Bracketology Update: January 29, 2021

New Bracketology will be coming whenever I can get numbers inputted. I will be trying my best to update scores at the end of each night. That will at least give me my totals for adjusted winning percentage. It’s a formula where road wins are greater than neutral wins which are greater than home wins. And home losses hurt more than neutral losses which hurt more than road losses.

Usually Friday afternoons are good for putting out a new Bracketology, but there are a few important games on. Illinois and Iowa is certainly the headliner. It would be difficult for the Illini to jump a line with a win. Any 5 seed could jump a line if Illinois loses, but that would be splitting hairs. Iowa isn’t going anywhere. No way the Hawkeyes get a 1 seed with a win and Texas would be the only team I would move from three to two if the Hawkeyes lose.

Richmond and Saint Louis got postponed. Which actually really sucks. Billikens just got off a huge delay and lost to Dayton. Spiders need quality wins fast. The rematch of Colorado State and Boise State is going to be wonderful. Not sure who needs to win for the Mountain West to stay on track for four bids but it’s exciting.

UC Irvine plays at midnight Eastern. Cleveland State has to continue to keep pace in the Horizon with a showdown against Green Bay. Texas State, the new team from the Sun Belt plays Louisiana. New Mexico State gets to play its second game in 2021, and it really needs to prove itself as the WAC auto-bid tonight vs. Grand Canyon. North Alabama can continue its reign in the A-Sun against North Florida. Winthrop is putting its undefeated record on the line against UNC Asheville. South Dakota State needs a win over Denver to keep pace in the Summit.

Saturday is another loaded college basketball day. Just pull up an app, turn the games on, follow along to those you can’t get on TV and tune into Twitter for my updates.

Before anyone asks, Michigan State is no longer in the field.

As always check us out on the Bracket Matrix.

Pod 1

1 Gonzaga
16 PV A&M/NC A&T

8 Stanford
9 Saint Louis

12 Seton Hall/Utah State

4 Kansas
13 UAB

6 Oklahoma
11 Syracuse

3 Ohio State
14 Siena

7 Minnesota
10 UConn

2 Virginia
15 UC Irvine

Pod 4

1 Villanova
16 Northeastern

8 Drake
9 Boise State

5 Texas Tech
12 Winthrop

4 Tennessee
13 South Dakota State

6 Florida
11 BYU

3 Wisconsin
14 Bryant

7 San Diego State
10 Arkansas

2 Houston

Pod 2

1 Baylor
16 Montana State/North Alabama

8 Virginia Tech

5 Missouri
12 St. Bonaventure/Colorado State

4 Creighton
13 Colgate

6 Colorado
11 Rutgers

3 Florida State

7 Oklahoma State
10 LSU

2 Iowa
15 Texas State

Pod 3

1 Michigan
16 New Mexico State

8 Louisville
9 Oregon

5 West Virginia
12 Toledo

4 Illinois
13 Belmont

6 Purdue
11 Clemson

3 Texas
14 Sam Houston State

7 Xavier
10 North Carolina

2 Alabama
15 Cleveland State

Last four byes


Last four in

Seton Hall
Utah State
St. Bonaventure
Colorado State

First four out

Western Kentucky

Next four out

Michigan State
Georgia Tech

Four more


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