Monday, February 12, 2018

Bracketology 2/12/18

For me, The biggest surprise in the committee's top 16 reveal was Oklahoma as a 4 seed- to me that shows the importance of group 1 wins, of which Oklahoma has 6. Overall, I had Gonzaga and Rhode Island instead of Arizona and Oklahoma as 4 seeds, and I flipped Texas Tech and Duke on the 2/3 lines. Michigan State was a bit lower than I expected, which could be a sign that the predictive-based metrics will not be that influential this year. The Big 12 is the focus of attention tonight, as all of the teams clogged in the middle of the conference standings fight for positioning.

1: Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Purdue
2: Auburn, Kansas, Cincinnati, Duke
3: Clemson, Texas Tech, Michigan State, North Carolina
4: Tennessee, Ohio State, Arizona, Oklahoma
5: Rhode Island, Gonzaga, Florida, West Virginia
6: Texas A&M, Kentucky, Wichita State, Creighton
7: Missouri, Alabama, Miami (FL), St. Mary's
8: Arizona State, Florida State, TCU, Nevada
9: Virginia Tech, Butler, Seton Hall, Houston
10: Louisville, Michigan, Providence, Texas
11: Arkansas, Middle Tennessee, Kansas State, (USC/North Carolina State)
12: (LSU/Syracuse), New Mexico State, Loyola Chicago, Vermont
13: Louisiana, Buffalo, Murray State, East Tennessee State
14: Montana, South Dakota State, Northern Kentucky, UC Santa Barbara
15: Bucknell, Florida Gulf Coast, Charleston, Rider
16: Wagner, Penn, (Nicholls State/UNC Asheville), (Grambling State/Savannah State)

First Four Out: Washington, UCLA, Marquette, Boise State
Next Four Out: Mississippi State, Georgia, Oklahoma State, St. Bonaventure
In Consideration: Utah, Baylor, New Mexico State, Temple, Loyola Chicago, Western Kentucky, South Carolina
On the Brink: SMU, Notre Dame, Nebraska, BYU, Boston College, Maryland, Colorado, Louisiana, Oregon, UCF

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