2013 College Basketball – 1/13/2013

Well, with the conference season starting in earnest now, and finally having a couple of minutes to actually writer about the power rankings which are faithfully updated (well, semi-regularly), we can unveil the first 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.

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

  • (1) Duke v (16) NC Central or Southern
  • (8) Boise State v (9) Texas A&M
  • (4) Oregon v (13) Baylor/Wisconsin
  • (5) Butler v (12) Pittsburgh/Saint Louis
  • (2) Minnesota v (15) Harvard
  • (7) Cincinnati v (10) Colorado
  • (3) Gonzaga v (14) Davidson
  • (6) Missouri v (11) Middle Tennessee

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

  • (1) Florida v (16) Florida-Gulf Coast
  • (8) UNLV v (9) San Diego State
  • (4) NC State v (13) Akron
  • (5) Virginia Commonwealth v (12) Louisiana Tech
  • (2) Indiana v (15) Bryant
  • (7) Wyoming v (10) Colorado State
  • (3) Miami-FL vs (14) North Dakota State
  • (6) Michigan State v (11) Iowa State

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

  • (1) Louisville v (16) Pacific/Charleston Southern
  • (8) Oklahoma State v (9) Illinois
  • (4) Wichita State v (13) Belmont
  • (5) Oklahoma v (12) Bucknell
  • (2) Arizona v (15) Weber State
  • (7) UConn v (10) Kansas State
  • (3) Syracuse v (14) Iona
  • (6) Notre Dame v (11) Temple

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

  • (1) Kansas v (16) Northeastern
  • (8) Ole Miss v (9) Memphis
  • (4) New Mexico v (13) Stephen F Austin
  • (5) Ohio State v (12) Charlotte
  • (2) Michigan v (15) Wright State
  • (7) Marquette v (10) BYU
  • (3) Creighton v (14) Stony Brook
  • (6) UCLA v (11) LaSalle

Quick impressions?

  1. After Duke’s loss to NC State (the preseason favorite to win the ACC), it is tempting to move them from #1.  But the Louisville-VCU-Minnesota gauntlet only looks more impressive now.  Losing a tough roadie is hardly enough to move them from #1.
  2. While there is no Big Ten team at the top, clearly with a pair of #2s, as well as Ohio State and Michigan State having a ton of upside left, this is going to be a great conference race.
  3. Florida might end up being in the best position to secure a top seed though, with Kansas … I just don’t see where either team is going to get tested much in the SEC and Big 12 respectively.
  4. Yes, this field missed Kentucky and North Carolina.  Right now, neither of those teams deserves to be in.

 

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