March Insanity will probably be beginning to brew in a few days. We’re simply over two weeks from Choice Sunday. The image close to the bubble is beginning to take form and solidify. With simply two weeks of normal season video games left within the main conferences, and fewer in some mid-major leagues, I rely 28 groups as being within the subject. They’ll have an effect on their seeding by collapsing, however they need to be in. Of these, 9 would at present be assigned an auto bid spot.
Bracketology: Michigan State and Kentucky are Now Battling for a #1 Seed
That leaves the next:
Nearly Definitely In, Mid-Main Version: Wofford. In need of shedding their final three video games, I believe the Terriers are in, and even then I believe they fall to a play-in recreation. I wrote about Wofford being a staff to look at yesterday.
Don’t Collapse, Excessive Main Version: These groups at present profile within the eight/9 seed vary. They’ll afford some losses, however possibly not an entire collapse. All of their comparable groups made the tourney and none needed to play in Dayton.
Okay, in order that has us to 26 at-large allocations, and 11 auto-bid allocations together with Wofford from the Southern Convention and Washington from the Pac-12. That places us at what I might think about the true bubble. A most of ten at-large spots, however nearly definitely a quantity that may shrink. Final week, I wrote about how we should always anticipate bubble shrinkage by about three spots. The at-large pool is basically concentrated in just a few conferences.
You could have a serious convention within the Pac-12 that has solely two viable at-large candidates, and is more likely to produce a champion that won’t in any other case be within the subject. Nevada, Buffalo, and Wofford are within the subject, however every other staff knocking them off within the convention tourney would push them to the at-large group. Gonzaga and Houston are extremely ranked, however an enormous upset would shake issues up. The Massive East may nonetheless produce a shock with solely three at-large groups solidly in proper now. After which there are another mid-majors which have a case to go to Dayton in the event that they lose of their event finals.
So you could possibly see extra like seven spots for these groups, and fewer if issues go actually loopy in Championship Week. I utilized the same resume function by Bart Torvik (although I did modify the weights to extra worth NET/RPI score and Resume components) and I record the weighted odds of constructing it as an at-large based mostly on projected median end.
Oklahoma (100%): I believe the comparables considerably overstate Oklahoma’s odds, although they’re nonetheless in proper now. We all know the committee doesn’t weight convention video games in a different way than non-conference or early video games, so the 5-10 convention cut up alone, versus 12-1 in non-conference, doesn’t matter. What may matter, although, is Oklahoma going a mixed Zero-10 in opposition to the perfect groups they confronted in Kansas, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Iowa State, and Baylor. I believe they should beat West Virginia at dwelling after which cut up in opposition to Kansas and Kansas State to be on the suitable facet getting into the Massive 12 tourney.
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