Bracketology: Michigan State Moves Back Up

On Monday, I spelled out why Michigan State deserved to be a 3 seed.  Well, things change quickly in this chaotic season of college basketball.  Thanks to losses by three teams above them – North Carolina, Auburn, and Duke – the Spartans are back on the 2 line.

Of course, the teams near the cut line have a more pressing issue.  What do these teams need to do in order to wrap up a bid?  Or, what will cause them to miss out entirely?  Later tonight, I’ll bring you a more detailed write up about the Last Four In and First Four Out, a feature I’ll continue until Selection Sunday.

For now, here is my latest NCAA tournament projection, with moves up or down in parentheses after the team’s name.

In since last time: Syracuse

Out since last time: Texas

1s – Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier

2s – Purdue, Michigan State (+1), North Carolina, Auburn

3s – Duke (-1), Tennessee, Cincinnati, Wichita State

4s – West Virginia, Clemson (+1), Gonzaga, Texas Tech

5s – Arizona (-1), Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan (+1)

6s – TCU, Nevada, Seton Hall, Rhode Island (-1)

7s – Houston, Butler, Miami (+1), Saint Mary’s

8s – Arkansas (+1), Florida, Texas A & M, Florida State (-1)

9s – Creighton, Arizona State, Virginia Tech (+1), North Carolina State (+1)

10s – Missouri, Providence, Oklahoma (-2), USC (+1)

11s – Baylor, Saint Bonaventure, Kansas State, Louisville (+1), Syracuse (new), Alabama (-2)

12s – Middle Tennessee (-1), Loyola-Chicago, Louisiana, New Mexico State

13s – South Dakota State, Vermont, Buffalo, Murray State

14s – UNC-Greensboro, Northeastern, Bucknell, Rider

15s – Montana, Northern Kentucky, UC Santa Barbara, Penn

16s – Florida Gulf Coast, UNC-Asheville, Wagner, Nicholls State, Bethune-Cookman, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

LAST FOUR IN – Kansas State, Louisville, Syracuse, Alabama

FIRST FOUR OUT – Marquette, Texas, Washington, UCLA

NEXT FOUR OUT – Notre Dame (+1), LSU, Georgia, Utah

THIRD FOUR OUT – Mississippi State (-1), Western Kentucky, Nebraska (+1), Temple (+1)

As always, if you want to rip me because I have your team too low or want to discuss anything else related to bracketology, feel free to do so in the comments.  Look for my next update on Wednesday, and check out the Bracket Matrix in the meantime. 

About Mike B.

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