Brett Siegel Bracketology: February 19, 2018

This weekend was full of upsets and bubble teams making moves, both up and down. This week offers plenty of intriguing games and a lot of bubble teams in action! Here is what my Bracketology Report is looking like heading into this week of action (Feb 19-25).

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) (13-1) – ACC (1)* 
  2. Villanova Wildcats (24-3) (11-3) – Big East (1)* 
  3. Xavier Musketeers (24-4) (12-3) – Big East (2) 
  4. Michigan State Spartans (26-3) (14-2) – Big Ten (1)* 

2 Seeds:

  1. Texas Tech Red Raiders (22-5) (10-4) (1)* ↑ (1)
  2. Duke Blue Devils (22-5) (10-4) – ACC (2) ↑ (2)
  3. Auburn Tigers (23-4) (11-3) – SEC (1)* ↓ (2)
  4. North Carolina Tar Heels (21-7) (10-5)– ACC (3) ↑ (3)

3 Seeds:

  1. Clemson Tigers (20-6) (9-5) – ACC (4) ↓ (2)
  2. Kansas Jayhawks (21-6) (10-4) – Big 12 (2) 
  3. Purdue Boilermakers (24-5) (13-3) – Big Ten (2) ↓ (2)
  4. Cincinnati Bearcats (23-4) (12-2) – American (1)* 

4 Seeds:

  1. Tennessee Volunteers (19-7) (9-5) – SEC (2) 
  2. Arizona Wildcats (21-6) (11-3) – PAC 12 (1)* 
  3. Rhode Island Rams (21-4) (13-1) – A-10 (1)* ↑ (4)
  4. Wichita State Shockers (21-5) (11-3) – American (2) ↑ (2)

5 Seeds:

  1. Gonzaga Bulldogs (25-4) (15-1) – WCC (1)*  ↓ (1)
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes (22-7) (13-3) – Big Ten (3) ↓ (3)
  3. West Virginia Mountaineers (19-8) (8-6) – Big 12 (3)  ↓ (2)
  4. Nevada Wolfpack (23-5) (12-2) – MW (1)* ↑ (10)

6 Seeds:

  1. Creighton Bluejays (19-8) (8-6) – Big East (3) 
  2. Texas A&M Aggies (17-10) (6-8) – SEC (3) ↑ (1)
  3. Missouri Tigers (18-9) (8-6) – SEC (4) ↑ (2)
  4. Michigan Wolverines (22-7) (11-5) – Big Ten (4) ↑ (2)

7 Seeds:

  1. Florida Gators (17-10) (8-6) – SEC (5) ↓ (3)
  2. Kentucky Wildcats (18-9) (7-7) – SEC (6) ↑ (3)
  3. Oklahoma Sooners (16-10) (6-8) – Big 12 (4) ↓ (7)
  4. Saint Mary’s Gaels (25-4) (14-2) – WCC (2) 

8 Seeds:

  1. Arizona State Sun Devils (19-7) (7-7) – PAC 12 (2) ↑ (2)
  2. Arkansas Razorbacks (19-8) (8-6) – SEC (7) ↑ (6)
  3. Miami (FL) Hurricanes (18-8) (7-7) – ACC (5) ↓ (7)
  4. Alabama Crimson Tide (17-10) (8-6) – SEC (8) ↓ (5)

9 Seeds:

  1. TCU Horned Frogs (18-9) (6-8) – Big 12 (5) ↑ (8)
  2. Florida State Seminoles (19-8) (8-7) – ACC (6) ↑ (1)
  3. Seton Hall Pirates (18-7) (7-7) – Big East (4) ↓ (3)
  4. Butler Bulldogs (18-10) (8-7) – Big East (5) ↓ (2)

10 Seeds:

  1. Houston Cougars (21-5) (11-3) – American (3) ↑ (2)
  2. NC State Wolfpack (18-9) (8-6) – ACC (7) ↓ (1)
  3. Louisville Cardinals (18-9) (8-6) – ACC (8) ↓ (6)
  4. Virginia Tech Hokies (19-8) (8-6) – ACC (9) 

11 Seeds:

  1. Providence Friars (17-10) (8-6) – Big East (6) ↓ (3)
  2. Washington Huskies (18-9) (8-6) – PAC 12 (3) 
  3. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (22-5) (14-1) – C-USA (1)* 
  4. UCLA Bruins (19-8) (10-5) – PAC 12 (4) 
  5. Kansas State Wildcats (19-8) (8-6) – Big 12 (6) 

12 Seeds:

  1. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (23-5) (13-3) – MVC (1)* ↑ (2)
  2. New Mexico State Aggies (22-5) (9-2) – WAC (1)* – 
  3. Vermont Catamounts (22-6) (12-1) – American East (1)* ↓ (2)
  4. St. Bonaventure Bonnies (20-6) (10-4) – A-10 (2) ↑ (1)
  5. Texas Longhorns (16-11) (6-8) – Big 12 (7) NEW

13 Seeds:

  1. Buffalo Bulls (20-7) (12-2) – MAC (1)* 
  2. Louisiana Rajun Cajuns (23-4) (13-1) – Sun Belt (1)* 
  3. East Tennessee State Buccaneers (23-5) (14-1) – Southern (1)* 
  4. South Dakota State Jackrabbits (23-6) (11-1) – Summit (1)* 

14 Seeds:

  1. Charleston Cougars (22-6) (13-3) – CAA (1)* ↑ (1)
  2. Murray State Racers (22-5) (14-2) – OVC (1)* ↑ (1)
  3. Rider Broncos (21-7) (14-2) – MAAC (1)* ↑ (1)
  4. Bucknell Bison (20-9) (14-2) – Patriots (1)* ↓ (3)

15 Seeds:

  1. UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (20-6) (9-3) – Big West (1)* 
  2. Montana Grizzlies (20-7) (13-2) – Big Sky (1)* 
  3. Wright State Raiders (20-8) (12-3) – Horizon (1)* 
  4. Winthrop Eagles (18-9) (12-4) – Big South (1)* ↑ (2)

16 Seeds:

  1. Wagner Seahawks (20-7) (13-3) – NEC (1)* ↓ (1)
  2. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (20-9) (11-1) – A.Sun (1)* ↑ (1)
  3. Harvard Crimson (13-11) (8-1) – IVY League (1)* ↓ (2)
  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: 

Louisville, Virginia Tech, Providence, Washington

Last 4 In:

UCLA, Kansas State, St. Bonaventure, Texas

First 4 Out:

Syracuse, USC, Baylor, Penn State

Next 4 Out:

Nebraska, Temple, Utah, Notre Dame

 

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN:

ACC – 9, SEC – 8, Big-12 – 7, Big East – 6, PAC-12 – 4, 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, San Diego, Dallas, Nashville

(-) #1 Virginia vs. (↓) #16 Wagner

(↓) #8 Alabama vs. (↓) #9 Seton Hall

(↓) #5 Gonzaga vs. (-) #12 New Mexico State

(↑) #4 Wichita Statevs. (-) #13 Buffalo

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

(↓) #3 Clemson vs. (-) #14 Bucknell

(↓) #7 Oklahoma  vs. (-) #10 Virginia Tech

(-) #2 Auburn vs. (↑) #15 Wnthrop

 

EAST REGION:

Sites: Pittsburgh, Boise, Wichita, Wichita

(-) #1 Villanova vs. #16 Savannah St./Nicholls St.

(↓) #8 Miami vs. (↑)#9 TCU

(↓) #5 Ohio State vs. #12 St. Bonaventure/Texas

(↑) #4 Rhode Island vs. (-) #13 Louisiana

(↑) #6 Missouri v.s (↓) #11 Providence

(-) #3 Kansas vs. (-) #14 Rider

(↓) #7 Florida vs. (↓) #10 Louisville

(↑) #2 North Carolina vs. (-) #15 Wright State

 

WEST REGION:

Sites: Detroit, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Dallas

(-) #1 Michigan State vs. #16 Harvard/Grambling

(-) #8 Arizona State vs. (-) #9 Butler

(↑) #5 Nevada vs. (-) #12 Loyola-Chicago

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

(-) #6 Creighton vs. (-) #11 Middle Tennessee

(-) #3 Cincinnati vs. (-) #14 Bucknell

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

(-) #2 Texas Tech vs. (-) #15 UC-Santa Barbara

 

MIDWEST REGION:

Sites: Detroit, Boise, Nashville, Charlotte

(-) #1 Xavier vs. (-)#16 Florida Gulf Coast

(↑) #8 Arkansas vs. (-) #9 Florida State

(-) #5 West Virginia vs. (-) #12 Vermont

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

(-) #6 Texas A&M vs. (-) #11 Washington

(↓) #3 Purdue vs. (-)#14 Murray State

(↑) #7 Kentucky vs. (↑) #10 Houston

(-) #2 Duke vs. (-) #15 Montana

 

FIRST FOUR MATCHUPS: Dayton, OH

#11 UCLA vs. #11 Kansas State

#12 St. Bonaventure vs. #12 Texas

#16 Savannah State vs. #16 Nicholls State

#16 Harvard 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.