January 16 Bracket (through 1/15 games)

MIDWEST

1 Kansas
16 Morgan State / Long Island

8 Northwestern
9 Dayton

5 Xavier
12 Akron

4 Oregon
13 Monmouth

6 Minnesota
11 Michigan / VCU

3 UNC
14 Princeton

7 USC
10 Illinois

2 Creighton
15 North Dakota St

SOUTH

1 Baylor
16 UC Irvine

8 Clemson
9 Seton Hall

5 UVA
12 Nevada

4 Arizona
13 Chattanooga

6 Purdue
11 Wake / Arkansas

3 Louisville
14 Winthrop

7 SMU
10 Nebraska

2 Kentucky
15 TX Southern

EAST

1 Villanova
16 Green Bay

8 TCU
9 Pitt

5 Duke
12 Illinois St

4 Florida
13 Vermont

6 Maryland
11 Georgia

3 Butler
14 Richmond

7 South Carolina
10 Iowa St

2 Florida St
15 Boston U

WEST

1 Gonzaga
16 Weber St / New Orleans

8 Virginia Tech
9 Michigan State

5 Cincinnati
12 N Mexico St

4 West Virginia
13 FGCU

6 Wisconsin
11 MTSU

3 Notre Dame
14 Georgia Southern

7 St Mary’s
10 Miami

2 UCLA
15 Belmont

THOUGHTS:

-Florida State may have dropped a game at UNC, but they are still in competition for a one seed. They are very good on the court, but even better on paper.

-What a week for Notre Dame! The Irish went on the road and picked up wins over Miami and Virginia Tech.  These Irish are now up tho a three seed and they need to be taken seriously as an ACC title contender.

-Kansas State dropped one at home to Baylor. The Wildcats are a good team, but the resume simply isn’t there.

-Gonzaga is all the way up to the final one seed.  The Zags pulled away comfortably from Saint Mary’s to add to their wins over Arizona, Iowa State, and Florida.  While UCLA owns the nation’s best win (at Kentucky), the totality of the resume isn’t quite as strong as Gonzaga’s (especially with UCLA having a loss).

-Wake Forest is back in the field, even though I have a hard time seeing them in the field on Selection Sunday. Despite only one top 100 win (Charleston) and no top 50 wins, a great schedule can go a long ways when you avoid bad losses.

-NC State drops out of the field following a loss to Georgia Tech.  The Wolfpack are relying on a home win over Virginia Tech, which is not nearly enough at this point (despite a decent schedule and RPI rating).

 

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