Bracketolo-TREY

We’re about two weeks away from Selection Sunday, and so we finally bring you Bracketolo-TREY. This might be the smallest bubble we’ve had in a few years. You can thank the tourney’s expansion to 68 teams for that. So we begin…

ONE BIG CONFERENCES (18) I see 18 of these bad boys at this time, but you and I both know that there is always and upset or two during the conference tournaments that turn the field upside down.

America East – Vermont
Big Sky – Montana
Big South – UNC-Ashville
Big West – Long Beach State
Horizon – Valpo
Ivy – Harvard
MAAC – Iona
MAC – Ohio
MEAC – Savannah State
NEC – Wagner
Ohio Valley – Murray State
Patriot – Lehigh
Southern – Davidson
Southland – Texas- Arlington
SWAC – Mississippi Valley State
Summit – Oral Roberts
Sun Belt – MTSU
WAC – Nevada

Potential bid stealers…The most obvious of this group is Murray State. The Racers stand 26th in the RPI and have three wins against teams in the top 35 (Southern Miss, Memphis, and St. Mary’s). Any loss in their conference tourney, and they’ll be in…Long Beach State is in a similar position. They lack the big time wins, but they played a killer out of conference schedule, going to Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Louisville, Kansas, and North Carolina. They also faced Xavier and Kansas State at a tourney in Hawaii, they’re in should they lose in their conference tourney…Nevada is the last one that sticks out, their RPI is a modest 56, but they lack the big time wins needed to push in. It will be close…Vermont could be another team, but a loss against 1 win Binghampton really threw a wet blanket on that fire.

THE MULTI-BID LEAGUES – With a field of 68, we’re left with 50 bids after the single bid leagues. Take away the 14 automatic bids and you’re left with 36 at-large spots. The bubble is small. Very small. Hideously small. (Notes: Red = Conference Champ; Blue = Last Four in)

Atlantic 10 (3) – Temple, St. Louis, Xavier
ACC (6) – North Carolina, Duke, FSU, Virginia, Miami, NC State
Big 12 (6) – Kansas, Missouri, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas
Big East (9) – Syracuse, Marquette, Georgetown, Notre Dame, USF, Cincinnati, Louisville, Seton Hall, West Virginia
Big Ten (6) – Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue
Colonial (2) – Drexel, VCU
Conference USA (2) – Memphis, Southern Miss
Missouri Valley (2) – Wichita State, Creighton
Mountain West (3) – San Diego State, New Mexico, UNLV, Colorado State
Pac 12 (4) – California, Washington, Arizona, Oregon
SEC (5) – Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Mississippi State
WCC (2) – St. Mary’s, Gonzaga

First Four Out:
BYU
UConn
Dayton
Northwestern

The One Seeds:
Kentucky
Syracuse
Kansas
North Carolina

  • Oskie

    the colors?

  • fetch

    I would bet Harvard gets in regardless, and I think Long Beach has a decent shot as well.

  • http://cbhsports.blogspot.com cbh49er

    About time I saw some love for Carolina as a #1 seed. They do have to beat Duke Saturday though or they will drop to 2.

    In my opinion, VCU or Drexel will have to get to the CAA Tournament Final and lose if they want an at-large, any loss before that and they won’t get an at-large. Drexel will have a better chance than VCU.

  • Oskie

    fetch, ya know MSU and Kansas are due for another battle?

  • Trey

    the colors?

    Did you read it?

  • Oskie

    of course not?

  • Oskie

    did you?

    We’re about to weeks away from Selection Sunday,

  • Trey

    About time I saw some love for Carolina as a #1 seed. They do have to beat Duke Saturday though or they will drop to 2.

    Even if they klose to Duke, as long as they win the ACC Tourney…

  • Trey

    We’re about to weeks away from Selection Sunday,

    obviously I didn’t either. Even Steven.

  • Oskie

    let’s talk it over with a Detroit Coney and a Vernors.

  • arkbadger

    I just don’t see a way that Mississippi State get in. I keep hearing everyone say they are in, but as it stands right now (not sure what they did last night) the best they can do it .500 in conference play, and they have lost something like 6 of 7. I don’t see how rep alone gets them in, they are not that good.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Watsonian

    let’s talk it over with a Detroit Coney and a Vernors.

    Make it flint style and put some vanilla ice cream in that Vernors. Then I’m in for sure.

  • Trey

    let’s talk it over with a Detroit Coney and a Vernors.

    Make it Flint and a Canada Dry and I’m game.

  • Trey

    I just don’t see a way that Mississippi State get in. I keep hearing everyone say they are in, but as it stands right now (not sure what they did last night) the best they can do it .500 in conference play, and they have lost something like 6 of 7. I don’t see how rep alone gets them in, they are not that good.

    The bubble is THAT bad. Plus they’ve had injury issues.

  • Oskie

    Make it Flint and a Canada Dry and I’m game.

    you can have your flint crap, but I draw the line on the Vernors. that’s a mans ginger ale

  • Trey

    Vernor’s is what you throw in a apple martini to give it a touch of fizz

  • Trey

    I don’t see Vernors HERE.

  • http://cbhsports.blogspot.com cbh49er

    Hope Roy decides to give a fuck about the ACC Tournament this year, always a question with him.

  • Oskie

    I see it right here!

  • Trey

    Vernors is a step below sprite with a splash of coke in it.

  • Oskie

    you’re a step below my son. hell, your son.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Watsonian

    Oskie doesn’t know shit about coneys, but his taste buds are spot on when it comes to ginger ales. Vernor’s or GTFO.

    Also, short jokes are hilarious.

  • Trey

    Vernors must be some poo-swah Michiganer love potion.

  • Johnny

    So I take it Penn State is going to the NIT then?

    /haven’t watched a single game

  • http://cbhsports.blogspot.com cbh49er

    Their ex coach had a great first year at Navy, they didn’t win a single conference game.

  • http://www.thevictoryformation.com Watsonian

    Vernors must be some poo-swah Michiganer love potion.

    If this means “the best ginger ale on the planet” then yes. You are correct.

  • cabbage

    I miss Vernors, good stuff.

  • http://thevictoryformation.com Dave K

    Cabbage gets it