Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 12:39 pm

Bracketology 2011-Bracket 1/31/11

I have been busy with numerous church, work and just life activities and haven't had the time to produce any brackets yet for the upcoming March Madness.

For those who've never seen my bracket in previous years I am humbled to say that I've actually done very well as a bracketologist in past years including beating many of the experts. To know how your favorite bracketologist (which may not be me) did last year visit the Bracket Project here . The Bracket Project also does a Matrix which shows how each team is doing in each bracket that they track this year.

All seeds are as of 1/31; they are not a projection of how teams will end up, but merely a snapshot if Selection Sunday were today. Automatic Bids are in CAPS.

I try and follow all NCAA Principles & Procedures (the ones that the Committee uses to develop a bracket) so if you see anything not following these Procedures let me know. Sometimes teams are moved around to accomodate the Procedures.

Differences this year: There are new names for two of the regions this year, the Midwest and South are now called the Southwest and Southeast. The winner of each of these two regions will play in the Final Four against each other; the winners of the East and West regions will also play each other. There are two sets of First Four games featuring the Last Four at large teams and the bottom four automatic qualifers; all of these games will be played in Dayton on Tuesday and Wednesday. Winners of the Tuesday games will play in a Thursday 1st round site; winners of the Wednesday games will play in a Friday 1st round site.

Without further ado here is the bracket; feel free to give feedback:

East Region (Newark)

1st/2nd Round Games in Cleveland (Fr, Su):

8 Cincinnati vs. 9 ST. MARY'S

1st/2nd Round Games in Denver (Th, Sa):

5 Syracuse vs. 12 Virginia Tech/UAB

1st/2nd Round Games in Cleveland (Fr, Su):

3 Villanova vs. 14 COASTAL CAROLINA

1st/2nd Round Games in Chicago (Fr, Su):

7 XAVIER vs. 10 Michigan State
2 Notre Dame vs. 15 FAIRFIELD

West Region (Anaheim)

1st/2nd Round Games in Tulsa (Fr, Su):

8 Florida State vs. 9 Georgia

1st/2nd Round Games in Charlotte (Fr, Su):

5 Minnesota vs. 12 Richmond
4 Georgetown vs. 13 Butler/George Mason

1st/2nd Round Games in Tucson (Th, Sa):

3 San Diego State vs. 14 MONTANA
6 Vanderbilt vs. 11 Penn State

1st/2nd Round Games in Washington, DC (Th, Sa):

7 Arizona vs. 10 MEMPHIS
2 Connecticut vs. 15 MAINE

Southeast Region (New Orleans)

1st/2nd Round Games in Washington, DC:

8 Illinois vs. 9 Boston College

1st/2nd Round Games in Denver:

5 West Virginia vs. 12 UTAH STATE
4 Texas A&M vs. 13 HARVARD

1st/2nd Round Games in Chicago:

3 Purdue vs. 14 KENT STATE
6 North Carolina vs. 11 Ucla

1st/2nd Round Games in Tucson:

7 Tennessee vs. 10 Marquette

Southwest Region (San Antonio)

1st/2nd Round Games in Tulsa:

1 Kansas vs. 16 AUSTIN PEAY
8 Old Dominion vs. 9 St. John's

1st/2nd Round Games in Tampa (Th, Sa):

5 WASHINGTON vs. 12 Temple
4 Louisville vs. 13 OAKLAND

3 Kentucky vs. 14 BELMONT
6 Wisconsin vs. 11 MISSOURI STATE

1st/2nd Round Games in Charlotte:


Last Four In (First Four matchups in Dayton): Virginia Tech vs. UAB, Butler vs. George Mason
Last Four Out: Colorado State, Valparaiso, Clemson, Washington State

There are some interesting matchups in there; ones I particularly like are:

Southeast Region- 6 North Carolina vs. 11 UCLA; two storied basketball programs meet in a game that 30 years ago might have been in the Final Four

Southwest Region- 5 Washington vs. 12 Temple; contrast in styles between the uptempo Huskies and the defensive-minded Owls

East Region- 7 Xavier vs. 10 Michigan State; both teams are battle-tested after playing difficult non-conference schedules but Xavier is playing better right now having won all 7 of their A-10 contests

Posted on: March 12, 2010 8:59 pm

Bracketology 3/12/10

I posted a new bracket taking into account games through this afternoon.

Illinois returns to the bracket after their win against Wisconsin today. Ohio State, thanks to Evan Turner's miracle buzzer-beater, is still in the hunt for a 2 seed, but not quite there yet. All of my #2 seeds; West Virginia, Purdue, Kansas State and New Mexico have better resumes than the Buckeyes. I think in order for the Buckeyes to get a #2 they have to hope one of those teams slips up in their conference tournament.

#1 seeds: Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, Duke
#2 seeds: West Virginia, Purdue, Kansas State, New Mexico
#3 seeds: Ohio State, Villanova, Baylor, Michigan State
#4 seeds: Temple, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin

The entire bracket can be found here .

The bracket is constantly changing and fluid, especially with the last few teams in and out as teams win or lose in their conference tournament. By tomorrow, the last few teams in and out will probably change based on tonight's games.
Posted on: March 10, 2010 11:01 pm

Bracketology 3/10/10

I have been busy moving to Texas and I still don't have interent in my apartment so I haven't been able to work on bracketology much until now.

My latest bracket can be found here .
#1 seeds: Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, Duke
#2 seeds: Purdue, West Virginia, Kansas State, New Mexico
#3 seeds: Villanova, Ohio State, Baylor, Pittsburgh
#4 seeds: Michigan State, Wisconsin, Temple, Tennessee

Last Four In: San Diego State, Arizona State, Rhode Island, Memphis
Last Four Out: UAB, Dayton, Mississippi, Washington
Next Four Out: Illinois, Mississippi State, Wichita State, Minnesota
Posted on: February 26, 2010 2:59 am
Edited on: February 26, 2010 3:12 am

Lobofan2003 Bracketology 2/26/10

I have not been able to devote as much time to Bracketology as I would like, as I am getting ready to move to Texas next week. So you may get one more bracket out of me on Sunday and then probably not again for another week until I can get down to Texas and get internet installed and everything.

Anyway, the latest edition of my bracketology is up on the Ya Sports! website, here

Purdue gets a #1 seed for now, but who knows how long that will last with Hummel out for them. Tough break for a really great player. We'll see how Purdue does the rest of the year, but I think if they slip up even once, the committee is going to give them a #2 seed (assuming Duke wins the ACC tournament and gets the last #1 seed).

#1 seeds: Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, Purdue
#2 seeds: Duke, Villanova, Kansas State, West Virginia
#3 seeds: Georgetown, New Mexico, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin
#4 seeds: Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Texas, Michigan State

There were a lot of Principles & Procedures (P & P) adjustments made to the bracket. My spreadsheet looks all colorful with all of the changes made from the original S-curve (when teams change regions in my bracket the region next to a team's name changes from green to blue). Before these changes were made my bracket had sorts of other colors in it; when a procedural issue occurs in the bracket it is programmed (thanks to my friend Beer) to highlight that in red or yellow depending on the type of issue that is occuring. Of the 65 teams in the bracket, only 11 are in their original spots (the Top 5 teams Kansas through Duke and 6 others). Most of the time the teams stayed on their original seed line; however, Connecticut and Virginia Tech were swapped seed lines to fit the P & P.

Regional balance is as follows: Midwest = 523, East = 517, West = 523, South = 517

I tried to keep teams as close to home as possible while following the P & P, Beer can use his analysis of the distance traveled to check and see how I did.

Posted on: February 14, 2010 7:04 pm

Lobofan2003 Bracket 2/14/10

It's the Valentine's Day edition of Bracketology.  No sweethart for me, so I am hanging with my love of College Basketball.

I made some last minute changes to take into account Georgetown's loss to Rutgers as well as Louisville's win over Syracuse, so I hope I haven't missed any potential rematches.

#1 seeds: Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, Villanova
#2 seeds: Duke, Purdue, West Virginia, Kansas State
#3 seeds: Georgetown, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt
#4 seeds: Texas, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Gonzaga

You can see the whole bracket here .
Last Four In: Florida, St. Mary's, Marquette, Virginia Tech
Last Four Out: Charlotte, San Diego State, Cincinnati, William & Mary
Next Four Out: Wichita State, Mississippi State, Washington, Seton Hall

Bids By League: ACC-7, BIG12-7, BIGE-7, ATL10-5, BIG10-5, SEC-5, MWC-3, USA-2, WCC-2

Posted on: February 11, 2010 4:56 am

Lobofan2003 Bracket 2/11/10

Here is the latest version of my Bracketology, updating through the results of Wednesday's games.

Lobofan2003 Bracket

Nothing changes on the 1 or 2 seed lines, but there is a big shakeup on the 3 and 4 lines. New Mexico and Vanderbilt move up to 3 seeds; while Texas and Michigan St. due to their multiple losses within the last couple of weeks move down to the 4 seed.

#1 seeds: Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova
#2 seeds: Duke, Purdue, West Virginia, Georgetown
#3 seeds: Kansas State, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt
#4 seeds: Texas, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Temple

Last Four In: Florida, Old Dominion, Louisville, Notre Dame
Last Four Out: Marquette, Charlotte, South Florida, Virginia Tech
Next Four Out: Washington, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Texas Tech
Posted on: February 7, 2010 3:51 pm

Lobofan2003's Bracket 2/7/10

This does not take into account all of today's results, only the Noon ET games (specifically the ND/South Florida was included).

#1 seeds: Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova
#2 seeds: Duke, Purdue, West Virginia, Georgetown
#3 seeds: Kansas State, Wisconsin, Texas, Michigan State
#4 seeds: New Mexico, Tennessee, Temple, Georgia Tech

Last Four In: Louisville, Dayton, Old Dominion, Cincinnati
Last Four Out: Marquette, Notre Dame, VCU, South Florida
Next Four Out: Minnesota, Washington, Virginia Tech, Illinois

The entire bracket and matchups can be found here .

As always questions and comments are appreciated and special thanks to Beer for helping me with making the bracketing process easier.
Posted on: February 4, 2010 4:17 am
Edited on: February 4, 2010 4:34 pm

Bracketology Update 2/4/10

I have made a new bracket using a new method to balance out the regions based on my S-Curve based on games through Wednesday night. (See Dantheman's February 4th Bracketology thread for my S-Curve). However I am too tired to check for rematches tonight, so I will wait to post the matchups until the morning or afternoon, whenever a I have time to do that.

Meanwhile here are the seed lines:

#1 seeds: Kansas, Villanova, Syracuse, Kentucky
#2 seeds: Duke, Purdue, West Virginia, Georgetown
#3 seeds: Kansas St., Texas, Michigan St., Wisconsin
#4 seeds: Temple, New Mexico, Vanderbilt, Tennessee
#5 seeds: Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, BYU, Ohio St.
#6 seeds: Gonzaga, Pittsburgh, Butler, Baylor
#7 seeds: Xavier, Rhode Island, Florida St., Texas A&M
#8 seeds: Northern Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma St., UNLV
#9 seeds: UAB, Clemson, Charlotte, Mississippi
#10 seeds: Cincinnati, Richmond, Old Dominion, California
#11 seeds: Louisville, Florida, Dayton, Cornell
#12 seeds: South Florida, Maryland, Marquette, Siena
#13 seeds: Utah State, Tulsa, Kent State, Oakland
#14 seeds: College of Charleston, Pacific, Sam Houston St., Murray St.
#15 seeds: Weber St., Jacksonville, Morgan St., Coastal Carolina
#16 seeds: Arkansas St., Stony Brook, Robert Morris

Play-in Game: Lehigh vs. Jackson State

*NOTE that Florida St. and Northern Iowa were swapped seed lines; Northern Iowa would have been a 7 seed and Florida St. would have been an 8 seed

Last Four In: Dayton, South Florida, Maryland, Marquette
Last Four Out: Arizona, St. Mary's, San Diego State, Minnesota
Next Four Out: North Carolina, South Carolina, Seton Hall, William & Mary

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