Feb 5, 2013, 8:30 AM EST
The Super Bowl is behind us. Selection Sunday is rapidly approaching. Which means college basketball takes center stage for the next two months. By beating Michigan on Saturday, the Indiana Hoosiers took center stage, too. IU vaulted into first place in the Big Ten, grabbed a No. 1 ranking in the polls, and landed atop the Midwest Region as a No. 1 seed in our newest bracket.
Indiana is joined on the top line by Florida, Kansas, and Michigan. The aforementioned Wolverines have quite a resume, too, and have the No. 1 seed in the West Region. The IU-UM rematch in Ann Arbor is March 10. As for Kansas, the Jayhawks still have more Top 50 RPI wins (7) than anyone else, and they also have nine (9) victories over teams which currently project into the Field of 68. Thus, KU stays as the No. 1 seed in the South. Florida is steamrolling through the SEC and has been dominant in winning 10 straight games. For those interested in the top of the s-curve it looks like this: Florida, Kansas, Indiana, and Michigan. Arizona and Duke are close behind.
While the race for No. 1 seeds is intriguing, the bubble continues to be quite fluid. La Salle, Temple, Indiana State, St. John’s and Arizona State are among the last few teams in today’s update. Villanova, St. Mary’s, Charlotte, Illinois, and Boise State are among those just missing. We also have teams like Virginia – which boasts a resume filled with some quality wins and mind-numbing losses. It should be quite a race to the finish line.
Enjoy another great week of hoops.
UPDATED: February 5, 2013
Teams in CAPS represent the projected AUTOMATIC bid based on current standings. Exceptions are made for teams that use an abbreviation (UTEP, BYU, etc). Records are for games against Division I teams only.
FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)
- St. John’s vs. Indiana State | West Region
- Arizona State vs. Temple | South Region
- NORFOLK STATE vs. CHARLESTON-SOUTHERN | Midwest Region
- BRYANT vs. FLORIDA GULF COAST | East Region
BRACKET PROJECTION …
|EAST – Washington, DC||SOUTH – Dallas|
|1) FLORIDA||1) KANSAS|
|16) BRYANT / FLA GULF COAST||16) LONG BEACH|
|8) VCU||8) UCLA|
|9) Colorado State||9) Kentucky|
|5) Marquette||5) Minnesota|
|12) BELMONT||12) La Salle|
|4) Ohio State||4) Cincinnati|
|13) LEHIGH||13) AKRON|
|6) Oklahoma State||6) Pittsburgh|
|11) Alabama||11) Arizona State / Temple|
|3) SYRACUSE||3) Michigan State|
|14) HARVARD||14) VALPARAISO|
|7) Wichita State||7) UNLV|
|10) Saint Louis||10) Mississippi|
|2) Duke||2) MIAMI-FL|
|15) NORTHEASTERN||15) STONY BROOK|
|WEST – Los Angeles||MIDWEST – Indianapolis|
|1) MICHIGAN||1) INDIANA|
|16) SOUTHERN||16) NORFOLK ST / CHARLESTON-SO|
|8) Notre Dame||8) San Diego State|
|9) North Carolina||9) Iowa State|
|Kansas City||San Jose|
|5) Kansas State||5) Oregon|
|12) Indiana State / St. John’s||12) MID TENNESSEE ST|
|4) BUTLER||4) CREIGHTON|
|13) SO DAKOTA STATE||13) LOUISIANA TECH|
|6) Georgetown||6) NC State|
|11) MEMPHIS||11) Colorado|
|3) NEW MEXICO||3) Louisville|
|14) MONTANA||14) DAVIDSON|
|San Jose||Salt Lake|
|7) Wisconsin||7) Missouri|
|10) Baylor||10) Oklahoma|
|2) ARIZONA||2) GONZAGA|
|15) S.F. AUSTIN||15) NIAGARA|
NOTES on the BRACKET: Florida is the No. 1 overall seed followed by Kansas, Indiana, and Michigan.
Last Five teams in (at large): La Salle, Temple, Indiana State, St. John’s, Arizona State
First Five teams out (at large): Villanova, St. Mary’s, Charlotte, Illinois, Boise State
Next Five teams out (at large): Virginia, Maryland, Southern Miss, Massachusetts, Florida State
Breakdown by Conference …
Big East (8): Louisville, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Marquette, Pittsburgh, St. John’s
Big Ten (6): Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Big 12 (6): Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Iowa State
Pac 12 (5): Arizona, Colorado, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State
Atlantic 10 (5): Butler, VCU, Temple, La Salle, Saint Louis
SEC (5): Missouri, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama
Mountain West (4): San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico, Colorado State
ACC (4): Duke, NC State, North Carolina, Miami-FL
Missouri Valley (3): Creighton, Wichita State, Indiana State
West Coast (1): Gonzaga
Conference USA (1): Memphis
Conference Automatic Qualifiers … BELMONT (Ohio Valley), LEHIGH (Patriot), MIDDLE TENNESSE ST (Sunbelt), SOUTH DAKOTA ST (Summit), VALPARAISO (Horizon), DAVIDSON (Southern), LOUISIANA TECH (WAC), NIAGARA (MAAC), STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (Southland), AKRON (MAC), FLORIDA GULF COAST (A-Sun), HARVARD (IVY), LONG BEACH (Big West), NORTHEASTERN (Colonial), STONY BROOK (American East), MONTANA (Big Sky), NORFOLK STATE (MEAC), CHARLESTON-SOUTHERN (Big South), BRYANT (NEC), SOUTHERN (SWAC)
Dec 21, 2014, 8:22 PM EST
Virginia limited Harvard to 27 points, Maryland won at Oklahoma State, and Georgia picked up a solid home win.
Dec 21, 2014, 7:04 PM EST
Could the Terps be the second-best team in the Big Ten? At the very least they’ve earned their place in the conversation.
Dec 21, 2014, 5:31 PM EST
Harrell was assessed a flagrant 2 foul in Saturday’s win over Western Kentucky.
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.
- ACC suspends Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell one game 0
- 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
- 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)
- Tracking The Unbeatens: There are now just nine teams without a loss (3)
- Lauren Hill’s playing career over, to become honorary coach (3)