1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – December 24th

Welcome back to 1-3-1 Sports! My goal is to update my bracketology projections daily for the entirety of the season, so that my audience can have the most accurate, up-to-date picture of the college basketball landscape. As always, I’m open to feedback and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team websites are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Let the fun begin!

PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Ohio State, Duke, Kansas, Auburn

The 2 Seeds

Gonzaga, Baylor, Oregon, Louisville

The 3 Seeds

San Diego State, Butler, West Virginia, Memphis

The 4 Seeds

Michigan, Villanova, Maryland, Dayton

The 5 Seeds

Florida State, Michigan State, Arizona, Penn State

The 6 Seeds

Xavier, Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia

The 7 Seeds

Texas Tech, Colorado, Wichita State, Iowa

The 8 Seeds

Marquette, Stanford, Oklahoma State, Texas

The 9 Seeds

Kentucky, North Carolina, St. Mary’s (CA), VCU

The 10 Seeds

Seton Hall, Purdue, Utah State, Washington

The 11 Seeds

Arkansas, DePaul, Creighton, Florida, LSU, Houston

The 12 Seeds

Liberty, Northern Iowa, Belmont, East Tennessee State

The 13 Seeds

Yale, Louisiana Tech, Akron, Vermont

The 14 Seeds

New Mexico State, Northern Kentucky, UC Irvine, Colgate

The 15 Seeds

Georgia State, Hofstra, Stephen F. Austin, North Dakota State

The 16 Seeds

Rider, Radford, Northern Colorado, St. Francis (PA), Bethune Cookman, Prairie View A&M

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

Creighton, Florida, LSU, Houston

First Four Out

Georgetown, Oklahoma, NC State, BYU

Next Four Out

Iowa State, Illinois, Missouri, Temple

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Big Ten (8), SEC (6), Big East (7), Big 12 (6), ACC (5), Pac-12 (5), American (3), Atlantic 10 (2), Mountain West (2), WCC (2)

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

America East – Vermont

American – Memphis, Wichita State, Houston

Atlantic 10 – Dayton, VCU

Atlantic Sun – Liberty

Big 12 – Kansas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Texas

Big East – Butler, Xavier, Villanova, Seton Hall, Marquette, Creighton, DePaul

Big Sky – Northern Colorado

Big South – Radford

Big Ten – Ohio State, Michigan, Maryland, Michigan State, Purdue, Penn State, Indiana, Iowa

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – Hofstra

Conference USA – Louisiana Tech

Horizon – Northern Kentucky

Ivy – Yale

MAAC – Rider

MAC – Akron

MEAC – Bethune Cookman

Missouri Valley – Northern Iowa

Mountain West – San Diego State, Utah State

Northeast – St. Francis (PA)

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Stanford

Patriot – Colgate

SEC – Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, LSU

Southern – East Tennessee State

Southland – Stephen F. Austin

Summit – North Dakota State

Sun Belt – Georgia State

SWAC – Prairie View A&M

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, St. Mary’s (CA)

5 comments

  1. Owen Riley · December 25

    West Virginia on the 3 line? Intriguing. What’s your rationale for that decision?

    • JLCS · December 25

      Committee relied fairly heavily on the NET last season, and the Mountaineers are currently sitting at 10th. If you take a deeper dive into their season, you’ll see wins over Akron, Wichita State, Northern Iowa, and Rhode Island. Nothing spectacular, but each one of those teams is tournament-caliber. The game against OSU on Sunday will be a great barometer.

      • Owen Riley · December 26

        WVU has a solid resumé, certainly. Why did you rank them ahead of, say, Michigan? Or Villanova? Granted, WVU-OSU will give us the common games comparison for the latter.

      • JLCS · December 27

        Ahead of Michigan and Villanova almost entirely due to the NET – the committee appears to be relying on it heavily (too much so, in my opinion, but I digress).

      • Owen Riley · December 27

        Alright.
        What do you think of San Diego State? #1 in the NET somehow, but their most impressive win came against #25 Iowa. SDSU has also had some awful games—against SJSU and Tennessee State. Granted, the Aztecs embarrassed Creighton and Utah.

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