Hello, college basketball fans!
Welcome to the second Schmolik 64 Update for the 2021 season!
|12||San Diego St||8-3|
|14||South Dakota State||7-3|
Bids by conference:
Big 10: 11 (Mich, Iowa, Ill, Wisc, Minn, OSU, Rut, Pur, Md, Ind, NW)
Big 12: 7 (Bay, Tex, Kan, TTech, WV, OkSt, Okl)
ACC: 7 (Clem, Lville, VaT, Va, FSU, UNC, Pitt)
SEC: 6 (Tenn, Mo, Ala, LSU, Fla, Ark)
Big E: 5 (Vill, Creig, Conn, Xav, SH)
Pac 12: 4 (Colo, UCLA, USC, Ore)
WCC: 2 (Gonz, BYU)
MWC: 2 (BSU, SDSt)
Amer: 2 (Hou, WichSt)
One Bid: 22
Highest NET Out: Penn State (41, sub .500 record), Utah State (47), VCU (48), Syracuse (49)
NET Data courtesy of WarrenNolan.com.
The top four seeds and order remain the same as the first bracket last week. Baylor passed Gonzaga for #1 in the NET rankings but Gonzaga has four Quad 1 wins to Baylor's one so Gonzaga remains the top overall #1 seed for now. Of the top three teams, two of them face tough road tasks. Michigan travels to Minnesota who already has beaten Iowa in Minneapolis earlier this year). Baylor goes to Texas Tech who beat Texas in Austin on Tuesday.
Am I ranking basketball or football? The highest ranked ACC team is CLEMSON! They're not leading the ACC standings as Virginia and Louisville are undefeated. Clemson has already beaten Florida State. They face another big test Saturday when they host Virginia.
The NCAA officially announced today that the top 16 seeds will be seeded such that "The overall No. 5 seed will be placed in the same region as the overall No. 4. The overall No. 6 will be placed with the overall No. 3. The overall No. 7 seed will be paired with the overall No. 2, and the overall No. 8 will be in the same region as the top-seeded team. ". Then the #3 seeds will be placed in reverse order of the #2's. However, traditional bracket rules in the past will remain in effect. In this bracket, they definitely came into play with four Big 12 teams in the top 4 seed lines. I have Texas Tech #9 overall on my S-Curve but had to place them in Bracket 4 because they were the 4th Big 12 team and the other four brackets had Big 12 seeds. I would expect similar adjustments to be made if one or more conferences have three or four teams in the top 4 seed lines.
I also ran into an issue at the bottom of the bracket. I have the ACC and Big Ten occupying the last four teams in and really don't have many places to put them. I had to move the winner of one game up to an #11 seed and they could potentially play #3 seed Illinois in the 2nd round. That is the best I can do, the other options would be to play a #6 seeded ACC team or Big Ten team in the first round.
Missing from this bracket are Duke and Michigan State. Neither team can based on their NET data be justified at this time. Duke is ranked but lost Tuesday and probably will drop out. Kentucky of course is still out but they did pick up a big win at Florida. They lost their first SEC game Tuesday vs. Alabama. Interestingly despite being 4-7 their NET ranking (#98) is one above Duke (#99).
Compare my bracket to other brackets across the internet at BracketMatrix.com.