Bald Prophet Bracketology No. 2: Boilers Rise To The Top

Marc DaleyAnalyst IJanuary 4, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 26:  Forward Robbie Hummel #4 of the Purdue Boilermakers takes a shot against the Connenticut Huskies in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Phoenix Stadium on March 26, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Number 1 Seeds:  Kansas, Texas, Kentucky and Purdue.  Obviously, the last four undefeated teams in Bracketville should get the number one seeds.  Syracuse didn't fall far, though.

Conference Breakdown:  Big East, Big 12 and ACC got seven teams.  Big 10 and SEC have five teams each.  Pac 10, Atlantic 10 and Mountain West received three bids apiece.  Missouri Valley and West Coast each got a deuce.

Making a mad dash to the tux place:  Cincinnati, Washington State, Wake Forest and Florida.

Cincy and the Deacons have come on strong lately.  Wake has more talent than their seed indicates and should rise as the season progresses.  I had a hard time putting Florida in - if Chandler Parsons' prayer isn't answered, they would be staying at home with a pint of Haagen-Dazs.  Washington State didn't help themselves by losing to Oregon but I can't see the Pac-10 only getting two teams in.

Staying home with the aforementioned Haagen-Dazs:  Harvard, Northwestern, Notre Dame and VCU.

Even though VCU has a monster RPI (no. 12) either they or William & Mary will have to be ranked for the CAA to get two teams in.  Same with Harvard (no. 30 RPI) - the Ivy needs to get either them or Cornell in the rankings.  Northwestern is once again shooting themselves in the foot by opening Big 10 play looking like alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus' dancefloor spasms.  Notre Dame could have the national player of the year and started strong in Big East play but has some puzzling losses (Loyola Marymount).


East Region (Syracuse)


1 Kentucky (SEC) v. 16 Campbell (Atlantic Sun)

2 Kansas State (Big 12) v. 15 South Alabama (Sun Belt)

3 Georgetown (Big East) v. 14 Akron (MAC)

4 New Mexico (Mountain West) v. 13 Fairfield (MAAC)

5 Texas Tech (Big 12) v. 12 Wake Forest (ACC)

6 Ohio State (Big 10) v. 11 Florida (SEC)

7 Miami (Fla.) (ACC) v. 10 California (Pac 10)

8 Rhode Island (Atlantic 10) v. 9 Pittsburgh (Big East)


South Region (Houston)


1 Texas (Big 12) v. 16 Army (Patriot)

2 Duke (ACC) v. 15 IUPUI (Summit)

3 Villanova (Big East) v. 14 Pacific (Big West)

4 Tennessee (SEC) v. 13 Western Carolina (Southern)

5 Brigham Young (Mountain West) v. 12 Washington State (Pac 10)

6 Gonzaga (West Coast) v. 11 Richmond (Atlantic 10)

7 Oklahoma State (Big 12) v. 10 Minnesota (Big 10)

8 Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley) v. 9 Clemson (ACC)


Midwest Region (St. Louis)


1 Kansas (Big 12) v. 16 Play-In*

2 Syracuse (Big East) v. 15 Texas San-Antonio (Southland)

3 North Carolina (ACC) v. 14 Murray State (OVC)

4 Connecticut (Big East) v. 13 Cornell(Ivy)

5 Georgia Tech (ACC) v. 12 Louisiana Tech (WAC)

6 UNLV (Mountain West) v. 11 William & Mary (CAA)

7 Wisconsin (Big 10) v. 10 Baylor (Big 12)

8 Ole Miss (SEC) v. 9 Butler (Horizon)


West Region (Salt Lake City)


1 Purdue (Big 10) v. 16 Morgan State (MEAC)

2 West Virginia (Big East) v. 15 Vermont (America East)

3 Michigan State (Big 10) v. 14 Coastal Carolina (Big South)

4 Temple (Atlantic 10) v. 13 Northern Colorado (Big Sky)

5 Washington (Pac 10) v. 12 Cincinnati (Big East)

6 Florida State (ACC) v. 11 Mississippi State (SEC)

7 Texas A&M (Big 12) v. 10 St. Mary’s (West Coast)

8 UAB (Conference USA) v. 9 Virginia Tech (ACC)


·         Play-In: Sacred Heart (Northeast) v. Prairie View A&M (SWAC)