Hello, college basketball fans!
Welcome to a special midweek edition of the Schmolik 64! I think I will post Wednesday bracket updates in addition to Monday and Friday or Saturday updates this week. I might do Friday and Saturday next weekend.
|Thur/Sat March 22-24|
|Fri/Sun March 16-18||16||First Four Winner|
|Thur/Sat March 15-17||12||First Four Winner|
|Thur/Sat March 15-17||11||Baylor||17-12|
|Fri/Sun March 16-18||10||St. Bonaventure||23-6|
|Fri/Sun March 23-25|
|Thur/Sat March 15-17||16||First Four Winner|
|San Diego||5||Ohio State||24-7|
|Fri/Sun March 16-18||12||Loyola Illinois||24-5|
|Fri/Sun March 16-18||11||First Four Winner|
|Fri/Sun March 16-18||10||Oklahoma||17-12|
|Fri/Sun March 23-25|
|Thur/Sat March 15-17||16||UNC Asheville||18-11|
|Thur/Sat March 15-17||12||Buffalo||21-8|
|13||South Dakota State||21-6|
|Thur/Sat March 15-17||11||USC||21-9|
|Thur/Sat March 15-17||10||Providence||18-11|
|Thur/Sat March 22-24|
|Fri/Sun March 16-18||16||Pennsylvania||20-7|
|Fri/Sun March 16-18||12||Louisiana||23-4|
|13||New Mexico State||21-5|
|Thur/Sat March 15-17||11||First Four Winner|
|Fri/Sun March 16-18||10||Arizona State||19-9|
|First Four Games|
|Tue March 17||16||Florida Gulf Coast||19-10|
|Wed March 18||16||Arkansas Pine Bluff||11-19|
|Tue March 17||11||Alabama||17-13|
|Wed March 18||11||Temple||16-12|
ACC (10): Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Florida State, Syracuse, Louisville
SEC (8): Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida, Texas A & M, Missouri, Alabama
Big East (6): Villanova, Xavier, Seton Hall, Butler, Providence, Creighton
Big 12 (6): Kansas, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor
Big Ten (4): Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan
American (4): Cincinnati, Wichita State, Houston, Temple
Pac 12 (3): Arizona, Arizona State, USC
West Coast (2): St. Mary's, Gonzaga
Atlantic 10 (2): Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure
One Bid Conferences: 23
North Carolina's buzzer beater loss cost the Tar Heels a #1 seed. Duke lost on Monday or they probably would have moved up. So Michigan State inherits the #1 seed. The Big Ten Tournament plays this week and if they win it all I probably will keep them there in the final Schmolik 64.
I still refuse to put Kansas as a #1 seed. They still don't have that signature win that proves they are deserving of a #1 seed. Their best win right now is Kentucky although the Wildcats are getting better now. I will say that their 14 year streak of winning the Big 12 is the most overrated streak in college basketball. You know why they've won the Big 12 14 years in a row? The rest of the Big 12 sucks! You know why Duke doesn't have 14 straight ACC titles? North Carolina. You know why North Carolina doesn't have 14 straight ACC titles? Duke. Even outside of them you still have Virginia, Louisville, Syracuse and many other teams. Put Kansas in the ACC, Big Ten, or even the SEC if you swapped them with Kentucky and they don't win 14 straight titles. I don't even think Kansas wins 14 straight Pathetic 12 titles if you swapped them with Arizona because you still have UCLA and Oregon. If Kansas is so great, why do they have only two Final Fours in that 14 year span?
This Kansas team lost three times this year in Lawrence. They lost this year at home to Oklahoma State! They lost this year at home to Arizona State, a team that can't even finish .500 in the Pathetic 12! They lost four times in the Big 12 this year, only once have they lost five games. This was arguably the worst Kansas team in the Bill Self era and yet not one Big 12 team can take advantage and even tie the Jayhawks. Other than Kansas, the only other team that made the Final Four as a member of the Big 12 (West Virginia was a Big East member when they made the Final Four) was Oklahoma and they were beaten by Villanova by the biggest margin in Final Four history. The Big 12 is Kansas and the Nine Dwarfs. If Kansas left for the Big Ten, the Big 12 would be no better than the Missouri Valley Conference. Oh I'm sorry. That's an insult to the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Big 12 to me is overrated. I gave them only six teams. Their Group 1/2 win totals seem to be inflated as are the SEC's although their RPI's are low overall. Baylor got in because they actually beat Kansas but Texas and Kansas State are out. Kansas State went 0-6 against the top three in the Big 12 (Kansas, West Virginia, and Texas Tech).
I'm not giving up on Temple just yet. They have a high RPI (#41) and wins over three teams in the top 12 of the RPI (Auburn, Clemson, and Wichita State). They have the same number of Group 1 wins as Kansas State, Washington, and Utah and one more than UCLA but with a way higher RPI. Kansas State doesn't have any wins anywhere near as impressive. They do have two tough road games at Connecticut and Tulsa upcoming. If they sweep, bracketologists will have to notice the Owls.
Don't forget to compare my bracket to others at the Bracket Matrix.