Beef’s Bracketology, January 23 Edition

Beef's Bracketology

Looking at this week’s bracket and RiSK Rankings, the power conferences are still holding all but five of the at-large spots. Seems that that might end up being the status quo for most of the season.

The multi-bid conferences look like this…

  • Atlantic Coast…8 (losing one)
  • Southeastern…8 (adding one)
  • Big XII…7 (adding one)
  • Big East…7 (adding one)
  • Big Ten…4 (losing one)
  • American…4 (adding one)
  • Pacific Twelve…3 (losing one)
  • Mountain West…2
  • West Coast…2
  • Conference USA lost their one at-large bid, becoming a one-bid league

The last four teams in, with byes are: Southern California, Kansas State, Providence, Boise State

The last four teams in, playing in play-in games are: Notre Dame, Southern Methodist, Marquette, Houston

The first eight teams missing the cut are: Maryland, Syracuse, Western Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Brigham Young, UCLA, Georgia, Nebraska

Linked below is the projected bracket as it would sit today.  Also below are the current RiSK Rankings.  RiSK is an equal, three-part compilation of each contenders RPI(R), Sagarin(S) and KenPom(K) Rankings.  There are numerous teams not shown who may actually have better numbers than some of those shown, but many of those towards the bottom of the RiSK are one of the top two teams from conferences that will only receive one bid(its automatic).  They are included because they’re being tracked for those automatic bids.  Teams will appear and fall off fluidly until mid-February, when the contenders are more concrete.  This RiSK Ranking is not an end-all as far as selection or seeding, but it seems to be a pretty solid and usual tool.

Bracketology – Bracket

RiSK Rankings