Daily Bracketology: Monday's Tournament Projection

    
February 18th, 2008

Daily Bracketology

 

Another day, another Field of 65. As you should know by now, I'm projecting the NCAA Tournament field on a daily basis for the rest of the year (except no Saturday's since there's little action Friday). This is a field based on how the tourney looks "as of this moment." For one-bid leagues, I simply include the conference leader at the time of publishing. In case of ties, I use my projected winner.

 

Arrows indicate a team that moved up or down based on last night's performance. (Just because a team won or lost doesn't necessarily mean they'll move substantially.)

 

Note on Monday's Movement: Despite the big Wake upset, Duke only drops down one spot.. due to a higher RPI than other 2-loss teams and because of the win over UNC. For the first time all season, Wake moves into postseason discussion.. being the 3rd team out of the field. USC, who lost to UCLA, drops down to a 9 seed, which allows BYU to jump into an 8 for the first time. Overrated Ohio State lost to Michigan, dropping them to 47th in RPI and down to a 10 seed, bumping up West Virginia. If this was my personal field, I wouldn't even have OSU in it most likely.. but my role here is a realistic projection of the field.

 

ONE

Memphis*

Tennessee*

Duke*

North Carolina

 

TWO

Kansas*

UCLA*

Texas

Georgetown*

 

THREE

Xavier*

Purdue*

UCONN

Butler*

 

FOUR

Stanford

Wisconsin

Drake*

Louisville

 

FIVE

Michigan State 

Kansas State

Indiana

Notre Dame 

 

SIX

Washington State 

Saint Mary's

Pittsburgh

Texas A&M

 

SEVEN

Vanderbilt

Marquette

Clemson

Gonzaga*

 

EIGHT

Arizona

Arkansas

Rhode Island

BYU*

 

NINE

USC

Mississippi State 

Oklahoma 

West Virginia

 

TEN

Baylor

UNLV

Maryland 

Ohio State

 

ELEVEN

Saint Joseph's

South Alabama

Syracuse

Oregon

 

TWELVE

Kent State*

Arizona State

Florida

Western Kentucky*

 

THIRTEEN

Davidson*

VCU*

Utah State*

Oral Roberts*

 

FOURTEEN

UNC-Asheville*

Rider*

CS Northridge*

Lamar*

 

FIFTEEN

American*

UMBC*

Cornell*

Belmont*

 

SIXTEEN + ONE

Robert Morris*

Portland State*

Austin Peay*

Morgan State* /Alabama State*

 

* = Conference champion

 

League Winners (31)

America East - UMBC

A-10 - Xavier

ACC - Duke

Atlantic Sun - Belmont

Big 12 - Kansas

Big East - Georgetown

Big Sky - Portland State

Big South - UNC-Asheville

Big Ten - Purdue

Big West - CS Northridge

CAA - VCU

Conference USA - Memphis

Horizon - Butler

Ivy - Cornell

MAAC - Rider

MAC - Kent State

MEAC - Morgan State

MVC - Drake

MWC - BYU

Northeast - Robert Morris

Ohio Valley - Austin Peay

Pac-10 - UCLA

Patriot - American

SEC - Tennessee

Southern - Davidson

Southland - Lamar

SWAC - Alabama State

Summit - Oral Roberts

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky*

WAC - Utah State

WCC - Gonzaga

 

Last In: Syracuse, Oregon, Arizona State, Florida

Last Out: Dayton, UMASS, Houston, Wake Forest

 

- Check out yesterday's Daily Bracketology to compare the subtle changes.