College Basketball Bracketology: Christmas Edition

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College Basketball Bracketology: Christmas Edition
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This bracketology will evaluate teams based on how they have performed to this point in the season. It will not factor in how they are projected to do in the rest of the season. Teams that are currently the best team in their respective conference will be given an automatic bid from that conference. A conference in parentheses next to a team indicates a conference champion.

With the 68-team format, there will now be four play-in games. There will be two play-in games for the bottom four at-large teams, and two play-in games for the bottom four conference tournament winners who earned at-large bids.

The four play-in games are labeled "Play-In No. 1," "Play-In No. 2," "Play-In No. 3" and "Play-In No. 4." These four games will be listed at the bottom after all the seedings are given. The winners of each of these four play-in games will be seeded in the spots given.

Also, click here to see how the seedings have changed since the last edition.

 

No. 1 Seeds

Duke (ACC), Ohio State (Big Ten), Connecticut (Big East), Kansas (Big 12)

Duke is yet to lose through 11 games. The Blue Devils open up conference play against Miami on Jan. 2.

Ohio State has won its first 12 games. The Buckeyes demolished Oakland on Thursday and will start Big 10 play at Indiana on Dec. 31.

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UConn's Kemba Walker leads the nation in scoring with 26.5 PPG.

Connecticut will start Big East play at Pittsburgh on Monday.

Kansas survived against USC thanks to Josh Selby. The Jayhawks have an easy stretch coming where they will play Texas-Arlington, Miami (Ohio) and Missouri-Kansas City.

 

No. 2 Seeds

Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Georgetown, San Diego State (MWC)

Pittsburgh rebounded from its first loss of the season with wins over Maryland-Eastern Shore and American. The Panthers will play Connecticut on Monday.

Syracuse stretched to 13-0 with a win over Drexel this week. The Orange open up conference play against Providence on Tuesday.

Georgetown won easily at No 16 Memphis for the Hoyas' third straight win. The Hoyas play their first Big East game on the road against No. 22 Notre Dame.

San Diego State is 13-0 and will open up Mountain West play at Texas Christian on Jan. 5.

 

No. 3 Seeds

Purdue, Kentucky (SEC), Missouri, Villanova

Purdue plays its first conference game at Michigan on Tuesday. 

Kentucky has won four straight games and has a New Year's Eve date with Louisville.

Missouri handled Illinois well on Wednesday. The Tigers have now won six straight games since losing to Georgetown.

Villanova hosts Temple on Thursday for its final Big Five matchup of the year.


No. 4 Seeds

Baylor, Illinois, Texas, Kansas State

Baylor has dropped two of its last three games. The Bears will play for third place in the Diamond Head Classic against Florida State.

Illinois has dropped two games in a row. The Fighting Illini look to rebound at Iowa on Wednesday.

Texas has won four straight games, including wins over North Carolina and nationally ranked Michigan State.

Kansas State ended a two-game slide with a win over UMKC. The Wildcats have an easy stretch with games against North Florida and Savannah State before entering Big 12 play.


No. 5 Seeds

Brigham Young, Washington (Pac-10), Memphis (C-USA), Michigan State

Brigham Young rebounded from a loss to UCLA with wins over UTEP and Weber State. The Cougars play at Buffalo on Thursday.

Washington has won five of its last six games. The Huskies open up Pac-10 play with a pair of road games against USC and UCLA.

Memphis struggled against Georgetown this week. The Tigers look to rebound from their loss against Lipscomb on Thursday.

Michigan State opens up Big 10 play at Minnesota on Friday.


No. 6 Seeds

Notre Dame, Temple (A-10), Texas A&M, Minnesota

Notre Dame will look to continue its win streak on Wednesday against Georgetown.

Temple is yet to lose in December with one more game left in the month. However, the Owls would have to win at No. 8 Villanova to complete a perfect month.

Texas A&M is riding a eight-game winning streak. 

Minnesota has won five straight games and opens up conference play at Wisconsin on Tuesday.


No. 7 Seeds

North Carolina, Boston College, West Virginia, Wisconsin

North Carolina lost a close game to Texas but rebounded with a win over William & Mary. The Tar Heels travel north to play Rutgers in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Boston College has won seven straight games. The Eagles start a two-game road trip against Rhode Island on Thursday.

West Virginia handed Cleveland State its first loss last Saturday. 

Wisconsin's six-game winning streak will be on the line against Minnesota in the Badgers' Big 10 opener.


No. 8 Seeds

Vanderbilt, UNLV, Louisville, Tennessee

Vanderbilt will get a chance for a solid OOC win against Marquette on Thursday. 

UNLV ended a two-game slide with wins over Southern Utah and Kansas State. 

Louisville rebounded from its loss to Drexel with wins over Gardner-Webb and Western Kentucky.

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Tennessee has had some recent struggles, losing to three straight unranked opponents.

Tennessee put its three-game slide behind with a win over Belmont on Thursday. The Volunteers continue their home stand against Tennessee-Martin on Wednesday.


No. 9 Seeds

Richmond, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Wichita State (MVC)

Richmond rebounded from a loss to Georgia Tech with a win over UNC-Greensboro. The Spiders play at Seton Hall on Sunday.

Cincinnati stretched its record to 12-0 with a win over St. Francis (PA). The Bearcats open up Big East play against DePaul on Tuesday.

Central Florida improved to 11-0 with a win at Massachusetts. The Knights host Furman on Wednesday.

Wichita State starts conference play on Wednesday against Evansville.


No. 10 Seeds

Arizona, Cleveland State (Horizon), St. Mary's (WCC), Washington State

Arizona has won three straight games since losing to BYU. The Wildcats take a two-game trip up to Oregon to play Oregon and Oregon State next week.

Cleveland State picked up its first loss of the season at West Virginia but rebounded with a win over South Florida. 

St. Mary's has won four straight games and plays Mississippi State on Wednesday.

Washington State is 10-1 with the only loss coming to Kansas State. The Wildcats will play for a Diamond Head Classic championship against Butler on Christmas Day.


No. 11 Seeds

Florida, Gonzaga, Utah State (WAC), Drexel (CAA)

Florida rebounded from a loss to Jacksonville with a win over Radford. The Gators host Fairfield on Tuesday.

Gonzaga is starting to figure things out with wins over Baylor and Xavier. The Bulldogs host Oklahoma State on New Year's Eve.

Utah State has won six straight games and opens up play in the WAC against Hawaii on Wednesday.

Drexel's six-game winning streak ended in a loss at Syracuse.

 

No. 12 Seeds

Marquette, Maryland, NC State, Play-In No. 1

Marquette has won five of its last six. The Golden Eagles play at Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

Maryland lost to Boston College in the ACC opener, but rebounded with an easy win over NJIT. 

North Carolina State has won three of its last four. The Wolfpack finishes off OOC play with games against Alabama A&M, San Diego, and Elon.

 

No. 13 Seeds

Kent State (MAC), Vermont (A-East), Oakland (Summit), Play-In No. 2

Kent State rebounded from back-to-back losses with wins over South Florida and Youngstown State. The Golden Flashes play at Morehead State on Tuesday.

Vermont picked up a solid mid-major win at Iona on Wednesday. The Catamounts open America East play against Stony Brook on Jan. 4.

After gaining national attention with an upset over Tennessee, Oakland lost to Michigan, Valparaiso and Ohio State.

 

No. 14 Seeds

Iona (MAAC), North Texas (Sun Belt), Lipscomb (A-Sun), Coastal Carolina (Big South)

After winning seven straight games, Iona has lost its last two. The Gaels host Hofstra on Wednesday.

North Texas has won its last three games. The Mean Green opens conference play against Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday.

Lipscomb was no match for Alabama on Tuesday. The Bisons will get a chance for a key win at Memphis on Thursday.

Coastal Carolina is riding an eight-game winning streak. 


No. 15 Seeds

UC Santa Barbara (Big West), Wofford (SoCon), Hampton (MEAC), Harvard (Ivy)

UC Santa Barbara has won three of its last four, including a win over nationally ranked UNLV.

Wofford has won three of its last four. The Terriers travel north to play Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday.

Hampton has won nine of its last 10 games. The Pirates host Coppin State on Tuesday.

Harvard was destroyed by Connecticut on Tuesday. The Crimson look to rebound on Wednesday against Monmouth.

Michael Glover leads the MAAC in scoring with 21.7 PPG.


No. 16 Seeds

Austin Peay (OVC), Quinnipiac (NEC), Play-In No. 3, Play-In No. 4

Austin Peay has won three of its last four. The Governors are 4-0 in the OVC. 

Quinnipiac has won its last four games. The Bobcats play at Boston University on Wednesday.

 

Play-In No. 1

Northwestern vs. Old Dominion

Northwestern picked up its first loss of the season to St. John's in the Holiday Festival. The Wildcats open up Big 10 play against Purdue on New Year's Eve.

Old Dominion's stock was hurt by the loss to Delaware, but the Monarchs have not lost an OOC game. The Monarchs get a chance for a key win on Thursday at Missouri.

 

Play-In No. 2

Butler vs. Georgia

Butler has won its last four games and will play Washington State in the Diamond Head Classic championship.

Georgia has won six straight games since losing to Temple. 

 

Play-In No. 3

Nicholls State (Southland) vs. Jackson State (SWAC)

Nicholls State will play its first game against a top-25 on Jan. 3 when the Colonels play Texas A&M.

Jackson State is one of three teams in the SWAC with multiple wins against D-I opponents. The Tigers open conference play on the road against Alabama State.

 

Play-In No. 4

Northern Arizona (Big Sky) vs. American (Patriot)

Northern Arizona ended a two-game slide with a win over Air Force. The Lumberjacks play at Montana to open up Big Sky play on Wednesday.

American has lost two of its last three games. The Eagles host Fordham on Wednesday.

 

Last Four In

Northwestern, Old Dominion, Butler, Georgia

First Four Out

St. John's, Oklahoma State, Southern Mississippi, Mississippi

Next Four Out

Virginia Tech, Miami (FL), California, Michigan

 

Bids by Conference:

Big East: 10

Big Ten: 7

Big 12: 6

ACC: 5

SEC: 5

MWC: 3

Pac-10: 3

A-10: 2

CAA: 2

C-USA: 2

Horizon: 2

WCC: 2

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