Sunday Bracket / Thoughts

A Wabash Welcome – Kansas State’s Rise:

K-State is a newcomer on the eleven line of the bracket after defeating TCU in Manhattan on Saturday.  The ‘Cats are a bit of a controversial selection, but the eye test is too strong to deny them.  Let’s breakdown the resume from Warren Nolan:

The Pros:

  • victory over an elite Oklahoma squad
  • only beaten easily once (at Texas Tech)
  • very easily could’ve beaten Arizona State and Kansas, showing their efficiency

The Cons:

  • OOC SOS is 333 out of 351.
  • Only three wins over quadrants 1 and 2
  • Lost to Tulsa in Wichita, which counts as a home game

Adding it all up, it is a tough call.  But they have a winning record in the undisputed top league in America, and they just plain look like an NCAA tournament team.  The resume isn’t great, but it will do for now.

EAST

1 Villanova
16 Wagner / NC A&T

8 Florida St
9 Alabama

5 Tennessee
12 Belmont

4 Texas Tech
13 ETSU

6 Miami
11 Butler / Houston

3 Ohio State
14 William and Mary

7 Michigan
10 Missouri

2 UNC
15 Iona

WEST

1 Kansas
16 Arkansas Pine Bluff / SE Louisiana

8 Creighton
9 Arkansas

5 Michigan State
12 Buffalo

4 Arizona
13 Wright St

6 TCU
11 Georgia

3 Clemson
14 Hawaii

7 Nevada
10 Washington

2 Xavier
15 Montana

SOUTH

1 Duke
16 Penn

8 Texas
9 Providence

5 Arizona St
12 New Mexico St

4 Cincinnati
13 Louisiana

6 Louisville
11 Kansas State

3 Auburn
14 Vermont

7 Wichita State
10 Gonzaga

2 West Virginia
15 Radford

MIDWEST

1 Purdue
16 FGCU

8 Texas A&M
9 St Mary’s

5 Seton Hall
12 S Dakota St

4 Florida
13 Old Dominion

6 Kentucky
11 SMU / Syracuse

3 Oklahoma
14 Drake

7 Rhode Island
10 Marquette

2 Virginia
15 Bucknell

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