Bracketology: March 14 (11 PM)

    
March 14th, 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 14th (early morning). Arrows indicate movement by seed. Two arrows equals a change of two seeds, etc..

  

Update as of 3/14, 10:3 PM

USC, by virtue of winning the Pac-10, and Maryland, by jumping about 15 spots in the RPI over the last few days, enter the field of 65 tonight. They knock out Penn State and South Carolina. Other upper seed changes tonight include Missouri regaining a 3 seed (they're now #10 in the RPI) and Purdue moving up to a 5 seed at the expense of Clemson. Texas A&M also moves up to a #9 seed thanks to Wisconsin's shrinking RPI #'s, while Michigan gets a 10 in place of San Diego State.

 

Unlike Lunardi, note I have San Diego State instead of Saint Mary's. In fact, I have SDSU ahead of Creighton, Minnesota, and Maryland. SDSU, with an RPI of 34, SOS of 42, and 1 game out of the top spot in the 7th ranked conference, has a good enough resume. Also, note I don't buy Lunardi's latest update of Memphis being a #1. The committee won't go for it. Duke, in fact, now with the #2 RPI, is ahead of Memphis here.

 

ONE  

Pittsburgh

North Carolina

Louisville* 

Michigan State*

 

TWO

Duke*

UCONN

Memphis***

Oklahoma 

 

THREE

Villanova

Wake Forest

Kansas

Missouri*

 

FOUR

Washington

Syracuse

Gonzaga***

Florida St

 

FIVE

Xavier

UCLA

Purdue

Illinois

 

SIX

Arizona State

Clemson

West Virginia

LSU 

 

SEVEN

Marquette

Tennessee*

Butler

Utah*

 

EIGHT

Texas

Oklahoma St

Ohio State

BYU

 

NINE

California

Dayton

Siena***

Texas A&M

 

TEN

Utah State*

Michigan

Boston College

Wisconsin

 

ELEVEN

San Diego St  

Minnesota

Maryland (new today)

Creighton

 

TWELVE

USC*  (new today)

Temple*  (new today)

Western Kentucky***

Northern Iowa***

 

THIRTEEN

VCU***   

Cleveland St***

American***

North Dakota St*** 

 

FOURTEEN

Akron*** (new today)

Binghamton***

Portland St***  

Robert Morris***

 

FIFTEEN

Stephen F Austin*

Cornell***

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 - Temple***

ACC - Duke

Atlantic Sun - ETSU***

Big 12 - Missouri

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 - Akron***

MEAC - Morgan State***

MVC - Northern Iowa***

MWC - Utah***

Northeast - Robert Morris***

Ohio Valley - Morehead State***

Pac-10 - USC***

Patriot - American***

SEC - Tennessee

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, Maryland, Creighton (last)

 

Last Out: Saint Mary's, Auburn, Penn St, UNLV

Further Four: Arizona, New Mexico, South Carolina, Providence

 

Dropped Out In Latest Update (at-large): South Carolina, (for USC (Pac-10 champs, Maryland)

 

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