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2015 NBA Power Rankings Daily Note

I am sure you are dutifully clicking on the link up there to see the NBA Power Rankings.  You’ll notice now, that with 30+ games in the books, it made sense to start adding “recent results”, so we not only see who has played the best all season – but give some extra points for who is actually hot.  This way, the rankings are actually more like a true power ranking – the best of the moment and not just standings.

How do we do it?  Well, we calculate power rankings as normal, for both the whole season and a team’s last 25% of games.  (so right now a team’s last 7 or 8 games usually)  The whole season is counted as 2/3, and the last quarter is counted as 1/3.  At the end of the season this means that 2/3 of the result is based on all 82 games, and 1/3 is the last 21.  This obviously does not capture injury effects, but no systematic approach can.  The GRAND column gives you the spread.  So Portland, at +10.1, is on a neutral floor for one game a 19 point favorite over the #30 Timberwolves.  Anyway, some quick takeaways using recent form?

  • Portland has been the most consistent team this season
  • The Thunder have caught fire as the injury problems have receded.  They are merely 5-4 in that “25% stretch” but have the second best adjusted scoring margin in that time frame.  This vaults them to #6 despite the #14 overall body of work.
  • The recent results is a much smaller sample of course, but it shows the Grizz and Cavs have not played well recently.  They are clearly the two winning records with the most slippage, while the Thunder seem to show most upside.

Anyway, see how this rolls.

2015 NBA Power Rankings #2 – Sloppy Brilliance in San Francisco

Obviously 2 weeks is not a lot of season-  1/12 to 1/13 of the way there.  But now we have seen the teams play a few games, certainly enough for a few general trends on teams.  The ranking process is outlined here.   Going forward, with some blatant stealing from what Jonah Keri does for baseball, I’ll highlight some of the dish for a team in each tier of 10.

#2. Golden State Warriors (5-2)

If there has been one thing truly baffling about the NBA the last couple of seasons, it has been how such a collection of talented offensive guys have managed to underperform.  The Warriors, with the otherworldly talent of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and the fascinating offensive talents of Harrison Barnes, playmaking from Andre Iguodala – it feels like there is an elite offensive squad there.  Certainly we’ve seen what happens when Stephen Curry catches fire:

There is nothing more exciting, especially in Oakland, where they have the best crowd in the league.  But you look at the efficiency numbers and what you see when you slow down their breakneck pace – is actually a defensive juggernaut who squeezes out enough offense to get by.  This year’s edition so far has been no different, despite Steve Kerr being brought in partly to figure this out. (and partly to not feud with his bosses).  What is particularly amazing is HOW the Warriors are a mediocre offense.

You’d think the Warriors are loaded with shooters -and you’d be right.  This so far has actually been a really good shooting.  The Warriors make almost 50% of their shots (tops in the league), and they take and make a lot of three pointers.  (5th in attempts, 6th in make %)  They don’t get to the line a ton, but it is not terrible either – and they predictably shoot those well too.  Really, this is a pretty dynamite offense when it gets to put a shot up.  But, so far this season the Warriors are solidly the league’s worst team at creating shots for themselves.  Right now, the Warriors are creating only 81 scoring attempts per game (FGA + .44*FTA), which is not only last but 6.6 scoring attempts worse than 29th place.  Put another way, the 29th place Magic are closer to 7th in attempts than to the Warriors exalted 30th place.  The Warriors have managed this amazing trick with a combination of butterfingers and not chasing down misses.  As the Spurs showed last year, the latter can be a conscious choice, but when you aren’t hanging on to possessions too – there is very little margin for error for Golden State.  The team’s TS% is a remarkable 63.7%, and given how few scoring chances they get – it has to be good.

This is a shame, since the Warriors defensively are excellent (2nd overall so far).  They were great last year too, and they are strong across the board.  The Warriors are 5th in the league in TS% defense and 7th in shot generation defense.  The team takes the ball away a lot, and has only allowed 41.8% shooting so far.  That said, they are allowing 29.3% of opponent shot attempts to be 3s – they are defending the line at a 30.3% clip – well below the 34.7% league average.  There might be some regression there later in the season, but this is a good club.

#11. Toronto Raptors (7-1)

Considering that the Raps share the best record so far with the Blazers, it is odd for them not to be in the Top 10.  However, these rankings so early know little about schedule strength and what not (and considering that each team shares 58 of 82 games, the final result will not be all that dissimilar).  The Raptors are doing a lot of good things.  One of them is taking care of the ball.  In stark contrast to Golden State’s robust 30th place total (turnovers on 21.5% of trips down the floor), Toronto is a microscopic 11.3% turnover rate (only New Orleans is better).  The team is also shooting the ball well (10th) while getting to the line a lot.  This results in 6th best TS% and the 8th best shot generation.  To give you more perspective on the Warriors, this means that on a pace-normal basis the Raptors have been generating nearly 12 shots more per game than Golden State.

Defensively, it is more of a work in progress.  In particular the Raptors have not defended shots well.  The team ranks 20th or worse in FG and 3P defense while also fouling at an above average rate.  The only thing they have done well so far is force turnovers.

#30. Denver Nuggets (1-5)

It is weird to not type “Philadelphia 76ers” here.  The Sixers might not win a game this season!  At the same time, the Sixers have at least played a host of good defensive teams so far.  The Nuggets have no such excuse, going 1-5 against what has been a pretty easy schedule, both in terms of offenses and defenses faced.  What the Nuggets offer is some general badness – where their pace of play cannot cover up areas of weakness.  Pretty simply, despite having many of the components of the good team George Karl left behind, this is a team that has shot the ball very poorly (29th overall, dead last from 3).  Given the talent and the three point percentage, maybe there will be improvement based on regression.  Defensively though things have to pick up.  Denver plays the same hectic pace you expect in the Rockies, but there has not been a lot of effectiveness.  The FG defense is actually not terrible (19th in the league) but right now the Nuggets are 29th in FT rate and 27th in forcing turnovers.  There is a lot of fouling and not a lot of aggression.  I don’t expect them to be this bad – the talent is too good to be outright terrible – but it is hard to see a playoff team here.

Rankings through Games of 11/11/2014

Rnk Team W L Off OffSOS AdjOff Def DefSOS AdjDef RoadWt Total Pace
1 Rockets 6 1 101.13 (10) 100.38 (30) 0.74 (13) 89.9 (1) 100.43 (5) -10.53 (2) 2 13.27 95.94 (11)
2 Warriors 5 2 97.66 (17) 97.66 (7) 0.01 (15) 90.65 (2) 101.3 (2) -10.65 (1) 2 12.65 101.85 (1)
3 Blazers 5 3 102.82 (6) 98.72 (15) 4.1 (7) 94.1 (6) 99.03 (12) -4.94 (4) 0.88 9.91 94.85 (15)
4 Mavericks 5 3 107.25 (1) 97.88 (10) 9.37 (1) 103.22 (26) 100.72 (4) 2.51 (21) 1.75 8.61 93.37 (25)
5 Celtics 3 3 102.51 (7) 96.81 (3) 5.7 (5) 102.61 (25) 102.56 (1) 0.05 (14) 1.75 7.4 98.81 (3)
6 Heat 5 2 104.23 (4) 96.15 (2) 8.09 (2) 100.84 (22) 98.55 (14) 2.29 (19) 1.5 7.3 93.34 (26)
7 Kings 5 3 99.49 (13) 98.05 (11) 1.44 (12) 96.09 (9) 98.34 (15) -2.25 (9) 2.19 5.87 96.11 (10)
8 Spurs 4 3 95.62 (21) 97.05 (4) -1.44 (18) 96.05 (8) 101.28 (3) -5.23 (3) 2 5.79 94.78 (16)
9 Grizzlies 7 1 97.04 (18) 99.12 (19) -2.07 (20) 92 (3) 96.71 (24) -4.71 (5) 2.19 4.82 93.01 (28)
10 Wizards 5 2 96.64 (20) 98.76 (16) -2.12 (21) 93.58 (5) 97.53 (21) -3.95 (6) 2.5 4.33 94.76 (17)
11 Raptors 7 1 104.34 (3) 98.56 (14) 5.78 (4) 99.16 (15) 96.13 (26) 3.03 (24) 1.31 4.06 97.69 (6)
12 Bulls 6 2 103.5 (5) 100.12 (27) 3.38 (8) 97.76 (13) 95.29 (29) 2.48 (20) 1.75 2.65 94.48 (18)
13 Clippers 4 3 100.89 (11) 98.42 (12) 2.46 (9) 99.37 (16) 98.11 (19) 1.26 (18) 1 2.2 95.09 (14)
14 Timberwolves 2 4 96.73 (19) 98.5 (13) -1.76 (19) 98.16 (14) 99.66 (7) -1.5 (11) 2.33 2.07 96.14 (9)
15 Suns 4 3 98.74 (16) 100.07 (25) -1.33 (17) 97.12 (12) 99.06 (10) -1.94 (10) 1 1.61 97.16 (7)
16 Hawks 3 3 99.09 (14) 99.48 (23) -0.39 (16) 97.07 (11) 96.56 (25) 0.51 (16) 2.33 1.43 94.3 (19)
17 Nets 4 2 104.84 (2) 100.18 (28) 4.66 (6) 99.4 (17) 94.96 (30) 4.44 (26) 1.17 1.39 95.09 (13)
18 Jazz 3 5 101.75 (9) 99.36 (21) 2.39 (10) 103.54 (27) 99.42 (8) 4.12 (25) 1.75 0.02 91.4 (29)
19 Hornets 3 5 94.57 (23) 99.42 (22) -4.85 (24) 95.95 (7) 99.06 (11) -3.11 (8) 1.75 0.01 93.42 (24)
20 Bucks 4 4 92.54 (28) 97.68 (8) -5.14 (25) 92.47 (4) 95.67 (28) -3.2 (7) 1.75 -0.19 94.24 (20)
21 Pelicans 3 3 99.06 (15) 98.77 (17) 0.29 (14) 100.57 (21) 97.79 (20) 2.77 (23) 1.75 -0.73 95.67 (12)
22 Pacers 2 6 93.82 (25) 97.85 (9) -4.04 (23) 96.21 (10) 97.42 (22) -1.21 (12) 1.31 -1.52 93.21 (27)
23 Cavaliers 3 3 102.11 (8) 100.08 (26) 2.03 (11) 106.49 (29) 98.24 (17) 8.25 (29) 2.33 -3.89 93.84 (22)
24 Thunder 2 6 91.78 (29) 97.52 (6) -5.74 (27) 99.79 (19) 99.4 (9) 0.39 (15) 2.19 -3.94 93.67 (23)
25 Magic 2 6 93.04 (26) 99.35 (20) -6.31 (28) 100 (20) 100.03 (6) -0.03 (13) 2.19 -4.1 96.77 (8)
26 Lakers 1 6 100.03 (12) 93.66 (1) 6.37 (3) 110.18 (30) 95.73 (27) 14.46 (30) 1.5 -6.58 97.81 (5)
27 Pistons 2 5 93 (27) 100.36 (29) -7.35 (30) 99.52 (18) 98.26 (16) 1.25 (17) 1.5 -7.11 94.08 (21)
28 Knicks 2 6 95.39 (22) 98.91 (18) -3.52 (22) 103.57 (28) 98.19 (18) 5.39 (27) 1.75 -7.16 91 (30)
29 Sixers 0 7 90.08 (30) 97.2 (5) -7.12 (29) 101.21 (23) 98.65 (13) 2.56 (22) 1.5 -8.18 98.64 (4)
30 Nuggets 1 5 94.08 (24) 99.62 (24) -5.54 (26) 102.35 (24) 96.76 (23) 5.6 (28) 1.75 -9.38 100.4 (2)

2015 NBA Power Rankings #1 – The First Week

Even without my Celtics being serious contenders, this is as excited I have been for a new NBA season. Last year was one of the best years the league has ever had, and the dramatic offseason featuring LeBron doing something or other only made things more compelling.  Sprinkle in one of the most fascinating rookie classes of recent memory along with the rise of The Brow, and there are storylines galore.  Also – after a 1 year absence, we have some power rankings.  The chart at the end here is a bit of an eyesore, but this is some pretty tried and true analysis.  The method?

  • Offense and Defense are based on points per possession.  A possession is defined as a trip down the floor ending with a made shot, a shot rebounded by the other team, or a turnover.  Box scores do not provide numbers of possessions, but the FGA + .44* FTA – OffReb + TO is a good estimator.  Note here an offensive rebound keeps a possession alive, and .44 assumes that there are more and-ones than three shot fouls.
  • For defense, instead of points allowed, I substitute FTs allowed with a global FT%.  That is, I take out the luck of having your opponent make all their freebies.
  • I calculate the number of possessions in a 48 minute game, and that number is used to create Off and Def Ratings.  Looking at Golden State’s offense, this means they are averaging 98.8 points per “average speed” game.  The Pace column shows the number of possessions per game.
  • The schedule adjustment is more sophisticated than it has been.  For each team I calculate the adjusted points scored and allowed (against other opponents) and use that to normalize both offense and defense.  For example, the Celtics allow 103.55 points per game (23rd in the league).  However, their opponents are averaging 112.32 points per game in their non-Celtics games (highest in the league) so the adjusted defense is actually -8.77 (4th in the league).  The Celtics allows 8.77 points FEWER than their opponents score against the rest of the league.  For the record, I do not think the Celtics are the 2nd best team in the league – but their schedule has been very tough based on info to date.  Note that 58 of each teams 82 games are the same (everybody plays each other twice).  So the schedule adjustments will shrink as the season goes on. (and why I don’t care about “opponents’ opponents” right now.
  • Part of power rankings should include a forward looking component.  As such, I expect to add a “recent form” component after the season hits the 25% mark or so.

So, after discussing the methodology, the next question is what can we get from early results?  Not a whole lot, but we can make a few observations.

  1. The Celtics pledged to run more this season.  Running more is the sort of “check is in the mail” you always hear about in the preseason but never happens.  But so far, the Celtics are playing the 2nd fastest pace in the league – so there is definitely some intent there.  The Knicks were slowpokes last year, and are even moreso this year.
  2. The Lakers are off to an awesomely bad start defensively.  Their raw numbers are terrible, but their adjusted ones aren’t good either.  When you see the Suns ranking 11th in offense, but the Lakers schedule is rated 22nd in terms of opponents offense, it shows that the two games LA and Phoenix have played so far drives almost all of Phoenix’s offensive success.  Let’s put it this way – on a raw basis, the Jazz (29th defensively) are closer to 15th place than they are to 30th.  The Lakers can rope in any free agent they want, so I do not weep for them – but this team has been worse than anybody could imagine.
  3. Detroit had one of the more celebrated coaching changes of the new season.  Stan Van Gundy, one of the league’s best defensive coaches, has shown his impact right away with Detroit leaping up to a decent defense so far (league average).  But the offense has been ghastly complete with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s remarkable start.
  4. And that leaves us with the Cavaliers and their very uninspired start.  Particularly startling is the offensive issues.  The defense has been bad, and that was going to be the uphill battle.  However, we expected an offensive juggernaut right away.  Right now, that juggernaut has yet to appear – with the team shooting just 40%, 29th in the league while only getting to the line on 25.9/100 shots. (23rd in the league).  The three point frequency is nothing special either (21st) – so this seems to be a team which is taking a lot of long 2 pointers, which is death for an offense.  There is a lot of work to do on this end of the floor, let alone the defense.

(through games of 11/3/14)

Rnk Team W L Off OffSOS AdjOff Def DefSOS AdjDef RoadWt Total Pace
1 Warriors 3 0 98.8 (17) 101.41 (21) -2.61 (19) 85.15 (1) 101.23 (11) -16.08 (1) 2.33 15.8 102.55 (1)
2 Celtics 1 2 101.17 (13) 97.62 (11) 3.54 (10) 103.55 (23) 112.32 (1) -8.77 (4) 2.33 14.65 102.36 (2)
3 Kings 3 1 94.91 (21) 92.97 (4) 1.94 (13) 91.17 (3) 99.15 (15) -7.98 (6) 1.75 11.67 98 (6)
4 Bulls 2 1 105.04 (5) 102.49 (25) 2.55 (12) 95.46 (9) 101.78 (6) -6.33 (7) 2.33 11.21 93.51 (26)
5 Mavericks 3 1 113.5 (1) 96.13 (6) 17.37 (1) 104.05 (26) 95.88 (23) 8.17 (28) 1.75 10.95 94.41 (20)
6 Heat 3 0 109.36 (3) 98.95 (13) 10.4 (3) 99.95 (16) 99.12 (16) 0.84 (17) 1.17 10.73 95.87 (14)
7 Rockets 4 0 104.89 (6) 107.13 (29) -2.25 (18) 91.3 (4) 100.54 (13) -9.23 (3) 2.63 9.61 95.99 (13)
8 Jazz 1 3 104.88 (7) 96.18 (7) 8.71 (5) 106.81 (29) 105.77 (3) 1.04 (19) 1.75 9.42 94.62 (19)
9 Grizzlies 4 0 93.42 (23) 99.58 (17) -6.17 (22) 86.61 (2) 99.66 (14) -13.04 (2) 1.75 8.62 93.92 (23)
10 Hawks 1 1 104.6 (8) 102.96 (26) 1.64 (14) 96.93 (11) 102.02 (5) -5.09 (9) 1.75 8.48 93.5 (27)
11 Spurs 1 1 99.47 (15) 102.19 (23) -2.73 (20) 100.8 (17) 109.34 (2) -8.53 (5) 1.75 7.56 91.58 (29)
12 Blazers 1 2 96.48 (20) 92.23 (3) 4.25 (9) 94.54 (8) 95.37 (25) -0.84 (13) 1.17 6.26 96.07 (12)
13 Raptors 2 1 105.18 (4) 96.91 (10) 8.28 (6) 106.75 (28) 101.47 (8) 5.29 (22) 2.33 5.32 96.93 (9)
14 Timberwolves 1 2 101.56 (12) 90.39 (1) 11.17 (2) 100.93 (18) 93.59 (27) 7.33 (25) 1.17 5 95.36 (16)
15 Wizards 2 1 101.66 (10) 98.96 (14) 2.69 (11) 97.7 (12) 97.67 (18) 0.03 (15) 2.33 5 96.84 (10)
16 Cavaliers 1 1 100.66 (14) 100.28 (20) 0.39 (15) 102.55 (21) 101.63 (7) 0.92 (18) 1.75 1.21 92.35 (28)
17 Nets 2 1 109.62 (2) 100.09 (19) 9.53 (4) 102.69 (22) 90.9 (30) 11.79 (29) 2.33 0.08 94.17 (21)
18 Pelicans 1 2 93.05 (24) 99.32 (16) -6.27 (23) 96.69 (10) 101.47 (9) -4.78 (10) 1.17 -0.32 98.24 (5)
19 Hornets 1 2 89.14 (28) 96.23 (8) -7.09 (25) 91.57 (5) 96.1 (21) -4.53 (11) 1.17 -1.4 93.56 (25)
20 Knicks 2 1 99.23 (16) 94.6 (5) 4.62 (8) 103.57 (24) 95.68 (24) 7.89 (27) 1.17 -2.1 87.29 (30)
21 Suns 2 1 101.58 (11) 111.61 (30) -10.03 (26) 98.05 (13) 103.5 (4) -5.45 (8) 1.17 -3.41 95.65 (15)
22 Clippers 3 1 103.16 (9) 105.16 (28) -2 (17) 99.59 (14) 96.48 (20) 3.11 (21) 0.88 -4.24 95.27 (17)
23 Bucks 1 2 93.56 (22) 98.46 (12) -4.9 (21) 94.53 (7) 92.82 (28) 1.71 (20) 2.33 -4.28 97.73 (8)
24 Pacers 1 2 96.7 (19) 96.71 (9) 0 (16) 101.56 (19) 93.91 (26) 7.64 (26) 1.17 -6.48 93.87 (24)
25 Nuggets 1 2 90.5 (27) 101.85 (22) -11.35 (28) 92.33 (6) 92.59 (29) -0.26 (14) 1.17 -9.92 100.65 (3)
26 Thunder 1 3 92.53 (25) 99.15 (15) -6.62 (24) 103.63 (25) 97.64 (19) 5.99 (23) 2.63 -9.98 94.82 (18)
27 Sixers 0 4 88.43 (29) 99.67 (18) -11.24 (27) 102.01 (20) 101.45 (10) 0.55 (16) 1.75 -10.05 97.86 (7)
28 Pistons 0 3 88.26 (30) 102.39 (24) -14.13 (30) 99.61 (15) 101.05 (12) -1.43 (12) 2.33 -10.37 94.16 (22)
29 Lakers 0 4 97.46 (18) 91.94 (2) 5.52 (7) 115.13 (30) 95.94 (22) 19.19 (30) 1.75 -11.92 99.37 (4)
30 Magic 0 3 91.79 (26) 103.68 (27) -11.89 (29) 105.53 (27) 98.25 (17) 7.28 (24) 1.17 -18.01 96.45 (11)

2013 College Basketball – 3/16/2013

You know the drill by now … automatic berths piling up, let’s see how this goes.  Lots of automatic bids now.  For what it’s worth – I cannot imagine New Mexico as the #1 overall seed in real life, but they have had the best numbers all season.  And if you think the Mountain West has had a great year then you gotta live it.

NCAA FIELD

ARLINGTON, TX

  • Austin: (1) New Mexico v (16) Southern/North Carolina A&T, (8) Minnesota v (9) NC State
  • San Jose: (4) Syracuse v (13) Bucknell, (5) VCU v (12) Southern Miss
  • Dayton: (2) Indiana v (15) Northwestern State, (7) UNLV v Ole Miss
  • Philadelphia: (3) Georgetown v (14) Pacific, (6) North Carolina v (11) Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, DC

  • Philadelphia: (1) Duke v (16) Long Island/Liberty, (8) Saint Mary’s v (9) Notre Dame
  • Salt Lake City: (4) Saint Louis v (13) New Mexico State, (5) Colorado State v (12) Iowa State
  • Kansas City: (2) Kansas v (15) Montana, (7) Wisconsin v (10) Pittsburgh
  • Kansas City: (3) Memphis v (14) South Dakota State, (6) UCLA v (11) Temple

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

  • Lexington: (1) Louisville v (16) James Madison, (8) Butler v (9) Missouri
  • Salt Lake City: (4) Creighton v (13) Valparaiso, (5) Arizona v (12) Illinois/Boise State
  • Austin: (2) Florida v (15) FL Gulf Coast, (7) MTSU v (10) Colorado
  • Dayton: (3) Ohio State v (14) Harvard, (6) Oklahoma State v (11) Akron

LOS ANGELES, CA

  • San Jose: (1) Gonzaga v (16) Western Kentucky, (8) Wichita State v (9) Oregon
  • Auburn Hills: (4) Michigan v (13) Davidson, (5) Marquette v (12) Virginia
  • Lexington: (2) Miami-FL v (15) Albany, (7) Belmont v (10) San Diego State
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Michigan State v (14) Iona, (6) Kansas State v (11) Cincinnati/LaSalle

THE LITTLE DANCE (YOUR NIT FIELD – AUTO BIDS IN CAPS)

  • (1) California v (32) CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
  • (16) Stanford v (17) Baylor
  • (8) Denver v (25) Arkansas
  • (9) Maryland v (24) Eastern Kentucky
  • (4) Massachusetts v (29) NORTHEASTERN
  • (13) Ohio v (20) Xavier
  • (5) Kentucky v (28) LONG BEACH STATE
  • (12) LSU v (21) Charlotte
  • (2) Villanova v (31) NORFOLK STATE
  • (15) Providence v (18) STEPHEN F AUSTIN
  • (7) Alabama v (26) ROBERT MORRIS
  • (10) STONY BROOK v (23) North Dakota State
  • (3) LOUISIANA TECH v (30) MERCER
  • (14) BYU v (19) Detroit
  • (6) Tennessee v (27) NIAGARA
  • (11) Iowa v (22) Saint Joseph’s

 

2013 College Basketball – 3/15/2013

You know the drill by now … automatic berths piling up, let’s see how this goes.  No new berths yesterday, but with Long Beach State going down, we get another team on the NIT pile.  Also, Duke lost – although they are not hurt too much … Kentucky on the other hand, let’s move on.

NCAA FIELD

WASHINGTON, DC

  • Philadelphia: (1) Duke v (16) James Madison, (8) Minnesota v (9) Wichita State
  • Salt Lake City: (4) Creighton v (13) Bucknell, (5) Saint Louis v (12) Akron
  • Austin: (2) Florida v (15) Pacific, (7) Colorado State v (10) Oklahoma
  • Dayton: (3) Ohio State v (14) Harvard, (6) Butler v (11) Oregon

LOS ANGELES, CA

  • San Jose: (1) Gonzaga v (16) Long Island/Liberty, (8) NC State v (9) Colorado
  • Kansas City: (4) Memphis v (13) Stephen F Austin, (5) Marquette v (12) Illinois/Boise State
  • Dayton: (2) Indiana v (15) Montana, (7) Belmont v (10) Southern Miss
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Georgetown v (14) South Dakota State, (6) UNLV v (11) Iowa State

ARLINGTON, TX

  • Austin: (1) New Mexico v (16) Western Kentucky, (8) Wisconsin v (9) Pittsburgh
  • San Jose: (4) UCLA v (13) Valparaiso, (5) Kansas State v (12) LaSalle/Cincinnati
  • Lexington: (2) Miami-FL v (15) Vermont, (7) VCU v (10) Notre Dame
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Michigan State v (14) Iona, (6) Oklahoma State v (11) Ole Miss

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

  • Lexington: (1) Louisville v (16) Southern/North Carolina A&T, (8) Saint Mary’s v (9) Missouri
  • Salt Lake City: (4) Michigan v (13) Davidson, (5) Arizona v (12) Virginia
  • Kansas City: (2) Kansas v (15) FL Gulf Coast, (7) North Carolina v (10) San Diego State
  • Philadelphia: (3) Syracuse v (14) New Mexico State, (6) Middle Tennessee v (11) Temple

THE LITTLE DANCE (YOUR NIT FIELD – AUTO BIDS IN CAPS)

  • (1) California v (32) CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
  • (16) Baylor v (17) Providence
  • (8) Alabama v (25) Arizona State
  • (9) Denver v (24) Arkansas
  • (4) Louisiana Tech v (29) NORTHEASTERN
  • (13) LSU v (20) Saint Joseph’s
  • (5) Villanova v (28) LONG BEACH STATE
  • (12) Ohio v (21) North Dakota State
  • (2) Massachusetts v (31) NORFOLK STATE
  • (15) Stanford v (18) Detroit
  • (7) Maryland v (26) ROBERT MORRIS
  • (10) Iowa v (23) Eastern Kentucky
  • (3) Kentucky v (30) MERCER
  • (14) BYU v (19) Xavier
  • (6) Tennessee v (27) NIAGARA
  • (11) Stony Brook v (22) Charlotte

 

2013 College Basketball – 3/14/2013

You know the drill by now … automatic berths piling up, let’s see how this goes.  No new berths yesterday, but the big conferences all got started.

NCAA FIELD

WASHINGTON, DC

  • Philadelphia: (1) Duke v (16) Long Island, (8) Wichita State v (9) San Diego State
  • San Jose: (4) Syracuse v (13) Bucknell, (5) Oklahoma State v (12) Akron
  • Dayton: (2) Miami-FL v (15) Vermont, (7) Butler v (10) Oklahoma
  • Dayton: (3) Florida v (14) Harvard, (6) UCLA v (11) Illinois

ARLINGTON, TX

  • Austin: (1) New Mexico v (16) Western Kentucky, (8) Missouri v (9) Notre Dame
  • Kansas City: (4) Michigan v (13) Stephen F Austin, (5) Saint Louis v (12) Oregon
  • Lexington: (2) Indiana v (15) Montana, (7) Saint Mary’s v (10) Pittsburgh
  • Salt Lake City: (3) Arizona v (14) South Dakota State, (6) Kansas State v (11) Ole Miss/Virginia

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

  • Lexington: (1) Louisville v (16) Southern/Morgan State, (8) NC State v (9) Wisconsin
  • Salt Lake City: (4) Creighton v (13) Valparaiso, (5) Colorado State v (12) Iowa State
  • Kansas City: (2) Kansas v (15) FL Gulf Coast, (7) North Carolina v (10) Temple
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Ohio State v (14) Iona, (6) UNLV v (11) Cincinnati/Southern Miss

LOS ANGELES, CA

  • San Jose: (1) Gonzaga v (16) James Madison/Liberty, (8) VCU v (9) Minnesota
  • Austin: (4) Memphis v (13) Davidson, (5) Marquette v (12) Southern Miss
  • Philadelphia: (2) Georgetown v (15) Long Beach State, (7) Belmont v (10) Colorado
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Michigan State v (14) New Mexico State, (6) Middle Tennessee v (11) LaSalle

THE LITTLE DANCE (YOUR NIT FIELD – AUTO BIDS IN CAPS)

  • (1) Kentucky v (32) CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
  • (16) Providence v (17) Charlotte
  • (8) Maryland v (25) Eastern Kentucky
  • (9) Stony Brook v (24) Arkansas
  • (4) Tennessee v (29) NORTHEASTERN
  • (13) BYU v (20) Florida State
  • (5) Iowa v (28) NIAGARA
  • (12) Ohio v (21) North Dakota State
  • (2) California v (31) NORFOLK STATE
  • (15) Baylor v (18) Saint Joseph’s
  • (7) Denver v (26) Northern Iowa
  • (10) Alabama v (23) Arizona State
  • (3) LOUISIANA TECH v (30) MERCER
  • (14) Stanford v (19) Detroit
  • (6) Massachusetts v (27) ROBERT MORRIS
  • (11) LSU v (22) Xavier

 

2013 College Basketball – 3/13/2013

You know the drill by now … automatic berths piling up, let’s see how this goes

NCAA FIELD

WASHINGTON, DC

  • Philadelphia: (1) Duke v (16) James Madison, (8) Butler v (9) Wisconsin
  • San Jose: (4) Creighton v (13) Bucknell, (5) Syracuse v (12) Louisiana Tech
  • Dayton: (2) Miami-FL v (15) Vermont, (7) UCLA v (10) Saint Mary’s
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Michigan State v (14) Harvard, (6) Kansas State v (11) Cincinnati

ARLINGTON, TX

  • Dayton: (1) Indiana v (16) Western Kentucky, (8) VCU v (9) Colorado
  • Kansas City: (4) Marquette v (13) Davidson, (5) Colorado State v (12) Virginia/Kentucky
  • San Jose: (2) Gonzaga v (15) Long Beach State, (7) Pittsburgh v (10) Oklahoma
  • Austin: (3) Michigan v (14) Stephen F Austin, (6) UNLV v (11) LaSalle

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

  • Lexington: (1) Louisville v (16) Long Island/Liberty, (8) NC State v (9) Missouri
  • Austin: (4) Memphis v (13) Akron, (5) Saint Louis v (12) Ole Miss/Boise State
  • Lexington: (2) Florida v (15) FL Gulf Coast, (7) Minnesota v (10) San Diego State
  • Philadelphia: (3) Georgetown v (14) Iona, (6) North Carolina v (11) Iowa State

LOS ANGELES, CA

  • San Jose: (1) New Mexico v (16) Savannah State/Texas Southern, (8) Wichita State v (9) Temple
  • Salt Lake City: (4) Arizona v (13) Valparaiso, (5) Oklahoma State v (12) Illinois
  • Kansas City: (2) Kansas v (15) Montana, (7) Belmont v (10) Notre Dame
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Ohio State v (14) South Dakota State, (6) Middle Tennessee v (11) Southern Miss

THE LITTLE DANCE (YOUR NIT FIELD – AUTO BIDS IN CAPS)

  • (1) Oregon v (32) CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
  • (16) Providence v (17) BYU
  • (8) STONY BROOK v (25) Florida State
  • (9) Maryland v (24) Charlotte
  • (4) Denver v (29) NORTHEASTERN
  • (13) Baylor v (20) Detroit
  • (5) Tennessee v (28) NIAGARA
  • (12) Stanford v (21) Arizona State
  • (2) California v (31) NORFOLK STATE
  • (15) Xavier v (18) Arkansas
  • (7) Massachusetts v (26) Dayton
  • (10) Alabama v (23) Saint Joseph’s
  • (3) Villanova v (30) MERCER
  • (14) LSU v (19) New Mexico State
  • (6) Iowa v (27) ROBERT MORRIS
  • (11) Ohio v (22) North Dakota State