Bracketology: What Should Have Been

    
March 18th, 2008

All season long with Daily Bracketology I project what the selection committee would do.  And now we know what they did do. But what about what they should have done. Taking the 65 teams that made the Big Dance, here is the field that I would have created with actual seed in parentheses.

 

ONE

North Carolina* (1)

Memphis* (1)

UCLA* (1)

Kansas* (1)

 

TWO

Tennessee (2)

Texas (2)

Georgetown (2)

Wisconsin* (3)

 

THREE

Duke (2)

Xavier (3)

Stanford (3)

Drake* (5)

 

FOUR

Pittsburgh (4)

Louisville (3)

UCONN (4)

Butler* (7)

 

FIVE

Vanderbilt (4)

Clemson (5)

Washington State (4)

Notre Dame (5)

 

SIX

Michigan State (5)

Marquette (6)

USC (6)

Indiana (8)

 

SEVEN

Purdue (6)

Arkansas (9)

West Virginia (7)

Gonzaga (7)

 

EIGHT

Miami (FL) (7)

Oklahoma (6)

BYU (8)

Kent State* (9)

 

NINE

Mississippi State (8)

UNLV* (8)

Texas A&M (9)

Saint Mary's  (10)

 

TEN

South Alabama (10)

Kansas State (11)

St. Joseph's (11)

Kentucky (11)

 

ELEVEN

Temple* (12)

Baylor (11)

Villanova (12)

Oregon (9)

 

TWELVE

Davidson* (10)

Arizona (10)

Western Kentucky* (12)

George Mason* (12)

 

THIRTEEN

San Diego* (13)

Oral Roberts* (13)

Cornell* (14)

Georgia* (14)

 

FOURTEEN

Winthrop* (13)

Boise State* (14)

Siena* (13)

Belmont* (15)

 

FIFTEEN

Austin Peay* (15)

CS Fullerton* (14)

American* (15)

UMBC* (15)

 

SIXTEEN + ONE

Portland State* (16)

UT-Arlington* (16)

Mount St Mary's*  (P-I Game)

Coppin State* (P-I Game) / Mississippi Valley St* (16)

 

* = Conference champion