After yesterday, I’ve added a few more teams to the Gone Fishin’ list. They are Colorado, Oregon State, East Tennessee State, and South Florida. I just don’t see any way for these teams to get an at-large bid. Meanwhile, expect the “Still Alive” list to keep shrinking throughout the week. By the time we get to the weekend, the only teams not projected in the field who I think will have a realistic chance of getting in are the first few out.
I’m getting ready to head to Motor City Madness to catch some live conference tournament action, so here is today’s projection. Most of the changes came around the mid-seed lines. As always, changes since yesterday are noted in parentheses after the team’s name. Feel free to drop me a line on Twitter, @Mike_Broman1, if you want to talk bracketology and college hoops in general.
1s: Virginia, Gonzaga, Kentucky, North Carolina
2s: Duke, Michigan State, Tennessee, Michigan
3s: LSU, Texas Tech, Houston, Purdue
4s: Kansas, Florida State, Kansas State, Wisconsin (+1)
5s: Marquette (-1), Virginia Tech, Maryland, Mississippi State
6s: Villanova, Auburn (+1), Iowa State, Cincinnati (+1)
7s: Buffalo (-1), Nevada (-1), Wofford (+1), Louisville
8s: Oklahoma, Iowa, Ole Miss, VCU (+1)
9s: UCF, Syracuse (-1), Baylor (+1), Washington
10s: Seton Hall, Minnesota, St. John’s (-1), Utah State (+1)
11s: Indiana, Ohio State (-1), Florida, Temple
12s: Creighton, Clemson, TCU, North Carolina State, Murray State, Liberty
13s: New Mexico State, UC-Irvine, Vermont, Hofstra
14s: Old Dominion, Yale, Georgia State, Northern Kentucky
15s: Montana, Nebraska-Omaha, Bucknell, Gardner-Webb
16s: Bradley, Sam Houston State, Texas Southern, Iona, Norfolk State, St. Francis-PA
Last Four Byes: Indiana, Ohio State (-1), Florida, Temple
Last Four In: Creighton, Clemson, TCU, North Carolina State
First Four Out: Alabama, Arizona State, Georgetown, UNC-Greensboro
Next Four Out: Lipscomb (-1), Belmont (-1), Furman (-1), Texas
Still Alive but Hanging by a Thread: Dayton, Memphis, St. Mary’s, Toledo, Oregon, Fresno State, Davidson, Xavier, Providence
Enjoy the games, and look for my next update tomorrow (Tuesday, March 12). Check out the Bracket Matrix in the meantime!