Posted March 08, 2013

Bracket Watch Update: Wild Week Jostles Tourney Seeding

Bracket Watch, Bubble Watch, March Madness, NCAA Tournament
After a win Wednesday, where will the New Mexico Lobos end up in the latest Bracket Watch? (Greg Nelson/SI)

After a win Wednesday, where will the New Mexico Lobos end up in the latest Bracket Watch? (Greg Nelson/SI)

It can’t be denied any longer (well, unless you’re a New Mexico fan making a perfectly reasonable point about the Lobos’ resume in comparison). Gonzaga has moved to the 1-seed line with just more than a week to go before Selection Sunday. With two more wins, games in which they will be anywhere from heavily to considerably favored, the Bulldogs very well might join 2004 Saint Joe’s as a “1-seed Cinderella” on merit.

The picture at the bottom of the bracket? Ugh. Much like a golfer who posts an OK round and then sits in the clubhouse and watches the field come back to him, the best move at this point seems to be “play as few games as possible” and have everyone else lose around you.

All of this should make championship week as dramatic in terms of shaping the bracket as we have seen in awhile.

2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket

EAST (Washington, D.C.) MIDWEST (Indianapolis)
   
Philadelphia Dayton
1. Duke 1. Indiana* (Big Ten)
16. Norfolk State* (MEAC)/Mercer* (Atlantic Sun)

16. Robert Morris* (Northeast)

8. Pittsburgh 8. NC State
9. Colorado State 9. Colorado
   
Salt Lake City Kansas City
5. Wisconsin 5. Saint Louis
12. Middle Tennessee State* (Sun Belt) 12. Virginia/Cincinnati
4. Oklahoma State 4. Kansas State
13. Louisiana Tech* (WAC) 13. Akron* (MAC)
   
Austin Auburn Hills
6. Creighton* (Missouri Valley) 6. UNLV
11. Temple 11. La Salle
3. Florida* (SEC) 3. Michigan State
14. South Dakota State* (Summit) 14. Stephen F. Austin (Southland)
   
Auburn Hills Lexington
7. Oregon 7. Missouri
10. Notre Dame 10. San Diego State
2. Michigan 2. Louisville* (Big East)
15. Niagara* (MAAC) 15. Montana* (Big Sky)
   
WEST (Los Angeles) SOUTH (Arlington, TX)
   
San Jose Kansas City
1. Gonzaga* (West Coast) 1. Kansas* (Big 12)
16. Northeastern* (Colonial) 16. Southern* (SWAC)/Charleston So.* (Big South)
8. Oklahoma 8. Memphis* (Conference USA)
9. North Carolina 9. Wichita State
   
Austin San Jose
5. Syracuse 5. UCLA* (Pac-12)
12. Tennessee/Boise State 12. Belmont* (Ohio Valley)
4. Arizona 4. Ohio State
13. Davidson* (SoCon) 13. Bucknell* (Patriot)
   
Dayton Philadelphia
6. VCU* (Atlantic 10) 6. Butler
11. Iowa State 11. Saint Mary’s
3. Marquette 3. Georgetown
14. Valparaiso* (Horizon) 14. Princeton* (Ivy)
   
Salt Lake City Lexington
7. Minnesota 7. Illinois
10. California 10. Villanova
2. New Mexico* (Mountain West) 2. Miami (Fla.)* (ACC)
15. Long Beach State* (Big West) 15. Stony Brook* (America East)

 

*Designated auto-bid winners from each conference. Auto bids are determined by team with the best RPI of those with the fewest league losses.

Last four in: Cincinnati, Boise State, Tennessee, Virginia
Last four out: Mississippi, Kentucky, UMass, Stanford

New at-large teams in: Tennessee
Old at-large teams out: Kentucky

Bids by conference: Big East (8); Big Ten (7); ACC, Pac-12, Mountain West, Big 12 and Atlantic 10 (5); SEC (3); Missouri Valley and West Coast (2)

7 comments
JerryWeston
JerryWeston

All of these national guys are so in love with Michigan. Seems like they have an idea that Michigan is such a great team that they keep them a 2 seed no matter what. Tied for fourth in the conference, six Big Ten losses, including losing to Penn State, and still a No. 2? I have a feeling they could lose ten in a row and still be highly regarded. These national guys need to start looking at results instead of falling in love with the names on the roster.

Rusty1
Rusty1

New Mexico fans have nothing to whine about.  They played a cream puff schedule.

7citieswitness
7citieswitness

Why is Ohio State as a 4 seed having to play in San Jose potentially against UCLA when Dayton is available?  Is that what the Selection Committee refers to as higher seeded disadvantage?

steelcurtain81
steelcurtain81 like.author.displayName 1 Like

so Pitt is ranked in both the AP and Coaches Poll yet you have them as an 8 seed.  What am i missing???

Shawn7
Shawn7

@steelcurtain81 Nothing, he has had Pitt as barely a tourney team all season.  He actually had them completely out of the tourney a few weeks back, when they were something like 16-3.  He just doesn't pay any attention to Pitt or flat or doesn't like them.  I'll be curious to see what he does after this weekend considering that Pitt will finish higher then Syracuse in the Big East and have a head to head victory over them...he'll probably still have them well ahead of Pitt.

steelcurtain81
steelcurtain81

@Shawn7 @steelcurtain81 24-7 after beating DePaul today at least a 4th place finish in the big east! Beat Georgetown in DC by 28 but an 8th seed! LmaoJoe lunardi got no comp from this dude smh

steelcurtain81
steelcurtain81

@Shawn7 @steelcurtain81

24-7 after beating DePaul today at least a 4th place finish in the big east! Beat Georgetown in DC by 28 but an 8th seed! Lmao

Joe lunardi got no comp from this dude smh