Bracketology Time



  • I tried to post a screenshot but it didn’t work. So here we are instead:

    KC:

    1. Kentucky
    2. Michigan State
    3. Houston
    4. Kansas

    DC:

    1. Duke
    2. Michigan
    3. Marquette
    4. LSU

    Anaheim:

    1. Gonzaga
    2. UNC
    3. Texas Tech
    4. Wisconsin

    Louisville:

    1. Virginia
    2. Tennessee
    3. Purdue
    4. Maryland

    I like that we are still in KC. I’m interested to see how Duke finishes the season. I think it’s possible that they lose 2-3 more games. Which could mean someone else ends up on the Top line in KC. Which, I’d definitely prefer. I’m really hoping MSU or Michigan can push back to that 1 line in KC. I think both of those teams are much more beatable for our squad.

    @approxinfinity I couldn’t upload an image for some reason. Told me I didn’t have the privileges.



  • WE ARE LIKELY A 3



  • @JAYHAWKFAN214 I think we have a good shot at one, but we have to win out the regular season. Honestly, we have as good of a shot at the top 3 seed as we do being the top 4 seed.



  • There is such a huge difference between a 3 & 4 seed due to the fact of having to face the #1 seed in S16. Hopefully this team can win 3 more to close out the season and move back up to the 3 line.



  • Woodrow said:

    There is such a huge difference between a 3 & 4 seed due to the fact of having to face the #1 seed in S16. Hopefully this team can win 3 more to close out the season and move back up to the 3 line.

    Sort of. I still think being in KC as a 4 seed is better than being in DC or Louisville as a 3 seed. I’d be ok with Anaheim.

    I think there is a legitimate possibility that KU leaps over Marquette and Houston. Leaving Tech and Purdue above them if we win out the regular season.

    Then, it would come down to Tech and KU in the conference tournament I’d think… A fight for who gets to go to play in KC.

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  • I’d prefer a 2,3, or even a 6 over a 4 or 5. I doubt we’d fall to a 6, but we have two road games left, the road hasn’t been kind to us and a league tourney.



  • Virginia Tech could be a hard out when Justin Robinson is back. Their guards were consistently faster than Duke’s tonight, blowing by them for layups. Good ball movement, clutch 3s and Blackshear looked like a more athletic Dedric.



  • Seems like 1 and 2 are safer in the first round, 3,4, 5 and 6 always have at least one upset in recent years.



  • @approxinfinity Too funny…I thought Blackshear looked like Dedric, too.That was my exact thought.



  • @Kcmatt7 Wow you have KU as the #4-1 seed? HOUSTON as the #3-1 seed? KU seed is a little to aggressive and Houston is not worthy of a #3-1 seed. Their resume is weak.



  • We have 3-5 more games yet and a lot to happen. Our non-con resume is going to pay dividends this year.



  • @truehawk93 that’s what Lunardi has



  • @truehawk93 I don’t think you and @Kcmatt7 are saying the same thing. He has them as a 4 seed. The breakdown above shows regions, so Kansas is the 4 seed in the KC region.



  • 1- Before they changed the way they rank teams, our resume would’ve easily netted us a 2/3 seed. We have not been rewarded for playing the nation’s best schedule. In fact, the difficult schedule has probably hurt us with the margin of victory they added in their b.s. rankings system.

    2- I don’t see any way, shape or form they would put us in KC. A 4 seed 30 miles away? I would really be shocked if that happened. I think the war on KU comes to the brackets, and we won’t even sniff KC.

    Tonight could be a nice night for KU if Villanova beats Marquette, which they should. Marquette is being touted as a 3 seed, so a loss could knock them down a line…hopefully.



  • A lot left that could change. Tennessee, Houston, Marquette and Michigan all look like they could falter down the stretch.

    But most importantly, if we just take care of our own business we will no doubt move up.



  • Here’s the view thru the crimson and blue spectacles: Watch the vultures circle while looking vulnerable most of the season. Right the ship. Watch as other teams falter under pressure🤞Win the conference on the way to a dominant March that no one outside of Jayhawk land saw coming. Hoist another banner.



  • HighEliteMajor said:

    @truehawk93 I don’t think you and @Kcmatt7 are saying the same thing. He has them as a 4 seed. The breakdown above shows regions, so Kansas is the 4 seed in the KC region.

    The only seeds that get regional consideration are the 1 seeds, maybe 2 to a degree. I doubt 3 or 4 will be given much regional consideration. I’will be pleasantly surprised if KU gets KC, maybe that will be their SOS reward?

    I’m going on KU’s SOS. Our resume is again one of the top 3 in the nation, regardless of our rank or seed.

    Who knows? I’m surprised @Kcmatt7 doesn’t have the Zags in 1 seed. There will be a shake up at the top next week, but don’t think its going to impact the top seeds. Again, still some ball to play. Hopefully KU wins outright and maybe even wins B12 tourney. They may have a slim chance to get a good seed. But we all know who the media darlings are and the committee will likely overlook KU.



  • Kcmatt7 said:

    A lot left that could change. Tennessee, Houston, Marquette and Michigan all look like they could falter down the stretch.

    But most importantly, if we just take care of our own business we will no doubt move up.

    There will be faltering in the B12. I just hope its not KU.



  • This team and season is looking very much like 1988. Think about the coincidences.

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    This team was 9-5 in B8 and 27-11 overall. However, this year’s team has a chance to win or at least tie for the conference title.

    Hell, this '88 team wasn’t even ranked in the top 25. I totally forgot about that impossibility.

    Archie Marshall was injured and Doke is injured.

    Manning and DLaw are not the same players but in similar roles.

    Danny and the Miracles

    DLaw and the Over Achievers?

    So its not over til its over. The Hawks spread their wings as the fat lady sings. This was my fav because it was my freshman year.



  • Those teams in Yellow look to me like they will have drastic impacts on our situation. Either location or seeding.

    Ideally, we pass up Tech or Purdue and get to play in Tulsa. But It’ll take us closing out the season and a loss by either team.

    Purdue’s remaining schedule is : @ Minnesota and @ Northwestern

    Tech’s remaining schedule is: vs. Texas and @ Iowa State

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  • @Kcmatt7 Nice job, I agree. We need to Tech to lose to help us get into the Midwest and have a chance in the conference. MSU still as a 2 is shocking to me and I think them and LSU will help us out a bit. KSU should really be a 4 or 5, I know their non conference was weak but dang hard to imagine a team winning this conference (even if it’s shared) and getting a 6 seed.



  • Net would’ve helped perceptions in 13. No way was that 10 loss team a 1 seed. A 3 seed flaming out vs Stanford would’ve been better optics.

    I still think NET undervalued strength of schedule though. No way this years team should be ranked 20th. Nor should they be ranked 2 like RPI.

    9-15 seems more appropriate to me at this point. The B12 tourney will likely determine where in that range barring a flame out.

    Still no perfect ranking system.



  • @dylans

    Maybe KU will have to retool its scheduling in the future. For many years they fine-tuned it through non-conference play to have a great SOS every season for the RPI and other criteria the committee was looking for. Now there’s no reward for a hard schedule as long as you can play efficient basketball and run up the score. Why play Villanova in a Home/Home series if it doesn’t benefit your NET for example. Of course the counter to that is you want to play good teams to “prepare”. It seems like KU will have to adjust to this new ranking system accordingly to maximize it’s seeding chances.

    Another way of looking at this is the NET is actually pretty accurate at this point. You look at the Top 10 in the NET and I can’t think of 1 team that doesn’t belong there. If your good, your NET will reflect that. In KU’s case we sit #16 as of today. Have good wins, have played a tough schedule but the inconsistencies in the season leave KU in the teens. A “good” KU team doesn’t go 3-7 on the road nor have a bad loss to West Virginia. So the NET might have this team accurately ranked. KU is 4-2 vs teams ranked ahead of them in the NET and 8-4 vs the Top 30. When the media writes articles about teams that could be bracket busters KU should be one of those teams. Capable of beating anyone and also capable of losing to anyone



  • @BeddieKU23 The rating systems are weird to me anyway lol. I probably like Kenpom the best but even it makes me scratch my head at times, like right now ISU and Wisconsin are ahead of in their rankings. Crazy that an ISU team with a worse conference record and lower SOS is higher. The 2 worst brackets I’ve ever done I picked one off of RPI and one off of Kenpom.



  • @Kcmatt7 i don’t think we’ll be in the Midwest bracket unless the miraculous happens, and we end up as a 1 seed. They aren’t going to put us in KC…40 miles away… as a 3 or 4 seed. The higher seeds would scream bloody murder.



  • @kjayhawks Last year my kenpom bracket performed the same as my wife’s mascot bracket.



  • @KUSTEVE I think we can get there as a 2 seed but we have to win both conference titles to do so. Be a little bit of revenge for us playing in Cali in 07 as a 1 seed, lol never mind we are kansas, it won’t happen.



  • @dylans lol you never know. My moms side of the family used to do a bracket challenge up until a few years ago and that side of the family is huge (mom has 7 brothers and sister all with at least 2 kids but 1), I’ve won it several times. But the only time my mom has ever won was when she picked on who’s team color she liked better. One of our office gals at work won last year because she was the only one to pick Loyola to the FF and called the UMBC upset by picking on mascots as well. One time my nephew won because he picked Butler to the NC because he thought their name was funny and that was the year they lost to Dook in the NC. Sometimes I think it’s better to not know and guess lol. We can crunch numbers all day but in the end you can’t predict someone getting hot for 30 or someone that averages 20 going cold and getting 5 points.



  • @kjayhawks Yeah, that madness is why I’d prefer a double elimination tournament of 16-32 teams. But the chaos is fun, just don’t expect the correct team to win every time.



  • @kjayhawks

    KU actually passed them both this weekend. Wisconsin is #17 & Iowa St is #18.

    It’s going to take some getting used to as our minds have been worried about the RPI, strength of schedule and other criteria that used to be important to the committee. It looked like a mess earlier in the year but the more data it received the better its gotten imo.

    It’s still overvaluing some average teams (Florida #35, Saint Mary’s #38, Clemson #40, Ohio St #43, Penn St #49 with a 12-17 record) but the system wasn’t about to without P5 schools.

    Some really good mid-major programs are again going to feel the squeeze. I think the mid-major programs this year are extremely strong. Think about Houston, Nevada, Wofford, Buffalo, UCF, Utah St all inside the Top 30. Six additional non power schools in the Top 50. Some others that can win a tourney game or be competitive include Murray St, Toledo, Liberty, Vermont & South Dakota St. I hope some of these teams are rewarded for great seasons.



  • @BeddieKU23 Right and I like that idea, teams like Oklahoma from last year had no business being in IMO but I wish it would reward SOS a little more. I think Houston’s a solid team but a 106th SOS shouldn’t get rewarded with a great seed. At this point we would better off smoking crappy team than risking losses to good teams.



  • KUSTEVE said:

    @Kcmatt7 i don’t think we’ll be in the Midwest bracket unless the miraculous happens, and we end up as a 1 seed. They aren’t going to put us in KC…40 miles away… as a 3 or 4 seed. The higher seeds would scream bloody murder.

    We could still get Tulsa or Des Moines (less likely) though for the first two games which would at least get us to a respectable point in the tourney even if we don’t get in the Midwest.

    The Midwest part of it, I don’t agree with though. Very possible Tennessee or UK end up at Louisville as a 2 seed. Just the way it is… Competitive advantage I believe only takes action starting at the 5 seed. So I’d think we still have a shot at the Midwest region.

    Am I wrong on this?



  • kjayhawks said:

    @BeddieKU23 Right and I like that idea, teams like Oklahoma from last year had no business being in IMO but I wish it would reward SOS a little more. I think Houston’s a solid team but a 106th SOS shouldn’t get rewarded with a great seed. At this point we would better off smoking crappy team than risking losses to good teams.

    Yep the NCAA just played itself. KU played 22 Q1 and Q2 games this season. Gonzaga has only played 14.

    Why on Earth would you not just schedule a bunch of mediocre teams every season and try to rack up as many blowout wins as possible? That’s apparently the criteria. Gonzaga is 2-2 against ranked teams this season and are somehow guaranteed a #1 seed.

    Absurd.



  • I just hope the new ranking system doesn’t screw up the fun early non-con schedules. But it seems like it might.



  • @Kcmatt7 I doubt you’ll see the champions classic or some of the good tournaments go away but you may see teams not go quite as hard in finding good games. We may not play a Villanova type team in a couple of years and replace that game with a cupcake but I also know Self likes good SOS so who knows.



  • It doesn’t matter if we’re a 1 or a 16. Whether we play at AFH or Madison Square Garden. I’m going to fill out my bracket the same way I always do and KANSAS will be the last team standing.



  • nuleafjhawk said:

    It doesn’t matter if we’re a 1 or a 16. Whether we play at AFH or Madison Square Garden. I’m going to fill out my bracket the same way I always do and KANSAS will be the last team standing.

    All right - - you get some ATTABOY"S for that - -that’s worth of a JUMPIN - - GEE HOSSA - - FATS for that and a ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY



  • @KUSTEVE Yes Duke always winds up playing in NC.



  • Fightsongwriter said:

    @KUSTEVE Yes Duke always winds up playing in NC.

    UNC as well. Certainly not coincidence



  • @kjayhawks

    Houston is 27-2 though and they are ranked #15 by Kenpom, one spot behind KU. Having a great season and I think they should be rewarded for it. Whether they are good enough to live up to say a #2 seed is up for debate. Until they lost to UCF over the weekend they had won 12 games in a row. Cincinnati and UCF are in the field who they have wins over in conference They did beat LSU, Oregon (when they were ranked with Bol Bol), BYU, Oklahoma St, Utah St in Non-Con play. Not a great resume which you’ve pointed out is reflected in their SOS.

    Listening to their coach over the weekend their goal for the season was just to make the NCAA tournament again. They didn’t think they were this good pre-season. They have shattered every expectation.



  • Kcmatt7 said:

    kjayhawks said:

    @BeddieKU23 Right and I like that idea, teams like Oklahoma from last year had no business being in IMO but I wish it would reward SOS a little more. I think Houston’s a solid team but a 106th SOS shouldn’t get rewarded with a great seed. At this point we would better off smoking crappy team than risking losses to good teams.

    Yep the NCAA just played itself. KU played 22 Q1 and Q2 games this season. Gonzaga has only played 14.

    Why on Earth would you not just schedule a bunch of mediocre teams every season and try to rack up as many blowout wins as possible? That’s apparently the criteria. Gonzaga is 2-2 against ranked teams this season and are somehow guaranteed a #1 seed.

    Absurd.

    It’s not as if Gonzaga ran away from competition in non-conference play though. Beating Power 5 schools like Texas A&M, Illinois, Arizona, Duke, Washington and losing at North Carolina and losing on neutral court to Tennessee. They certainly pass the eye test from what I’ve seen early in the season and in the last week (I watched them beat BYU & Saint Mary’s). They won every conference game by double digits, that’s impressive no matter what. Some of the teams they played just weren’t as good as they traditionally are. I know their resume is what it is on paper but I don’t think there are 4 better teams out there. Of course just my opinion



  • @BeddieKU23 First, I want to say I am thrilled with the Houston Cougars doing so well. Secondly, if they are a 2 seed under the new Net ratings, then we should immediately drop every difficult non conference game, and play the worst teams we can find, and run up the score. No more Dook or Sparty…schedule Div 1 patsies. As far as I can tell, Houston has played two games against the Top 25, and won them both. Big woop. Personal feelings aside, Houston has no business in any top 3 seeds discussion. Yet, here we are.



  • @KUSTEVE

    First, I do think KU will look at how they schedule in the future and I’m sure others are looking at this as well. Nothing they could do this year with the NET coming out of nowhere. Next though I’m sure they could react accordingly but they already have a road game against Nova, Maui, the Champions Classic & the SEC Challenge scheduled. Not going to be easy even for next year it looks.

    I disagree on the Houston part. They might have 30+ wins by tournament time. They have a big game against Cincinnati this weekend that likely will decide the league. If they win their league, win the conference tourney and have 30+ wins how does a team not deserve a high seed? Not their fault Wichita fell off or UConn can’t get it together or Penny wasn’t going to dominate College in year 1, SMU is down as well after some good years. Their league hasn’t helped them and maybe its inflated their record a little bit but dang 27-2 isn’t some walk in the park thing to do.



  • The NET rankings are not the end all be all when it comes to seeding. Just like the RPI wasn’t it is just one tool they use. You could see that when the committee released their top 16 seeds about a month ago and KU was a 2 seed. At that time they were ranked 18th I believe in the NET. People get so wrapped up in one thing when it actuality the committee looks at so many different rankings and measures when it comes to seeding.

    KU should absolutely not change anything about the way they schedule. Their are so many advantages to playing big time games.



  • @Woodrow Experience, seeding, exposure, tv money…



  • @BeddieKU23 It’s always the age old question of looking at the team record versus strength of schedule. I have Houston playing 5 games against teams that should go to the NCAAs for the year, which is better than Gonzaga’s 4 games. We have/ or will have played 20 games against teams that should make the NCAAs ( I included Texas and TCU, so that could drop all the way down to 16). Still…at 16 games ( worst case) against teams that should make the NCAAs, it is impossible for me to look at Houston, or even Gonzaga as teams ahead of us. If Gonzaga had played 12-16 more NCAA tournament teams this year, I wonder what their record would be. Same for Houston. Not saying these guys aren’t great teams, or that they won’t go far in the tournament, but I think if Gonzaga or Houston had played our schedule, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if they ended up with a worse record than we have. I sure wouldn’t mind being the 3 seed in a bracket that had Gonzaga as the 1 seed, and Houston as the 2.



  • Here’s a pretty good seeding breakdown:

    https://www.dratings.com/predictor/bracketology/



  • @KUSTEVE That is a cool site. Never heard of it before.



  • @KUSTEVE

    I guess I see it differently then you but that’s okay I’m enjoying the discussion regardless.

    I wouldn’t want to play either team in the tournament based on what I’ve seen of both teams recently. Gonzaga is better then KU which isn’t easy to admit and I would put the Houston matchup as a toss up depending on how they close their season. I don’t see many weaknesses in either team especially Gonzaga. We don’t matchup well with Gonzaga at all. Doesn’t mean KU couldn’t win but we’d be a dog playing them.

    I avoided including KU’s SOS with the two teams because I don’t think it matters whether KU played 17 more games against better competition or not. At what point has KU proven to be the better team so far? We lost that once Doke went down with the injury. It’s March, I’ve never seen a correlation in playing the toughest schedule translating to March Success. When we look back at our losses in the tournament do you think we complain about not being prepared for the game in the regular season? I don’t know what Gonzaga fans complain about when they exit the tournament but I doubt they are worried whether they played a tough enough schedule. Maybe they do, they do continue to play in a conference they are too good for these days. Few recruits and develops well enough these days where his players are just as good or comparable to his competition. Houston hasn’t had success like Gonzaga but they have upperclassmen throughout their rotation and guys back from last years tourney run that now have experience. KU will have 7 guys who’ve never played in a tournament game suiting up. I stated in a prior post this KU team is good enough to beat anyone and lose to anyone.



  • It’s a tough nut to crack. And it isn’t that Gonzaga isn’t good. They’re very good.

    It’s that I think rewarding soft schedules is bullshit. It may be more accurate because of that. But you don’t KNOW that. Gonzaga could have easily been a 6 loss team in another major conference and far from a guaranteed 1 seed. As it stands now, all they have to do is play a semi- tough Non-con, not completely suck, and then coast through their league to an easy one or two seed. They don’t have to fight all season long like the rest of the country. They are allowed an off night without it hurting them because they played Portland State.

    To me, that needs to be taken into account. They shouldn’t be rewarded with the easiest path to a Championship possible just because they won a crappy league with ease. Even if they might be one of the top 4 teams in the country.


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