BracketBot: February 8, 2019

Seed List:

1: Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, Tennessee
2: Michigan, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina
3: Kansas, Houston, Purdue, Virginia Tech
4: Nevada, Iowa State, Villanova, Marquette
5: Wisconsin, Louisville, Texas Tech, LSU
6: Auburn, Kansas State, Cincinnati, Florida State
7: Maryland, Iowa, Mississippi State, Washington
8: Texas, Syracuse, Buffalo, Baylor
9: TCU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, St John’s
10: UCF, Alabama, Minnesota, Arizona State
11: Clemson, Indiana, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Temple, Arkansas
12: VCU, Wofford, Lipscomb, New Mexico State
13: Old Dominion, Vermont, Hofstra, UC Irvine
14: Murray State, South Dakota State, Loyola IL, N Kentucky
15: Yale, Montana, Texas State, Bucknell
16: Radford, Abilene Christian, Rider, Texas Southern, Sacred Heart, Norfolk State

Some slight tweaks to the formula again today, nothing major but taking a bit more of BracketBot’s predictive rankings into account. The beneficiary is Arkansas, who make their first appearance in this bracket this year. Arkansas made their biggest leap after upsetting LSU last weekend, and survived Vanderbilt this week. Now at 5-4 in a really tough SEC, there are a bunch of winnable games left on their schedule. I think this is a team to look out for.

Temple is also back in, having easily beaten UConn on Wednesday. I’ve already talked about them at length, so I’ll get to the teams that departed this bracket. Both lost their most recent game, and although I can hardly fault either of them for not winning on the road against stellar opposition, it is a missed opportunity for each. I’m talking about Florida and Creighton, who were the last two teams in in Tuesday’s bracket. Florida fell at Auburn, and Creighton took Villanova to overtime before eventually bowing out.

Last Four Byes: Minnesota, Arizona State, Clemson, Indiana
Last Four In: Nebraska, Ole Miss, Temple, Arkansas
First Four Out: Florida, Butler, St Mary’s, Toledo
Next Four Out: Seton Hall, Davidson, Creighton, Utah State

Bids by conference:
Big Ten 10, Big XII/ACC/SEC 8, AAC 4, Big East 3, Pac-12 2

Full bracket: Just like Tuesday, too many Big Ten teams on the 2/7/10 lines, so Minnesota was moved down to an 11 seed, and Clemson becomes a 10.

Edit @ 6:17 CST: I forgot to mention that Loyola has overtaken Drake as the projected winners of the MVC, so there were actually three new teams in today’s bracket.

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