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
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