Bracketology: Virginia Tech, UAB Join Field

    
December 22nd, 2009

The weekly Bracketology field is based on how the tourney looks "as of this moment." . In late February, I release Bracketology updates daily as the season approaches crunch time.

 

Why should you care what I have to say? Did you know 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 the current RPI leader at the time of the posting (this switches to conference record once all leagues have started.)

   

ONE  

Kansas

Texas

Kentucky**

Purdue**

 

TWO

Syracuse

West Virginia

Duke**

Villanova

 

THREE

UCONN**

Kansas State**

North Carolina

Michigan State

 

FOUR

New Mexico**

Georgetown 

Ole Miss

Tennessee

 

FIVE

Ohio State

Texas A&M

Temple**

Florida

 

SIX

Texas Tech

Clemson

UNLV

Florida State

 

SEVEN

Butler**

Washington

Gonzaga

Wisconsin

 

EIGHT

Northwestern

Oklahoma St

Miami

Georgia Tech

 

NINE

Missouri State**

Dayton

St. John's

California**

 

TEN

Charlotte

St. Mary's**

Tulsa

BYU

 

ELEVEN

Baylor

Cincinnati

UAB

Virginia Tech

 

TWELVE

Mississippi St

Cornell** 

Southern Miss**

William & Mary**   

 

THIRTEEN

Louisiana Tech**

Western Carolina**

Siena**

Western Kentucky**

 

FOURTEEN

Bufflo**

Montana**

IUPUI**

Long Beach St**

 

FIFTEEN

UTSA**

Belmont**

Austin Peay*

Radford**

 

SIXTEEN + ONE

Army**

Morgan St**

Vermont**

Sacred Heart** / Texas Southern**

 

** = 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. Up until conference play begins, 1st place is given to the highest RPI team. New teams this week in green.

 

America East - Vermont

A-10 - Temple

ACC - Duke

Atlantic Sun - Belmont

Big 12 - Kansas St

Big East - Connecticut

Big Sky - Montana

Big South - Radford

Big Ten - Purdue

Big West - Long Beach St

CAA - William & Mary

Conference USA - Southern Miss

Horizon - Butler

Ivy - Cornell

MAAC - Siena

MAC - Buffalo

MEAC - Morgan St

MVC - Missouri St

MWC - New Mexico

Northeast - Sacred Heart

Ohio Valley - Austin Peay

Pac-10 - California

Patriot - Army

SEC - Kentucky

Southern - Western Carolina

Southland - UTSA

SWAC - Texas Southern

Summit - IUPUI

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky

WAC - Louisiana Tech

WCC - St. Mary's

*** = Locked Up Automatic Bid

 

Last In: Cincinnati, UAB, Virginia Tech, Mississippi St

 

Last Out: Memphis, Wake Forest, Wichita St, Richmond

Further Four: Vanderbilt, Seton Hall, Rhode Island, Pittsburgh

 

Dropped Out Of Field (at-large): Illinois, Memphis, Seton Hall, Vanderbilt