Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Bracketology 101's Field of 65 - Jan. 3

The Breakdown
First off, Happy New Year from Bracketology 101. We wish all of our readers a successful, healthy, and exciting 2007. With the new year comes the time for a new bracket, and there were a couple of interesting changes this week. Some teams (Wichita, UConn) fell several seed lines, while others (Butler, Air Force, Northern Iowa) continued to climb. The ever-impressive Pac-10, which is No. 1 in conference RPI to date, earned a sixth bid this week as USC made its bracket debut. West Virginia also cracks the bracket thanks to their blowout win at home over the Huskies. The toughest decision in this week's bracket turned out to be the selection of the fourth team from the mediocre Big Ten. The final spot came down to Purdue (L vs. Indiana State last week) or Illinois (L vs. Xavier last week), and in the end, the Boilermakers got the nod based on a couple more quality wins, the Illini's tough upcoming schedule, and the fact that Purdue hosts Illinois Jan. 27 in the team's only match-up this season. The MVC kept its same four teams in this week, albeit in a different order, and also saw Creighton step up its play enough to earn a spot on the Last Four Out list. The only other change of note was Xavier replacing Dayton as the A-10's automatic bid.

Here is Bracketology 101's Field of 65 for Jan. 3:

Out This Week
Illinois, Texas Tech, Dayton

In This Week
West Virginia, USC, Xavier

Last Four In
Syracuse, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Purdue

Last Four Out
Illinois, Creighton, Stanford, Texas Tech

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

America East - Albany

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

Atlantic Sun - Lipscomb

A-10 - Xavier

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

Big Sky - Portland State

Big South - Winthrop

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

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

Big West - UC-Santa Barbara

Colonial - Old Dominion, Drexel

C-USA - Memphis

Horizon - Butler

Ivy - Penn

Metro Atlantic - Marist

MAC - Akron

MCC - Southern Utah

MEAC - Howard

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

MWC - Air Force, UNLV

Northeast - Sacred Heart

Ohio Valley - Eastern Kentucky

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

Patriot - Bucknell

SEC - Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, LSU, Kentucky

Southern - Appalachian State

Southland - SE Louisiana

SWAC - Alabama A&M

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky

WAC - Nevada, New Mexico State

WCC - Gonzaga

The Seeds
The 1s
UCLA, North Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin

The 2s
Arizona, Ohio State, Duke, Pittsburgh

The 3s
Kansas, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Butler

The 4s
Tennessee, Texas A&M, Oregon, Notre Dame

The 5s
LSU, Washington, Nevada, Air Force

The 6s
Gonzaga, Memphis, Texas, Marquette

The 7s
UConn, Clemson, Georgetown, Maryland

The 8s
Northern Iowa, Washington State, Michigan State, Southern Illinois

The 9s
Wichita State, UNLV, Kentucky, Florida State

The 10s
Drexel, Boston College, West Virginia, Missouri State

The 11s
USC, Syracuse, Kansas State, Xavier

The 12s
Georgia Tech, New Mexico State, Purdue, Old Dominion

The 13s
Winthrop, Western Kentucky, Akron, Southern Utah

The 14s
Bucknell, Penn, Appalachian State, Marist

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

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

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Anonymous said...

Arizona should be a number 1 seed as of right now. They have played a stronger schedule with neutral/road games unlike most teams. 2 loss Florida should be behind Arizona right now. I agree that come March Florida will probaly deserve a 1 seed, but not now. Arizona has 1-2 in the RPI for quite some time now. East coast bias is the only explanation for that blunder. Oh course when Zona lose at least 1 game this week up in the NW, you will be bragging that you were right. But you are incorrect cause as of right now, Arizona deserves a number 1 seed.

Cort said...

Clemson got a nice road win at FSU. FSU will need to get a good road win or 2 to make up for this tough home loss. Stanford also suffered a bad home loss to Cal. Is Gonzaga in danger of falling out of your bracket? They fell to 9-6 with a pounding at the hands of UVA. Illinois continues to struggle with a loss against a mediocre Michigan. Purdue suffered a bad loss at Minnesota to open the PAC 10.
Can John Beilein coach or what? Villanova is the latest dougle digit loser to WVU. What is going on with Pitino & Louisville? Notre Dame beat them soundly in South Bend

Bracketology 101 said...

Anonymous has a very valid point about Arizona. Their resume at this point dwarfs Florida's, especially considering the Wildcats's only loss - against Virginia in the season opener - looks a whole lot better now after last night's destruction of Gonzaga. With six teams from the Pac-10 in this week, plus Stanford (before last night) on the Last Four Out list, the "East Coast Bias" argument doesn't exactly apply; my only real issue with Arizona bracket-wise is the committee's probable reluctance to give two Pac-10 teams 1 seeds. This year, if any, though, they deserve it...

All that said about Arizona, if they come up with a Washington sweep this weekend, they'll be a 1 next bracket...

Gonzaga is still in the bracket - and almost certainly will be in all season - however, their recent skid (albeit against some solid teams) brings up the very distinct possibility that Santa Clara or San Diego make a bracket appearance in the future. If the Bulldogs lose a few more games, a prediction of two teams from the WCC is very possible...

The Big Ten may be pathetic (who wants the fourth bid...anybody?? Michigan?), but let's not ignore the sub-par year the Big East is having. They have several unimpressive teams clinging to bids right now (ex. Syracuse, who might be out very soon) and even the top of the league has been shaky. The Big East is a young league in transition right now, and maybe teams will step up as the year goes on, but right now, they have to be looked at as a disappointment...

Stan said...

Appy St presently has an RPI in the top 10. Wouldn't that rate better than a 14 seed?

Bracketology 101 said...

Appalachian State's RPI is a product of a good OOC schedule and a couple of nice OOC wins (Virginia and Vanderbilt), but their ranking will continue to fall as conference play continues. Come tournament time, the Southern Conference winner (App. St. or Davidson) will likely get no higher than a 13 seed, barring a undefeated or one-loss conference record. If that happens, the winner could squeeze out a spot on the 12 line...we'll see.

Diane Woechtler said...

Having 6 PAC 10 teams in your field does not make up for the mistake of having arizona as a 2 seed. The Wildcats have played a brutal schedule & are on a great winning streak. You guys are completely incorrect on putting Florida in front of them. Its just a horrible mistake!

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Bracketology 101 said...

No you're definitely not, PokerPlayr, but you're still our favorite.