Sunday, January 08, 2006

Bracketology 101's "Field of 65" - Jan. 9

Here is Chris and Craig's latest field:

Last Four In
Southern Illinois, Missouri State, California, Houston

Last Four Out
Florida State, Georgetown, Nebraska, UAB

Conference Breakdown
Big East (8), Big Ten (7), ACC (6), SEC (5), Big 12 (5), PAC-10 (5), MVC (3), C-USA (2), WAC (2)

America East - Albany

ACC - Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Maryland, Wake Forest, Boston College

Atlantic Sun - Florida Atlantic

A-10 - George Washington

Big East - UConn, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, West Virginia, Syracuse, DePaul

Big Sky - Montana

Big South - Winthrop

Big Ten - Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Iowa, Michigan

Big 12 - Texas, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas A&M

Big West - CS-Fullerton

Colonial - Old Dominion

C-USA - Memphis, Houston

Horizon - Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ivy - Penn

Metro Atlantic - Manhattan

MAC - Ohio

MCC - Oral Roberts

MEAC - Florida A&M

MVC - Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Missouri State

MWC - Air Force

Northeast - Fairleigh Dickinson

Ohio Valley - Samford

PAC-10 - UCLA, Arizona, Washington, Washington State, California

Patriot - Bucknell

SEC - Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Vanderbilt

Southern - Davidson

Southland - Northwestern State

SWAC - Southern

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky

WCC - Gonzaga

WAC - Nevada, Hawaii

The Seeds

The 1s
Duke, Florida, Memphis, UConn

The 2s
Villanova, Illinois, Gonzaga, Texas

The 3s
Pittsburgh, Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin

The 4s

Cincinnati, Louisville, UCLA, North Carolina

The 5s

NC State, Michigan State, Arizona, Maryland

The 6s

Washington, West Virginia, Tennessee, Wake Forest

The 7s

George Washington, Boston College, Iowa State, Northern Iowa

The 8s

Iowa, Syracuse, Arkansas, Kentucky

The 9s

Air Force, Washington State, Michigan, Oklahoma

The 10s

Venderbilt, Kansas, Bucknell, Nevada

The 11s

Texas A&M, Hawaii, DePaul, Houston

The 12s

Old Dominion, California, Southern Illinois, Missouri State

The 13s

Winthrop, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ohio, Manhattan

The 14s

Montana, Western Kentucky, Davidson, Northwestern State

The 15s

Penn, Oral Roberts, Albany, Samford

The 16s
CS-Fullerton, Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic (Play-In Game), Southern (Play-In Game)

The Bracket

This Week's Bracket

Bracket courtesy Matt Reeves.

Questions? Comments? E-mail Chris and Craig at


Anonymous said...

You guys have done a good job here. A few observations.
1: Just because the Big 12 is a major conference doesn't mean it deserves 5 bids. Texas A&M has no wins against teams that are going to finish in the RPI top 50, and they have a below 100 loss.

2: You really think DePaul is in the dance now? I know their RPI is solid, but they have no marquee wins and a 30 point loss to ODU. I can think of two BE teams in a better position right now, Marquette and Georgetown.

3: UConn a 1 seed over Nova or Illinois? Are you kidding?

Other than that, nice job

Anonymous said...

Depaul has some quality wins. At Wake Forest & Cal in Oakland. Depaul has played a much stronger non-conference schedule than Marquette or Georgetwon. Marquette lost already dropped a home conference game besides that bad loss at Nebraska.

Anonymous said...

wheres your bracket? when I clicked when bracketology 101 in the comparing the seeds section, it took me to this. Why is Washington being overrated? They havent even played a road game yet. Plus they have lost 2 home conference games already. It wouldn't be a surprise if Washington gets swept this week California

Bracketology 101 said...

Thanks for the comments...the bracket is now up and running.

Here's what we were thinking this week:

DePaul does have a pair of quality wins (at Wake Forest and at Cal in Oakland) to go along with a top 15 RPI. Marquette does have an impressive blowout win over UConn, but have no other wins of note and are coming off a home loss to Cincinnati. They also lost to fellow bubble team Nebraska earlier in the season. Georgetown's best win (if you can call it that) was at UTEP.

The final No. 1 seed was a tough call, but Villanova's loss came at home while UConn's came on the road (albeit to a slightly less-regarded team). UConn's overall resume (wins over Gonzaga, Arizona, Arkansas) is also better than Villanova's (Louisville, Bucknell, Oklahoma). With all the upsets the past few days, even the one seeds were complicated this time around.

Washington hasn't had the best start to its conference schedule, we admit, but they still do have a win over Gonzaga to hang their hat on. They also beat an underrated Air Force team, and their loss to Arizona was by a point in double OT. In what isn't a particularly strong Pac-10, and with one of the top couple players in the conference in Brandon Roy, they should be able to bounce back, starting this weekend in Cali.

Anonymous said...

i agree that the polls are overrating Washington. You failed to mention that their win over Gonzaga was at home. As was the Air Force game. Washington might not even make the NCAA tournament. Washington State has more quality wins than UW. you guys have Washington overrated. Their PG & C play are very iffy at best.

Anonymous said...

Will Louisville finally fall out of the top 25? They have been overrated all season. IMO the Cards will be lucky to finish 8-8 in Big East.