Monday, February 2, 2015

The "Recovering From the Super Bowl" Bracketology

Welcome to February, friends. Hope you all enjoyed the Super Bowl as much as I did. That was an amazing game. Congratulations to the New England Patriots on winning the Super Bowl and to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick on winning their fourth Super Bowl together.

But now it's all about college basketball, as we are less than six weeks from Selection Sunday on March 15. A wild weekend saw Virginia suffer their first defeat to Duke, but remain No. 2 on the seed list, since they do only have one loss. Duke, however, did move up to No. 4, making them the last No. 1 seed in today's bracket, heading the South Region. Kentucky and Gonzaga remain on the top line with them.

One adjustment I made to the bracket: Going through conference leaders and using head-to-head to break ties, I noticed that San Diego State had a H2H victory over Wyoming, therefore the Aztecs have the auto-bid from the Mountain West and Wyoming now sits among the first four out. With Wyoming out, St. John's and Ole Miss are among the last four in. The Johnnies moved into the field after completing the season sweep of Providence and the Rebels moved in after Wyoming was taken out. George Washington and Old Dominion are the other two at-large teams currently slatted for Dayton.

Here now is the full bracket. (Link to Bracket Matrix)

Last Four Byes: Oklahoma State, Xavier, Texas A&M, Miami (FL)
Last Four In: George Washington, St. John's, Old Dominion, Ole Miss
First Four Out: Tennessee, North Carolina State, Kansas State, Wyoming
Next Four Out: Davidson, Temple, Illinois, Florida

Conference Rundown:
Big 12 - 7
Big East - 7
ACC - 6
Big Ten - 6
SEC - 6
American Athletic - 3
Atlantic 10 - 3
Pac 12 - 3
Mountain West - 2
Conference USA - 2
Missouri Valley - 2
One-bid leagues - 21

Teams like Tennessee and NC State were helped by other bubble teams falling over the weekend (Kansas State losing to Kansas, Davidson losing to St. Joseph's). NC State, of course, nailed a three at the buzzer from Trevor Lacey to defeat Georgia Tech that might have saved their season.

Florida is creeping up a bit after their win over Arkansas but they still have some work to do, having to overcome an underwhelming non-conference output. Saturday's game against Kentucky is a great place to start.

And if you want to talk about underwhelming, look no further than the soon-to-be former national champion UConn Huskies. Kevin Ollie's team is 11-9 after a stunning loss at Houston, who was 0-8 in AAC play entering Sunday. UConn is also currently outside the RPI top 100. The only way the Huskies will get a shot at defending their title is by winning the AAC Tournament. Luckily for UConn, that takes place only about 40 minutes from campus, in Hartford, CT.

One more note, all the best wishes to VCU's Briante Weber. You always hate to see a great guy like Weber have his college career cut short by an injury, but unfortunately, that's what happen to Weber. The VCU guard tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus against Richmond on Saturday. We'll see how the Rams fare after this, but everyone will tell you Weber epitomized HAVOC.

We'll be back here on Friday to prep for what should be another exciting weekend. Until then, here are some games to keep an eye on until then. (All times EST)


Virginia at North Carolina, 7:00, ESPN
Iowa State at Kansas, 9:00, ESPN
Florida A&M at North Carolina Central, 7:30
Green Bay at Wright State, 8:00
Alabama A&M at Texas Southern, 9:00, ESPNU


Georgia at Kentucky, 7:00, ESPNU
Indiana at Wisconsin, 7:00, ESPN
Louisville at Miami (FL), 8:00, ESPN3
West Virginia at Oklahoma, 8:00, ESPN2
Northern Iowa at Indiana State, 7:05
St. John's at Butler, 7:00, FOX Sports 1
UNC Asheville at Coastal Carolina, 7:00
Radford at High Point, 7:00
Mississippi State at Tennessee, 7:00, SEC Network
North Carolina State at Wake Forest, 8:00, ESPN3
Virginia Tech at Syracuse, 9:00, ESPNU
Seton Hall at DePaul, 9:00, FOX Sports 1
Florida at Vanderbilt, 9:00, ESPN
South Carolina at Arkansas, 9:00, SEC Network
Rutgers at Illinois, 9:30, Big Ten Network


Georgia Tech at Duke, 7:00, ESPN2
Marquette at Villanova, 7:00, FOX Sports 1
Boston College at Notre Dame, 7:00, ESPN3
Wichita State at Bradley, 8:00, ESPN3
VCU at George Mason, 7:00, CBS Sports Network
Penn State at Maryland, 8:30, Big Ten Network
Oklahoma State at Texas, 8:00, Longhorn Network
TCU at Baylor, 8:30, ESPNEWS
Providence at Georgetown, 9:00, CBS Sports Network
Temple at South Florida, 6:30, ESPNEWS
Ohio State at Purdue, 6:30, Big Ten Network
Bucknell at Lafayette, 7:00
Kent State at Western Michigan, 7:00
Akron at Ohio, 7:00, ESPN3
St. Bonaventure at Davidson, 7:00
New Hampshire at Albany, 7:00, ESPN3
Texas A&M at Ole Miss, 7:00, SEC Network
Youngstown State at Cleveland State, 7:00, ESPN3
Detroit at Valapraiso, 8:05
Kansas State at Texas Tech, 9:00, ESPNU
Creighton at Xavier, 9:00, FOX Sports 1
Colorado State at Wyoming, 9:00
San Diego State at Nevada, 10:00


Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 11:00, ESPN2
Tulsa at Houston, 7:00, ESPNEWS
Colgate at Holy Cross, 7:00, CBS Sports Network
Wofford at East Tennessee State, 7:00
St. Francis (NY) at Central Connecticut State, 7:00
Iowa at Michigan, 7:00, ESPN
Auburn at LSU, 7:00, ESPN2
Georgia State at Georgia Southern, 7:30
William & Mary at College of Charleston, 7:30
New Mexico State at Chicago State, 8:00
Milwaukee at Green Bay, 8:00, ESPN3
Eastern Washington at Montana
Cincinnati at SMU, 9:00, ESPN
Louisiana Tech, 9:00, CBS Sports Network
UCLA at Stanford, 9:00, ESPN2
Belmont at Eastern Kentucky, 9:00
BYU at Pepperdine, 11:00

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