Another edition of my bracket, and all sorts of things have happened. UCONN, West Virginia, Pitt and Seton Hall are all struggling right now in the Big East, and it's opening up other opportunities for some other teams across the country. Kansas State and Texas look to be headed in opposite directions, and the Wildcats next three games (vs. Kansas, at Baylor, at Missouri) could seal their fate one way or the other. The ACC is making a stronger case to get five and possibly even six teams in the tournament this year, when at the beginning of conference play it looked more like three would be the more likely scenario. The top seeds have separated themselves from the pack a little bit here, with Michigan State joining the party and Baylor leaving. One thing that hasn't changed is that the Pac-12 is still terrible, and unless California doesnt win their conference tournament, they'll only have one team representing that conference.
As for the mid-majors, bracketbuster weekend is coming up in five days and for some teams it's the last time to make a real impressioin on the selection committee. teams like Nevada, VCU, Long Beach State and Oral Roberts have an opportunity to really open some eyes this weekend with big wins and improve their at-large chances.
As always, this bracket is based on if the tournament started today, not who I think will be selected four weeks from now. Conference winners with the team team in first place right now, with tie breakers being RPI between the tied teams.
1s KENTUCKY, SYRACUSE, Missouri, KANSAS
2s Ohio State, MICHIGAN STATE, North Carolina, DUKE
3s Baylor, UNLV, Georgetown, Marquette
4s Florida, San Diego State, Indiana, Louisville
5s Michigan, Florida State, Wisconsin, SAINT MARY'S
6s TEMPLE, WICHITA STATE, Virginia, SOUTHERN MISS
7s Mississippi State, Gonzaga, CALIFORNIA, Memphis
8s MURRAY STATE, Iowa State, Saint Louis, Creighton
9s West Virginia, Uconn, Notre Dame, N.C. State
10s Illinois, Purdue, HARVARD, New Mexico
11s Kansas State, Byu, Seton Hall, Alabama
12s LONG BEACH STATE, MID TENNESSEE, Miami, Xavier
13s NEVADA, ORAL ROBERTS, Texas, Ucf, Vcu, Minnesota
14's WEBER STATE, DAVIDSON, DREXEL, AKRON,
15's MERCER, VALPO, LONG ISLAND, BUCKNELL
16s MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE, STONY BROOK, NORFOLK STATE, LOYOLA (MD), TEXAS-ARLINGTON, UNC-ASHEVILLE
Play-in games: 13s Texas vs. 13s UCF; 13s VCU vs. 13s Minnesota; 16s Mississippi Valley State vs. 16s Stony Brook; 16s Norfolk State vs. 16s Loyola(MD)
last four in: Texas, UCF, VCU, Minnesota
first four out: Arkansas, UMASS, Mississippi, Colorado State
next four out: Washington, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Oregon