February 22nd Bracket


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

Bracket Notes

Illinois is the last team in the field as of today, due mainly to their 4 top 50 RPI wins (2 top 25), and their 9-5 conference record.  It’s highly unlikely that the committee would leave Illinois out if they get to 11 wins in the Big 10 this year.  Illinois is an 11 seed ahead of UConn and Marquette in order to conform to bracketing rules.

After lingering just outside the bracket for a couple of weeks, San Diego St makes it in today.  A road win against BYU this week would be an impressive resume builder for the Aztecs.  If they lose that one, they may need to win the Moutain West tournament to make the field.

Dayton’s loss to Duquesne makes the Flyers the first team out this week.  With road games left against Temple and Richmond, Dayton may need an impressive conference tournament run to make the field this year.

The Big East bubble situation continues to be fluid.  At this time, the order of the teams is this: Louisville/Marquette/Connecticut/Seton Hall/South Florida/Cincinnati/St Johns/Notre Dame.  Look for UConn to get special consideration by the committee this year, given their big wins (Texas, Villanova) and the fact that Coach Jim Calhoun was absent during a 3-4 stretch.  All the teams outside of the field at the moment must get at least to .500 in conference play to ultimately make the Big Dance.

Projected Sites

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

Games to Watch This Week

Monday – West Virginia/Connecticut

Tuesday – Georgetown/Louisville, Kansas St/Texas Tech, Tennessee/Florida

Wednesday – Dayton/Temple, Florida St/North Carolina, Pittsburgh/Notre Dame, Vermont/Stony Brook, Marquette/St Johns, Xavier/St Louis, Purdue/Minnesota, Clemson/Maryland, Texas A&M/Baylor, Oklahoma St/Texas, San Diego St/BYU, South Florida/Villanova

Thursday – Tulsa/Duke, Georgia/Vanderbilt, Charleston/Wofford, Murray St/Morehead St, South Carolina/Kentucky, Arizona/California

Friday – Princeton/Cornell

Saturday – Kentucky/Tennessee, Pitt/St Johns, Notre Dame/Georgetown, Cincinnati/WVU, Texas/Texas A&M, UNC/Wake Forest, Arizona St/California, New Mexico/BYU, Florida/Georgia, Minnesota/Illinois, VCU/Old Dominion, Maryland/Virginia Tech, Kansas/Oklahoma St, Mississippi St/South Carolina, Missouri/Kansas St, Illinois St/Northern Iowa, Villanova/Syracuse

Sunday – Marquette/Seton Hall, Richmond/Xavier, Louisville/UConn, Michigan St/Purdue, Clemson/Florida St

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