Bracketology for February 24, 2020

This is another edition of bracketology for February 24, 2020.

There were some changes in how the bracket looks thanks to some of the action that has transpired recently.  The Top 8 do seem to be less fluid than the next 16.  Disagreements will abound as to what to do with San Diego State and Gonzaga, but in this situation there were scheduling considerations and a direct comparison that made the difference between the #1 seed for San Diego State and #2 seed for Gonzaga.

The metrics like Alabama, but their strength of schedule and the lack of accomplishments in non-conference play hurt them considerably.  So they are OUT and they will not be considered for quite some time due to their bad losses, non-conference struggles, and weakness of the SEC.  The same could be said about Mississippi State.  Arkansas is not in consideration due to their soft out-of-conference schedule and struggles within the SEC, missing Isaiah Joe should not result in the team having a complete collapse and it speaks to the weakness of the team as a whole.  The SEC is a poor conference and they fall down the priority chain when it comes to seeding.

The highlights from this bracket:

  • Michigan rises up further, various metrics love them and their recent wins help them considerably.
  • Indiana is back in the bracket while Purdue is out.
  • Kentucky rises again in the bracket as they are proving to be the best team in the SEC.
  • Penn State dropped to a #6 seed due to other teams rising up and the Nittany Lions dropping two in a row.
  • Stanford is back in the bracket after a strong week and weakness from other bubble teams.
  • Florida State earned a #3 seed as others have fallen, the metrics do not like Florida State.
  • Metrics like Texas Tech and while other brackets may be down on Chris Beard’s team, they are a #4 seed here.
  • Creighton is a #2 seed, there has been general weakness with the last #2 seed and Creighton was the best team to fit in here.


Conference Conference
SOUTH – Houston MIDWEST – Indianapolis
St. Louis Omaha
1) Baylor Big XII 1) Kansas Big XII
16) St. Francis (PA)/Prairie View A&M NEC/SWAC 16) Norfolk St./Siena MEAC/MAAC
8) Florida SEC 8) Butler Big East
9) Arizona St. Pac-12 9) Utah St. MWC
Tampa Omaha
5) Michigan Big Ten 5) Kentucky SEC
12) Yale Ivy 12) Liberty A-Sun
4) Texas Tech Big XII 4) BYU WCC
13) North Texas C-USA 13) Stephen F. Austin Southland
Tampa Greensboro
6) Penn St. Big Ten 6) Colorado Pac-12
11) Wichita St. American 11) Virginia ACC
3) Florida St. ACC 3) Maryland Big Ten
14) UC Irvine Big West 14) Little Rock Sun Belt
Cleveland St. Louis
7) Wisconsin Big Ten 7) Iowa Big Ten
10) Cincinnati American 10) Northern Iowa MVC
2) Louisville ACC 2) Creighton Big East
15) Wright St. Horizon 15) South Dakota St. Summit
EAST – New York WEST – Los Angeles
Cleveland Sacramento
1) Dayton A-10 1) San Diego St. MWC
16) Winthrop Big South 16) Austin Peay OVC
8) Rutgers Big Ten 8) Auburn SEC
9) LSU SEC 9) Saint Mary’s WCC
Albany Spokane
5) Ohio St. Big Ten 5) Oregon Pac-12
12) Xavier/North Carolina St. Big East/ACC 12) ETSU SoCon
4) West Virginia Big XII 4) Seton Hall Big East
13) Akron MAC 13) Hofstra Colonial
Albany Sacramento
6) Michigan St. Big Ten 6) Houston American
11) USC/Oklahoma Pac-12/Big XII 11) Indiana Big Ten
3) Villanova Big East 3) Arizona Pac-12
14) Vermont America East 14) New Mexico St. WAC
Greensboro Spokane
7) Illinois Big Ten 7) Marquette Big East
10) Rhode Island A-10 10) Stanford Pac-12
2) Duke ACC 2) Gonzaga WCC
15) Colgate Patriot 15) Montana Big Sky

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