Weekly Bracketology: Four New At-Large Teams

    
January 5th, 2010

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? 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

Duke**

West Virginia**

Syracuse

Villanova

 

THREE

Kansas State

Michigan State

Georgetown 

UCONN

 

FOUR

New Mexico**

North Carolina

Wisconsin

Tennessee

 

FIVE

Ole Miss

Florida State

Gonzaga**

Temple**

 

SIX

Texas Tech

Pittsburgh

Clemson

Texas A&M

 

SEVEN

Georgia Tech

Washington

BYU

Miami

 

EIGHT

Ohio State

USC

Florida

Baylor

 

NINE

William & Mary**  

Rhode Island

UAB**

Northern Iowa**

 

TEN

Butler**

UNLV

Dayton

Virginia Tech

 

ELEVEN

Wake Forest

California**

St. Mary's

Oklahoma St

 

TWELVE

Cincinnati

Mississippi St

Minnesota 

Harvard** 

THIRTEEN

Western Carolina**

Siena**

Western Kentucky**

Nevada**

 

FOURTEEN

Western Michigan**

Northern Colorado**

Oakland**

Murray State**

 

FIFTEEN

Vermont**

Radford**

UTSA**

Morgan St**

 

SIXTEEN + ONE

Army**

Long Beach St**

North Florida**

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 - North Florida

Big 12 - Kansas

Big East - West Virginia

Big Sky - Northern Colorado

Big South - Radford

Big Ten - Purdue

Big West - Long Beach St

CAA - William & Mary

Conference USA - UAB

Horizon - Butler

Ivy - Harvard

MAAC - Siena

MAC - Western Michigan

MEAC - Morgan St

MVC - Northern Iowa

MWC - New Mexico

Northeast - Sacred Heart

Ohio Valley - Murray St

Pac-10 - California

Patriot - Army

SEC - Kentucky

Southern - Western Carolina

Southland - UTSA

SWAC - Texas Southern

Summit - Oakland

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky

WAC - Nevada

WCC - Gonzaga

*** = Locked Up Automatic Bid

 

Last In: Oklahoma St, Cincinnati, Mississippi St, Minnesota

 

Last Out: Northwestern, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Oregon

Further Four: Missouri St, Washington St, Notre Dame, Memphis

 

Dropped Out Of Field (at-large): Memphis, Northwestern, Richmond, St. John's