Bracketology 02.11.180

Time to fire the bracketology machine up once again. Here’s the field, first in bracket form, then in seed form. Last 4 in/out are below that.

I made some alterations to my very first bracket (from yesterday, which I did not post), taking into account both the selection committee’s published “Top 16”, and accounting for the implications that I felt like those seedings had on the field’s composition and seeding.

Biggest changes — Temple got back into my field, St. Bonaventure barely beat out Syracuse and USC, and Texas A&M’s stock rose quite a bit (while Michigan and Texas saw their stock fall).


1 Virginia
1 Villanova
1 Xavier
1 Purdue
2 Auburn
2 Kansas
2 Duke
2 Cincinnati
3 Clemson
3 Texas Tech
3 Michigan State
3 North Carolina
4 Tennessee
4 Ohio State
4 Arizona
4 Oklahoma
5 West Virginia
5 Gonzaga
5 Creighton
5 Wichita State
6 Texas A&M
6 Florida
6 Rhode Island
6 Kentucky
7 Nevada
7 Butler
7 Miami
8 Florida State
8 Arizona State
8 St. Mary’s
8 Seton Hall
9 Middle Tennessee
9 Missouri
9 Michigan
9 Alabama
10 Virginia Tech
10 New Mexico State
10 Houston
10 Texas
11 Kansas State
11 Providence
11 North Carolina State
11 Louisville
11 Baylor
12 Arkansas
12 Temple
12 St. Bonaventure
12 Loyola-Chicago
12 Vermont
13 Louisiana
13 Buffalo
13 Rider
14 South Dakota State
14 Charleston
14 UC Santa Barbara
14 Montana
15 Murray State
15 Northern Kentucky
15 Bucknell
15 Wagner
16 UNC-Asheville
16 Florida Gulf Coast
16 Penn
16 Nicholls State
16 North Carolina A&T
16 Arkansas Pine Bluff

Last 4 in: Louisville, Baylor, Temple, St. Bonaventure

First 4 out: Syracuse, USC, Washington, Marquette

CrimsonCast – March 7 20160

CC-Podcast-Logo---Agu-2014On this episode of CrimsonCast, we take a look back at the most surprising conclusion to a regular season that IU basketball has experienced in some time. We talk about the characteristics of this team that make them as effective as they are, and what precisely has changed since the season’s nadir four months ago. We also talk about the developmental process of both individual players and the roster as a whole, and how different the atmosphere of the team appears to be. Finally, we take a hypothetical look at IU’s prospects in both the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Tournament, and talk about the potential seeding and placement of the Hoosiers as they head into the field of 68.

The Hoosier Hurryup: Penn State preview (10-9-15)0

Let’s talk Nittany Lions. Join your hosts Mike Petry and Michael Rayome for three quarters of an hour on:

  • Matt Hasselbeck’s flu game
  • Mixed emotions about the OSU game
  • Is IU too conservative offensively?
  • Is Penn State overrated? (Spoilers! Probably.)

Hear Michael fight through a Dayquil-induced haze as he tries to approach giving you a reasonable score prediction, and get Mike Petry’s thoughts on Indiana’s offensive line.

It’s a good one folks — don’t miss it.

Calling our shots – IU vs MSU0

Happy Homecoming! Your Hoosiers are locked in a nationally televised match up with a powerful team in Michigan State. How will they fare? Your CrimsonCast crew has weighed in below.

Mike Petry: IU leads early but can’t sustain it. tMSU 38 Indiana 17

Scott Caufield: This weekend is not going to be pretty. I think we see MSU win 48 – 17, with most of our points coming in garbage time.

I will also put a over/under of 500 of the number of people in the student section with 5 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. I will also take the under.

Galen Clavio:

Michael Rayome:

This MSU team isn’t unbeatable – they’re ranked 27th in FEI+ both offensively and defensively. The Hoosiers have, individually, faced better teams on both sides of the ball. However, they’re not weak in any particular area, and are generally just solid.

Don’t believe the narrative that this MSU team is just a defense – they’re actually a top ten passing offense nationwide. They can sling it.

Still, their defense is remarkable. It’s the sixth best rushing D in the country according to S&P+ (Football Outsiders). I’m afraid that this is the week Coleman’s 100 yard rushing streak comes to an end with an inefficient but solid 80 yard, 1 TD day.

This one’s likely to get out of hand early. MSU 42 – Indiana 20. Just hopeful that Zander shows some promise – this team can still win some games, but this won’t be one of them.

ICYMI: Hoosier Hurry-up – Iowa Pre-game0

Calling our shots – IU vs Iowa staff score predictions0

Your Hoosiers have a huge game this weekend in Iowa City as they take on the Hawkeyes. Can the boys in red break the cycle of .500 football that has plagued them to date?

Here are your predictions from the CrimsonCast crew.

Scott: Anything is a guess with his team. I’ll say Iowa 38 – Indiana 28

Galen: I’ll go with Iowa 24, Indiana 21. Infuriating game for a number of reasons, but a better showing than we are used to on the road.

Mike Petry: I’m sticking with what I said on Podcast. 28-24 IOWA.

Michael Rayome: As I mentioned on this week’s Hoosier Hurry-up, this game isn’t a great matchup for Indiana. I expect Iowa to grind out 15 play drives, making this one the shortest game of the IU season to date. Indiana should still get a good day from Tevin Coleman, but I think the Hoosiers run out of time to make a comeback in this one. 24-21 Iowa.

It’s worth noting that the last time every CrimsonCast writer chose against the Hoosiers, they beat Missouri. Just throwing that out there.

Once the game’s over, make sure to join us for CrimsonCast Rewind on Sunday. Tuesday, expect another live edition of the Hoosier Hurry-up. We’ll join you at 9:15 ET – keep an eye on @doctorhoosier’s timeline for the link.

Yes, that just happened. Indiana defeats Missouri 31-270

In a shock result today, Indiana comes out with an absolute gut-check of a win against Missouri.

Indiana’s two-minute offense came up with magic. An injured Tevin Coleman had his Willis Reed moment, coming back from a mysterious first-half injury to make some game-changing plays. D’Angelo Roberts capped the drive with a dive into the end zone, and the defense held for :22 seconds (and an extra play).

Just an unbelievable result for Indiana, and a game that changes the trajectory of this season.

We’ll have all your coverage of the game this week here at CrimsonCast. Join us tomorrow for coverage of the victory with CrimsonCast Live with Galen Clavio and Scott Caufield, and expect to hear from the Hoosier Hurry-Up on Tuesday.