Sunday, March 13, 2016

2016 Professional Realist FINAL Bracket Projection March 13, 2016


SEEDS
MIDWEST (Chicago)
EAST (Philadelphia)
SOUTH (Louisville)
WEST  (Anaheim)
1
Kansas
North Carolina
Michigan State
Oregon
2
Villanova
West Virginia
Oklahoma
Virginia
3
Utah
Xavier
Miami (FL)
Kentucky
4
Indiana
Maryland
Texas A&M
Purdue
5
Baylor
Arizona
Seton Hall
Duke
6
Notre Dame
Dayton
Texas
California
7
Iowa State
Saint Joseph’s
Colorado
Providence
8
Iowa
Oregon State
Virginia Commonwealth
Texas Tech
9
Wichita State
Wisconsin
Connecticut
Butler
10
Gonzaga
USC
Pittsburgh
St. Bonaventure
11
Cincinnati
Vanderbilt / Syracuse
Little Rock
Michigan / Monmouth
12
Stephen F. Austin
Northern Iowa
Chattanooga
South Dakota State
13
Buffalo
Iona
Yale
Middle Tennessee State
14
Stony Brook
UNC-Wilmington
Fresno State
Hawaii
15
UNC-Asheville
Weber State
Green Bay
CSU-Bakersfield
16
Holy Cross /
Fairleigh Dickinson
Florida Gulf Coast
Austin Peay /
Southern
Hampton
First Four Out:
San Diego State
South Carolina
Temple
St. Mary’s
Next Four Out:
Valparaiso
Georgia
Florida
Davidson

Friday, March 11, 2016

Historic Friday of Championship Week

It's crazy all that happened today in the world of college basketball, but I first wanted to give a shoutout to the Bracket Master himself, who compiles the registry of bracket projections and scores us when it's all finished!
If you want to check out other bracket projections - including those from ESPN and CBS, etc. - go to www.bracketmatrix.com!
I was VERY successful last season and hopefully will repeat this year!
My bracket is listed under PR!

Anyway, to the results from the day!

ACC
North Carolina thrashed Notre Dame, solidifying their case for a #1 seed (perhaps overall #1!) and making the ACC Championship.
They'll face Virginia, who edged out Miami (FL) today.
Depending on the rest of things, they're both in play for a #1 seed.

AAC
Instant classic between UConn and Cincy. 4 OTs. Whew.
Cincinnati stays in the field, UConn might be in now too, would help to take out Temple.
Temple routing South Florida helped their resume, but not by much, because they are among many who beat down South Florida this year.
Bottom half of the bracket is where the craziness happens.
Memphis absolutely kills Tulsa, dropping them off the bubble.
They face the #10 seed Tulane, who somehow managed a last place finish in the regular season, but are now in the semifinals after taking out whatever remaining chance Houston had of making the field.

Atlantic Ten
Dayton took it to Richmond, moving to the semifinals in convincing fashion.
They'll meet Saint Joseph, who almost dug themselves too big of a hole against George Washington. This will knock GW likely out, but Saint Joe's should be in the tournament.
VCU did a lot of the same things, taking out UMass, but it was a less impressive win.
The one falter of the day in this conference was St. Bonaventure though.
Losing to Davidson in OT moves them right down onto the bubble, with no way to work themselves off of it.

Big East
Villanova beats Providence and gets in the Big East Championship game yet again.
They'll be matching up with a feisty Seton Hall team quietly scaling the seed list.
Their latest victim, Xavier, will probably lose their #2 seed line for the loss, but it is still up in the air.

Big Ten 
Michigan did all they could to sneak into the field, by taking out the #1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament - Indiana.
Big result for a bubble team, though, so we'll see where the Wolverines fall as we near in on Selection Sunday. Best case, they eliminate any doubt and win the Big Ten, but they're probably in with a win over Purdue (might be anyway, but it would be more in jeopardy).
Purdue takes out the bid-stealer Illinois team who finally let their real record show.
Michigan State absolutely demoralized Ohio State, leaving them likely on the outside of the bracket.
They'll play a Maryland team, who scored a Big Ten tournament record 97 points against a Nebraska team that performed better than most would have imagined.
Tons of discussion in this conference for seeding though.

Big 12
Kansas almost falters at the end, but holds on against Baylor. Neither should be impacted much by the result, however.
Buddy Hield's half-court heave at the buzzer was a split second late, so West Virginia is facing Kansas for the Big 12 Championship.
West Virginia probably steals a #2 seed now regardless, especially with Xavier's loss.
Oklahoma is in a weird area, somewhere between the 2, 3, 4 line depending on what you value most.

Pac 12
Oregon takes out Arizona in OT, in a game they were supposed to win.
Utah eliminates Cal in OT as well, setting up an Oregon and Utah Pac 12 Championship.

SEC
Texas A&M beats Florida narrowly, but enough to likely push them out of the field.
LSU escapes Tennessee to get a shot at Texas A&M tomorrow.
A win might not put them in, but it would make things interesting.
Kentucky puts an exclamation point on Alabama's year, moving to the semifinals, where they will face a Georgia team who pulled off the most unlikely victory of the night.
(For those who missed it, Georgia never led until tying in the last few seconds, getting a steal from South Carolina and the SC player fouled him. Georgia got Double Bonus FT's and stole the win).

Elsewhere, another #1 seed goes down, this time in the SWAC, where Southern beat Texas Southern. Moving up Southern into the auto-bid because I think they'll beat Jackson State in the Championship.
New bracket will be out tomorrow morning!



Professional Realist Bracket Projection March 11, 2016

Hey guys!
First projection is FINALLY done. Sorry about the delay, law school takes up most all of my time.

Professional Realist Bracketology March 11, 2016

SEEDS
MIDWEST
EAST
SOUTH
WEST
1
Kansas
Villanova
North Carolina
Michigan State
2
Xavier
West Virginia
Oregon
Virginia
3
Indiana
Miami (FL)
Oklahoma
Utah
4
Texas A&M
Maryland
Purdue
Kentucky
5
Arizona
Duke
Dayton
Baylor
6
Notre Dame
California
Texas
Iowa State
7
Seton Hall
South Carolina
Iowa
Providence
8
Wisconsin
Cincinnati
USC
Colorado
9
Temple
Saint Joseph’s
Wichita State
Texas Tech
10
Vanderbilt
Virginia Commonwealth
Butler
St. Bonaventure
11
Gonzaga
Akron
St. Mary’s/ Florida
Michigan/ Oregon State
12
San Diego State
Northern Iowa
Stephen F. Austin
Little Rock
13
Hawaii
Iona
Chattanooga
Middle Tennessee State
14
South Dakota State
UNC-Wilmington
Green Bay
Yale
15
UNC-Asheville
Weber State
Stony Brook
New Mexico State
16
Fairleigh Dickinson
Florida Gulf Coast
Texas Southern / Austin Peay
Holy Cross/
Hampton
First Four Out:
Pittsburgh
Monmouth
George Washington
Tulsa
Next Four Out:
Ohio State
Valparaiso
Alabama
Syracuse