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Bracketology Update 1/26 – Duke, Michigan State Fall Out

Arizona self-imposed a postseason ban. Duke (5-5) and Kentucky (5-9) are barely even worth a mention. North Carolina (10-5) is just in the field right now, and Michigan State (8-4) is now out. Even Kansas, the only blueblood program to be safely in the field of 68, currently sits as losers of three straight games. What is up with college basketball’s blue blood programs.

There is a non-zero chance just one of college basketball’s premier brand names makes March Madness this year. Previously, we have looked at the cases of both Duke and Kentucky, today, we will look at Michigan State.

Tom Izzo’s Spartans have not played a game since January 8th, but we have to evaluate what little resume we have. MSU opened the year 6-0, however, just one of those wins (@ Duke) qualifies as a Q2 win, and none qualify as Q1 victories. Since the 6-0 start, Michigan State is just 2-4. They are 0-2 in Q1 games, the losses coming by a combined 34 points, and just 2-2 in Q2 opportunities.

The Spartans have fallen to 44th in KenPom and clock in at 85th in the NCAA’s NET system. Comparing the resume to that of St. Bonaventure, the team that displaced them, there is almost no comparison. The Bonnies rank over 40 spots better in the NET, are 1-0 in Q1 games, and are 1-1 in Q2. For those keeping track at home, that’s relative to a 2-4 Q1/2 record for MSU.

Now, there will be plenty of opportunities for Michigan State to pick up victories in the coming weeks. The Spartans have 11 (!) more Q1 opportunities left on the schedule. Winning even half of those would put Tom Izzo’s crew in solid shape to make the big dance, but for now, there is no way to justify having them in.


Seed List


Italicized – Play-in game
GREEN – Moved up one or more seed line
RED – Moved down one or more seed line
BLUE – New to bracket

Note: The furthest left team is considered to be the highest-ranked on the seed line and the furthest right is considered to be the lowest-ranked

1 Seeds: Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan, Villanova
2 Seeds: Houston, Texas, Iowa, Alabama
3 Seeds: Ohio State, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri
4 Seeds:
Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, West Virginia
5 Seeds: Florida State, Creighton, Colorado, Texas Tech
6 Seeds: UCLA, Minnesota, Purdue, USC
7 Seeds: Clemson, Oregon, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State
8 Seeds: Boise State, Louisville, Saint Louis, BYU
9 Seeds:
 Oklahoma, UConn, Xavier, Florida
10 Seeds: Drake, LSU, North Carolina, Rutgers
11 Seeds: Indiana, Seton Hall, Arkansas, San Diego State
12 Seeds: Pittsburgh, Stanford, St. Bonaventure, Richmond, Winthrop, Toledo
13 Seeds: Belmont, UAB, Furman, South Dakota State
14 Seeds: Colgate, Georgia State, Liberty, Siena
15 Seeds: Abilene Christian, Cleveland State, Bryant, UC Irvine 
16 Seeds: Grand Canyon, Northeastern, UMBC, Montana State, Prairie View A&M, North Carolina A&T

Dropped Out: Duke, Michigan State, New Mexico State, Vermont, Southern Utah, Norfolk State, Texas Southern

Bubble Watch

Last Four Byes
Seton Hall
San Diego State
Last Four In
St. Bonaventure
First Four Out
Michigan State
Colorado State
Next Four Out
Utah State

Bids By Conference

Big Ten – 9 of 15 (+2 in First Eight Out)
Big 12 – 7 of 10 (0)
ACC – 7 of 15 (1)
SEC – 6 of 14 (0)
Big East – 5 of 10 (0)
Pac-12 – 5 of 12 (0)
Atlantic 10 – 3 of 14 (1)
Mountain West – 2 of 11 (2)
WCC – 2 of 10 (0)
American – 1 of 11 (1)
Missouri Valley – 1 of 10 (1)

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