Monday, February 2, 2009

Bracket - February 2

Today marks the first day of increased tourney coverage by the Bracket Project. Brackets will be released on Mondays and Fridays and the NIT bracket will also be released. Last year, I tried to cover the CBI tournament as well, but with the tournament poised to make its debut (do we even need a fourth tournament?), I'm just going to list the next 32 teams after the NIT cut line.

Remember the ACC's performance in football this year? No dominant teams but lots of parity. SEC basketball is slowly becoming like ACC football. No SEC team in my bracket is higher than a 7 seed with the likes of Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky starting to lose. However, in the past weeks, South Carolina and LSU have started to string together some wins and now the SEC has pushed their representation to 5 teams in the bracket when common thinking used to be 3 or 4.

The first teams out this week were Miami, Wisconsin, San Diego State, and UAB.

(Edit: Obviously, I'm a little rusty with placing teams in the NIT. Iowa and Mississippi were switched to avoid a potential conference rematch with Michigan.)

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