Thursday, November 29, 2018

29-NOV Bracket Projections: Wisconsin rises, Oregon falls.

Teams with a Zero
Of the 353 Division I programs, 18 remain undefeated against D1 competition.  The only conferences with multiple teams are the Big Twelve (3- Texas Tech, Kansas State, and Kansas), WCC (3- Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, and San Francisco), and the Big Ten (2- Michigan and Iowa).  The remaining teams are Virginia, Nevada, Arizona State, St. John’s, Houston, Buffalo, Belmont, Abilene Christian, Furman, and Sacramento State.   Loyola Marymount and Sacramento State are both still in action tonight.

28 programs continue to chase their first win off the 2018-19 season.  The MEAC and SWAC each have four winless teams, and the Atlantic Sun has another three.  Chicago State, Coppin State, Monmouth are all checking in at 0-8. 

Notable Games
This week's top five as I see them (4-1 last week, 17-13 overall):
#5 Northwestern at Indiana, Sat – Indiana 72, Northwestern 68
#4 Penn State at Maryland, Sat – Maryland 74, Penn State 68
#3 Oregon at Houston, Sat – Houston 75, Oregon 69
#2 Gonzaga at Creighton, Sat – Gonzaga 82, Creighton 79
#1 Purdue at Michigan, Sat – Michigan 71, Purdue 67

My updated bracket can be found below.  Right now, the weighting is 60% this season’s results and 40% last year/pre-season.

Swapping out six auto bids:
WAC- Grand Canyon (New Mexico St.), would be the Lopes first ever appearance.
CUSA- Marshall (North Texas)
Patriot- Colgate (Bucknell)
Atlantic Sun- Liberty (Lipsomb)
Atlantic 10- Davidson (Rhode Island)
SWAC- Grambling St. (Prairie View A&M), would be the Tigers first ever appearance.

Also, swapping in three at larges this update.  Oklahoma, Northwestern and Florida are in, while Baylor, USC, and Texas are out. 

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