12/27 Bracket

-The AAC has a couple of strong teams (Wichita State and Cincinnati), as well as three bubble teams. In this bracket, SMU, Temple, and Houston all find themselves in First Four games, edging out Virginia Tech, Washington, and Boston College.

-The one seeds are clear, but a lot of different teams could end up on the two line.  Oklahoma and Xavier edge out West Virginia and Kansas in this bracket.  Of the four, I personally would rank them Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Xavier, but Xavier’s win at Marquette makes their resume too much for Kansas or West Virginia to overcome.

-Baylor is hanging in at a ten seed, but that’s fully based on talent.  Wins against Creighton and Wisconsin in Kansas City aren’t enough to move the Bears out of the RPI’s triple-digits.

-Results are the predominant factor in this bracket, but the eye test still matters more than it will a few weeks from now.

EAST

1 VILLANOVA
16 LIBERTY / NAVY

8 ST BONAVENTURE
9 NEVADA

5 SETON HALL
12 OKLAHOMA ST / SMU

4 MIAMI FL
13 UCSB

6 AUBURN
11 USC

3 TCU
14 OLD DOMINION

7 ST. JOHN’S
10 BAYLOR

2 TEXAS A&M
15 ALBANY

MIDWEST

1 MICHIGAN STATE
16 NC A&T / RIDER

8 ALABAMA
9 BUTLER

5 WICHITA STATE
12 NEW MEXICO ST

4 VIRGINIA
13 TOWSON

6 KENTUCKY
11 MINNESOTA

3 KANSAS
14 CENTRAL MICH

7 MISSOURI
10 MICHIGAN

2 XAVIER
15 MURRAY ST

WEST

1 ARIZONA STATE
16 WAGNER

8 LOUISVILLE
9 GONZAGA

5 ARIZONA
12 HOUSTON / TEMPLE

4 TENNESSEE
13 PORTLAND STATE

6 TEXAS TECH
11 BOISE ST

3 UNC
14 SOUTH DAKOTA

7 CINCINNATI
10 CREIGHTON

2 OKLAHOMA
15 FURMAN

SOUTH

1 DUKE
16 PENN

8 TEXAS
9 GEORGIA

5 CLEMSON
12 STEPHEN F AUSTIN

4 ARKANSAS
13 LIPSCOMB

6 SYRACUSE
11 RHODE ISLAND

3 WEST VIRGINIA
14 OAKLAND

7 IOWA STATE
10 FLORIDA STATE

2 PURDUE
15 LOUISIANA

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