Friday, December 22, 2017

21-DEC Bracket Projections: Happy Holidays

Teams With A Zero
Congratulations to Sacramento State and Loyola Maryland for notching their first Division I win of the year this week.  We were guaranteed to have at least one come off the board, as Sacramento State played winless Cal State Northridge.  However, respect to G.G. Smith and the Greyhounds who were down with 5 minutes and change to go, and gutted out a 66-62 win over Drexel.

Undefeated teams (4): Villanova, Miami, Arizona State, and TCU.

Winless (against Division I) teams (18): Chicago State, Delaware State, Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Mississippi Valley State, Florida A&M, Alcorn State, Coppin State, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Longwood, Howard, Youngstown State, Norfolk State, McNeese State, Texas Southern, Cal State Northridge, New Orleans, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Quadrant 1 Wins
Currently Villanova is the only team with 4 Quadrant 1 wins.  North Carolina dropped down a level as Michigan fell out of the RPI top 30 last night.  Purdue joins the crew with 3, as West Virginia and Missouri drop down a level. 

(4)- Villanova
(3)- North Carolina, Arizona State, Temple, Kansas, Alabama, Purdue
(2)- Duke, TCU, Auburn, SMU, Arizona, Minnesota, Iowa State, Texas, Tennessee, Seton Hall, West Virginia, and Missouri.

Missouri Valley
The MVC becomes the third conference to begin conference play with two games this weekend.  I give the slight edge to Missouri State to earn the #1 seed, but it looks like several teams could be in contention.  I'll go Bradley as the 2 seed, Loyola Chicago as the 3, and Southern Illinois as the 4.  It's at first glance a surprise to leave out Northern Iowa who has some great wins, but, again, it appears the league's top teams are fairly comparable.

Notable Games (predictions in italics, 5-0 last week, 11-4 overall)
This weekend's top five as I see them:
#5 Friday, Northwestern at Oklahoma- Oklahoma 81, Northwestern 75
#4 Saturday, Missouri vs Illinois- Missouri 76, Illinois 73
#3 Friday, St. Bonaventure at Syracuse- Syracuse 71, St. Bonaventure 69
#2 Saturday, North Carolina vs Ohio State- North Carolina 76, Ohio State 75
#1 Saturday, Grand Canyon at Louisville- Louisville 70, Grand Canyon 67


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