January 23 Bracket

EAST

1 Villanova
16 Weber State / New Orleans

8 TCU
9 Indiana

5 Florida
12 Akron

4 Duke
13 Monmouth

6 Xavier
11 Pitt

3 Oregon
14 Vermont

7 Virginia Tech
10 Dayton

2 Florida State
15 Texas Southern

WEST

1 Gonzaga
16 Morgan State / Fairleigh Dickinson

8 USC
9 Kansas State

5 Maryland
12 New Mexico State

4 Creighton
13 Nevada

6 South Carolina
11 Iowa State / Georgia

3 Louisville
14 North Dakota State

7 Minnesota
10 Wake Forest

2 Arizona
15 Bucknell

SOUTH

1 Baylor
16 UC-Irvine

8 Michigan State
9 Seton Hall

5 Wisconsin
12 Illinois State

4 Notre Dame
13 Valparaiso

6 Purdue
11 UNC-Wilmington

3 UCLA
14 Georgia Southern

7 Saint Mary’s
10 Marquette

2 Kentucky
15 Belmont

MIDWEST

1 Kansas
16 UNC Greensboro

8 Northwestern
9 Clemson

5 Cincinnati
12 Michigan / Rhode Island

4 Virginia
13 FGCU

6 West Virginia
11 Middle Tennessee

3 Butler
14 Winthrop

7 SMU
10 Arkansas

2 North Carolina
15 Princeton

THOUGHTS:

-VIrginia Tech picked up another huge road win (at Clemson, to pair with at Michigan). They have three top 50 wins and some solid 51-100 wins away from home. They will likely be dancing despite an awful out of conference strength of schedule.

-Clemson’s loss leaves them with just one ACC win. This serious downward trajectory drops the Tigers all the way down to a nine.  But remember, the committee will judge the team’s total resume, and not just their ACC performance. They are still in solid shape if they just win some games.

-Xavier and USC both picked up much needed wins yesterday over Georgetown and Arizona State, respectively. Xavier stays at a six and USC moves up to an eight because of the Clemson nosedive.

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