Beef’s Bracketology, February 19 Edition

Beef's Bracketology

Another week with some mayhem as many of the top teams took losses. And many of those were to teams looking for signature wins to impress The Selection Committee. It’s a double-edged sword though as you have more teams showing they belong, but it doesn’t necessarily eliminate those from contention either. In the end, it probably will make things even more difficult. Hence is life for a bracketologist.

The multi-bid conferences look like this…

  • 9, Atlantic Coast
  • 8, Southeastern
  • 7, Big XII (+1 this week)
  • 5, Big East (-1 this week)
  • 5, Big Ten
  • 4, Pacific Twelve
  • 3, American
  • 2, Atlantic Ten (+1 this week)
  • 2, West Coast
  • 1, Mountain West (-1 this week)

The last four teams in, with byes are: Louisville, Baylor, Syracuse, Virginia Tech

The last four teams in, playing in play-in games are: UCLA, Kansas State, Florida, Penn State

The first eight teams missing the cut are: Providence, Utah, North Carolina State, Marquette, Texas, Boise State, Nebraska, Notre Dame

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 Bracketology

RiSK Rankings