Bracketology: Another Michigan Team in the Mix

As we head into a huge Saturday of college hoops, complete with a rematch of Kansas vs. Baylor, there is one major change in the field from last night.  This is in the Horizon League, where Oakland is now projected as the conference winner.  They are one game behind Valparaiso, but they completed the season sweep of Valpo last night with a double-digit win.  In fact, both of Oakland’s wins over Valpo are by double digits, leading me to believe they are the better team.  So welcome to the field, Grizzlies!

Let’s get right to it.  As always, moves up or down since yesterday’s update are in parentheses after the team’s name, and projected automatic qualifiers are in bold.

 In since yesterday’s update: Oakland

 Out since yesterday’s update: Valparaiso

1s: Villanova, Kansas, Gonzaga, Baylor

2s: Louisville, North Carolina, Oregon, Florida State

3s: Arizona, Duke, Florida, Kentucky

4s: Virginia, UCLA, Butler, West Virginia

5s: Purdue, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Creighton

6s: Maryland, SMU, Wisconsin, South Carolina

7s: Saint Mary’s, Iowa State, Minnesota, Xavier

8s: Oklahoma State, Michigan State, USC, VCU (+1)

9s: Virginia Tech, Northwestern, Dayton (-1), Michigan

10s: Miami, Wichita State, Seton Hall, Kansas State

11s: Arkansas, Marquette, TCU, Syracuse, California, Illinois State

12s: Middle Tennessee, Texas-Arlington (+1), UNC-Wilmington, Vermont

13s: Nevada, Princeton (+1), Monmouth, Akron

14s: UNC-Asheville, Furman, Belmont, Oakland (new)

15s: Florida Gulf Coast, Cal-Bakersfield, Bucknell, North Dakota State

16s: Texas Southern, Weber State, Cal-Irvine, Mount Saint Mary’s, New Orleans, North Carolina Central

Last Four In: TCU, Syracuse, California, Illinois State

And today I’m starting something new… since I’m tracking teams far down anyway, I’m doing an NIT projection.  Keep in mind that any regular season conference winner who doesn’t make the NCAA tournament goes to the NIT, and there are always a few of those.  That makes this super hard to project, but why not do it for fun?

NIT PROJECTION

 1s (First Four Out of NCAA field): Texas Tech, Providence, Indiana, Rhode Island

2s (Next Four Out of NCAA field): Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Georgetown

3s (Third Four Out of NCAA field): Clemson, Houston, Alabama, Ohio State

4s: Boise State, Utah, Georgia, Vanderbilt

5s: Illinois, Charleston, Ole Miss, Valparaiso

6s: New Mexico, Auburn, Chattanooga, BYU

7s: Pittsburgh, Iowa, Colorado, Arkansas State

8s: Penn State, Colorado State, Memphis, Winthrop

Thanks for reading, and look for the next update tomorrow morning after today’s huge slate of games.  As always, check out the Bracket Matrix!

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About Mike B.

Avid sports fan, particularly of the Detroit Lions, Pistons, and Tigers, and University of Michigan.
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