1/9 Men's Basketball Bracketology Breakdown

Last Eight In: Utah, Arkansas, Pittsburgh, Clemson, Houston, Kansas State, Michigan State, Providence
First Eight Out: TCU, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Mississippi, Illinois State, Texas A&M, California, Texas Tech
Could this be the year Northwestern finally earns a trip to the NCAA Tournament? We have been down this road many times before and we currently have the Wildcats as one of the first teams out, but there is reason for hope in Evanston. The Wildcats picked up a decent road win against Nebraska on Sunday and are now sitting at 13-4 overall and 2-2 in Big Ten play. Up next for Coach Chris Collins and company is yet another winnable home game, this time against Rutgers. With four of their first five conference games on the road, starting 3-2 would be huge. Of course, there are much tougher games coming, at home and on the road, so reaching .500 in Big Ten action, which should be enough to make the NCAA Tournament, is still a tall order for this squad.
ACC: Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech
American: Cincinnati, Houston, SMU
Big East: Butler, Creighton, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova, Xavier
Big 12: Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, West Virginia
Big Ten: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin
Pac-12: Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah
SEC: Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina
A-10: Dayton, Rhode Island, VCU
CAA: UNC Wilmington
C-USA: Middle Tennessee
Horizon: Valparaiso
MAC: Akron
MVC: Wichita State
MWC: Boise State
WCC: Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s
America East: Vermont
A-Sun: Florida Gulf Coast
Big Sky: Eastern Washington
Big South: UNC-Asheville
Big West: Long Beach State
Ivy League: Princeton
MAAC: Monmouth
MEAC: North Carolina Central
NEC: Wagner
OVC: Belmont
Patriot: Bucknell
Southern: Chattanooga
Southland: Sam Houston State
Summit: North Dakota State
Sun Belt: Texas-Arlington
SWAC: Texas Southern
WAC: New Mexico State