Super Bowl Sunday Bracket / Thoughts / Podcast

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and there is a new bracket below. Also, there is a new podcast recapping Saturday’s surprising action (

The Fourth Overall One Seed:

It’s obvious that Virginia, Villanova, and Purdue are in position for one seeds. But that fourth one seed isn’t so obvious. For now, Auburn gets the slight advantage over Xavier due to one less loss, sole possession of first in a very strong SEC, and a better eye test (following Xavier’s near loss at home to Georgetown). That said, this thing is wide open and a reasonable argument could be made for different teams in this spot.

How High Can Cincinnati Go?

Cincinnati is having arguably their best season since Bob Huggins roamed the floor, reaching Super Bowl Sunday with only two losses. That said, can they get a one seed? Probably not. First off, they played an average OOC SOS. For a team outside of the Power Six, their OOC SOS would likely have to be better than that (like Gonzaga last year). In addition, the Bearcats’ two toughest OOC games were at Xavier and Florida on a neutral floor. There is no shame in losing either, but they lost both, which leaves them with zero wins against teams solidly in the field. Even if Cincinnati wins out from here, a two seed will likely be their plateau.


1 Virginia
16 NC A&T / Penn

8 St Mary’s
9 Florida

12 Buffalo

4 Seton Hall
13 Vermont

6 Texas
11 NC State

3 Cincinnati
14 Wright St

7 Nevada
10 Gonzaga

2 Kansas
15 Bucknell


1 Auburn
16 Ark-Pine Bluff / Nicholls St

8 Florida St
9 Texas A&M

5 Rhode Island

4 Arizona
13 S Dakota St

6 Ohio State
11 Arkansas

3 Oklahoma
14 Montana

7 Providence
10 Michigan

2 Duke
15 UC Davis


1 Villanova
16 Wagner

8 Missouri
9 Arizona St

5 West Virginia
12 Loyola-Chicago

4 Tennessee
13 Belmont

6 Creighton
11 Virginia Tech / Kansas St

3 Michigan St
14 Charleston

7 Butler
10 TCU

2 Clemson


1 Purdue
16 UNC Asheville

8 Washington
9 Louisville

5 Kentucky
12 New Mexico State

4 Miami

6 Alabama
11 Houston / St Bonaventure

3 Texas Tech
14 Louisiana

7 Wichita St
10 USC

2 Xavier
15 Rider

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