After a busy Saturday on the hardwood, there’s still a lot to be decided, particularly on the two, three, and four lines of the bracket. Fourteen automatic bids were handed out, which leaves just five more to be awarded on Selection Sunday.
Today is college basketball’s equivalent to Christmas Eve. Most of the shopping has been done, and members of the tournament selection committee quarantined on the 18th floor of an Indianapolis hotel since mid-week now have a good idea of how the brackets for the NCAA Tournament will play out.
Believe it or not, we’re now less than eight weeks from Selection Sunday, and things are starting to take shape with conference play in full swing. Three of the four top seeds are no-brainers at this point, with Arizona, Michigan State and Syracuse running away from the pack. But the fourth is another matter entirely. […]
Friday proved to be yet another outstanding day of basketball, complete with the same level of unpredictability we’ve come to expect this season. With so many bubble teams losing, it turned out to be a good day to be idle as teams like Saint Mary’s and Middle Tennessee can attest.
Tuesday night’s slate looked to be an uneventful one, but two potential number one seeds wound up going down on the road, as Minnesota knocked off top-ranked IU while surging Tennessee took care of a short-handed Florida squad. Those two results, along with Memphis’ road loss at Xavier, produced a small shakeup in this week’s bracket.
Selection Sunday is now less than a month away, and the bracket remains as fluid as ever. Nearly every bubble team lost at least once last week, and at this point you can pretty much draw names out of hat once you get to the last eight or 10 teams being discussed.
The same kinds of upsets that are celebrated during the NCAA Tournament are somehow being used as an indictment of the 2012-13 season, but I have no complaints about such an unpredictable year. Well, maybe one.
Selection Sunday is less than six weeks away, and now that we’ve hit February I’m going to start doing weekly projections. The projections below take into account all games played through Monday, February 4th.
This bracket projection below takes into account all games played through Monday, January 8th. You may think I don’t know what I’m talking about. You may be right. But it’s worth pointing out that I did finish second last season according to the Bracket Project. I fully plan on living off of that for the remainder of the year, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.