Friday, February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017

Big win for the Wolverines over Wisconsin last night, helping them climb up off the bubble.  Selfishly, I'm thrilled the rival Badgers lost a second consecutive game, and they play Maryland next.  It's setting up a for a great regular season finish on March 5th in Madison.  It could be a big game for both teams in terms of Big Ten tournament seeding, as there is currently a three-way tie for first between Maryland, Purdue and Wisconsin.  A fourth double-bye is up for grabs, with Northwestern and Michigan State currently tied for that 4-seed at 8-5.  Minnesota and now Michigan are tied for 6th at 7-6, within striking distance.

From a resume standpoint, a 5 or 6 seed wouldn't be the worst thing in the world as you'd get a first round game against one of the bottom four seeds and potentially a winnable top-100 game to add to the resume.  Obviously it doesn't help if it means losing an extra game to get that seed, but if the teams currently tied or ahead of the Gophers prevent them from getting the 4-seed, there's a nice silver lining there.

Next up for the Gophers are those Michigan Wolverines on Sunday - should be a great game.

This bracket is created as if today were Selection Sunday, not a forward looking projection.

1's: Villanova, Kansas, Gonzaga, Baylor
2's: Florida State, North Carolina, Louisville, Duke
3's: Oregon, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky
4's: Creighton, Butler, Cincinnati, UCLA
5's: Maryland, Virginia, Purdue, Notre Dame
6's: West Virginia, Minnesota, Saint Mary's, Wisconsin
7's: SMU, Xavier, South Carolina, USC
8's: Northwestern, Oklahoma State, VCU, Virginia Tech
9's: Dayton, Michigan, Miami (FL), Seton Hall
10's: California, Arkansas, Michigan State, Iowa State
11's: TCU, Kansas State, Clemson, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Middle Tennessee
12's: Illinois State, UNC Wilmington, Akron, Nevada
13's: Vermont, Monmouth, Valparaiso, UTA
14's: Belmont, Princeton, UNC Asheville, Florida Gulf Coast
15's: Cal State Bakersfield, Furman, Bucknell, North Dakota State
16's: Eastern Washington, Texas Southern, North Carolina Central, New Orleans, UC Irvine, Mount Saint Mary's

FFO: Marquette, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Providence
NFO: Texas Tech, Rhode Island, Ole Miss, Indiana

Others still in contention for At-Large bid:
(<14 losses, Top-150 SOS, <4 losses outside RPI top-100)
9. Pittsburgh
10. Tennessee
11. Alabama
12. Auburn
13. Ohio State
14. Georgia
15. Illinois
16. Utah
17. Boise State
18. Iowa
19. Texas A&M
20. Vanderbilt
21. Penn State
22. New Mexico
23. San Francisco
24. Colorado State
25. Saint Bonaventure
26. North Carolina State
27. Stanford

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