Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bracketology 101's Field of 65 - Nov. 27

The Breakdown
As expected, it's been a wild, unpredictable first few weeks of the college basketball season. A handful of small conference "cupcakes" shocked big-conference opponents, and several early-season tournaments crowned surprise winners. Our first bracket of the regular season reflects many of these surprises - there are 13 teams that made their bracket debuts this week, and many teams saw major adjustments to their preseason seeding.

Out This Bracket
Mississippi State, Maryland, Auburn, VCU, Missouri, New Mexico State, Akron, Vermont, Texas A&M-CC, Sacred Heart, East Tennessee State, Delaware State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

In This Bracket
Vanderbilt, Seton Hall, Miami (FL), Baylor, St. Mary's, New Mexico, Miami (OH), Albany, Sam Houston State, Monmouth, Belmont, North Carolina A&T, Alabama State

Last Four In
St. Mary's, New Mexico, Bradley, St. Joseph's

Last Four Out
Missouri, VCU, Maryland, Illinois

Next Four Out
Texas Tech, West Virginia, Boston College, Creighton


Conference Breakdown
Big East (8), ACC (7), Pac-10 (7), Big XII (5), SEC (5), Big Ten (4), A-10 (2), MVC (2), MWC (2), WCC (2)

America East - Albany

ACC - North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Virginia, North Carolina State, Miami (FL), Florida State

Atlantic Sun - Belmont

A-10 - Xavier, St. Joseph's

Big East - Georgetown, Marquette, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Syracuse, Connecticut, Seton Hall

Big Sky - Montana

Big South - Winthrop

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

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

Big West - UC-Santa Barbara

Colonial - George Mason

C-USA - Memphis

Horizon - Butler

Ivy - Cornell

MAAC - Siena

MAC - Miami (OH)

MEAC - North Carolina A&T

MVC - Southern Illinois, Bradley

MWC - BYU, New Mexico

Northeast - Monmouth

Ohio Valley - Austin Peay

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

Patriot - Holy Cross

SEC - Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky

Southern - Davidson

Southland - Sam Houston State

Summit - IUPUI

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky

SWAC - Alabama State

WAC - Utah State

WCC - Gonzaga, St. Mary's


The Seeds
The 1s
UCLA, North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas

The 2s
Georgetown, Duke, Washington State, Texas A&M

The 3s
Michigan State, Marquette, Texas, Tennessee

The 4s
Indiana, Louisville, Oregon, Butler

The 5s
Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Xavier, Clemson

The 6s
Gonzaga, USC, Virginia, North Carolina State

The 7s
Arizona, BYU, Villanova, Wisconsin

The 8s
Vanderbilt, Stanford, Syracuse, Southern Illinois

The 9s
Kansas State, Connecticut, Arkansas, Miami (FL)

The 10s
Florida, Seton Hall, Baylor, George Mason

The 11s
Florida State, California, Davidson, Kentucky

The 12s
St. Mary's, New Mexico, Bradley, St. Joseph's

The 13s
Miami (OH), Utah State, Winthrop, Holy Cross

The 14s
UC-Santa Barbara, Belmont, Western Kentucky, Montana

The 15s
Siena, Cornell, Sam Houston State, North Carolina A&T

The 16s
Albany, IUPUI, Austin Peay, Monmouth (Play-In Game), Alabama State (Play-In Game)

The Bracket
(Bracket courtesy Matt Reeves)

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Bryan said...

Glad to see FSU in the bracket, but am honestly a little surprised by it.. Great road win at Florida, but two terrible neutral court losses to Cleveland State and South Florida.. just curious as to your reasoning of including them at this point. Thanks for your feedback, and for the great job you guys do for us fans!!

Bracketology 101 said...

FSU's inclusion is admittedly shaky and is based solely on the strength of the ACC. The league deserves seven bids, and to this point of the season FSU, despite those two head-scratching losses, has been the seventh best team. When Maryland, BC, or Wake Forest beat someone of note, they might replace FSU in the bracket, but for now the Noles get the nod. If they want to stay in the field for good, a win Dec. 15 at Butler would do it.

Anonymous said...

FSU is very shaky. At this point the ACC is a six bid league. Seton Hall is also questionable - one decent win over a mediocre Virginia team.