I'm not too worked up by Lunardi's mistake, since it's just a snapshot sample bracket. I'm simply surprised he didn't adhere to it, when it seems like it was simple to avoid.
Unless this is somehow outdated, principles apply as most of us have said:
DI principles and procedures of selection - NCAA.com
"Conference teams shall not meet prior to the regional final unless a ninth team is selected from a conference. If the committee is unable to reconcile the bracket after exhausting all reasonable options, it has the flexibility to waive this principle to permit two teams from the same conference to meet each other after the second round."
College Basketball Bubble Watch - As Bubble Watch makes its season debut, a few things to keep in mind - NCAA Men's Basketball - ESPN
Work left to do:Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Baylor
Iowa State [16-6 (6-3), RPI: 34, SOS: 57] The Cyclones were supposed to be down after the departure of Royce White to the NBA draft. Instead, thanks to a spread-floor offense, third-year coach Fred Hoiberg has them in position for another tournament bid. A Jan. 23 loss at Texas Tech was regrettable, and man would that OT loss at Kansas have been nice, but other than that this is a safely average profile to date.
That is important to read again. You don't have to be good to make the tournament. You just have to be in the top 37 of the at large pool. Every team in the last 8 to 10 in have a lot of warts on their resume. Hopefully ISU is winning enough in the next few weeks that we can stop worrying about getting in and start worrying about seeding.
I think ISU was in even before the Baylor game last season, but there was still some doubt around the edges. It'd be fun to go into the KU game thinking how it might nudge the seeding up a notch, rather than "we probably need this one for insurance."
Sweep KSU and win out at home, and it'd take multiple levels of strangeness for ISU to be left out. That scenario is no sure thing, but it simplifies the "what do we need?" recipe.
End the bubble talk....go to Hilton South for the XII and
WIN THE WHOLE ******* THING!!!!!
Lunardi will have us at 36th on the next S-curve in his Bracket Math. We will be highlighted in green meaning there is at least an 80 percent chance of making the tournametn.
Teams that helped their at-large chances Thursday:
Teams that didn't:
Missouri (mainly a seeding issue — still comfortably in)
A few from Wednesday:
(Not an exhaustive list, but some of the notables)
Bracketology - NCAA College Basketball Brackets and Predictions - ESPN
Moved up to a 9 seed in bracketology. If we did end up in an 8-9 game, this draw would be one of my favorites. Arizona doesn't really scare me that much.
This would be awesome!