Archive for February, 2014

THE BRACKET:

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PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Florida, Arizona, Wichita State, Syracuse

The 2 Seeds

Kansas, Villanova, Duke, Creighton

The 3 Seeds

Wisconsin, Iowa State, Virginia, Michigan

The 4 Seeds

Michigan State, Cincinnati, San Diego State, Saint Louis

The 5 Seeds

North Carolina, Louisville, Texas, Massachusetts

The 6 Seeds

Kentucky, Ohio State, UCLA, Oklahoma

The 7 Seeds

Connecticut, Iowa, New Mexico, Pittsburgh

The 8 Seeds

VCU, Memphis, Gonzaga, SMU

The 9 Seeds

Kansas State, Arizona State, Colorado, George Washington

The 10 Seeds

Xavier, Stanford, Oregon, St. Joseph’s (PA)

The 11 Seeds

Baylor, Oklahoma State, California, Minnesota, BYU

The 12 Seeds

Missouri, Providence, Harvard, Wisconsin-Green Bay, North Dakota State

The 13 Seeds

Southern Miss, Belmont, Stephen F. Austin, Iona

The 14 Seeds

Delaware, Western Michigan, Mercer, UC Irvine

The 15 Seeds

Boston U., Georgia State, N.C. Central, Vermont

The 16 Seeds

Davidson, Robert Morris, Utah Valley, Weber State, High Point, Alabama State

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

Minnesota, BYU, Missouri, Providence

First Four Out

Arkansas, Tennessee, St. John’s, Florida State

Next Four Out

Nebraska, Richmond, Dayton, Georgetown

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Pac-12 (7), Big 12 (7), Big Ten (6), Atlantic 10 (5), ACC (5), American (5), Big East (4), SEC (3), Mountain West (2), West Coast (2)

ACC – Syracuse, Duke, Virginia, North Carolina, Pittsburgh

America East – Vermont

American – Cincinnati, Louisville, Connecticut, Memphis, SMU

Atlantic 10 – Saint Louis, Massachusetts, VCU, George Washington, St. Joseph’s (PA)

Atlantic Sun – Mercer

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

Big East – Villanova, Creighton, Xavier, Providence

Big Sky – High Point

Big South – VMI

Big Ten – Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – Delaware

Conference USA – Southern Miss

Horizon – Wisconsin-Green Bay

Ivy – Harvard

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Western Michigan

MEAC – N.C. Central

Missouri Valley – Wichita State

Mountain West – San Diego State, New Mexico

Northeast – Robert Morris

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, Colorado, Stanford, Oregon, California

Patriot – Boston U.

SEC – Florida, Kentucky, Missouri

Southern – Davidson

Southland – Stephen F. Austin

Summit – North Dakota State

Sun Belt – Georgia State

SWAC – Alabama State

WAC – Utah Valley

WCC – Gonzaga, BYU

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THE BRACKET:

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PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Florida, Arizona, Wichita State, Syracuse

The 2 Seeds

Kansas, Villanova, Duke, Creighton

The 3 Seeds

Wisconsin, Iowa State, Virginia, Saint Louis

The 4 Seeds

Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, San Diego State

The 5 Seeds

Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisville, Ohio State

The 6 Seeds

Iowa, UCLA, Texas, Oklahoma

The 7 Seeds

Massachusetts, Connecticut, Memphis, New Mexico

The 8 Seeds

Pittsburgh, VCU, Gonzaga, SMU

The 9 Seeds

Kansas State, Arizona State, Colorado, George Washington

The 10 Seeds

Stanford, Baylor, California, Xavier

The 11 Seeds

Oregon, Missouri, St. Joseph’s (PA), Oklahoma State, Minnesota

The 12 Seeds

BYU, Richmond, Toledo, Harvard, Wisconsin-Green Bay

The 13 Seeds

North Dakota State, Middle Tennessee, Belmont, Stephen F. Austin

The 14 Seeds

New Mexico State, Delaware, Mercer, Iona

The 15 Seeds

UCSB, Boston U., Georgia State, N.C. Central

The 16 Seeds

Vermont, Davidson, Robert Morris, Weber State, Southern, VMI

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

Oklahoma State, Minnesota, BYU, Richmond

First Four Out

St. John’s, Providence, Dayton, Tennessee

Next Four Out

Nebraska, Southern Miss, Georgetown, Florida State

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Pac-12 (7), Big 12 (7), Big Ten (6), Atlantic 10 (6), ACC (5), American (5), Big East (4), SEC (3), Mountain West (2), West Coast (2)

ACC – Syracuse, Duke, Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina

America East – Vermont

American – Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Connecticut, SMU

Atlantic 10 – Saint Louis, Massachusetts, VCU, George Washington, St. Joseph’s (PA), Richmond

Atlantic Sun – Mercer

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

Big East – Villanova, Creighton, Xavier

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – VMI

Big Ten – Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State,  Minnesota

Big West – UCSB

Colonial – Delaware

Conference USA – Middle Tennessee

Horizon – Wisconsin-Green Bay

Ivy – Harvard

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Toledo

MEAC – N.C. Central

Missouri Valley – Wichita State

Mountain West – San Diego State, New Mexico

Northeast – Robert Morris

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, Colorado, California, Stanford, Oregon

Patriot – Boston U.

SEC – Florida, Kentucky, Missouri

Southern – Davidson

Southland – Stephen F. Austin

Summit – North Dakota State

Sun Belt – Georgia State

SWAC – Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, BYU

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THE BRACKET:

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PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Syracuse, Florida, Arizona, Wichita State

The 2 Seeds

Kansas, Villanova, Duke, Michigan State

The 3 Seeds

Creighton, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, San Diego State

The 4 Seeds

Virginia, Iowa State, Saint Louis, Michigan

The 5 Seeds

Kentucky, Iowa, North Carolina, UCLA

The 6 Seeds

Texas, Louisville, Ohio State, Connecticut

The 7 Seeds

Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Memphis, Gonzaga

The 8 Seeds

Pittsburgh, VCU, Colorado, Kansas State

The 9 Seeds

New Mexico, Arizona State, SMU, George Washington

The 10 Seeds

Xavier, Missouri, Stanford, Baylor

The 11 Seeds

Minnesota, California, Oregon, St. Joseph’s (PA), Oklahoma State

The 12 Seeds

Tennessee, St. John’s, Toledo, Harvard, Wisconsin-Green Bay

The 13 Seeds

North Dakota State, Middle Tennessee, Belmont, Delaware

The 14 Seeds

New Mexico State, Mercer, Stephen F. Austin, Iona

The 15 Seeds

UC Irvine, Boston U., Georgia State, Vermont

The 16 Seeds

N.C. Central, Davidson, Robert Morris, Weber State, Southern, Coastal Carolina

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

St. Joseph’s (PA), Oklahoma State, Tennessee, St. John’s

First Four Out

BYU, Providence, Richmond, Dayton

Next Four Out

Southern Miss, Georgetown, Nebraska, Indiana State

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Pac-12 (7), Big 12 (7), Big Ten (6), Atlantic 10 (5), ACC (5), American (5), SEC (4), Big East (4), Mountain West (2), West Coast (2)

ACC – Syracuse, Duke, Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina

America East – Vermont

American – Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Connecticut, SMU

Atlantic 10 – Saint Louis, Massachusetts, VCU, George Washington, St. Joseph’s (PA)

Atlantic Sun – Mercer

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

Big East – Villanova, Creighton, Xavier, St. John’s

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Coastal Carolina

Big Ten – Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State,  Minnesota

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – Delaware

Conference USA – Middle Tennessee

Horizon – Wisconsin-Green Bay

Ivy – Harvard

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Toledo

MEAC – N.C. Central

Missouri Valley – Wichita State

Mountain West – San Diego State, New Mexico

Northeast – Robert Morris

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, Colorado, California, Stanford, Oregon

Patriot – Boston U.

SEC – Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee

Southern – Davidson

Southland – Stephen F. Austin

Summit – North Dakota State

Sun Belt – Georgia State

SWAC – Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga

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1  Thought from the Games Last Night

Syracuse lost to WHO!?

Syracuse had been playing with fire all season when it came to remaining undefeated – last night, it finally caught up with them. Seriously though, raise your hand if you had Boston College as the team that would go into the Carrier Dome and hand the Orange their first loss of the season. Looks like nobody raised their hand; if you did, you’re a rapscallion and a liar… or a Boston College alum. This loss leaves Gregg Marshall’s Wichita State squad as the only remaining undefeated team in Men’s D1 college hoops.

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3  Games to Watch Tonight

i. (5) Duke @ North Carolina, ESPN – 9 PM
Let’s try this again! With all do respect to Louisville/Kentucky, Michigan/Michigan State, Georgetown/Syracuse, and Cincinnati/Xavier, this is the best rivalry in college basketball. It is a mere 9 miles from Durham to Chapel Hill, and there is no love lost when the two Tobacco Road goliaths tango on the basketball court. This year’s edition promises to be filled with plenty of excitement and hoopla, as freshman phenom Jabari Parker has really settled into his role in the past few games. North Carolina also seems to have settled into their fast-paced style of play, having won 7 straight games. 

ii. (25) Gonzaga @ BYU, ESPN2 – 11 PM
For all the night owls and people who live on the West coast, this game is one to watch in terms of shuffling of seeding (and entry into) the NCAA tournament. BYU has been flirting with earning an at-large birth into the tournament field, but so far they’ve just been a tease. Gonzaga has an impressive 23-4 record, albeit a bit misleading – their three tough non-conference games (Dayton, Kansas State, and Memphis) all resulted in losses.

iii. Penn State @ Nebraska, ESPNU – 7 PM
Many people would say I’m really scraping the bottom of the barrel when I list this game as one you might want to watch. Those people have a valid point, but have you seen my other options for tonight? Slim pickings. Nonetheless, Nebraska is at least in the conversation as a tournament bubble team after their win in East Lansing this weekend. If they can manage to finish above .500 in the topsy-turvy Big 10, it’s going to be hard to leave them out of the field.

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1  Bold Prediction for Tonight’s Slate

BYU plays their way back into the thick of the bubble discussion with a close home win over Mark Few and Co.

The Marriott Center has proven to be unfriendly confines for visiting West Coast Conference opponents, who are winless against the Cougars when playing in Provo. Something deep down in my gut tells me Tyler Haws is going to find a way to will this team to a narrow victory – he might even drop 30 on the Bulldogs along the way.

1  Thought from the Games Last Night

If I was the coach of a potential 2 or 3 seed, I would want to avoid drawing North Carolina as the 6 or 7 in my sub-regional.

Even with James Michael McAdoo dealing with foul trouble for the entirety of the game, the Heels were able to go on the road and beat a decent Florida State team. This team is fast, athletic, and is the only team to have knocked off a full-strength Michigan State squad – I don’t care if that game took place in early December; it’s still very impressive.

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3  Games to Watch Tonight

i. George Washington @ Richmond, NBC Sports Network – 7 PM
This game has Bubblicious written all over it; hopefully it doesn’t lose its intrigue and flavor as fast as the infamous chewing gum. The Colonials are looking to save their season and tournament hopes after back-to-back losses to VCU and Massachusetts. They control their own destiny, with two opportunities to get quality road wins this week – at Richmond and at Saint Louis. The Spiders are right on the cusp of the field – they must defend home court against the other top teams in the A10 to earn a tournament birth.

ii. (19) Texas @ (17) Iowa State, ESPN2 – 7 PM
It is a forgone conclusion that Kansas is the class of the Big 12. Who is the second best team in the conference? I think this game will do a lot to answer that question. The Cyclones have been less than impressive in their last two games, getting throttled by West Virginia and surviving at home against Texas Tech. Texas has yet to play the conference elite on the road, and this will be the start of a 4-game stretch that also features games in Lawrence and Norman; it’s time for the Longhorns to prove they belong in the conversation of contenders for a deep tournament run.

iii. (9) Villanova @ Providence, Fox Sports 1 – 7 PM
The Wildcats have been able to take care of business against everyone in the Big East not named Creighton, but on the road at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center isn’t going to be a cakewalk (stretch of a pun somewhat intended). Providence is in a similar situation to Richmond – another tournament-caliber conference foe is coming onto their floor, and they’re smack dab in the center of the bubble. If the Friars want to feel more comfortable about their tournament chances, they should probably win this game or their season finale at Creighton; winning this game seems like a much more feasible task.

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1  Bold Prediction for Tonight’s Slate

Marshall Henderson will attempt at least 7 three-point field goals, and will make less than half of those attempts.

He’s a dog without a leash, and Andy Kennedy has enabled him and allowed that to happen – for better or for worse. Henderson’s antics are polarizing, his confidence is incessant, and he’s never afraid to risk taking the blame in order to earn the glory. I’m fairly confident that John Calipari will have the Wildcats ready to shut him down and shut his mouth.

THE BRACKET:

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PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Syracuse, Florida, Arizona, Wichita State

The 2 Seeds

Kansas, Duke, Villanova, Michigan State

The 3 Seeds

Wisconsin, Creighton, Cincinnati, San Diego State

The 4 Seeds

Virginia, Iowa State, Michigan, Saint Louis

The 5 Seeds

Kentucky, Iowa, UCLA, Texas

The 6 Seeds

Louisville, Ohio State, Connecticut, Oklahoma

The 7 Seeds

Massachusetts, Gonzaga, Memphis, North Carolina

The 8 Seeds

Pittsburgh, VCU, Arizona State, Colorado

The 9 Seeds

Kansas State, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma State

The 10 Seeds

SMU, Xavier, California, George Washington

The 11 Seeds

Missouri, Stanford, Oregon, St. Joseph’s (PA), Providence

The 12 Seeds

Richmond, Tennessee, Toledo, Harvard, Wisconsin-Green Bay

The 13 Seeds

North Dakota State, Louisiana Tech, Belmont, Delaware

The 14 Seeds

New Mexico State, Mercer, Stephen F. Austin, Iona

The 15 Seeds

Georgia State, UC Irvine, Boston U., Vermont

The 16 Seeds

N.C. Central, Davidson, Weber State, Robert Morris,  Southern, Coastal Carolina

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

St. Joseph’s (PA), Providence, Richmond, Tennessee

First Four Out

Baylor, BYU, St. John’s, Georgetown

Next Four Out

Florida State, Dayton, Southern Miss, St. Mary’s (CA)

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Pac-12 (7), Big 12 (6), Big Ten (6), Atlantic 10 (6), ACC (5), American (5), SEC (4), Big East (4), Mountain West (2), West Coast (2)

ACC – Syracuse, Duke, Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina

America East – Vermont

American – Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Connecticut, SMU

Atlantic 10 – Saint Louis, Massachusetts, VCU, George Washington, St. Joseph’s (PA), Richmond

Atlantic Sun – Mercer

Big 12 – Kansas, Iowa State, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Oklahoma State

Big East – Villanova, Creighton, Xavier, Providence

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Coastal Carolina

Big Ten – Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State,  Minnesota

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – Delaware

Conference USA – Louisiana Tech

Horizon – Wisconsin-Green Bay

Ivy – Harvard

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Toledo

MEAC – N.C. Central

Missouri Valley – Wichita State

Mountain West – San Diego State, New Mexico

Northeast – Robert Morris

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, Colorado, California, Stanford, Oregon

Patriot – Boston U.

SEC – Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee

Southern – Davidson

Southland – Stephen F. Austin

Summit – North Dakota State

Sun Belt – Georgia State

SWAC – Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga

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THE BRACKET:

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PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Syracuse, Arizona, Florida, Wichita State

The 2 Seeds

Villanova, Michigan State, Kansas, Duke

The 3 Seeds

Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan, Creighton

The 4 Seeds

Cincinnati, Virginia, San Diego State, Iowa State

The 5 Seeds

Saint Louis, Iowa, UCLA, Texas

The 6 Seeds

Louisville, Ohio State, Memphis, Connecticut

The 7 Seeds

Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Gonzaga

The 8 Seeds

VCU, North Carolina, Kansas State, SMU

The 9 Seeds

Oklahoma State, Colorado, New Mexico, George Washington

The 10 Seeds

Minnesota, Xavier, Arizona State, California

The 11 Seeds

Toledo, Missouri, Stanford, Tennessee

The 12 Seeds

Southern Miss, Oregon, Georgetown, Richmond, St. Joseph’s (PA), Harvard 

The 13 Seeds

Wisconsin-Green Bay, North Dakota State,  Belmont, Delaware

The 14 Seeds

New Mexico State, Mercer, Stephen F. Austin, UCSB

The 15 Seeds

Iona, Georgia State, Boston U., Vermont

The 16 Seeds

N.C. Central, Davidson, Weber State, Robert Morris,  Southern, Coastal Carolina

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

Oregon, Georgetown, Richmond, St. Joseph’s (PA)

First Four Out

Providence, BYU, LSU, Baylor

Next Four Out

Florida State, Dayton, St. John’s, Louisiana Tech

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Pac-12 (7), Big 12 (6), Big Ten (6), Atlantic 10 (6), ACC (5), American (5), SEC (4), Big East (4), Mountain West (2), West Coast (2)

ACC – Syracuse, Duke, Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina

America East – Vermont

American – Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Connecticut, SMU

Atlantic 10 – Saint Louis, Massachusetts, VCU, George Washington, Richmond, St. Joseph’s (PA)

Atlantic Sun – Mercer

Big 12 – Kansas, Iowa State, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Oklahoma State

Big East – Villanova, Creighton, Xavier, Georgetown

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Coastal Carolina

Big Ten – Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State,  Minnesota

Big West – UCSB

Colonial – Delaware

Conference USA – Southern Miss

Horizon – Wisconsin-Green Bay

Ivy – Harvard

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Toledo

MEAC – N.C. Central

Missouri Valley – Wichita State

Mountain West – San Diego State, New Mexico

Northeast – Robert Morris

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, Colorado, Arizona State, California, Stanford, Oregon

Patriot – Boston U.

SEC – Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee

Southern – Davidson

Southland – Stephen F. Austin

Summit – North Dakota State

Sun Belt – Georgia State

SWAC – Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga

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