Monday, March 7, 2016

Bracketology - March 7, 2016

We've had five tickets punched to the NCAA Tournament thus far in 2016. Outside of Yale, which earned the Ivy league's automatic bid by winning the regular season title, we've already had chaos in terms of teams going dancing.

Four conference tournaments have given us three No. 4 seeds and one No. 8 seed as conference tournament champions. If this is any indication, we might really be in for a madness-filled March.

Here's the updated bracket through Sunday, March 6 games:

FIRST FOUR OUT: Michigan, Gonzaga, Tulsa, Florida
The biggest mover and shaker in today's bracket was Wichita State. The Shockers are an interesting case as the team has been playing so much better as of late, but it still has early-season losses that hurt the resume. As it stands, the resume is an extremely borderline NCAA Tournament team. The play suggests a team in the 8/9 game. 

Some re-evaluating overnight and this morning had me slide Wichita State out of the above-mentioned 8/9 game and into a "First Four" contest. The more I analyze the situation, the more I see Wichita State absolutely locked into a Dayton game... if the Shockers make the Big Dance.

Clemson is the other team to keep an eye on. This is the case of a team that will end up with 14 losses but will have three wins (albeit at home) against Duke, Louisville, and Miami. It won't matter that those came consecutively, after a road win against likely tournament team Syracuse, but it shows Clemson has the talent to beat good teams. If it's Clemson vs. Michigan, for example, will the committee take the team with three really, really good wins or the team that lost fewer times overall? It all depends on the body of the committee, I guess.

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