Monday, December 18, 2006

Bracketology 101's Field of 65 - Dec. 18

The Breakdown
For a week with so few games played, last week's results still managed to shake up the bracket quite a bit. Losses by some big conference teams, coupled by some nice upset wins by some mid-majors, opened up the door for the WAC and MWC to pick up second bids this week. The MVC lost one of its five bids this week as well, as Creighton fell to 4-3 with its loss at Fresno State. Illinois (thanks to the return of Brian Randle) holds on to the final at-large spot in this week's bracket, just ahead of Kentucky and Texas Tech. The Wildcats host an underrated UMass team Friday, in what will be another good measuring stick for both bubble teams.

Here is Bracketology 101's Field of 65 for Dec. 18:

Out This Week
Creighton, Louisville, Arkansas, Oral Roberts, CS-Fullerton

In This Week
Georgia, Fresno State, UNLV, Southern Utah, UC-Santa Barbara

Last Four In
Fresno State, Illinois, Dayton, UNLV

Last Four Out
Kentucky, Texas Tech, Creighton, Arkansas

Conference Breakdown
ACC (7), Big East (6), Big XII (6), Big Ten (6), SEC (5), Pac-10 (5), MVC (4), A-10 (2), MWC (2), WAC (2)

America East - Albany

ACC - North Carolina, Duke, Boston College, Clemson, Virginia, Maryland, Florida State

Atlantic Sun - Lipscomb

A-10 - Xavier, Dayton

Big East - Pittsburgh, UConn, Notre Dame, Marquette, Syracuse, Georgetown

Big Sky - Portland State

Big South - Winthrop

Big Ten - Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan, Illinois

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

Big West - UC-Santa Barbara

Colonial - Old Dominion

C-USA - Memphis

Horizon - Butler

Ivy - Penn

Metro Atlantic - Marist

MAC - Akron

MCC - Southern Utah

MEAC - Howard

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

MWC - Air Force, UNLV

Northeast - Sacred Heart

Ohio Valley - Eastern Kentucky

Pac-10 - UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Washington State

Patriot - Holy Cross

SEC - Florida, LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia

Southern - Davidson

Southland - SE Louisiana

SWAC - Alabama A&M

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky

WAC - Nevada, Fresno State

WCC - Gonzaga

The Seeds
The 1s
UCLA, North Carolina, Ohio State, Wisconsin

The 2s
Florida, Pittsburgh, Wichita State, Duke

The 3s
Arizona, LSU, UConn, Alabama

The 4s
Oklahoma State, Kansas, Texas A&M, Oregon

The 5s
Washington, Memphis, Gonzaga, Notre Dame

The 6s
Texas, Butler, Marquette, Michigan State

The 7s
Boston College, Nevada, Clemson, Syracuse

The 8s
Air Force, Georgetown, Missouri State, Purdue

The 9s
Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Washington State

The 10s
Xavier, Florida State, Southern Illinois, Northern Iowa

The 11s
Michigan, Missouri, Georgia, Fresno State

The 12s
Illinois, Dayton, UNLV, Old Dominion

The 13s

Winthrop, Western Kentucky, Akron, Southern Utah

The 14s
Albany, Penn, Holy Cross, Marist

The 15s
Sacred Heart, Portland State, UC-Santa Barbara, Davidson

The 16s
Lipscomb, Eastern Kentucky, SE Louisiana, Howard (Play-In Game), Alabama A&M (Play-In Game)

The Bracket
This Week's Bracket - Dec. 18

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Terry said...

What is the reason for ranking Air Force an 8 seed? Every poll has them at least in the top 25. Does poll seeding use different ctiteria than the coaches or writers that vote in the ESPN/Coaches or AP polls? What will Air Force have to do to move up?

Anonymous said...

I'd replace Fresno State with New Mexico State. Don't be too surprised to see them upset Nevada for the WAC crown this year.

Cort said...

Merry Christmas to Chris, Craig & their families. I appreciate you serving our naiton overseas. Thanks for all the work you put into this site. Keep up the good work & have a happy new year!

Anonymous said...

Wow, 3 whole comments this week !!!!

Looks like the fan support is about as intense as the work put in by C&C this season.