Feb 21, 2011, 1:40 PM EST
Put your fingers together very closely. That’s the margin we now have in the race for No. 1 seeds. At least among the five leading contenders – Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Texas, Kansas, and Duke. San Diego State and BYU could be in play if one wins both the outright Mountain West title and the MTW conference tournament crown. Despite losses by all top four seeds this week, the top line remains status-quo. Kansas keeps a slight edge for the final No. 1 spot thanks to a few more Top 100 wins. Winning the ACC (league and tourney) would likely vault the Blue Devils above the Jayhawks, but this is where we’re at for a few more days.
The bubble remains highly suspect, although we did lose a few teams this week. More to come in an updated Bubble Banter (Tuesday). Not sure you like any of the final few teams in or out? Same here. We still have a lot to be decided. Virginia Tech is once again right on the cutline, and the Hokies project to just miss (again) today.
As always, rebounds welcome. Bring along some notes. Follow more on Twitter at BracketguyDave. Enjoy the hoops. Next bracket update will be Friday as we begin two-a-weeks until Selection Sunday.
UPDATED: Monday, February 21 | Records reflect Division I games only – through February 20.
Teams in CAPS represent the projected conference champion for this bracket. Exceptions are made for those teams that traditionally use an abbreviation (UTEP, BYU, etc).
NOTE: In the new 68-team format you will notice two pairing games that represent the First Four pairings. In this bracket the First Four games in Dayton would be … Gonzaga vs. Richmond | Boston College vs. VCU | Texas Southern vs. McNeese State | Murray State vs. Hampton. The final four at-large teams are paired along with the teams seeded 65-68 on the S-curve. The matchups are indicated in the bracket below.
BRACKET PROJECTION …
|EAST – Newark||SOUTHEAST – New Orleans|
|1) OHIO STATE (25-2)||1) PITTSBURGH (24-3)|
|16) HAMPTON / MURRAY ST||16) NcNEESE ST / TX-SOUTHERN|
|8 UNLV (20-7)||8 Washington (18-8)|
|9) Old Dominion (22-6)||9) Tennessee (16-11)|
|5) Vanderbilt (20-6)||5) Syracuse (22-6)|
|12) CHARLESTON (21-7)||12) Gonzaga / Richmond|
|4) Connecticut (20-6)||4) North Carolina (20-6)|
|13) FAIRFIELD (22-5)||13) CLEVELAND STATE (21-5)|
|6) West Virginia (17-9)||6) St. John’s (17-9)|
|11) Colorado State (17-9)||11) Memphis (20-7)|
|3) FLORIDA (21-5)||3) Purdue (22-5)|
|14) COASTAL CAROLINA (21-3)||14) BUCKNELL (19-8)|
|7) Temple (21-5)||7) GEORGE MASON (23-5)|
|10) Kansas State (17-9)||10) Marquette (16-11)|
|2) DUKE (25-2)||2) BYU (24-2)|
|15) LONG ISLAND (22-5)||15) VERMONT (22-6)|
|SOUTHWEST – San Antonio||WEST – Anaheim|
|1) TEXAS (23-4)||1) Kansas (24-2)|
|16) LONG BEACH (15-10)||16) MONTANA (17-8)|
|8 Florida State (19-7)||8 Cincinnati (21-6)|
|9) UTAH STATE (24-3)||9) Illinois (17-10)|
|5) ARIZONA (23-4)||5) Kentucky (19-7)|
|12) MISSOURI STATE (21-7)||12) Boston College / VCU|
|4) Louisville (20-7)||4) Villanova (21-6)|
|13) UTEP (19-6)||13) OAKLAND (19-9)|
|6) Missouri (20-6)||6) Texas AM (20-5)|
|11) ST. MARY’S (20-6)||11) Michigan State (14-11)|
|3) Wisconsin (20-6)||3) Georgetown (21-6)|
|14) PRINCETON (19-5)||14) BELMONT (25-4)|
|7) XAVIER (20-6)||7) UCLA (19-8)|
|10) Alabama (18-8)||10) Georgia (18-8)|
|2) Notre Dame (21-5)||2) SAN DIEGO STATE (25-1)|
|15) KENT STATE (16-9)||15) FLA ATLANTIC (17-9)|
NOTES on the BRACKET: Ohio State remains the No. 1 overall seed followed by Pittsburgh, Texas, and Kansas. The two seeds in order are Duke, San Diego State, BYU, Notre Dame
Last Five teams in (at large): Memphis, Boston College, Gonzaga, Richmond, VCU
First Five teams out (at large): Virginia Tech, Southern Mississippi, UAB, Clemson, Minnesota
Also Considered: Baylor, Butler, Penn State, Wichita State, Washington State
Bracket adjustments: None in this bracket.
Here is the team breakdown by Conference …
Big East (11): PITTSBURGH, Connecticut, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Villanova, West Virginia, Louisville, St. John’s, Cincinnati, Marquette
SEC (6): FLORIDA, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama
Big 12 (5): KANSAS, Texas, Texas AM, Missouri, Kansas State
Big Ten (5): OHIO STATE, Purdue, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan State
ACC (4): DUKE, North Carolina, Florida State, Boston College
Mountain West (4): SAN DIEGO STATE, BYU, UNLV, Colorado State
Pac 10 (3): ARIZONA, UCLA, Washington
Atlantic 10 (3): XAVIER, Temple, Richmond
Colonial (3): GEORGE MASON, Old Dominion, VCU
West Coast (2): ST. MARY’S, Gonzaga
Conference USA (2): UTEP, Memphis
Missouri Valley (1): MISSOURI STATE
Horizon (1): CLEVELAND STATE
Auto Bid conference champions … Utah State (WAC), Murray State (OVC), Fairfield (MAAC), Kent State (MAC), Montana (Big Sky), Charleston (Southern), Oakland (Summit), Long Beach (Big West), Long Island (NEC), Belmont (Atlantic Sun), Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt), Princeton (Ivy), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Hampton (MEAC), Bucknell (Patriot), Vermont (America East), McNeese State(Southland), Texas Southern (SWAC)
Dec 21, 2014, 4:42 PM EST
Coaches donning festive holiday sweaters doesn’t happen all that often in college basketball.
Dec 21, 2014, 3:46 PM EST
Brad Stevens left Butler in 2013, agreeing to a six-year deal with the Boston Celtics, but that will not stop his name being linked to one specific college job.
Dec 21, 2014, 3:01 PM EST
The Buckeyes are 9-2, dropping both of their key non-conferences games against ranked opponents.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:43 PM EST
Harvard did not set the record for lowest field goal percentage or lowest first-half points, but the Crimson did tie an NCAA record on Sunday afternoon.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:15 PM EST
The Orange and Wildcats have split a home-and-home series since the old Big East disbanded several years ago.
Dec 21, 2014, 11:15 AM EST
The Louisville forward spoke about the incident that took place at the end of the first half against Western Kentucky following the game.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:00 AM EST
The nation’s top recruit also dropped 37 points in a win for Montverde Academy (Florida)
Dec 21, 2014, 9:11 AM EST
Here’s a rundown of Sunday’s games.
Dec 21, 2014, 12:10 AM EST
With pieces that fit together better than last season’s 17-15 squad, the Huskies are off to a 10-0 start.
Dec 20, 2014, 10:26 PM EST
George Mason’s last win over a Division I opponent prior to Saturday came against another MAAC program, Manhattan, on November 29.
Dec 20, 2014, 9:00 PM EST
Jackson scored 22 points, with two coming on an emphatic dunk on Purdue freshman Isaac Haas.
Dec 20, 2014, 8:41 PM EST
It’s already been a busy day in college hoops, with two buzzer-beaters and two ranked teams already going down.
Dec 20, 2014, 7:57 PM EST
While Michigan State’s 4-for-21 night from three didn’t help matters, Texas Southern shot better than 53 percent from the field.
Dec 20, 2014, 7:18 PM EST
Burton was one of two sophomores to leave the Marquette program earlier this month.
Dec 20, 2014, 5:46 PM EST
Kentucky completely embarrassed UCLA on Saturday.
Dec 20, 2014, 5:04 PM EST
Mitchell Wilbekin could miss up to six games, and classmates Cornelius Hudson and Rondale Watson missed Saturday’s game for conduct detrimental to the team.
Dec 20, 2014, 4:31 PM EST
Illinois has now won two straight in the series, thanks to Rice’s three-pointer as time expired.
Dec 20, 2014, 3:26 PM EST
Not surprising, considering Gus Johnson is on the call.
Dec 20, 2014, 3:23 PM EST
North Carolina had its most impressive showing of the season in a convincing win over Ohio State on Saturday in Chicago.
Dec 20, 2014, 1:30 PM EST
Josh Jackson put on a show last night. Here’s a mixtape of what he can do.
- Late Night Snacks: Villanova survives Syracuse while UNC, SMU get big wins 0
- No. 1 Kentucky dismantles UCLA 5
- Markus Kennedy cleared to play immediately for SMU 0
- Weekend Preview: A loaded Saturday slate highlights the weekend 3
- Rebounding, foul shooting help No. 2 Duke make up for 19 turnovers in win over UConn 0
- Michigan State starting forward to miss next two games with non-displaced wrist fracture 0
- Film Session: What’s plaguing Marcus Paige? 1
- Gregg Marshall writes to Wichita State students after seeing empty seats in student section (PHOTO) (7)
- Report: David Robinson’s son will be preferred walk-on at Duke in 2015-16 (VIDEO) (6)
- West Virginia’s Bob Huggins torches Marshall after coach calls Huggs ‘afraid’ (5)
- No. 1 Kentucky dismantles UCLA (5)
- Sophomore forward Semi Ojeleye to transfer from Duke (3)