Friday, February 17, 2012

Bracket Breakdown


No. 1: Syracuse, Kentucky, Missouri, Duke

No. 2: Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State, Michigan State

No. 3: Baylor, Georgetown, Michigan, Marquette

No. 4: Indiana, Louisville, UNLV, Wisconsin

No. 5: Wichita State, Florida State, Gonzaga, Temple

No. 6: Florida, San Diego State, Creighton, Saint Mary’s

No. 7: Vanderbilt, Murray State, Notre Dame, New Mexico

No. 8: Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Memphis, Virginia

No. 9: Saint Louis, Connecticut, Purdue, West Virginia

No. 10: Harvard, Iowa State, Alabama, California

No. 11: Kansas State, Seton Hall, BYU, Xavier

No. 12: Texas, Illinois, Miami (Fl.), Northwestern, Long Beach State

No. 13: Cincinnati, Dayton, Middle Tennessee, Oral Roberts, Nevada

No. 14: Iona, Akron, Drexel, Davidson

No. 15: Valparaiso, Bucknell, Belmont, Weber State

No. 16: LIU-Brooklyn, Texas-Arlington, UNC-Asheville, Vermont, Mississippi Valley State, Savannah State

Breakdown by Conference

  • ACC (5): Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia, Miami (Fl.)
  • Big East (9): Syracuse, Georgetown, Marquette, Louisville, Notre Dame, Connecticut, West Virginia, Seton Hall, Cincinnati
  • Big Ten (8): Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Northwestern
  • Big 12 (6): Missouri, Kansas, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Illinois
  • Pac-12 (1): California
  • SEC (5): Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Alabama
  • Atlantic-10 (4): Temple, Saint Louis, Xavier, Dayton
  • Conference USA (2): Southern Miss, Memphis
  • Missouri Valley (2): Wichita State, Creighton
  • Mountain West (3): UNLV, San Diego State, New Mexico
  • West Coast (3): Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s, BYU

One-Big Conferences (20): America East (Vermont), Atlantic Sun (Belmont), Big Sky (Weber State), Big South (UNC-Asheville), Big West (Long Beach State), Colonial (Drexel), Horizon (Valparaiso), Ivy (Harvard), MAC (Akron), MAAC (Iona), MEAC (Savannah State), Northeast (Long Island), Ohio Valley (Murray State), Patriot (Bucknell), Southern (Davidson), Southland (Texas Arlington), Summit (Oral Roberts), Sun Belt (Middle Tennessee), SWAC (Mississippi Valley State), WAC (Nevada)

  • Last Four In: Dayton, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Miami (Fl.)
  • Last Four Out: Arizona, Minnesota, NC State, Washington
  • Next Four Out: UCF, Ole Miss, Saint Joseph’s, Colorado State


  1. Explain why Washington, Arizona, Oregon and Colorado(especially Arizona and Wash) are not equal or better than Bama, Memphis, Creighton, Dayton, Xavier, Saint Louis, Iowa St, Kansas St, Purdue, Ill, NW'ern, ND, UConn, Seton Hall, Cincy and Miami? I'd have Arizona with ND, KSU and Cincy and both Zona and Washington above the remaining teams. Oregon and Colorado are on Par. I think Cal, Arizona, Washington, Oregon and Colorado is a solid top five(very similar t the ACC's top 5) in the Pac. We do lack a Kentucky and Cuse type team, but so do most conferences this year.

  2. Just remember to review this list after the real brackets come out. I think you will be surprised how your bias sways your opinion.
    The BE will get 6, the Big 10 will get 6, the big 12 will get 5, the SEC will get 4 or 5, the ACC will get 4 or 5 and the Pac will get 3 or 4. You are heavy handed in favor of the Eastern conferences and 1 or 2 light on the major Western US conferences. I guess we will see if I am as bias as I think you are;)
    Good stuff either way.

  3. Cincinatti with an RPI in the upper 80's low 90's, are you serious? Highest RPI toever make the field was 74. Cincinatti will not get an invite.