Bracket Projection – February 23

Interesting night on the bubble that provided a little bit of clarity, and two incredible buzzer-beaters.

  • Syracuse picked up a marquee win against Duke on Gillon’s bank shot from 25 at the buzzer.  While Cuse has some bad losses, they also have 6 Top 50 wins (albeit all at home).  Here’s the shot.

  • Providence has a very similar resume to Syracuse, except for the fact that they keep winning on the road.  This time, the Friars knocked off Creighton in Omaha.  Providence is 5-7 against the Top 50, and 9-8 against the Top 100.
  • Seton Hall picked up a necessary home win against Xavier, who continues to spiral downward towards the bubble.
  • Cal blew a 16-point lead at home against Oregon, which would have likely stamped their bid.  They still have a lot of work to do.  Also, Dillon Brooks is A BAD MAN:

  • Vanderbilt moved to 15-13 with a win at Rocky Top.  Interesting resume here:  #1 non-conference SOS, 10 Top 100 wins with a win at Florida.
  • Wake Forest was down 19 in the first half, but then Pitt turned into Pitt.  Wake stays alive, and Pitt is going to likely need to beat UNC on Saturday to stay in the hunt.
  • Kansas State continues their free fall, losing at home to Oklahoma State.
  • Illinois State scored only 50 points in a home win against Southern Illinois.  McIntosh is back, but didn’t score in 23 minutes.
  • Oh, and Butler completed the sweep of Villanova.

To the bracket:

Last Four In:  Seton Hall, California, Illinois State, Vanderbilt

Next Nine:  Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, TCU, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Clemson, Rhode Island, Texas Tech

MIDWEST

1 Kansas (#1 overall) vs. 16 SF Austin/Mt. St. Mary’s – Tulsa
8 Miami vs. 9 Arkansas
5 Cincinnati vs. 12 Illinois St./Vanderbilt
4 Purdue vs. 13 Vermont – Milwaukee
3 Florida St. vs. 14 Florida Gulf Coast – Orlando
6 Creighton vs. 11 MTSU
7 St. Mary’s vs. 10 Michigan St.
2 Arizona vs. 15 N. Dakota St. – Salt Lake City

WEST

1 Gonzaga (#4 overall) vs. 16 Texas Southern – Salt Lake City
8 S. Carolina vs. 9 Northwestern
5 Notre Dame vs. 12 UNC Wilmington
4 W. Virginia vs. 13 Princeton – Buffalo
3 Duke vs. 14 UNC Asheville – Greenville
6 Maryland vs. 11 Seton Hall/California
7 Oklahoma St. vs. 10 Xavier
2 Oregon vs. 15 CSU Bakersfield – Sacramento

EAST

1 Villanova vs. 16 NC Central – Buffalo
8 Virginia Tech vs. 9 Michigan
5 Minnesota vs. 12 Nevada
4 UCLA vs. 13 UT-Arlington – Sacramento
3 Florida vs. 14 E. Tennessee St. – Orlando
6 SMU vs. 11 Providence
7 Iowa State vs. 10 Wichita State
2 Louisville vs. 15 Oakland – Indianapolis

SOUTH

1 UNC vs. 16 Weber St./UC Irvine – Greenville
8 Dayton vs. 9 USC
5 Wisconsin vs. 12 Monmouth
4 Butler vs. 13 Belmont – Milwaukee
3 Kentucky vs. 14 Akron – Indianapolis
6 Virginia vs. 11 Marquette
7 VCU vs. 10 Syracuse
2 Baylor vs. 15 Bucknell – Tulsa

 

 

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