RTC Bracketology: January 18 EditionPosted by Daniel Evans on January 18th, 2014
Daniel Evans (@bracketexpert) is Rush the Court’s resident bracketologist. He will update his brackets at least twice a week through the rest of the regular season here at RTC, but his updated brackets can be viewed daily at Bracketology Expert.
Going into Saturday, this has been a crazy week in college basketball. Let’s review:
- Baylor is sliding after getting destroyed by Texas Tech.
- Ohio State continues to have zero good wins and has now lost three straight games.
- Wisconsin lost its first game of the year at Indiana Tuesday night.
- Kansas knocked off Iowa State Monday night and continues to move up in my bracketology rankings.
I listed Kansas as a No. 1 seed in my preseason bracketology because the Jayhawks earn No. 1 seeds more consistently than any other team in the country. Kansas always schedules well and it pays off. The Jayhawks are up to No. 2 in my latest bracket and are nearing the No. 1 seed line at this point. Wichita State remains on the No. 3 line despite being undefeated. It’s nothing personal against the Shockers — really, it’s not. They just don’t have the profile of a top two seed at this point. Colorado lost Spencer Dinwiddie to an ACL injury earlier this week and the Buffaloes lost to UCLA a few nights later. I’ve moved Colorado down because of Dinwiddie’s loss. For now, I’m keeping New Mexico State and Belmont in the bracket below despite losing games this week and technically falling out of first place. It’s still early in the year and for one night, I am willing to give those teams the benefit of the doubt.
Here is the complete field, seeded #1-#68:
First Four Out: Arkansas, Stanford, Indiana, Saint Mary’s
WISCONSIN (Big Ten/SOUTH)
Michigan State (Midwest)
KANSAS (Big 12)
San Diego State (MWC)
WICHITA STATE (MVC)
GREEN BAY (Horizon)
LOUISIANA TECH (CUSA)
NEW MEXICO STATE (WAC)
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (Southland)
GEORGIA STATE (Sun Belt)
UC IRVINE (Big West)
NORTHERN COLORADO (Big Sky)
VERMONT (America East)
RADFORD (Big South)
ROBERT MORRIS (NEC)
NORFOLK STATE (MEAC)