February 15th Bracket

Midwest East South West
1 Kansas Villanova Kentucky Syracuse
2 West Virginia Duke Kansas St Purdue
3 New Mexico Ohio St Georgetown Gonzaga
4 Vanderbilt BYU Pittsburgh Butler
5 Michigan St Temple Wisconsin Baylor
6 Texas A&M Tennessee Wake Forest Texas
7 Clemson Northern Iowa Rhode Island Richmond
8 Georgia Tech Virginia Tech UNLV Xavier
9 UAB Missouri Maryland Florida St
10 Charlotte Oklahoma St St Marys Louisville
11 California Dayton UTEP Utah St
12 Marquette Florida Old Dominion Mississippi
13 Siena Cornell Kent St Murray State
14 UCSB Sam Houston St Weber St Oakland
15 Wofford Morgan St North Texas Stony Brook
16 Arkansas-PB/Lehigh Coastal Carolina Belmont Robert Morris
In the Mix In Today Out Today By Conference
Texas Tech Louisville Illinois Big 12 – 7
Cincinnati ACC – 7
Wichita St Big East – 7
Mississippi St Atlantic 10 – 6
Seton Hall SEC – 5
South Florida Big 10 – 4
San Diego St Mountain West – 3
Illinois West Coast – 2
Washington Conference USA – 2
All Others – 1

Bracket Notes

Ohio St and Michigan St have been moved up the S-Curve rankings after injury evaluations have been completed.  A similar evaluation for Wiscinson will be completed at the end of the regular season.  At this point, it looks like Wisconson will move up to a 3/4 seed at that time.

St Marys had a tough week, losing 2 difficult conference road games.  However, their victories against San Diego St and Utah St only look more impressive as the season goes along.  If either of those 2 teams starts to slide, it will affect St Marys’ resume and may keep them out of the tournament.

Texas Tech is out of the bracket at this point, due to their 1-8 record against RPI top 50 foes.  The Red Raiders do have good wins against Washington and UTEP, and still have the opportunity to pick up big wins as they play Kansas St, Texas, and Baylor at home, and also get a road date with Baylor.  If Texas Tech can win 4 of their last 6 regular season games and win a conference tournament game, they should have enough on their resume to earn a bid.

Mississippi St also gets strong consideration this week, after sweeping their in-state rivals on Thursday.  Their 3-2 record against top 50 RPI teams is strong, however the overall Strength of Schedule is weak and their resume includes 3 losses against teams outside the top 100 RPI (no at-large team in the bracket has more than 2).  Home games against Kentucky and Tennessee loom large for the Bulldogs.

Projected Sites

New Orleans – Kentucky/UNLV/Maryland/Belmont
New Orleans – Butler/Baylor/Mississippi/Murray St
Oklahoma City – Kansas/Georgia Tech/UAB/Play-in Winner
Oklahoma City – Kansas St/Rhode Island/St Marys/North Texas
Providence – Villanova/Virginia Tech/Missouri/Coastal Carolina
Providence – Georgetown/Wake Forest/UTEP/Weber St
San Jose – New Mexico/Texas A&M/California/UCSB
San Jose – BYU/Temple/Dayton/Florida
Buffalo – Syracuse/Xavier/Florida St/Robert Morris
Buffalo – West Virginia/Clemson/Charlotte/Wofford
Jacksonville – Duke/Northern Iowa/Oklahoma St/Morgan St
Jacksonville – Pitt/Wisconsin/Old Dominion/Kent St
Milwaukee – Purdue/Richmond/Louisville/Stony Brook
Milwaukee – Ohio St/Tennessee/Dayton/Sam Houston St
Spokane – Gonzaga/Texas/Utah St/Oakland
Spokane – Vanderbilt/Michigan St/Marquette/Siena

Games to Watch this Week

Monday – Connecticut/Villanova, Virginia/Maryland, Kansas/Texas A&M

Tuesday – Cincinnati/South Florida, Wake Forest/VT, Texas Tech/Baylor, North Carolina/Georgia Tech, Kentucky/Mississippi St

Wednesday – Purdue/OSU, Florida St/UVA, Notre Dame/Louisville, Duke/Miami, Seton Hall/St Johns, Texas/Missouri, URI/St Louis, Louisiana Tech/Utah St

Thursday – Vanderbilt/Mississippi, Syracuse/Georgetown, Pittsburgh/Marquette, Wisconsin/Minnesota

Friday – Cornell/Harvard, Old Dominion/Northern Iowa

Saturday – Siena/Butler, St Johns/South Florida, Seton Hall/West Virginia, Tennessee/South Carolina, Baylor/OSU, Texas/Texas Tech, Xavier/Charlotte, GT/Maryland, Illinois/Purdue, UVA/Clemson, UTEP/Tulsa, Kentucky/Vanderbilt, Kansas St/Oklahoma, Qunnipiac/Robert Morris, Wichita St/Utah St

Sunday – Ohio St/Michigan St, Villanova/Pittsburgh, Marquette/Cincinnati, Northwestern/Wisconsin, Virginia Tech/Duke

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