Big East Bracketology Update 1/29/15

Thursday means new brackets from both Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm. Lunardi and Palm both still have 6 and 7 Big East teams in their fields, respectively. Some of the seeding has changed since their Monday updates though.

Here is a breakdown of Lunardi’s latest bracket:

  • Villanova – #2 seed in East vs. #15 NC Central- AQ for Big East – 8th on S-curve (was 7th)
  • Providence – #5 seed in West vs. #12 George Washington/Texas A&M – 20th on S-curve (was 22nd)
  • Georgetown – #6 seed in South vs. #11 Tulsa – 22nd on S-curve (was 20th)
  • Butler – #6 seed in Midwest vs. #11 Old Dominion – 21st on S-curve (was 24th)
  • Seton Hall – #10 seed in South vs. #7 Arkansas – 40th on S-curve – On the Bubble (was 39th)
  • Xavier – #10 seed in West vs. #7 Indiana – 38th on S-curve – On the Bubble (was 41st)
  • St. John’s – OUT – 71st on S-curve – First 4 Out (was 69th – First 4 Out)

Lunardi continues to have the same 6 Big East teams in his field of 68 and St. John’s continues to be just on the outside looking in and part of the First Four Out. Providence moved up a line to the 5 seed group while Georgetown moved down from 5 to 6. Seton Hall stayed on the same 10 line but Xavier has moved up from 11 to 10.

Here is the full “Bracket Math”:

ALL CAPS: Current or projected conference leader (automatic qualifier)

1-KENTUCKY 2-VIRGINIA 3-GONZAGA 4-ARIZONA
8-Villanova 7-WISCONSIN 6-Duke 5-KANSAS
9-Notre Dame 10-North Carolina 11-Utah 12-Maryland
16-WICHITA ST. 15-Louisville 14-VCU 13-Iowa State
17-West Virginia 18-Oklahoma 19-Baylor 20-Providence
24-Northern Iowa 23-Texas 22-Georgetown 21-Butler
25-Arkansas 26-Indiana 27-Stanford 28-So. Methodist
32-Georgia 31-Cincinnati 30-Dayton 29-San Diego St.
33-Miami (Fla.) 34-Michigan St. 35-Iowa 36-Ohio State
40-Seton Hall 39-Oklahoma St. 38-Xavier 37-Louisiana St.
41-Colorado St. 42-TULSA 43-Old Dominion 44-NC State
48-W. KENTUCKY 47-G. Washington 46-Ole Miss 45-Texas A&M
49-WOFFORD 50-GREEN BAY 51-IONA 52-YALE
56-KENT STATE 55-LONG BEACH 54-MURRAY ST. 53-S.F. AUSTIN
57-WM. & MARY 58-N. MEXICO ST. 59-S. DAKOTA ST. 60-HIGH POINT
64-ALBANY 63-GA. SOUTHERN 62-N.C. CENTRAL 61-BUCKNELL
65-NO. FLORIDA 66-SACRAMENTO 67-ST. FRAN. NY 68-TEXAS SO.

Here’s a breakdown of Palm’s latest bracket:

  • Villanova – #2 seed in East vs. #15 William & Mary
  • Georgetown – #5 seed in Midwest vs. #12 UW Green Bay
  • Butler – #5 seed in South vs. #12 Davidson/Mississippi
  • Providence – #7 seed in South vs. #10 Iowa
  • Seton Hall – #9 seed in East vs. #8 Oklahoma St
  • Xavier – #9 seed in South vs. #8 SMU
  • St. John’s – #11 seed in South vs. #6 Oklahoma

Conference Breakdown

Lunardi:

• ACC (7)
• Big 12 (7)
• Big East (6)
• Big Ten (6)
• SEC (6)
• American (3)
• Atlantic 10 (3)
• Pac-12 (3)
• Conference USA (2)
• Missouri Valley (2)
• Mountain West (2)

Palm:

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The 2015 Bracket Matrix

BracketMatrix.com is a very informative site and I think it adds value to the bracketology discussion so I’ll be featuring a section in these bracketology updates with information like average seed, number of brackets Providence appears in and a few other things. The appeal of BracketMatrix.com is that they are sort of like a composite bracket.

  • Bracket Matrix Average Seed for Providence: 6.39
  • Numbers of Brackets Providence appears in: 77/77
  • Best Seed: 3
  • Worst Seed: 11
  • Last updated: 1/28/15 9:10pm

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