Daily Bracketology: Sunday's Field of 65

    
February 24th, 2008

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 Sunday's Movement: This was probably the most challenging ranking I've done so far.. it's basically a mess from about the 6 seeds down to the 10's. Everyone just keeps losig games.

 

At the top, Tennessee obviously takes the top spot, but Memphis doesn't drop very far. Butler's loss allows Louisville to move up to a three.. where some say they should have been anyways. The only team in the middle of the pack that won a big game was Arizona, who jumps back up to the last 7th seed. Texas A&M drops to a 9 seed due to continued mediocrity, but hold off Baylor who is a 10. Miami's surge continues as they are comfortably in the field as the top 10 seed, while Maryland hangs on as the last in the field. I get the sense some feel Maryland is more comfortably in, but their entire season is based on one win.

 

Villanova is the biggest victor of the week, as they move back into the field after winning four of five games. They knock out Florida, who has just one decent win all season.

 

ONE

Tennessee*

Memphis*

North Carolina

Duke*

 

TWO

Texas *

UCLA*

Kansas

Georgetown*

 

THREE

Xavier*

UCONN

Wisconsin

Louisville

 

FOUR

Stanford

Purdue*

Indiana

Butler*

 

FIVE

Michigan State 

Notre Dame 

Drake*

Vanderbilt

 

SIX

Marquette

Washington State 

Pittsburgh

Clemson

 

SEVEN

Saint Mary's

Kansas State

USC

Arizona

 

EIGHT

Gonzaga*

BYU*

Oklahoma 

Arkansas

 

NINE

UNLV 

Texas A&M

West Virginia

Mississippi State

 

TEN

Miami (FL)

Baylor

South Alabama*

Rhode Island

 

ELEVEN

Ohio State

UMASS

Syracuse

Arizona State

 

TWELVE

Kent State*

Saint Joseph's

Villanova

Maryland 

 

THIRTEEN

VCU*

Davidson*

Oral Roberts*

Boise State*

 

FOURTEEN

Winthrop*

CS Northridge*

Rider*

Cornell*

 

FIFTEEN

UMBC*

Belmont*

American*

Lamar*

 

SIXTEEN + ONE

Robert Morris*

Austin Peay*

Portland State*

Morgan State* /Alabama State*

 

* = Conference champion

 

League Winners (31)

America East - UMBC

A-10 - Xavier

ACC - Duke

Atlantic Sun - Belmont

Big 12 - Texas

Big East - Georgetown

Big Sky - Portland State

Big South - Winthrop

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 - South Alabama*

WAC - Boise State

WCC - Gonzaga

 

Last In: Arizona State, Saint Joseph's, Maryland, Villanova

Last Out: Florida, Dayton, Wake Forest, UAB

 

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