Brett Siegel Bracketology: Morning of February 12, 2018

With Selection Sunday literally a month away, it is that time of the year for me to release my first Bracketology Report and Rankings! There is still a whole lot of basketball to be played, so expect to see new teams week-in and week-out on these rankings. Who will rise to the occasion and make a stand in the last few weeks to make it to the big dance?

Let’s dive right into this Bracketology Report (2/12/18) to find out who is in and who still has work to do to go dancing in March!

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

Bracketology Rankings:

1 Seeds:

  1. Virginia Cavaliers (23-2) (12-1) – ACC (1)*
  2. Villanova Wildcats (23-2) (10-2) – Big East (1)*
  3. Xavier Musketeers (23-3) (11-2) – Big East (2)
  4. Purdue Boilermakers (234) (12-2) – Big Ten (1)*

2 Seeds:

  1. Michigan State Spartans (24-3) (12-2) – Big Ten (2)
  2. Clemson Tigers (20-4) (9-3) – ACC (2)
  3. Duke Blue Devils (20-5) (8-4) – ACC (3)
  4. Auburn Tigers (22-3) (10-2) – SEC (1)*

3 Seeds:

  1. Texas Tech Red Raiders (21-4) (9-3) – Big 12 (1)*
  2. Kansas Jayhawks (19-6) (8-4) – Big 12 (2)
  3. Cincinnati Bearcats (23-2) (12-0) – American (1)*
  4. North Carolina Tar Heels (19-7) (8-5) – ACC (4)

4 Seeds:

  1. Tennessee Volunteers (18-6) (8-4) – SEC (2)*
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes (22-5) (13-1) – Big Ten (3)
  3. Arizona Wildcats (20-6) (10-3) – PAC 12 (1)*
  4. Oklahoma Sooners (16-8) (6-6) – Big 12 (3)

5 Seeds:

  1. West Virginia Mountaineers (18-7) (7-5) – Big 12 (4)
  2. Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-4) (13-1) – WCC (1)*
  3. Rhode Island Rams (20-3) (12-0) – A-10 (1)*
  4. Florida Gators (17-8) (8-4) – SEC (3)

6 Seeds:

  1. Kentucky Wildcats (17-8) (6-6) – SEC (4)
  2. Creighton Blue Jays (18-7) (8-5) – Big East (3)
  3. Miami (FL) Hurricanes (18-6) (7-5) – ACC (5)
  4. Wichita State Shockers (19-5) (9-3) – American (2)

7 Seeds:

  1. Saint Mary’s Gaels (24-3) (13-1) – WCC (2)
  2. Seton Hall Pirates (17-8) (6-6) – Big East (4)
  3. Nevada Wolfpack (21-5) (10-2) – MW (1)*
  4. Butler Bulldogs (17-9) (7-6) – Big East (5)

8 Seeds:

  1. Texas A&M Aggies (17-8) (6-6) – SEC (5)
  2. Missouri Tigers (17-8) (7-5) – SEC (6)
  3. Michigan Wolverines (20-7) (9-5) – Big Ten (4)
  4. Louisville Cardinals (18-8) (8-5) – ACC (6)

9 Seeds:

  1. Arizona State Sun Devils (19-6) (7-6) – PAC 12 (2)
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide (16-9) (7-5) – SEC (7)
  3. Washington Huskies (17-8) (7-5) – PAC 12 (3)
  4. Florida State Seminoles (17-8) (6-7) – ACC (7)

10 Seeds:

  1. Texas Longhorns (15-10) (5-7) – Big 12 (5)
  2. Arkansas Razorbacks (17-8) (6-6) – SEC (8)
  3. Virginia Tech Hokies (18-7) (7-5) – ACC (8)
  4. TCU Horned Frogs (17-8) (5-7) – Big 12 (6)

11 Seeds:

  1. NC State Wolfpack (16-9) (6-6) – ACC (9)
  2. Providence Friars (16-9) (7-5) – Big East (6)
  3. Kansas State Wildcats (17-8) (6-6) – Big 12 (7)
  4. Houston Cougars (19-5) (6-6) – American (3)
  5. UCLA Bruins (17-8) (8-5) – PAC-12 (4)
  6. USC Trojans (17-9) (8-5) – PAC-12 (5)

12 Seeds:

  1. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (20-5) (12-1) – C-USA (1)*
  2. New Mexico State Aggies (22-3) (9-0) – WAC (1)*
  3. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (21-5) (11-3) – MVC (1)*
  4. Louisiana Rajin Cajuns (21-4) (11-1) – Sun Belt (1)*

13 Seeds:

  1. South Dakota State Jackrabbits (22-6) (10-1) – Summit (1)*
  2. Buffalo Bulls (17-9) (11-2) – MAC (1)*
  3. Vermont Catamounts (21-5) (11-0) – American East (1)*
  4. East Tennessee State Buccaneers (22-4) (13-0) – Southern (1)*

14 Seeds:

  1. Belmont Bruins (20-7) (12-2) – OVC (1)*
  2. Bucknell Bison (17-9) (11-2) – Patriots (1)*
  3. Charleston Cougars (20-6) (11-5) – CAA (1)*
  4. Montana Grizzlies (20-5) (13-0) – Big Sky (1)*

15 Seeds:

  1. Rider Broncos (19-7) (12-2) – MAAC (1)*
  2. UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (19-5) (8-2) – Big West (1)*
  3. Wagner Seahawks (18-7) (11-3) – NEC (1)*
  4. Wright State Raiders (19-8) (11-3) – Horizon (1)*

16 Seeds:

  1. UNC-Asheville Bulldogs (18-9) (11-3) – Big South (1)*
  2. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (20-8) (11-0) – A. Sun (1)*
  3. Pennsylvania Quakers (17-7) (7-1) – IVY (1)*
  4. Nicholls State Colonels (16-9) (10-2) – Southland (1)*
  5. Savannah State Tigers (12-13) (9-1) – MEAC (1)*
  6. Grambling Tigers (13-12) (9-3) – SWAC (1)*

 

Last 4 Byes: 

Virginia Tech, TCU, NC State, Providence

Last 4 In:

Kansas State, Houston, UCLA, USC

First 4 Out:

Boise State, Syracuse, Marquette, Nebraska

Next 4 Out:

SMU, St. Bonaventure, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State

 

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN:

ACC – 9, SEC – 8, Big-12 – 7, Big East – 6, PAC-12 – 5, Big Ten – 4, American – 3, WCC – 2, Others – 1

 

BRACKET PREVIEW:

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

South Region: 

Sites: Charlotte, Wichita, Dallas, Dallas

#1 Virginia vs. #16 Savannah State/Grambling

#8 Michigan vs. #9 Arizona State

#5 Gonzaga vs. #12 Louisiana

#4 Oklahoma vs. #13 South Dakota State

#6 Wichita State vs. #11 NC State

#3 Texas Tech vs. #14 Montana

#7 Saint Mary’s vs. #10 Virginia Tech

#2 Auburn vs. #15 Rider

 

EAST REGION:

Sites: Pittsburgh, San Diego, Wichita, Nashville

#1 Villanova vs. #16 Pennsylvania/Nicholls State

#8 Louisville vs. #9 Alabama

#5 West Virginia vs. #12 Loyola-Chicago

#4 Arizona vs. #13 Buffalo

#6 Miami (FL) v.s #11 Providence

#3 Kansas vs. #14 Charleston

#7 Seton Hall vs. #10 TCU

#2 Duke vs. #15 UC-Santa Barbara

 

WEST REGION:

Sites: Nashville, Boise, San Diego, Detroit

#1 Xavier vs. #16 UNC-Asheville

#8 Texas A&M vs. #9 Florida State

#5 Rhode Island vs. #12 Middle Tennessee

#4 Tennessee vs. #13 East Tennessee State

#6 Kentucky vs. #11 Houston/UCLA

#3 North Carolina vs. #14 Belmont

#7 Butler vs. #10 Texas

#2 Michigan State vs. #15 Wright State

 

MIDWEST REGION:

Sites: Detroit, Boise, Pittsburgh, Charlotte

#1 Purdue vs. #16 Florida Gulf Coast

#8 Missouri vs. #9 Washington

#5 Florida vs. #12 New Mexico State

#4 Ohio State vs. #13 Vermont

#6 Creighton vs. #11 Kansas State/USC

#3 Cincinnati vs. #14 Bucknell

#7 Nevada vs. #10 Arkansas

#2 Clemson vs. #15 Wagner

 

FIRST FOUR MATCHUPS: Dayton, OH

#11 Kansas State vs. #11 USC

#11 Houston vs. #11 UCLA

#16 Savannah State vs. #16 Grambling

#16 Pennsylvania vs. #16 Nicholls State

 

Be sure to check out ALL of our Bracketology content has we head into the final month of the season and be sure to check out CPP’s Bracketologist, Noah Holley’s Bracketology Reports and Rankings as well!

 

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.