CBT BRACKETOLOGY: Kansas remains No. 1 overall seed

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Here we are again.  It’s late February and Kansas is in position to win another Big 12 title.  The Jayhawks are also in position to be the No. 1 overall seed on Selection Sunday.  Way back in November, there were those who thought KU might be the most complete team come March.  One could argue that point, of course, but the Jayhawks certainly have one of the nation’s best resumes as we enter the stretch run.  Villanova, Oklahoma, and Virginia are next in line.   Although you could make a case that the Sooners and Cavaliers have stronger overall profiles, the Wildcats are most likely to complete their regular season and conference tournament without a loss.

The First Four remains a revolving door.  It was a bad week(end) for LSU.  The Tigers RPI is approaching 90 and a quick turnaround is needed to regain any momentum.  Another group of Tigers (Clemson) also has some high-end wins, but they continue to struggle away from home.  And while it’s a weird scene, today’s bracket is missing Gonzaga.  The Zags are short on quality wins and lost a second game to Saint Mary’s over the weekend.  It could be a West Coast Conference tourney title or bust for the Bulldogs.

On a closing note: although Michigan, Colorado, and Florida have been bracket fixtures for a while, there’s work to be done.  They are among the last four teams with byes today.  Enjoy your week of college hoops.

BRACKET UPDATE: February 22, 2016

Teams in CAPS represent the projected AUTOMATIC bid. In the event of a tie in the loss column, RPI is first tiebreaker. Notes: To simulate actual bracket conditions, we’ve used current conference leaders to receive the automatic bid. Exceptions are made for teams that use an abbreviation (ex: UCLA)

Several new bracketing principles were introduced a couple of years ago. 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)

  • Oregon State vs. Cincinnati | South Region
  • Alabama vs. St. Bonaventure | East Region
  • BUCKNELL vs. WAGNER | East Region
  • HAMPTON vs. TEXAS-SOUTHERN | Midwest Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

MIDWEST – Chicago  EAST – Philadelphia                            
Des Moines Brooklyn
1) KANSAS 1) VILLANOVA
16) TX-SOUTHERN / HAMPTON 16) BUCKNELL / WAGNER
8) Saint Joseph’s 8) Syracuse
9) Wisconsin 9) Florida
Denver Spokane
5) Duke 5) Texas
12) ARK-LITTLE ROCK 12) VALPARAISO
4) KENTUCKY 4) Utah
13) AKRON 13) STONY BROOK
Spokane Brooklyn
6) Notre Dame 6) Purdue
11) Michigan 11) St. Bonaventure / Alabama
3) OREGON 3) West Virginia
14) S.F. AUSTIN 14) PRINCETON
Des Moines Raleigh
7) Pittsburgh 7) South Carolina
10) VCU 10) Colorado
2) IOWA 2) North Carolina
15) MONTANA 15) BELMONT
WEST – Anaheim         SOUTH – Louisville
Raleigh Oklahoma City
1) Virginia 1) Oklahoma
16) NORTH FLORIDA 16) WINTHROP
8) Texas Tech 8) Providence
9) Seton Hall 9) Connecticut
Oklahoma City Denver
5) Indiana 5) Baylor
12) MONMOUTH 12) SAN DIEGO ST
4) Iowa State 4) Arizona
13) HAWAII 13) CHATTANOOGA
Providence Providence
6) Dayton 6) Texas AM
11) TEMPLE 11) Cincinnati / Oregon State
3) Maryland 3) Miami-FL
14) NC-WILMINGTON 14) UAB
St. Louis St. Louis
7) California 7) USC
10) WICHITA STATE 10) SAINT MARY’S
2) Xavier 2) Michigan State
15) NEW MEXICO ST 15) IPFW

NOTES on the BRACKET: Kansas is the No. 1 overall seed followed by Villanova, Oklahoma, and Virginia.  Next in line: Xavier, North Carolina, Michigan State, Iowa

Last Four Byes (at large): Wisconsin, Florida, Colorado, Michigan

Last Four IN (at large): Alabama, Cincinnati, Oregon State, St. Bonaventure

First Four OUT (at large): Tulsa, Butler, George Washington, Gonzaga

Next four teams OUT (at large): Vanderbilt, UCLA, Washington, Ohio State

Breakdown by Conference …

ACC (7): NORTH CAROLINA, Virginia, Miami-FL, Duke, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse

Pac 12 (7): OREGON, Arizona, Utah, California, USC, Colorado, Oregon State

Big 12 (7): KANSAS, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Iowa State, Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech

Big 10 (7): IOWA, Michigan State, Maryland, Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan

SEC (5): KENTUCKY, Texas AM, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama

Big East (4): VILLANOVA, Xavier, Providence, Seton Hall

Atlantic 10 (4): VCU, Dayton, Saint Joseph’s, St. Bonaventure

American (3): TEMPLE, Connecticut, Cincinnati

West Coast (1): SAINT MARY’S

Mountain West (1): SAN DIEGO STATE

Missouri Valley (1): WICHITA STATE

ONE BID LEAGUES: Monmouth (MAAC), UAB (C-USA), Ark-Little Rock (SBELT), Princeton (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Valparaiso (HORIZON), Stephen F. Austin (SLND), Chattanooga (STHN), Hawaii (BWEST), Akron (MAC), North Florida (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), UNC-Wilmington (CAA), Winthrop (BSO), Hampton (MEAC), IPFW (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Stony Brook (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Wagner (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)