Sunday Bracket / Thoughts

 

 

The One Line:

Everyone knew Saturday would be a big day for the one seed race, and it delivered. Virginia went on the road to Cameron Indoor and stifled Duke’s offense to pick up a huge road win. That moves the Cavaliers up to number one overall and puts UVA in commanding position to win the ACC regular season title. One-loss Villanova remains a strong candidate for one overall, but hasn’t played quite as tough of a schedule as Virginia. And Purdue is a solid one. The final one seed is a bit of a toss up, but Big XII leading Kansas gets a very slight nod over Duke. While the Blue Devils have one less loss, they only have seven Group 1/2 wins, compared to Kansas’s 11. And the Jayhawks have ten wins over RPI top 75 teams. Duke has only five. Of those top 75 wins, Kansas has four true road wins. Duke has one. It is close, but the Jayhawks deserve the nod.

West Virginia is in a Free-fall:

A couple of weeks ago, WVU was on the one line. Now, they’re down at a five seed following four losses in five games. While they have some great wins and excellent efficiency ratings, their OOC SOS numbers aren’t great. The potential to rise up the bracket is obviously still there, but a one seed is all but out of the question now.

EAST

1 Virginia
16 NC A&T / Harvard

8 Nevada
9 Providence

5 West Virginia
12 New Mexico St

4 Cincinnati
13 Wright State

6 Miami
11 Butler / Texas A&M

3 Texas Tech
14 Vermont

7 Louisville
10 Houston

2 Xavier
15 Montana

WEST

1 Kansas
16 Wagner

8 Arizona State
9 Michigan

5 Wichita State
12 Middle Tenn

4 Michigan State
13 Belmont

6 Florida
11 Syracuse

3 Arizona
14 Hawaii

7 Arkansas
10 Gonzaga

2 Clemson
15 Bucknell

SOUTH

1 Villanova
16 Ark Pine-Bluff / New Orleans

8 Alabama
9 St Mary’s

5 Ohio State
12 Loyola-Chicago

4 Tennessee
13 ETSU

6 Florida State
11 Marquette / S Carolina

3 Oklahoma
14 Louisiana

7 Rhode Island
10 Kansas State

2 Duke
15 Charleston

MIDWEST

1 Purdue
16 UNC-Asheville

8 Texas
9 USC

5 Seton Hall
12 Buffalo

4 UNC
13 S Dakota St

6 Creighton
11 NC State

3 Kentucky
14 Rider

7 TCU
10 Washington

2 Auburn
15 FGCU

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