March Madness Bracketology: 3/7
Congratulations to Northern Iowa, Yale, UNC Asheville, Austin Peay and Florida Gulf Coast on punching their tickets to the NCAA Tournament. The finish to the Missouri Valley Championship was particularly thrilling between Northern Iowa and Evansville with neither team calling a timeout going back and forth, ultimately leading to this fortunate game-winning buzzer beater.
All of the regular-season games are in the books. This is one of the best sports weeks of the calendar year – Championship Week. Multiple games every day will end similarly to this Missouri Valley Championship.
A reminder that even though we are in the final week, the bracket will continue to update and change throughout the week. The changes will be less severe, but fluctuation will happen.
There are substantial changes this week. I had always believed since Louisville is a few miles closer to Lawrence, Kansas in comparison to Chicago and that East Lansing is closer to Chicago, the committee would put Kansas in the South Region and Michigan State in the Midwest Region even if Kansas was first in the pecking order and Michigan State was third. It turns out, between time-zone difference (Chicago is Central Time, Louisville is Eastern Time) and that Chicago is easier for the Kansas fans to get to in terms of travel, the Jayhawks are headed to Chicago. I think this is wrong and definitely the wrong move, but it’s what they did in the Mock Selection. I also slid Michigan State to the fourth No. 1 seed and bumped Virginia up to third because I think Virginia got a very favorable draw in the ACC Tournament and will win that event (I didn’t before).
With that, enjoy the projected bracket. We’ll get another updated bracketology out once all the conference tournaments are underway.
Click on Image to EnlargeView all posts by Nick Juskewycz