Two more teams have been eliminated from conference tournament eligibility this weekend. Milwaukee has fallen to 4-12 in Horizon play, and will join Cleveland State on the sidelines when the league tournament begins the week after this. The Panthers last tournament appearance was in 2014.
The first team of five have been eliminated from the Southland bracket as this thirteen team league pares down to an eight team bracket. Incarnate Word is 1-13 in conference play, with four games left to play. However, the Cardinals will not be able to climb into the top eight. Incarnate Word joined Division I in 2013, and have never made the NCAA tournament. They are one of 43 programs in D1 who haven’t made a Tournament appearance, and the third overall to have been eliminated from the 2019 brackets. The other team are the two teams transitioning into Division I eligibility (North Alabama and Cal Baptist).
346 teams remain.
This week's top five as I see them (4-1 last week, 92-56 overall):
#5 Syracuse at North Carolina, Tue – North Carolina 77, Syracuse 69
#4 Texas at Baylor, Wed – Baylor 71, Texas 67
#3 Kansas State at Kansas, Mon – Kansas 69, Kansas State 67
#2 Marquette at Villanova, Wed – Villanova 72, Marquette 71
#1 Duke at Virginia Tech, Tue – Virginia Tech 72, Duke 71
My updated bracket can be found below. This bracket (as well as my previous brackets) are a projection of where I think the teams will be as of Selection Sunday. In other words, it includes their future schedule, for better or for worse.
One automatic bids being swapped out in this update.
Patriot- Colgate (Bucknell)
I’m switching out two at-large bids in this update. Alabama and South Carolina are in, while Minnesota and Indiana are out.
My latest bracket has two bids going to a first timer, with Quinnipiac and Abilene Christian earning a spot. Wichita State (7), Arizona (6), Xavier (5), Providence (5), West Virginia (4), Butler (4), Miami FL (3) and Iona (3) would see multiple year streaks of tournament appearances snapped if this bracket would hold. Georgia Southern, Colgate, and Quinnipiac would be ending droughts of at least 20 years with an automatic bid.