Brad-ketology: February 20th Edition

The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  The italicized teams are ones predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the dance, and the bolded teams are squads who have already clinched automatic bids to either the NCAA or NIT.  For the conferences who currently have NCAA tourney teams, it is assumed that one of those teams will win their conference tourney.  If not, then a stolen bid would result, and the number of at-large bids would drop.

Also, just to clarify, my bracket projection is intended to project the NCAA Tournament field if it was chosen today.  Unlike some bracketologists, I am not trying to predict how each team will finish the season and then seed the teams based on that.  There is one slight exception to this rule, however, and that is that I have always chosen to award the projected automatic bid for each conference to my projected best team in that conference, and not the team who is currently leading the conference standings.   Given how unbalanced conference schedules are, it just seems like common sense to project that the best team in a conference will win the league championship, not the squad currently in first place.

Brad-ketology columns will be published at least twice a week (typically on Mondays and Fridays).  This bracket projection has been updated through all games played on Sunday February 19th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Villanova, Kansas, Gonzaga, North Carolina

2-seeds: Louisville, Oregon, Arizona, Baylor

3-seeds: Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Butler

4-seeds: UCLA, Florida State, West Virginia, Purdue

5-seeds: Creighton, Virginia, Notre Dame, Cincinnati

6-seeds: SMU, Wisconsin, St. Mary’s, Xavier

7-seeds: Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Oklahoma State

8-seeds: VCU, Dayton, Northwestern, Virginia Tech

9-seeds:  Southern California, Iowa State, Miami-FL, Arkansas

10-seeds: Michigan State, Seton Hall, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee

11-seeds: Kansas State, Clemson, California, TCU, Michigan, Georgia Tech

12-seeds: Illinois State,  Monmouth, Nevada, UNC Wilmington

13-seeds: UT-Arlington, Vermont, Valpo, Akron

14-seeds: Belmont, Princeton, UNC-Asheville, Florida Gulf Coast

15-seeds: Bucknell, Cal State Bakersfield, North Dakota State, Furman

16-seeds: Texas Southern, UC Irvine, New Orleans, North Dakota, Mount St. Mary’s, North Carolina Central

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Providence, Illinois State

2-seeds: Wichita State, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Vanderbilt

3-seeds: Marquette, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana

4-seeds: Houston, Rhode Island, Alabama, Monmouth

5-seeds: Ohio State, Nevada, Ole Miss, UNC Wilmington

6-seeds: Penn State, Boise State, Texas Tech, Auburn

7-seeds: UT-Arlington, Vermont, Charleston, Valpo

8-seeds: Akron, Utah, New Mexico, San Diego State

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: Brigham Young, Richmond, Texas A & M, Temple

Brad-ketology: February 17th Edition

The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  The italicized teams are ones predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the dance, and the bolded teams are squads who have already clinched automatic bids to either the NCAA or NIT.  For the conferences who currently have NCAA tourney teams, it is assumed that one of those teams will win their conference tourney.  If not, then a stolen bid would result, and the number of at-large bids would drop.

Also, just to clarify, my bracket projection is intended to project the NCAA Tournament field if it was chosen today.  Unlike some bracketologists, I am not trying to predict how each team will finish the season and then seed the teams based on that.  There is one slight exception to this rule, however, and that is that I have always chosen to award the projected automatic bid for each conference to my projected best team in that conference, and not the team who is currently leading the conference standings.   Given how unbalanced conference schedules are, it just seems like common sense to project that the best team in a conference will win the league championship, not the squad currently in first place.

Brad-ketology columns will be published at least twice a week (typically on Mondays and Fridays).  This bracket projection has been updated through all games played on Thursday February 16th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Villanova, Kansas, Gonzaga, North Carolina

2-seeds: Baylor, Louisville, Oregon, Arizona

3-seeds: Duke, Florida State, Florida, Kentucky

4-seeds: Butler, UCLA, Virginia, West Virginia

5-seeds: Purdue, Creighton, Notre Dame, Cincinnati

6-seeds: SMU, Maryland, Xavier, Wisconsin

7-seeds: St. Mary’s, Minnesota, South Carolina, VCU

8-seeds: Dayton, Southern California, Virginia Tech, Northwestern

9-seeds:  Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, Michigan State

10-seeds: Kansas State, Miami-FL, Arkansas, TCU

11-seeds: Clemson, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, California, Michigan, Syracuse

12-seeds: Illinois State,  Monmouth, Nevada, UNC Wilmington

13-seeds: Valpo, Akron, UT-Arlington, Vermont

14-seeds: Belmont, Princeton, UNC-Asheville, Florida Gulf Coast

15-seeds: Bucknell, Cal State Bakersfield, Furman, North Dakota State

16-seeds: Texas Southern, UC Irvine, New Orleans, Weber State, Mount St. Mary’s, North Carolina Central

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Georgetown, Georgia, Providence, Houston

2-seeds: Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Illinois State

3-seeds: Wichita State, Marquette, Illinois, Indiana

4-seeds: Ohio State, Ole Miss, Rhode Island, Alabama

5-seeds: Monmouth, Auburn, Texas Tech, Nevada

6-seeds: UNC Wilmington, Valpo, Penn State, Akron

7-seeds: Boise State, Utah, UT-Arlington, New Mexico

8-seeds: Vermont, Charleston, Brigham Young, Temple

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: Richmond, San Diego State, St. Bonaventure

Brad-ketology: February 13th Edition

The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  The italicized teams are ones predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the dance, and the bolded teams are squads who have already clinched automatic bids to either the NCAA or NIT.  For the conferences who currently have NCAA tourney teams, it is assumed that one of those teams will win their conference tourney.  If not, then a stolen bid would result, and the number of at-large bids would drop.

Also, just to clarify, my bracket projection is intended to project the NCAA Tournament field if it was chosen today.  Unlike some bracketologists, I am not trying to predict how each team will finish the season and then seed the teams based on that.  There is one slight exception to this rule, however, and that is that I have always chosen to award the projected automatic bid for each conference to my projected best team in that conference, and not the team who is currently leading the conference standings.   Given how unbalanced conference schedules are, it just seems like common sense to project that the best team in a conference will win the league championship, not the squad currently in first place.

Brad-ketology columns will be published at least twice a week (typically on Mondays and Fridays).  This bracket projection has been updated through all games played on Sunday February 12th

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Villanova, Kansas, Baylor, Gonzaga

2-seeds: North Carolina, Louisville, Oregon, Arizona

3-seeds: Florida State, Florida, Kentucky, Virginia

4-seeds: West Virginia, UCLA, Duke, Creighton

5-seeds: Butler, Purdue, Notre Dame, Wisconsin

6-seeds: Xavier, Cincinnati, SMU, South Carolina

7-seeds: Maryland, St. Mary’s, Minnesota, Northwestern

8-seeds: VCU, Dayton, Southern California, Virginia Tech

9-seeds:  Iowa State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Kansas State

10-seeds: Middle Tennessee, Michigan State, Tennessee, Miami-FL

11-seeds: Seton Hall, Clemson, Syracuse, California, Marquette, Arkansas

12-seeds: Illinois State,  Monmouth, UNC Wilmington, Boise State

13-seeds: Valpo, Akron, UT-Arlington, Vermont

14-seeds: Belmont, Princeton, Bucknell, UNC-Asheville

15-seeds: Florida Gulf Coast, Cal State Bakersfield, North Dakota State, Furman

16-seeds: Texas Southern, Sam Houston, Weber State, UC Davis, Mount St. Mary’s, North Carolina Central

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Pittsburgh, Michigan, Wake Forest, Indiana

2-seeds: Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Georgia, Houston

3-seeds: Providence, Rhode Island, Illinois State, Illinois

4-seeds: Wichita State, Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama

5-seeds: Monmouth, Ohio State, Penn State, UNC Wilmington

6-seeds: Boise State, Nevada, Valpo, Utah

7-seeds: Akron, Texas Tech, UT-Arlington, Vermont

8-seeds: Texas A & M, Temple, Richmond, La Salle

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: Charleston, New Mexico, Brigham Young, San Diego State

Ranking of 2017 Super Bowl Commercials

Finally got some time to publish my annual ranking of the best Super Bowl commercials.  Let me know what you think.

Best Super Bowl Commercials 2017
1 Honda “Yearbook” (2nd Quarter)
2 Buick “My Kid is Cam Newton” (2nd Quarter)
3 Febreeze “Halftime Bathroom Break” (2nd Quarter)
4 Mr. Clean “Sexy Cleaner” (3rd Quarter)
5 Inuit “Humpty Dumpty” (2nd Quarter)
6 T-mobile “50 shades of gray” (3rd Quarter)
7 Baywatch movie trailer (3rd Quarter)
8 “A Cure For Wellness” Movie Promo (3rd Quarter)
9 Go Daddy “Internet Rick Rolled” (1st Quarter)
10 Verizon “Fake Death” (2nd Quarter)
11 Itsa10 “Bad Hair” (3rd Quarter)
12 Squarespace “John Malkovich domain” (2nd Quarter)
13 NFL “Super Bowl Babies” (Halftime)
14 Hyundai “Troops Watching Super Bowl” (Postgame)
15 Amazon Echo “Buster” (4th Quarter)
16 KIA “Eco Warrior” (3rd Quarter)
17 National Geographic “Genius’ Bad Romance” (Halftime)
18 Google Home “Take Me Home” (1st Quarter)
19 Michelob Ultra “Cheers Intro Song” (2nd Quarter)
20 Audi “Female Go Cart Racing” (3rd Quarter)
21 Hulu “The Handmaids Tale” Promo (2nd Quarter)
22 T-Mobile “History of Celebration” (2nd Quarter)
23 Intel “Tom Brady” (1st Quarter)
24 Skittles “Romance by the Window” (1st Quarter)
25 Avocados “Secret Society (1st Quarter)

March Madness Preview Prediction

The first ever “early reveal” of the NCAA Tournament Bracket comes out at 12:30 today.  Here is my prediction of what it will show:

East West Midwest South
(New York, NY) (San Jose, CA) (Kansas City, MO) (Memphis, TN)
1 Villanova Gonzaga Kansas Baylor
2 Louisville Arizona North Carolina Florida State
3 Virginia Duke UCLA Kentucky
4 Oregon Creighton Florida Butler

Brad-ketology: February 11th Edition

The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  The italicized teams are ones predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the dance, and the bolded teams are squads who have already clinched automatic bids to either the NCAA or NIT.  For the conferences who currently have NCAA tourney teams, it is assumed that one of those teams will win their conference tourney.  If not, then a stolen bid would result, and the number of at-large bids would drop.

Also, just to clarify, my bracket projection is intended to project the NCAA Tournament field if it was chosen today.  Unlike some bracketologists, I am not trying to predict how each team will finish the season and then seed the teams based on that.  There is one slight exception to this rule, however, and that is that I have always chosen to award the projected automatic bid for each conference to my projected best team in that conference, and not the team who is currently leading the conference standings.   Given how unbalanced conference schedules are, it just seems like common sense to project that the best team in a conference will win the league championship, not the squad currently in first place.

Brad-ketology columns will be published at least twice a week (typically on Mondays and Fridays).  This bracket projection has been updated through all games played on Friday February 10th.  Interested to see how I do in comparison to the first-ever early reveal of the top 4 seeds of the NCAA Tournament later today.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Villanova, Gonzaga, Kansas, Baylor

2-seeds: Florida State, North Carolina, Louisville, Arizona

3-seeds: Duke, Virginia, UCLA, Kentucky

4-seeds: Butler, Florida, Oregon, Creighton

5-seeds: West Virginia, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Purdue

6-seeds: Xavier, St. Mary’s, Notre Dame, SMU

7-seeds: Maryland, Southern California, South Carolina, Minnesota

8-seeds: VCU, Dayton, TCU, Northwestern

9-seeds: Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech

10-seeds: Marquette, Tennessee, Clemson, Seton Hall

11-seeds: Miami-FL, Middle Tennessee, Michigan State, Syracuse, Indiana, California

12-seeds: Illinois State,  Nevada, UNC Wilmington, Valpo

13-seeds: Monmouth, Akron, New Mexico State, Vermont

14-seeds: Belmont, Arkansas State, Princeton, Bucknell

15-seeds: UNC-Asheville, Florida Gulf Coast, North Dakota State, Texas Southern

16-seeds: Furman, Sam Houston, Weber State, UC Davis, Mount St. Mary’s, North Carolina Central

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Arkansas, Michigan, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech

2-seeds: Pittsburgh, Illinois, Houston, Rhode Island

3-seeds: Texas Tech, Georgetown, Auburn, Georgia

4-seeds: Alabama, Illinois State, Wichita State, Nevada

5-seeds: Providence, UNC Wilmington, Ole Miss, Valpo

6-seeds: Monmouth, NC State, Ohio State, Boise State

7-seeds: Memphis, Penn State, Texas A & M, Utah

8-seeds: Akron, Stanford, New Mexico State, Vermont

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: La Salle, Temple, Charleston, Iowa, UCF

Brad-ketology: February 6th Edition

The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  The italicized teams are ones predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the dance, and the bolded teams are squads who have already clinched automatic bids to either the NCAA or NIT.  For the conferences who currently have NCAA tourney teams, it is assumed that one of those teams will win their conference tourney.  If not, then a stolen bid would result, and the number of at-large bids would drop.

Also, just to clarify, my bracket projection is intended to project the NCAA Tournament field if it was chosen today.  Unlike some bracketologists, I am not trying to predict how each team will finish the season and then seed the teams based on that.  There is one slight exception to this rule, however, and that is that I have always chosen to award the projected automatic bid for each conference to my projected best team in that conference, and not the team who is currently leading the conference standings.   Given how unbalanced conference schedules are, it just seems like common sense to project that the best team in a conference will win the league championship, not the squad currently in first place.

Brad-ketology columns will be published at least twice a week (typically on Mondays and Fridays).  This bracket projection has been updated through all games played on Sunday February 5th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Villanova, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville

2-seeds: Baylor, North Carolina, Florida State, Arizona

3-seeds: Butler, UCLA, Kentucky, Virginia

4-seeds: Florida, Duke, West Virginia, Oregon

5-seeds: Creighton, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Purdue

6-seeds: South Carolina, Maryland, Xavier, St. Mary’s

7-seeds: Notre Dame, SMU, Southern California, Minnesota

8-seeds: VCU, Virginia Tech, Dayton, Northwestern

9-seeds: Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Kansas State, Iowa State

10-seeds: Marquette, Clemson, TCU, Tennessee

11-seeds: Seton Hall, Indiana, Arkansas, Middle Tennessee, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech

12-seeds: Illinois State,  Nevada, UNC Wilmington, Valpo

13-seeds: Monmouth, New Mexico State, Akron, Vermont

14-seeds: Belmont, Arkansas State, East Tennessee State, Winthrop

15-seeds: Bucknell, Florida Gulf Coast, Princeton, North Dakota State

16-seeds: Texas Southern, Sam Houston, Weber State, UC Davis, Mount St. Mary’s, North Carolina Central

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: California, Miami-FL, Michigan, Texas Tech

2-seeds: Rhode Island, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Houston

3-seeds: Providence, Georgia, Syracuse, Illinois,

4-seeds: Illinois State, Wichita State, NC State, Nevada

5-seeds: UNC Wilmington, Alabama, Valpo, Auburn

6-seeds: Monmouth, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Boise State

7-seeds: Memphis, Texas A & M, Stanford, Utah

8-seeds: New Mexico State, Penn State, Akron, Temple

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: Vermont, Charleston, UCF, New Mexico, La Salle