We’ll be giving regular bracket updates on CrimsonCast from this point forward. The situation changes day by day, and the added attention to the teams involved helps to provide daily doses of clarity on resumes and how they stack up against each other. Here’s the Tuesday morning bracket:
The Last Four In are still the same – LaSalle, Iowa State, Tennessee, and St. Mary’s.
For this bracket’s bullet points, I want to take a look at the teams where I vary the most from the Bracket Matrix.
- Wisconsin (CC Bracket #4 seed, Matrix #5 seed): 7 wins against the RPI top 50, including the only win at Indiana, a sweep of Illinois, and victories over Michigan, Ohio State, and Minnesota. 18th-ranked SOS. I don’t see how you can put Wisconsin’s resume up against Kansas State, Oklahoma State, or Arizona and not rate Wisconsin as equal or superior. Is it pacism? Look, I hate watching the Badgers play as much as the next guy, but their resume is hard to argue against.
- Oregon (CC Bracket #9 seed, Matrix #7 seed): Three total wins against the RPI top 50, a +100 SOS, and a loss at UTEP. I’m not impressed with this group at all. They certainly don’t deserve the 5 seed that the Big Ten Network mock selection process gave them.
- NC State (CC Bracket #9 seed, Matrix #8 seed) and North Carolina (CC Bracket #10 seed, Matrix #8 seed): UNC is definitely playing better, but as of now they have a grand total of two top 50 wins. And one of those is against NC State…who has a total of three top 50 wins, one of which came against…UNC. UNC’s best road win is against Florida State, and their second-best road win is against Long Beach State. Meanwhile, NC State’s most accomplished road win is at Boston College. Come to think of it, perhaps I’m overrating both of these teams.
- California (CC Bracket #7 seed, Matrix #10 seed): Cal is getting short-changed in a lot of brackets. They’re on a huge roll right now, they have five wins vs the RPI top 50, are 9-5 in games away from Berkeley, and have actually won games of note on the road (Arizona, Denver, Oregon). They face a similar dilemma to what Georgetown faced earlier in the year, in that people are underseeding them based upon what happened earlier in the year.
- One other note – After the AP poll came out today, I switched Gonzaga up into the fourth 1 seed slot, displacing Miami. Gonzaga only has to win two more games to go into the last week of the season ranked #1, and historically the track record of #1 ranked teams going into the final week of the season getting 1 seeds is very good.