Bracketology 3/15

I’m still in shock that Indiana lost to Minnesota Friday night. For a 25-win season, this one certainly hasn’t been all that much fun to be a Hoosier fan. This loss was even more heartbreaking for me than the Wisconsin loss was for a few reasons: 1) Wisconsin is actually a good basketball team, 2) We missed twelve free throws and lost the game by a point, and 3) The winning shot was even more improbable than Butch’s bank shot. I have to admit that when I saw Jordan Crawford defending the in-bounds bass, I had a really bad feeling. Didn’t coaches across the world learn their lesson when Grant Hill hit Christian Laettner with that laser beam pass sixteen years ago? Having a player down the court to defend the last second shot or, moreover, to prevent the opportunity of such a shot, is far more valuable than trying to guard the baseline.

Somehow, I managed to get past all of this and pay attention to today’s action. Georgia and Illinois have big chances tomorrow to get in, and would do to the chigrin of those last teams in. With one day to go until Selection Sunday, here’s my updated Bracketology:
1 North Carolina UCLA Memphis Tennessee
2 Kansas Texas Duke Georgetown
3 Xavier Wisconsin Louisville Stanford
4 Notre Dame Pittsburgh Drake Butler
5 Vanderbilt Michigan State Connecticut Purdue
6 Washington State Indiana Marquette USC
7 Clemson West Virginia BYU Gonzaga
8 Oklahoma Mississippi State Texas A & M Miami, Fl
9 Kansas State St. Mary’s Kent State Davidson
10 Baylor UNLV Kentucky Arkansas
11 St. Joseph’s South Alabama Illinois State Western Kentucky
12 Arizona Arizona State Ohio State Temple
13 Cornell Oral Roberts George Mason NW ST/ Southland
14 Siena Boise State Cal St. Fullerton San Diego
15 Winthrop Austin Peay Portland St. Belmont
16 UMBC Morgan State/ MEAC Mount St. Mary’s Miss Valley St/ American

LAST 4 IN
ILLINOIS STATE
ARIZONA
ARIZONA STATE
OHIO STATE

LAST 4 OUT
VILLANOVA
OREGON
VIRGINIA TECH
UMASS

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