Bracketology: Thanksgiving stirs up new Bracketology

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

After games on November 23rd 2017

South Region (Atlanta)

1.Duke (Charlotte)

16.Furman

8.Alabama

9.UCLA

4.Xavier (Boise)

13.Oakland

5.Texas Tech

12.Belmont

3.Wichita State (Dallas)

14.Grand Canyon

6.Arizona

11.SMU/ Syracuse

2.Michigan State (Detroit)

15.Iona

7.Rhode Island

10.St. John’s

West Region (Los Angeles)

1.Minnesota (Wichita)

16.Long Beach State

8.Louisville

9.Tennessee

4.Baylor (San Diego)

13.Texas-Arlington

5.Creighton

12.Temple/ Syracuse

3.Miami (Nashville)

14.UAB

6.Seton Hall

11.Northwestern

2.USC (San Diego)

15.Montana

7.Nevada

10.Oklahoma

Midwest Region (Omaha)

1.Kansas (Wichita)

16.St. Francis (PA)/ Hampton

8.Arkansas

9.Virginia Tech

4.North Carolina (Pittsburgh)

13.Bucknell

5.Maryland

12.Florida Gulf Coast

3.Virginia (Charlotte)

14.Harvard

6.Providence

11.Vermont

2.Texas A&M (Dallas)

15.South Dakota State

7.TCU

10.Purdue

East Region (Boston)

1.Notre Dame (Detroit)

16.Stephen F. Austin/ Texas Southern

8.Gonzaga

9.Texas

4.Florida (Boise)

13.Charleston

5.St. Mary’s

12.Northern Iowa

3.Kentucky (Nashville)

14.Buffalo

6.Cincinnati

11.Georgia Tech

2.Villanova (Pittsburgh)

15.UNC Asheville

7.West Virginia

10.NC State

First Four Out: Uconn, Arizona State, Marquette, Wisconsin

Next Four Out: UCF, Michigan, UNLV, Butler

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Week two Player of the year rankings

Week two Player of the year Rankings

We are through basically two weeks of College Basketball and yes it is still way too early to have a good idea of what the Player of the year race will look like exactly, however it is never a bad time to have an idea of what the Player of the year race looks like if the season ended today.

1.Jordan Murphy

Thus far Jordan Murphy is a 20 and 10 machine, as in all but one game he has gotten to that mark. The undersized big man is averaging 23.8 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, which is outstanding in its own respect. Most expect Murphy to take a step back at some point, however if he continues to play like this he has a legitimate shot at winning Player of the year.

2.Bonzie Colson

Averaging 20 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, then last night put up 25 and 11 against Wichita State in winning the Maui Invitational. Colson thus far is playing less minutes than usual but when he starts playing 35 minutes per game he will likely average even more. Colson is quiet in scoring and rebounding, however if he continues to average over 20 and 10 he will have a great chance to win Player of the year.

3.Trevon Bluiett

Trevon Bluiett is one of those special College Basketball players because of his ability to score so easily. Thus far he averaging 24.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 63 percent from the field and 56 percent from three. If he can keep making shots at this rate there is no doubt he will be a First team All-American and maybe a Player of the year.

4.Allonzo Trier

Allonzo Trier is scoring at rates that won’t matched by anyone in a power five conference, averaging 29.3 points per game. If Trier finishes the season averaging 29.3 points per game there is no doubt he will win, however at some point Trier will probably have to start differing to other players. Yes Trier has established himself as a great scorer, however if Arizona wants to be great Trier might have to start differing to his teammates.

5.Marvin Bagley lll

I exclude the Michigan State game with Bagley as he only played 10 minutes, but in every other game he has had at least 19 points and 8 rebounds per game, which is amazing for a Freshman. Bagley is averaging 19.2 points and 9 rebounds per game which leads Duke in those categories, who we all essentially claim is the best team in College Basketball.

6.Grayson Allen

Last year was a disaster for Grayson Allen, from playing hurt, to the tripping incidents, to him losing his captain position, it was all bad. After getting away from basketball a little bit, Allen is back to the form he had in his Sophomore season. Allen is averaging 18.4 points per game and had the game of the year against Michigan State, dropping 37. Allen is such a polarizing figure, that is he keeps playing like this he’s almost guaranteed to make an All-American team is he plays like this.

7.Bennie Boatwright

The Trojans are an undisputed Top-10 team and depending on who you ask a Top-5 team and the main reason why is because of Bennie Boatwright. Through four games Boatwright is averaging 18.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while the Trojans are 4-0. Boatwright’s shooting numbers are down from what they were last year, if he can get back to that shooting like he did last year, he will have a great chance to be an All-American.

8.Manu Lecomte

Baylor is a perineal top-25 team and its usually because they have great big men and a great point guard, the same can be said this year. Lecomte is stepping into the lead role flawlessly, averaging 19 points per game, while helping the Bears to a CBE Hall of Fame Classic victory. The Bears might be the biggest threat to Kansas atop the Big 12 and the play of Manu Lecomte is the main reason why.

9.Devonte Graham

Most expected Graham to come in and average 20 and 5 like Frank Mason did last year, however Graham is doing things a little bit different. Graham is now the lone Point Guard at Kansas and he is playing with a point guard first mentality, averaging 11.5 points and 9.8 assists per game. We all expect Graham to be a high-volume shooter, however this pass first mentality might be better for Kansas as a team.

10.Marcus Foster

Thus far Creighton has overachieved starting the season 4-1 with wins over two Top-25 teams and one of the main reasons why is because of Marcus Foster. Through five games Foster is averaging 18.6 points per game and has been the main offensive weapon for the Blue Jays. Most expected Foster to be great, however not necessarily Creighton but a Top-5 finish in the Big East for the Blue Jays would likely see him making an All-American team.

Thank you for reading my weekly power rankings, be sure to come back next Wednesday and read my new Power Rankings.

Bracketology: Island sized upsets shakeup new Bracketology

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

After games on November 22nd 2017

South Region (Atlanta)

1.Duke (Charlotte)

16.Furman

8.Arkansas

9.Purdue

4.Seton Hall (Pittsburgh)

13.Charleston

5.Texas Tech

12.Oakland

3.Kentucky (Nashville)

14.Buffalo

6.Cincinnati

11.Vermont

2.Michigan State (Detroit)

15.Iona

7.West Virginia

10.Oregon

West Region (Los Angeles)

1.Minnesota (Wichita)

16.Long Beach State

8.Nevada

9.Tennessee

4.Xavier (Boise)

13.Missouri State

5.Virginia

12.Belmont

3.Miami (Charlotte)

14.Harvard

6.Maryland

11.St. John’s

2.USC (San Diego)

15.Montana

7.TCU

10.Virginia Tech

Midwest Region (Omaha)

1.Kansas (Wichita)

16.St. Francis (PA)/ Hampton

8.Gonzaga

9.Rhode Island

4.North Carolina (Nashville)

13.Bucknell

5.Creighton

12.Florida Gulf Coast

3.Wichita State (Dallas)

14.UAB

6.Providence

11.Georgia Tech

2.Texas A&M (Dallas)

15.South Dakota State

7.Louisville

10.UCLA

East Region (Boston)

1.Notre Dame (Detroit)

16.Stephen F. Austin/ Texas Southern

8.Alabama

9.Oklahoma

4.Baylor (Boise)

13.Texas-Southern

5.Florida

12.Florida State/ Butler

3.Arizona (San Diego)

14.Grand Canyon

6.St. Mary’s

11.Syracuse/ Northwestern

2.Villanova (Pittsburgh)

15.UNC Asheville

7.NC State

10.Texas

First Four Out: Temple, Marquette, Wisconsin, Arizona State

Next Four Out: Kansas State, UCF, Michigan, Vanderbilt

Nike PK80 Victory Bracket preview and predictions

Nike PK80 Victory Bracket Preview and Predictions

A one time only Tournament will see 16 Nike schools head to Portland to honor Nike Founder Phil Knight’s 80th Birthday. This is the Victory Bracket, which will see a lot of interesting matchups and seems destined for a rematch of the 2009 National Championship. The question seems will we get the Michigan State North Carolina matchup or will someone upset one of these two teams, keep reading to find out.

Round One:

North Carolina 92 Portland 61

A seemingly lopsided matchup will see North Carolina go up against tournament host Portland. Portland is 1-1 thus far this year and has seen Josh McSwiggan and Franklin Porter both average in double-figures. Coming off a Championship, most expect the Tar Heels to struggle, but through three games they are undefeated. The Tar Heels are lead by Luke Mate and Joel Berry ll who are both averaging over 18 points per game thus far. This game won’t be close as the Tar Heels are by far the better team, look for them to win by about 30.

Arkansas 79 Oklahoma 67

Maybe the best game in the opening round will see a tough and experienced Arkansas team, go up against a young Oklahoma team. The Razorbacks were questioned early on in the season but have beat a lot of good mid-major teams in dominant fashion thus far. The Sooners are very young but with a lot of good players surrounding five-star point guard Trae Young the Sooners are looking much improved this year. This game will be close throughout, however late in the game the Razorbacks will pull away and win by double-figures.

DePaul 66 Michigan State 83

A matchup between one of the best power five programs in Michigan State, will go up against one of the worst power five programs in DePaul. The Blue Demons come into this game at at 1-2, but have shown improvements from teams in past years. Meanwhile, the Spartans come into this game with National Championship hopes. This game seems like it will be closer than it should be, so the Spartans might only be up by five at the half. In the second half the Spartans will pull away and end up winning by about 15-20 points.

Connecticut 64 Oregon 80

A game between two teams that appear to be in rebuild mode will provide some intrigue. The Ducks come into this season fresh off a Final Four year, lose everyone but Peyton Pritchard. The Ducks do add Five-Star recruit Troy Brown and grad transfers Mikyle McIntosh and Elijah Brown who should help the Ducks stay relevant. The Huskies come off a terrible season but look improved from last years team but they haven’t really been tested yet. This game will be close in the first half, however in the second half the Ducks will pull away and win handily.

Round Two:

Portland 64 Oklahoma 88

The consolation bracket will see a young Oklahoma team go up against tournament host Portland. Look Sooners will control this game from the tip and likely win the game by more than 20 points.

DePaul 68 Connecticut 76

The second consolation game will see two teams that have improved since last year play in DePaul and Connecticut. The Huskies will try to play fast paced, while the Blue Demons might try to slow the game down. Look for the Blue Demons to have the lead at the half however the Huskies will use a second half charge to take the lead and win the game.

Arkansas 74 North Carolina 66

A rematch of a Round of 32 game from last years NCAA Tournament will see the Tar Heels go up against the Razorbacks. This will be the best game each team will have played at this point in the season. The Razorbacks will look to get revenge for their loss in the Round of 32 and will get off to a great start and lead by 10 at the half. The Tar Heels will make multiple second half charges but to no avail as the Razorbacks will hold on to win 74-66 and get their revenge for last years NCAA Tournament loss to North Carolina.

Oregon 67 Michigan State 78

The second Semifinal will feature two good College Basketball programs in Michigan State and Oregon. The Ducks will probably try to keep the tempo up, while the Spartans will probably try to play a grinding style of basketball with their big men. Look for the game to be close throughout, however the Spartans will pull away late and win by double-digits.

Round Three:

Portland 58 DePaul 79

The seventh place game will take place between two the DePaul Blue Demons and the Portland Pilots. This game should be one sided as despite DePaul being known as a bad Major Conference team they still will be way better than the Pilots of Portland. Look for the Blue Demons to take a big lead in the first half and hold on to win by over 20.

Connecticut 66 Oklahoma 82

The fifth place game will see the Oklahoma Sooners and Connecticut Huskies play each other. Both teams are both young and mostly inexperienced but the Sooners have a definite talent advantage. Look for the Sooners to lead by seven at the half and pull away in the second half to win by more than 15.

North Carolina 82 Oregon 77

The third place game will see a rematch of last years final four, with Oregon going up against North Carolina. Both teams will probably play at a high tempo, so this game will likely be played in the high 70s-low 80s like last year. Look for the game to be close at the half but North Carolina will take a second half lead and hold off a late game run like in the Final Four and win 82-77.

Michigan State 73 Arkansas 64

The Championship game will see upset-minded Arkansas go up against heavy favorite Michigan State. Both teams don’t mind playing to a slower tempo so its likely that this game stays in the low 70s and 60s. Look for the Razorbacks to jump out to a early lead but the Spartans will cut the lead to five at the half. In the second half the Spartans will tie the game and take the lead, then late in the game the Razorbacks will play the foul game, which will cause the Spartans to win by 9. Cassius Winston will have a big Championship game notching 15 points and 8 assists which will win him Victory Bracket Most Outstanding player.

Nike PK80 Motion Bracket Preview and Predictions

Nike PK80 Motion Bracket Preview and Predictions

A one time only Tournament will see 16 Nike schools head to Portland to honor Nike Founder Phil Knight’s 80th Birthday. This is the Motion Bracket, which is filled with a lot of potentially fun matchups. It seems like Duke is destined to win this Bracket, however many teams will be trying to knock them off, will someone pull off the upset or will Duke win the Tournament.

Round One:

Duke 92 Portland State 64

A matchup that promises to be lopsided will see top-ranked Duke play against tournament host Portland State. The Vikings of Portland State are 4-0, however they haven’t played anyone on the same level as any team in the Motion Bracket. Meanwhile the Blue Devils come into this tournament as heavy favorites, as they proved they can beat anyone by beating Michigan State with no Marvin Bagley in the second half. The Blue Devils in all likelihood will win this game pretty handily, likely by 20 or 30 points.

Butler 69 Texas 80

Maybe the best game in the first round of the motion Bracket will see two potential NCAA Tournament teams in Texas and Butler and play each other. This matchup very much seems like an 8-9 matchup in the NCAA Tournament based on expectations for both teams. The Longhorns are very young, but seem like they have improved from last year based on the additions of point guard Matt Coleman and a Top-5 recruit in Mo Bamba. The Bulldogs have some good returning pieces but are having to deal with the changing of the Head Coaching position as now Laval Jordan is the head coach. This game will be close, however Texas’ athletic ability will help the Longhorns pull away in the second half.

Florida 84 Stanford 68

The third game on the first day of the Motion Bracket will see a Florida team with high expectations go up against a Stanford team with a lot of questions. The Gators come into this game with two transfer additions leading their team in scoring in Jalen Hudson and Egor Koulechov. With the always dangerous KeVaughn Allen, the Gators have final four expectations. The Cardinal come into this game 3-2 with a lot of question marks surrounding everyone but Reid Travis. This game will probably end up seeing the Gators win by around 15 as the Cardinal don’t have the firepower to keep up with the Gators.

Gonzaga 82 Ohio State 67

A matchup between two teams that appear to be in rebuild mode will see the Gonzaga Bulldogs go up against the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Buckeyes are 4-0 although they haven’t played anyone of significance yet, however the duo of Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate have impressed to this point in the season. The Bulldogs are 3-0 with three easy wins thus far, the Bulldogs do look good depth wise as they have 7 guys averaging over 9.7 points per game through three games. This game will probably be close in the first half, however the Bulldogs will pull away in the second half and win by a margin of 15.

Round Two:

Portland State 63 Butler 85

A game in the consolation bracket will see the Butler Bulldogs go up agent the Portland State Vikings. This game will likely be a blowout as the Bulldogs are a much better team than the Vikings. Look for the Bulldogs to grab a nice lead in the first half and add onto it in the second half in route to a blowout victory.

Stanford 66 Ohio State 73

In a game that promises to be tight will see a newly coached Ohio State play against Reid Travis and the Stanford Cardinal. Both teams are experience but less talented than most of the other PK80 Tournament teams, which will make for a fun game. Look for the game to be tight throughout, but late in the game there will be a couple of late shots that lift the Buckeyes to a victory.

Duke 84 Texas 75

A matchup of two very young teams will see the Texas Longhorns go up against the Duke Blue Devils. Both teams are very talented, however Duke has built in a winning culture, while Texas is still searching for an identity under Shaka Smart. Look for the Longhorns to play well in the first half and take a halftime lead, however in the second half the Blue Devils will take the lead and pull away and win.

Florida Gonzaga

The other game in the winners bracket of the Motion Bracket will see two similar teams in Florida and Gonzaga go up against each other. This game promises to be close as both teams will play similarly on both sides of the ball. Look for the game to be tied at halftime, however in the second half the Gators will pull away.

Round Three:

Portland State 65 Stanford 81

The seventh place game will see tournament host Portland State go up against Stanford. This game will probably be handled by the Cardinal, who will probably win by 15-20 points.

Ohio State 67 Butler 79

An interesting matchup will see Ohio State Head Coach Chris Holtmann go up against his former team in the Butler Bulldogs. This game will probably see the Bulldogs win this game pretty handily as they have a lot more talent than the Buckeyes. Look for the game to be close at halftime but win running away in the second half.

Texas 77 Gonzaga 72

The third place game will see a young Texas Longhorn team against a mostly experienced team in Gonzaga Bulldog team. The Longhorns will look to make a statement win under Shaka Smart, so the Longhorns will have a lot more energy than the Bulldogs. Look for the Longhorns to come out hot and take a big lead, then hold onto a late game run by the Bulldogs to win 77-72.

Duke 83 Florida 66

The Championship game will see two perennial Championship level teams go up against each other with the Florida Gators going up against the Duke Blue Devils. The Blue Devils seem to be on another level than Florida so they will be heavy favorites to win the game. This game will be close in the first half, however the Blue Devils will get out and take a big lead and win the Motion Bracket Championship game. Marvin Bagley will win Motion Bracket Most Outstanding Player as he will score 15 and 10 in all three games of the Nike PK80 Tournament.

Battle 4 Atlantis preview and predictions

Battle 4 Atlantis Game Previews and Bracketology

The Battle 4 Atlantis has quickly become one of the best early season tournaments in all of College Basketball. This year is no different as there will be two Top-10 teams in Villanova and Arizona in the tournament. In all likelihood they will meet in the Finals, but you never know if there will be an upset early on that prevents that potential matchup.

Round One:

Villanova 87 Western Kentucky 59

A matchup between one of the best mid-majors in College Basketball in Western Kentucky against one of the best teams in College Basketball in Villanova will test both teams. The Wildcats come in as a Top-10 team but have yet to really play anyone good yet, so a matchup against a good Western Kentucky team will test them. The Hilltoppers come into this game at 2-1, with that loss being to Missouri State, but they currently have seven guys scoring in double figures. This game will probably be somewhat close at the half but in the second half the Wildcats will run away with this game and win big.

Purdue 89 Tennessee 77

Maybe the best opening round matchup in the Battle 4 Atlantis will see an experienced Purdue team go up against an unproven Tennessee team. The Volunteers come into this season looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament. They are 2-0, with two dominant wins over bad teams, so this will be their first real test this season. The Boilermakers come into this season returning everyone but Caleb Swanigan from last years team, so they are battle tested. Look for this game to be close throughout, however a proven Boilermakers team will close out the Volunteers late.

SMU 79 Northern Iowa 61

The first round game that will provide the least interest from fans will see the SMU Mustangs go up against the Northern Iowa Panthers. The Panthers are consistently one of the best mid-major teams in College Basketball, however they seem to be rebuilding still from that great 2016 run to the Round of 32. The Mustangs come in also in a seemingly in a rebuilding year, but will stilll have a good chance at a NCAA Tournament bid. Look for SMU to grab and early lead and hold onto it throughout the second half, winning the game by over 15 points.

Arizona 94 NC State 68

A matchup between two historically good programs sees NC State go up against Arizona. The Wildcats come into this year with high expectations, with a clear Top-5 team and for fans a Final Four or Bust mentality. Meanwhile the Wolfpack come into the year in a rebuilding state of mind, as they just hired Kevin Keatts, so it would be unlikely they make the NCAA Tournament this year. This game shouldn’t be close as the Wildcats are the superior team, look for the Wildcats to win by over 20 points.

Round Two:

Western Kentucky 80 Tennessee 73

The consolation Bracket will see an interesting matchup that will feature two potentially good teams in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. This game should be a close one throughout, however late in the game Western Kentucky will pull away late and win 80-73.

Northern Iowa 66 NC State 75

In a matchup between two seemingly rebuilding teams will see NC State go up against Northern Iowa. This game should be close as I don’t see either team pulling away. Late the Wolfpack will have a lead and then the foul game will make the game have a bigger margin then there actually was.

Villanova 77 Purdue 73

A matchup between two great programs will see the Purdue Boilermakers go up against Villanova Wildcats. This will be the game that draws the most attention out of any of the games on Thanksgiving because it will be between two AP Top-25 teams. Look for this game to be close throughout, however some late game heroics by Jalen Brunson will lift the Wildcats to a 77-73 victory over Purdue.

SMU 64 Arizona 85

The other semifinal game on Thanksgiving will see a good SMU team go up against Arizona for a spot in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game. This game will be the toughest one the Wildcats will have to play to this point, however this will still result in a victory. Look for the game to be close in the first half and then in the second half the Wildcats will break the game open and win by around 20.

Round Three:

Tennessee 85 Northern Iowa 71

The matchup for 7th place will see a young Tennessee go up against Northern Iowa. The Volunteers will come into this game in desperate need for something good to take away from the Battle 4 Atlantis. Look for the Volunteers to get out to a great start and will take a double digit lead into the half, the Panthers will try to make runs but the Volunteers will hold on and win by about 15.

NC State 74 Western Kentucky 79

The battle for fifth place will see an interesting matchup between a young NC State team and a veteran lead Western Kentucky team. The Hilltoppers will be looking to backdoor a two wins in the Battle 4 Atlantis, while the Wolfpack will look for glimmer of hope to to take away from future of the program. This game will be close throughout, but late in the game the Hilltoppers will take the lead and hold on to win.

Purdue 78 SMU 74

The third place game in the Battle 4 Atlantis will see two experienced teams in Purdue and SMU face each other. The Mustangs will look to gather a win that could help them in the long run make the NCAA Tournament. While the Boilermakers will look to end a trip to the Bahamas with a victory in the third place game. The Mustangs will get off to a hot start and take a 10 point lead into the half. In the second half the Boilermakers will wake up and come back to tie and take the lead, then hold off the Mustangs late.

Arizona 80 Villanova 73

The Championship game will feature two Top-10 teams in Villanova and Arizona. While both teams are considered experienced, they will combine to start only one senior, that being Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Villanova will look to try to slow the tempo down and make Arizona work for everything offensively. Arizona will probably try to keep the tempo up as much as possible and get Allonzo Trier and DeAndre Ayton going on the offensive end. Look for this game to go back and forth throughout, however late in the game Allonzo Trier will hit a series of clutch shots to lift the Arizona Wildcats to a Battle 4 Atlantis title.

Bracketology: Favorites rise to victory

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

After games on November 21st 2017

South Region (Atlanta)

1.Duke (Charlotte)

16.Furman

8.Alabama

9.Rhode Island

4.Seton Hall (Pittsburgh)

13.Bucknell

5.Texas Tech

12.Florida State/ Northwestern

3.Michigan State (Detroit)

14.Grand Canyon

6.Providence

11.Vermont

2.Arizona (San Diego)

15.Montana

7.St. Mary’s

10.SMU

West Region (Los Angeles)

1.USC (San Diego)

16.Long Beach State

8.Nevada

9.Texas

4.Baylor (Boise)

13.Missouri State

5.Creighton

12.Utah/ Syracuse

3.Miami (Charlotte)

14.Harvard

6.Maryland

11.Florida Gulf Coast

2.Texas A&M (Dallas)

15.Monmouth

7.TCU

10.Georgia Tech

Midwest Region (Omaha)

1.Kansas (Wichita)

16.St. Francis (PA)/ Hampton

8.Arkansas

9.UCLA

4.Xavier (Nashville)

13.Charleston

5.Virginia

12.Belmont

3.Kentucky (Nashville)

14.UAB

6.Purdue

11.Butler

2.Wichita State (Dallas)

15.South Dakota State

7.Louisville

10.Oregon

East Region (Boston)

1.Minnesota (Wichita)

16.Stephen F. Austin/ Texas Southern

8.Gonzaga

9.Oklahoma

4.North Carolina (Boise)

13.Texas-Arlington

5.Florida

12.Oakland

3.Notre Dame (Detroit)

14.Buffalo

6.Cincinnati

11.St. John’s

2.Villanova (Pittsburgh)

15.UNC Asheville

7.West Virginia

10.Virginia Tech

First Four Out: Temple, Marquette, Tennessee, Wisconsin

Next Four Out: Arizona State, Kansas State, UCF, LSU

Bracketology: Feast week kicks off with a bang

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

After games on November 20th 2017

South Region (Atlanta)

1.Duke (Charlotte)

16.Furman

8.Baylor

9.Rhode Island

4.Seton Hall (Pittsburgh)

13.Bucknell

5.Florida

12.Oakland

3.Michigan State (Detroit)

14.Grand Canyon

6.Providence

11.Vermont

2.Arizona (San Diego)

15.Montana

7.Gonzaga

10.Virginia Tech

West Region (Los Angeles)

1.USC (San Diego)

16.Long Beach State

8.Nevada

9.Texas

4.North Carolina (Boise)

13.Missouri State

5.Creighton

12.Wisconsin

3.Miami (Charlotte)

14.Harvard

6.St. Mary’s

11.Florida Gulf Coast

2.Texas A&M (Dallas)

15.Monmouth

7.TCU

10.Georgia Tech

Midwest Region (Omaha)

1.Kansas (Wichita)

16.St. Francis (PA)/ Hampton

8.Alabama

9.UCLA

4.Xavier (Nashville)

13.Charleston

5.Cincinnati

12.Florida State/ Northwestern

3.Kentucky (Nashville)

14.UAB

6.Purdue

11.Syracuse/ Butler

2.Wichita State (Dallas)

15.South Dakota State

7.Louisville

10.Oregon

East Region (Boston)

1.Minnesota (Wichita)

16.Stephen F. Austin/ Texas Southern

8.Arkansas

9.Oklahoma

4.Virginia (Boise)

13.Texas-Arlington

5.Texas Tech

12.Belmont

3.Notre Dame (Detroit)

14.Buffalo

6.Maryland

11.St. John’s

2.Villanova (Pittsburgh)

15.UNC Asheville

7.West Virginia

10.SMU

First Four Out: Iowa, Missouri, Utah, Arizona State

Next Four Out: Tennessee, Kansas State, LSU, Marquette

CBE Hall of Fame Classic: Preview and Predictions

CBE Hall of Fame Classic Game Previews and Bracketology

The CBE Hall of Fame Classic has historically been a good tournament, but has lost some steam as of late, this year looks to be different as they welcome four teams that all are currently projected to make the NCAA Tournament. This tournament is up in the air as all of these teams could realistically finish first or fourth in this tournament.

Opening Round:

UCLA 77 Creighton 86

The opening game will see a Creighton team that is coming off a big win over Northwestern last week and is looking to make a statement. Meanwhile, UCLA comes into this tournament struggling as they barley beat Central Arkansas and a Georgia Tech team without two starters. Preseason if you asked me about this game I would have definitely picked the Bruins, however as Creighton is playing well, while UCLA is coming into this game completely distracted with the three players stealing from a store in China, there’s not a whole lot going right for the Bruins right now. This game will be close throughout but look for late game heroics from Marcus Foster to help lift the Blue Jays to a tight victory.

Baylor 70 Wisconsin 67

Both these teams have played well thus far this year, which promises for a good matchup. The Bears have played three buy games, but have won them all handily, while Manu Lecomte has stepped into the leadership role and a playing excellent, averaging 20 points per game. Meanwhile, the Badgers come in with a young team to go around Ethan Happ, the Badgers played Xavier tight throughout the game, but a late game run by the Musketeers lead to them to their first loss of the season. This game promises to be close throughout as neither team will pull away, however in all likelihood the Bears will out tough the Badgers and hold onto win.

Championship Round:

UCLA 67 Wisconsin 78

The third place game will be between the inexperienced Badgers and the troublesome Bruins. Look for the Badgers to get off to a good start and take an early double-digit lead. The Bruins then will chip away at the lead and cut it down to five, before a couple of baskets by Ethan Happ force the Bruins into the foul game, where the Badgers will make free throws and take third place in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

Baylor 89 Creighton 90 (OT)

The Championship game will be between the Baylor Bears and the Creighton Blue Jays in a game that is certain to be great. Look for this game to be tight throughout then have some late game heroics. The Bears will have a three point lead, before a Marcus Foster three will tie this game up at 77. The Game will then go to overtime, then with 20 seconds left in Overtime, Manu Lecomte will hit a go-ahead jumper. The Blue Jays then will originally try to tie but after a block by Jo Lual-Acuil, the Blue Jays will get the ball out of bounds with 2 seconds left. The Blue Jays will throw it nearly backcourt to Marcus Foster, but he will get off a 40-foot shot for the Championship and it will bank in for the win. In a game that will go down in history for its clutch plays the Blue Jays will win the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

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