2013 College Basketball – 1/28/2013

I confess, I was moving this weekend, so the commentary will be a bit lax – well aside, from about the #1 team, but you’ll see that later.  Well, with the conference season starting in earnest now, and finally having a couple of minutes to actually write about the power rankings which are faithfully updated (well, semi-regularly), we can unveil 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) Louisiana Tech v (9) VCU
  • (4) Creighton v (13) Saint Mary’s/Kentucky
  • (5) Marquette v (12) Bucknell
  • (2) Miami-FL v (15) Stony Brook
  • (7) UCLA v (10) Memphis
  • (3) Indiana v (14) Davidson
  • (6) Belmont v (11) Oklahoma State

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

  • (1) Florida v (16) Long Beach State
  • (8) Missouri v (9) Pittsburgh
  • (4) Minnesota v (13) Stephen F Austin
  • (5) Cincinnati v (12) Virginia
  • (2) Arizona v (15) FL Gulf Coast
  • (7) Oklahoma v (10) Georgetown
  • (3) New Mexico v (14) North Dakota State
  • (6) Ole Miss v (11) Wisconsin

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

  • (1) Kansas v (16) Montana/Southern
  • (8) LaSalle v (9) Connecticut
  • (4) Butler v (13) BYU/Wyoming
  • (5) Michigan State v (12) North Carolina
  • (2) Gonzaga v (15) Harvard
  • (7) Colorado State v (10) Kansas State
  • (3) Louisville v (14) Northeastern
  • (6) UNLV v (11) Baylor

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

  • (1) Michigan v (16) Bryant
  • (8) Colorado v (9) San Diego State
  • (4) Oregon v (13) Akron
  • (5) Ohio State v (12) Illinois
  • (2) Syracuse v (15) Niagara
  • (7) Middle Tennessee v (10) Iowa State
  • (3) Wichita State v (14) Valparaiso
  • (6) NC State v (11) Notre Dame

Quick impressions?

  1. Obviously, Louisville had a rough week.  I think they are a Top 5 team, but come on.
  2. Duke as the #1 team still?  They built up a large lead early with those big wins, but seriously.  Without Ryan Kelly, this does not look like a #1 team.  Indeed teams of this timber do not get their doors blown off – ever, even if it involves a team like Miami who looks legitimately good.
  3. Indiana knocking off Michigan State a big win in the Big Ten rockfight.  But seriously, it just muddles things more.
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