Jan. 2 Bracket

MIDWEST

1 Kansas
16 Weber St / New Orleans

8 Michigan State
9 Miami

5 Minnesota
12 Wichita St

4 Arizona
13 Akron

6 Cincinnati
11 UT-Arlington

3 Creighton
14 Oakland

7 Purdue
10 Temple

2 Florida St
15 Jacksonville St

SOUTH

1 Baylor
16 Mount St Mary’s

8 SMU
9 Northwestern

5 UNC
12 VCU

4 West Virginia
13 New Mexico St

6 St Mary’s
11 MTSU

3 Xavier
14 North Dakota St

7 Wisconsin
10 TCU

2 Louisville
15 ETSU

EAST

1 Villanova
16 NC Central

8 Arkansas
9 Nebraska

5 Florida
12 Monmouth

4 UVA
13 FGCU

6 Clemson
11 UNC-Wilm.

3 Oregon
14 Harvard

7 Notre Dame
10 Illinois

2 Kentucky
15 Radford

WEST

1 UCLA
16 UC Davis

8 Pitt
9 Oklahoma St

5 Virginia Tech
12 Dayton/Indiana

4 Butler
13 Boise St

6 USC
11 Seton Hall / Rhode Island

3 Duke
14 TX Southern

7 Maryland
10 NC State

2 Gonzaga
15 Bucknell

THOUGHTS:

-Most of you are probably surprised Indiana is all the way down in the First Four as a 12 seed. For me, putting them in the bracket at all is the surprise. Their RPI is well outside the top 100. But none of the losses are particularly bad, and the wins over Kansas and UNC still look great. I mentioned a couple weeks ago that Indiana is in worse shape than most think.  And back-to-back losses have moved them down to the bubble. And to think they were a possible one seed a couple of weeks ago.

-UNC is a tough call.  I think they’re a top ten team, but the resume isn’t quite there. They are my top five seed.  A one seed is still possible, but a lack of quality wins and three losses already (including to a meh Georgia Tech) makes that unlikely.

-Nebraska is rolling. With Big Ten play opening with road wins at Indiana and Maryland, Nebraska is not only in the field but a dark horse for a regular season Big Ten championship.

-Florida State is all the way up at a two seed. I don’t think they’re one of the nation’s 8 best teams but a win at Virginia (and other quality wins like Florida), combined with only one loss makes it a reality at this point.

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