Monday, November 11, 2019

Bracket Update 11/11/19


1 Seed: Kentucky, Michigan St., Duke, Kansas
2 Seed: Louisville, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland
3 Seed: Villanova, Florida, Gonzaga, Memphis
4 Seed: Seton Hall, Texas Tech, Ohio State, Arizona
5 Seed: Florida St., Texas, Oregon, Washington
6 Seed: Houston, Baylor, Purdue, VCU
7 Seed: St. Mary's, LSU, Tennessee, Colorado
8 Seed: Xavier, Marquette, Auburn, Oklahoma
9 Seed: Utah St., Iowa, Providence, Cincinatti
10 Seed: Georgetown, Iowa St., Michigan, Creighton
11 Seed: Wisconsin, Oregon St., Georgia/Illinois, NC State./Ole Miss
12 Seed: New Mexico St., Missouri State, UC Irvine, Western Kentucky
13 Seed: Penn, Vermont, Belmont, ETSU
14 Seed: Liberty, Wright State, Toledo, Montana
15 Seed: NDSU, SFA, UT-Arlington, Charleston
16 Seed: Radford, Bucknell, Texas Southern/Howard, Iona/Robert Morris

Last 4 In: Georgia, Illinois, NC State, Ole Miss
First 4 Out: Syracuse, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Alabama
Next 4 Out: Virginia Tech, Dayton, Kansas St., Indiana

Multi-Bid Conferences:
AAC: Memphis, Houston, Cincinnati (3)
ACC: Duke, Louisville, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida St., NC State (6)
A-10: VCU (1)
Big 12: Kansas, Texas Tech, Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Iowa St. (6)
Big East: Villanova, Seton Hall, Xavier, Marquette, Providence, Georgetown, Creighton (7)
Big 10: Michigan St., Maryland, Ohio St., Purdue, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois (8)
Pac 12: Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado (4)
SEC: Kentucky, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss (7)
WCC: Gonzaga, St. Mary's (2)

Teams Trending Up:
Washington: The Huskies went up to Alaska and shocked the Baylor Bears.  Great win for a young team.

Texas: The Longhorns needed a big win to prove that they're finally ready to contend in the Big 12 and for a tournament bid.  Big win against Purdue in a hostile environment.

Teams Trending Down:
Pittsburgh: They were on my "Trending Up" list on Friday after a big win against Florida St. But after losing a shocker to Nicholls St., they disappear from my bracket.....for now.





Friday, November 8, 2019

Games to Track During the Weekend

Friday-
Baylor vs. Washington (Anchorage, Alaska)- Baylor in some people's eyes are a contender for a top two finish in the Big 12.  Washington is a young team with two 5 star freshman in Isiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels.  These are two teams that on defense rely on their 2-3 zone to stymy opponents.  I'm intrigued to see what Washington's defense looks like without Matisse Thybulle and having so many newcomers to the team.  Baylor on the other hand has experience and good three-point shooting.  They will rely heavily on Tristan Clark on the inside, and Devonte Bandoo, MaCio Teague, and Mark Vital on the perimeter.

Prediction: Baylor

Davidson vs. Auburn (Annapolis, Maryland)- Auburn is a team that is looking to reload after losing several key contributors like Jared Harper and Chuma Okeke who both are in the pros.  Austin Wiley, and Anfernee McLemore still remain on the team with newcomers Issac Okoro and Jamal Johnson coming into the fold.  Auburn is coming off of a somewhat average win versus Georgia Southern.  Davidson on the other hand is returning almost everyone and they look like a title contender in the A-10 conference.  They go as their two studs Jon Axel Gudmundsson and Kellan Grady go.  If you like up and down action then this is the game for you.  This game will be important for both of these teams come march.

Prediction: Davidson

Saturday-
Texas @ Purdue (West Lafayette, Indiana)- This game easily will be the game of the weekend.  For Texas, they return a lot of production from last year.  Matt Coleman is the vocal leader and Courtney Ramey is the tenacious guard from St. Louis, who loves to drive and score tough layups.  With the addition of Assistant Coach Luke Yaklich, Texas should have one of the best defenses in the Big 12.  The concern for them is who will produce in the front court.  When you look at Purdue the major question is who will produce points for this team.  Last year they had the luxury of having Carsen Edwards and Ryan Cline on the team, but this year they will rely on Nojel Eastern, Matt Harms, Aaron Wheeler and newcomer Jahaad Proctor.  This game will come down to who will execute the best on offense.  Both teams should defend at a high level, but offense is in question.

Prediction: Texas


Bracket Update 11/08/19


1 Seed: Kentucky, Duke, Michigan St., Kansas
2 Seed: Louisville, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida
3 Seed: Villanova, Maryland, Gonzaga, Memphis
4 Seed: Baylor, Seton Hall, Texas Tech, Ohio State
5 Seed: Purdue, Florida St., Houston, Oregon
6 Seed: Arizona, LSU, VCU, St. Mary's
7 Seed: Tennessee, NC State, Iowa, Xavier
8 Seed: Texas, Colorado, Marquette, Utah State
9 Seed: Providence, Cincinnati, Iowa St., Washington
10 Seed: Georgetown, Oklahoma, Auburn, Michigan
11 Seed: Creighton, Pittsburgh/Illinois, Georgia/Davidson, Wisconsin
12 Seed: New Mexico St., Missouri State, UC Irvine, Western Kentucky
13 Seed: Penn, Vermont, Belmont, ETSU
14 Seed: Liberty, Wright State, Toledo, Montana
15 Seed: NDSU, SFA, UT-Arlington, Charleston
16 Seed: Radford, Texas Southern/Howard, Iona/Robert Morris, Bucknell

Last 4 In: Pittsburgh, Georgia, Davidson, Illinois
First 4 Out: Syracuse, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Penn State
Next 4 Out: Virginia Tech, Clemson, West Virginia, Alabama

Multi-Bid Conferences:
ACC: Duke, Louisville, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida St., NC State, Pittsburgh (7)
AAC: Memphis, Houston, Cincinnati (3)
A-10: VCU, Davidson (2)
Big 12: Kansas, Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas, Iowa St., Oklahoma (6)
Big East: Villanova, Seton Hall, Xavier, Marquette, Providence, Georgetown, Creighton (7)
Big 10: Michigan St., Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin (8)
Pac 12: Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Washington (4)
SEC: Kentucky, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia (6)
WCC: Gonzaga, St. Mary's (2)

Teams Trending Up:
Pittsburgh- They had a strong showing at home vs. Florida St.  Big game coming up vs. West Virginia next Friday the 15th.

St. Mary's- They moved up 1 seed line in my bracket with their neutral court win vs. Wisconsin.  This game will be a nice resume boost come March.

Teams Trending Down:
Notre Dame- It's still way too early but winning in Raleigh would have helped the Irish come March.

Alabama- Tuesday night was not a great start to Nate Oats' era with their home loss against Penn.  Alabama is a very intriguing team with lots of quality non conference games left on their schedule.  Games like at Rhode Island, a neutral game against North Carolina and an away battle at Penn St.


       




Monday, October 21, 2019

Preseason Bracket



1 Seed: Michigan St., Kansas, Kentucky, Duke
2 Seed: Louisville, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida
3 Seed: Villanova, Maryland, Gonzaga, Memphis
4 Seed: Baylor, Seton Hall, Texas Tech, Ohio State
5 Seed: Purdue, Florida St., Houston, Oregon
6 Seed: Arizona, LSU, VCU, NC State
7 Seed: Tennessee, Saint Mary's, Iowa, Xavier
8 Seed: Texas, Colorado, Marquette, Utah State
9 Seed: Providence, Cincinnati, Iowa St., Washington
10 Seed: Georgetown, Oklahoma, Auburn, Michigan
11 Seed: Creighton, Illinois/Notre Dame, Georgia/Davidson, Wisconsin
12 Seed: New Mexico St., Missouri State, UC Irvine, Western Kentucky
13 Seed: Harvard, Vermont, Belmont, ETSU
14 Seed: Liberty, Wright State, Toledo, Montana
15 Seed: NDSU, SFA, UT-Arlington, Charleston
16 Seed: Radford, Texas Southern/Howard, Iona/Robert Morris, Bucknell

Last 4 in: Notre Dame, Georgia, Davidson, Illinois
First 4 out: Clemson, Ole Miss, Alabama, Penn State
Others considered: Lots of teams!

For now I will be updating the bracket every Monday and Friday until we get closer to Selection Sunday



Bracket Update 11/11/19

1 Seed: Kentucky, Michigan St., Duke, Kansas 2 Seed: Louisville, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland 3 Seed: Villanova, Florida, Gonzaga, ...