It is good to be back! What started out as a fun hobby taking Joe Lunardi’s old Bracketology Class (I have a certificate form St. Joe’s to prove it) has turned into a way for me to stay informed about basketball across the division I landscape. This year, I didn’t know Merrimack was a real school until they beat Northwestern. I quickly forgot they existed until I realized they’re in first place in the Northeast Conference. How cool is college basketball?!
Duke as a 1 seed. Remember, this isn’t who I think is a better team, it’s who I think the committee will make a 1 seed. Now, I do think San Diego state is better off being the number 2 seed in the West compared to the 1 seed in the south, because playing in Sacramento beats playing in Tampa for obvious reasons.
Tulsa sneaking into the field! The Golden Hurricanes have won 6 in a row, including wins over tournament teams Houston, Memphis (by 40), and against Wichita State at the buzzer on Saturday. This may be a short lived bracket appearance for the Golden Hurricanes, but for a team that hasn’t been dancing since being the most controversial selection ever (literally this isn’t a debate) in 2016, it should be fun.
Q and A
Juan – @BearsFanatico94
What’s Illinois’s seed if they go 8-1 the rest of the way with a B10 tourney title
Answer: This is a tough question to ask, because there are a lot of moving parts. However, I think the Fighting Illini could cap out on the two seed line with enough movement from the top lines. This isn’t to say this will be easy, winning 8 of 9 games won’t be easy in the toughest conference in college basketball, but that is also why they have so much upside on their seed line.
Eric – @2ELee – How many valley teams are dancing this year?
Answer: Whoever wins the Valley is probably going stag. For the Valley to have a shot at being a multi-bid league, Northern Iowa would have to go on a serious run to end the regular season. Anything more than 1 more MVC loss will all but eliminate their at large dreams. Then, the Valley would have to hope Northern Iowa made a run to the conference championship and lose on Sunday morning to a good Bradley/Loyola/Southern Illinois team. The Valley would also need help from the stronger teams in mutli-bid leagues to take care of business. Count me out on the Valley champ from getting a dancing partner, but just because you go alone doesn’t mean you can’t kill it on the dance floor.