Monday, February 9, 2009

Bracket Breakdown


This Week's Bracket

Breakdown by Conference

ACC (8): North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson, Florida State, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fl.)
Big East (8): Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Marquette, Villanova, Syracuse, West Virginia, Cincinnati
Big Ten (6): Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Big 12 (4): Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Texas
Pac-10 (6): UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, California, USC, Arizona
SEC (4): Florida, Tennessee, LSU, South Carolina
Atlantic-10 (2): Xavier, Dayton
Mountain West (3): Utah, San Diego State, UNLV
West Coast (2): Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s

One-Bid Conferences (22): America East (Boston University); Atlantic Sun (East Tennessee State); Big Sky (Weber State); Big South (VMI); Big West (Long Beach State); Colonial (Northeastern); Conference USA (Memphis); Horizon (Butler); Ivy (Princeton); MAC (Buffalo); MAAC (Siena); MEAC (Morgan State); Missouri Valley (Northern Iowa); Northeast (Robert Morris); Ohio Valley (Morehead State); Patriot (American); Southern (Davidson); Southland (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi); Summit (North Dakota State); Sun Belt (Western Kentucky); SWAC (Alabama State); WAC (Utah State)

Last Four In: Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Saint Mary’s, Arizona
Last Four Out: Georgetown, Kentucky, BYU, Michigan
Next Four Out: Providence, Baylor, Kansas State, Penn State

Click here for a list of this week's top games.


  1. I'd probably swap Wisconsin with BYU and knock Florida St. up a seed or 2 but looks pretty good overall.

  2. I compared BYU and Wisconsin, and it was tough to leave Wisconsin out.

    Wisconsin has an RPI of 27 and an SOS of 3, while BYU has an RPI of 34 and an SOS of 52.

    Wisconsin has wins against Virginia Tech, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Michigan, Penn State twice, and Illinois. BYU has victories over Utah State, Tulsa and San Diego State. Wisconsin does have a somewhat questionable loss at Iowa.

    BYU has two wins against the top-50, while Wisconsin has five.

    It was close, but I went with Wisconsin despite its 5-6 record in the Big Ten.

  3. Technically Wisconsin has 3 top 50 wins (going by RPI not sure which rating you were talking about). BYU has no bad losses and only 5 losses in total with only 1 to a team probably out of the tournament right now (New Mexico). They don't have any real great wins (although they are the '1' in Utah St.'s impressive record), but then again neither does Wisconsin. The tournament committee might put in UW over BYU right now but BYU would be more deserving.

  4. You're right, I made a mistake about Wisconsin's number of top-50 wins.

    I still think the Badgers would be more deserving of a bid than BYU, though, hence the reason I put them in the field ahead of the Cougars.