Monday, December 6, 2021

The NCAA in 16 Regions

 If NCAA mens' basketball was divided into 16 regions, like the KHSAA, this would be the current favorite in each region (Ken Pom ranking in parentheses):

1st:  Connecticut (26)
2d:  St. Bonaventure (42)
3d:  Villanova (6)
4th:  Virginia Tech (33)
5th:  Duke (7)
6th:  Alabama (9)
7th:  LSU (15)
8th:  Tennessee (10)
9th:  Ohio St. (21)
10th:  Purdue (2)
11th:  Illinois (19)
12th:  Kansas (5)
13th:  Baylor (3)
14th:  Arizona (12)
15th:  Gonzaga (1)
16th:  UCLA (8)

And here are the teams most likely to make the 8th region tournament:

29th District: (16) Kentucky, (138) Morehead St.
30th District:  (39) Louisville, (99) Murray St.
31st District:  (10) Tennessee, (102) Chattanooga
32d District:  (35) Memphis, (58) Belmont

Which would give us the following quarter-finals:

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

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