January 24 Bracket

EAST

1 Villanova
16 Weber State / New Orleans

8 Indiana
9 Arkansas

5 Florida
12 Pitt / Oklahoma State

4 Cincinnati
13 Monmouth

6 Xavier
11 TCU

3 Oregon
14 Vermont

7 Virginia Tech
10 Marquette

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 Virginia
13 Valparaiso

6 Purdue
11 UNC-Wilmington

3 UCLA
14 Georgia Southern

7 Saint Mary’s
10 NC State

2 Kentucky
15 Belmont

MIDWEST

1 Kansas
16 UNC Greensboro

8 SMU
9 Dayton

5 West Virginia
12 Akron

4 Notre Dame
13 FGCU

6 Duke
11 Middle Tennessee

3 Butler
14 Winthrop

7 Northwestern
10 Clemson

2 North Carolina
15 Princeton

THOUGHTS:

-TCU dropped one at Oklahoma State. Not a bad loss, but it really demonstrates just how glaring their lack of quality wins is. They find themselves all the way down at an 11.  The Cowboys, on the other hand, move into the field despite starting 0-6 in Big XII play.  Their loss at Texas isn’t that bad, and they have some very good road victories (including the demolition of Wichita State). Rhode Island dropped out because OSU simply has a better resume.

-NC State’s road win at Duke moved the Pack back into the field, even avoiding the First Four. Duke, meanwhile, is a borderline disaster. Their talent appears to be vastly overrated and they have some chemistry issues.  They fall to a six seed, but a further drop could definitely happen.

 

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