Brett Siegel Bracketology: February 17, 2018

Since Monday (2/12), we have seen some crazy games in college hoops and seen a lot of top teams go down. We have a full slate of games today, so buckle up, but here is what my Bracketology Report is looking like today heading into Saturday’s action!

If you missed a previous Bracketology Report, catch up on the past rankings here!

*Note: (#) means which numbered team they are from that conference, * denotes predicted auto-bid

Bracketology Rankings:

1 Seeds:

  1. Virginia Cavaliers (24-2) (12-1) – ACC (1)*  
  2. Villanova Wildcats (23-3) (10-2) – Big East (1)*  
  3. Xavier Musketeers (24-3) (11-2) – Big East (2)  
  4. Michigan State Spartans (25-3) (13-2) – Big Ten (1)* ↑ (1)

2 Seeds:

  1. Auburn Tigers (23-2) (11-2) – SEC (1)* ↑ (3)
  2. Texas Tech Red Raiders (22-4) (10-3) – Big 12 (1)* ↑ (3)
  3. Clemson Tigers (20-5) (9-4) – ACC (2) ↓ (1)
  4. Duke Blue Devils (21-5) (9-4) – ACC (3) ↓ (1)

3 Seeds:

  1. Purdue Boilermakers (23-5) (12-3) – Big Ten (2) ↓ (5)
  2. Kansas Jayhawks (20-6) (9-4) – Big 12 (2)  
  3. North Carolina Tar Heels (20-7) (9-5) – ACC (4) ↑ (1)
  4. Cincinnati Bearcats (23-3) (12-1) – American (1)* ↓ (1)

4 Seeds:

  1. Tennessee Volunteers (19-6) (9-4) – SEC (2)  
  2. Arizona Wildcats (21-6) (11-3) – PAC 12 (1)* ↑ (1)
  3. Ohio State Buckeyes (22-6) (13-2) – Big Ten (3) ↓ (1)
  4. Gonzaga Bulldogs (24-4) (14-1) – WCC (1)* ↑ (2)

5 Seeds:

  1. West Virginia Mountaineers (19-7) (8-5) – Big 12 (3)  
  2. Wichita State Shockers (20-5) (10-3) – American (2) ↑ (6)
  3. Rhode Island Rams (21-4) (13-1) – A-10 (1)*  
  4. Oklahoma Sooners (16-9) (6-7) – Big 12 (4) ↓ (4)

6 Seeds:

  1. Creighton Bluejays (19-7) (8-5) – Big East (3) ↑ (1)
  2. Florida Gators (17-9) (8-5) – SEC (3) ↓ (2)
  3. Texas A&M Aggies (17-9) (6-7) – SEC (4) ↑ (6)
  4. Miami (FL) Hurricanes (18-7) (7-6) – ACC (5) ↓ (1)

7 Seeds:

  1. Missouri Tigers (18-8) (8-5) – SEC (5) ↑ (5)
  2. Michigan Wolverines (21-7) (10-5) – Big Ten (4) ↑ (5)
  3. Alabama Crimson Tide (17-9) (8-5) – SEC (6) ↑ (7)
  4. Saint Mary’s Gaels (24-4) (13-2) – WCC (2) ↓ (3)

8 Seeds:

  1. Kentucky Wildcats (17-9) (6-7) – SEC (7) ↓ (8)
  2. Nevada Wolfpack (22-5) (11-2) – MW (1)* ↓ (3)
  3. Arizona State Sun Devils (19-7) (7-7) – PAC 12 (2) ↑ (2)
  4. Seton Hall Pirates (17-9) (6-7) – Big East (4) ↓ (6)

9 Seeds:

  1. Louisville Cardinals (18-8) (8-5) – ACC (6) ↓ (1)
  2. Butler Bulldogs (17-10) (7-7) – Big East (5) ↓ (6)
  3. Florida State Seminoles (18-8) (7-7) – ACC (7) ↑ (1)
  4. Arkansas Razorbacks (18-8) (7-6) – SEC (8) ↑ (2)

10 Seeds:

  1. NC State Wolfpack (17-9) (7-6) – ACC (8) ↑ (4)
  2. Providence Friars (17-9) (8-5) – Big East (6) ↑ (4)
  3. Houston Cougars (20-5) (10-3) – American (3) ↑ (5)
  4. Virginia Tech Hokies (18-8) (7-6) – ACC (9) ↓ (1)

11 Seeds:

  1. TCU Horned Frogs (17-9) (5-8) – Big 12 (5) ↓ (1)
  2. Washington Huskies (17-9) (7-6) – PAC 12 (3) ↓ (7)
  3. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (21-5) (13-1) – C-USA (1)* ↑ (4)
  4. UCLA Bruins (18-8) (9-5) – PAC 12 (4) ↑ (1)
  5. Kansas State Wildcats (18-8) (7-6) – Big 12 (6) ↓ (2)

12 Seeds:

  1. Vermont Catamounts (22-5) (12-0) – American East (1)* ↑ (7)
  2. New Mexico State Aggies (22-4) (9-1) – WAC (1)* – ↑ (1)
  3. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (22-5) (12-3) – MVC (1)* ↑ (1)
  4. USC Trojans (18-9) (9-5) – PAC 12 (5) ↓ (3)
  5. St. Bonaventure Bonnies (20-6) (10-4) – A-10 (2) NEW

13 Seeds:

  1. Buffalo Bulls (20-7) (12-2) – MAC (1)* ↑ (1)
  2. Louisiana Rajun Cajuns (22-4) (12-1) – Sun Belt (1)* ↓ (2)
  3. East Tennessee State Buccaneers (22-5) (13-1) – Southern (1)* ↑ (1)
  4. South Dakota State Jackrabbits (22-6) (10-1) – Summit (1)* ↓ (3)

14 Seeds:

  1. Bucknell Bison (19-9) (13-2) – Patriots (1)*↑ (1)
  2. Charleston Cougars (21-6) (12-3) – CAA (1)* ↑ (1)
  3. Murray State Racers (21-5) (13-2) – OVC (1)* NEW
  4. Rider Broncos (20-7) (13-2) – MAAC (1)* ↑ (1)

15 Seeds:

  1. UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (20-5) (9-2) – Big West (1)* ↑ (1)
  2. Montana Grizzlies (20-6) (13-1) – Big Sky (1)* ↓ (2)
  3. Wright State Raiders (20-8) (12-3) – Horizon (1)* ↑ (1)
  4. Wagner Seahawks (19-7) (12-3) – NEC (1)* ↑ (1)

16 Seeds:

  1. Harvard Crimson (13-11) (8-1) – IVY League (1)* NEW
  2. Winthrop Eagles (17-9) (11-4) – Big South (1)* NEW
  3. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (20-9) (11-1) – A.Sun (1)* ↓ (1)
  4. Nicholls State Colonels (17-9) (10-1) – Southland (1)* 
  5. Savannah State Tigers (13-13) (10-1) – MEAC (1)* 
  6. Grambling Tigers (14-12) (10-3) – SWAC (1)* 

 

Last 4 Byes: 

Houston, Virginia Tech, TCU, Washington

Last 4 In:

UCLA, Kansas State, USC, St. Bonaventure

First 4 Out:

Nebraska, Texas, Syracuse, Baylor

Next 4 Out:

Penn State, Temple, Utah, Boise State

 

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN:

ACC – 9, SEC – 8, Big-12 – 6, Big East – 6, PAC-12 – 5, Big Ten – 4, American – 3, WCC – 2, A-10 – 2, Others – 1

 

BRACKET PREVIEW:

*Note: I have the South Region and the West Region meeting in the Final Four*

SOUTH REGION: 

Sites: Charlotte, Boise, Detroit, Dallas

(-) #1 Virginia vs. #16 Savannah State/Nicholls State

(↓) #8 Seton Hall vs. (↑) #9 Arkansas

(↑) #5 Wichita State vs. (-) #12 Loyola-Chicago

(-) #4 Ohio State vs. (↓) #13 Louisiana

(-) #6 Miami (FL) vs. (↓) #11 TCU

(↓) #3 Purdue vs. (NEW) #14 Murray State

(↑) #7 Missouri  vs. (-) #10 Virginia Tech

(↑) #2 Texas Tech vs. (↓) #15 Montana

 

EAST REGION:

Sites: Pittsburgh, San Diego, Wichita, Dallas

(-) #1 Villanova vs. #16 Florida Gulf Coast/Grambling

(↑) #8 Arizona State vs. (↓) #9 Louisville

(↓)#5 Oklahoma vs. #12 USC/St. Bonaventure

(↑) #4 Gonzaga vs. (-) #13 East Tennessee State

(↑) #6 Texas A&M v.s (↑) #11 Middle Tennessee

(-) #3 Kansas vs. (-) #14 Charleston

(↑) #7 Michigan vs. (-) #10 Houston

(-) #2 Clemson vs. (-) #15 Wright State

 

WEST REGION:

Sites: Detroit, San Diego, Wichita, Nashville

(↑) #1 Michigan State vs. (NEW) #16 Winthrop

(↓) #8 Kentucky vs. (↓) #9 Butler

(-) #5 Rhode Island vs. (↑) #12 Vermont

(-) #4 Arizona vs. (-) #13 South Dakota State

(-) #6 Creighton vs. #11 UCLA/Kansas State

(-) #3 North Carolina vs. (-) #14 Bucknell

(↓) #7 St. Mary’s vs. (↑) #10 NC State

(-) #2 Auburn vs. (-) #15 UC-Santa Barbara

 

MIDWEST REGION:

Sites: Detroit, Boise, Nashville, Charlotte

(-) #1 Xavier vs. (NEW)#16 Harvard

(↓) #8 Nevada vs. (-) #9 Florida State

(-) #5 West Virginia vs. (-) #12 New Mexico State

(-) #4 Tennessee vs. (-) #13 Buffalo

(↓) #6 Florida vs. (↓) #11 Washington

(-) #3 Cincinnati vs. (↑)#14 Rider

(↑) #7 Alabama vs. (↑) #10 Providence

(-) #2 Duke vs. (-) #15 Wagner

 

FIRST FOUR MATCHUPS: Dayton, OH

#11 UCLA vs. Kansas State

#12 USC vs. #12 St. Bonaventure

#16 Savannah State vs. #16 Nicholls State

#16 Florida Gulf Coast vs. #16 Grambling

 

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Brett Siegel
I am currently a sophomore at The University of Louisville, majoring in Sports Administration and minoring in Communication. This is my second year being the lead NBA Draft Analyst for CPP and writer for Louisville Basketball. I am a huge sports fan that loves college basketball and watching the players transition from the college court to the big stage in the NBA! If you have any questions or comments, my email is bsiegelsports@gmail.com.