Bracketology: March 2, 2019 Morning Edition

Here is my first entry into the ever-burgeoning Internet field of Bracketology for the 2019 season. Unfortunately, due to a variety of factors, I have not been able to write about the Big 12 this season like I was able to last season. I felt like I created a real following last season and generated some quality content on the Big 12, and I apologize for not doing the same this season, especially in a Big 12 season that has been so dramatic and full of surprises. Hopefully, I will be able to get back into the blogosphere next season.

But there was one thing that I simply could not allow to go to waste, and that is my top-25 ranking in the Bracket Matrix. (Seriously, look. Way ahead of those so-called experts Lunardi and Palm.) I don’t know why I enjoy projecting the NCAA Tournament field so much, but as I dove back into the bracketology world last night, two hours flew by as I dove deeper and deeper into teams’ resumes (some of which are QUITE bleak), and I felt a genuine happiness at getting back into this.

Without further ado, here is my first bracket projection of the season. I’ve also provided a seed list of teams from 1 to 68 and included the group of teams who just barely made the field, and those just outside of it.



Seed List:

•  1 — Virginia, Duke, Gonzaga, Kentucky
•  2 — Michigan State, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan
•  3 — Houston, Purdue, Marquette, Kansas
•  4 — LSU, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin
•  5 — Iowa State, Mississippi State, Florida State, Kansas State
•  6 — Nevada, Maryland, Buffalo, Villanova
•  7 — Louisville, Iowa, Cincinnati, Wofford
•  8 — Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Ole Miss
•  9 — Washington, Syracuse, Ohio State, Texas
•  10 — Oklahoma, St. John’s, NC State, TCU
•  11 — VCU, UCF, Utah State, Alabama
•  12 —
Clemson, Minnesota, Belmont, Seton Hall, Lipscomb, Murray State
•  13 — 
New Mexico State, Yale, Hofstra, Old Dominion
•  14 — 
UC Irvine, Vermont, South Dakota State, Texas State
•  15 — 
Radford, Loyola Chicago, Northern Kentucky, Montana
•  16 — 
Colgate, Sam Houston State, Iona, St. Francis PA, Prairie View A&M, Norfolk State

•  Last 4 Byes: TCU, UCF, Utah State, Alabama
•  Last 4 IN: 
Clemson, Minnesota, Belmont, Seton Hall
•  First 4 OUT:
Temple, Arizona State, St. Mary’s, Furman
•  Next 4 OUT:
Memphis, Indiana, Liberty, Creighton

Bids by Conference:

•  ACC: 9
•  Big 12: 8
•  SEC: 8
•  Big Ten: 8
•  Big East: 4
•  American: 3
•  Mountain West: 2
•  Ohio Valley: 2
•  Pac-12: 1




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