Sunday, February 3, 2019

3-FEB Bracket Projections: Indiana rises, Minnesota NC State, drop.

Notable Games
This week's top five as I see them (2-3 last week, 74-46 overall):
#5 San Francisco at Gonzaga, Thu – Gonzaga 79, San Francisco 70
#4 North Carolina State at North Carolina, Tue – North Carolina 79, North Carolina State 75
#3 Maryland at Nebraska, Wed – Nebraska 72, Maryland 68
#2 Houston at UCF, Thu – UCF 69, Houston 68
#1 Louisville at Virginia Tech, Mon – Virginia Tech 74, Louisville 68

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. 

Two automatic bids being swapped out in this update. 
Southland- Sam Houston State (Abilene Christian)
SWAC- Texas Southern (Prairie View A&M)

I’m switching out three at-large bids in this update.  Three teams outside the Power 6 are in, all at the expense of P6 teams.  Temple, Utah State and Furman are in.  Mississippi, Alabama and Seton Hall are out. 

My latest bracket has a lone bid going to a first timer, with Sacred Heart earning a spot.  Wichita State (7), Arizona (6), Xavier (5), Providence (5), West Virginia (4), Butler (4), Seton Hall (3), Miami FL (3) and Iona (3) would see multiple year streaks of tournament appearances snapped if this bracket would hold.  Rider, and Texas State would be ending droughts of at least 20 years with an automatic bid.  Furman, via an at large bid, would be making their first trip since 1980.

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