On Saturday the selection committee announced its top 16 seeds for the NCAA tournament. Now after this weekend’s action I will take a second swing at this bracketology thing and see who the biggest movers up are, who took the biggest falls and who is new to the big dance.
16 Norfolk St/ Monmouth (Colombia, SC)
8 Ohio State
9 St. John (Colombia, SC)
12 Belmont (San Jose, CA)
13 New Mexico State (San Jose, CA)
6 Virginia Tech
11 Minnesota (Tulsa, OK)
14 Texas State (Tulsa, OK)
7 Miss State
10 Temple (Des Moines, IA)
15 Loyola Chicago (Des Moines, IA)
16 Sam Houston State (Colombia, SC)
9 Baylor (Colombia, SC)
12 Davidson (Hartford, CT)
4 Florida State
13 Lipscomb (Hartford, CT)
11 UCF (Tulsa, OK)
14 Radford (Tulsa, OK)
10 Alabama (Jacksonville, FL)
15 Northern Kentucky (Jacksonville, FL)
16 Bucknell (Columbus, OH)
9 Ole Miss (Columbus, OH)
5 Kansas State
12 Clemson/Arizona St (San Jose, CA)
13 Vermont (San Jose, CA)
6 Texas Tech
11 NC State/Seton Hall (Jacksonville, FL)
14 UC Irvine (Jacksonville, FL)
10 Oklahoma (Des Moines, IA)
15 Montana (Des Moines, IA)
16 Prairie View A&M/ St. Francis (PA) (Salt Lake City, UT)
9 Texas (Salt Lake City, UT)
5 Iowa State
12. Yale (Hartford CT)
13 Hofstra (Hartford CT)
11 Wofford (Salt Lake City, UT)
14 ODU (Salt Lake City, UT)
10 VCU (Columbus, OH)
2 Michigan State
15 South Dakota State (Columbus, OH)
Last Four In:
First Four Out:
Newcomers: Clemson, Arizona State, Yale, St. Francis (PA), Monmouth
Who’s moving up?
Clemson: Its funny that a home win over Virginia Tech took Clemson from a team that was not even on my first four out list to now being one of the last four in but that is what happened. Clemson jumped up 9 points in the RPI and some loses by other bubble teams helped the Tigers make a push for a spot in the tourney. It’s been a disappointing season so far in Clemson but maybe the win on Saturday was the spark the Tigers need.
Arizona State: It’s not a secret that the PAC 12 is an awful train wreck this season. The Sun Devils had just gotten beat down by a bad Washington State last week but managed to pull together this weekend and knock off the PAC 12 best Washington Huskies. The RPI for the Sun Devils dropped despite the win but it was enough for me to just put them back in field.
Florida State: The Seminoles had a come from behind overtime victory over a good Louisville side to add another quality win to the Noles resume. Things had been rough in ACC play for Florida State but they may have cracked a spot into the top 16 it the committees eye.
Yale: Yale is now in first place in the Ivy League, and with their strong RPI number they will likely find themselves a 12 or 13 seed come March if they get the Ivy League bid. Yale is a veteran team that could be a handful for whoever their first round opponent might be.
Who took the biggest hit this weekend?
Virginia Tech: I did have the Hokies as a six seed last bracketology and still do now, but the loss to Clemson doesn’t do any favors. Their RPI is not bad but their S0S is Seth Greenberg era bad despite a non-conference win over Purdue. Honestly, the win over Purdue is really the only noteworthy thing the Hokies have done this season (the wins over Syracuse and NC State are good but nothing special) if the Hokies don’t get another strong win before March they could be dropping in the seeding to an eight or nine.
Oklahoma: The Sooners are just unraveling before our eyes. I did not expect much from Oklahoma before the season started but in November and December I was impressed with the Sooners. Since Big 12 play Oklahoma has looked like their basketball team was replaced with their football teams defense. Oklahoma is 3-8 in conference play now and honestly are only holding on to a spot in the field because of their S0S. They could find themselves sitting at home in March if things continue to go south.
Compiled by Seth Megginson