This is a heck of a time of year, particularly for schools in one-bid leagues. St. Francis (NY) and South Dakota State followed Murray State as top-KenPom teams to fail to win their conference's automatic bid. None of the schools has a realistic case to be made for inclusion on an at-large basis either on KenPom or in real life, leaving five months of good work broken in the span of 40 minutes of basketball.
The major conference tournaments are getting into full swing today, meaning there will be just one more automatic bid handed out until the weekend. In the meantime, here's what the KenPom machine spat out once I got it up and running this morning.
First the s-curve:
|4||Notre Dame||North Carolina||Iowa St.||Wichita St.|
|6||West Virginia||Butler||Michigan St.||Georgetown|
|7||DAVIDSON||SMU||Xavier||SAN DIEGO STATE|
|9||Cincinnati||St. John's||Boise St.||North Carolina St.|
|11||Dayton||LSU||STEPHEN F. AUSTIN||Stanford|
|13||VALPARAISO||GEORGIA STATE||YALE||UC DAVIS|
|14||VERMONT||NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL||NEW MEXICO STATE||WOFFORD|
|15||NORTHEASTERN||NORTH FLORIDA||MANHATTAN||EASTERN WASHINGTON|
|16||ROBERT MORRIS||NORTH DAKOTA STATE||BELMONT||COASTAL CAROLINA|
|First four out||Oregon||Richmond||UCLA||Temple|
|Next four out||Illinois||Miami (FL)||Indiana||Alabama|
And the bracket:
There you have it. Xavier pulls Duke, who I consider stronger than either Utah or Gonzaga as a two seed. Of course, this will all change once the tournaments get rolling on into the weekend. We'll keep you up to date as it does with brackets on Friday and Sunday before the Selection show.