An Attempt at Bracketology

Let’s do a little bracketology shall we?  

It’s our sport and time of the year, so making a mock NCAA bracket would be a good idea.  It’s a major pain to create the actual brackets, seedings and pod assignments.  Instead, here’s a list of the teams that should have their names announced by Greg Gumbel and UGA alum, Ernie Johnson, today while Seth Davis nitpicks and raves about Kansas and Michigan State for much of the broadcast.  Georgia fans are likely unfamiliar with Seth Davis, but he is a Sports Illustrated journalist and analyst for the Big Ten Network.  Davis also happens to be the son of Lanny Davis, a well known Clinton operative/surrogate/attorney.

After digressing a bit, here’s your field ranked from 1 to 68 with the last four at-large teams marked for Dayton in red and the last four at-large teams marked for Dayton in orange.  After this list is your list of #1 seeds and #2 seeds for the NIT.  Keep in mind, the seedings sometimes are a reflection of geographic and conference rules being the forces in play.

  1. Kansas
  2. North Carolina
  3. Oregon
  4. Michigan State
  5. Xavier
  6. Virginia
  7. Villanova
  8. Kentucky
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Miami (FL)
  11. Utah
  12. West Virginia
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Purdue
  15. Indiana
  16. Seton Hall
  17. Maryland
  18. Duke
  19. California
  20. Arizona
  21. Iowa State
  22. Baylor
  23. Notre Dame
  24. St. Joseph’s
  25. Texas
  26. Dayton
  27. Iowa
  28. Providence
  29. Colorado
  30. Texas Tech
  31. Wisconsin
  32. UConn
  33. Oregon State
  34. USC
  35. VCU
  36. Butler
  37. Cincinnati
  38. Michigan
  39. St. Bonaventure
  40. Chattanooga
  41. Gonzaga
  42. Monmouth
  43. Wichita State
  44. Pittsburgh
  45. San Diego State
  46. Saint Mary’s (CA)
  47. Arkansas-Little Rock
  48. Stony Brook
  49. Hawai’i
  50. Fresno State
  51. Buffalo
  52. South Dakota State
  53. UNC-Wilmington
  54. Yale
  55. Northern Iowa
  56. MTSU
  57. Stephen F. Austin
  58. Green Bay
  59. Iona
  60. Weber State
  61. UNC-Asheville
  62. Cal State – Bakersfield
  63. Florida Gulf Coast
  64. Austin Peay
  65. Hampton
  66. Fairleigh Dickinson
  67. Holy Cross
  68. Southern

#1 Seeds for the NIT

  • South Carolina
  • Valparaiso
  • Temple
  • George Washington

#2 Seeds for the NIT

  • Syracuse
  • Akron
  • Vanderbilt
  • Florida

This could be very wrong, but this is the best guess at an NCAA Tournament field assuming UConn wins the AAC Final against Memphis.  If Memphis wins, Saint Mary’s is out and Monmouth goes to Dayton in this projection.  This projection would place two teams from the SEC into the NCAA Tournament, which would be a complete embarrassment on a national level, but regionally met with apathy.

The NCAA Tournament Selection Show starts at 5:30 PM ET on CBS.  The NIT Selection Show is on at 8:30 PM ET on ESPNU.



    1. Yeah. The committee must’ve been smoking something with a couple of these picks. Especially ‘Cuse. Anyhow, when do you reckon you’ll be posting the analysis of Belmont? Not to rush you, but I’d love to get a team that I barely even knew existed.


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