In the last post we reviewed the four teams of the 353 who have already been eliminated from contention related to eligibility requirements. With this post we have our first casualty related to their record on the court. The Horizon League has scaled back their bracket this year, and no longer will teams in the nine and ten spot get a chance for the title. Cleveland State’s loss on Thursday night eliminated them from a top eight standing. The Vikings last trip to the tournament was ten years ago. 348 teams remain.
This weekend's top five as I see them (1-4 last week, 88-57 overall):
#5 Virginia at Louisville, Sat – Virginia 68, Louisville 66
#4 Florida State at North Carolina, Sat – North Carolina 78, Florida State 73
#3 Kansas at Texas Tech, Sat – Texas Tech 72, Kansas 65
#2 Auburn at Kentucky, Sat – Kentucky 74, Auburn 71
#1 Michigan State at Michigan, Sun – Michigan 69, Michigan State 67
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.
Three automatic bids being swapped out in this update.
Sun Belt- Georgia Southern (Texas State)
SWAC- Texas Southern (Grambling State)
Northeast- Fairleigh Dickinson (Sacred Heart)
I’m switching out two at-large bids in this update. Illinois and Seton Hall are in, Furman and Clemson 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 and Quinnipiac would be ending droughts of at least 20 years with an automatic bid.