Bracketology: March 12

    
March 11th, 2009

The Bracketology field is based on how the tourney looks "as of this moment." Arrows indicate the amount of seeds a team moved since the last update. (Just because a team won or lost doesn't necessarily mean they'll move substantially though.)

 

Why should you care what I have to say? Did you know, last year I was considered to have one of the Top 2 or 3 brackets (depending on the scoring rubric) amongst 53 national experts including Joe Lunardi, Gary Parrish and the like).

 

Movement:

Previous update was March 9th (After Sunday play was completed). Arrows indicate movement by seed. Two arrows equals a change of two seeds, etc..

 

Most of the top teams have been idle the last couple days, so no major changes at the top. Gonzaga moves into the top 5 seed, and is on the verge of being a 4 if Florida St slips up. Texas A&M is the big loser of the week, falling to Texas Tech in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament. I still have them hanging on as a 10 seed, but their loss allows Oklahoma St to regain some position. (Note that this article is up before the RPI has been updated, and I'm assuming A&M drops to the 33-34 range of the RPI.. if they drop farther, perhaps I'll reseed them in the following update.) Chattanooga winning the SoCon mixes up the bottom seeds, as they seemed primed to play in the play-in game.  Cleveland St of course takes an at-large team's spot away, and allows WKU to get a 12 seed. (Lastly I'm going to bed before the Big Sky championship is finished, but I assume it will be Portland St).

 

ONE  

Pittsburgh

North Carolina*

Louisville* 

Michigan State*

 

TWO

UCONN

Memphis*

Oklahoma 

Duke

 

THREE

Kansas*

Wake Forest

Villanova

Washington*

 

FOUR

Missouri

Clemson

UCLA

Florida St

 

FIVE

Gonzaga*

Syracuse

Xavier*

Illinois

 

SIX

Purdue

LSU* 

Marquette

West Virginia

 

SEVEN

BYU

Arizona State

Tennessee

Butler

 

EIGHT

Utah*

Texas

California

Wisconsin

 

NINE

Dayton

Ohio State

Boston College

Oklahoma St

 

TEN

Michigan

Utah State*

Siena***

Texas A&M

 

ELEVEN

Penn St

South Carolina

San Diego St  

Minnesota

 

TWELVE

Saint Mary's

New Mexico

Western Kentucky***

Northern Iowa***

 

THIRTEEN

VCU***   

Cleveland St*** (new today)

American*

North Dakota St*** 

 

FOURTEEN

Portland St*  

Binghamton*

Buffalo*

Robert Morris***

 

FIFTEEN

Cornell***

Stephen F Austin*

ETSU*** 

Morgan State*

 

SIXTEEN + ONE

Radford***

Morehead St***

CS Northridge

Chattanooga***  (new today) / Alabama St*

 

* = Conference Leader

*** = Automatic Bid

Bold = Tournament Bid

 

League Leaders/Winners (31)

- Leaders are merely the first place team in the standings as of today. Ties are given to the higher RPI team.

 

America East - Binghamton

A-10 - Xavier

ACC - North Carolina

Atlantic Sun - ETSU***

Big 12 - Kansas

Big East - Louisville

Big Sky - Portland St

Big South - Radford***

Big Ten - Michigan State

Big West - CS Northridge

CAA - VCU***

Conference USA - Memphis

Horizon - Cleveland St***

Ivy - Cornell***

MAAC - Siena***

MAC - Buffalo

MEAC - Morgan State

MVC - Northern Iowa***

MWC - Utah

Northeast - Robert Morris***

Ohio Valley - Morehead State***

Pac-10 - Washington

Patriot - American

SEC - LSU

Southern - Chattanooga***

Southland - Stephen F. Austin

SWAC - Alabama St

Summit - North Dakota St***

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky***

WAC - Utah St

WCC - Gonzaga***

*** = Locked Up Automatic Bid

 

Last In: San Diego St, Minnesota, Saint Mary's, New Mexico (last)

 

Last Out: Providence, Creighton, UNLV, Arizona

Further Four: Florida, Miami, Davidson, Temple

 

Dropped Out Today (at-large): Providence (Cleveland St win took their spot)

 

Thoughts? Post 'em below: