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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

 

2013 College Basketball – 3/11/2013

You know the drill by now … we are adding results from the five additional berths awarded last night … automatics in italics

NCAA FIELD

WASHINGTON, DC

  • Philadelphia: (1) Duke v (16) James Madison, (8) Butler v (9) Saint Mary’s
  • San Jose: (4) Creighton v (13) Akron, (5) Syracuse v (12) Illinois
  • Dayton: (2) Miami-FL v (15) Vermont, (7) UNLV v (10) Oklahoma
  • Austin: (3) Florida v (14) Harvard, (6) Minnesota v (11) Southern Miss/Oregon

ARLINGTON, TX

  • Austin: (1) New Mexico v (16) Mount Saint Mary’s, (8) VCU v (9) Missouri
  • Dayton: (4) Michigan v (13) Davidson, (5) Oklahoma State v (12) Virginia
  • Lexington: (2) Indiana v (15) Montana, (7) Belmont v (10) Notre Dame
  • Salt Lake City: (3) Arizona v (14) Stephen F Austin, (6) MTSU v (11) Ole Miss

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

  • Lexington: (1) Louisville v (16) Norfolk State/Texas Southern, (8) NC State v (9) Temple
  • Austin: (4) Memphis v (13) Bucknell, (5) Colorado State v (12) Iowa State/Cincinnati
  • Philadelphia: (2) Georgetown v (15) FL Gulf Coast, (7) UCLA v (10) LaSalle
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Michigan State v (14) Iona, (6) Kansas State v (11) Boise State

LOS ANGELES, CA

  • San Jose: (1) Gonzaga v (16) Western Kentucky/Liberty, (8) Wichita State v (9) Wisconsin
  • Kansas City: (4) Marquette v (13) Valparaiso, (5) Saint Louis v (12) San Diego State
  • Kansas City: (2) Kansas v (15) Long Beach State, (7) Pittsburgh v (10) Colorado
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Ohio State v (14) South Dakota State, (6) North Carolina v (11) Louisiana Tech

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

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

 

2013 College Basketball – 3/10/2013

As always based on the power rankings which are faithfully updated (well, semi-regularly), and consequently the 68 team “should” field.  We will try to do this at least a couple of times this week, now that Championship Week has started in earnest.  We already know that some teams are in the field.  We also know that some dead regular season champs are in the NIT field.  As such we can include an NIT projection as well – though for that we observe no seeding “rules” like we do for the NCAA. (teams “in” are italics)

NCAA FIELD

WASHINGTON, DC

  • Philadelphia: (1) Duke v (16) Long Beach State, (8) Butler v (9) Missouri
  • San Jose: (4) Creighton v (13) Akron, (5) Syracuse v (12) San Diego State
  • Dayton: (2) Miami-FL v (15) Vermont, (7) UNLV v (10) Notre Dame
  • Philadelphia: (3) Ohio State v (14) Harvard, (6) Kansas State v (11) Louisiana Tech

LOS ANGELES, CA

  • Dayton: (1) Indiana v (16) Montana, (8) Belmont v (9) Oklahoma
  • Salt Lake City: (4) Arizona v (13) Davidson, (5) Saint Louis v (12) Virginia
  • San Jose: (2) Gonzaga v (15) Northeastern, (7) Pittsburgh v (10) Colorado
  • Austin: (3) Michigan v (14) Stephen F Austin, (6) Middle Tennessee v (11) Iowa State/Southern Miss

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

  • Lexington: (1) Louisville v (16) Norfolk State/Texas Southern, (8) NC State v (9) Wichita State
  • Austin: (4) Memphis v (13) Bucknell, (5) Colorado State v (12) Illinois
  • Lexington: (2) Florida v (15) Florida International, (8) UCLA v (9) LaSalle
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Michigan State v (14) South Dakota State, (6) North Carolina v (11) Cincinnati/California

ARLINGTON, TX

  • Salt Lake City: (1) New Mexico v (16) Mount Saint Mary’s/Liberty, (8) Minnesota v (9) Temple
  • Kansas City: (4) Marquette v (13) Valparaiso, (5) Oklahoma State v (12) Ole Miss
  • Kansas City: (2) Kansas v (15) FL Gulf Coast, (7) VCU v (10) Wisconsin
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Georgetown v (14) Iona, (6) Saint Mary’s v (11) Boise State

Some quick comments:

  • Funny what the last week did.  Earlier this week, Indiana’s loss to Ohio State moved it off of the top line, but now they are back, but still behind Louisville in the race for Indianapolis.  
  • Middle Tennessee lost in the Sun Belt semifinals, and my rankings have them still in.  Frankly, in real life they are on the bubble at best – though Kentucky must be awfully nervous as this move in these rankings pushed them off the bubble.
  • The NIT field below is a reflection of the bubble as well as the teams which have won regular season titles but lost out on automatic bids to the Big Dance.

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

  • (1) Kentucky v (32) CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
  • (16) Xavier v (17) Brigham Young
  • (8) Stanford v (25) Arizona State
  • (9) Providence v (24) Air Force
  • (4) Villanova v (29) ROBERT MORRIS
  • (13) Maryland v (20) New Mexico State
  • (5) Tennessee v (28) Indiana State
  • (12) Baylor v (21) Saint Joseph’s
  • (2) Oregon v (31) MERCER
  • (15) LSU v (18) Arkansas
  • (7) Massachusetts v (26) Wyoming
  • (10) Alabama v (23) Charlotte
  • (3) Denver v (30) NIAGARA
  • (14) Ohio v (19) Detroit
  • (6) Iowa v (27) Florida State
  • (11) Stony Brook v (22) Richmond

 

2013 College Basketball – 3/4/2013

As always based on the power rankings which are faithfully updated (well, semi-regularly), and consequently the 68 team “should” field.  This time though, we DO consider regions now – and try to slot into regionals and eliminate UConn from discussion due to ineligibility.  It’s a more tedious exercise, but possibly more interesting,  Commentary will be a bit quicker now – as with the conference tourneys starting this week, information will get more interesting.  As a practical matter, I doubt Middle Tennessee and Belmont are as safe as they should be.

Washington DC

  • Philadelphia: (1) Duke v (16) NORTHEASTERN, (8) BELMONT v (9) Oklahoma
  • San Jose: (4) Arizona v (13) Boise State/Iowa State, (5) Minnesota v (12) Cincinnati
  • Austin: (2) FLORIDA v (15) PRINCETON, (7) VCU v (10) Illinois
  • Philadelphia: (3) GEORGETOWN v (14) SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, (6) Colorado State v (11) Oregon

Indianapolis

  • Lexington: (1) INDIANA v (16) TEXAS SOUTHERN/NORFOLK STATE, (8) Pittsburgh v (9) Colorado
  • Salt Lake City: (4) SAINT LOUIS v (13) VALPARAISO, (5) UNLV v (12) Virginia
  • San Jose: (2) GONZAGA v (15) LONG BEACH STATE, (7) NC State v (10) Wisconsin
  • Dayton: (3) Syracuse v (14) DAVIDSON, (6) Oklahoma State v (11) Temple

Los Angeles

  • Salt Lake City: (1) NEW MEXICO v (16) MONTANA/CHARLESTON SOUTHERN, (8) Saint Mary’s v (9) Notre Dame
  • Dayton: (4) Ohio State v (13) BUCKNELL, (5) MEMPHIS v (12) LOUISIANA TECH
  • Austin: (2) MIAMI-FL v (15) ROBERT MORRIS, (7) UCLA v (10) Butler
  • Kansas City: (3) Marquette v (14) STEPHEN F AUSTIN, (6) CREIGHTON v (11) AKRON

Arlington

  • Kansas City: (1) KANSAS v (16) MERCER, (8) North Carolina v (9) Missouri
  • Auburn Hills: (4) Michigan State v (13) Southern Miss/Kentucky, (5) MIDDLE TENNESSEE v (12) California
  • Lexington: (2) Louisville v (15) NIAGARA, (7) Wichita State v (10) San Diego State
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Michigan v (14) STONY BROOK, (6) Kansas State v (11) LaSalle

Quick impressions?

  1. As far as who missed this field? Ole Miss, Villanova, Maryland and Denver with Ole Miss getting first dibs.  Massachusetts, Tennessee, Providence and Alabama are even further away.

The conference breakdown

  • ACC (5): Duke, Virginia, NC State, Miami-FL, North Carolina
  • Big 12 (5): Oklahoma, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State
  • Atlantic 10 (5): Saint Louis, VCU, Temple, Butler, LaSalle
  • Mountain West (5): Boise State, Colorado State, UNLV, New Mexico, San Diego State
  • Big Ten (7): Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan
  • Big East (7): Cincinnati, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Marquette, Louisville
  • SEC (3): Florida, Missouri, Kentucky
  • Pac 12 (5): Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, UCLA, California
  • West Coast (2): Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s
  • Conference USA (2): Memphis, Southern Miss
  • Missouri Valley (2): Creighton, Wichita State
  • One Bidders: Northeastern (Colonial), Belmont (Ohio Valley), Princeton (Ivy), South Dakota State (Summit), Texas Southern (SWAC), Norfolk State (MEAC), Valparaiso (Horizon), Long Beach State (Big West), Davidson (Southern), Montana (Big Sky), Charleston Southern (Big South), Bucknell (Patriot), Louisiana Tech (WAC), Robert Morris (Northeast), Akron (MAC), Stephen F Austin (Southland), Mercer (Atlantic Sun), Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt), Niagara (Metro Atlantic), Stony Brook (America East)

2013 College Basketball – 2/27/2013

As always based on the power rankings which are faithfully updated (well, semi-regularly), and consequently the 68 team “should” field.  This time though, we DO consider regions now – and try to slot into regionals and eliminate UConn from discussion due to ineligibility.  It’s a more tedious exercise, but possibly more interesting – I was surprised at the impact of the Indiana and Florida losses – and a bit surprised at how Minnesota has held up despite a sub .500 record.  I have no doubt their actual seed will be lower:

Washington DC Regional

  • Philadelphia: (1) Duke v (16) MERCER, (8) UCLA v (9) VCU
  • San Jose: (4) MEMPHIS v (13) LOUISIANA TECH, (5) Ohio State v (12) Kentucky
  • Dayton: (2) Louisville v (15) HARVARD, (7) Kansas State v (10) Oregon
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Michigan v (14) SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, (6) SAINT LOUIS v (11) Virginia

Indianapolis Regional

  • Salt Lake City: (1) NEW MEXICO v (16) MONTANA/CHARLESTON SOUTHERN, (8) Butler v (9) Saint Mary’s
  • Austin: (4) GEORGETOWN v (13) VALPARAISO, (5) Minnesota v (12) AKRON
  • Lexington: (2) MIAMI-FL v (15) NORTHEASTERN, (7) Notre Dame v (10) San Diego State
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Michigan State v (14) STEPHEN F AUSTIN, (6) MIDDLE TENNESSEE v (11) Missouri

Arlington Regional

  • Kansas City: (1) KANSAS v (16) ROBERT MORRIS, (8) NC State v (9) Illinois
  • Austin: (4) WICHITA STATE (4) v (13) Ole Miss/California, (5) Colorado State v (12) Cincinnati
  • Dayton: (2) INDIANA v (15) LONG BEACH STATE, (7) Pittsburgh v (10) BELMONT
  • Salt Lake City: (3) ARIZONA v (14) DAVIDSON, (6) Oklahoma State v (11) Temple

Los Angeles Region

  • San Jose: (1) GONZAGA v (16) NORFOLK STATE/TEXAS SOUTHERN, (8) North Carolina v (9) Oklahoma
  • Kansas City: (4) Marquette v (13) BUCKNELL, (5) UNLV v (12) Southern Miss/Iowa State
  • Lexington: (2) FLORIDA v (15) NIAGARA, (7) Creighton v (10) Colorado
  • Philadelphia: (3) Syracuse v (14) STONY BROOK, (6) Wisconsin v (11) LaSalle

Quick impressions?

  1. As far as who missed this field?  Tennessee, Villanova, Boise State, Maryland with Tennessee getting first dibs.  Ohio, Massachusetts, BYU and Indiana State are even further away.

The conference breakdown

  • ACC (5): Duke, Virginia, Miami-FL, NC State, North Carolina
  • Pac-12 (5): UCLA, Oregon, California, Arizona, Colorado
  • Big Ten (7): Ohio State, Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan State, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin
  • Big East (7): Louisville, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Syracuse
  • SEC (4): Kentucky, Missouri, Ole Miss, Florida
  • Big 12 (5): Kansas State, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State
  • Atlantic 10 (5): VCU, Saint Louis, Butler, Temple, LaSalle
  • Conference USA (2): Memphis, Southern Miss
  • Mountain West (4): New Mexico, San Diego State, Colorado State, UNLV
  • West Coast (2): Saint Mary’s, Gonzaga
  • Missouri Valley (2): Wichita State, Creighton
  • One Bidders: Mercer (Atlantic Sun), Louisiana Tech (WAC), Ivy (Harvard), Summit (South Dakota State), Big Sky (Montana), Big South (Charleston Southern), Horizon (Valparaiso), MAC (Akron), Colonial (Northeastern), Southland (Stephen F Austin), Sun Belt (Middle Tennessee), Northeast (Robert Morris), Big West (Long Beach State), Ohio Valley (Belmont), Southern (Davidson), SWAC (Texas Southern), MEAC (Norfolk State),  Patriot (Bucknell), MAAC (Niagara), America East (Stony Brook)

2013 College Basketball – 2/20/2013

As always based on the power rankings which are faithfully updated (well, semi-regularly), and consequently the 68 team “should” field.  This time though, we DO consider regions now – and try to slot into regionals and eliminate UConn from discussion due to ineligibility.  It’s a more tedious exercise, but possibly more interesting – I put top ranked Duke in Los Angeles to give Miami some credit for being the ACC champ in this alignment:

Los Angeles Regional

  • Philadelphia: (1) Duke v (16) NORTHEASTERN, (8) LaSalle v (9) Illinois
  • San Jose: (4) Georgetown v (13) BUCKNELL, (5) MEMPHIS v (12) Kentucky
  • Dayton: (2) Louisville v (15) HARVARD, (7) Creighton v (10) San Diego State
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Michigan v (14) STONY BROOK, (6) Kansas State v (11) BELMONT

Indianapolis Regional

  • Dayton: (1) INDIANA v (16) NORFOLK STATE/CHARLESTON SOUTHERN, (8) OREGON v (9) VCU
  • Salt Lake City: (4) Colorado State v (13) Ole Miss, (5) WICHITA STATE v (12) Notre Dame
  • San Jose: (2) GONZAGA v (15) LONG BEACH STATE, (7) Pittsburgh v (10) Oklahoma
  • Auburn Hills: (3) Michigan State v (14) VALPARAISO, (6) NC State v (11) LOUISIANA TECH

Washington, DC Regional

  • Lexington: (1) MIAMI-FL v (16) MERCER/TEXAS SOUTHERN, (8) Colorado v (9) Missouri
  • Austin: (4) Marquette v (13) Southern Miss/California, (5) Oklahoma State v (12) AKRON
  • Kansas City: (2) KANSAS v (15) NIAGARA, (7) Wisconsin v (10) Saint Mary’s
  • Philadelphia: (3) SYRACUSE v (14) DAVIDSON, (6) SAINT LOUIS v (11) Virginia

Arlington, TX Regional

  • Lexington: (1) FLORIDA v (16) MONTANA, (8) UNLV v (9) UCLA
  • Kansas City: (4) Minnesota v (13) STEPHEN F AUSTIN, (5) MIDDLE TENNESSEE v (12) Iowa State/Temple
  • Austin: (2) NEW MEXICO v (15) BRYANT, (7) Butler v (10) North Carolina
  • Salt Lake City: (3) Arizona v (14) SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, (6) Ohio State v (11) Cincinnati

Quick impressions?

  1. As far as who missed this field?  Villanova, Baylor, Boise State, Alabama with Villanova getting first dibs.  Maryland, Arizona State, BYU and Charlotte are even further away.

The conference breakdown

  • ACC (5): Duke, Miami-FL, Virginia, NC State, North Carolina
  • Northeast (1): Bryant
  • MEAC (1): Norfolk State
  • Big 12 (5): Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas
  • Big East (8): Connecticut, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette
  • SEC (4): Kentucky, Ole Miss, Missouri, Florida
  • Atlantic 10 (5): Temple, VCU, LaSalle, Butler, Saint Louis
  • Pac 12 (4): Colorado, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona
  • West Coast (2): Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s
  • Mountain West (4): UNLV, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State
  • Missouri Valley (2): Creighton, Wichita State
  • Conference USA (2): Memphis, Southern Miss
  • WAC (1): Louisiana Tech
  • Big Ten (7): Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois
  • MAC (1): Akron
  • Atlantic Sun (1): Mercer
  • Ivy (1): Harvard
  • Big Sky (1): Montana
  • Ohio Valley (1): Belmont
  • Patriot (1): Bucknell
  • Horizon (1): Valparaiso
  • Big South (1): Charleston Southern
  • SWAC (1): Texas Southern
  • Colonial (1): Northeastern
  • America East (1): Stony Brook
  • Metro Atlantic (1): Niagara
  • Big West (1): Long Beach State
  • Southland (1): Stephen F Austin
  • Sun Belt (1): Middle Tennessee
  • Summit (1): South Dakota State
  • Southern (1): Davidson

2013 College Basketball – 2/11/2013

OK, so Duke only ALMOST lost.  But Indiana losing (but deservedly holding the #1 position in the writers poll) along with Michigan and Kansas shook things up.  Of course with that comes a change in the power rankings which are faithfully updated (well, semi-regularly), and consequently the 68 team “should” field.  I won’t spend any time pondering the integrity of seeding and regional rules (i.e. not too many teams form one conference in one region etc).  Consider this a pure S-curve of the field.  For automatic bids, I’m going with the best record OR highest ranking in a tie.  I know UConn is not eligible – but I rank them anyway because I am lazy and it is a “should” field.  Anyhoo, here is the bracket.

REGION A: (Top overall seed, #2 seed is 8th ranked team)

  • (1) Duke v (16) Bryant/NC Central
  • (8) Kansas State v (9) Connecticut
  • (4) Georgetown v (13) Kentucky/Temple
  • (5) Pittsburgh v (12) Louisiana Tech
  • (2) Indiana v (15) FL Gulf Coast
  • (7) UNLV v (10) Iowa State
  • (3) Gonzaga v (14) Harvard
  • (6) Memphis v (11) VCU

REGION B: (4th overall seed, #2 seed is 5th ranked)

  • (1) Syracuse v (16) Montana
  • (8) Wisconsin v (9) Belmont
  • (4) Minnesota v (13) Bucknell
  • (5) Oklahoma State v (12) Ole Miss
  • (2) Kansas v (15) Niagara
  • (7) Colorado v (10) LaSalle
  • (3) Michigan State v (14) Valparaiso
  • (6) Creighton v (11) UCLA

REGION C: (2nd overall, #2 is 7th)

  • (1) Miami-FL v (16) NC-Asheville/AR-Pine Bluff
  • (8) Virginia v (9) Oregon
  • (4) Colorado State v (13) Akron
  • (5) Ohio State v (12) Notre Dame/Indiana State
  • (2) Arizona v (15) Northeastern
  • (7) Wichita State v (10) Missouri
  • (3) New Mexico v (14) Stony Brook
  •  (6) NC State v (11) Oklahoma

REGION D: (3rd overall, #2 is 6th)

  • (1) Florida v (16) Long Beach State
  • (8) Cincinnati v (9) San Diego State
  • (4) Butler v (13) Stephen F Austin
  • (5) Middle Tennessee v (12) North Carolina
  • (2) Michigan v (15) Western Illinois
  • (7) Saint Mary’s v (10) Saint Louis
  • (3) Louisville v (14) Davidson
  • (6) Marquette v (11) Illinois

Quick impressions?

  1. As far as who missed this field?  Stanford, UMass, Boise State and Baylor, with Stanford getting first dibs.  Southern Miss, California, Arizona State and Charlotte are even further away.

The conference breakdown

  • ACC (5): Duke, Miami-FL, Virginia, NC State, North Carolina
  • Northeast (1): Bryant
  • MEAC (1): NC Central
  • Big 12 (5): Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas
  • Big East (8): Connecticut, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette
  • SEC (4): Kentucky, Ole Miss, Missouri, Florida
  • Atlantic 10 (5): Temple, VCU, LaSalle, Butler, Saint Louis
  • Pac 12 (4): Colorado, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona
  • West Coast (2): Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s
  • Mountain West (4): UNLV, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State
  • Missouri Valley (3): Creighton, Indiana State, Wichita State
  • Conference USA (1): Memphis
  • WAC (1): Louisiana Tech
  • Big Ten (7): Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois
  • MAC (1): Akron
  • Atlantic Sun (1): FL Gulf Coast
  • Ivy (1): Harvard
  • Big Sky (1): Montana
  • Ohio Valley (1): Belmont
  • Patriot (1): Bucknell
  • Horizon (1): Valparaiso
  • Big South (1): NC-Asheville
  • SWAC (1): AR-Pine Bluff
  • Colonial (1): Northeastern
  • America East (1): Stony Brook
  • Metro Atlantic (1): Niagara
  • Big West (1): Long Beach State
  • Southland (1): Stephen F Austin
  • Sun Belt (1): Middle Tennessee
  • Summit (1): Western Illinois
  • Southern (1): Davidson

2013 College Basketball – 2/5/2013

Well, this week we got the game of the year, with Michigan and Indiana trading haymakers in a classic – though one more for hardcores than for casual fans (since Indiana was not in danger of losing in the final minute or so).  But for the talent on the floor and the level of play, you can’t get much better.   Michigan followed up with a grueling overtime win over Ohio State – as always the lesson is, the Big Ten of 2013 is a bear.  Of course with that comes a change in the power rankings which are faithfully updated (well, semi-regularly), and consequently the 68 team “should” field.  I won’t spend any time pondering the integrity of seeding and regional rules (i.e. not too many teams form one conference in one region etc).  Consider this a pure S-curve of the field.  For automatic bids, I’m going with the best record OR highest ranking in a tie.  I know UConn is not eligible – but I rank them anyway because I am lazy and it is a “should” field.  Anyhoo, here is the bracket.

REGION A: (Top overall seed, #2 seed is 8th ranked team)

  • (1) Duke v (16) NC Central/Charleston Southern
  • (8) Ole Miss v (9) Iowa State
  • (4) Butler v (13) Charlotte/BYU
  • (5) Colorado State v (12) Saint Louis
  • (2) New Mexico v (15) Harvard
  • (7) Wichita State v (10) Wisconsin
  • (3) Syracuse v (14) Davidson
  • (6) Middle Tennessee v (11) UCLA

REGION B: (4th overall seed, #2 seed is 5th ranked)

  • (1) Florida v (16) Montana
  • (8) Connecticut v (9) North Carolina
  • (4) Ohio State v (13) Stephen F Austin
  • (5) UNLV v (12) Oklahoma
  • (2) Kansas v (15) FL Gulf Coast
  • (7) NC State v (10) Colorado
  • (3) Minnesota v (14) North Dakota State
  • (6) Oregon v (11) Kentucky

REGION C: (2nd overall, #2 is 7th)

  • (1) Arizona v (16) Bryant/Southern
  • (8) Memphis v (9) Louisiana Tech
  • (4) Michigan State v (13) Akron
  • (5) Cincinnati v (12) San Diego State
  • (2) Miami-FL v (15) Niagara
  • (7) Oklahoma State v (10) LaSalle
  • (3) Gonzaga v (14) Stony Brook
  • (6) Georgetown v (11) Notre Dame

REGION D: (3rd overall, #2 is 6th)

  • (1) Michigan v (16) Long Beach State
  • (8) Kansas State v (9) VCU
  • (4) Creighton v (13) Bucknell
  • (5) Marquette v (12) Southern Miss
  • (2) Indiana v (15) Northeastern
  • (7) Pittsburgh v (10) Saint Mary’s
  • (3) Louisville v (14) Valparaiso
  • (6) Belmont v (11) Missouri

Quick impressions?

  1. It is an interesting top 4, with Florida getting trampled by Arkansas.  However, with Kansas losing at home Florida does not sag that much here.  Duke still holds the top spot, although their resume does not match the eye test.  Arizona is also one of those.
  2. Belmont as a 6 seed is probably the most lofty weird ranking – but the Pomeroy component of the comparison I think does a lot there.  I don’t expect the committee to regard them or Middle Tennessee quite this kindly.
  3. Of course 2013′s field – the “no great team” claim, is bolstered when one sees the top 2 teams in the standings (Duke and Arizona) and can think of #3 seeds (Syracuse, Louisville) who you’d pick to beat them in a best of 7.
  4. As far as who missed this field?  Baylor, Illinois, Stanford and Maryland.  Baylor gets the last spot in a UConn-free field.  Considering Illinois’ start this is rather amazing.  Maryland’s horrid nonleague schedule hurts them badly here.  Alabama, Indiana State, Arizona State and Massachusetts are even further off.

The conference breakdown

  • ACC (4): Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Miami-FL 
  • SEC (4): Ole Miss, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri
  • Big 12 (5): Iowa State, Oklahoma, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Kansas State
  • Atlantic 10 (5): Butler, Charlotte, Saint Louis, LaSalle, VCU
  • West Coast (3): BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s
  • Missouri Valley (2): Wichita State, Creighton
  • Big Ten (6): Wisconsin, Ohio State, Minnesota, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana
  • Big East (8): Syracuse, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Louisville
  • Pac 12 (4): UCLA, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona
  • Mountain West (4): Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV, San Diego State
  • Conference USA (2): Memphis, Southern Miss
  • WAC (1): Louisiana Tech
  • MAC (1): Akron
  • Colonial (1): Northeastern
  • Horizon (1): Valparaiso
  • Ohio Valley (1): Belmont
  • MEAC (1): NC Central
  • Big South (1): Charleston Southern
  • Ivy (1): Harvard
  • Southern (1): Davidson
  • Sun Belt (1): Middle Tennessee
  • Big Sky (1): Montana
  • Southland (1): Stephen F Austin
  • Atlantic Sun (1): FL Gulf Coast
  • Summit (1): North Dakota State
  • Northeast (1): Bryant
  • SWAC (1): Southern
  • MAAC (1): Niagara
  • America East (1): Stony Brook
  • Big West (1): Long Beach State
  • Patriot (1): Bucknell
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