RTC Bracketology: January 18 Edition

Posted by Daniel Evans on January 18th, 2014

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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

#1 Seeds:
ARIZONA (Pac-12/WEST)
SYRACUSE (ACC/EAST)
WISCONSIN (Big Ten/SOUTH)
Michigan State (Midwest)

#2  Seeds:
Villanova
FLORIDA (SEC)
KANSAS (Big 12)
San Diego State (MWC)

#3 seeds:
WICHITA STATE (MVC)
Oklahoma State
Iowa State
MASSACHUSETTS (A-10)

#4 seeds:
Memphis
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
Iowa

#5 seeds:
Baylor
Kentucky
Oregon
Ohio State

#6 seeds:
Louisville
New Mexico
Duke
GONZAGA (WCC)

#7 seeds:
Kansas State
Saint Louis
Colorado
Creighton

#8 seeds:
North Carolina
Connecticut
Minnesota
California

#9 seeds:
Virginia
UCLA
Oklahoma
Florida State

#10 seeds:
Michigan
Dayton
Xavier
HARVARD (Ivy)

#11 seeds:
GREEN BAY (Horizon)
George Washington
SMU
Texas

#12 seeds:
Missouri
VCU
Tennessee
Indiana State
Illinois
LOUISIANA TECH (CUSA)

#13 seeds:
BELMONT (OVC)
NEW MEXICO STATE (WAC)
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (Southland)
MANHATTAN (MAAC)

#14 seeds:
MERCER (ASUN)
DELAWARE (CAA)
BOSTON (Patriot)
AKRON (MAC)

#15 seeds:
GEORGIA STATE (Sun Belt)
UC IRVINE (Big West)
IPFW (Summit)
NORTHERN COLORADO (Big Sky)

 #16 seeds:
VERMONT (America East)
SOUTHERN (SWAC)
RADFORD (Big South)
ROBERT MORRIS (NEC)
NORFOLK STATE (MEAC)
CHATTANOOGA (Southern)

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3 Responses to “RTC Bracketology: January 18 Edition”

  1. Tom says:

    No BIG EAST champ?

  2. Henry says:

    Interesting Cincy a 4 seed and Xavier a 10 seed and Xavier crushed Cincy on a neutral court and Xavier was higher in the RPI (20 vs 26 for Cincy) going into Saturday’s games.

  3. Henry says:

    More interesting facts on Cincy vs Xavier being such a big difference in seeds besides Xavier smoking Cincy on a Neutral court Xavier SS 18, NC SS 33, Cincy SS 95, NC SS 145. Xavier 7 top 100 wins (only 1 top 50 vs Cincy), Cincy 5 top 100 wins (3 top 50 wins)

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