Bracketology 2017: March 9

The next Sunday is Selection Sunday! We'll post daily brackets from here on out...

True Seed List

1: Kansas, Villanova, North Carolina, Gonzaga
2: Oregon, Baylor, Louisville, Kentucky
3: UCLA, Arizona, Butler, Duke
4: Florida St., Florida, West Virginia, Purdue
5: Virginia, Notre Dame, SMU, Cincinnati
6: Iowa St., Minnesota, Wisconsin, Miami FL
7: Oklahoma St., Maryland, Northwestern, Creighton
8: Dayton, Virginia Tech, VCU, Marquette
9: Saint Mary's, Seton Hall, Arkansas, Wichita St.
10: South Carolina, Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Michigan St.
11: Providence, Vanderbilt, Xavier, USC, Wake Forest
12: Syracuse, Rhode Island, UNC Wilmington, Nevada, Vermont
13: UT Arlington, Princeton, Akron, East Tennessee St.
14: Winthrop, BUCKNELL, Florida Gulf Coast, Siena
15: Northern Kentucky, Cal St. Bakersfield, North Dakota, New Orleans
16: Texas Southern, South Dakota St., JACKSONVILLE ST., North Carolina Central, UC Irvine, Mt. Saint Mary's

In this bracket: South Dakota St

Out this bracket: Nebraska Omaha

Last 4 Byes Last 4 IN First 4 OUT
Michigan St. Wake Forest Kansas St.
Providence USC Iowa
Vanderbilt Syracuse Illinois St.
Xavier Rhode Island California

 

I was badly under the weather yesterday, so the quest for daily brackets this week took a brief hiatus.  It would've been a slow day anyway, as all the magic happens in the next couple days as bubble teams play themselves in and out.

Speaking of which, Syracuse is in major trouble.  The Orange lost to Miami yesterday and fell to my next-to-last-team-in.  Here's the problem: Everyone else around them in that bubble picture (sans Illinois St.) is still playing.  There are going to be a lot of opportunities for other teams to pass them, or the bubble to shrink if/when someone steals a bubble bid with a conference tournament run. 

I dropped Saint Mary's to the 9 seed after their third loss of the season to Gonzaga, again not in competitive fashion. Wake Forest lives in the last four in at this point after their loss to Va Tech.  They should make it, but it may get interesting depending on how things shape up.

Next Bracket: Tomorrow, March 10.