Final Bracketology: Can Vandy sneak in?

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Here are my final seedings before the NCAA Tournament bracket is revealed. There are legitimate arguments for Vanderbilt over any of the last six at-large teams in the field, so although I have the Dores out I think there’s roughly a 40-50% chance VU is in. The committee has made it clear that they are out to pick the best at-large teams rather than the 36 most deserving, and this plays into Vandy’s hands. I could even see a scenario where the Dores avoid the First Four altogether, but I couldn’t quite put them in the field when comparing the teams myself. It’s very possible that the committee is convinced VU is one of the 36 best teams available for at-large spots, and those last few teams are all extremely close. My actual bracket is below the seedings.

1

KANSAS

Virginia

OREGON

NORTH CAROLINA

2

Michigan St

Oklahoma

Villanova

West Virginia

3

Utah

Xavier

Miami FL-Providence

Duke-Providence

4

Purdue-Oklahoma City

Indiana-Denver

SETON HALL

Iowa St

5

KENTUCKY

California

Texas A&M

Maryland

6

Baylor

Texas

Arizona

SAINT JOSEPH’S

7

Notre Dame

Iowa

Dayton

Providence

8

Texas Tech

Wisconsin

Colorado

Oregon St

9

Butler

Pitt

Usc

Cincinnati

10

Wichita St

GONZAGA

UCONN

St. Bonaventure

11

Vcu

Saint Mary’s

South Carolina

Michigan

Syracuse

ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK

12

NORTHERN IOWA

UNC-WILMINGTON

CHATTANOOGA

SOUTH DAKOTA ST

13

HAWAII

YALE

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

FRESNO ST

14

STONY BROOK

BUFFALO

IONA

MTSU

15

GREEN BAY

UNC-ASHEVILLE

WEBER STATE

CAL ST BAKERSFIELD

16

AUSTIN PEAY

HAMPTON

FLORIDA GULF COAST

SOUTHERN

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON

HOLY CROSS

OUT: Vanderbilt, San Diego St, Monmouth, Temple

MIDWEST

Des Moines

1 KANSAS

16 FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON/HOLY CROSS

 

8 Colorado

9 Cincinnati

 

Oklahoma City

4 Purdue

13 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

 

5 California

12 NORTHERN IOWA

 

St. Louis

3 Xavier

14 BUFFALO

 

6 Texas

11 Saint Mary’s/Syracuse

 

St. Louis

7 Dayton

10 UCONN

 

2 Michigan St

15 WEBER ST

 

SOUTH

 

Raleigh

1 NORTH CAROLINA

16 HAMPTON

 

8 Texas Tech

9 Usc

 

Des Moines

4 SETON HALL

13 YALE

 

5 Maryland

12 UNC-WILMINGTON

 

Denver

3 Utah

14 MTSU

 

6 Baylor

11 ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK

 

Oklahoma City

7 Iowa

10 GONZAGA

 

2 Oklahoma

15 CAL ST BAKERSFIELD

 

EAST

 

Raleigh

1 Virginia

16 SOUTHERN/FGCU

 

8 Oregon St

9 Butler

 

Spokane

4 Iowa St

13 HAWAII

 

5 TEXAS A&M

12 SOUTH DAKOTA ST

 

Providence

3 Miami Fl

14 STONY BROOK

 

6 SAINT JOSEPH’S

11 Michigan/South Carolina

 

Brooklyn

7 Notre Dame

10 St. Bonaventure

 

2 Villanova

15 UNC-ASHEVILLE

 

WEST

 

Spokane

1 Oregon

16 AUSTIN PEAY

8 Wisconsin

9 Pitt

 

Denver

4 Indiana

13 FRESNO ST

 

5 KENTUCKY

12 CHATTANOOGA

 

Providence

6 Arizona

11 Vcu

 

3 Duke

14 IONA

 

Brooklyn

7 Providence

10 Wichita St

 

2 West Virginia

15 GREEN BAY

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