Monday, February 06, 2006

Bracketology 101's Field of 65 - Feb. 5

Here is Chris and Craig's latest field:

Last Four In
Miami (FL), Alabama, Southern Illinois, Stanford

Last Four Out
Missouri State, Air Force, Arkansas, Nebraska

Conference Breakdown
(Automatic bids in multiple-bid conferences are the first teams listed.)
Big East (8), Big Ten (7), ACC (6), Big 12 (5), SEC (5), PAC-10 (5), MVC (4), C-USA (2)

America East - Albany

ACC - Duke, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Boston College, Maryland, Miami (FL)

Atlantic Sun - Lipscomb

A-10 - George Washington

Big East - UConn, Villanova, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Marquette, Seton Hall, Syracuse

Big Sky - Northern Arizona

Big South - Winthrop

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

Big 12 - Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Iowa State

Big West - UC-Irvine

Colonial - George Mason

C-USA - Memphis, UAB

Horizon - Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ivy - Penn

Metro Atlantic - Iona

MAC - Kent State


MEAC - Delaware State

MVC - Northern Iowa, Creighton, Wichita State, Southern Illinois

MWC - San Diego State

Northeast - Fairleigh Dickinson

Ohio Valley - Murray State

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

Patriot - Bucknell

SEC - Tennessee, Florida, LSU, Kentucky, Alabama

Southern - Davidson

Southland - Northwestern State

SWAC - Southern

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky

WAC - Nevada

WCC - Gonzaga

The Seeds

The 1s
UConn, Duke, Memphis, Texas

The 2s
Villanova, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Illinois

The 3s
Tennessee, West Virginia, Iowa, Florida

The 4s
UCLA, George Washington, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State

The 5s
Georgetown, Ohio State, North Carolina, Michigan

The 6s
Boston College, Northern Iowa, Creighton, LSU

The 7s
Oklahoma, Bucknell, Kansas, Marquette

The 8s
Indiana, Wichita State, UAB, Kentucky

The 9s
Seton Hall, Colorado, Washington, Wisconsin

The 10s
Arizona, Maryland, California, Iowa State

The 11s
Syracuse, Nevada, Miami (FL), Alabama

The 12s
George Mason, San Diego State, Southern Illinois, Stanford

The 13s
Western Kentucky, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Iona, Kent State

The 14s
Northwestern State, Winthrop, Penn, Northern Arizona

The 15s
Davidson, Albany, Murray State, UC-Irvine

The 16s
IUPUI, Delaware State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Lipscomb (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...

Please, please please tell me somebody watched that fsu duke game besides me.......the NCAA should be absolutely embarassed by the way the game was officiated...I'm never one to blame games on refs, but there have been many of games where they are just completely one sided for Duke...I guess they're just intimidated by coach K....but this game was just an absolute joke, there is no logical explanation for these calls....first off, in a physical game where FSU had 18 fouls in the second half/overtime..and Duke had only 7, count that again....only 7 in 25 minutes of a physical game, you have got to be freakin' kidding me...when have you ever seen that before????....then Alexander Johnson who was having a great game has 3 fouls as did Sheldon Williams, and Williams got wide open for a dunk, and Johson clearly going for a block crushes Williams' arm, and knocks him to the floor because they are two huge of course the refs call an intentional, when in a reverse situation, there's no way an intentional would have been called.....then Williams gets up and throws a huge forearm into Johson's stomach......could have been enough for an ejection, but the ref who is standing right there calls a double technical, when Johnson clearly just stood there and did nothhing.........i couldn't believe what i was seeing, i didn't know that it was a technical to receive a now he is fouled out of the game, that was a disgrace to the game for calling a T on him for that.....then, i am not lying or biased when i say that Williams commited 10 second half/ot fouls....and not one of them was called, i mean he was crushing people with his body, hacking their arms on shots, and the refs who are standing right there refused to call his 5th foul on him, i guess its against the rules to foul him out.....and then they are calling touch fouls on the other end to put redick on the line, again a disgrace.....despite all this, fsu hangs in there, without their starting center for all of the finish, get the ball down 2 with 11 seconds left in ot, and galloway take it to the hole and williams clearly and i mean clearly knocks it out of bounds....the ref standing right there rewards duke the ball........UNBELIEVABLE!!!!...he clearly cheated AGAIN!!....theres no way he didn't see williams swat it out of duke holds on to win by 1 point......please tell me someone else witnessed this absolute embarassment to college basketball, because it was almost like i was watching a movie, i kept thinking theres no way this is really happening............and i know everyone saw the instant replay of the duke-bc game earlier this week when Williams crushed the guy from B.C. with the body and the arm, and knocked him to the floor when B.C. had a chance to tie it under 10 seconds...and the refs don't call the foul, i mean something has to be done, because its getting out of hand, when you play duke, you play against the refs too......................................................................................................someone please agree with me

Matt Reeves said...

Most of the comments on here are usually about who's in and who's out of the field, but I'm gonna start commenting a little bit about the intricacies of the tournament bracket that are good for fans to know before Selection Sunday. Today's topic is the magic number 5.

If you are pulling for a team that has a chance at the tourney this year, you obviously want your team to end up with a 1 seed, but we can't always shoot that high. Another import seed to shoot for is 5. Seeding rules state that every effort should be made to avoid putting a team seeded 1 through 5 at a home-court disadvantage in the first round. This week's bracket is a clear example of what can happen to your team that's a 5... or a 6.

Notice how all the 5 seeds are east or midwest teams, three of which are playing in Salt Lake or San Diego. This is a recipe for home court disadvantage unless you are careful, and this what forces Stanford all the way to Jacksonville to play North Carolina instead of sticking around San Diego or Salt Lake. 12's are the last seeds in the bracket, and lots of things go into putting teams in certain regions and pods, but when given the opportunity, the rules want you to put the team close to home. Stanford had the chance to go to Salt Lake but was shipped off to Jacksonville instead to avoid a home court disadvantage.

Now look at the plight of Northern Iowa in the bracket this week. As a 6 seed they are heading to Jacksonville to play Miami (FL) and if they survive that, probably Florida in the 2nd round. The rules say nothing about avoiding home court advantages or disadvantages in anything after the 1st round, but this is still a sticky situation that can be avoided in the 1st round if they can make it up to a 5 seed.

Anonymous said...

an #11 seed should not get to play that close to home. Why would you reward an 11 but a 6? The NCAA bracket principle states that no 1-5 seed should play at a site disadvantage. If miami won, the 3 seed would be at a disadvantage. IT is wrong to have Miami playing at Jacksonville. How come in some brackets, they have Maryland or GW in the Washington bracket? That would be a huge disadvantage to the higher seeded teams in that regional

Anonymous said...

you guys have George Washington as a 4 seed in the DC region. UConn would be angry if they as a 1 seed had a home court disadvantage to the 4 seed. The NCAA would never do that. Matt screwed the bracket up

Matt Reeves said...

And if you are bored and want to look at the full list of rules...

Matt Reeves said...

On 11-seed Miami in Jacksonville, the rules actually state that the committee should avoid putting 1-5 seeds at a home court disadvantage in the first round only. If you were trying to break out every possible way the bracket might break down and avoid all disadvantages for every round, it would be damn near impossible to do. This is probably why the rules only mention the first round.

The 11-seeds are the next to last seeds to be placed in the bracket and by the time you are putting them in, you are usually forced to put them in certain places based on which teams from the same conference are in which group of 8, or half region. Syracuse was locked into Greensboro and Alabama was locked into Dayton to avoid teams from their conferences in the same half region. So the only place to put Miami was Jacksonville cause you can't put them in Auburn Hills in the same half region as Maryland.

As for Maryland and GW in DC, the rules state that only the official "host" institution is not allowed to play at that site. For DC region, the host institution is Georgetown, so you will never see the Hoyas in that region. This means that they can put Maryland and GW in DC as much as they want, and are encouraged to do so if possible by the rules, as long as a 1-5 doesn't get a first round disadvanatge. For a full list of sites and who are the hosts go to

And if I screwed it up by putting a 4-seed GW in DC with UConn, better tell Lunardi he screwed up this week too.

Anonymous said...

There is no way a 4 seed would be allowed to play at home in the regional. Maybe the 1st 2 rounds but not the regional. But I have admit, it would be funny to hear Jim Calhoun whine about the 4 seed getting to play in their home city. But this site lost a lot of credibility when Reeves put GW at home in the regional.

Anonymous said...

the bracket board really goofed. they have san diego state playing on their home court

Matt R said...

So which site is San Diego State's home court exactly? The first-second round site of Salt Lake City, or the Regional site of Minneapolis?

Maybe the committee won't put a 4 seed in a region of that school's city. But there's nothing in the rules that says they won't or can't. I looked back over about 10 years of brackets and couldn't find an example where the committee could have put a 4 seed in its same city even if it wanted to. So maybe it will be uncharted territory.

But like I said Lunardi at reads the same rules and studies this stuff and the history of it for a living and he's got 1 UConn and 4 GW in his DC bracket.

Bracketology 101 said...

That's a pretty big goof out of Bracket Board putting San Diego State on their home court for their first round tourney game. Obviously that cannot happen. Southern College Sports better lock him on.

Matt R said...

Oh OK, I thought he was talking about us for the San Diego St. mixup. Sorry Mr. Anonymous.

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