Bracketology for March 5, 2020

Updated Bracketology for Games Through March 4, 2020

New teams are jumping in and other teams are jumping out.  Let’s get into the highlights of this new bracket.

  • #1 seeds remain unchanged.
  • Villanova is a #2 seed once again.
  • Michigan State is a #3 seed now, their performance is matching the metrics.
  • Maryland falls to a #4 seed.
  • Kentucky falls to a #5 seed, the SEC’s weakness hurts them.
  • Auburn’s loss to Texas A&M at Auburn Arena drops them down to a #7 seed.
  • Virginia is an #8 seed mainly due to the desire to give them a more favorable location.
  • Providence skyrockets to a #10 seed.  They keep winning, they’ll keep moving up.  They play in an extremely strong conference, wins matter in the Big East.  It’s easier to move up in the Big East than in the Pac-12 or SEC.
  • Last Four In:  Utah State, Richmond, Purdue, and Texas.  Utah State’s out of conference wins are keeping them in The Dance.  Richmond has a strong overall resume, but they are a classic team the committee would want to send to Dayton.  Purdue has strength of schedule, quality wins, a tiebreaker over Indiana, and the best conference on their side.  Texas is in a strong Big XII and has moved up because they have picked up quality wins, a rematch against Purdue would create intrigue.
  • First Four Out:  Cincinnati, Rhode Island, Indiana, South Carolina
  • Next Four Out:  North Carolina State, Saint Louis, Memphis, UCLA


Conference Conference
SOUTH – Houston MIDWEST – Indianapolis
St. Louis Omaha
1) Baylor Big XII 1) Kansas Big XII
16) Siena/St. Francis (PA) MAAC/NEC 16) NC A&T/Prairie View A&M MEAC/SWAC
8) Florida SEC 8) Marquette Big East
9) Xavier Big East 9) Saint Mary’s WCC
Sacramento Tampa
5) Kentucky SEC 5) Butler Big East
12) Oklahoma Big XII 12) Stephen F. Austin Southland
4) Maryland Big Ten 4) Ohio St. Big Ten
13) Vermont America East 13) Liberty A-Sun
Greensboro Cleveland
6) Michigan Big Ten 6) West Virginia Big XII
11) USC Pac-12 11) Utah St./Richmond MWC/A-10
3) Creighton Big East 3) Michigan St. Big Ten
14) Belmont OVC 14) Wright St. Horizon
Tampa St. Louis
7) Auburn SEC 7) Iowa Big Ten
10) Arizona St. Pac-12 10) Wichita St. American
2) Florida St. ACC 2) Louisville ACC
15) Little Rock Sun Belt 15) North Dakota St. Summit
EAST – New York WEST – Los Angeles
Cleveland Spokane
1) Dayton Big XII 1) Gonzaga WCC
16) Winthrop Big South 16) Eastern Washington Big Sky
8) Virginia ACC 8) Texas Tech Big XII
9) Rutgers Big Ten 9) LSU SEC
Albany Spokane
5) Wisconsin Big Ten 5) Houston American
12) Yale Ivy 12) Purdue/Texas Big Ten/Big XII
4) Seton Hall Big East 4) Oregon Pac-12
13) Akron MAC 13) North Texas C-USA
Greensboro Omaha
6) Penn St. Big Ten 6) Colorado Pac-12
11) ETSU SoCon 11) Northern Iowa MVC
3) Duke ACC 3) BYU WCC
14) Hofstra Colonial 14) New Mexico St. WAC
Albany Sacramento
7) Illinois Big Ten 7) Arizona Pac-12
10) Stanford Pac-12 10) Providence Big East
2) Villanova Big East 2) San Diego St. MWC
15) Colgate Patriot 15) UC Irvine Big West

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