Daily Bracketology: Two New Teams on Friday

    
February 22nd, 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 Friday's Movement: Nothing new in the Top 16.. but huge changes down at the bottom of the field. South Alabama's win over WKU pushes the Jaguars back into the Sun Belt lead.. and thus WKU drops out of the field. This opened up a spot for the Miami Hurricanes, who were 2nd in line coming into yesterday.. but Dayton blew their chance to reenter the field (losing to La Salle in OT). The main BCS league in action last night was the Pac-10 as Arizona, Arizona State, and Oregon all lost. Oregon's loss knocks them out of the field with a 6-8 league record.. allowing UMASS to reenter the tournament for the first time in a couple weeks. The Minutemen beat URI (their 5th Top 50 win this year) and join newcomer Miami as an 11 seed. Arizona's loss was especially beneficial for USC, who replace the Wildcats as a 7 seed. Check the arrows for other slight changes.

 

ONE

Memphis*

Tennessee*

North Carolina

Duke*

 

TWO

Kansas*

UCLA*

Texas

Georgetown*

 

THREE

Xavier*

UCONN

Butler*

Wisconsin

 

FOUR

Stanford

Purdue*

Louisville

Indiana

 

FIVE

Michigan State 

Notre Dame 

Drake*

Washington State 

 

SIX

Kansas State

Marquette

Vanderbilt

Saint Mary's

 

SEVEN

Pittsburgh

Clemson

Gonzaga*

USC

 

EIGHT

Texas A&M

BYU*

Arkansas

Oklahoma 

 

NINE

UNLV 

Arizona

West Virginia

Mississippi State

 

TEN

South Alabama*

Baylor

Rhode Island

Ohio State

 

ELEVEN

Syracuse

Kent State*

UMASS

Miami (FL)

 

TWELVE

Arizona State

Maryland 

Saint Joseph's

Florida

 

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 - Kansas

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: Miami, Maryland, Saint Joseph's, Florida

Last Out: Oregon, Wake Forest, Dayton, Ole Miss

 

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