Christmas Bracket

It’s still super early, so the eye test factors heavily into the first bracket. But with the OOC portion of the schedule mostly complete, we have a sense of who might be settling onto the bubble and who could be a top seed.

EAST

1 VILLANOVA – 16 Long Island / UMBC

8 Clemson – 9 TCU

5 Florida – 12 UNCW

4 WVU – 13 Monmouth

6 Oregon – 11 Wichita St

3 Creighton – 14 N Mexico St

7 Maryland – 10 Cincinnati

2 Duke – 15 FGCU

SOUTH

1 Baylor – 16 Bucknell

8 Arkansas – 9 Temple

5 Minnesota – 12 Mid Tenn

4 USC – 13 Tennessee St

6 Indiana – 11 UT Arlington

3 Xavier – 14 Chattanooga

7 Oklahoma St – 10 Pitt

2 Louisville – 15 Sam Houston St

MIDWEST

1 Kansas – 16 NC Central

8 Miami – 9 Stanford

5 Purdue – 12 VCU

4 Virginia – 13 Valpo

6 Wisconsin – 11 Wake / Texas A&M

3 Butler – 14 Akron

7 Virginia Tech – 10 Seton Hall

2 Kentucky – 15 TX Southern

WEST

1 UCLA – 16 CS Fullerton / Brown

8 SMU – 9 So Carolina

5 Fla State – 12 Nevada

4 St Mary’s – 13 Fort Wayne

6 Arizona – 11 NC State / Northwestern

3 UNC – 14 Winthrop

7 Notre Dame – 10 Illinois

2 Gonzaga – 15 Eastern Washington

 

THOUGHTS:

– Minnesota and Florida State don’t seem to be great teams, but their resumes are fairly solid at this point. They’re in better tournament shape than most would think.

-On the other hand, West Virginia and Indiana are really disliked by the RPI.  You can’t just schedule a few tough out of conference games, as EVERY game matters to your strength of schedule. Both teams are very good, but both will likely be a seed lower than they were hoping for on Selection Sunday because they played too many poor teams.

-The field is very “meh.” After the top four seed lines, there is a huge drop off.  The bubble will be very weak this year.

-Cincinnati is ranked, but they are headed towards the bubble this year. They are certainly not in as good of shape as most would believe.

 

 

 

 

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