Saturday, March 14, 2009

Bracketology 101's Field of 65 - March 14

On Friday we saw the amount of available bids shrink dramatically and we saw at least one bid stealer develop with both Dayton and Xavier falling in the A-10 semis. Virgina Tech, Florida, and South Carolina all lost games that will cost them tourney bids, while Maryland and SDSU may have punched their tickets with big wins. Here is how we see the field going into the weekend...

If we had to put a number on it we think that there are 4 bids still in question. All of the teams on the last 4 in line are still vulnerable, while everyone above them (the 10 line and better) are relatively safe.

SDSU held on against BYU to reach the MWC final. In the past two days, they have seen their RPI climb to all the way to 31. If the Aztecs lose to Utah in the MWC final they will have to sweat it out on Sunday. They still only have two Top 50 wins plus losses to St. Mary's and Arizona on their resume. It wouldn't be unthinkable for the Aztecs to be left out if they don't win the auto bid, especially if there are anymore bid stealers.

Maryland got into the bracket on the strength of their win over Wake Forest. The win sent their RPI up 10 points to 50 and gives them the chance to lock up a bid against Duke. So long as the Terps put up a good effort against the Blue Devils, it's tough to envision the committee not giving them a bid as the 7th best team out of the ACC.

Penn State hung onto a bid in our current field despite their blowout loss to Purdue. The Nittany Lions are clearly the #8 team from the Big Ten, which we have said for weeks is not a good place to be. They have six Top 50 wins on their resume, which is more than anybody else in consideration and finished above .500 in Big Ten play. They even have road wins over Michigan State and Illinois. The problem is that all of their Top 50 wins (Top 100 for that matter) came in conference and they blew a chance to lock up a bid at Iowa last week. They laid an egg on Friday against a red-hot shooting Purdue team and will now have to hope things hold throughout the weekend and no more bid stealers pop up.

Our last team in is St. Mary's, barely. Scheduling another game against Eastern Washington looks like it may pay off. It didn't hurt their RPI and the 20-point win on Friday night gives the committee another look at them, as opposed to their season ending on Monday with a blowout loss to Gonzaga. All week we liked Creighton ahead of the Gaels, but that changed with the results of Friday night. Dayton losing completes an absolute disaster week for Creighton. Not only has the bubble gotten squeezed, but all of the Bluejays' good OOC wins have lost. New Mexico lost to Wyoming, George Mason got blown out by VCU to drop out of the RPI Top 50, and now Dayton lost - giving Creighton ZERO Top 25 wins. St. Mary's, on the other hand, has benefited from SDSU playing so well, and they've seen Utah State (another team they beat) also climb into the Top 25 of the RPI. The Gaels also got some of their wins away from home (neutral vs SDSU and Providence). The biggest issue in all of this is the fact that the Gaels are 18-2 when Patty Mills has played the whole game. We think their bad road losses without Mills will get overlooked and, so long as no more bid stealers pop up, they will get a bid.

Here's what the bubble team fans needs to hope for in Saturday's action: Memphis over Tulsa, LSU over Mississippi State, Tennessee over Auburn, Duke over Maryland in a blowout, ASU over USC, Temple over Duquense, Utah over SDSU, Utah State over Nevada, and most importantly - Missouri over Baylor. The potential of 4-5 more bid stealers still exists, so nobody on the last 4 in line is safe.

Our next and final bracket will be published on Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the weekend and good luck to your bubble team.

Bracket Breakdown
In This Bracket

Maryland, Temple

Out This Bracket
South Carolina, Creighton

Last Four In
San Diego State, Maryland, Penn State, St. Mary's

Last Four Out
Creighton, Arizona, USC, Auburn

Next Four Out
Providence, South Carolina, Florida, New Mexico

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Conference Breakdown
Big Ten (8), ACC (7), Big East (7), Big XII (6), Pac-10 (4), A-10 (3), MWC (3), Horizon (2), SEC (2), WCC (2)

America East - Binghamton

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

Atlantic Sun - East Tennessee State

A-10 - Temple, Xavier, Dayton

Big East - Louisville, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Villanova, Syracuse, West Virginia, Marquette

Big Sky - Portland State

Big South - Radford

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

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

Big West - Cal State Northridge

Colonial - VCU

Conference USA
- Memphis

Horizon - Cleveland State, Butler

Ivy - Cornell

MAAC - Siena


MAC - Buffalo

MEAC - Morgan State

MVC - Northern Iowa

MWC - Utah, BYU, San Diego State

Northeast - Robert Morris

Ohio Valley - Morehead State

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

Patriot - American

SEC - LSU, Tennessee

Southern - Chattanooga

Southland
- Stephen F. Austin

Summit - North Dakota State

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky

SWAC
- Alabama State

WAC - Utah State

WCC - Gonzaga, St. Mary's

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The Seeds
The 1s
North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Michigan State

The 2s
Connecticut, Duke, Oklahoma, Memphis

The 3s
Missouri, Wake Forest, Villanova, Syracuse

The 4s
Florida State, Kansas, Washington, Illinois

The 5s
Arizona State, Gonzaga, Xavier, UCLA

The 6s
Purdue, West Virginia, Texas, Utah

The 7s
LSU, California, Clemson, Tennessee

The 8s
Marquette, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Butler

The 9s
BYU, Boston College, Michigan, Texas A&M

The 10s
Siena, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Dayton

The 11s
San Diego State, Utah State, Maryland, Penn State

The 12s
Temple, St. Mary's, Cleveland State, Western Kentucky

The 13s
Northern Iowa, VCU,
Buffalo, Binghamton

The 14s
North Dakota State, American, Portland State,
Stephen F. Austin

The 15s
Cornell, East Tennessee State, Robert Morris,
Morgan State

The 16s
Cal State Northridge, Morehead State, Radford, Chattanooga (Play-In Game), Alabama State (Play-In-Game)

The Bracket
(Bracket courtesy Matt Reeves)














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Anonymous said...

I don't think Penn State is deserving over San Diego State, St. Mary's, Creighton, or Arizona. Yes, they have more Top 50 wins, but I think the committee will consider many of them mediocre vs. the mess that is the Big 10 (Does anyone really see Illinois without Frazier, Purdue, Minnesota, or Michigan playing past the first weekend?).

I'm not bashing the Big 10 at all. Michigan St. has legitimate title hopes and the league is very strong top-to-bottom to rival the ACC and Big East. The Nittany Lions have ZERO non-conference wins they can hang their hat on though. Half (11) of their wins came against RPI teams 200+ and their best non-conference win is Mt. St. Mary's at #119.

I think any of those four teams should get at-large bids over Penn State or that Nevada, Baylor, USC, Temple/Duquesne, Maryland, or Auburn ends up winning heir conference tourneys and stealing another bid or two.

Lee said...

Well done Terps. Wire to wire over another top ten team. Beat Duke to erase any doubt.

Mike said...

I realize you guys probably answer the same questions about Florida State every day, but if the Seminoles beat UNC today and Baylor takes down Mizzou, would the Noles move up to the 3 line?

Anonymous said...

Is Mizzou locked onto the 3 line?

Likewise, is Wake?

Anonymous said...

I am a Michigan fan, and would love to see the Big 10 get 8, but PSU hurt itself by not scheduling anyone out of conference, and if they dont get selected they have only themselves to blame for an embarrassing Out of Conference sched.

As for Maryland, can't say enough about Gary Williams..if they fire him they are insane. Well done Maryland.

Should be a fun weekend, hopefully some of these bid stealers like Baylor, Miss. St, Tulsa lose. It looks like the A10 is going to get 3 bids.

I think the Big 10 is safe at 7, every analyst including B101 is predicting 7.

However, I would select PSU over Minny. Minnesota loaded up on cupcakes, with one solid win. They are a team with an elite coach and a little better program than PSU no excuse to schedule that weak. PSU has many more top wins in conference than Minny.

JGibson said...

I just don't see Penn State in. Their raw RPI kills them. They scheduled this year like Syracuse did in both '08 and '07. And the two marginally good teams they did play non-conference - Temple and Rhode Island - both beat them. All those top 50 wins, including the road win over Michigan State, which is definitely a highlight get canceled by a 68 RPI ranking and the bad OOC slate. And I say this as a Penn State fan. Too bad both of my teams - Penn State and New Mexico - bit it this week, but it is what it is.

Anonymous said...

Are they going to update the bracket as well?

Ryan West said...

Is Mizzou locked onto the 3 line?

Likewise, is Wake?

If Florida State can beat UNC today, I think Wake will drop to 4.

Bracketology 101 said...

Missouri still might be ahead of FSU even if they lose to Baylor. We have FSU seeded higher than most people, but their conference resume is simply not as strong as Missouri's. FSU's best ACC wins were against Clemson, while Mizzou's best Big XII wins came against Oklahoma and Kansas (plus they won at Texas and beat Oklahoma State twice).

The best hope for FSU fans that want a 3 seed is to have Syracuse get blown out today. The Orange deserve a 3 seed at this point, but we wouldn't be surprised if they ended up on the 4 line. Villanova is still ahead of Syracuse on the S-curve since they beat the Orange twice.

Wake Forest is (and will be) ahead of FSU even if the 'Noles win today because of their superior record vs. good teams. Wake is 3-1 vs. the Top 25 (FSU is 0-5) and 6-1 vs. the Top 50 (FSU is 4-5). The Demon Deacons also finished ahead of FSU in conference and beat them head-to-head (by 23 points) in their lone meeting.

Ryan West said...

Why are Texas and Clemson ahead of Marquette?

Ryan West said...

Why not Arizona ahead of Creighton/St. Mary's?

I realize they have practically no road wins, but they have some huge wins.

Anonymous said...

If FSU Won the title, they would be a 3, right?

Bracketology 101 said...

We wanted to put Marquette on the 7 line, but we couldn't for numbers purposes. Still, we don't mind having them there because they have been in an absolute tailspin without Dominic James. They've lost five of their last six games, and finished 4-6 in their last 10. The Golden Eagles OOC resume isn't all that great either, especially compared to Texas'.

Bracketology 101 said...

Yes - FSU's most realistic chance at getting a 3 seed is to win the ACC tourney.

Bracketology 101 said...

When you look at Arizona's wins, it looks like it would be impossible to keep them out. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they have two big negatives on their resume that may ultimately prove to be fatal - their atrocious true road record (2-9) and their bad finish (they've lost 5 of 6). St. Mary's, with Patty Mills back, is gaining momentum at the end of the year, wile Arizona is trying to pull off a classic back-in. We think the committee will side with the hotter (and more dangerous) team and give St. Mary's the nod.

Ryan West said...

Why Cleveland State ahead of VCU?

Bracketology 101 said...

Cleveland State has two Top 25 wins (Syracuse and Butler), while VCU's best wins came against George Mason and New Mexico. The Horizon is a slightly higher-rated conference as well.

Anonymous said...

Lunardi moved PSU to first 4 out, looks like the Big 10 is getting 7.

Ryan West said...

Is there any scenario where St. Mary's jumps ahead of Penn State? I figured the committee would rather have St. Mary's in instead of that 8th Big Ten team.

Also, I'm an Illini fan...is there anyway I they could get the top #4 seed so they could go to Indy?

Bracketology 101 said...

Probably not...it St. Mary's gets in, they are probably going to be the last team in.

Anonymous said...

hahahaha... Lunardi has Cuse as a 6 and Kansas as a 2 seed... what a joke.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else think it's totally BS that St. Mary's got to schedule another game after their season is over. What is this nonsense?!? Couldn't Davidson and New Mexico play each other too in order to get another top 100 win? Why not Penn St. vs. Providence? Also, who gives a **** that St. Mary's beat a sub 500 RPI 200+ team from the big sky. If I were in the committee I would punish them for that win not support them.

Anonymous said...

"hahahaha... Lunardi has Cuse as a 6 and Kansas as a 2 seed... what a joke."

It's called they haven't updated the bracket yet, just the sidebar. But I'm sure you didn't notice that South Carolina was still in...

Lee said...

11:41 has a really solid point. Providence could go roll up Yale or something and be like "lookat us we're awesome!"

Anonymous said...

Lunardi is nuts, HE HAS ST. MARY'S AND CREIGHTON IN OVER PSU??!!! WOW NO WAY JOE

JGibson said...

Those teams could schedule those games if they hadn't hit the limit yet. Washington scheduled their game against Seattle for the last week of the season after a December game was canceled due to weather. I can't remember who they were supposed to play - Coppin State?

What St. Mary's did was legit, but I can't say a win over EWU would necessarily help their profile.

Anonymous said...

Lunardi is nuts, HE HAS ST. MARY'S AND CREIGHTON IN OVER PSU??!!! WOW NO WAY JOE ...

Heaven forbid we give top mid-majors a chance and instead reward another eight-place team a big conference. Hell, let's just wipe out all the mid-majors, you know, who never advance past the first round or anything, so that we can rename it the BCS Conference Invitational.

Anonymous said...

b101 when do you plan on releasing a final bracket tomorrow?

Lee said...

12:50 are you implying the Big Ten isn't a mid-major conference? I kind of assumed they were considering the small number of final fours and national championships they have won over the past 30 years...

Anonymous said...

Big 10 is a good conference, not an elite.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why you have Kansas as a 4 instead of a 3. Can you explain your reasoning there? Overall body of work seems better than some of the current 3 seeds.

Mith said...

Hi Lee,

champs
1979 - Mich St.
1981 - Indiana
1987 - Indiana
1989 - Michigan
2000 - Michigan St.

championship game losses
1992- Michigan
1993- Michigan
2002- Indiana
2005- Illinois
2007 - Ohio State

# of Final 4 teams
1979- 1
1980 - 2
1981 - 1
1987 - 1
1989 - 2
1992 - 2
1993 - 1
1997 - 1
1999 - 2
2000 - 2
2001 - 1
2002 - 1
2005 - 2
2007 - 1

It's hard to say without making a similar list for the ACC, Big East, B12, SEC and P10, but it seems like the B10 has done just fine the last 30 years. I'm sure not as impressive as the ACC, but
respectable I'd say.

Anonymous said...

most of the web "bracketologists" have most of the same teams in. how often does the committee really surprise everyone? can you give some examples of strange teams in or out?

Anonymous said...

"12:50 are you implying the Big Ten isn't a mid-major conference? I kind of assumed they were considering the small number of final fours and national championships they have won over the past 30 years..."

I really hope that was sarcasm, otherwise you just sound stupid. Final Fours and titles since 1979:

ACC- 27/8
Big East- 21/7
Big Ten- 20/5
SEC- 14/3
Big 12- 14/2
Pac 10- 10/2

JGibson said...

Big surprises in my memory:

1998: Western Michigan and Florida State in

2006: Air Force in, Missouri State out

2007: Stanford in, Syracuse out

2000: Vanderbilt out <--- Since this year, I've been convinced that "conferences don't get bids, teams do," is only a half-truth. Arkansas surprisingly won the SEC tournament that year, and I figure Vanderbilt was the team that paid for it.

BenjiF said...

I don't know if any of you guys are watching the MSU/LSU game, but it's a good one. I haven't seen MSU before, but they look like a team that could be potentially dangerous in the tournament (guys who can create their own shots, a paint patrolman). Anyway, if they win this semi and lose in the final, they are still out right?

Also, I'm guessing Utah State is out with a loss to Nevada. Or not?

Anonymous said...

Mississippi State stealing another bid this is unreal.

Ryan West said...

I don't know if any of you guys are watching the MSU/LSU game, but it's a good one. I haven't seen MSU before, but they look like a team that could be potentially dangerous in the tournament (guys who can create their own shots, a paint patrolman). Anyway, if they win this semi and lose in the final, they are still out right?

Also, I'm guessing Utah State is out with a loss to Nevada. Or not?

MissState has to win the tournament.
Utah State...if its a close loss(4 points or less) I think will still be in.

Stu said...

The last few years, the tournament has gone mostly according to scratch (4 # 1's last year in the final 4, 3 the year before that). With all the upsets we are seeing this week, it strikes me that this year's tournament is likely to be much more wide open. Thoughts?

Anonymous said...

The last few years, the tournament has gone mostly according to scratch (4 # 1's last year in the final 4, 3 the year before that). With all the upsets we are seeing this week, it strikes me that this year's tournament is likely to be much more wide open. Thoughts?

we hear this EVERY year... if the 1's show up, theyll win, if not, they wont..

Anonymous said...

Looks like FSU is for real... They have been the better team today.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't surprise me if Kansas got a 2 or 3. Definitely don't deserve a 2 though. Depends how the committee looks at them. Are they the #1 or #2 or #3 team from the Big 12. To me, they #2. If Mizzou wins the Big 12, they may be #3 from the Big 12.

Anonymous said...

Not impressed at all with the Big 12. I think Oklahoma, Kansas, and (to a lesser extent) Mizzou are all early exit possibilities in the big dance.

What will beating down Michigan State do for Ohio State's seed? Up to a 7 maybe?

Anonymous said...

FSU OVER UNC!!!! Syracuse has NOTHING on the noles!

Ryan West said...

Florida State will be a #3 as long as Syracuse loses.

If Syracuse wins tonight, FSU must make a case by beating Duke/Maryland tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Think FSU locked up a 4 seed. 3 seed will be tough. That's FSU first win over a top 25 team. Most sites still have FSU as a 5 seed. And UNC didn't have Lawson. If Syracuse and Mizzou win today, I don't think FSU can be a 3 seed.

Anonymous said...

Does duke get a 1 if they win a 3rd game against maryland, and then a 3rd game over FSU?

Anonymous said...

I think Duke has to be a #1 if they win the ACC. Especially with Mich St losing.

Anonymous said...

Think FSU locked up a 4 seed. 3 seed will be tough. That's FSU first win over a top 25 team. Most sites still have FSU as a 5 seed. And UNC didn't have Lawson. If Syracuse and Mizzou win today, I don't think FSU can be a 3 seed.

Everyone is so hung up on arbitrary numbers... Sure, only 1 against top 25, but they have 2 wins over the #26 team... and alot of fsu's value comes from the fact that they now have 6 top 50 wins, and no bad losses... i mean, look at their losses...
RPI rankings used...
#1, #2, #2, #3, #10, #55, #62, and #72.... FSU is 23-3 outside of the RPI top 10.

Ryan West said...

The final 2 #1 seeds will be a 3 team race between Louisville, UConn, and Duke. If Louisville loses tonight and Duke wins, it opens the door for Duke. I think if they win tomorrow then they will.

Anonymous said...

Top 25 is not arbitrary. The committee uses record versus 1-25, 1-50, 50-100, etc. That is anything but arbitrary. It's using what the committee uses. If you put FSU side by side with Syracuse right now, Syracuse currently has the better resume. That's not really worth arguing if you can't see that.

I've been looking at FSU's profile. And even if they win the ACC tourney, I don't think they're ahead of Kansas either. And if Mizzou wins the Big 12 tourney, I don't think FSU can be ahead of them.

Anonymous said...

Wait, its not arbitrary? Your saying that there is a totally objective reason to say that a win over the #25 team is a great win, where a win over the #26 team is just a good win? No, sorry, your wrong... Kansas has 2 losses vs teams outside of the top 100(including a terrible loss to UMass), FSU has none outside the top 75, and with the UNC win, Fsu has the best win between the 2, and kansas has 2 losses worse than FSU's worse loss, including a waxing at TTU, and a waxing at arizona... Kansas has a couple more top 50 wins in several more oppurtunities, but remember that one of those top 20 wins is Siena, who was never considered a tournament lock, and another is 10-loss OSU, plus 11-loss tennesee... And another of their top 50 wins is Temple, who will not get an at large bid... Alot of kansas' wins are extremely overrated.

Mizzou would likely be ahead of FSU with a win tonight, but if FSU beats duke tomorrow they should pass mizzou, FSU will be tourney champions of the best conference in the country...

JGibson said...

One more recent surprise. I was reminded, while reading Glockner, that Arkansas was a surprise bid the same year I cited Stanford as a surprise bid. Arkansas was probably even more of a surprise.

Anonymous said...

"Wait, its not arbitrary? Your saying that there is a totally objective reason to say that a win over the #25 team is a great win, where a win over the #26 team is just a good win? No, sorry, your wrong... "

It's not arbitrary to the extent (as was said earlier) that this is the information that the committee ACTUALLY uses to decide who makes the tourney and where they're seeded. For those of us interested in what WILL happen, not what SHOULD happen (using whatever contrived criteria a person wants to dream up), the difference is significant.

Anonymous said...

if duke beats FSU tomorrow, and L'ville, mizzou, and illinois and Ohio state take down their respective championships, \
Does duke get a 1, and FSU a 3?
If baylor wins tonight does that assure FSU a 3?

Brick Tomlin said...

Some people are still saying Michigan is on the bubble as of right now. I think it is safe enough to say that they are lock to make the big dance for the first time in over a decade. However, there is a huge variance in the projected seeds all of the internet for Michigan. I personally see them as a 10 seed, but I've seen them as low as an 8 and as high as 12. What seed do you predict they will end up with B101?

Anonymous said...

"For those of us interested in what WILL happen, not what SHOULD happen (using whatever contrived criteria a person wants to dream up), the difference is significant."

Well said. I'm most interested in predicting the future behavior of the committee. If the committee behaves as it has in the past, FSU most likely cannot get higher than a 4 seed even if they win the ACC tourney. Especially if Maryland is their opponent tomorrow. They just don't have the top flight wins. Now, whether this is right or whether it actually happens or not is another thing entirely. I think by judging past decisions of the committee, it seems that Kansas, Wake, Nova and then either Cuse or Mizzou will be #3's. Hell, the committee may even give Arizona State a #3 if they win the Pac-10 although I don't think they deserve it. Same could be said if Illinois wins the Big 10 although Purdue is pasting them now.

Don't get upset FSU fans. Most folks aren't rooting against your team, just trying to honestly conclude what the committee would do with them based on past committee decisions.

Anonymous said...

It's not arbitrary to the extent (as was said earlier) that this is the information that the committee ACTUALLY uses to decide who makes the tourney and where they're seeded. For those of us interested in what WILL happen, not what SHOULD happen (using whatever contrived criteria a person wants to dream up), the difference is significant.


I cant believe that the committee is so narrowminded that they would not see that FSU has 2 wins against the 26th ranked RPI team, and use those as simple, run of the mill top 50 wins... And i dont think you think they will either, its really a technicality. Clemson was 11th ranked both times FSU played them, they are clearly a quality team... Im sure youd like it if the clemson wins were viewed as top 50 instead of honorary top 25 wins, but clemson falling out of the top 25 rpi wise hasnt seemd to hurt FSU's seed on this website, nor should it have.

The chairman said it takes into consideration who you beat, and where(clemson twice, once on the road, UNC on a neutral court, cal(neutral), Cincy(neutral), Western Kentucky(neutral)FSU has 3 top 50 wins on a neutral court, and another 1 on the road.

Dont forget, also, that kansas lost early in their conference tourney, and lost 2 of their last 3 games, to the 60th ranked RPI team, and to the 120th ranked RPI team, where FSU has wojn 9 of 12, including 3 top 26* wins(2 away from home), and sweeps of VT and clemson...

Anonymous said...

Well, this very site has Clemson as a 7 seed. What's so special about a 7 seed? Tournament team? Yes. Quality win? Yes. Top 10 or 20 caliber win? No.

Ryan West said...

I don't see how Purdue can be ranked higher than Illinois, even if they beat them today.

Illinois beat them twice, has the same quality win in beating Mizzou on a neutral court as Purdue beating Mich State at home.

Both have some bad losses. I think its a wash.

Anonymous said...

I think it should also be noted that of all the projection websites, B101 seems to be the friendliest to FSU. If these guys don't even have FSU as a 3 seed, it's probably a stretch.

Anonymous said...

Mich State is a little better win than Mizzou. Also, Purdue and Hummel may be given some credit for learning how to play with his injury.

Anonymous said...

Tennessee, Butler, BYU, Siena, OK state, Dayton are all higher in RPI, and thuse counting as top 25 RPI wins, and are lower on the S-curve that clemson, most notably Siena and dayton, both 10 seeds...

Ryan West said...

Mich State is a little better win than Mizzou. Also, Purdue and Hummel may be given some credit for learning how to play with his injury.

We beat Missouri in St. Louis on a neutral court.
Purdue beat Michigan State in West Lafayette, IN.

How is beating possibly the best #3 seed on a neutral court better than beating a #2 seed on your own home court?

Anonymous said...

"How is beating possibly the best #3 seed on a neutral court better than beating a #2 seed on your own home court?"

I think I know what you mean. You're right. However, the beat down going on the court right now will be more than enough to have Purdue higher on the S-curve. And Illinois is sputtering a bit here at the end of the season. If they lose today, they'll have lost 3 of 4.

Ryan West said...

I'm saying if the Illini can get this back to single digits. It should be more than enough to merit at least the same seed.

Anonymous said...

Duke is a #1 with a win tonight and tomorrow, no DOUBT.

Anonymous said...

Any chance if SDSU, Baylor, and USC lose that Auburn could creep into the field. They have been one of the hottest teams in the NCAAs and have played really well as of late beating quality teams.

I am assuming that both Arizona and Penn State do not make it.

MattLion said...

Having seen Purdue and Illinois a bunch this year, when healthy, Purdue is the better team. They've had injury issues off and on most of the season. It's pretty close though. I'd put them both right around a 5/6.

MattLion said...

"Any chance if SDSU, Baylor, and USC lose that Auburn could creep into the field. They have been one of the hottest teams in the NCAAs and have played really well as of late beating quality teams.

I am assuming that both Arizona and Penn State do not make it."

IF Auburn makes it ahead of PSU, that would be a crime. PSU has at least proven they can beat other tournament teams on the road. That being said, I don't think either one makes it at this point.

Most years, 10-6 in the SEC would be plenty, but this isn't one of those years.

MattLion said...

"2000: Vanderbilt out <--- Since this year, I've been convinced that "conferences don't get bids, teams do," is only a half-truth. Arkansas surprisingly won the SEC tournament that year, and I figure Vanderbilt was the team that paid for it."

I'm guessing that happened because that SEC title game was on Sunday at like 1. By the end of that game (at about 3:00) the bracketing process is underway, including trying to follow all of the bracketing principles. At that time, the "easy" option may have been to just swap 1 SEC team for another.

The Big 12 moved their title game to Saturday night this season (like the big east started doing about 10 years ago) in an effort to get the result to be more meaningful for the committee. There have been years where Big Ten title games appeared to have no significance in seeding (since the game always ends as the bracketing process is underway).

Just my take... any other opinions on that? If i was a conference, I would much rather finish up on Saturday.

uncle bob said...

I agree that Penn State should not get a bid. They had only 1 quality win outside of conference and their schedule New Hampshire, NJIT, Sacred Heart, Wm & Mary and a loss to Rhode Island. Pretty pathetic. Creighton's resume is about as good and I would prefer to see more mid-majors rather than also rans from the bigger conferences. Get more money into the smaller conferences and there will be much better balance.

Lee said...

B101, Terps are still ok right? That game was plenty tight and if Duke wasn't unconscious from three (plus the regular ACC treatment for a non Carolina team) they could've easily won that game. From a smell test perspective when you watch MD ply they look like a top 30-35 team and have for the last month. Right?

Lee said...

RE: the Big Ten being a mid major. It iwas mildly saracasic but these numbers spek for themselves.

ACC- 27/8
Big East- 21/7
Big Ten- 20/5

Especially considering the number of teams the Big Ten keep getting in the tourney. 8 of 11 bid they simply do not deserve.

Anonymous said...

"Creighton's resume is about as good and I would prefer to see more mid-majors"

You mean the same Creighton that lost to Drake, Wichita State and Arkansas-Little Rock?

2-2 Top 50 vs. 6-9 Top 50?

Your preference might be to see more mid-majors, that's your right and I have no problem with that. But to state that Creighton's resume is as good as Penn State's is laughable.

Anonymous said...

Please explain how those numbers "speak for themselves"? By the way, those numbers give the Big East the benefit of current membership, which gives them Final Fours and titles from Louisville, DePaul and Cincinnati. Considering the Big East is almost 50% larger than the Big Ten, not sure you can make any argument from that breakdown other than that the ACC, Big East and Big Ten are clearly above the other "power" conferences.

Anonymous said...

Maryland should be okay, but I'd root for Arizona St, Mizzou, and Tennessee.

John said...

I am so sick of everyone dogging the Big Ten every year...and then when one or two of the teams make a late run and make it to the Elite 8 and the Final Four...everyone is always shocked when it happens. Wisconsin and MSU's last visits to the Final Four for example. Im a Michigan man and I dont believe that the conference deserves eight...two out of three between Wisky, PSU, and the Gophers should decide that with in my mind giving the edge to Minn and Wisc. PSU played way too many cupcakes including losses against two cupcakes in the non-con. Wait and see how the next two weeks unfolds...I guarantee two out of the seven that get in will make it to the elite 8. MSU, Purdue, OSU have the best chances but if Blue gets hot...they can win two games the first weekend and have a shot to make it far themselves. Havent you people realized yet that they call it March Madness for a reason...once the conference season begins...its so hard to compare teams from different conferences unless they have mutual opponents from the non-con...and for that matter how much better or worse a team gets throughout the season...and the tourney depends more on matchups more than how good a teams RPI is for them to continue on...Im so sick of people bagging on the Big Ten...WF, Maryland, and FSU all have the potential to get bounced first round and every team that makes it from the SEC this year could be bounced after Friday also...we will see what happens...but I dont want to read all the IM SHOCKED posts when a "so-called" non deserving "mid-major" team from the BigTen goes deep in the tourney...it wont be a shock to the true Mens CBB fan. GO BLUE!!

Anonymous said...

"PSU played way too many cupcakes including losses against two cupcakes in the non-con."

RPI 39 and RPI 66 are cupcakes?

Anonymous said...

...WF, Maryland, and FSU all have the potential to get bounced first round and every team that makes it from the SEC this year could be bounced after Friday also...

WF is going to be a 3, FSU a 3 or 4, and maryland a 12, i dont think you can lump them together, especially when your wrong.

Anonymous said...

A loss against temple is hardly a "good loss" they were never seriously given tourney consideration.

Brett said...

Meh. As a Cuse fan, the more I look at it and think about it, Cuse is probably not a 3 seed unless they win tonight. If they wouldn't have been swept by Nova, they'd have a lot better shot. As it is, I think Nova will be a 3. I know B101 has Kansas as a 4, and I would enjoy seeing that and think it's deserved. However, I have a bad feeling the committee will reward their regular season title with a 3 seed. If Mizzou wins, they'll be a 3. If Mizzou loses, then there'll be 2 three seeds left for some combination of Wake, Syracuse, and Florida State.

The committee will penalize Syracuse for being 6th in their conference in the regular season even though they'll have the best computer numbers and best combination of wins of the 3. Wake finished above FSU and also beat them like a drum in the regular season. I think the last 3 seed goes to Wake in most scenarios (even if FSU wins tomorrow).

If Syracuse wins tonight (I'm not counting on it), they've got to be a 3.

Anonymous said...

Is Penn State still IN?

John said...

...WF is going to be a 3, FSU a 3 or 4, and maryland a 12, i dont think you can lump them together, especially when your wrong.

WF is only going to be a 3 because of their early game resume...do you know nothing of this team? They havent played up to their potential in years...FSU would have been beat down by a dozen today if Ty Lawson was playing...Danny Green gets so many open looks because of his penetration...to be honest with you...I think the Terps...if they hold onto a bid...are the best team out of the three when clicking on all cylinders. They have beat UM and MSU in non-con and prolly would have beat Duke today if they werent out of their mind from 3. Furthermore, the Terps are the more tourney tested team out of the three...but again we will see...oh and Northwestern destroyed FSU this year...chew on that.

Anonymous said...

What kind of shot does memphis have at a 1?

Anonymous said...

how come everyone forgets penn state finished 6th in the Big Ten (which was really a tie for 4th)? creighton or st. mary's wouldn't do that. how does a poor ooc schedule negate 6 top 50 wins? like someone posted earlier, the chairman takes who you beat into account and where. penn state has good wins. what do creighton and st. mary's have?

Anonymous said...

By destroyed, you mean beat t home in a close game that northwestern shot the lights out in, and started to pull away in the last 3 or 4 minutes, i hope. And FSU and wake both beat UM this year, so it must be out of sheer stupidity that you would think UM is the best team of the 3... Wake is coming off 3 wins to end the regular season, including a win over wake, and a win over clemson, and their only loss in their last 7 games was at duke, sounds like a team playing well, to me.

John said...

Who has FSU and WF beat in non-con...other than UNC...I dont think the ACC is strong this year...even Duke...which unbelievably could snag a one tomorrow...doesnt deserve a one. WF played NO ONE to get to where they were by January..they have been in a tailspin ever since...including losing to the Terps on a neutral court. If you dont think FSU and WF are on upset watch...youre the one that is wrong.

Anonymous said...

FSU would have been beat down by a dozen today if Ty Lawson was playing

UNC, with lawson, beat FSU on a buzzer beater a month ago, it seems as if the teams are well matched, since they have split the season series, both games being three point contests.

Anonymous said...

"Wake is coming off 3 wins to end the regular season, including a win over wake"

That is one magical basketball team... :-P

Anonymous said...

FSU beat cal, cincy and WKU ooc, and should have beat pittsburgh... Wake beat baylor, BYU and 2 other top 100 teams...
THATS WHO.

Anonymous said...

prob mean maryland or clemson

John said...

lol how about the losses to Miami, GT and NCST about a month ago...plus u prove my point that FSU is a dog..they lost to WF by 23...thats insane for any 3 or 4 seed to lose on the road by that many...thus the reason why Memphis doesnt deserve a 1 since their loss at ND a while back...ACC has been an inflated conference the last few years...this year included...the numbers show it...oh and WF beat NCST, GT, and a Clemson team that lost to GT in the tourney...its not like they beat any world beaters on the way in plus whats their biggest road game at Clemson or a two point win against Maryland? Come on...

Anonymous said...

Are you high john? Wake, clemson, FSU are all top 15 teams, and they all slip up some times...

Brett said...

Clemson is not a top 15 team. Sorry. And FSU is right on the cut line of a top 15 team.

Anonymous said...

B101...

You think Maryland is gonna get a bid? Assuming that either two of Baylor, Mississippi State, and USC lose, I can't see the Terps not getting in...

Anonymous said...

Clemson has been a top 15 team all year, #16 in latest polls...

Anonymous said...

"Clemson has been a top 15 team all year, #16 in latest polls..."

I'm guessing he means their current RPI is 31.

Brett said...

Maybe you should check the current RPI numbers: they're currently #26. Or Ken Pomeroy: they're currently #22. When the the final polls are released on Monday, they'll be lucky to still be in the top 25.

MattLion said...

Temple is now a tournament team, which means that 9 of the 11 PSU losses came to teams likely in the field.

Anonymous said...

siena is #20 in the RPI, are they top 25?

Anonymous said...

"siena is #20 in the RPI, are they top 25?"

Not to say they necessarily are, but are you aware of what their profile looks like? It's not as shabby as you seem to think it is...

Bracketology 101 said...

Just catching up a little here...

Everything is holding up since our last bracket. Still looks like 4 bids up for grabs.

Auburn is done. Finishing 9-2 is impressive, but in the SEC this year it isn't much. They have nothing OOC and suffered to many conference losses in January. It also doesn't help that Miss St is looking like it has a great chance to be a bid stealer.

Maryland kept it close in their loss. They will have to hope for no bid stealers and they should be ok.

Memphis made their case for being a #1 by absolutely destroying the competition in the C-USA tourney. We can see the committee giving them a 1 to try to spread load it away from the ACC and Big East. We don't think they deserve it though.

Penn State will be either the last team in our out. They really need to hope for no bid stealers tonight and tomorrow with Miss State.

Anonymous said...

Really? i thought they just had like a couple of wins over NJIT and Southern... i know what their resume looks like.. 7-5 vs top 100... But their best win is niagara, that doesnt spell top 20 team.

MattLion said...

PSU gets done in by a close loss at Iowa and a USC uprising. Sounds like football season.

Brett said...

Someone just lost a bid thanks to USC.

Anonymous said...

Sobs being heard from PSU, St marys, creighton and all the other bubblers around the country...

MattLion said...

We can be 99% sure that Arizona's tournament streak is now over. No way that the Pac 10 gets 6. USC won the 3 games they had to win. All year, they kinda looked capable but never really put it together.

Bracketology 101 said...

USC winning popped Arizona's bubble.

Anonymous said...

Bubbles popping everywhere...I hope Michigan is safe does everyone think they are safe B101?

Bracketology 101 said...

SDSU better win or else they are in trouble. The loss to St. Mary's may really cost them.

Anonymous said...

2 bids available by my estimation. It's between Minnesota, Penn State, Creighton, St. Mary's and Arizona for those bids.

Nathan said...

Are my Terps still safe after the USC win?? :(

Anonymous said...

As a Michigan fan should I be worried tomorrow??

Anonymous said...

SDSU would make it 1, and that would be minnesota.

MattLion said...

I would guess that if SDSU wins the game going on now, Nevada wins later tonight, and Miss State wins tomorrow - Maryland and Minnesota would be the 2 "big conference" teams that have the most to lose from where they are right now. Obviously St. Mary's and Creighton are in their own precarious positions. I wonder if B101 agrees.

R.W.McGee said...

The only person who has Minnesota in danger is SI's Glockner. Everybody else has them in the field. Of course, if Mississipi State and Nevada, and SDSU take up slots...I suppose that get's dicier.

I think PSU and Arizona got bounced today.

Bracketology 101 said...

Don't worry about Michigan...they're fine.

Anonymous said...

ok good Digger Phelps seems to be the only one in America who hates Michigan and says they have no chance lol.

Anonymous said...

Digger Phelps hates the big ten in general so that shouldnt come as a suprise. He still thinks ND has a better resume than Michigan, lawlz.

Anonymous said...

Digger hates the Big 10 and Michigan for reasons most likely related to his tenure coaching a certain hated (by most Big 10-ers) team in Indiana...

And he thinks Memphis is amazing because they "destroyed" Gonzaga with their defense at Gonzaga, so yeah...

Bracketology 101 said...

Tough to take someone (or their bracket picks) seriously when they color match their highliter and tie...

Anonymous said...

@B101: Can you just tell me what I want to hear? That MD is in for sure?

It'd make me a lot less stressed. I'm never going to make it to tomorrow night...

MattLion said...

This Digger Phelps talk reminds me... ND would be better off if they had joined the Big Ten. The conference would get up to a nice 12 number for football title games, and ND's basketball program would fit right in with most of the Big Ten.... good, but not great this year. ND/Purdue and ND/Indiana as conference games would be EVENTS.

Ever since BC left the Big East, ND hasn't had anything resembling a conference rival.

MattLion said...

On ESPN just now Digger said that Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan are all on the bubble, and PSU is out for sure. I'm serious.

JGibson said...

I don't think Siena is top 20, but don't forget other than Niagara, they also beat MVC champ Northern Iowa in Bracket Busters. And even though the final was only 6 points, Siena totally manhandled N. Iowa that game until they put on the brakes towards the end of the game.

Ryan West said...

Is Missouri the #1 overall 3 seed now?

Anonymous said...

B101: I am sure people have asked you this already but:

Why would people think Wisconsin has a better chance at being in than Minnesota?

Bracketology 101 said...

It's splitting hairs with Wisconsin and Minnesota at this point - they are one spot apart on our S-curve. The reason we give a slight edge to Wisconsin right now, even though they got swept by the Gophers, is their record in their last 10 games. Minnesota finished 4-6 down the stretch, while Wisconsin was 7-3.

MattLion said...

"Why would people think Wisconsin has a better chance at being in than Minnesota?"

Arguments for Minnesota:
Awesome NC win over Louisvilla
Series sweep of Wisc
Slightly higher RPI

Arguments for Wisconsin:
Much more difficult over NC sched
More road wins in and out of conference
Finished on a better note


Both of them look like 10 seeds to me.

Anonymous said...

Phelps should be fired and Davis their bias is sickening. I guess Digger is holding on Notre Dame getting an 8 seed in the NCAA

Bracketology 101 said...

They both look like 10s to us too.

Eddie B said...

So Lunardi says Memphis is a 1 now... Do you think the committee has finished seeding the 1's and shot him a text?

Bracketology 101 said...

Maryland is not safe right now, Wisconsin and Minnesota are.

Ryan West said...

Lunardi has Memphis as the last #1 seed. Why the hate on UConn?

Ryan West said...

Lunardi has Memphis as the last #1 seed. Why the hate on UConn?

Anonymous said...

I guess because UCONN lost in the first round, and lost to PITT. Also Memphis hasnt lost since Dec. 20th it is a valid argument, but Memphis has lost its 2 big NC games vs Gonzaga and Gtown.

Anonymous said...

Anyone else rooting for Norfolk St to win the MEAC to join the ranks of the worst tourney teams ever?

13-17, RPI of 290, SOS of 336...ouch.

MattLion said...

If Memphis gets a 1, the best 2 and some strong 4/5s will be in their bracket in all likelihood. At that point, it's mostly semantics.

I'll be curious about who will be in the 8/9 game in the Memphis side. Maybe a team that the committee had to drop from a 7.

Did I mention this site was awesome?

JGibson said...

I suspect the committee won't put 3 teams from one conference as #1 seeds. That much was suggested in '05 when Washington got the #1 seed in the west over Wake Forest. And UConn hasn't really looked like a #1 seed since they lost Jerome Dyson.

Anonymous said...

"Memphis has lost its 2 big NC games vs Gonzaga and Gtown."

I think you mean Syracuse and Xavier. They beat Gonzaga at Gonzaga and Georgetown is nothing special.

Ryan West said...

SDSU down 2 with :12 seconds left.

Do they need to win to stay in? Or would St. Mary's pass them because they beat them?

Anonymous said...

"Bracketology 101 said...

Maryland is not safe right now, Wisconsin and Minnesota are."



Noooooooo! Not what I wanted to hear. :(

MattLion said...

Utah holds on to win by 2.

SDSU gets to sit and wait.

Anonymous said...

"Phelps should be fired and Davis their bias is sickening. I guess Digger is holding on Notre Dame getting an 8 seed in the NCAA"

Agreed. The Big 10 is set to get at least 6, probably 7 and possibly 8 teams in the tourney and all ESPN does is tear them apart.

Yet the SEC is sitting in a position to get 2 bids and may be the worst BCS basketball conference EVER this season and ESPN doesn't say 2 negative words about it. Even with Kentucky it's "I think their streak will probably be ending this year".

Davis has no idea what he's talking about. Yesterday he was talking about how Ohio State's problem is that they have no 2nd option on offense (they lead the Big 10 in field goal % and Buford/Turner was the top scoring Big 10 duo for much of the year) and the only thing keep them in games was their defense (which is awful).

Not to mention he has a HORRIBLE laugh. He needs to be fired.

Anonymous said...

With SDSU losing what is PSU chances of getting in? in relation to Creighton SDSU Arizona? Are they in?

JGibson said...

Throw in the games against Michigan, and you have:

Wisconsin swept Michigan
Minnesota got swept by Michigan

With Minnesota sweeping Wisconsin, you have to go with the other factors. Clearly, Michigan takes the lead among the 3 with the wins over Duke and UCLA. Minnesota has the win over Louisville, which I think gives them a slight advantage, but it's not obvious.

Anonymous said...

I'd say that even with SDSU losing, the fact that USC stole a spot means that Penn State is on the outside looking in.

Bracketology 101 said...

SDSU throws a little wrench in things. How does St. Mary's not get a bid with the neutral court win over them and similar profiles. That would be tough for the committee to do.

JGibson said...

Problems I see with SDSU:

Finished 4th in conference.
Lost to both St. Mary's and Arizona.
UNLV and New Mexico are no longer quality wins.
Result is that only quality wins are home agains Utah and in the MWC tournament against BYU.

Ryan West said...

I think SDSU/Penn State will be last teams in/out

Last 3:
Maryland, St. Mary's, SDSU

First Out:
Penn State, Arizona, Creighton, Auburn(not likely)

Brett said...

Mizzou and Nova locked in as 3 seeds??

That leaves Wake, Kansas, Syracuse, and FSU to fight over the other 2 3 seeds.

Agree and what are your thoughts B101?


Is Louisville a 1 seed even with a loss thanks to everyone else losing early?

Ryan West said...

Mizzou and Villanova are locks for a 3 Seed. I think if Syracuse wins tonight, they are a lock for a 3 seed. Unless FSU destroys Duke I don't think they can pass up Wake. I think the 3 seeds are pretty much set.


If Louisville doesn't win tonight, UConn gets their bid. UConn beat them H2H

JGibson said...

I'm totally expecting either Auburn or Mississippi State to show up in the bracket. In the last few years with Slive near the top or at the top of the committee, we had the mystery Arkansas appearance in '07 and the complete overseeding of the SEC in '08. I suspect the SEC gets some advantage this year as well.

Bracketology 101 said...

One more interesting aspect of SDSU's profile. There best player Lorenzo Wade was suspended for the first 7 games which included a loss to ASU. He was back just in time for Arizona and St. Mary's but didn't start either game and had not been practicing with the team at all yet. He also missed the road loss to Wyoming. Wouldn't even be worth mentioning, but with it being such a close call it may be considered by the committee.

MattLion said...

"I'm totally expecting either Auburn or Mississippi State to show up in the bracket. In the last few years with Slive near the top or at the top of the committee, we had the mystery Arkansas appearance in '07 and the complete overseeding of the SEC in '08. I suspect the SEC gets some advantage this year as well."

If Auburn gets in at the expense of Mich/Minn/Wisc/PSU/Maryland/(insert big 12 team here), that's selection committee fraud.

Bracketology 101 said...

JGib...it wouldn't be a complete shock to see Auburn pop up, but there is no way they could include Miss. St if they lose tomorrow. They have no profile and to include them over a Penn State, SDSU, or St. Mary's would be a crime.

Ryan West said...

Whats the seperation between PSU, SDSU, and St. Mary's

What order would you rank them?

I have:
St. Mary's, SDSU, Penn State

Anonymous said...

If Auburn gets in at the expense of Mich/Minn/Wisc/PSU/Maryland/(insert big 12 team here), that's selection committee fraud.
Auburn has a higher rating than PSU, a much better conference record, and has been extremely hot as of late.
PSU probably has the stronger resume, but im not sure that you would call in the fuzz because last 10 was more importantly adjudicated than... wait a second... What was PSU's strength?

Anonymous said...

i have penn state, sdsu, st. mary's

MattLion said...

"Auburn has a higher rating than PSU, a much better conference record, and has been extremely hot as of late.
PSU probably has the stronger resume, but im not sure that you would call in the fuzz because last 10 was more importantly adjudicated than... wait a second... What was PSU's strength?"

Auburn was 10-6 in the SEC, PSU was 10-8 in the Big Ten. Pretty close there.

But.. deeper in the numbers, Auburn has 2 top 50 RPI wins, 1 each home and neutral. PSU has 6, including 2 on the road. Auburn did do well in the 50-75 range, but that is balanced out by some weird non-conference results.

MattLion said...

Then again, with the notable exceptions of George Mason '06 and Missouri from... like 01 or 02... how often to the "last teams in" actually make a lot of noise?

John said...

To the ACC slappy from two hours ago...so you mean to tell me that you have never seen a team with a top 20 ranking not getting a seed better than a five? Butler for the past few years have been consistently ranked in the AP and Coaches top 25 before selection time comes out and usually they are seeded well below their what their ranking deems. I take NO stalk in the AP rankings...most of the press has no idea whom a team beat to get to 16-3 or 16-2..etc...SOS and record against the top 50 RPI is clearly more important to the selection committee then AP or Coaches rankings...so dont be surprised if Wake slips to a 4 and FSU a five if they lose to Duke tomorrow.

John said...

...and FSU lost to the ninth best team in the Big Ten(NW)...if the ACC is so powerful...I dont care if the game is on the road...the mighty Seminoles should take care of a team that has never even been to the dance!

Anonymous said...

Penn State should be in, what do you think B101 PSU OR SDSU OR CREIGHTON

Run Up The Score said...

Guys, please tell me what I'm missing -- how are either St. Mary's or Creighton more deserving than Penn State? PSU's worst losses were to bubble teams (URI, Temple) and the best wins of St. Mary's / Creighton are against bubble teams (with the exception of Creighton beating Dayton early in the season).

I just don't get it. RPI can't be the only answer here.

Bracketology 101 said...

We'll take 2 out of the 4 anon @ 9:20 and we'll let you know tomorrow afternoon. We are in lockdown producing our final bracket and watching games.

Bracketology 101 said...

We hear you run up the score...but like we said all week the 8th spot out of the B10 is a bad spot to be and it will be a factor. Now does it mean that PSU gets left out because of it...not necessarily. But they may say...you had your chance PSU and lost to Iowa and then got beaten up by Purdue, we want to give the little guy some love. It's 50/50 at this point.

Bracketology 101 said...

B101 out, we'll be back tomorrow...

Run Up The Score said...

Honestly, I'm all for giving the little guy love. I hate when .500 conference teams always nudge out the mid-major teams. Here's the problem -- these particular mid-major contenders have next to zero quality wins. St. Mary's beat Utah State, SDSU, and Providence. Nice wins. They also lost to Portland State and Santa Clara.

Creighton beat Dayton. Very nice win. They also lost to .500 Wichita State and Drake.

Penn State beat Purdue, Illinois twice, Michigan State, Michigan, and Minnesota. They won at Michigan State and Illinois. They lost to Iowa in overtime, mainly because their best player had one arm.

All for giving love to the little guy, but these resumes aren't comparable.

Anonymous said...

PSU HAS QUALITY WINS..REWARD THEM

Anonymous said...

But in Penn State's case, those were all in conference. It's not like Creighton or St. Mary's got to play those teams in their conference. And those teams did what they had to do in their conference to warrant consideration. Creighton won the title and the last 11 games. You can only do what you can do, I guess. Every team at this spot on the bubble has pluses and minuses. At the end of tomorrow, I'd be very surprised if you could really argue against who got in, regardless of who it is, whether it is PSU, Creighton, St. Mary's or at this point even Arizona. Seriously, flip a coin.

JGibson said...

I think RPI is the primary answer. Penn State'd RPI is now down to 70. I think only two teams have gotten in with RPIs in the 70s - New Mexico in '99 when they were an AP Top 25 team, and Air Force in '04, when they won the Mountain West regular season. And regular season champs have been looked upon favorably recently. That's an advantage Creighton has over any of the other bubble teams in the discussion.

matt r said...

MattLion @ 7:57pm:

I think you are putting too much weight on the S-curve when it comes to bracket placement. Last year Tennessee was in the 1-seed discussion and ended up as the best 2 and they were placed with the overall #1, North Carolina, in Charlotte. Someone on CBS asked the committee chair about this and he said they wanted to reward Tennessee as the best 2 seed with the best geographical location. And this makes sense, because reading the bracketing principles the committee uses, there is far more emphasis on geographic compatibility then trying to balance strength via the S-Curve.

Anonymous said...

So is Cuse a 4 seed now? Any chance they get a 3?

Anonymous said...

To the ACC slappy from two hours ago...so you mean to tell me that you have never seen a team with a top 20 ranking not getting a seed better than a five? Butler for the past few years have been consistently ranked in the AP and Coaches top 25 before selection time comes out and usually they are seeded well below their what their ranking deems. I take NO stalk in the AP rankings...most of the press has no idea whom a team beat to get to 16-3 or 16-2..etc...SOS and record against the top 50 RPI is clearly more important to the selection committee then AP or Coaches rankings...so dont be surprised if Wake slips to a 4 and FSU a five if they lose to Duke tomorrow.

1. NO WAY FSU IS A 5. Sorry. At the very worst they are the top 4 seed.
2. FSU has a higher SOS than Mizzou, by 25 spots, also has a higher SOS than villanova(out of the vaunted big east) and is much higher than wake or memphis, and is directly behind Uconn.

3rd. FSU is currently 6-5 vs top 50, better than mizzou, syracuse, Washington, and memphis.

4th. FSU's worst loss is only #72 NW who was a bubble team until the bids started getting stolen last night... OU lost to #144 Arkansas, utah lost to southwest baptist and idaho state, Kansas has a loss to 151 Umass, and #120 TTU, Washington has a loss to Portland St...
On top of all that, FSU has so many near misses against great teams that its not even funny... FSU played 38 minutes to a standstill with Pitt, played 39 minutes and 58 seconds even with UNC the first time, lost to duke by just 8, and then was leading duke with 1:30 to go in cameron just last tuesday.

They are 1 or 2 plays away from being a 2 seed at 27-6 or 28-5, and with a win over duke, deserve a #3, no doubt.

Anonymous said...

So is Cuse a 4 seed now? Any chance they get a 3?

If Duke embarasses FSU tomorrow

Brett said...

Yeah, I think Syracuse is a 4 seed now. I think the 3 seeds are probably set with Mizzou, Nova, Kansas, and Wake. I'm not sure FSU has a shot at a 3 even with a win tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I think Syracuse is a 4 seed now. I think the 3 seeds are probably set with Mizzou, Nova, Kansas, and Wake. I'm not sure FSU has a shot at a 3 even with a win tomorrow.

Are you paying attention? B101 had Kansas behind FSU today, and all fsu did since that bracket came out was beat the #1 team in the country, how the hell does kansas pass them?

Anonymous said...

If Duke wins, will they be the last #1... who will it be: Uconn, Duke or Memphis? ALso, as a 4 seed, where will Cuse go? Will they have to play UNC or Duke/Memphis? Is there any chance we get to play Uconn/Pitt/UL in the S16?

Anonymous said...

is this right...there are 5 bids for these teams (assuming Tennessee wins tomorrow)?

Minnesota
Maryland
Dayton
Creighton
San Diego State
St. Mary’s
Arizona
Penn State
New Mexico
Florida
Auburn

Penn State HAS to be in the top 5.

Brett said...

Dear FSU fan, I have no dog in this fight. I'm just telling you, and have made comments to B101 that Kansas is not going lower than a 3 seed. B101 is about the only site that has them at a 4. Their regular season Big 12 championship will be rewarded. Not saying it's right, just what I think. Hell, some sites have them as a 2 seed.

FSU will be a 4 seed even with a win tomorrow. I like your passion, but use reason. I don't think FSU can pass Nova, Wake, or Mizzou on the S-curve. Therefore, I think they're a 4.

Anonymous said...

If Duke wins, will they be the last #1... who will it be: Uconn, Duke or Memphis? ALso, as a 4 seed, where will Cuse go? Will they have to play UNC or Duke/Memphis? Is there any chance we get to play Uconn/Pitt/UL in the S16?

I dont think memphis can be in the discussion for a 1 seed with a 1-2 record vs top 25, and with 2 of their 4 top 50 wins being UAB...
Id assume syracuse is a Portland or boise team, for now, assuming they become a 4, since the 3's will take up minneapolis,and miami.

Anonymous said...

Dear FSU fan, I have no dog in this fight. I'm just telling you, and have made comments to B101 that Kansas is not going lower than a 3 seed. B101 is about the only site that has them at a 4. Their regular season Big 12 championship will be rewarded. Not saying it's right, just what I think. Hell, some sites have them as a 2 seed.

FSU will be a 4 seed even with a win tomorrow. I like your passion, but use reason. I don't think FSU can pass Nova, Wake, or Mizzou on the S-curve. Therefore, I think they're a 4.

I think your wrong about Kansas, If FSU finishes off the year with 4 straight wins, and 9 out of 12, and closes with wins over the #2 and #3 rpi teams in the country, i say it makes a huge statement, and one that the committee would be remiss for not taking to heart. Kansas's best win was against OU when they were missing griffin, if you are going to give OU a pass, you have to take credit away from Kansas, also, kansas has 2 inexcusable losses, where FSU has none, and FSU's ONLY HOME LOSSES ARE TO UNC, DUKE,and PITT. They also would have Road/neutral victories over 7 top 100 teams, including 6 top 63 teams.
Kansas has 1 victory Road/neutral, and that is over a griffin-less OU...
FSU also is the champion of the toughest conference, with a win, whereas kansas bowed out in the Q-finals to an underwhelming baylor./

Anonymous said...

Kansas has 1 victory Road/neutral, and that is over a griffin-less OU...
FSU also is the champion of the toughest conference, with a win, whereas kansas bowed out in the Q-finals to an underwhelming baylor./

And by 1 victory, i mean over top 63 RPI, since that is what i simplified FSU down to.

Anonymous said...

I think last years number 1 seeds were a cut above the 2 seeds, save one #2. This year, I see the top 6 - 8 teams all with faults.

It's different than last year in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Someone the other day mentioned New York being in line to get 5 bids. With Temple's surprising run in the A-10, Robert Morris having won their tournament, and Villanova and Pittsburgh locks for at-large bids, Penn State could push Pennsylvania to 5 bids.

Brett said...

Lunardi has Kansas #8 on his s-curve right now. He's got UNC, Pitt, Louisville, Memphis as his #1's. He's got UConn, Duke, Mich St, and Kansas as his #2's. Even though I don't agree with this, I find it hard to believe that Lunardi is going to mis-seed Kansas by 2 lines.

Anonymous said...

Lunardi has Kansas #8 on his s-curve right now. He's got UNC, Pitt, Louisville, Memphis as his #1's. He's got UConn, Duke, Mich St, and Kansas as his #2's. Even though I don't agree with this, I find it hard to believe that Lunardi is going to mis-seed Kansas by 2 lines.

He only need to mis-seed them by 5spots

Dan Holmes said...

The University Daily Kansan, the student newspaper at KU, predicted the other day that KU will get a 4 seed, so it's not just B101. I hope they're wrong, but it seems about right to be honest with you.

Brett said...

"He only need to mis-seed them by 5 spots"

I tend to think that 5 spots is a lot at the top of the curve.

Brett said...

I hope I'm wrong as I think they're only #8 on Lunardi's s-curve thanks to history and last year.

They do have some good numbers though after looking at them. 5 rpi top 25 wins. 10 rpi top 50 wins. Regular season champion of a top 4 conference.

Anonymous said...

I think that Mizzou, kansas, nova, washignton, syracuse and wake all are similarly rated, and i think that syracuse, nova, mizzou, and FSU are the most deserving of the 3 seeds, as the hottest teams playying.

Dan Holmes said...

B101 had KU at the final 4 spot on the S-curve, so I've actually been afraid of falling to a 5.

Anonymous said...

FSU's WORST home loss was #3 in the RPI UNC! Their only other home losses were #2 duke, and #1 pitt, this is a team that does what it has to do, and has one of the top 3 guards in the nation, in douglas, and one of the best shotblockers, in alabi.

Bracketology 101 said...

one more thing...FSU will be a 4 without a win against Duke, a 3 with one

Anonymous said...

Will Duke be a 1 seed if they win?

Paymon said...

If you click your heels 3 times and walk in a circle, then Duke will be a 1 seed.

Had they beaten Mistake Forest (and not MD) and then FSU or Lawson-less UNC, then maybe.

Brett said...

B101...let's assume a Duke win tomorrow. Are they a #1?

Which team is hoping for a Duke win tomorrow in order to remain a #3 seed?

Bracketology 101 said...

Duke is a 2 no matter what. To easy a road to the title.

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