BRACKETOLOGY: Sunday March 15, 2015 AM (Welcome Albany, UAB, Hampton, Harvard, Wyoming, Iowa St, Villanova, Buffalo, Notre Dame, Stephen F. Austin, Eastern Washington, Arizona, UC-Irvine, New Mexico St)

Last Four In: Mississippi, Indiana, Boise, Temple

Last Four Out: Miami(FL), Colorado St, Illinois, Tulsa

This bracket is good for games thru 3/14

MIDWEST

1.Kentucky16.Robert Morris(NEC)/Lafayette(Patriot) Louisville

8.Ohio St9.St. John’s

5.SMU12.Wyoming(MWest) Portland

4.Utah13.Valparaiso(Horizon)

6.Michigan St11.Davidson Columbus

3.Notre Dame(ACC)14.Belmont(OVC)

7.Xavier10.Purdue Omaha

2.Iowa St(B12)15.Georgia St

WEST

1.Wisconsin16.Coastal Carolina(BSouth) Omaha

8.Cincinnati9.VCU

5.Providence12.Boise St/Indiana Seattle

4.Oklahoma13.UC-Irvine(BWest)

6.Georgetown11.Temple/Mississippi Louisville

3.North Carolina14.UAB(CUSA)

7.West Virginia10.BYU Portland

2.Arizona(P12)15.Texas Southern(SWAC)

SOUTH

1.Duke16.North Florida(ASun)/Hampton(MEAC) Charlotte

8.Iowa9.Georgia

5.Arkansas12.Buffalo(MAC) Jacksonville

4.Baylor13.Northeastern(CAA)

6.Wichita St11.Stephen F. Austin(Southland) Pittsburgh

3.Maryland14.New Mexico St(WAC)

7.San Diego St10.Oklahoma St Seattle

2.Gonzaga(WCC)15.North Dakota St(Summit)

EAST

1.Villanova(Beast)16.Manhattan(MAAC) Pittsburgh

8.Dayton9.NC State

5.Louisville12.Wofford(SoCon) Jacksonville

4.Northern Iowa(MVC)13.Harvard(Ivy)

6.Oregon11.LSU Columbus

3.Kansas14.Eastern Washington(BSky)

7.Butler10.Texas Charlotte

2.Virginia15.Albany(AEast)

BRACKETOLOGY: Sunday March 10, 2013 (Welcome Florida Gulf Coast, Harvard, Belmont)

Last Four In: Boise St, Virginia, Tennessee, La Salle

Last Four Out: Kentucky, Mississippi, Iowa, Alabama

MIDWEST

1.Indiana16.Northeastern/Southern Dayton, OH

8.Wichita St9.San Diego St

5.Pittsburgh12.Saint Mary’s  Austin

4.Oklahoma St13.Louisiana Tech

6.VCU11.Minnesota Austin

3.Florida14.Valparaiso

7.Memphis10.Oklahoma Philadelphia

2.Georgetown15.Niagara

SOUTH

1.Louisville16.Charleston Southern/Long Island  Lexington, KY

8.NC State9.Illinois

5.UCLA12.Tennesse/Boise St  Salt Lake City

4.Kansas St13.Bucknell

6.Butler11.Colorado Dayton, OH

3.Ohio St14.Stephen F. Austin

7.UNLV10.Villanova Lexington, KY

2.Miami(FL)15.Florida Gulf Coast(ASun)

EAST

1.Duke16.Norfolk St Philadelphia

8.Iowa St9.Colorado St

5.Saint Louis12.Cincinnati San Jose

4.Arizona13.Davidson

6.Syracuse11.Belmont(OVC)  Auburn Hills, MI

3.Michigan St14.Harvard(Ivy)

7.Creighton10.California Lexington, KY

2.Kansas15.Stony Brook

WEST

1.Gonzaga16.Long Beach St San Jose

8.Oregon9.Missouri

5.Wisconsin12.La Salle/Virginia Kansas City

4.Marquette13.Akron

6.Notre Dame11.Middle Tennessee St Salt Lake City

3.New Mexico14.South Dakota St

7.North Carolina10.Temple Auburn Hills, MI

2.Michigan15.Montana

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BRACKETOLOGY: Wednesday March 7, 2012 (Welcome Western Kentucky, Harvard, Detroit, South Dakota St)

Last Four In: Tennessee, Drexel, Northwestern, Colorado St

Last Four Out: South Florida, Seton Hall, California, NC State

SOUTH

1.Kentucky16.Savannah St/Western Kentucky(SBelt) Louisville

8.Saint Louis9.Cincinnati

5.St. Mary’s(WCC)12.Texas Portland

4.UNLV13.Long Beach St

6.Wichita St11.Southern Mississippi Albuquerque

3.Baylor14.Montana

7.Florida St10.West Virginia Columbus

2.Michigan15.Loyola(MD)(MAAC)

WEST

1.North Carolina16.Stony Brook Greensboro

8.Memphis9.Purdue

5.Creighton(MVC)12.BYU Albuquerque

4.Georgetown13.Akron

6.Notre Dame11.Xavier Columbus

3.Wisconsin14.Davidson(SoCon)

7.New Mexico 10.Alabama Omaha

2.Missouri15.Detroit(Horizon)

MIDWEST

1.Kansas16.UNC-Asheville(BSsouth)/Mississippi Valley St Omaha

8.Louisville9.Mississippi St

5.Temple12.Miami(FL) Nashville

4.Indiana13.Colorado St/Drexel

6.Florida11.Washington Louisville

3.Marquette14.Belmont(ASun)

7.Gonzaga10.Harvard(IVY) Pittsburgh

2.Ohio St15.Bucknell

EAST

1.Syracuse16.Long Island Pittsburgh

8.Kansas St9.Virginia

5.Murray St(OVC)12.Northwestern/Tennessee Portland

4.San Diego St13.Nevada

6.Vanderbilt11.Virginia Commonwealth(CAA) Nashville

3.Michigan St14.South Dakota St(Summit)

7.Iowa St10.Connecticut Greensboro

2.Duke15.UT-Arlington

In Graphical Form

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Irish Eyes

Notre Dame Guard Bens Hansbrough

Not many teams around the country have been as pleasant a surprise as Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have gotten off to a great start this season led by seniors Ben Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis.

The Irish have already gone to Orlando and won the Old Spice Classic taking out Georgia and Wisconsin on its way to the title. In addition to that, it has also dispatched of Georgetown, Connecticut and Pittsburgh in Big East play.

The reason why Notre Dame has been so successful however is because of shift in philosophy. Towards the end of last season coach Mike Brey, prompted by an injury to star forward Luke Harangody, changed his team’s style of play from fast-paced to a more methodical or “burn” offense. It’s an offense that the talent he has thrives on.

Hansbrough is surprisingly effective off the dribble along with being a great shooter while Abromaitis is a matchup nightmare with his size and ability to step outside and knock down jumpers. Throw in the supporting cast of Tyrone Nash, Carleton Scott and Scott Martin and the Irish may realistically be a Final Four contender.

Stock Up: North Carolina. A few weeks ago coach Roy Williams went off on Tarheel fans. Well his team has been going off on Tarheel opponents. After a slow start, the Tarheels have managed to set themselves apart from every ACC team not named Duke. A blowout loss to Georgia Tech almost started a coup in Chapel Hill, but now it looks like this team can challenge for the ACC title.

Stock Down: Wichita St’s quality wins. Where are they? They’re nowhere to be found. Wichita St has played four games against opponents in the RPI top-100 and it’s 0-4 against them all. The Shockers are still living off of preseason expectations, but if they expect that to translate into a postseason berth, they’ll have to sweep Northern Iowa and Missouri St on the road.

Stock Up: Harvard. The Crimson is poised for its first ever NCAA tournament berth with a 4-0 start to Ivy League play. The Crimson may also be poised for an at-large berth as well. Harvard has already taken out Colorado and Boston College this season with its three losses coming to George Mason, Michigan and Connecticut. Traditionally Ivy League teams have been very competitive in March and it looks like this year will be no different.

Stock Down: Kansas St. If you declare that you’re not going to play in the NIT, then you better play like you don’t want to play in the NIT. Jacob Pullen has failed in that regard and the preseason top-5 ranked Wildcats are one of the biggest disappointments in college basketball. There’s no leadership on the floor and now players are defecting from the program. Manhattan is morphing back into the laughing stock of the Big XII.

This Week’s Bracket Projections:

Last Four In: New Mexico, George Mason, Georgia, Richmond
Last Four Out: Colorado St, Wichita St, Virginia Tech, Penn St

Good for Games through 1/30

EAST
1.Ohio St16.McNeese St/Bethune-Cookman Cleveland
8.Temple9.Missouri St
5.Syracuse12.Georgia/George Mason Tampa
4.Missouri13.Harvard
6.Florida11.UCLA Washington, DC
3.Villanova14.Bucknell
7.West Virginia10.Michigan St Charlotte
2.Duke15.Belmont
WEST
1.Pittsburgh16.Long Beach St Cleveland
8.Illinois9.Old Dominion
5.North Carolina12.Richmond/New Mexico Tucson
4.Texas A&M13.Oakland
6.Washington11.St. John’s Denver
3.Purdue14.Coastal Carolina
7.Vanderbilt10.Memphis Tucson
2.San Diego St15.Northern Colorado
SOUTHWEST
1.Texas16.Long Island Tulsa
8.Marquette9.UNLV
5.Minnesota12.Washington St Chicago
4.Georgetown13.Charleston
6.Xavier11.Northern Iowa Charlotte
3.Kentucky14.Kent St
7.Utah St10.Boston College Washington, DC
2.Connecticut15.Florida Atlantic
SOUTHEAST
1.Kansas16.Austin Peay/Texas Southern Tulsa
8.Florida St9.Cincinnati
5.Wisconsin12.UAB Tampa
4.Louisville13.Valparaiso
6.Tennessee11.Virginia Commonwealth Denver
3.BYU14.Maine
7.Arizona10.St. Mary’s Chicago
2.Notre Dame15.Fairfield

In Graphical Form

Green With Envy

Michigan St guard Kalin Lucas has the Spartans rolling again

Once again Michigan St is rolling along and looking a lot like the team that made it to the national championship game last season. For all intents and purposes, the regular season title is locked up and they’re just really playing for NCAA tournament seeding.

Led by reigning Big Ten player of the year, Kalin Lucas, the Spartans are balanced offensively and can do more than just win with defense and rebounding. Three other starters are averaging double figures in points.

The schedule does begin to stiffen for the Spartans though. They still have games coming up against Wisconsin, Ohio St, and Purdue. While they might slip up a little down the stretch, expect the Spartans to win another Big Ten regular season title walking away.

A brief sidenote: This rumor about the NCAA tournament expanding has me concerned. It is so unnecessary. I can understand expanding it to include three other teams. This reeks of greed by the NCAA and it de-emphasizes conference tournaments.

Stock Up: SEC. Last year, the SEC had an uncharacteristically down season, but it seems to be back in a big way this year. After needing a surprising run by Mississippi St to get three teams in last season, it looks like the SEC has at least seven teams with legitimate NCAA tournament hopes. It’s been a great bounce back year for the conference.

Stock Down: Notre Dame. It was a rough week for the Irish. After Villanova blew Notre Dame out on national T.V., Notre Dame completed it’s terrible week by losing to Rutgers. It is going to be a real challenge for the Irish to get an at-large bid at this point.

Stock Up: Murray St. It is no surprise that the Racers are racking up wins in the Ohio Valley. However, what they’re doing right now is nothing short of amazing. The Racers are 13-0 in conference, have won 11 games in a row, and beat the next best team in the OVC, Morehead St, by 30. The Racers are now rolling towards a Bracket Buster showdown with Morgan St with the momentum of a freight train.

Stock Down: Harvard. There was talk that there might be a chance that the Crimson could get an at-large bid. Not now. In the much anticipated showdown in the Ivy League, Cornell destroyed Harvard and buried any thoughts Harvard had about reaching the NCAA tournament. Looks like Harvard will have to be satisfied with the NIT.

This week’s bracket projections:

Last Four In: California, Marquette, Wichita St, South Carolina
Last Four Out: Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut

MIDWEST
1.Kansas16.Lehigh/Jackson St Oklahoma City
8.Xavier9.Florida St
5.Gonzaga12.South Carolina Spokane
4.Butler13.California
6.Mississippi11.Old Dominion New Orleans
3.Wisconsin14.Coastal Carolina
7.Missouri10.Clemson Jacksonville
2.Georgetown15.Maine
WEST
1.Kentucky16.Arkansas St Milwaukee
8.Wake Forest9.Texas A&M
5.BYU12.Marquette San Jose
4.Ohio St13.George Mason
6.Northern Iowa11.Florida Oklahoma City
3.Texas14.College of Charleston
7.Rhode Island10.Arizona Providence
2.West Virginia15.Morgan St
SOUTH
1.Syracuse16.Jacksonville Buffalo
8.Oklahoma St9.UNLV
5.Georgia Tech12.Wichita St Spokane
4.Temple13.Pacific
6.Tennessee11.Cincinnati New Orleans
3.Kansas St14.Murray St
7.UAB10.Richmond Milwaukee
2.Michigan St15.Weber St
EAST
1.Villanova16.Robert Morris Providence
8.Cornell9.Charlotte
5.Vanderbilt12.Utah St San Jose
4.Baylor13.Kent St
6.New Mexico11.Mississippi St Jacksonville
3.Duke14.Oakland
7.Pittsburgh10.Siena Buffalo
2.Purdue15.Sam Houston St

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