Monday Bracket

Welcome, Bonnies!

Saint Bonaventure is new to the bracket this week, thanks to three straight weeks of unbeaten basketball and some upheaval around the cutline.  While their spot in the bracket is tenuous, they do have three Group 1 wins, eight wins away from home, and the 50th-best out of conference strength of schedule.  For now, it’s just enough to get a First Four bid.

The First Four OUT of the Field:

LSU, NC State, USC, and Temple are just out of the bracket. LSU and NC State have great wins, but poor results-based metrics.  Temple has great wins, but way too many losses for a team in the AAC.  And USC’s profile doesn’t have great metrics or quality wins, which makes it just bland enough to leave them out.

Here is the new bracket following Sunday’s action / Bracket Preview:

SOUTH

1 Virginia
16 Penn / Ark Pine Bluff

8 Florida
9 Providence

5 West Virginia
12 Mid Tenn

4 Tennessee
13 Charleston

6 Wichita St
11 Louisville

3 Michigan State
14 Murray St

7 Alabama
10 Texas

2 Cincinnati
15 Northern KY

WEST

1 Purdue
16 FGCU

8 Butler
9 Virginia Tech

5 Texas A&M
12 New Mexico St

4 Arizona
13 S Dakota St

6 Arizona St
11 Arkansas

3 N Carolina
14 ETSU

7 Seton Hall
10 Houston

2 Kansas
15 Montana

EAST

1 Villanova
16 Wagner

8 Florida State
9 Michigan

5 Kentucky
12 Loyola-Chicago

4 Ohio State
13 Vermont

6 Miami
11 St Bonaventure / UCLA

3 Texas Tech
14 UCSB

7 Missouri
10 Washington

2 Duke
15 UNC Asheville

MIDWEST

1 Xavier
16 Nicholls St / NC A&T

8 TCU
9 St Mary’s

5 Rhode Island
12 Buffalo

4 Oklahoma
13 Louisiana

6 Gonzaga
11 Syracuse / Kansas St

3 Clemson
14 Rider

7 Creighton
10 Nevada

2 Auburn
15 Bucknell

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