Monday, January 1, 2018

31-DEC Bracket Projections: Happy New Year

2017 is no more, as all those games have been played.  It's officially January which represents the final full month before conference tournaments begin.  Before teams beat up on each other for 18-20 games, a quick look at what's happened this last week.

Teams With A Zero
Undefeated teams (0): Zero.  They are all gone.  Villanova went down at Hinkle.  TCU lost a heartbreaker to Flash Trae.  Arizona State lost on the road to Arizona.  Georgetown even lost a game in regulation. 

As for the teams chasing their first Division I win, it was a good week.  Norfolk State was down nine with a little over seven minutes to go at Stony Brook, but rallied to pull out a 74-68 win.  McNeese left nothing to chance, winning twice.  First over Incarnate Word, second over Northwestern State.  That was a bit of a Southland theme, as New Orleans duplicated the feat.  The Privateers racked up wins over Abilene Christian and Houston Baptist.  Finally, Cal State Northridge gave up the first six points of the game to Morgan State before kicking into gear to earn their first win 79-69 in the Matadome.   

Winless (against Division I) teams (13): Chicago State, Delaware State, Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Mississippi Valley State, Florida A&M, Alcorn State, Coppin State, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Longwood, Youngstown State, Texas Southern, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Quadrant 1 Wins
We’ve lost Villanova, as their their opponent RPI rankings have fallen out of range leaving them with just two at the moment.  Purdue is our lone team with four Q1 wins.

In the three win crowd, we again see a lot of shifting.  Duke, Texas and Georgia have dropped out.  Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Arizona have joined.  21 teams currently have two Quadrant 1 wins.

(4)- Purdue
(3)- Arizona State, Temple, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Arizona

Notable Games (predictions in italics, 4-1 last week, 18-7 overall)
This week's top five as I see them:
#5 Tuesday, Penn St. at Maryland- Maryland 72, Penn St. 69
#4 Monday, West Virginia at Kansas St.- Kansas St. 73, West Virginia 72
#3 Thursday, Maryland at Michigan St.- Michigan St. 77, Maryland 68
#2 Wednesday, Virginia at Virginia Tech- Virginia Tech 72, Virginia 69
#1 Tuesday Texas Tech at Kansas- Kansas 74, Texas Tech 72

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