Monday, January 25, 2010

Mr. Matt's Bracketology

MIDWEST

New Orleans
1) Kentucky
16) Play-In Lehigh vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

8) OK St.
9) UNLV

San Jose
5) Pittsburgh
12) Richmond

4) Purdue
13) William & Mary

Milwaukee
6) Georgia tech
11) Northwestern

3) Kansas St.
14) Murray St.

Buffalo
7) Ole Miss
10) Siena

2) West Virginia
15) Coastal Carolina

SOUTH

Oklahoma City
1) Kansas
16) Morgan St.

8) No. Iowa
9) Clemson

San Jose
5) BYU
12) Florida

4) UConn
13) LA Tech

Jacksonville
6) Vandy
11) Cornell

3) Georgetown
14) WKU

Jacksonville
7) Xavier
10) Texas A&M

2) Duke
15) Sam Houston St.

EAST

Providence
1) Villanova
16) Robert Morris

8) Butler
9) UAB

New Orleans
5) New Mexico
12) Texas Tech

4) Tennessee
13) Kent

Providence
6) Baylor
11) Seton Hall

3) Temple
14) W. Carolina

Milwaukee
7) FSU
10) Old Dominion

2) Michigan St.
15) Pacific

WEST

Buffalo
1) Syracuse
16) Maine

8) Ohio St.
9) Mizzou

Spokane
5) Wake Forest
12) Mississippi St.

4) Gonzaga
13) Oakland

Spokane
6) California
11) UNC

3) Wisconsin
14) Weber St.

Oklahoma City
7) Rhode Island
10) Louisville

2) Texas
15) ETSU


Last 4 In:
William & Mary
Seton Hall
Florida
UNC

Others Barely In:
Richmond
Mississippi St.
Northwestern
Texas Tech

First 4 Out:
Cincinnati
Dayton
Maryland
St. Mary's

Next 4 Out:
San Diego St.
Minnesota
Charlotte
VCU

Conference Breakdown:
Big East-8
Big 12-8
ACC-6
SEC-6
Big 10-5
Atlantic 10-4
MWC-3
Colonial-2

23 One bid leagues including the PAC 10, Missouri Valley, WAC and Conference USA

Explanation for last teams that got in:

With Seton Hall's win over Pittsburgh on Sunday they proved they can beat an elite Big East team. They have already beat fellow Big East bubble teams, Louisville and Cincinnati. I can't see more than 8 Big East teams going so I bumped out Cincinnati. The lowest RPI of any team I have in is UNC with a RPI of 73. However they have key wins over Michigan St. and Ohio St. and are oh by the way the defending National Champions. I put a lot of emphasis on key road/neutral site wins. William & Mary won at Wake and at Maryland. Florida beat Michigan St. (neutral) and won at N.C. St. Mississippi St. beat Old Dominion (neutral) and won at Ole Miss. Richmond won neutral site games against Mississippi St., Mizzou and Florida. St. Mary's and Dayton have RPI's in the top 40 but I find there resumes to be very unimpressive. St. Mary's best win is at Utah St. and Dayton is the 5th best Atlantic 10 team.

NOTE: For the smaller conference one bid leagues I put in the team with the highest RPI, not the team with the best conference record.

Some fun possible match ups we could have if this were the real bracket:

1st round-California vs. UNC- Cal's lightning quick guards against UNC's big front line.
2nd round-Syracuse vs. Ohio St.-Wesley Johnson vs. Evan Turner to determine who the best wing in America is.
Sweet 16-Villanova vs. Tennessee-Both teams have great guards and great depth in what would be a fun fast paced game.
Elite 8-Syracuse vs. Texas-Both teams have stars, Wesley Johnson and Damion James, both have very physical frontcourts and both have a lot of fans wearing orange. This would be a great one.





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