Wednesday, January 10, 2007

First In-Season Bracket

The first in-season bracket projection is up. For future reference, simply click the "current bracket" link to the right under the Bracketology section.

A heavy dose of bias and benefit of the doubt exists here. I left in Creighton, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Michigan State, Georgetown, and Wichita State. There are strong arguments to be made for their exclusion. I kept out UConn, Illinois, Washington, Stanford, Cal, Providence, DePaul, Indiana State, Syracuse, and Boston College. Some of those teams have as good a case as some that I have in. It was simply a matter of personal taste at this point in some of these cases. This will sort itself out a great deal in the coming weeks.

Multi-Bid Conference Breakdown
ACC (7): North Carolina, Clemson, Duke, Maryland, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech
Big East (6): Pitt, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Villanova, Georgetown, Marquette
Big Ten (6): Wisconsin, Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State
SEC (6): Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, LSU
Missouri Valley (5): Missouri State, SIU, Northern Iowa, Creighton, Wichita State
Big XII (5): Oklahoma State, Kansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas
Pac-10 (5): UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Washington State, Southern Cal
Mountain West (2): Air Force, UNLV

Tonight's GOI
--SIU at Bradley. Bradley needs some big wins to bolster at-large hopes.
--Marquette at UConn. UConn has ZERO wins vs the top 100 RPI.
--Pitt at DePaul. Demons could make a huge statement here at home.
--Duke at Georgia Tech. See DePaul.
--Iowa at Illinois. Both of these clubs are scrambling a bit.
--Purdue at Indiana. This rivalry game means more than it has in a long, long while.
--Wichita State at Indiana State. The Trees welcome the suddenly needy Shockers.
--Oklahoma State at Kansas. For the inside track to the Big XII title.
--Missouri at Texas. Tigers are 11-3, but have no road wins.
--UNLV at Wyoming. Cowboys have not lost at home, so the Rebs should beware.