This past weekend led to many shifts in my bracketology projected field. Among the most notable, Georgetown moved onto the right side of the cutline.
There is now less than a month remaining until Selection Sunday. The regular season is clearly winding to a close as conference tournament seeding is beginning to take shape. Additionally, teams across the country are putting the finishing touches on their potential NCAA Tournament resumes. The Selection Committee takes into account the complete body of work for selection and seeding, but winning games down the stretch can only help.
With regard to my current bracketology projected field, there are many teams that have been trending up and down recently.
Most notably, Penn State and Creighton have been soaring up seed lines as “locks” for the dance. The Nittany Lions and Bluejays both now find themselves among my Top 16 after neither heard its name called at the Bracket Reveal a couple of weeks ago. Additionally, teams such as Virginia, Richmond, and Georgetown have played their ways onto the right side of the projected cutline in recent weeks even though they all remain on the bubble.
It is also important to mention that a few teams have been trending in the wrong direction as well. Stanford is the easiest to point out in this category. The Cardinal have quickly turned from being safely in my field to needing a very strong finish in order to make the dance. Indiana has also been struggling as of late and is in danger of slipping out of the tournament. Sticking with the Big Ten, both Purdue and Minnesota have difficult resumes to decipher considering their poor records despite strong metrics and quality wins.
Now, without any further ado, let’s dive into this midweek update for my bracketology projected field. This update takes into account games played through Feb. 17th.