Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bracketology 1/4/18

Lots of changes in the first seed list of 2018. Oklahoma moves up to the 1-line, but I doubt they stay there. The Big 12 is so deep that every team in the league will probably pick up at least 4 or 5 losses in the conference, hindering any one team's chance at a 1. Elsewhere, lots of teams close to the cut-line got important wins, Butler beat Villanova, St. Mary's beat BYU, and Utah swept the Oregon trip, among others.

It is continuing to look like a weak year for mid-major at-large teams. If you define mid-majors as teams outside the 7 biggest conferences and Gonzaga, there's only 2 mid-major at-large teams in the field. Part of this is certainly due to the successful mid-majors moving up over recent years (Butler, Xavier, Creighton, Wichita State etc.) but this year is missing the successful Murray States and Southern Illinois of years past.

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

First Four Out: Louisville, St. John's, Kansas State, Virginia Tech
Next Four Out: Middle Tennessee, Ohio State, St. Bonaventure, USC
Also Considered: UCF, Marquette, Mississippi State, Temple, Providence, Oregon, BYU, San Diego State, Georgia, Penn State, Vermont, Old Dominion, Missouri State, New Mexico State, Washington, Oklahoma State, UNLV, South Carolina, Boston College

Moving In: Houston, St. Mary's, Utah, Missouri State, South Dakota State, Charleston, Buffalo, Montana, Liberty
Moving Out: Virginia Tech, St. John's, Louisville, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, Towson, Ball State, Idaho, UNC Asheville

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