Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bracketology 3/2/17

It was a very interesting night on the bubble as a lot of teams on the 9 and 10 lines lost (Michigan State, Xavier, Michigan, VCU) and lots of teams closer to the cut line won (Wake Forest, Illinois, Marquette). As a result, I had a lot of trouble seeding the 9-11 lines and I might change them up a little bit over the next few days. Regardless, Illinois is in my field for the first time since January 23rd after their win over Michigan State, and Wake Forest is in for now as well after a win over Louisville. The loss knocked the Cardinals down to the 2-line, and I picked Gonzaga to replace them although I seriously considered Baylor and Oregon as well.

Tonight on the bubble, Cal looks for an important road win @Utah, Houston faces a must-win @Cincinnati, and Middle Tennessee looks to cruise against FIU.

1: Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina, Gonzaga
2: Baylor, Oregon, Louisville, Kentucky
3: Butler, Duke, Florida, Arizona
4: Florida State, UCLA, Virginia, Purdue
5: Minnesota, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Cincinnati
6: Creighton, SMU, St. Mary's, Wisconsin
7: Dayton, Iowa State, Maryland, Virginia Tech
8: South Carolina, Miami (FL), Oklahoma State, Northwestern
9: Arkansas, Wichita State, Xavier, Michigan
10: Providence, Seton Hall, Michigan State, Marquette
11: VCU, USC, (Wake Forest/Illinois), Middle Tennessee
12: (Syracuse/Rhode Island), UNC Wilmington, Nevada, UT-Arlington
13: Monmouth, Vermont, Princeton, Belmont
14: East Tennessee State, Bucknell, Akron, Valparaiso
15: UNC Asheville, Cal State Bakersfield, Florida Gulf Coast, South Dakota
16:UC Irvine, North Dakota, (North Carolina Central/New Orleans), (Mount St. Mary's/Texas Southern)

First Four Out: Kansas State, Illinois State, Vanderbilt, California
Next Four Out: Georgia Tech, Clemson, Houston, Georgia
Also Considered: Ohio State, TCU, Indiana, Texas Tech

Moving In: Wake Forest, Illinois
Moving Out: Illinois State, Vanderbilt
Removed From Consideration: Tennessee, Mississippi

Bids by Conference:
ACC: 10
Big Ten: 8   
Big East: 7
Big 12: 5
SEC: 4
Pac-12: 4
Atlantic 10: 3
American: 2 
West Coast: 2

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