Bracketology 1/11/18

The most surprising result since my last update is Ohio State's drubbing of Michigan State in Columbus. That drops the Spartans down to a 2, and moves Ohio State safely into the field. Villanova demolished Xavier to cement their place as a 1. Last night, TCU fell to Texas- TCU remains a 5 seed despite now being 1-3 in the Big 12.

Speaking of the Big 12, one number I like to keep my eye on is conference record. No team with a conference record of 7-11 or worse has ever made the tournament- although the Big 12 is so deep this year that I could see say, Baylor or Texas making it this year at 7-11 in the conference.

1: Villanova, West Virginia, Virginia, Duke
2: Oklahoma, Michigan State, Purdue, Kansas
3: Arizona, Texas Tech, North Carolina, Arizona State
4: Auburn, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Wichita State
5: TCU, Creighton, Xavier, Seton Hall
6: Gonzaga, Florida, Miami (FL), Clemson
7: Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas, Texas A&M
8: Florida State, Michigan, Butler, Rhode Island
9: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Missouri, St. Mary's
10: Nevada, UCLA, Boise State, Alabama
11: Baylor, Louisville, (Houston/Syracuse), (Maryland/Kansas State)
12: Middle Tennessee, Vermont, Northern Kentucky, New Mexico State
13: Missouri State, East Tennessee State, Murray State, South Dakota State
14: Louisiana, Montana, Bucknell, Northeastern
15: Buffalo, UC Santa Barbara, Lipscomb, Iona
16: Stephen F. Austin, Penn, (UNC Asheville/St. Francis (PA)), (Texas Southern/Hampton)

First Four Out: SMU, St. Bonaventure, Virginia Tech, Marquette
Next Four Out: Washington, Utah, Temple, Providence
Also Considered: Middle Tennessee, USC, LSU, UCF, Georgia, San Diego State, Mississippi State, Minnesota, Oregon, St. John's, Penn State, BYU, Vermont, Northwestern, Old Dominion, Northern Kentucky, Boston College, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, Western Kentucky, South Carolina

Moving In: Ohio State, Louisville, Kansas State
Moving Out: Utah, St. Bonaventure, SMU


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