Feb 24, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT
Florida has not lost a college basketball game in almost three months. Only undefeated Wichita State owns a longer streak. So it’s no surprise that both the Gators and Shockers remain No. 1 seeds in today’s bracket. Given back-to-back losses by Syracuse, it’s also not surprising to find Florida as the top overall seed with Arizona, Wichita State, and Syracuse next in line.
If Kansas wins its remaining regular season games or wins the Big 12 Tournament next month (or both), the Selection Committee will have some difficult decisions to make about the four No. 1 seeds – assuming all finish strong. The Jayhawks have played an incredible 21 games against the RPI Top 100. That’s impressive, even if you’re not a fan of the formula. Kansas has won 15 of those games – with more Top 100 games on tap. At some point, we may also have to factor in Wisconsin or Michigan. Few teams had a better non-conference season than the Badgers. In other words, the race for No. 1 seeding is far from over.
Today’s seeding curve hit a proverbial snag at about No. 27 – which is right in the middle of the seven-seed line. From that point, until the final few teams IN, we find a glob of teams with more interesting profiles – positives, negatives, and a bunch of stuff in-between. Which basically means those spots, along with the those along the cutline, are very much in a state of flux. Unless we have a few conference tournament upsets, we could be in for a very interesting Selection Sunday.
Enjoy your week of hoops!
UPDATED: February 24, 2014
Teams in CAPS represent the projected AUTOMATIC bid based on current standings with RPI as a tiebreaker for teams with the same number of losses. Exceptions are made for teams that use an abbreviation (UCLA, BYU, etc).
Several new bracketing principles were introduced after last year’s tournament. You can read them for yourself at http://www.ncaa.com. For example: teams from the same conference may now meet before a Regional final, even if fewer than eight teams are selected. The goal is to keep as many teams as possible on their actual seed line.
FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)
- Providence vs. Dayton | Midwest Region
- Missouri vs. Georgetown | West Region
- ALABAMA STATE vs. WEBER STATE | Midwest Region
- ROBERT MORRIS vs. HIGH POINT | South Region
BRACKET PROJECTION …
|SOUTH – Memphis||MIDWEST - Indianapolis|
|1) FLORIDA||1) WICHITA STATE|
|16) ROB MORRIS / HIGH POINT||16) WEBER ST / ALABAMA ST|
|8) Connecticut||8) SMU|
|9) VCU||9) Arizona State|
|5) North Carolina||5) Louisville|
|12) BYU||12) HARVARD|
|4) Iowa State||4) VIRGINIA|
|13) MIDDLE TENNESSEE||13) DELAWARE|
|6) Texas||6) Oklahoma|
|11) St. John’s||11) Providence / Dayton|
|3) San Diego State||3) Michigan State|
|14) NEW MEXICO ST||14) WESTERN MICHIGAN|
|7) Massachusetts||7) Stanford|
|10) Colorado||10) GONZAGA|
|2) Wisconsin||2) KANSAS|
|15) GEORGIA STATE||15) NC-CENTRAL|
|EAST – New York||WEST – Anaheim|
|1) SYRACUSE||1) ARIZONA|
|16) VERMONT||16) DAVIDSON|
|8) George Washington||8) Memphis|
|9) California||9) Pittsburgh|
|5) Ohio State||5) Kentucky|
|12) GREEN BAY||12) NORTH DAKOTA ST|
|4) CINCINNATI||4) SAINT LOUIS|
|13) BELMONT||13) IONA|
|6) UCLA||6) NEW MEXICO|
|11) Saint Joseph’s||11) Missouri / Georgetown|
|3) Villanova||3) Duke|
|14) MERCER||14) S.F. AUSTIN|
|7) Kansas State||7) Iowa|
|10) Xavier||10) Baylor|
|2) MICHIGAN||2) CREIGHTON|
|15) BOSTON UNIVERSITY||15) UC-SANTA BARBARA|
NOTES on the BRACKET: Florida is the overall No. 1 seed followed by Arizona, Wichita State, and Syracuse.
Last Five teams in (at large): Saint Joseph’s, Missouri, Providence, Dayton, Georgetown
First Five teams out (at large): Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oregon, Richmond
Next five teams out (at large): Florida State, Nebraska, LSU, Minnesota, Southern Miss
Breakdown by Conference …
Big 12 (6): Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor
Pac 12 (6): Arizona, Colorado, UCLA, California, Stanford, Arizona State
Atlantic 10 (6): Massachusetts, VCU, Saint Louis, George Washington, Saint Joseph’s, Dayton
Big East (6): Creighton, Villanova, Xavier, Providence, St. John’s, Georgetown
Big Ten (5): Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin
ACC (5): Duke, Syracuse, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia
American (5): Louisville, Memphis, Connecticut, Cincinnati, SMU
SEC (3): Kentucky, Florida, Missouri
Mountain West (2): New Mexico, San Diego State
West Coast (2): Gonzaga, BYU
Missouri Valley (1): Wichita State
Conference Automatic Qualifiers … Middle Tennessee (C-USA), Belmont (Ohio Valley), Georgia State (Sun Belt), Boston University (Patriot), North Dakota State (Summit), Green Bay (Horizon), Davidson (Southern), New Mexico State (WAC), Iona (MAAC), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Western Michigan (MAC), Mercer (A-Sun), Harvard (IVY), UC-Santa Barbara (Big West), Delaware (Colonial), Vermont (American East), Weber State (Big Sky), NC-Central (MEAC), High Point (Big South), Robert Morris (NEC), Alabama State (SWAC)
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