Sunday Bracket / Thoughts

The curious case of Auburn:

Auburn is having one of their best seasons in history, but their spot on the overall seed list is still a bit of a mystery.  On the one hand, they have a whopping four wins over Group 1 teams, and an additional four more wins over Group 2 teams.  Those are fantastic numbers.  But digging into the profile a bit more, what exactly have they done to show they are elite?  They beat Tennessee on the road, but a home win against Arkansas is the only other game that does all that much for the resume.  Auburn is a three in the bracket today.  Consider it a hedge.  They look like a one numerically but they have not done enough to show they are actually one of the country’s elite teams, as shown in their team sheet from http://Warrennolan.com:


The elite Big XII:

There is no question which conference is the best in college basketball; it is the Big XII.  In the next AP poll, it would not be a surprise if the Big XII’s four co-leaders (Oklahoma, Texas Tech, West Virginia, and Kansas) are all ranked in the top ten.  Here, Oklahoma remains a one seed after an overtime win over TCU, while West Virginia and Texas Tech end up on the two line following the Red Raiders’ one-point win over WVU in Lubbock.  Kansas drops from a two to a three after a couple of uninspiring home wins over Iowa State and Kansas State.  I expect all four of these teams will likely end up protected seeds.

EAST

1 Villanova
16 Bethune-Cookman / Nicholls State

8 Florida State
9 Texas

5 Ohio State
12 Buffalo

4 Kentucky
13 Belmont

6 Cincinnati
11 Syracuse / Providence

3 Kansas
14 Louisiana

7 Creighton
10 Alabama

2 Duke
15 Radford

WEST

1 Virginia
16 Robert Morris

8 Florida
9 Marquette

5 Michigan
12 Middle Tennessee

4 Arizona State
13 ETSU

6 TCU
11 St Bonaventure / LSU

3 Wichita State
14 Montana

7 Louisville
10 Missouri

2 West Virginia
15 Penn

MIDWEST

1 Oklahoma
16 Jackson State / FGCU

8 Gonzaga
9 Texas A&M

5 Tennessee
12 South Dakota St

4 Xavier
13 Wright St

6 Miami
11 UCLA

3 Auburn
14 Rider

7 Arkansas
10 Washington

2 Clemson
15 Bucknell

SOUTH

1 Purdue
16 Cal State Fullerton

8 Nevada
9 Butler

5 Arizona
12 New Mexico St

4 Seton Hall
13 Vermont

6 Michigan St
11 Georgia

3 UNC
14 William and Mary

7 Rhode Island
10 Notre Dame

2 Texas Tech
15 Drake

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