For the final CrimsonCast/HoopsHD bracket report, the Bracket Racket and HoopsHD folks got together and did it committee-style. The seedings and placements are a bit different from what I’ve been posting, but that’s due to other voices being in the room. This bracket is the official submission to the Bracket Matrix this year, a site you should absolutely visit (and love) if you have any interest in Bracketology.
Here is the final bracket:
Last Four In: Boise State, MTSU, St. Mary’s, Kentucky
Some individual notes:
- Louisville ends up as the #1 overall seed in this projection, while Indiana is #2, Gonzaga is #3, and Miami is #4. Louisville barely beats out Indiana, thanks to near-identical RPI Top 100 records, better non-conference SOS, and slightly better power ratings across the board.
- Why Miami as a 1 seed? It was a close competition between the Hurricanes, Duke, and Kansas. Miami sweeping ACC honors puts them ahead of Duke. Kansas/Miami is a hard one to crack, but the committee ultimately valued Miami’s overall resume just slightly more.
- North Carolina gets the expected “conference tournament run” boost into a 5 seed.
- UCLA slides slightly due to the Jordan Adams injury.