Monday, February 1, 2010

Bracket Watch - Feburary 1st

I had an idea on what has happened to three teams whom at the start of the year were supposed to be in good shape for the field 65, but I'll put it in a post of it's own. You'll get the idea of who they are towards the end of the projections, which are done as if the season ended last night.

Final four pairings
Midwest(1) vs. West(4)
East(2) vs. South(3)

Midwest region

@Oklahoma City
1-Kansas(Big 12) vs. 16-Robert Morris(Northeast)
8-Clemson vs. 9-Texas-El Paso(Conference USA)
4-Gonzaga(West Coast) vs. 13-Arizona(Pacific-10)
5-New Mexico vs. 12-Dayton
2-Georgetown vs. 15-Morgan State(Mid-Eastern)
7-Charlotte vs. 10-Cornell(Ivy)
3-Purdue vs. 14-George Mason(Colonial)
6-Wake Forest vs. 11-Florida

West region

1-Kentucky(Southeastern) vs. 16-Jacksonville(Atlantic Sun)
8-Florida State vs. 9-St. Mary's
@San Jose
4-Baylor vs. 13-Oakland(Summit)
5-Brigham Young(Mountain West) vs. 12-New Mexico State(Western Athletic)
2-Michigan State(Big Ten) vs. 15-Weber State(Big Sky)
7-Xavier(Atlantic 10) vs. 10-Siena(Metro Atlantic)
3-West Virginia vs. 14-College of Charleston(Southern)
6-Missouri vs. 11-Wichita State

East Region

1-Villanova(Big East) vs. 16-Stony Brook(America East)
8-Mississippi vs. 9-Oklahoma State
@San Jose
4-Ohio State vs. 13-Murray State(Ohio Valley)
5-Georgia Tech vs. 12-Old Dominion
@Oklahoma City
2-Kansas State vs. 15-Coastal Carolina(Big South)
7-Northern Iowa(Missouri Valley) vs. California
@New Orleans
3-Vanderbilt vs. 14-Pacific(Big West)
6-Butler(Horizon) vs. 11-Cincinnati

South region

1-Syracuse vs. 16-Opening Round winner
Opening Round: Lehigh(Patriot) vs. Jackson State(Southwestern)
8-Texas A&M vs. 9-Nevada-Las Vegas
4-Tennessee vs. 13-Kent State(Mid-American)
5-Temple vs. 12-UAB
2-Duke(Atlantic Coast) vs. 15-Sam Houston State(Southland)
7-Pittsburgh vs. 10-Rhode Island
@New Orleans
3-Texas vs. 14-Arkansas State(Sun Belt)
6-Wisconsin vs. 11-Mississippi State

Last four in the field: Cincinnati, Florida, Dayton, Old Dominion
First four left out: Connecticut, North Carolina, Illinois, Marquette
Next four left out: Tulsa, South Carolina, Maryland, Louisville
Also on board: Miami(FL), Virginia, Virginia Tech, Richmond, Notre Dame, St. John's, Seton Hall, South Florida, Minnesota, Northwestern, Texas Tech, Virginia Commonwealth, William & Mary, Memphis, Green Bay, San Diego State, Arizona State, Washington, Alabama, Western Carolina, Utah State

Who's In: Stony Brook, Jacksonville, Dayton, Cincinnati, George Mason, UTEP, Kent State, Wichita State, Robert Morris, Arizona, Sam Houston State, Jackson State, New Mexico State
Who's Out: Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, Campbell, Connecticut, Louisville, Seton Hall, Northeastern, Central Michigan, Quinnipiac, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Louisiana Tech

Note: There will be three polls this week instead of two, the third one asks who will win Super Bowl XLIV. The polls will be up shortly.


  1. Nice job on the bracket. You do a very good job and i enjoy your site. I had a question about Wichita State. Do the Shockers need to win at NIU to remain in the bracket? Thank you and keep up the great work!

  2. Why do some bracket projections include Connecticut? The Huskies havent won a single road game and lost some conference games at home.
    What are your thoughts on the A-10? Can they attain 5 bids? I was surprised to see you had Florida in over Richmond. The Spiders won in Gainesville.

  3. Not only did richmond beat florida. They also defeated ODU. Miss. St. and Mizzou. All 4 of those teams are in most of the bracket predictions. In contrast, virginia tech had 0 non-conference wins over teams in the brackets. Richmond deserves a bid because of they're strong non-conference resume.

  4. How in the world do you have Wisconsin as a 6 seed (they are currently in a 3 seed at worst)? Only a handfull of teams have a resume close to Wisconsins. They are 5-1 vs ranked opponents (ranked 9th in RPI, top 10 SOS), have beaten, Ohio St, Michigan St, Purdue, and Duke, yet you have all of those teams ahead of them by a large margin. UW has a harder schedule, better record and 20 points higher ranking in the RPI than Ohio St. and that is missing their best player for the majority of their conference play. I'm not even a wisconsin fan, but you have to give credit where it is due.