Sunday, January 2, 2022

If the NCAA Were 16 Regions

Going into the New Year, here's the latest list of of the best team in each region (Ken Pom rankings in parentheses):

1st:  Connecticut (24)
2d:  St. Bonaventure (67)
3d:  Villanova (11)
4th:  Virginia Tech (25)
5th:  Duke (6)
6th:  Auburn (9)
7th: Louisiana St. (13)
8th:  Kentucky (8)
9th:  Ohio St. (16)
10th:  Purdue (4)
11th:  Illinois (14)
12th:  Kansas (5)
13th:  Baylor (1)
14th:  Arizona (7)
15th:  Gonzaga (2)
16th:  UCLA (10)

And here are the latest favorites to reach the 8th Region tournament:

29th District:  (8) Kentucky, (143) Morehead St.
30th District:  (53) Louisville, (72) Murray St.
31st District:  (12) Tennessee, (80) Chattanooga
32d District:  (32) Memphis, (54) Belmont

So we still have the following quarter-finals:

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

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