Brad-ketology: March 1st 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 NCAA Tournament.  You will notice that some of these squads are also listed in the NIT bracket.  The reason for this is two-fold.  First and foremost, it shows how close those teams are to getting at-large bids in the NCAA tournament field.  Secondly, it shows where those squads would be seeded if in fact they lost in their conference tournament and garnered an automatic bid to the NIT.

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 28th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Virginia, Duke, Tennessee, North Carolina

2-seeds: Gonzaga, Kentucky, Michigan State, Michigan

3-seeds: LSU, Houston, Purdue, Texas Tech

4-seeds: Kansas, Marquette, Nevada, Virginia Tech

5-seeds: Iowa State, Kansas State, Florida State, Mississippi State

6-seeds: Iowa, Villanova, Maryland, Buffalo

7-seeds: Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Louisville, Baylor

8-seeds: Auburn, Florida, Syracuse, Ohio State

9-seeds: Oklahoma, Ole Miss, NC State, St. John’s

10-seeds: Wofford, Washington, VCU, TCU

11-seeds: Texas, Alabama, Clemson, UCF

12-seeds: Seton Hall, Minnesota, Temple, Arizona State, Belmont, Lipscomb

13-seeds: New Mexico State, Hofstra, Old Dominion, Yale

14-seeds: Vermont, South Dakota State, UC Irvine, Montana

15-seeds: Radford, Texas State, Northern Kentucky, Drake

16-seeds: Lehigh, Sam Houston State, Prairie View A & M, Iona, Norfolk State, St. Francis (PA)

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Indiana, Belmont, Utah State, Murray State

2-seeds: Lipscomb, Butler, Nebraska, Georgetown

3-seeds: Furman, New Mexico State, St. Mary’s, Liberty

4-seeds: Oregon, UNC Greensboro, Memphis, Creighton

5-seeds: Xavier, Providence, Dayton, Hofstra

6-seeds: Colorado, Arizona, Old Dominion, Arkansas

7-seeds: Davidson, South Carolina, Toledo, Yale

8-seeds: Oregon State, San Francisco, South Florida, East Tennessee State

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: Texas A & M, Southern California

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Brad-ketology: February 25th 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 NCAA Tournament.  You will notice that some of these squads are also listed in the NIT bracket.  The reason for this is two-fold.  First and foremost, it shows how close those teams are to getting at-large bids in the NCAA tournament field.  Secondly, it shows where those squads would be seeded if in fact they lost in their conference tournament and garnered an automatic bid to the NIT.

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 24th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Duke, Virginia, Tennessee, Gonzaga

2-seeds: North Carolina, Michigan State, Kentucky, LSU

3-seeds: Houston, Marquette, Michigan, Texas Tech

4-seeds: Purdue, Kansas, Wisconsin, Kansas State

5-seeds: Nevada, Iowa State, Iowa, Virginia Tech

6-seeds: Maryland, Florida State, Buffalo, Mississippi State

7-seeds: Louisville, Baylor, Cincinnati, Villanova

8-seeds: Oklahoma, Auburn, Syracuse, Florida

9-seeds: Washington, Ole Miss, Texas, TCU

10-seeds: NC State, St. John’s, Ohio State, Wofford

11-seeds: VCU, Alabama, Clemson, UCF

12-seeds: Arizona, State, Temple, Seton Hall, Minnesota, Lipscomb, Belmont

13-seeds: New Mexico State, Hofstra, Old Dominion, Yale

14-seeds: Vermont, South Dakota State, Montana, UC Irvine

15-seeds: Texas State, Radford, Wright State, Drake

16-seeds: Bucknell, Sam Houston State, Prairie View A & M, Iona, Norfolk State, St. Francis (PA)

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Nebraska, Butler, Belmont, Utah State

2-seeds: Murray State, Lipscomb, Indiana, Georgetown

3-seeds: Furman, New Mexico State, St. Mary’s, Liberty

4-seeds: UNC Greensboro, Creighton, Davidson, Providence

5-seeds: Dayton, Oregon, Hofstra, Oregon State

6-seeds: Memphis, Colorado, South Carolina, Arkansas

7-seeds: San Francisco, Arizona, Old Dominion, Toledo

8-seeds: Xavier, Yale, South Florida, Providence

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: Southern California, East Tennessee State

Brad-ketology: February 18th 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 NCAA Tournament.  You will notice that some of these squads are also listed in the NIT bracket.  The reason for this is two-fold.  First and foremost, it shows how close those teams are to getting at-large bids in the NCAA tournament field.  Secondly, it shows where those squads would be seeded if in fact they lost in their conference tournament and garnered an automatic bid to the NIT.

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 17th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: DukeTennessee, Virginia, Gonzaga

2-seeds: Michigan State, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina

3-seeds: Kansas, Houston, LSU, Marquette

4-seeds: Nevada, Texas Tech,  Purdue, Iowa State

5-seeds: Iowa, Wisconsin, Louisville, Florida State

6-seeds: Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Villanova, Maryland

7-seeds: Buffalo, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Ole Miss

8-seeds: Syracuse, Auburn, Baylor, Texas

9-seeds: Oklahoma, Washington, St. John’s, Alabama

10-seeds: TCU, Ohio State, Indiana, NC State

11-seeds: Florida, Seton Hall, Nebraska, Minnesota, UCF, Butler

12-seeds: Wofford, VCU, Lipscomb, Belmont

13-seeds: Hofstra, New Mexico State, Vermont, Yale

14-seeds: Old Dominion, South Dakota State, Montana, UC Irvine

15-seeds: Texas State, Northern Kentucky, Radford, Loyola-Chicago

16-seeds: Bucknell, Sam Houston State, Prairie View A & M, Quinnipiac, Norfolk State, St. Francis (PA)

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Temple, WoffordVCU, Clemson

2-seeds: Lipscomb, Belmont, Arizona State, Utah State

3-seeds: Oregon, Murray State, Liberty, Furman

4-seeds: Hofstra, Arkansas, Davidson, New Mexico State

5-seeds: St. Mary’s, Georgetown, UNC Greensboro, Creighton

6-seeds: Providence, Colorado, Vermont, Tulsa

7-seeds: Yale, Memphis, San Francisco, South Carolina

8-seeds: Arizona, Toledo, UConn, Missouri

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: South Florida, Oregon State, Notre Dame, East Tennessee State

Brad-ketology: February 15th 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 NCAA Tournament.  You will notice that some of these squads are also listed in the NIT bracket.  The reason for this is two-fold.  First and foremost, it shows how close those teams are to getting at-large bids in the NCAA tournament field.  Secondly, it shows where those squads would be seeded if in fact they lost in their conference tournament and garnered an automatic bid to the NIT.

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 14th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: DukeTennessee, Gonzaga, Virginia

2-seeds: Michigan State, Michigan, Kentucky, North Carolina,

3-seeds: Kansas, Houston, LSU, Marquette

4-seeds: Nevada, Texas Tech,  Purdue, Iowa State

5-seeds: Iowa, Kansas State, Maryland, Florida State

6-seeds: Wisconsin, Louisville, Villanova, Virginia Tech

7-seeds: Buffalo, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Baylor

8-seeds: Indiana, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Washington

9-seeds: Auburn, Ohio State, TCU, Texas

10-seeds: Oklahoma, NC State, Alabama, St. John’s

11-seeds: Seton Hall, Florida, Nebraska, Minnesota, UCF, Butler

12-seeds: Wofford, VCU, Lipscomb, Belmont

13-seeds: Hofstra, New Mexico State, Vermont, Yale

14-seeds: Old Dominion, South Dakota State, Montana, UC Irvine

15-seeds: Northern Kentucky, Texas State, Radford, Loyola-Chicago

16-seeds: Bucknell, Sam Houston State, Prairie View A & M, Norfolk State, St. Francis (PA), Monmouth

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Temple, Clemson, WoffordVCU

2-seeds: Oregon, Oregon State, Lipscomb, Liberty

3-seeds: Arkansas, Belmont, Arizona State, Utah State

4-seeds: Hofstra, Murray State, Davidson, Arizona

5-seeds: New Mexico State, Creighton, Furman, Northwestern

6-seeds: St. Mary’s, Georgetown, UNC Greensboro, Toledo

7-seeds: Providence, Vermont, Colorado, Yale

8-seeds: Missouri, San Francisco, Memphis, Notre Dame

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: UConn, South Florida, East Tennessee State, DePaul

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 NCAA Tournament.  You will notice that some of these squads are also listed in the NIT bracket.  The reason for this is two-fold.  First and foremost, it shows how close those teams are to getting at-large bids in the NCAA tournament field.  Secondly, it shows where those squads would be seeded if in fact they lost in their conference tournament and garnered an automatic bid to the NIT.

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 10th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: DukeTennessee, Gonzaga, Virginia

2-seeds:  Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Michigan State

3-seeds: Purdue, Kansas, Houston, Marquette

4-seeds: Nevada, LSU, Texas Tech, Iowa State

5-seeds: Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland

6-seeds: Florida State, Wisconsin, Villanova, Virginia Tech

7-seeds: Buffalo, Ohio State, Mississippi State, Cincinnati

8-seeds: Syracuse, Auburn, Texas, Baylor

9-seeds: Oklahoma, TCU, Indiana, Ole Miss

10-seeds: Alabama, Washington, Minnesota, NC State

11-seeds: St. John’s, Seton Hall, Florida, Nebraska, Butler, Clemson

12-seeds: Wofford, VCU, Lipscomb, Belmont

13-seeds: Hofstra, New Mexico State, Vermont, Yale

14-seeds: Old Dominion, South Dakota State, Montana, UC Irvine

15-seeds: Northern Kentucky, Texas State, Loyola-Chicago, Radford

16-seeds: Bucknell, Sam Houston State, Prairie View A & M, Robert Morris, Norfolk State, Monmouth

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: UCF, Temple, WoffordVCU

2-seeds: Arizona State, Arkansas, Oregon, Lipscomb

3-seeds: Oregon State, Liberty, Belmont, Creighton

4-seeds: Utah State, Arizona, Hofstra, Murray State

5-seeds: Davidson, UNC Greensboro, Northwestern, Providence

6-seeds: New Mexico State, Furman, Georgetown, St. Mary’s

7-seeds: Toledo, Vermont, Notre Dame, Yale

8-seeds: South Florida, San Francisco, Colorado, Memphis

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: Missouri, Pittsburgh, Southern California, UConn, East Tennessee State

Brad-ketology: February 8th 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 NCAA Tournament.  You will notice that some of these squads are also listed in the NIT bracket.  The reason for this is two-fold.  First and foremost, it shows how close those teams are to getting at-large bids in the NCAA tournament field.  Secondly, it shows where those squads would be seeded if in fact they lost in their conference tournament and garnered an automatic bid to the NIT.

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 7th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Tennessee, Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga

2-seeds:  Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State

3-seeds: Iowa State, Houston, Louisville, Kansas

4-seeds: Marquette, Villanova, Nevada, Purdue

5-seeds: LSU, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Texas Tech

6-seeds: Iowa, Kansas State, Maryland, Florida State

7-seeds: Cincinnati, Buffalo, Mississippi State, Ohio State

8-seeds: Auburn, Texas, Indiana, Baylor

9-seeds: Syracuse, Oklahoma, Washington, TCU

10-seeds: St. John’s, Ole Miss, Minnesota, Alabama

11-seeds: Nebraska, Florida, NC State, Seton Hall, Temple, UCF

12-seeds: Wofford, VCU, Lipscomb, Belmont

13-seeds: Hofstra, New Mexico State, Vermont, Yale

14-seeds: Old Dominion, South Dakota State, Radford, Montana

15-seeds: UC Irvine, Northern Kentucky, Loyola-Chicago, Georgia State

16-seeds: Bucknell, Sam Houston State, Rider, Prairie View A & M, Robert Morris, Norfolk State

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Butler, Arkansas, WoffordVCU

2-seeds: Arizona State, Clemson,Oregon, Utah State

3-seeds: Arizona, Lipscomb, Oregon State, Liberty

4-seeds: Northwestern, Creighton, Belmont, Davidson

5-seeds: Georgetown, Saint Mary’s, Hofstra, Murray State

6-seeds: UNC Greensboro, New Mexico State, Pittsburgh, Furman

7-seeds: Toledo, Vermont, Notre Dame, Yale

8-seeds: South Florida, San Francisco, Providence, Missouri

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: Southern California, UConn, Colorado, Memphis, East Tennessee State

Updated Ranking of Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Shows

After getting in a Facebook debate last year regarding just how wretched the Justin Timberlake Super Bowl halftime show was this year, I decided to review all 52 of the Super Bowl halftime shows and rank them from best to worst.  I have now updated that list to include last night’s show by Maroon 5 and others.  The best I can tell is that there is not another list this comprehensive on the web anywhere.  Several websites rank the modern concert-type shows (post 1991), but I couldn’t find any that rank all 53.  If you scroll down my blog a few days, you will see that I recently ranked all 53 Super Bowl games as well, and ironically, the worst halftime show on this list corresponded with the worst game on that list.  It took a little work to find some clips of the other older shows on You Tube, and it is hard to compare the old marching band shows to the current live concerts but here’s what I came up with.  Feel free to comment or debate.

Greatest Super Bowl Halftimes in NFL History
1 Super Bowl XXVII- Michael Jackson
2 Super Bowl XLII- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
3 Super Bowl XLIX- Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott
4 Super Bowl XXXVI- U2 (9/11 Tribute)
5 Super Bowl XXXIX- Paul McCartney
6 Super Bowl XXXVIII- Jessica Simpson, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock
7 Super Bowl XLVI- Madonna. LMFAO, Nicky Minaj, Cee Lo Green
8 Super Bowl LI- Lady Gaga
9 Super Bowl 50- Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars
10 Super Bowl XLIII- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
11 Super Bowl XLI- Prince, FAMU Marching Band
12 Super Bowl XXXIV- Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton
13 Super Bowl XLIV- The Who
14 Super Bowl XL- The Rolling Stones
15 Super Bowl XXII- Chubby Checker, The Rockettes (Something Grand)
16 Super Bowl XXIV- Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw (Salute to New Orleans)
17 Super Bowl XVI- Up With People (Salute to the 1960s and Motown)
18 Super Bowl XXXVII- Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
19 Super Bowl XXXI- Blues Brothers and ZZ Top
20 Super Bowl I- University of Arizona and Grambling Marching Bands
21 Super Bowl VI- Ella Fitzgerald “Mack the Knife” (Salute to Louis Armstrong)
22 Super Bowl XVII- LA Drill Team (Kaleido superscope)
23 Super Bowl VII- Michigan Marching Band “This Land Is Your Land”
24 Super Bowl IV- Southern Marching Band “When Saints Go Marching In” (Mardi Gras)
25 Super Bowl III- Florida A & M Marching Band (America Thanks)
26 Super Bowl V- Southeast Missouri St. Marching Band with Anita Bryant
27 Super Bowl XXI- Walt Disnery (Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary)
28 Super Bowl XXVI- Gloria Estefan (Salute to the 1992 Winter Olympics)
29 Super Bowl XVIII- Walt Disney (Salute to Superstars of Silver Screen)
30 Super Bowl XXX- Diana Ross
31 Super Bowl LIII- Maroon 5 and Outkast
32 Super Bowl XXXII- Boyz II Men, The Temptations, Queen Latifah
33 Super Bowl XXXV- Aerosmith, N’Sync, Brittany Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
34 Super Bowl XLV- The Black Eyed Peas, Usher
35 Super Bowl XV- Southern Marching Band (Mardi Gras Festival)
36 Super Bowl II- Grambling State Marching Band
37 Super Bowl VIII- Texas Marching Band (A Musical America)
38 Super Bowl XII- Apache Band (From Paris to Paris of America)
39 Super Bowl XXXIII- Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder
40 Super Bowl XX- Up with People (Beat of the Future)
41 Super Bowl XLVII- Beyonce, Destiny’s Child
42 Super Bowl X- Up With People (Bicentennial)
43 Super Bowl IX- Grambling State Marching Band (Tribute to Duke Ellington)
44 Super Bowl XIX- Tops In Blue (World of Children’s Dreams)
45 Super Bowl XLVIII- Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
46 Super Bowl XIV- Up With People, Grambling Marching Band (Big Band Era)
47 Super Bowl XXVIII- Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt
48 Super Bowl LII- Justin Timberlake
49 Super Bowl XIII- Ken Hamilton (Salute to Caribbean)
50 Super Bowl XI- Walt Disney “It’s a Small World”
51 Super Bowl XXIII- Elvis Presto (1950’s Rock and Roll)
52 Super Bowl XXV- New Kids on the Block (Small World Tribute)
53 Super Bowl XXIX- Patti Labelle, Tony Bennett (Indiana Jones)