Here are Chris and Craig's Bracketology selections for Jan. 24:
Week In Review
The PAC-10 was tough this week. Stanford has been on a roll, while Oregon, UCLA, and ASU have all been stumbling. ASU gets in ahead of the other 3 because of their wins over Vandy, Temple, and Santa Clara out of conference and they have won at both Oregon and Stanford in conference. Oregon has the strongest RPI and no bad losses and although Stanford had some bad out of conference losses early in the season they have won four in a row including a win against Arizona and at UCLA. UCLA has the worst RPI out of the 4 and has lost its last 3 games which overshadows their previous wins over Oregon, Washington, and ASU.
Some may still think that UCLA deserves a bid over GW or Temple. Temple gets the automatic bid out of the A-10 since they will probably only lose 2 or 3 games in conference since they have already won at Xavier and UMass and have an easy schedule from here on out. GW still deserves an at-large bid because of their out of conference wins against Michigan State and Maryland. Minnesota and UAB have yet to beat anyone so they don't deserve a bid and Indiana still has some work to do to make up for their poor start.
We welcome your comments and questions.
Conference Breakdown: Big East (7), ACC (6), Big XII (6), PAC-10 (5), C-USA (5), Big Ten (4), SEC (4), A-10 (2), MVC (2), WAC (2), WCC (2).
Last Four In
George Washington, Oregon, Texas A&M, Stanford
Last Four Out
UCLA, Minnesota, UAB, Indiana
The Field Of 65
Temple, George Washington
North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Miami, Maryland
Oklahoma St., Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
Syracuse, Boston College, Pitt, UConn, Notre Dame, Villanova, Georgetown
Illinois, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa
Cincinnati, Marquette, Louisville, Charlotte, DePaul
Southern Ill., Wichita State
Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford
Kentucky, Miss. St., Alabama, Florida
Gonzaga, St. Mary's
*Note - In the conferences where mulitple bids were given the first place team was given the automatic bid. In the case of a tie, overall record was the tie-breaker.