February 29, 2020 Bracketology for Leap Day

Bracketology to Kick Off a Big Weekend of College Basketball

A good amount of changes this week in bracketology as teams that were idle mid-week moved up due to other teams in similar hubs losing games.  Not much has changed in terms of the Top Seven, but Duke’s loss to Wake Forest ended up taking them down to a #3 seed, but they still get a very favorable location.  Seeding is not necessarily a reward, the locations and matchups do matter.  It is better to play closer to home and face a team that is not close to home.

The highlights aside from Duke’s fall to a #3 seed:

  • Stanford is out, other teams rose up and even though the Cardinal have won three straight, the competition has not provided a boost.
  • Kentucky is now a #5 seed and this is a general trend for the SEC as all of the teams bumped up a seed line.
  • However, in the case of Auburn, the #7 seed is a massive punishment as they stand a very slim chance of escaping Spokane.
  • Indiana, Providence, USC, and Richmond are the last four in.  The next two out are Stanford and Arkansas, which may seem like good news for Hawg fans, but they are walking a very fine line to being knocked completely out of consideration.  A loss in Athens would put Arkansas would be devastating.
  • Colorado was punished by various metrics providers for their recent losses.  They are now a #7 seed.
  • West Virginia is buoyed by strong non-conference wins, but if they continue to struggle, they may fall faster as the Big Ten teams are catching up.
  • Wisconsin moves up to a #6 seed and they have continued to impress.
  • Saint Mary’s would have received a #8 seed, but their reward was a #9 seed and a more favorable location.
  • Florida State and Villanova are #2 seeds now.
  • North Dakota State’s win over South Dakota State puts them in front of South Dakota State to win the Summit.


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

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