January 22, 2018

Seeds:

2018 Bracket 4

Rankings:

1 Villanova 17 Texas Tech 33 Texas 51 E Tenn St
2 Virginia 18 Michigan 34 Florida St 52 New Mex St
3 Purdue 19 Louisville 35 Texas A&M 53 Murray St
4 Duke 20 Seton Hall 36 Marquette 54 South Dakota
5 UNC 21 Arizona 37 Houston 55 Loyola-Chi
6 Xavier 22 Creighton 38 Kansas St 56 Buffalo
7 Kansas 23 Rhode Island 39 Maryland 57 Towson
8 W Virginia 24 Miami 40 Arkansas 58 Bucknell
9 Clemson 25 Wichita St 41 Georgia 59 Iona
10 Ohio St 26 St. Mary’s 42 Providence 60 Princeton
11 Auburn 27 TCU 43 Alabama 61 SF Austin
12 Oklahoma 28 Gonzaga 44 Nebraska 62 FGC
13 Cincinnati 29 Nevada 45 Baylor 63 Portland St
14 Tennessee 30 Arizona St 46 Missouri 64 Winthrop
15 Florida 31 Butler 47 Mid Tenn St 65 UCSB
16 Michigan St 32 Kentucky 48 Louisiana 66 Texas So
49 N Kentucky 67 St Francis PA
50 Vermont 68 NC Central

Notes:

  1. In: Kansas St, Baylor, Providence, Nebraska, Missouri, Winthrop, Loyola-Chi
  2. Out: NC State, Miss St, Notre Dame, Syracuse, LSU, Liberty, Missouri St
  3. Rising: UNC, Xavier, Florida, Louisville, Arizona, Rhode Island, St. Mary’s, Texas, Kansas St
  4. Falling: Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Seton Hall, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Arkansas
  5. WCC looks much more likely to get 2 bids as Gaels win in Spokane
  6. CUSA has several good teams, but still looks like likely one bid league
  7. You could probably say the same thing for the Mtn West
  8. I’d feel pretty good betting the champion will come from current top 5 teams.
  9. Bubble: Syracuse, Notre Dame, Boise St, Oklahoma St, Boston College, BYU, Nebraska, NC State, UCLA, USC, Washington, LSU, South Carolina
  10. Best chance to improve resume: Marquette, South Carolina
  11. Big games this week and weekend:
    1. UNC at Va Tech — probably puts them back in
    2. Maryland at Indiana — terps might be out now
    3. Iowa St at Texas — Texas looking solid
    4. Nebraska at Ohio St — missed opportunity for huskers
    5. West Virginia at TCU — frogs needed that. big12 is KU’s again.
    6. Kansas St at Baylor — K-St on great run
    7. Providence at Villanova — how much will losing Booth hurt?
    8. Arkansas at Georgia — hogs holding steady in 10 seed range
    9. Clemson at Virginia — what a beatdown, could this be the year for the final 4?
    10. Kansas at Oklahoma — Still not sure Kansas will lose the conference
    11. Oklahoma St at Texas Tech — pokes not an easy out
    12. Texas A&M at LSU — both needed it, tigers got it
    13. Miss St at Kentucky — Miss St in free fall
    14. Marquette at Xavier — Xavier in range of 1 seed, will need to topple nova
    15. South Carolina at Florida — big win for gamecocks, but more is needed
    16. Boston College at Syracuse — Cuse needed that
    17. Louisville at Miami — missed opportunity for Cards
    18. Auburn at Missouri — Missouri in free fall; both free fallers meet Saturday
    19. Michigan at Purdue — balanced boilermakers poised for deep run
    20. BYU at St. Mary’s — WCC looks like 2 bid league
    21. Oakland at N Kentucky — Auto bid probably coming from one of these two
    22. NC St at UNC — Pack back in view
    23. Texas Tech at South Carolina — missed opportunity for cocks
    24. Baylor at Florida — Gators look like SEC favorite
    25. Virginia at Duke — Cavs are a clear #1 seed and maybe #1 overall
    26. Georgia at Kansas St — Do or die for both and Cats got it done
    27. Oklahoma at Alabama — Bama needed that one
    28. Tennessee at Iowa St — Vols looking good
    29. Miami at Florida St — Both look solidly in
    30. Texas A&M at Kansas — Aggies reeling
    31. LSU at Auburn — Tigers rolling
    32. Oklahoma St at Arkansas — Arkansas still in it
    33. Kentucky at West Virginia — should we expect anything different wva?
    34. Virginia Tech at Notre Dame — Irish may not make it without bonzi
    35. Missouri at Miss St — dogs stopped the bleeding for now
    36. Villanova at Marquette — Nova survives
    37. Michigan St at Maryland — Sparty’s got problems on and off the court

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