Bracket Update 3/10/13

The weekend brought us the first 5 bids, plus eliminated two more #1 seeds in ongoing tournaments. It also brought a bit of clarity to the #1 seeds, or at least the first two of them. Indiana and Duke appear poised to grab #1 seeds in the Big Dance, with 8 other teams fighting for the remaining two spots.

The five in the field right now are as follows:

Creighton (#28, projected 7/8 seed), Belmont (#52, projected 12-seed), Harvard (#101, 14/15), Florida Gulf Coast (#119, 15), and Liberty (#276, play-in 16 seed).

Middle Tennessee’s loss in the Sun Belt semis has either knocked the Blue Raiders out of the tournament or shrunk the bubble by 1 team. The team that currently feels the brunt of that loss: Tennessee, who is now the first team out.

   1 Indiana  Louisville    Duke  Georgetown 
   2 Miami FL  Gonzaga    Kansas  Michigan St. 
   3 Michigan  Ohio St.    Florida  Marquette 
   4 Syracuse  Oklahoma St.    Kansas St.  New Mexico 
   5 Pittsburgh  Arizona    Wisconsin  UCLA 
   6 Colorado St.  North Carolina    Notre Dame  St. Louis 
   7 Nevada Las Vegas  Minnesota    Memphis  Creighton 
   8 Butler  North Carolina St.    Missouri  Virginia Commonwealth 
   9 St. Mary’s San Diego St.    Oregon  California 
  10 Wichita St.  Illinois    Cincinnati  Oklahoma 
  11 Iowa St.  Colorado    Kentucky  Villanova 
  12 Akron  Belmont    Temple/Virginia  MTSU/Boise St. 
  13 Bucknell  Valparaiso    Louisiana Tech  Davidson 
  14 Iona  South Dakota St.    Weber St.  Stephen F. Austin 
  15 Harvard  Pacific    Florida Gulf Coast  Vermont 
  16 Mount St. Mary’s  Northeastern    Arkansas St.  NC Central 
  16 Texas Southern  Liberty       
           
  Next Four  Second Four Out    Four More   
  Tennessee  Baylor    Alabama   
  Mississippi  Denver    Arkansas   
  La Salle  Stanford    Providence   
  Iowa  Southern Mississippi    Air Force   

Here is the bubble, with teams making the cut on the left, and those falling just short in the absence of an automatic bid (Belmont) on the right. San Diego St through Illinois should feel pretty safe, but a horrid loss coupled with an injury and a shrinking of the bubble could conceivably put them at risk.

   34 San Diego St.  79.48  49 Tennessee  98.48
   35 Oregon  81.04  50 Mississippi  98.66
   36 California  81.93  51 La Salle  99.74
   37 Oklahoma  82.35  52 Belmont  102.41
   38 Cincinnati  83.61  53 Iowa  104.90
   39 Illinois  84.27  54 Baylor  108.93
   40 Wichita St.  84.56  55 Denver  114.25
   41 Iowa St.  84.59  56 Stanford  116.06
   42 Colorado  84.83  57 Southern Mississippi  116.46
   43 Kentucky  85.18  58 Alabama  117.18
   44 Villanova  86.76  59 Akron  117.85
   45 Middle Tennessee  90.14  60 Louisiana Tech  117.87
   46 Boise St.  92.52  61 Arkansas  124.18
   47 Virginia  92.65  62 Providence  124.69
   48 Temple  94.02  63 Bucknell  127.45
       64 Valparaiso  130.63
       65 Air Force  135.04
       66 Northern Iowa  135.37
       67 Xavier  135.77
       68 Maryland  136.26
       69 Washington  139.45
       70 Massachusetts  141.13
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~ by gremazares on March 13, 2013.

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