Thursday, December 23, 2021

If the NCAA Were 16 Regions

As we head into Christmas, here's the latest list of the best team in each region (Ken Pom rankings in parentheses):

1st:  Connecticut (27)
2d:  St. Bonaventure (65)
3d:  Villanova (12)
4th:  Virginia Tech (25)
5th:  Duke (6)
6th:  Auburn (13)
7th:  Louisiana St. (10)
8th:  Tennessee (9)
9th:  Ohio St. (15)
10th:  Purdue (3)
11th:  Illinois (14)
12th:  Kansas (5)
13th:  Baylor (2)
14th:  Arizona (7)
15th:  Gonzaga (1)
16th:  UCLA (8)

The 8th Region looks like a toss-up between UT and UK.  Here are the best teams in each district:

29th District:  (11) Kentucky, (141) Morehead St.
30th District:  (52) Louisville, (78) Murray St.
31st District:  (9) Tennessee, (100) Chattanooga
32d District:  (31) Memphis, (56) Belmont

Which would give us the following quarter-finals in the region:

Louisville v. Morehead St.
Tennessee v. Belmont
Memphis v. Chattanooga
Kentucky v. Murray St.

1 comment:

  1. We have some major regional showdowns on the way:

    6th Region: (13) Auburn v. (18) Alabama
    8th Region: (9) Tennessee v. (11) Kentucky
    10th Region: (3) Purdue v. (16) Michigan or (17) Michigan St.
    13th Region: (2) Baylor v. (4) Houston