Beef’s Bracketology, February 12 Edition

Beef's Bracketology

One thing is for certain, nobody is prone to the upset and that was proven this last week. Still, Virginia and Villanova are anchored into #1 seeds for the moment. What’s really wild is there are around ten teams with legit dreams of cashing in for those final two #1 seeds. As of right now, I’m going with two teams from Cincinnati (Cincinnati and Xavier). If you look at their numbers on the RiSK Rankings, they’re as deserving as anybody else. Conference tournament time may never hold more final separating weight than it does this year. The Committee likes to say the entire season counts, and that’s mostly true. But you also have the “what have you done for me lately” status of finishing up the season. March Madness has already started.

The multi-bid conferences look like this…

  • 9, Atlantic Coast
  • 8, Southeastern
  • 6, Big XII
  • 6, Big East
  • 5, Big Ten
  • 4, Pacific Twelve
  • 3, American
  • 2, Mountain West
  • 2, West Coast

The last four teams in, with byes are: Alabama, Virginia, Southern California, Boise State

The last four teams in, playing in play-in games are: Texas, UCLA, Nebraska, Providence

The first eight teams missing the cut are: Maryland, St. Bonaventure, Baylor, Notre Dame, Penn State, Marquette, Kansas State, Utah

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.

Beef’s Bracket

RiSK Rankings