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 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tennessee–North Carolina: Playing for a 2-seed

Tennessee and North Carolina meet Sunday afternoon in a matchup of two terrific teams. While the Tar Heels are defending national champions, the Vols have been a surprise. Wins over Purdue, NC State, and a better-than-one-thinks Mercer have catapulted Tennessee into the top 25, and coach Rick Barnes’ team has a chance to cement themselves in the national conversation.

North Carolina is still a terrific basketball team. Joel Berry is back, while Luke Maye has entered superstardom. Maye will try to defend Grant Williams, Tennessee’s electric forward averaging 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. If Williams stays out of foul trouble, (3.5 fouls per game) Tennessee has all the tools around him to knock off UNC.

Bracket implications

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports currently projects both teams as three-seeds in his latest bracket. The winning team will find themselves a top 10 team heading into conference play.

College Basketball Power Rankings: Upset Special

Don’t point out the 7-1s to Brazil.

Kansas, Texas A&M, Minnesota, Notre Dame, and Florida all lost to unranked teams. Just a typical week in college basketball.

1. Duke 11-0

The Blue Devils’ cramped schedule finally pays off, as Duke only plays three games for the rest of December. Duke put up a massive 124 points in a game against Saint Francis, including 71 in the first half. Mental.

2. Michigan State 8-1

Blowout victories over Notre Dame and North Carolina have buoyed the Spartans, and MSU keeps blowing out opponents. Rutgers is the latest opponent to stand no chance against Miles Bridges and Co.

3. Villanova 9-0

The Wildcats asserted themselves as a Final Four threat with a win over Gonzaga, an 88-72 blowout. Mikal Bridges has transformed into a star, and Jalen Brunson is a terrific point guard.

4. Miami 8-0

Nothing noteworthy, as the ‘Canes beat Boston U by 15, and remain stationary.

5. Wichita State 7-1 

The Shockers took care of South Dakota State, but the most impressive aspect is the improvement of Baylor, who Wichita State handled 69-60. Gregg Marshall’s team has a great chance at a #1 seed come March.

6. North Carolina 9-1

Many teams in this range lost, so UNC vaults a few places despite only playing Western Carolina. Luke Maye’s incredible production continues to astound the nation, but can the forward string good performances together in ACC play?

7. Kentucky 7-1

The Wildcats haven’t played anyone good other than Kansas, but continue to win games. Kentucky thanks preseason projections.

8. Xavier 8-1

The Musketeers’ meteoric rise (#12 last week) continues, as some help provides Xavier with a top 10 appearance. However, Trevon Bluiett’s inconsistency needs to resolve itself if the shooting guard wants to lead Xavier anywhere.

9. Texas A&M 7-1

In preseason, every Aggie fan would’ve taken a three point loss to preseason #2 Arizona. Now, the three-loss Wildcats seem uncertain of where they want to go. Texas A&M falls to #9, and should hang around until games against Tennessee and Kentucky.

10. Kansas 7-1

Devonte Graham is human. Kansas dropped a strange game to Washington, and falls to the ten spot. Sunday, the Jayhawks face a massive non-conference test against Arizona State.

11. Arizona State 7-0

The Sun Devils will need to get past an interesting game against St. John’s before the massive Kansas clash. Sunday will be fun.

12. Minnesota 8-2

Losing to Nebraska hurts, but the Golden Gophers could get on a roll heading into a Feb. 13 Michigan State clash. Pending Purdue, the Spartans have circled the Gophers in red.

13. West Virginia 8-1

Not only beating Virginia, but dominating the Cavaliers is what catapults WVU so high. The Mountaineers haven’t lost since the Texas A&M game, and could be the best challenger for Kansas in the Big 12.

14. Tennessee 6-1

The Vols keep winning. The latest to be trounced is Georgia Tech, which is not a given. Tennessee could be on the brink of something special. In the words of Rick Barnes, “Look at little ol’ Clemson Tennessee!”

15. Gonzaga 7-2

The Zags may be WCC favorites, but Gonzaga will need to stay close against high-quality opposition. Villanova had its way against the lackluster side. Gonzaga needs to get better.

16. Seton Hall 7-1

The Pirates wrecked Louisville and Texas Tech, and rise to the #16 spot. The Desi Rodriguez—Angel Delgado tandem is working well.

17. Notre Dame 7-2

You can’t lose to Ball State and expect not to plummet. The Irish were awful in their second loss of the season, and fall a long way.

18. Cincinnati 7-1

The Bearcats were blown out in the Crosstown Shootout by Xavier, and fall due to a nonexistent strength of schedule otherwise. Western Carolina keeps showing up on the records of top 25 teams.

19. Purdue 9-2

The Boilermakers are off to a 2-0 start in Big 10 play, and looked impressive. Expect Purdue to keep winning until a mid-January showdown with Minnesota.

20. Florida State 8-0

A demolition of Florida helps, and an undefeated record isn’t too bad either. FSU won’t drop off too much in the loaded ACC, and that’s a wonderful achievement.

21. TCU 9-0

The Horned Frogs find themselves ranked after demolishing SMU, and undefeated records look nice.

22. Baylor 6-2

The Bears didn’t play.

23. Virginia 8-2

The Cavaliers did play, and West Virginia says thanks.

24. Creighton 6-2

See Baylor.

25. USC 4-2

Argh.

First five out: Clemson, Houston, Georgia, Syracuse, Oklahoma