Jan. 29 Bracketology: Kentucky and Texas Go Down, Syracuse and MSU Move Up

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Jan. 29 Bracketology: Kentucky and Texas Go Down, Syracuse and MSU Move Up

This bracketology will be based on how the teams have played to this point in the season. As for conference champions, whoever is currently in first place in the conference will be the conference champion. The conference champions will have their conference next to their school's name.

There will not be specific match-ups, only which teams are seeded where. Automatic bids are given to the AP Top 25 teams and the conference champions. Other spots will be given to teams that have a resume worthy of the NCAA tournament. 

To see how the seedings changed from last week, click here for last week's brakcetology.

This bracketology will be updated every week.

 

1 Seeds

Kansas (Big 12), Villanova (Big East), Syracuse, Michigan State (Big 10)

Although some doubted Kansas after winning a close game at home against Cornell and then losing to a short-handed Tennessee team in their next game, the Jayhawks have played extraordinarily well in the Big 12.

Villanova is still undefeated in the Big East, which is possibly the toughest conference.

Syracuse is without a doubt one of the top teams in the country. The 'Cuse are undefeated away from home, and their one loss has come at home to Pitt.

Michigan State had a few close calls in the Big 10, but they have still managed to be undefeated in conference play.

 

2 Seeds

Kentucky, Texas, Duke (ACC), West Virginia

Kentucky lost its first game of the year to South Carolina. With that, they will lose their No. 1 ranking, and dropped out of first place in the SEC.

Texas went into a slump with losses to Kansas State and UCONN. On Wednesday, Texas beat Texas Tech to move to 4-1 in the Big 12.

Duke has continued to play very well in the ACC. The Blue Devils are in first place in their conference.

West Virginia has now won three straight games. The Mountaineers are in the Top 10 in the nation, and Top 3 in the Big East.

 

3 Seeds

BYU, Kansas State, Georgetown, Gonzaga (WCC)

BYU lost their first Mountain West game at New Mexico in a close game. This was only BYU's second loss of the season.

Kansas State is still near the top of the Big 12. The Wildcats lost a close game to Oklahoma State that took away from potentially being a two seed.

Georgetown has moved up to No. 7 in the nation this week. The Hoyas handed Pitt their first Big East loss.

Gonzaga is still undefeated in the WCC. The Bulldogs had a close call with Santa Clara, but still came back to win 71-64. The Zags have won nine straight games

 

4 Seeds

Vanderbilt (SEC), Pitt, Purdue, Wisconsin

Vanderbilt is now in first place in the SEC as the only undefeated team.

Pitt won eight straight games and got off to a 5-0 start in the Big East, but lost two games to Georgetown and Seton Hall. Pitt ended the bad slide with a win over St. John's.

Purdue is now 5-3 in the Big 10 with a come from behind win over Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin had won four out of five before losing at Purdue. The Badgers are still in second place in the Big 10.

 

5 Seeds

Butler (Horizon), Georgia Tech, Temple, Tennessee

Butler is still undefeated in the Horizon League.

Georgia Tech lost to Florida State for the second time on Jan. 24. After the loss to the Seminoles, Georgia Tech beat Wake Forest.

Temple is in a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic 10. The Owls had a six-game winning streak snapped by Charlotte.

Tennessee dropped their second straight game in SEC play with losses to Georgia and Vanderbilt. The Volunteers' lack of depth might be affecting their play.

 

6 Seeds

Northern Iowa (MVC), Xavier, New Mexico (M-WEST), Ohio State

Northern Iowa has won both of their games since losing to Wichita State. The Panthers are ranked No. 27 in the AP Poll.

Xavier is in a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic 10. The Musketeers beat Rhode Island this past week. 

New Mexico moved into first place in the Mountain West with a win over BYU.

Ohio State blew a lead at West Virginia, but rebounded with a win at Iowa. The Buckeyes are in a three-way tie for third place in the Big 10.

 

7 Seeds

Mississippi, Florida State, Cal (Pac-10), UAB (C-USA)

Mississippi has won three straight games since losing in overtime to Tennessee. Ole Miss is in third place in the SEC.

Florida State beat Georgia Tech again early in the week. The Seminoles then lost at Duke by 14.

Cal has begun to dominate in the Pac-10. It seems pretty clear that the absence of Theo Robertson was a big reason in the Golden Bears troubles earlier in the year.

UAB is yet to lose in C-USA. The Blazers two losses have come in close, road games to Kent State and Virginia. They have now won seven straight games.

 

8 Seeds

Old Dominion (CAA), Cornell (Ivy), Oklahoma State, Missouri

Old Dominion is still in first place in the CAA at 9-1. The Monarchs have won eight straight games.

Cornell has moved up with their complete domination in the Ivy League. The Big Red embarrassed Columbia in New York, and then came back home to beat Dartmouth 71-37.

Oklahoma State has won three straight games, moving into third place in the Big 12. The Cowboys have won 16 of their 20 games.

Missouri dominated Nebraska, but then lost at Kansas. The Tigers are 3-2 in the Big 12.

 

9 Seeds

Rhode Island, Clemson, Wake Forest, Texas A&M

Rhode Island won at Dayton to move into fourth place in the Atlantic 10. The Rams are only one game out of first.

Clemson has lost three straight games. The killer loss was to Boston College. The Tigers desperately need to win four out of their next five (Maryland, @ Virginia Tech, Florida State, Miami, Virginia).

Wake Forest beat Virginia but was then beat by Georgia Tech. The Demon Deacons play three must wins against Miami, Virginia, and Boston College.

Texas A&M is in the middle of the Big 12. Wins over Clemson and Minnesota keep the Aggies as a nine seed.

 

10 Seeds

UNLV, UCONN, Baylor, Siena (MAAC)

UNLV is in third place in the Mountain West. The Rebels have won three straight games.

UCONN lost at Providence after beating No. 1 Texas. If the Huskies had beaten Providence, they could have been as high as a six seed.

Baylor has struggled in the Big 12. The Bears play a tough game at Texas, but must beat Iowa State in the following game.

Siena has won 12 straight games and are 11-0 in the MAAC. Siena's domination has already eliminated four of the 10 MAAC teams from a chance at a title (Niagara, Loyola [MD], Manhattan, Marist). The Saints had two close calls on the road against Manhattan and St. Peter's, but in both games they won 66-58.

 

11 Seeds

St. Mary's, Wichita State, Charlotte (A-10), Tulsa

St. Mary's has won three straight games since losing to Gonzaga. The Gaels dominating play could lead them to an easy second place finish in the WCC.

Wichita State is still in second place in the MVC at 7-3.

Charlotte beat Temple to put themselves in first place in the Atlantic 10. The 49ers have won four straight games.

Tulsa is in second place in C-USA. The Golden Hurricane's seven game winning streak was snapped by UAB.

 

12 Seeds

Florida, Mississippi State, Arizona State, Richmond

Florida has won four straight games. The Gators are in a tie for third place in the SEC.

Mississippi State lost back-to-back games for the first time this year on a road trip against Alabama and Arkansas.

Arizona State is very close to dropping out of the bracket. The Sun Devils are only 4-4 in the Pac-10 and have lost their past two games.

Richmond has OOC wins over Mississippi State, Missouri, Old Dominion, and Florida.

 

13 Seeds

Coastal Carolina (Big South), Louisiana Tech (WAC), Murray State (OVC), Dayton

Coastal Carolina has won three straight games since losing their only Big South game to Radford. 

Louisiana Tech has won 11 out of their last 12.

Murray State is yet to lose in the OVC.

Dayton's 3-3 Atlantic 10 record makes them the last team in the bracket. 

 

14 Seeds

Charleston (SoCon), IUPUI (Summit), Weber State (Big Sky), Arkansas State (Sun Belt)

Charleston has lost two straight games. The Bears still are 1.5 games up on first place in the SoCon. 

IUPUI has won six straight games. A win over Oakland on Januray 28 gave them first place in the Summit.

Weber State has won six straight games. The Wildcats have a two game lead on first place in the Big Sky.

Arkansas State has a half-game lead on first place in the Sun Belt.

 

15 Seeds

Sam Houston State (Southland), Morgan State (MEAC), Kent State (MAC), Pacific (Big West)

Sam Houston State has won five straight games. They play Texas A&M-CC on Saturday for first place in the Southland.

Morgan State is still undefeated in the MEAC.

Kent State moved into first place in the MAC this week. The Golden Flashes have won three straight games. Kent State has OOC wins over UAB and Morehead State.

Pacific has won four straight games. They play their second meeting with Santa Barbara on February 4, which could be a game for first place.

 

16 Seeds (Quinnipiac and Texas Southern—Play-In Game)

Lafayette (Patriot), Maine (AEC), Jacksonville (A-SUN), Quinnipiac (NEC), Texas Southern (SWAC)

Lafayette has a one game lead on Lehigh in the Patriot League.

Maine has won six straight games, and 10 out of their last 11.

Jacksonville has won nine straight games to take first place in the Atlantic Sun.

Quinnipiac has won eight straight games after losing their conference opener. If Quinnipiac continues to dominate the NEC, they will find a way out of the play-in game.

Texas Southern has won four straight games. Being only one game above .500 on the year and from the SWAC, the Tigers are in the play-in game.

 

Last Four In

Mississippi State, Arizona State, Richmond, Dayton

 

First Four Out

Illinois, Cincinnati, Maryland, Minnesota

 

Next Four Out

Northwestern, Memphis, Seton Hall, William & Mary

 

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