2/18 Men's Basketball Bracketology Breakdown

Last Eight In: Arizona State, Alabama, Saint Mary’s, La Salle, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Minnesota, San Diego State

First Eight Out: Southern Miss, Iowa, Baylor, California, Villanova, Boise State, Charlotte, BYU

It was another exciting week of basketball, highlighted by Maryland beating Duke and ending, for the most part, with the Hurricanes of Miami squeaking past Clemson. We here at College Sports Madness have both the Blue Devils and Hurricanes as #1 seeds. Projecting how things will end up at the end of the season, not how things are now, it may seem a bit odd to have two ACC teams as #1 seeds. However, it seems quite likely that Duke will beat Miami at home on March 2nd. Nobody is going to knock Miami down much for losing at Cameron. If the Hurricanes at least make it to the ACC Tournament final and lose, again, to Duke, they could very well sneak into the top line of the bracket. If Miami wins in the conference tournament, Duke would still be deserving of a top seed. The Big Ten will almost certainly get a #1 seed, perhaps two. But it is much easier to see Indiana, Michigan or Michigan State faltering a couple more times with the tough schedules that lay ahead. For now we project the Hoosiers. Florida could wrap up a #1 seed as well with the relatively easy competition in the SEC. The Gators could even lose a game, like at Missouri, Tennessee or Kentucky and still earn a top seed with an SEC tournament title. That leaves Gonzaga, Syracuse or Georgetown as Miami or Dukes likely competition. If the Zags lose, they are out of the picture, with a road trip to BYU being the most likely option or, of course, in the conference tournament. Even if they win out, many other teams from quality conferences will make big conference tournament runs while Gonzaga watches from home. Syracuse and Georgetown play each other twice and the Orange also face off against Louisville. If one team can come out of the fray with a Big East title and a deep conference tournament run, they will make things interesting, but more than likely the Big East will continue to beat up on itself leaving a slew of very dangerous teams in the two to six seed range.

 

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ACC: Miami, Duke, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland

Big East: Syracuse, Georgetown, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Notre Dame, Cincinnati

Big 12: Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State

Big Ten: Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota

Pac-12: Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, Colorado, Arizona State

SEC: Florida, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama


A-10: Butler, VCU, Saint Louis, La Salle

CAA: Northeastern

C-USA: Memphis

Horizon: Valparaiso

MAC: Ohio

MVC: Creighton, Wichita State

MWC: New Mexico, Colorado State, UNLV, San Diego State

WAC: Louisiana Tech

WCC: Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s


America East: Albany

A-Sun: Mercer

Big Sky: Montana

Big South: Charleston Southern

Big West: Long Beach State

Ivy League: Harvard

MAAC: Loyola (MD)

MEAC: Norfolk State

NEC: Robert Morris

OVC: Belmont

Patriot: Lehigh

Southern: Davidson

Southland: Stephen F. Austin

Summit: South Dakota State

Sun Belt: Middle Tennessee

SWAC: Southern

 

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