NCAA Bracketology: UNC Drops 5 Seeds

    
January 26th, 2010

The weekly Bracketology field is based on how the tourney looks "as of this moment." The field below is not necessarily who I think deserves to be in, but simply a prediction of what the committee would do as things stand. In late February, I release Bracketology updates daily as the season approaches crunch time.

 

Why should you care what I have to say? In 2007 & 2008,  I was considered to have one of the Top 2 or 3 brackets amongst 53 national experts including Joe Lunardi, Gary Parrish and the like. (Admittedly my 2009 final bracket was rather weak.. not sure what happened. Can't win 'em all.)

 

Notes:

Arrows indicate movement by seed. Green indicates new to the field this week. Conference champions are not my end of season predictions, but current leaders. (Ties atop conference standings go to the higher RPI team).

   

ONE  

Kentucky**

Kansas**

Villanova**

Syracuse

 

TWO

Michigan State**

Duke

Texas

West Virginia

 

THREE

Kansas State

Purdue

Georgetown 

Tennessee

 

FOUR

Temple**

Gonzaga**

Wisconsin

BYU**

 

FIVE

Pittsburgh

Vanderbilt

Ole Miss

Georgia Tech

 

SIX

Baylor

New Mexico

Butler**

UCONN

 

SEVEN

Clemson

Northern Iowa**

Ohio St

UAB**

 

EIGHT

Mississippi St

Florida State

Wake Forest

Texas A&M

 

NINE

California**

Xavier

Oklahoma St  

St. Mary's

 

TEN

Missouri

Cornell** 

Dayton

UNLV

 

ELEVEN

Rhode Island

Old Dominion**  

Maryland**

William & Mary

 

TWELVE

North Carolina

Siena**

Richmond

Cincinnati

 

THIRTEEN

Louisiana Tech**

Northwestern

Murray State**

Charleston**

 

FOURTEEN

Oakland**

Weber St**

Coastal Carolina**

Pacific**

 

FIFTEEN

Sam Houston St**

Arkansas St**

Morgan St**

Maine**

 

SIXTEEN + ONE

Central Michigan**

Lehigh**

Campbell**

Quinnipiac** / Texas Southern**

 

** = Automatic Bid

 

 

League Leaders/Winners (31)

- Leaders throughout the season are merely the first place team in the standings as of the update, and not projected winners. Ties go to the higher RPI team. New teams this week in green.

 

America East - Maine

A-10 - Temple

ACC - Maryland

Atlantic Sun - Campbell

Big 12 - Kansas

Big East - Villanova

Big Sky - Weber St

Big South - Coastal Carolina

Big Ten - Michigan St

Big West - Pacific

CAA - Old Dominion

Conference USA - UAB

Horizon - Butler

Ivy - Cornell

MAAC - Siena

MAC - Central Michigan

MEAC - Morgan St

MVC - Northern Iowa

MWC - BYU

Northeast - Quinnipiac

Ohio Valley - Murray St

Pac-10 - California

Patriot - Lehigh

SEC - Kentucky

Southern - Charleston

Southland - Sam Houston St

SWAC - Texas Southern

Summit - Oakland

Sun Belt - Arkansas St

WAC - Louisiana Tech

WCC - Gonzaga

*** = Locked Up Automatic Bid

 

Last In: Richmond, Virginia Tech, Northwestern, Notre Dame

 

Last Out: Arizona St, Notre Dame, Florida, Virginia Tech

Further Four: Seton Hall, Louisville, Tulsa, Virginia

 

Dropped Out Of Field (at-large): Arizona St, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech