|New multi-bid conference teams in: Virginia (auto bid), Cincinnati, Illinois.Multi-bid conference teams out: Miami (FL), Oklahoma State, Texas Tech.Also considered: Virginia Tech, Marquette, Arizona State, Northwestern, Florida, Louisville, Old Dominion. (No teams with an RPI over 100, according to CollegeRPI.com, were considered.)Bids by conference: ACC and Big East (7); Big 12 and Big Ten (6), SEC and Atlantic 10 (5); Mountain West (3); Pac-10 and West Coast (2).Auto bids in smaller conferences were determined by best RPI among all first-place (e.g. fewest losses) teams in the league. One-bid league winners and select other auto-bid teams are listed with their conference for clarity. Teams can be moved a seed line up or down to conform to bracketing rules. Brief thoughts:|
-- Virginia's inclusion as the ACC auto-bid winner bumped out an at-large team, which was in the Northwestern/Arizona State/OK State/Texas Tech/a couple others neighborhood. My eyes started bleeding when comparing those profiles.
-- There appears to be a clear split now halfway through the 2-seed line, with Villanova and Duke being stronger profile-wise than Michigan State and Georgetown.
-- North Carolina tumbled from a 3 to an 8 after 70 bad minutes and two losses.
-- Florida State and Richmond swapped seed lines to help the bracket conform to rules.
-- There are seven at-large teams from outside the BCS conferences.Got a bone to pick with the Bracket Watch? Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.