January 4, 2018

Seeds:

2018 Bracket 1

Rankings:

1 Duke 17 Kentucky 33 Boise St 51 Louisiana
2 Arizona St 18 Butler 34 Florida 52 Vermont
3 Villanova 19 Wichita St 35 Cincinnati 53 E Tenn St
4 Oklahoma 20 Texas A&M 36 UCLA 54 Belmont
5 Xavier 21 Gonzaga 37 Rhode Island 55 Iona
6 Virginia 22 Arizona 38 Maryland 56 Towson
7 W. Virginia 23 Kansas 39 Syracuse 57 New Mex St
8 TCU 24 Nevada 40 Georgia 58 Portland St
9 Texas Tech 25 Tennessee 41 St. Bona 59 Liberty
10 Michigan St 26 Texas 42 Marquette 60 Bucknell
11 Purdue 27 Arkansas 43 Missouri 61 Penn
12 UNC 28 Creighton 44 Minnesota 62 Lipscomb
13 Auburn 29 Mississippi St 45 Utah 63 Buffalo
14 Seton Hall 30 Miami 46 Notre Dame 64 SF Austin
15 Clemson 31 Michigan 47 Mid Ten St 65 UCSB
16 Florida St 32 Houston 48 South Dakota 66 Texas So
49 N Kentucky 67 Wagner
50 Missouri St 68 NC Central

Notes:

  1. Reminder: I do my bracket as if season ended today and committee were selecting the teams. I expect a lot of changes as more games are played.
  2. SEC has nine teams right now. I expect that to go down.
  3. Bubble teams: Washington, Ohio St, BYU, St. Mary’s, SMU, Baylor, Kansas St
  4. Teams with weak resumes who I expect will come back in to the picture: Oregon, Virginia Tech, Northwestern, Penn St, USC, Alabama
  5. Teams with decent resumes who I expect will fall out of picture: Mississippi St, Georgia, Washington
  6. Games of note this weekend:
    1. Houston at Wich St (Big game for AAC)
    2. Maryland at Mich St (Would be great win for Terps and chance to improve SOR for Sparty)
    3. Arizona at Utah (Big data point for both)
    4. N. Iowa at Missouri St (Big for MVC, which looks like one bid league this year)
    5. UNC at Virginia (Game of the week)
    6. Florida at Missouri (Smells like bubble game data point)
    7. Nebraska at Purdue (Huskers need top 50 win and this would be big one)
    8. Notre Dame at Syracuse (Bubble game)
    9. Wake Forest at Boston College (Bubble game)
    10. Arkansas at Auburn (resume-builder)
    11. Oklahoma at West Virginia (Can either dethrone Kansas?)
    12. Kansas at TCU (Are Frogs for real? Is Kansas?)
    13. Missouri St at Illinois St (two big games in a row for bears)
    14. Mich St at Ohio St (Big opportunity for Bucky)
    15. SMU at Cinci (Big opportunity for Stangs)
    16. Arizona St at Utah (Big opportunity for Utes)

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