Daily Bracketology: Thursday's Field of 65

    
February 14th, 2008

Daily Bracketology

 

Another day, another Field of 65. As you should know by now, I'm projecting the 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 Thursday's Movement: The Big Ten continues to be a pinball machine as the top teams jockey for position. Wisconsin's win over Indiana moves them up to the #1 four seed, while the Hoosiers fall to a five. Indiana's fall allowed Purdue to move up to a three for the first time. Besides Indiana, losses by Kansas State and Notre Dame allow Louisville to push up slightly despite being idle. By beating ND, UCONN passes Drake (losers to SIU) and Michigan State, moving to their highest position yet. Despite Drake's loss, they slide due to other losses by similarly ranked teams and because a road loss at SIU isn't a big deal. Farther down, Ohio State jumps from a ten to nine, mainly due to Florida's loss as opposed to OSU's meaningless win over Northwestern. Another loss by Ole Miss drops them out of the field for the present.. a 3-6 SEC team simply can't make it. Ole Miss is replaced by Arizona State, and the Sun Devils actually pass slumping Syracuse.. who is now the last team in the field. WKU is currently next in line should one of the 65 falter.

 

ONE

Memphis*

Duke*

Tennessee*

North Carolina

 

TWO

Kansas*

UCLA*

Stanford

Georgetown*

 

THREE

Texas

Xavier*

Butler*

Purdue*

 

FOUR

Wisconsin

UCONN

Drake*

Michigan State 

 

FIVE

Louisville

Kansas State

Indiana

Notre Dame 

 

SIX

Texas A&M

Washington State 

Pittsburgh

Saint Mary's

 

SEVEN

Marquette

Vanderbilt

Clemson

Arkansas

 

 

EIGHT

Gonzaga*

Arizona

USC

Baylor

 

NINE

Rhode Island

Mississippi State

BYU*

Ohio State

 

TEN

Oklahoma

Maryland

UNLV

Florida

 

ELEVEN

West Virginia

South Alabama*

Saint Joseph's

Oregon

 

TWELVE

VCU*

Kent State*

Arizona State

UMASS

 

THIRTEEN

Syracuse

Davidson*

UNC-Asheville*

Utah State*

 

FOURTEEN

Oral Roberts*

Rider*

CS Northridge*

Lamar*

 

FIFTEEN

American*

UMBC*

Cornell*

Portland State*

 

SIXTEEN + ONE

Belmont*

Sacred Heart*

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 - Sacred Heart

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 - Utah State

WCC - Gonzaga

 

Last In: Oregon, Arizona State, UMASS, Syracuse

Last Out: Western Kentucky, Mississippi, Dayton, Houston

 

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