Thursday, January 4, 2018

4-JAN Bracket Projections: Boiler Up

Teams With A Zero
Seven teams picked up their first Division I win early in the 2018 calendar year.  Four of them are SWAC teams.  Texas Southern started 0-13, all on the road, but have now returned home and started SWAC play 2-0 with comfortable wins over Southern and Alcorn State.  Meanwhile Alabama State trailed Grambling State by 7 at the half Wednesday, but closed strong to notch an eight point road win.  The Tigers were rather hospitable, as two days earlier they provided little resistance to Alabama A&M and allowed the Bulldogs to coast to their inaugural win.  Finally in the SWAC Arkansas Pine Bluff scoffs at Texas Southern’s scheduling, as they won’t have their season home opener until next weekend.  However, like TSU, the Golden Lions broke through for their first W, winning at Mississippi Valley State.

Elsewhere, Texas A&M Corpus Christi defeated Northwestern State in the Southland 67-65.  Florida A&M beat Howard 84-76.  In a Northeast Ohio Horizon battle Youngstown State held off Cleveland State 80-77.  That leaves us with 6 teams still searching, comprised of two SWAC and MEAC schools, a WAC representative, and a Big South team.

Winless (against Division I) teams (6): Chicago State, Delaware State, Mississippi Valley State, Florida A&M, Alcorn State, Coppin State, and Longwood.

Quadrant 1 Wins
Purdue has cushioned their lead, now possessing 5 Q1 wins which is a full two games better than everyone else.  We lost Arizona and Temple from the 3 win teams, but added three SEC schools, Cincinnati and Texas. 

(5)- Purdue

(3)- Arizona State, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Auburn, Missouri, Alabama, Cincinnati and Texas

There are 23 schools with 2 Quadrant 1 wins, including our first teams outside of the big seven conferences.  The Atlantic 10 has Saint Bonaventure, Gonzaga represents the WCC, and Belmont from the OVC also has two.

Notable Games (predictions in italics, 2-3 last week, 20-10 overall)
This weekend's top five as I see them:
#5 Saturday, Kansas St. at Texas Tech- Texas Tech 74, Kansas St. 66
#4 Saturday, Arkansas at Auburn- Auburn 82, Arkansas 79
#3 Sunday, Florida St. at Miami FL- Miami FL 72, Florida St. 71
#2 Saturday, Oklahoma at West Virginia- West Virginia 84, Oklahoma 79
#1 Sunday, SMU at Cincinnati- Cincinnati 71, SMU 66


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