Predicting the NCAA tournament bracket

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SYRACUSE REGION

 

Seed Team Comment
at Providence
1   Villanova The Big East POY award might be Scottie Reynolds’ to lose.
16  Robert Morris The Colonials hung with Pitt for a half.
8  Illinois Winning at Wisconsin does wonders for their résumé.
9  Florida State The ‘Noles need to win at Virginia this week.
at Spokane
5  Temple Bounced back nicely from their Richmond loss by crushing URI.
12  Mississippi State Season sweep of Mississippi will help them down the road.
4  Gonzaga Saint Mary’s was no match for the ‘Zags in Spokane.
13  Oakland The Grizzlies should finish 17-1 in the Summit.
at New Orleans
3  Wake Forest The Demon Deacons are the best team no one talks about.
14  Charleston Home loss to The Citadel certainly wasn’t expected.
6  BYU The Cougars hit the road for games at Colorado State and Wyoming.
11  Charlotte The 49ers’ effort against Dayton left a lot to be desired.
at Milwaukee
7  Missouri The Tigers need to defend their home court against Texas.
10  Florida The Gators need a 2-0 week in the worst way.
2  Purdue The win at Michigan State has the Boilers eyeing a No. 1 seed.
15  Morgan State The Bears are still perfect (10-0) in the MEAC.

 

SALT LAKE CITY REGION

 

Seed Team Comment
at Buffalo
1  Syracuse Hard to believe they’ve lost five straight to Louisville.
16  Belmont An auto bid would be Belmont’s fourth in five years.
8  Georgia Tech Despite a lot of big wins, a 5-6 ACC record is troubling.
9  UTEP The Miners have established themselves as C-USA’s best.
at San Jose
5  Butler A three-win week keeps the Bulldogs a top-five seed.
12  Oklahoma State Big road win over Oklahoma keeps the Cowboys in the field.
4  New Mexico The Lobos opened some eyes with a double-digit win at UNLV.
13  Mississippi Another loss this week, and the Rebels’ bubble is burst.
at Buffalo
3  Wisconsin Despite the loss to Illinois, the Badgers are a solid 3-seed.
14  Kent State The Golden Flashes are now tied with Akron atop the MAC East.
6  Tennessee The Vols still have no good SEC road wins.
11  Rhode Island Nice RPI, but not too many good wins on the Rams’ résumé.
at Oklahoma City
7  Northern Iowa The loss at Bradley doesn’t hurt their at-large chances too much.
10  Marquette Huge week ahead for the streaking Eagles (vs. Pitt, at Cincy).
2  Kansas State The Wildcats haven’t been this high all season.
15  Sam Houston The Bearkats could very well go unbeaten in the Southland.

 

HOUSTON REGION

 

Seed Team Comment
at Jacksonville
1  Kentucky Wall was great, but Bledsoe was the difference vs. the Vols.
16  Lehigh/
 Jackson State
Fun fact: Lehigh lost the play-in game to Florida A&M back in 2004.
8  Clemson The win over FSU may have gotten the Tigers back on track.
9  California A sweep of the Oregon schools would be huge for its at-large hopes.
at San Jose
5  Texas The Longhorns are the most schizophrenic team in the country.
12  Siena The Saints were due to lose a MAAC game at some point.
4  West Virginia A two-loss week knocks WVU down from the two line.
13  Murray State Tied with Butler at 15 for the nation’s longest active win streak.
at Spokane
3  Michigan State Lucas looked great (24 points) against Penn State.
14  Weber State The Wildcats avenged their loss to Northern Colorado.
6  Texas A&M The Aggies are the hottest Big 12 team not named Kansas.
11  Old Dominion Does anyone want to win the Colonial?
at Jacksonville
7  Richmond The streaking Spiders enter this week on top of the A-10.
10  Louisville The win at ‘Cuse cancels out the head-scratcher vs. St. John’s.
2  Duke The Blue Devils showed Maryland who the ACC’s best team is.
15  Stony Brook The Seawolves have now won seven in a row.

 

ST. LOUIS REGION

 

Seed Team Comment
at Oklahoma City
1  Kansas The clear front-runner for this year’s top overall seed.
16  Middle Tennessee State The Sun Belt is as wide open as it’s been in years.
8  UNLV A two-loss week is tough, but they have an easy slate left.
9  Maryland The Terps have a huge three-game week to handle.
at New Orleans
5  Pittsburgh Triple OT win over WVU was the game of the year so far.
12  Cornell Loss to Penn may be the most shocking result of the season.
4  Vanderbilt There’s no question who the SEC’s second-best team is now.
13  UAB The Blazers’ OOC résumé is the only thing keeping them in.
at Providence
3  Georgetown Rutgers? Really?
14  UC Santa Barbara Big West auto bid will come down to the Gauchos and Pacific.
6  Baylor Big win for the Bears at home over Missouri.
11  Utah State The Aggies could snag an at-large if the bubble stays weak.
at Milwaukee
7  Xavier Road win over Florida might have locked up their bid.
10  Virginia Tech The Hokies are on a roll; can they upset Wake at home?
2  Ohio State We love their chances at Michigan State on Saturday.
15  Coastal Carolina They still lead the Big South, but watch out for Winthrop.
The last schools in: Rhode Island, Mississippi State, Mississippi, UAB.
Waiting to get in: Dayton, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Wichita State.