College Basketball

Bracketology Feb 27

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Ah another week of some good ole fashion, Bracketology. ​March starts on Thursday and it looks like its going to be a cloudy March this year. As great as March Madness is, there’s no shooing away the cloud that hangs over the college basketball world. The FBI probe into corruption between agents, coaches, players, and more has caused trouble for a lot of programs over the last week. It’s tough to enjoy college basketball games the same way, knowing that some teams have used an unfair advantage to get to where they are. Ultimately, college basketball needs to use this dark cloud as a way to bring change to the way NCAA athletics are run. It won’t be easy but there are enough smart people within the sports world who can figure it out so that everybody wins and that the game that we all love can be even better. That being said, let’s take a look at some bubble teams.

Team A
Record: 22-9
Conference Record: 13-5
RPI: 58
BPI: 61
KenPom: 54
RPI Top 50 Wins: 1
RPI Sub 100 Losses: 1

Team B
Record: 19-10
Conference Record: 9-7
RPI: 39
BPI: 32
KenPom: 33
RPI Top 50 Wins: 1
RPI Sub 100 Losses: 0

​Team A is the Nebraska Cornhuskers who right now are just outside the first four out. Nebraska is an interesting case because normally, a 13-5 record in the Big Ten indicates an at-large bid without question. Not this year. The Big Ten is down and the Cornhuskers are getting punished because of it. Team B is the Louisville Cardinals who despite having the same amount of RPI top 50 wins as Nebraska, is being rewarded for playing a tough schedule in the ACC. The numbers clearly favorite Louisville but make no mistake, Louisville is going to have to get some wins get down the stretch or those numbers will not be so kind.

A Few Notes:
-Kentucky could potentially finish outside the top four in the SEC for the first time since John Calipari became head coach before the 2009-2010 season. Their seven SEC losses is already their most under Calipari and they still have two games left. One is a home game against last place Ole Miss and the other is trip to Gainesville, where Calipari and the Wildcats are just 4-4 under his tenure.

-The Big Ten tournament starts this week and is the only power five conference tournament happening this week because they are playing it at Madison Square Garden where the Big East tournament will happen next week. The other power conferences are all finishing their regular seasons this week. Michigan State and Purdue are the two favorites to win the conference tournament. They would be fun to see face off in the championship as they only played once this season with the Spartans winning in East Lansing.

Automatic Bids
America East- Vermont
American- Cincinnati
A-10- Rhode Island
ACC- Virginia
Atlantic Sun- Florida Gulf Coast
Big 12- Kansas
Big East- Xavier
Big Sky- Montana
Big 10- Michigan State
Big South- UNC Asheville
Big West- UC Santa Barbara
Colonial- Charleston
Conference USA- Middle Tennessee
Horizon- Northern Kentucky
IVY- Penn
MAAC- Rider
MAC- Buffalo
MEAC- Bethune-Cookman
Missouri Valley- Loyola Chicago
Mountain West- Nevada
Northeast- Wagner
Ohio Valley- Murray State
Pac-12- Arizona
Patriot- Bucknell
SEC-Auburn
Southern- UNC Greensboro
Southland- Nicholls
SWAC- Grambling
Summit- South Dakota St.
Sun Belt- Louisiana
West Coast- Gonzaga
WAC- New Mexico St

At-Large Bids
American: Wichita State, Houston
A-10: St. Bonaventure
ACC: Clemson, Duke, UNC, Louisville, Miami, Va Tech, Syracuse, NC State, Florida State
Big 12: Texas Tech, WVU, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas
Big East: Villanova, Creighton, Providence, Butler, Seton Hall, Marquette,
Big Ten: OSU, Purdue, Michigan
Pac-12: USC, Arizona St
SEC: Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, Texas AM, Arkansas, Mississippi St
WCC: St. Mary’s

Last 4 in: Louisville, Texas, NC State, Syracuse
First 4 out: Baylor, Kansas State, UCLA, Washington

Seeds:
1-Virginia, Villanova, Michigan State, Kansas
2-Xavier, Purdue, Duke, North Carolina
3-Texas Tech, Auburn, Cincinnati, Wichita State
4-Arizona, Tennessee, Gonzaga, Clemson
5-Florida, West Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan
6-Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Nevada
7-TCU, Miami, Seton Hall, Creighton
8-Virginia Tech, St. Mary’s, Butler, Texas A&M
9-Alabama, USC, Florida State, Providence
10-Arizona State, Houston, Arkansas, Missouri
11-St. Bonaventure, Louisville/NC State, Marquette, Syracuse/Texas
12-Buffalo, New Mexico State, Loyola Chicago, Middle Tennessee
13-Murray State, Louisiana, Charleston, South Dakota St
14- Rider, Vermont, UC Santa Barbara, UNC Greensboro
15- UNC Asheville, Wagner, Bucknell, Montana
16- Northern Kentucky, Florida Gulf Coast, Penn/Nicholls, Grambling/Bethune-Cookman

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