3/9 Bracket

Championship Week is upon us! As you can see, some Power 5 conferences with some work to do, while schools like Richmond and Wichita State might be holding on for dear life. We’ll have more brackets to come this week. Many more.

Last five in:
UCLA
Stanford
Richmond
NC State
Wichita State

First five out:
Texas
Indiana
Xavier
Mississippi State
Memphis

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2/19 Bracket Update!

Right now, we’re putting a premium on Quad 1 performance. In a season where there are so many solid but not great teams, we think an exceedingly consistent performance against those teams should be rewarded (and will be by the committee). Of course, we’ll find out on Selection Sunday. Here’s this for now!

Last 5 in:
Utah State
Indiana
Georgetown
Richmond
NC State

First 5 out:
Mississippi State
Purdue
Stanford
Furman
Providence

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Back again!

Your favorite bracketology duo has put their minds together for another season. We prefer to wait a number of months into the season to judge teams and their resumes fully. With just one month to selection Sunday, here’s what we’ve got.

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We’re back!

We know you missed us. Sorry! Life got in the way of us following the bracketology trail these last few years. But that doesn’t matter. We’re back. That does matter. For now, we’ve got the seeding list for you. Bracket to follow soon.

1- Duke
1- Virginia
1- Gonzaga
1- Michigan State

2- Tennessee
2- North Carolina
2- Kentucky
2- Michigan

3- Houston
3- LSU
3- Texas Tech
3- Florida State

4- Purdue
4- Villanova
4- Virginia Tech
4- Kansas

5- Auburn
5- Kansas State
5- Wisconsin
5- Iowa State

6- Buffalo
6- Mississippi State
6- Marquette
6- Cincinnati

7- Louisville
7- Nevada
7- Wofford
7- Utah State

8- Syracuse
8 – Baylor
8- Minnesota
8- Iowa

9- Mississippi
9- Washington
9- Seton Hall
9- UCF

10- VCU
10- Oklahoma
10- Arizona State
10- St. John’s

11- Florida
11- Furman
11- Temple
11- NC State
11- Belmont
11- Oregon

12- Saint Mary’s
12- New Mexico State
12- Murray State
12- Liberty

13- UC Irvine
13- Saint Louis
13- Northeastern
13- Northern Kentucky

14- Old Dominion
14- Yale
14- Vermont
14- Georgia State

15- Montana
15- Abilene Christian
15- Colgate
15- Bradley

16- North Dakota State
16- Gardner Webb
16- Fairleigh Dickinson
16- NC Central
16- Iona
16- Prairie View A&M

Feb. 26 Bracket

Automatic bids are given to first place teams. If there is a tie atop the conference, we chose the team we deem to have the best resumé. Conference champions are in ALL CAPS, excluding VCU and SMU.

Southern will remain eligible for our bracket until the NCAA rules on their case or the beginning of the SWAC tournament.

Last Five In: Oklahoma State, Providence, Oregon, Missouri, Georgetown

First Five Out: Richmond, St. John’s, Arkansas, Florida State, Dayton

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Feb. 19 Bracket

Due to incredibly busy schedules, Seeding68 has not released its first bracket of the season until now. Selection Sunday is only a few weeks away, so expect updates twice a week!

Last five in: Tennessee, Providence, Baylor, St. John’s, Oklahoma State

First five out: Richmond, Georgetown, West Virginia, Dayton, Arkansas

Southern will remain eligible for our bracket until the NCAA rules on their case or the beginning of the SWAC tournament.

Automatic bids are given to first place teams. If there is a tie atop the conference, we chose the team we deem to have the best resumé.

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First Round: #6 Butler V. #11 Bucknell

Two smaller schools that know how to win tournament games face off at 12:40 ET in Lexington. Both teams are lead by phenominal players; Mike Muscala for Bucknell and Arkansas transfer Rotnei Clarke for Butler. Most people know these two players, but what about the rest of the team? This gives Butler a clear advantage. Bucknell seems to be four, maybe five deep. The Bison have just four players averaging more than 3 points a game. Butler, though not the deepest team themselves, does have a bench deep enough to win two games over a weekend. With that, Muscala still may be a huge matchup problem for Butler. Senior Center Andrew Smith, an important role player on the 2011 team, will need to limit Muscala’s scoring and keep him off the glass. This game should be entertaining. 

Prediction: Butler 66-Bucknell 61

1st Round: #3 Michigan State V. #14 Valpo

Michigan State continues to be one of the nation’s most steady programs, making yet another NCAA Tournament appearance. Valpo, on the other hand, broke into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.

Valparaiso is a senior and foreign heavy team, who seemed like the favorites to win the Horizon all season. Late heroics in the Conference Semi-finals lifted them to this opportunity. Frankly, we thought the Crusaders were a bit under-seeded, certainly should have been a 13 seed and maybe even a 12. Nonetheless, we’re not convinced they will be much of a match for the Spartans. Like any Tom Izzo lead team, Michigan State will be too good on the boards. If MSU is hitting their outside shots, there will be no Bryce Drew miracle today. 

Prediction: Michigan State 77- Valpo 56