Bracketology: Post-college football update

College football is over, which means we need a new Bracketology. Congratulations to Alabama. Now it’s time for the heathens to come and criticize Gonzaga and Villanova for not having a football team so therefore they aren’t good in basketball. News flash for you all, Gonzaga could have one of the best college basketball teams of all time this season. You all missed its non-conference games, and it doesn’t sound like it is making up the game against Baylor, but trust me, the Bulldogs are the real deal.

Games have been canceled and postponed. There was no getting around that, but we survived. Since the season started there have been at least a few good games on each night. Teams decided to meet halfway a few times to play. Games are being scheduled on less than 24-hour notice, but it’s fine. We’re doing good.

This is turning into the season for the blueblood haters. Duke looked awful in non-conference but will be one of the top four ACC teams because the conference is struggling again. Kentucky did reflect its record but looked very improved against Florida on Saturday. Roy Williams has lost it, and North Carolina still doesn’t have an identity. Kansas is good, but Baylor and Texas are better. Michigan State decides every once in a while not to play with an identity either.

The Big Ten is still the best conference in college basketball. Eleven teams have been in the bracket at some point. Maryland and Penn State are living on the bubble. Nebraska is still a year away. Texas is back because Shaka Smart is growing his hair out. Michigan has been a huge surprise this year, but the game against the Badgers will be fun. Drake and Winthrop are undefeated and coming close to at-large conversation if they don’t win their conference tournaments.

Auburn and Arizona self-banned themselves from postseason play. Oklahoma State was banned, but since it’s in the middle of an appeal, that makes the Cowboys eligible until there’s a ruling. I was leaving the Cowboys out for a while, but everyone agrees we need to include them until the NCAA says something. So maybe five years from now. Just like how it took the NCAA a month into the season to make a ruling that all transfers are immediately eligible.

Appointment TV would include: Gonzaga, Jalen Suggs in particular. Baylor’s guards. Luka Garza. Shaka Smart’s hair. Hunter Dickinson. Jalen Wilson. Johnny Davis. Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn. Jordan Schakel. Scottie Barnes. Cade Cunningham. James Bouknight. Mamu. Mobley brothers. Just to name a few.

College basketball also experienced a scary moment. Keyontae Johnson of Florida, SEC preseason player of the year collapsed during a game against Florida State. Johnson was released from the Hospital a few days later and is in recovery. We haven’t been told what stemmed it, but he’s been in my thoughts and prayers since because it was not a good scene.

The entire NCAA Tournament will be played in the state of Indiana, but exact locations and dates are yet to be determined. Selection Sunday is still March 14 though. So I’m rolling with pods until we hear more.

I think I caught you up for what you need to know. Just read who the teams are listed and watch them play. I have the bubble 12-teams deep instead of eight just because it’s been a wild season so far.

As always, check us out on the Bracket Matrix.

Pod 1

1 Gonzaga
16 NC A&T/Prairie View A&M

8 Minnesota
9 Stanford

5 Alabama
12 Oklahoma/NC State

6 San Diego State
11 Syracuse

3 Illinois
14 Bryant

7 Arkansas
10 Indiana

2 Kansas
15 Little Rock

Pod 4

1 Iowa
16 Stony Brook

8 Drake
9 Xavier

5 Louisville
12 USC/OK State

4 Ohio State
13 Liberty

6 Saint Louis
11 Boise State

3 Tennessee
14 Belmont

7 Virginia Tech
10 Purdue

2 Texas
15 Cleveland State

Pod 2

1 Baylor
16 Sacramento State/Northeastern

8 UConn
9 Rutgers

12 Winthrop

4 Clemson
13 Colgate

6 Texas Tech
11 North Carolina

3 Creighton
14 Siena

7 Florida State
10 Florida

2 Wisconsin
15 New Mexico State

Pod 3

1 Villanova
16 Stephen F. Austin

9 Michigan State

5 Colorado
12 Furman

4 West Virginia
13 UAB

6 Virginia
11 Seton Hall

3 Houston
14 Bowling Green

7 Missouri
10 Duke

2 Michigan
15 UC Irvine

Last four byes

North Carolina
Seton Hall

Last four in

NC State
OK State

First four out


Next four out

Utah State
Penn State

Four more