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Jan. 25 Bracket

Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:54 am
Edited on: January 25, 2012 3:26 pm
 
Today's bracket is posted.  Kentucky is the new overall top seed, followed by Missouri, which is the only newcomer to the top line, replacing Duke.

Syracuse and Baylor remain No. 1 seeds despite losses last week.  Kansas is pushing hard, and beat Baylor recently, but the Jayhawks have done most of their damage at home, and still have that extra loss - to Davidson.

Ohio State has also rejoined the fight, but is another team that has struggled away from home.  All three of the Buckeyes' losses have come on the road, to their three best opponents away from home.  They are mighty in Columbus, and the tournament is played there, but Ohio St will be shipped out.

The Big Ten still sports nine teams, but Purdue is hanging on for dear life.  The Boilers have struggled recently, losing at home to Wisconsin and just on Tueday, to Michigan.  They are the only Big Ten team still looking for a win over a ranked opponent.  If the field were more accomplished, Purdue would definitely be on the outside looking in.

Illinois also took a beating this week in the bracket.  The Illini fell from second to seventh after losing at Penn State and at home to Wisconsin.  They are a true six-seed that was moved to seven to help with bracketing considerations, but that is still a sizeable drop.  Also hurting them is that the loss to Purdue looks worse than it did last week.

Cincinnati, despite a 1-2 week, is getting closer to the bracket despite a non-conference schedule rankng 329th out of 344.  That's going to be an albatross around the Bearcats' neck all season long.  The committee, even in an expanded field, still takes a very dim view of that and will eliminate teams for no other reason.

Cinci is also a strange team in that it is better on the road than at home.  The Bearcats are 6-2 in games away from home, but only 9-4 on their home floor, including losses to St. John's and Presbyterian.  That 92 RPI ranking is due to their weak non-conference schedule and their difficulty defending the home floor.

Cincinnati has nothing on Loyola Marymount though.  The Lions are 7-2 on the road, but only 3-6 at home.

And from the Teams Get Bids, Not Conferences departement: Conference USA has four teams in the bracket, but all are 10-seeds or lower.

New to the bracket this week: Ole Miss, Iowa State, Texas and UCF.
Leaving us, for now: Stanford, Northern Iowa, Denver and Colorado State, which is the highest rated RPI team left out.



Comments

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:44 pm
 

Jan. 25 Bracket

It is really nice to see the Ole Miss Rebels ranked somewhere; however, on their subpar performance vs. South Carolina on tv the other night, I do not see how Ole Miss can justify receiving an invitation. Let's see how the rest of the season plays out. 

On the other hand, it is sad to see Ole Miss is nowhere to be seen in football rankings anymore. What would Johnny Vaught think about the Rebels doing better in basketball than the football team?

Sigh.... 



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:00 pm
 

Jan. 25 Bracket

how is florida a 9 seed? i dont understand that at all. 16-4 with two losses coming at cuse and ohio state which were close games considering jared sullinger does whatever he wants in the paint at home. beat florida state by 20 who beat unc by 40 yet everyone is still unc is a final four team to these people. what a joke.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:58 pm
 

Jan. 25 Bracket

Jerry, 

The Mountain West having only 2?  



Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:15 pm
 

Jan. 25 Bracket

Class of 78'. Was taking shots at the people who take shots at Southern. Thought they'd suck this year after Flowers moved on. They have a great bench which they didn't have last year. That team died on the vine down the stretch.

Was hoping they'd bring Bower back. Went to school with Jeff and he's a great guy. Most Loyal Golden Eagle of all time in my book.



Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Jan. 25 Bracket

Cwell,

Was basically taking shots at the people who take shots at Southern.

Thought they'd go into the toilet this year after Flowers moved on. Frankly I never thought much of him as a team player. But what an athlete though. Terrible endurance too. Adding Dotson mid-season added talent without hurting the team chemistry. Just hope they don't die on the vine down the stretch like they did last year.

Was really hoping they'd bring Bower back. Went to school with Jeff and he is such a great guy. I consider him the Most Loyal Golden Eagle of all-time. The school had tremendous success in the revenue sports under the AD, including the baseball team, but I am so glad he's gone. Haven't watched a Southern football game in it's entirety since the Cincy bowl game 4 years ago. So I'm back now.      




Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:44 pm
 

Jan. 25 Bracket

I  am a USM grad also. I agree about us getting no respect. I thought you were also taking shots at USM. I may have misread your comments. This USM team has a solid base and , as you know, is deep enough to make some noise. With Watson, Dotson, and Mills normally coming off the bench, we've got a chance to win some this year. SMTTT !



Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Jan. 25 Bracket

Hey bobsagget while I agree the media has an east coast biased, I disagree that your beloved Oregon Ducks deserve an at-large right now... As of now their RPI is somewhere in the mid-50's okay great.  Their strength of schedule what 95-100?  They've beaten no Top 50 RPI teams. The three top 100 RPI teams they have beaten are not going to the tournament or shouldn't (Nebraska, Standford, Arizona).  You have 3 really bad top 50 RPI losses (Vandy, Virginia, and Cal).  Losing to washington and byu doesn't help either.  So why do you think they deserve a bid? Admit it.. the Pac12 is really down this year.. even worse than last year.  The only PAC12 team that has a "Quality" win is Standford and thats against a subpar colorado state.  They only reason their RPI is so high is because of SOS.  Go ahead would love to hear your rebuttal.



Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Hello, anyone there?

This is probably the most east-coast biased bracket I've ever seen. If you really think that only 1 pac-12 school is going to get an invite, you are really smoking too much of that medical mary j there Palm. Its no secret that there is no stellar team from the Pac this year, however if you actually watch the games and pay attention to basketball as of late the U of O Ducks would be able to beat several of the teams on this bracket rather easily. I think in the end, we'll see 3 Pac teams end up making it based upon their play at the end. Cal and Oregon will both easily be 20+ game winners, I'd imagine Stanford and Washington make late season surges as well and can see one of those two getting in as well. UO won the CBI last year and is winning this year with a patchwork team. As the season progresses, we're only seeing tremendous improvement with that team up in Oregon.



Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:14 am
 

Jan. 25 Bracket

I'm a USM grad Cwell. They're the ones getting no respect out there. #12 in the NCAA RPI and like #15 in the Sportsline, but the pollsters gave them a total of 3 votes this week though. They've beaten teams from the PAC, SEC, the Big East, and have a double OT loss to Murray State on the road. Lost to Memphis by 2 there. CSU has a much better chance of advancing. Other than the Tigers the rest of the conference gets zippo respect. UCF gets a little because they have Air Jordan's kid.



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:20 pm
 

Jan. 25 Bracket

Southern Miss  is 18-3 right now with an RPI of 12. Is that really that bad of a loss? I don't think so.


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