Bracketology: Richmond, Illinois Make Big Moves

    
February 12th, 2010

The Bracketology field is based on how the tourney looks "as of this moment." The field below is not based on who I think deserves to be in, but a prediction of what the committee would do as things stand. For the next few weeks, I'll be posting Bracketology updates every Tuesday & Friday.  In late February, I release Bracketology updates daily as the season enters crunch time.

 

Why should you care what I have to say? In 2007 & 2008,  I was considered to have one of the Top 2 or 3 brackets amongst 53 national experts including Joe Lunardi, Gary Parrish and the like. (Admittedly my 2009 final bracket was rather weak.. not sure what happened. Can't win 'em all.)

 

Notes:

Arrows indicate movement by seed. Green indicates new to the field this week. Conference champions are not my end of season predictions, but current leaders. (Ties atop conference standings go to the higher RPI team).

   

ONE  

Kansas**

Syracuse**

Kentucky**

Villanova

 

TWO

Duke**

Purdue

Georgetown 

West Virginia

 

THREE

Wisconsin

Michigan State**

Kansas State

New Mexico**

 

FOUR

Vanderbilt

Ohio St

Gonzaga**

BYU

 

FIVE

Tennessee

Temple

Butler**

Wake Forest

 

SIX

Texas

Northern Iowa**

Pittsburgh

Texas A&M

 

SEVEN

Baylor

UNLV

Richmond**

Georgia Tech

 

EIGHT

Xavier

Missouri

California**

Maryland

 

NINE

Cornell** 

Illinois

Rhode Island

Ole Miss

 

TEN

UAB

Clemson

St. Mary's

Siena**

 

ELEVEN

Florida State

Charlotte

Florida

UTEP**

 

TWELVE

Dayton

Oklahoma St  

Old Dominion

Louisville

 

THIRTEEN

Utah St**

Northeastern**  

Murray State**

Kent St**

 

FOURTEEN

Charleston**

Oakland**

Weber St**

Pacific**

 

FIFTEEN

Sam Houston St**

Coastal Carolina**

Morgan St**

Middle Tennessee St**

 

SIXTEEN + ONE

Stony Brook**

Jacksonville**

Robert Morris**

Lehigh** / Jackson St**

 

** = Automatic Bid

 

 

League Leaders/Winners (31)

- Leaders throughout the season are merely the first place team in the standings as of the update, and not projected winners. Ties go to the higher RPI team. New teams this week in green.

 

America East - Stony Brook

A-10 - Richmond

ACC - Duke

Atlantic Sun - Jacksonville

Big 12 - Kansas

Big East - Syracuse

Big Sky - Weber St

Big South - Coastal Carolina

Big Ten - Michigan St

Big West - Pacific

CAA - Northeastern

Conference USA - UTEP

Horizon - Butler

Ivy - Cornell

MAAC - Siena

MAC - Kent St

MEAC - Morgan St

MVC - Northern Iowa

MWC - New Mexico

Northeast - Robert Morris

Ohio Valley - Murray St

Pac-10 - California

Patriot - Lehigh

SEC - Kentucky

Southern - Charleston

Southland - Sam Houston St

SWAC - Jackson St

Summit - Oakland

Sun Belt - Middle Tennessee St

WAC - Utah St

WCC - Gonzaga

*** = Locked Up Automatic Bid

 

Last In: Louisville, Old Dominion, Oklahoma St, Dayton

 

Last Out: Virginia Tech, Marquette, Cincinnati, Mississippi St,

Further Four: South Florida, Notre Dame, Virginia, Wichita St

 

Dropped Out Of Field (at-large): Wichita St