Bracketology: Mediocrity is the Word of the Day

It’s finally time to get going with this year’s bracketology.  At this point, one thing is clear: there are a lot of mediocre teams that are going to make the field (which led to my brilliant title for this post).  Don’t be surprised if anyone from the 8-line down is out by Selection Sunday.  With that said, here we go.

 1s: Duke, Tennessee, Virginia, Gonzaga

2s: Kentucky, Michigan State, Michigan, North Carolina

3s: Kansas, Marquette, Purdue, Houston

4s: Nevada, Texas Tech, LSU, Wisconsin

5s: Louisville, Florida State, Maryland, Kansas State

6s: Iowa State, Iowa, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech

7s: Villanova, Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Saint John’s

8s: Texas, Baylor, Auburn, Minnesota

9s: Buffalo, Washington, Oklahoma, Seton Hall

10s: Ohio State, Syracuse, North Carolina State, TCU

11s: Arizona State, Alabama, Florida, Clemson, Nebraska, Temple

12s: Wofford, VCU, Belmont, Lipscomb

13s: Old Dominion, New Mexico State, Vermont, Hofstra

14s: Yale, Radford, UC-Irvine, South Dakota State

15s: Drake, Montana, Texas State, Northern Kentucky

16s: Texas Southern, Sam Houston State, Bucknell, Norfolk State, St. Francis-PA, Canisius

Last Four In: Florida, Clemson, Nebraska, Temple

First Four Out: UCF, Furman, Utah State, Butler

Next Four Out: South Carolina, Georgetown, UNC-Greensboro, Providence

As always, it will be exciting to see just how much this changes between now and Selection Sunday (and just how good, or bad, a job I did of projecting the bracket).  The past two years, I started doing this in mid-December, but the lack of good information about who’s good (other than obvious teams like Duke, Gonzaga, or Kentucky) or who’s bad (other than the obvious, like The Citadel or half of the Pac-12) makes that a futile task.  So, I decided to wait longer this year.  Will this lead to a more accurate final projection?  We’ll see.

For the next couple weeks, I will update as often as my schedule allows, ramping up to daily or almost daily updates around March 8 when conference tournaments are really picking up.  Coincidentally, that is also when my spring break starts.  How great is that?

Anyway, for now, if you want to see the projections of about 100 other diehards like me, go to the Bracket Matrix. 

About Mike B.

Avid sports fan, particularly of the Detroit Lions, Pistons, and Tigers, and University of Michigan.
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3 Responses to Bracketology: Mediocrity is the Word of the Day

  1. Amy says:

    It’ll be fun to see how many are in that you picked. And so, it all begins again!


  2. Pingback: Bracketology: They Have to Take 68 Teams | The Mind of Mike Broman

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