Bracketology: March 9th

    
March 8th, 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 6th (Friday afternoon). Arrows indicate movement by seed. Two arrows equals a change of two seeds, etc..

 

Pittsburgh returns to the #1 overall seed, while fellow Big East team Louisville moves to #1. UCONN has had a better overall season than Michigan State, but I don't see the committee giving the Big East 3 #1 seeds. Pac-10 leader Washington moves up to a 3rd seed, their best of the season. Texas A&M is moving off the bubble, into virtual lock status. Michigan & New Mexico move into the field for the first time, and the Wolverines jump in all the way up in the 10 group. Rhode Island falls out a few days after making the field for the first time, while UNLV drops out for the first time in months (5th in the MWC and an RPI of 55 doesn't bode well). Northern Iowa earned the MVC bid today, and I currently have Creighton as the last team out.  Meanwhile, Davidson got knocked out of the SoCon tourney, and isn't good enough for an at-large bid (68 RPI, 1-4 against Top 50).

 

Error note: Binghamton replaces Vermont in a late update. UVM lost in the AE tourney, setting up a UMBC/Binghamton finals.

 

ONE  

Pittsburgh

North Carolina*

Louisville* 

Michigan State*

 

TWO

UCONN

Memphis*

Oklahoma 

Duke

 

THREE

Wake Forest

Kansas*

Villanova

Washington*

 

FOUR

Missouri

Clemson

UCLA

Florida St

 

FIVE

Syracuse

Xavier*

Gonzaga*

Illinois

 

SIX

Purdue

LSU* 

Butler*

Marquette

 

SEVEN

West Virginia

BYU

Tennessee

Arizona State

 

EIGHT

Utah*

Texas

California

Wisconsin

 

NINE

Dayton

Ohio State

Texas A&M

Boston College

 

TEN

Penn St

Utah State*

Siena*

Michigan (new today)

 

ELEVEN

Oklahoma St

South Carolina

San Diego St  

Minnesota

 

TWELVE

Saint Mary's

New Mexico (new today)

Northern Iowa*** (new today)

Providence

 

THIRTEEN

VCU 

Western Kentucky*

Charleston* (new today)

American*

 

FOURTEEN

Weber St*  

Vermont*  Binghamton* (new today)

Buffalo* (new today)

North Dakota St* 

 

FIFTEEN

Cornell***

Stephen F Austin*

Robert Morris*

ETSU***  (new today)

 

SIXTEEN + ONE

Morehead St*** (new today)

CS Northridge

Morgan State*

Radford*** / 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 - Weber St

Big South - Radford***

Big Ten - Michigan State

Big West - CS Northridge

CAA - VCU

Conference USA - Memphis

Horizon - Butler

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 - Davidson

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: Minnesota, Saint Mary's, New Mexico, Providence (last)

 

Last Out: Creighton, UNLV, Arizona, Davidson

Further Four: Florida, Miami, Temple, Illinois St

 

Dropped Out Today (at-large): Rhode Island, UNLV  (for Michigan, New Mexico)

 

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