1-3-1 Sweet 16 Special (March 22nd)


THE 1-3-1 SWEET 16 SPECIAL (4 Thoughts About the Tournament So Far)

South Region

Kentucky is peaking at the right time. This team is scary good. This team is so good, it’s almost unfair. Does that make them unbeatable? Not by any stretch of the imagination. That being said, I think that Marquis Teague’s constantly improving play at the point guard position makes this team a NEAR impossible out in the tournament. Not to mention the constantly improving maintenance of the unibrow on the face of Anthony Davis.

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West Region

Draymond Green is the unequivocal MVP of the tournament so far. By now, everyone has heard the “Draymond does everything for this team…including mopping the floor” joke. I would like to toss aside my loathing of such trite wit to examine what he’s done in two tournament games. In the Spartans’ victories over LIU Brooklyn and Saint Louis in the second and third rounds, Green averaged 20 points, 12.5 boards and 8 dimes per game. Without Draymond, the Spartans would’ve struggled mightily to get past Rick Majerus’ Billikens. Even Anthony Davis and the very hungry caterpillar above his eyes have to be impressed with his play thus far.

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Midwest Region

Bill Self is lucky to have such talented players. If not for the sheer fact that they are significantly more talented than the Purdue team they almost loss to, this Kansas squad would be back in Lawrence watching the rest of the tournament on the tube. Bill Self has proven time and time again that he’s not a reliable tournament coach – see Bucknell in 2005, Bradley in 2006, Northern Iowa in 2010. Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson might’ve gotten him out of the jam in the Round of 32, but he might actually have to…gasp…out-coach Mark Gottfried and Roy Williams in order to secure his Jayhawks a spot in New Orleans. Speaking of Thomas Robinson, I’ve been wondering how he’d match up with the masked unibrower – a fellow Naismith POY candidate – if they square off in the Championship.

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East Region

The Wisconsin/Syracuse matchup will be about as interesting as watching paint dry for fans that don’t appreciate slow-paced, methodical, defensive basketball. The first game to tip-off in the Sweet 16, this has all the makings of a 55-54 barnburner. Phones will be ringing off the hook, with snails and turtles calling in complaining to the committee that the pace of this game is too slow. In all honesty, I don’t give a rat’s ass if you enjoy this game or not, because I know I will. Two great coaches, two well-developed systems of offense and defense, and two teams hungry for their school’s first Elite 8 berth in a long time. Some food for thought to leave you with: I wonder what Bo Ryan would look like if I photoshopped Anthony Davis’ eyebrow (singular) onto his face?

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Author: Joe Cook

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1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – March 11th (Final)


PROJECTED SEEDING


The 1 Seeds

Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina, Michigan State

The 2 Seeds

Ohio State, Kansas, Missouri, Duke

The 3 Seeds

Marquette, Baylor, Michigan, Georgetown

The 4 Seeds

Louisville, Florida State, Indiana, Wisconsin

The 5 Seeds

Vanderbilt, Wichita State, Murray State, Florida

The 6 Seeds

Temple, New Mexico, Memphis, UNLV

The 7 Seeds

Creighton, Notre Dame, San Diego State, St. Mary’s

The 8 Seeds

Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Iowa State

The 9 Seeds

Alabama, Connecticut, Saint Louis, Purdue

The 10 Seeds

Virginia, Southern Miss, Harvard, West Virginia

The 11 Seeds

California, VCU, Xavier, Texas

The 12 Seeds

Colorado State, Long Beach State, BYU, NC State, South Florida, Seton Hall

The 13 Seeds

Colorado, Ohio, St. Bonaventure, Belmont

The 14 Seeds

South Dakota State, Davidson, Montana, New Mexico State

The 15 Seeds

Loyola (MD), Lehigh, Detroit, LIU Brooklyn

The 16 Seeds

UNC-Asheville, Lamar, Norfolk State, Vermont, Miss. Valley State, Western Kentucky

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BUBBLE ACTION


Last Four In
BYU, NC State, South Florida, Seton Hall

Last Four Out
Drexel, Mississippi State, Washington, Miami (FL)

Next Four Out
Iona, Arizona, Northwestern, Oregon

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Big East (10), Big Ten (6), Big 12 (6), ACC (5), SEC (4), MWC (4), A-10 (4), WCC (3), Pac-12 (2), MVC (2), C-USA (2), Colonial (2)

America East – Vermont

ACC – North Carolina, Duke, Florida State, Virginia, NC State

Atlantic Sun – Belmont

Atlantic 10 – Temple, Saint Louis, Xavier, St. Bonaventure

Big East – Syracuse, Marquette, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Connecticut, West Virginia, Seton Hall, South Florida

Big Sky – Montana

Big South – UNC-Asheville

Big Ten – Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Purdue

Big 12 – Kansas, Missouri, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas

Big West – Long Beach State

Colonial – VCU

Conference USA – Memphis, Southern Miss

Horizon – Detroit

Ivy – Harvard

MAAC – Loyola (MD)

MAC – Ohio

MEAC – Norfolk State

MVC – Wichita State, Creighton

MWC – UNLV, San Diego State, New Mexico, Colorado State

Northeast – LIU Brooklyn

Ohio Valley – Murray State

Pac-12 – Colorado, California

Patriot – Lehigh

SEC – Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt, Alabama

Southern – Davidson

Southland – Lamar

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Western Kentucky

SWAC – Miss. Valley State

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, St. Mary’s, BYU

1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – March 8th


PROJECTED SEEDING


The 1 Seeds

Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina, Kansas

The 2 Seeds

Duke, Missouri, Ohio State, Michigan State

The 3 Seeds

Marquette, Michigan, Baylor, Georgetown

The 4 Seeds

Indiana, Wisconsin, Wichita State, Temple

The 5 Seeds

Louisville, UNLV, Florida State, Florida

The 6 Seeds

Murray State, Creighton, San Diego State, Vanderbilt

The 7 Seeds

St. Mary’s, Gonzaga, Notre Dame, New Mexico

The 8 Seeds

Memphis, Iowa State, Kansas State, Purdue

The 9 Seeds

Saint Louis, Alabama, Southern Miss, Virginia

The 10 Seeds

Cincinnati, California, Harvard, Connecticut

The 11 Seeds

BYU, West Virginia, Colorado State, Washington

The 12 Seeds

Mississippi State, South Florida, VCU, Long Beach State

The 13 Seeds

Texas, Northwestern, Drexel, Seton Hall, Belmont, Nevada

The 14 Seeds

South Dakota State, Davidson, Akron, Montana

The 15 Seeds

Loyola (MD), Lehigh, Detroit, LIU Brooklyn

The 16 Seeds

Texas-Arlington, UNC-Asheville, Stony Brook, Miss. Valley State, Western Kentucky, Savannah State

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BUBBLE ACTION


Last Four In
Texas, Northwestern, Drexel, Seton Hall

Last Four Out
Xavier, Oregon, NC State, Miami (FL)

Next Four Out
Iona,  Tennessee, Arizona, St. Joseph’s

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Big East (10), Big Ten (7), Big 12 (6), SEC (5), ACC (4), MWC (4), WCC (3), Pac-12 (2), A-10 (2), MVC (2), C-USA (2), Colonial (2)

America East – Stony Brook

ACC – Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia

Atlantic Sun – Belmont

Atlantic 10 – Temple, Saint Louis

Big East – Syracuse, Marquette, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Connecticut, West Virginia, Seton Hall, South Florida

Big Sky – Montana

Big South – UNC-Asheville

Big Ten – Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Purdue, Northwestern

Big 12 – Kansas, Missouri, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas

Big West – Long Beach State

Colonial – VCU, Drexel

Conference USA – Memphis, Southern Miss

Horizon – Detroit

Ivy – Harvard

MAAC – Loyola (MD)

MAC – Akron

MEAC – Savannah State

MVC – Wichita State, Creighton

MWC – UNLV, San Diego State, New Mexico, Colorado State

Northeast – LIU Brooklyn

Ohio Valley – Murray State

Pac-12 – California, Washington

Patriot – Lehigh

SEC – Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Mississippi State

Southern – Davidson

Southland – Texas-Arlington

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Western Kentucky

SWAC – Miss. Valley State

WAC – Nevada

WCC – Gonzaga, St. Mary’s, BYU
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THE BRACKET:


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1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – March 5th


PROJECTED SEEDING


The 1 Seeds

Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina, Kansas

The 2 Seeds

Duke, Missouri, Ohio State, Michigan State

The 3 Seeds

Marquette, Georgetown, Baylor, Michigan

The 4 Seeds

Indiana, Wisconsin, Louisville, Wichita State

The 5 Seeds

Temple, UNLV, Florida State, Florida

The 6 Seeds

Murray State, Creighton, Gonzaga, San Diego State

The 7 Seeds

Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Memphis, New Mexico

The 8 Seeds

St. Mary’s, Iowa State, Kansas State, Purdue

The 9 Seeds

Saint Louis, Alabama, Southern Miss, Virginia

The 10 Seeds

California, Harvard, Cincinnati, BYU

The 11 Seeds

Connecticut, West Virginia, Washington, Seton Hall

The 12 Seeds

Mississippi State, Colorado State, South Florida, Texas, Northwestern, VCU

The 13 Seeds

Long Beach State, Drexel, Oral Roberts, Belmont

The 14 Seeds

Nevada, Davidson, Akron, Denver

The 15 Seeds

Montana, Valparaiso, Bucknell, Loyola (MD)

The 16 Seeds

LIU Brooklyn, Texas-Arlington, UNC-Asheville, Stony Brook, Miss.Valley State, Savannah State

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BUBBLE ACTION


Last Four In
South Florida, Texas, Northwestern, VCU

Last Four Out
Xavier, Oregon, NC State, Miami (FL)

Next Four Out
Iona, Arizona, Tennessee, St. Joseph’s

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Big East (10), Big Ten (7), Big 12 (6), SEC (5), ACC (4), MWC (4), WCC (3), Pac-12 (2), A-10 (2), MVC (2), C-USA (2), Colonial (2)

America East – Stony Brook

ACC – Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia

Atlantic Sun – Belmont

Atlantic 10 – Temple, Saint Louis

Big East – Syracuse, Marquette, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Connecticut, West Virginia, Seton Hall, South Florida

Big Sky – Montana

Big South – UNC-Asheville

Big Ten – Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Purdue, Northwestern

Big 12 – Kansas, Missouri, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas

Big West – Long Beach State

Colonial – Drexel, VCU

Conference USA – Memphis, Southern Miss

Horizon – Valparaiso

Ivy – Harvard

MAAC – Loyola (MD)

MAC – Akron

MEAC – Savannah State

MVC – Wichita State, Creighton

MWC – UNLV, San Diego State, New Mexico, Colorado State

Northeast – LIU Brooklyn

Ohio Valley – Murray State

Pac-12 – California, Washington

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Mississippi State

Southern – Davidson

Southland – Texas-Arlington

Summit – Oral Roberts

Sun Belt – Denver

SWAC – Miss. Valley State

WAC – Nevada

WCC – Gonzaga, St. Mary’s, BYU

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THE BRACKET:
 

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1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – March 1st


PROJECTED SEEDING


The 1 Seeds

Syracuse, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas

The 2 Seeds

North Carolina, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State

The 3 Seeds

Baylor, Georgetown, Marquette, Michigan

The 4 Seeds

Indiana, Wisconsin, Louisville,  Florida

The 5 Seeds

Wichita State, UNLV, Florida State, Temple

The 6 Seeds

Vanderbilt, Murray State, Notre Dame, Creighton

The 7 Seeds

Gonzaga, San Diego State, St. Mary’s, New Mexico

The 8 Seeds

Kansas State, Virginia, Iowa State, Memphis

The 9 Seeds

Purdue, Southern Miss, Saint Louis, California

The 10 Seeds

Alabama, Connecticut, Harvard, Seton Hall

The 11 Seeds

BYU, Washington, West Virginia, Cincinnati

The 12 Seeds

Mississippi State, Texas, Long Beach State, Arizona, South Florida

The 13 Seeds

Colorado State, Northwestern, Iona, Oral Roberts, Middle Tennessee

The 14 Seeds

Drexel, Belmont, Nevada, Davidson

The 15 Seeds

Akron, Montana, Bucknell, Valparaiso

The 16 Seeds

Texas-Arlington, LIU Brooklyn, UNC-Asheville, Stony Brook, Miss.Valley State, Savannah State

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BUBBLE ACTION


Last Four In
Arizona, South Florida, Colorado State, Northwestern

Last Four Out
Miami (FL), Xavier, Oregon, VCU

Next Four Out
NC State, UCF, St. Joseph’s, Dayton

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Big East (10), Big Ten (7), Big 12 (6), SEC (5), ACC (4), MWC (4), Pac-12 (3), WCC (3), A-10 (2), MVC (2), C-USA (2)

America East – Stony Brook

ACC – Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia

Atlantic Sun – Belmont

Atlantic 10 – Temple, Saint Louis

Big East – Syracuse, Marquette, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Cincinnati, South Florida

Big Sky – Montana

Big South – UNC-Asheville

Big Ten – Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue, Northwestern

Big 12 – Missouri, Kansas, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas

Big West – Long Beach State

Colonial – Drexel

Conference USA – Memphis, Southern Miss

Horizon – Valparaiso

Ivy – Harvard

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Akron

MEAC – Savannah State

MVC – Wichita State, Creighton

MWC – UNLV, San Diego State, New Mexico, Colorado State

Northeast – LIU Brooklyn

Ohio Valley – Murray State

Pac-12 – California, Washington, Arizona

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Mississippi State

Southern – Davidson

Southland – Texas-Arlington

Summit – Oral Roberts

Sun Belt – Middle Tennessee

SWAC – Miss. Valley State

WAC – Nevada

WCC – St. Mary’s, Gonzaga, BYU