Rankings 11/13

Here are my updated ranking for games played through 11/12. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think. These rankings only express the teams that I believe have the opportunity to make the tournament with at least an at-large bid as of this point in the season.

  1. Arizona
  2. Michigan State
  3. Duke
  4. Florida
  5. Kansas
  6. Kentucky
  7. Cincinnati
  8. Wichita State
  9. Villanova
  10. Gonzaga
  11. Saint Mary’s
  12. Notre Dame
  13. USC
  14. North Carolina
  15. Xavier, ↑ 1
  16. Oregon, ↑ 1
  17. Texas A&M, ↑ 5
  18. West Virginia, ↓ 3
  19. Northwestern, ↓ 1
  20. Minnesota, ↓ 1
  21. Miami (FL), ↓ 1
  22. Virginia, ↓ 1
  23. Rhode Island
  24. Providence
  25. Seton Hall
  26. UCLA
  27. TCU
  28. Purdue
  29. Oklhoma
  30. Virginia Tech
  31. Baylor
  32. Missouri
  33. Butler
  34. Texas
  35. Michigan
  36. Wisconsin
  37. Louisville
  38. Mississippi State
  39. Alabama
  40. Georgia
  41. Creighton
  42. Georgia Tech
  43. Stanford
  44. SMU
  45. Kansas State
  46. Florida State, ↑ 1
  47. Maryland, ↑ 1
  48. Marquette, ↑ 1
  49. South Carolina, ↑ 1
  50. Arizona State, ↑ 1
  51. Vermont, ↑ 11
  52. Texas Tech
  53. Utah
  54. Saint Louis, ↑ 1
  55. UCF, ↑ 1
  56. Syracuse, ↑ 1
  57. Iowa, ↑ 1
  58. Arkansas, ↑ 1
  59. Ole Miss, ↑ 1
  60. Harvard, ↑ 1
  61. BYU, ↑ 2
  62. Houston, ↑ 2
  63. Temple, ↑ 2
  64. Auburn, ↑ 2
  65. Iowa State, ↑ 2
  66. Oklahoma St, ↑ 2
  67. Tennessee, ↑ 3
  68. Vanderbilt, ↑ 3
  69. Penn State, ↑ 4
  70. St. John’s, ↑ 4
  71. Oregon State, ↑ 4
  72. LSU, ↑ 4
  73. George Mason, ↑ 8
  74. Davidson, ↑ 4
  75. Richmond, ↑ 4
  76. La Salle, ↑ 4
  77. Wake Forest, ↓ 5
  78. Saint Bonaventure, ↓ 24
  79. Indiana, ↓ 10
  80. Saint Joseph’s, ↓ 34
  81. Tulsa, ↓ 4

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Weekend Update

With one weekend in the books it’s time to talk basketball at a high rate. The plan for right now is to post 3 times a week for this season. On Mondays I will be posting a weekend update of the impact games. Tuesdays will consist of the updated rankings and the teams most likely to win the conference. Fridays will be a week update on all the impact games and a look ahead to the weekend. So to start off, let’s take a look at weekend #1.

Mizzou started the season at home against Iowa State. In a much anticipated start to the season the Tigers showed that they will be a tough out in the SEC, and did so with Michael Porter Jr. playing very limited time.

Tulsa started with a loss to Lamar. Meaning that the American conference will need some big wins in the non-conference to help with its strength of schedule. A team with hopes of being an at large team is now looking to really pick up from where the season started.

The big game of opening night was Texas A&M and West Virginia. The #25 Aggies took down the #11 Mountaineers opened the season in Germany. Texas A&M handled the team and most likely put the questions about A&M to rest this team will fight with Kentucky and Florida for the SEC. West Virginia isn’t done for the season and with some more work they will be back in the top.

Indiana opened the season in a stunning loss to Indiana State, a team most likely to finish in the bottom half of the Missouri Valley. Indiana may be in for a long season but with Miller on the bench they will only get better.

Wake Forest was looking to start on the right foot and stay in the bubble talk but with a loss to Georgia Southern, it may not be the season for them.

Saint Bonaventure and Saint Joseph’s look to have promise in the A-10, but both stumbled in losses to Niagara and Toledo. If this continues the A-10 may take a big hit and could turn into a 1 bid conference.

UCLA and Georgia Tech played a great game and both showed promise. UCLA came away with a win but Georgia Tech will put up some fight throughout the season.

Kentucky had a hard time with Utah Valley before putting them away and in a very good tournament style game barely escaped Vermont. Vermont could be a team who can earn an at large bid come March but Kentucky and its young crew has a lot to learn if it wants to continue being the top dog in the SEC.

Upcoming games to watch this Week:


# 15 Minnesota vs. Providence

Vanderbilt vs. Belmont

Rhode Island vs. Nevada


#1 Duke vs. #2 Michigan State

#4 Kansas vs #5 Kentucky #20 Purdue vs. Marquette


Butler vs. Maryland

Indiana vs. #23 Seton Hall BYU vs. Princeton Creighton vs. #19 Northwestern


Virginia Tech vs. Saint Louis

Missouri vs. Utah

#17 Xavier vs.Wisconsin

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2/4 Bracket

The season is really getting interested and this prediction will be torn up by the end of today I’m sure. Top four seeds in order Baylor, Kansas, Villanova, Gonzaga, Arizona, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Louisville, Florida State, Creighton, Oregon, West Virginia, Butler, Cincinnati, Duke.

Last Four In: Oklahoma State, VCU, Georgetown, Tennessee.

First Four Out: California, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Kansas State

Next Four Out: Miami, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Georgia

Conference Breakdown: Big 12 (6), Big East (6), WCC (2), Pac-12 (4), ACC (9), SEC (5), American (2), Big Ten (8), A-10 (3)



Bracket 3/1

With Conference tournaments starting today it is due or die for many teams. A loss at this point in the season can be very costly for anybody. I believe the only lock at a seed is Kansas but it could change if they lose out and find themselves on the losing side in their Big 12 Tournament game depending on who they play. Seeds are up for grabs as well as the last few spots in the tournament. Selection Sunday is only 12 days away but we have quite a bit of basketball left to play. Hopefully will have daily updates through Selection Sunday!

                             Midwest                                East
Des Moines
1. Kansas
1. Villanova
16. Texas Southern/Wagner 16. North Florida
8. Providence 8. South Carolina
9. Oregon St 9. Wisconsin
5. Arizona
5. Baylor
12. St. Mary’s 12. San Diego St
4. Kentucky 4. Maryland
13. Chattanooga 13. Hawaii
3. North Carolina
3. Miami
14. IPFW 14. NC-Wilmington
6. Purdue 6. Indiana
11. Temple 11. Florida/Tulsa
St. Louis
7. Dayton
7. USC
10. Butler/Alabama 10. Pittsburgh
2. Michigan State 2. West Virginia
15. Belmont 15. Winthrop
                                West                                 South
St. Louis
1. Xavier
Oklahoma City
1. Oklahoma
16. Hampton/Bucknell 16. Weber State
8. Michigan 8. UConn
9. Saint Joseph’s 9. Seton Hall
Des Moines
5. Iowa
Oklahoma City
5. Texas A&M
12. Valparaiso 12. Arkansas Little Rock
4. Iowa St 4. Texas
13. Stony Brook 13. Yale
3. Duke
3. Utah
14. Akron 14. SFA
6. California 6. Notre Dame
11. Monmouth 11. Wichita St
7. Texas Tech
7. Colorado
10. Syracuse 10. Vanderbilt
2. Oregon 2. Virginia
15. New Mexico St 15. UAB

Last Four In: Alabama, Butler, Florida, Tulsa

First Four Out: Cincinnati, Washington, Florida St, VCU

Has Work To Do: Gonzaga, St. Bonaventure, Stanford, George Washington, UCLA, Clemson, Kansas St, Marquette, Houston, Georgetown, LSU, Creighton, Ohio State, Georgia

Most Likely Need To Win Conference Tournament: Clemson, Kansas St, Marquette, Houston, Georgetown, LSU, Creighton, Ohio State, Georgia

Conference Breakdown: Big 12-7, Big East-5, Big Ten-7, ACC-7, Pac 12-7, SEC-6, A 10-2, AAC-3

1 Kansas BIG 12 Auto Bid
1 Villanova BIG EAST Auto Bid
1 Oklahoma BIG 12 At Large
1 Xavier BIG EAST At Large
2 Michigan State BIG TEN At Large
2 Virginia ACC At Large
2 Oregon PAC-12 Auto Bid
2 West Virginia BIG 12 At Large
3 Miami ACC At Large
3 Utah PAC-12 At Large
3 UNC ACC Auto Bid
3 Duke ACC At Large
4 Iowa State BIG 12 At Large
4 Texas BIG 12 At Large
4 Kentucky SEC At Large
4 Maryland BIG TEN At Large
5 Iowa BIG TEN At Large
5 Arizona PAC-12 At Large
5 Baylor BIG 12 At Large
5 Texas A&M SEC Auto Bid
6 Indiana BIG TEN Auto Bid
6 Purdue BIG TEN At Large
6 California PAC-12 At Large
6 Notre Dame ACC At Large
7 Dayton A-10 At Large
7 Colorado PAC-12 At Large
7 Texas Tech BIG 12 At Large
7 USC PAC-12 At Large
8 Providence BIG EAST At Large
8 Michigan BIG TEN At Large
8 South Carolina SEC At Large
8 UCONN AAC At Large
9 Seton Hall BIG EAST At Large
9 Oregon State PAC-12 At Large
9 Saint Joseph’s A-10 Auto Bid
9 Wisconsin BIG TEN At Large
10 Syracuse ACC At Large
10 Vanderbilt SEC At Large
10 Pittsburgh ACC At Large
10 Alabama SEC At Large
10 Butler BIG EAST At Large
11 Florida SEC At Large
11 Wichita St MVC Auto Bid
11 Temple AAC Auto Bid
11 Tulsa AAC At Large
Florida St
11 Monmouth MAAC Auto Bid
St. Bonaventure
12 Valpo HORIZON Auto Bid
George Washington
Kansas State
12 Saint Mary’s WCC Auto Bid
Ohio State
12 San Diego State MWC Auto Bid
12 Arkansas Little Rock SUN BELT Auto Bid
13 Hawaii BIG WEST Auto Bid
13 Stony Brook A-EAST Auto Bid
13 Yale IVY Auto Bid
13 Chattanooga SOUTHERN Auto Bid
14 UNC Willmington CAA Auto Bid
14 Akron MAC Auto Bid
15 UAB C-USA Auto Bid
15 Belmont OVC Auto Bid
15 New Mexico State WAC Auto Bid
15 Winthrop BIG SOUTH Auto Bid
16 Weber State BIG SKY Auto Bid
16 North Florida A-SUN Auto Bid
16 Hampton MEAC Auto Bid
16 Bucknell PATRIOT Auto Bid
16 Texas Southern SWAC Auto Bid
16 Wagner NORTHEAST Auto Bid