Hello again everyone! I waited a little longer this year to get started with this, so this is my first bracketology thread of the season. This bracket also takes into account tonight's Georgetown victory over Notre Dame.
Couple of explanations... I do not have Virginia in my bracket right now because they have too many bad losses. I didn't just look at their RPI (120s) and throw them out, but even though they have wins at Wisconsin and against North Carolina and FSU, the losses are terrible and too much to overcome at this point.
I chose Rutgers as my last team in over Alabama and BYU for two reasons; 1. They have solid computer numbers right now (RPI and SOS in the low 40s), and 2. they only have one bad loss and it was the first game of the season. That and some decent top 100 wins compared to no good wins for BYU and a few BAD losses for Alabama and I gave the nod to Rutgers for the time being.
Obviously, at this point it's like throwing darts, there just is not a lot of seperation with the final few at-large teams, so let's hope teams begin to separate themselves over the next 6 weeks.
As always, I do the bracket the way I feel it would look like if the tournament started TODAY, not how I think it will look in March. Automatic bids are in all CAPS
1's Duke, SYRACUSE, Michigan, KANSAS
2's FLORIDA, Arizona, Indiana, MICHIGAN STATE
3's GONZAGA, Minnesota, Kansas State NEW MEXICO
4's Ohio State, OREGON, CREIGHTON, Butler
5's VCU, N.C. State, MIAMI, Cincinnati
6's Georgetown, Marquette, Temple, Missouri
7's Mississippi, Wisconsin, Notre Dame Wichita State
8's Unlv, UCLA, Baylor, San Diego State
9's Memphis, Illinois, North Carolina, SOUTHERN MISS
10's Colorado State, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State
11's Pittsburgh, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Colorado
12's AKRON, BELMONT, Maryland, Rutgers, St. Mary's, Iowa
13's STEPHEN F. AUSTIN, MID TENNESSEE STATE, ALBANY, LOUISIANA TECH
14's VALPARAISO, BUCKNELL, NORTH DAKOTA STATE, WEBER STATE
15's LONG BEACH STATE, NORTHEASTERN, BRYANT, HARVARD
16's STETSON, CHARLESTON SOUTH, NORFOLK ST., SOUTHERN, NIAGARA, VMI
16's VMI vs. 16s STETSON; 16s SOUTHERN vs. 16s NORFOLK ST.
Last four in
12s Maryland vs. 12s St. Mary's; 12s Rutgers vs. 12s Iowa
First four out: Alabama, BYU, Virginia Tech, Florida State
Next six out: Boise State, Virginia, UCF, Washington, Arizona State, Ohio