Bracketology Update: 12/23/21

Tennessee guard Santiago Vescovi (25) shoots past Arizona guard Pelle Larsson (3) during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

We’re just about entering conference play around the country, and with that, comes a Bracketology update.

I didn’t post the bracket that I made on December 1st, but I will use that as a reference to the bracket that I’m posting today.

1 Seeds:

Baylor*: No change
Purdue*: No change
Duke*: No change
Gonzaga*: No change

2 Seeds:

Kansas: no change
UCLA*: no change
Tennessee*: up from 5 seed
Arizona: up from 5 seed

3 Seeds:

Auburn: up from 6 seed
Alabama: up from 4 seed
LSU: up from 7 seed
USC: no change

4 Seeds:

Houston*: up from 5 seed
Iowa State: up from 7 seed
Ohio State: up from 8 seed
Michigan State: up from 6 seed

5 Seeds:

Kentucky: down from 3 seed
Seton Hall*: up from 9 seed
Providence: NEW
Villanova: down from 2 seed

6 Seeds:

Colorado State*: up from 10 seed
Wisconsin: up from 8 seed
Texas Tech: down from 4 seed
Texas: down from 2 seed

7 Seeds:

Xavier: up from 9 seed
UConn: down from 5 seed
Oklahoma: up from 10 seed
Loyola Chicago*: no change

8 Seeds:

Illinois: down from 6 seed
Creighton: NEW
Indiana: no change
West Virginia: up from 11 seed

9 Seeds:

Arkansas: down from 4 seed
Michigan: down from 4 seed
North Carolina: NEW
San Francisco: NEW

10 Seeds:

Iowa: down from 6 seed
BYU: down from 3 seed
Virginia Tech: no change
Florida: down from 3 seed

11 Seeds:

Davidson*: NEW
San Diego State: down from 8 seed
St. Mary’s: down from 10 seed
Minnesota: NEW
Wake Forest: NEW

12 Seeds:

Iona*: up from 13 seed
Belmont*: no change
UAB*: down from 11 seed
Clemson: down from 11 seed
Northwestern: NEW

13 Seeds:

South Dakota State*: down from 12 seed
Chattanooga*: NEW
New Mexico State*: no change
Hofstra*: up from 14 seed

14 Seeds:

Buffalo*: NEW
Vermont*: no change
Georgia State*: no change
UC Irvine*: NEW

15 Seeds:

Princeton*: NEW
Liberty*: no change
Oakland*: no change
Weber State*: no change

16 Seeds:

Navy*: NEW
Wagner*: no change
Campbell*: NEW
Nicholls State*: no change
Howard*: NEW
Texas Southern*: NEW

Bids By League

Big Ten: 10
Big 12: 7
SEC: 7
Big East: 6
ACC: 5
West Coast: 4
Pac 12: 3
Mountain West: 2

BUBBLE

Last 4 Byes

Virginia Tech
Florida
San Diego State
St. Mary’s

Last 4 In

Minnesota
Wake Forest
Clemson
Northwestern

First 4 Out

Memphis
Marquette
Mississippi State
DePaul

Next 4 Out

St. Bonaventure
TCU
Cincinnati
Maryland

Teams to Watch

  • UConn’s 3 losses are all very close games in which they were missing a key player (or two) due to injury. They could be dangerous in the Big East
  • Colorado State is undefeated and led by National Player of the Year candidate David Roddy. They have wins over 3 top 50 KenPom teams, and they sit at 35 in KenPom themselves
  • Wake Forest is 11–1 entering Christmas break with their only loss coming against LSU. They beat Virginia Tech by 20 on the road. Alondes Williams is the only high major player averaging 20–5–5 (21.0/6.6/4.9)
  • West Virginia is still one of the most frustrating teams to play against in college basketball, and Taz Sherman has developed into an excellent scorer.

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