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Metric Bracketology: RPI And KenPom Like Texas Tech And Tulsa This Week

But considering how well that worked for Kansas State last week (though the Wildcats remain in today's KenPom projection), maybe the Red Raiders and Golden Hurricane will say "Thanks, but no thanks" in response to this revelation.

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Note: Both KenPom and BBState (my RPI source) require a subscription.

At the top of the bracket, only the Kansas Jayhawks and Villanova Wildcats are top seeds in all three brackets, though all four teams in my projected bracket for today are in the top eight of the RPI and KenPom standings.

This week, I added the RPI and KenPom rankings for Louisville and SMU, just so you could see where they would fall if they were eligible and how their absence affects the bracket. The RPI loves the Mustangs more than KenPom does and it's the reverse for the Cardinals.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders, my second team out, and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, my eighth team out, are in both metric-driven fields. Last week, that applied to Kansas State and Saint Joseph's, and only the Hawks have improved their position in the past week. Considering the Red Raiders welcome Oklahoma on Wednesday night and the Golden Hurricane host fellow bubble team Cincinnati one night later, both will have chances to break into my Friday projection with big home wins.

Teams holding a projected auto bid are represented with an asterisk (*).

RANK SEED PROJECTED BRACKET RPI KENPOM
1 1 Kansas* Kansas* Villanova*
2 1 Villanova* Oklahoma Virginia
3 1 Oklahoma Villanova* Michigan State
4 1 North Carolina* Oregon Kansas*
5 2 Maryland Virginia Iowa*
6 2 Virginia Maryland Oklahoma
7 2 Iowa* Xavier West Virginia
8 2 Xavier North Carolina* North Carolina*
9 3 Oregon Miami Kentucky*
10 3 Michigan State West Virginia Duke (Louisville)
11 3 West Virginia Iowa* Miami
12 3 Miami Kentucky* Wichita State*
13 4 Iowa State Dayton* Maryland
14 4 Kentucky* Iowa State (SMU) Arizona*
15 4 Dayton* Duke Iowa State
16 4 Purdue Michigan State Xavier
17 5 Duke Utah Purdue
18 5 Notre Dame Notre Dame Oregon (SMU)
19 5 Arizona* Purdue Indiana
20 5 Utah Texas Texas A&M
21 6 USC USC UConn
22 6 South Carolina Texas A&M Texas
23 6 Texas A&M South Carolina Notre Dame
24 6 Texas Saint Joseph's USC
25 7 Baylor Colorado Cincinnati
26 7 Indiana Florida Vanderbilt
27 7 Providence Baylor Valparaiso*
28 7 Michigan Arizona* Gonzaga*
29 8 California Alabama (Louisville) Syracuse
30 8 Colorado St. Bonaventure California
31 8 Syracuse Texas Tech Wisconsin
32 8 UConn California Florida
33 9 Florida Monmouth* Seton Hall
34 9 Monmouth* Syracuse Saint Joseph's
35 9 Pittsburgh Indiana Dayton*
36 9 Saint Joseph's Providence Baylor
37 10 Seton Hall Oregon State VCU
38 10 Wichita State Chattanooga* Utah
39 10 Temple* UConn Texas Tech
40 10 LSU* Princeton Creighton
41 11 Wisconsin Pittsburgh Saint Mary's
42 11 Alabama (12) Wisconsin Florida State
43 11 Valparaiso* Tulsa Little Rock*
44 11 Gonzaga* (12) Wichita State* Tulsa
45 12 Oregon State (11) Michigan Butler
46 12 Florida State (11) George Washington (48) Michigan
47 12 Butler (11) South Dakota State* Kansas State (49)
48 12 Cincinnati (11) Akron* Yale*
49 12 Chattanooga* Temple* Hawai'i*
50 12 San Diego State* San Diego State* Stony Brook*
51 13 Little Rock* Stony Brook* Monmouth*
52 13 Akron* Gonzaga* UNC Wilmington*
53 13 South Dakota State* Yale* San Diego State*
54 13 Stony Brook* Little Rock* Akron*
55 14 Yale* UNC Wilmington* South Dakota State*
56 14 UNC Wilmington* Valparaiso* Chattanooga*
57 14 Hawai'i* Hawai'i* Stephen F. Austin*
58 14 UAB* UAB* Temple*
59 15 Stephen F. Austin* Stephen F. Austin* New Mexico State*
60 15 Tennessee Tech* Tennessee Tech* UAB*
61 15 Montana* New Mexico State* UNC Asheville*
62 15 New Mexico State* Montana* Montana*
63 16 UNC Asheville* UNC Asheville* North Florida*
64 16 North Florida* North Florida* Tennessee Tech*
65 16 Hampton* Hampton* Texas Southern*
66 16 Bucknell* Bucknell* Bucknell*
67 16 Wagner* Wagner Wagner*
68 16 Texas Southern* Texas Southern* Hampton*
OUT OUT



Seton Hall (49) South Carolina (53)



Florida State (50) LSU (56)



Butler (58) Providence (57)



Cincinnati (61) Pittsburgh (60)



LSU (69) Colorado (63)




Oregon State (70)




Alabama (74)
LAST FOUR OUT LAST FOUR OUT LAST FOUR OUT


VCU Seton Hall (49) Clemson (50)


Texas Tech Florida State (50) South Carolina (53)


George Washington Vanderbilt (54) UCLA (55)


Clemson VCU (57) LSU (56)
NEXT FOUR OUT NEXT FOUR OUT NEXT FOUR OUT


Vanderbilt Butler (58) Providence (57)


St. Bonaventure Cincinnati (61) Princeton (58)


Washington William & Mary (62) Pittsburgh (60)


Tulsa Washington (63) BYU (61)
BY CONFERENCE BY CONFERENCE BY CONFERENCE


ACC: 8 ACC: 7 ACC: 7


Pac-12: 7 Big 12: 7 Big 12: 7


Big Ten: 7 Big Ten: 7 Big Ten: 7


Big 12: 6 Pac-12: 6 Big East: 5


SEC: 6 SEC: 5 Pac-12: 5


Big East: 5 Atlantic 10: 4 American: 4


American: 3 American: 3 SEC: 4


Atlantic 10: 2 Big East: 2 Atlantic 10: 3


One-Bid Leagues: 24 Ivy: 2 West Coast: 2



One-Bid Leagues: 23 One-Bid Leagues: 23

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