Friday Bracket / Thoughts

KANSAS AS A TWO SEED:

Moving Kansas up to the two line wasn’t easy, as the Jayhawks have THREE home losses.  But all three losses are to single-digit seeds, and they have five Group 1 wins (see their team sheet from WarrenNolan.com below). Three of those (at TCU, at Texas, and neutral against Kentucky) are very nice victories.  With outstanding overall and non-conference schedules, the Jayhawks have done too much to be denied the two line  compared to the teams on the three line  (which includes Michigan State and Texas Tech).

CINCINNATI AS A SEVEN SEED:

The Bearcats are ranked in the top 15 in both the AP and Coaches’ polls.  But they are a seven seed right now due to a lack of quality wins.  Numerically, they have some good wins, featuring three wins against Group 1 opponents.  But a neutral court win against Buffalo and a road win over an 8-8 Temple team don’t exactly knock your socks off.  With half of their wins coming against Group 4 teams, there simply isn’t much heft to this resume.

EAST

1 Villanova
16 Bethune-Cookman / Oral Roberts

8 Rhode Island
9 Louisville

5 UNC
12 William and Mary

4 Auburn
13 Vermont

6 Miami
11 UCLA / LSU

3 Texas Tech
14 Radford

7 Texas
10 Providence

2 Duke
15 Penn

WEST

1 Virginia
16 Jackson State / SE Louisiana

8 Arkansas
9 Nevada

5 Arizona
12 New Mexico State

4 Kentucky
13 Old Dominion

6 Creighton
11 St Mary’s / Syracuse

3 Michigan State
14 Murray State

7 Ohio State
10 Notre Dame

2 Kansas
15 CS Fullerton

SOUTH

1 West Virginia
16 Robert Morris

8 Marquette
9 Washington

5 Tennessee
12 Buffalo

4 Xavier
13 Wright State

6 Florida
11 Michigan

3 Clemson
14 Furman

7 Georgia
10 Butler

2 Wichita State
15 Bucknell

MIDWEST

1 Oklahoma
16 Montana

8 Gonzaga
9 Missouri

5 TCU
12 Lipscomb

4 Arizona State
13 Louisiana

6 Texas A&M
11 Saint Bonaventure

3 Seton Hall
14 Rider

7 Cincinnati
10 Florida State

2 Purdue
15 Drake

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