Monday, March 7, 2011
Jabe's Bracket - March 7, 2011
You would think that essentially two days of basketball would not have a significant impact at this point. That thinking would be completely wrong!!
I will start at the top - Ohio State re-claimed the overall #1 spot, despite a slight edge to Kansas in numbers. This is completely an eye test selection. No team looks better than the Buckeyes at their best.
What about the final #1? I am sticking with Duke, who still has fewer losses and a higher RPI than Notre Dame.
North Carolina is the big mover of the week, securing an important 2nd RPI Top 25 win and vaulting to the 2-line with their outright ACC Title. Kansas State, West Virginia and Cincinnati continue to navigate up the bracket, while Villanova, Vanderbilt and Georgetown move the other way.
What a bad year to be a #1 seed in a mid-major conference tournament. Belmont came through unscathed, but very few others are having that same result. I added UW-Milwaukee to my bracket today, but as a #1 seed that was probably premature. With UWM and VCU out there as bid-stealers, I took my chances one would follow-through and shrink the bubble by one.
As far as the bubble goes, the teams seeded 10 and up are fairly safe. Those other 9 teams, along with the likes of Virginia Tech, Clemson, Alabama and Penn State, plus any additional bid-stealers, are vying for the remaining spots.
Love the Madness!!!