has been impressive. They controlled the game against North Carolina for 35 minutes before falling short. The nation’s fifth-youngest team just needs experience finishing games, and is a genuine threat to win the SEC.

15. Purdue 12-2

The Boilermakers blew out Butler by 15 while becoming the second-highest Big 10 team in the rankings. Purdue will answer the question of Michigan State’s toughest challenger on January 13, a trip to Minnesota.

16. Cincinnati 10-2

The two-loss barrage continues with Cincinnati, the American Athletic’s second team in the rankings. The Bearcats recovered from a tough loss to Florida by knocking off formerly unbeaten Mississippi State. Then UCLA fell to the elite defense. Wichita State’s greatest challenger rises again.

17. Baylor 10-2

Sick of the Big 12 yet? Baylor hasn’t played anyone for half a month, and won’t until a stretch against Texas Tech and TCU. Oh wait, their next two games.

18. Oklahoma 9-1

Trae Young is now the frontrunner for Player of the Year after a dominating performance against Wichita State. Oklahoma shocked the Shockers, and Young followed it up with 29 points and  22 (twenty freaking two!) assists against Northwestern State. Trae Young immediately went off again for 31 points and 12 assists as Oklahoma ran Northwestern off the court.

19. Arkansas 9-2

The Razorbacks knocked off Minnesota while vaulting into the top 25. A blowout loss to Houston earlier in the year hurts, but Arkansas could start 4-1 in the SEC. However, a December 30th clash with Tennessee could see Arkansas blown out.

20. Virginia 10-1

The Cavaliers didn’t really do anything, cruising against Davidson and Savvanah State. Skip!

21. Arizona 10-3

The preseason #2 is back in the rankings with impressive victories over Alabama and Texas A&M. The nation must despise the sight of a healthy Rawle Alkins.

22. Clemson 10-1

The Tigers are quietly putting together a solid resumé, and knocking off formerly-ranked Florida eliminated any obstacle preventing Clemson from being ranked.

23. Creighton 10-2

The Bluejays pulled off a nine point win over a good Texas-Arlington team, and move up thanks to. . .

24. Seton Hall 10-2

Rutgers is 10-3! Rutgers beat Seton Hall! Will wonders never cease?

25. Minnesota 10-3

The Gophers hit their annual December rough spot, dropping games to Nebraska and Arkansas before squeaking by Drake. Minnesota will get back on track eventually, and the Big 10 should be afraid.

Rounding out the 32: Texas Tech 10-1, Florida State 11-1, Gonzaga 10-3, Notre Dame 8-3, Houston 10-2, Syracuse 10-1, Auburn 11-1.