I’ve made some slight changes to the bracket I produced this morning. Here is the bracket as I would have it now:
|16||Prairie View A&M-Iona||16||Wright St.||16||Sam Houston St.||16||St. Francis PA-Norfolk St.|
|8||Villanova||8||Wofford||8||North Carolina St.||8||Oklahoma|
|12||Clemson-Texas||12||Seton Hall-Utah St.||12||New Mexico St.||12||Lipscomb|
|4||Wisconsin||4||Virginia Tech||4||Florida St.||4||Marquette|
|13||Yale||13||Vermont||13||UC Irvine||13||Murray St.|
|14||Texas St.||14||Old Dominion||14||Hofstra||14||South Dakota St.|
|2||Tennessee||2||North Carolina||2||Michigan St.||2||Michigan|
The changes I made were with the “play-in” games. I am inviting the 36 best resumes as judged by Parcells. I am then seeding by a mix of Pythag and Parcells. I decided that the last four invited teams belong in the play-in games, regardless of their Pythags. As such, the bracket has been modified.
All four included Arizona State as a #11 seed. UCF and Alabama all made all four brackets as well. In the case of Parcells, I have Alabama, UCF, and Arizona State as the first three out, in that order. I’ll add that if Belmont grabs the OVC auto-bid (something most bracketologists are presuming), then Alabama would be my last team in.
Not one of the brackets had UNC Greensboro in. Parcells has them with the 39th best resume:
They’d be 40th in WAB. Their resume merits inclusion It’s hard to judge teams that play against inferior competition. Perhaps they’ll win their conference tournament and render the question moot. More likely, they’ll be sitting by their TV’s on Selection Sunday praying for inclusion. Barring another regular season loss, I expect their resume to be worthy of an invite. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Houston is another interesting case. Everyone (including me) has them as a #3 seed. The thing is, they have an elite resume, but lack the Pythag to go with it. People understand that Gonzaga is a monster. Houston is not. If they pull off a road win at Cincinnati and win their conference tournament they’ll move up at least one line. Moving up two is going to be tricky.