Feb 12, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT
Healthy and playing some sugar-sweet basketball, the Miami Hurricanes are the latest team to grab a No. 1 seed in our latest bracket. Miami sits atop the East Region. Despite a last-second loss at Illinois, Indiana remains the No. 1 overall seed thanks to an impressive road win at Ohio State on Sunday. Michigan and Duke are the other top seeds. Based on recent history, however, the race for the top line is far from over. Arizona, Florida, Gonzaga, and Michigan State are in the mix, too. And it’s not too late for Syracuse to move back up. Then there’s Kansas, which put together an impressive bounce-back against rival Kansas State on Monday.
Bracket rules what they are, there are a few quirks in this edition – such as potential third-round rematches between Illinois and Gonzaga and Kentucky and Duke. While the Selection Committee tries to avoid such rematches in the first two/three rounds, it’s not a hard-and-fast rule. In these cases, other conflicts created the rematch scenarios. In fact, Illinois is one a few teams that moved a seed line to avoid bracket conflicts. A true nine seed (s-curve No. 36), the Illini couldn’t be placed in the top half of any region because of other Big Ten opponents. Such moves are not uncommon.
As for the bottom of the bracket – or the bubble – Baylor, Temple, La Salle, Saint Mary’s, and St. John’s are the last five teams in today. One could make a case for a handful of others. Virginia is a particularly challenging case and is the first team out. The Cavaliers are 6-0 vs. Top 100 RPI teams – including a win at Wisconsin. But they also have several troubling losses – none more than Old Dominion at home. UVA also has a very weak non-conference strength of schedule. It’s hard to be confident in the Cavaliers’ profile given the above scenario.
We have a long way to go. Other teams knocking on the door? Villanova, Arizona State, Massachusetts, Boise State, and Stanford. And that might change by midweek. It’s been one of those seasons. Enjoy another great week of hoops.
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. La Salle | East Region
- Temple vs. St. Mary’s | Midwest Region
- NORFOLK STATE vs. FLORIDA GULF COAST | Midwest Region
- UNC-ASHEVILLE vs. SOUTHERN | East Region
BRACKET PROJECTION …
|EAST – Washington, DC||MIDWEST- Indianapolis|
|1) MIAMI-FL||1) INDIANA|
|16) UNC-ASHEVILLE / SOUTHERN||16) FLA GULF COAST / NORFOLK ST|
|8) CREIGHTON||8) VCU|
|9) MEMPHIS||9) Colorado State|
|5) Ohio State||5) Marquette|
|12) St. John’s / La Salle||12) Temple / Saint Mary’s|
|4) BUTLER||4) Kansas State|
|13) LEHIGH||13) AKRON|
|6) Oregon||6) San Diego State|
|11) North Carolina||11) Colorado|
|3) SYRACUSE||3) Louisville|
|14) DAVIDSON||14) HARVARD|
|7) UNLV||7) NC State|
|10) Oklahoma||10) Iowa State|
|2) Michigan State||2) FLORIDA|
|15) VERMONT||15) NORTHEASTERN|
|SOUTH – Dallas||WEST – Los Angeles|
|1) Michigan||1) Duke|
|16) BRYANT||16) LONG BEACH|
|8) Missouri||8) Kentucky|
|9) Saint Louis||9) Wichita State|
|5) Oklahoma State||5) Wisconsin|
|12) MID TENNESSEE ST||12) BELMONT|
|4) Pittsburgh||4) Georgetown|
|13) LOUISIANA TECH||13) VALPARAISO|
|Salt Lake||Kansas City|
|6) Notre Dame||6) Cincinnati|
|11) Baylor||11) Indiana State|
|3) NEW MEXICO||3) KANSAS|
|14) MONTANA||14) S.F. AUSTIN|
|Salt Lake||San Jose|
|7) UCLA||7) Minnesota|
|10) Illinois||10) Mississippi|
|2) GONZAGA||2) ARIZONA|
|15) NIAGARA||15) WESTERN ILLINOIS|
NOTES on the BRACKET: Indiana is the No. 1 overall seed followed by Miami-FL, Michigan, and Duke.
Last Five teams in (at large): Baylor, Temple, La Salle, Saint Mary’s, St. John’s
First Five teams out (at large): Virginia, Villanova, Arizona State, Massachusetts, Boise State
Next Five teams out (at large): Stanford, Charlotte, Bucknell, California, Florida State
Breakdown by Conference …
Big East (8): Louisville, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Marquette, Pittsburgh, St. John’s
Big Ten (7): Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois
Big 12 (6): Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Iowa State
Atlantic 10 (5): Butler, VCU, Temple, La Salle, Saint Louis
ACC (4): Duke, NC State, North Carolina, Miami-FL
Pac 12 (4): Arizona, Colorado, UCLA, Oregon
SEC (4): Missouri, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi
Mountain West (4): San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico, Colorado State
Missouri Valley (3): Creighton, Wichita State, Indiana State
West Coast (2): Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s
Conference USA (1): Memphis
Conference Automatic Qualifiers … BELMONT (Ohio Valley), LEHIGH (Patriot), MIDDLE TENNESSE ST (Sunbelt), WESTERN ILLINOIS(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), VERMONT (American East), MONTANA (Big Sky), NORFOLK STATE (MEAC), UNC-ASHEVILLE (Big South), BRYANT (NEC), SOUTHERN (SWAC)
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