Sunday, March 17, 2013

My 2013 Bracketology


Today is Selection Sunday.  This is my bracket projection.  There are four conference title games remaining, the Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Atlantic 10.

Conference Champions have there conference in parenthesis.  The numbers listed next to teams are their computer average of CBS Sports RPI, ESPN BPI and Kem Pom Rankings

MIDWEST (Indy)

LEXINGTON
1)Louisville (Big East)
16)Play In: Southern (SWAC)-171.6 vs. Liberty (Big South)-265.6

8)Colorado St-21.0
9)Wichita St.-33.3

SALT LAKE CITY
5)OK St. or UNC (with loss in ACC title today)
12)Illinois-49.3

4)UNC (with win in ACC title today) or OK St.
13)Valpariso (Horizon)-62.3

LEXINGTON
6)St Louis/VCU (loser of A-10 title game)
11)Belmont (OVC)-38.0

3)Florida (SEC Title today)
14)Iona (MAAC)-97.6

DAYTON
7)Notre Dame
10) CAL (bubble #1)-55.3

2)Ohio St (Big Ten Title today)
15)Florida Gulf Coast (A-Sun)-116.6


WEST (LA)

SAN JOSE
1)Gonzaga (WCC)
16)Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)

8)UNLV-27.3
9)Colorado-39.6

SALT LAKE CITY
5)Marquette-18.3
12)Play In: Temple (bubble #5)-55.6 vs. MTSU (bubble #8)-36.0

4)Kansas St.-29.6
13)New Mexico St.(WAC)-69/6

DETROIT
6)Creighton (Missouri Valley)-17.6
11)Oklahoma (bubble #2)-45.3

3)Michigan St-9.3
14)Harvard (Ivy)-103.6

PHILLY
7)Arizona-16.3
10)Ole Miss (playing in SEC title today) (bubble #2)-42.3

2)Georgetown-13/3
15)Albany (AEC)-154.0



EAST (DC)

DAYTON
1)Indiana
16)Play-In: James Madison (CAA)-183.3 vs. NC A&T (MEAC)-231.0

8)NC St.-30.3
9)Iowa St. 37.3

AUSTIN
5)St Louis/VCU (A10 Champion)
12)Play In: St. Mary's (bubble #6)-29.6 vs. Tennessee (bubble #7)-62.3

4)Syracuse
13)Davidson (Southern)

DETROIT
6)Memphis (USA)-24.6
11)Villanova-51.0

3)Wisconsin (If they win Big Ten title today) or Michigan
14)South Dakota St. (Summit)

AUSTIN
7)Oregon (PAC 12)-44.0
10)San Diego St-25.6

2)Miami (ACC title today)
15)Montana (Big Sky)-117.3


SOUTH (Arlington, TX)

PHILLY
1)Duke
16)LIU Brooklyn (NEC)-184.0

8)Butler-39.0
9)Cincinnati-36.0


 KANSAS CITY
5)Pittsburgh-18.3
12)Akron-53.6

4)Wisconsin (with a loss today) or Michigan
13)Bucknell (Patriot)-56.6


SALT LAKE CITY
6)UCLA-36.0
11)Belmont (OVC)-38.0

3)New Mexico (MWC)
14)Pacific (Big West)-114.3

KANSAS CITY
7)Mizzou-25.3
10)Minnesota-26.0

2)Kansas (Big 12)
15)Northwestern St. (Southland)-118.0



CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Locks:
Big East-8
Big Ten-7
Big 12-4
PAC 12-4
ACC-4
MWC-4
Atlantic 10-3
SEC-2
Missouri Valley-2
WCC-1
USA-1

Bubble:
SEC-4
Atlantic 10-3
ACC-2
Big Ten-1
MWC-1
Big 12-1
PAC 12-1
WCC-1
USA-1
Sun Belt-1

LAST 4 IN:
Middle Tennesee St.
Tennessee
St. Mary's
Temple

OTHER bubble teams barely in:
CAL
Ole Miss
Oklahoma
Boise St.

FIRST 4 OUT:
LaSalle
Alabama
Maryland
Iowa

NEXT 4 OUT:
UMass
UK
Southern Miss
Virginia


Great possible match-ups if this bracket were to come to fruition:

SECOND ROUND

SOUTH: 8)Butler vs. 9)Cincinnati
Great match-up between two great shooters and scorers.  Butler's Rotnei Clarke vs Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick


THIRD ROUND:

SOUTH: 2)Kansas vs. 7)
A renewal of what was one of the best rivalries in all of college basketball.  Mizzou underachieved this year but is a very dangerous team as 6-8 seed.

SOUTH: 1)Gonzaga vs. 8)UNLV
Top five prospect Anthony Bennett goes up against the #1 team in the nation.  Can Kelly Olynk and Elias Harris stop him and improve their own draft stock

MIDWEST: 5) UNC vs 4) OK St.
Marcus Smart may be the best all around play maker in the nation.  I would love to see him against the Tar Hels long, athletic defenders


Sweet 16:

MIDWEST:  2)Ohio St vs. 3)Florida
Can Aaron Craft and company stop Florida's explosive guards.  I don't know if Ohio St has an answer for Florida's great shooting stretch four Erick Murphy

WEST:  2) Georgetown vs. 6) Creighton
I could easily see Creighton being the 6 or 7 seed that makes a final four push.  They will do it behind superstar scorer Doug McDermott.  I would love to see Georgetown's superstar Otto Porter and McDermott go at it.

EAST:  2) Miami vs.  3) Michaigan
Shane Larkin vs. Trey Burke, battle between the two best point guards in the nation





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