Monthly Archives: October 2017

NCAA – Chris’ Bracketology v7.0

Update through Monday matches. Next update: After Friday matches.

The following 63 teams are in both bracket models. There are red flags associated with both Virginia Tech and TCU though which were covered in the earlier Bubble Cheat Sheet column

America East – Stony Brook*
AAC – [2] UCF*, South Florida, Cincinnati
Atlantic 10 – La Salle*
ACC – [1] Duke*, [1] North Carolina, [4] Virginia, Notre Dame, Florida State, NC State, Clemson, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech
Atlantic Sun – Lipscomb*, Florida Gulf Coast
Big 12 – [2] West Virginia, [3] Texas, Oklahoma State*, TCU
Big East – Georgetown*, Butler
Big Sky – Eastern Washington*
Big South – High Point*
Big Ten – [3] Ohio State*, [3] Penn State, [4] Rutgers, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Minnesota
Big West – UC Irvine*
CAA – Hofstra*
C-USA – Rice*
Horizon – Milwaukee*
Ivy – Columbia*, Princeton
MAAC – Monmouth*
MAC – Kent State*
MVC – Drake*
Mountain West – San Jose State*
NEC – Fairleigh Dickinson*
OVC – Murray State*
Pac-12 – [1] Stanford*, [2] UCLA, [4] USC, Arizona, Cal, Washington State
Patriot – Navy*
SEC – [1] South Carolina*, [2] Texas A&M, [3] Florida, [4] Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt
SoCon – Furman*
Southland – Lamar*
SWAC – Alabama State*
Summit – South Dakota State*
Sun Belt – South Alabama*
WCC – Pepperdine*
WAC – UMKC*

Out Both Brackets

Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Memphis, Marquette, Arkansas, Boston College, Drexel, LSU, Baylor, Saint Louis, Northeastern

In Aggressive, Out Conservative

Colorado

In Conservative, Out Aggressive

Santa Clara

NCAA – Chris’ Infamous Annual Conference Tournament Week Bubble Cheat Sheet (v.2017)

According to past precedent, everyone in the RPI Top 28 is locked in at this point, while everyone below #62 needs an auto bid. Here’s assessing the chances of everyone in between…

29 – Murray State

Will they finish in the Top 30 if they lose in the OVC Tournament final? I’m skeptical. I think they’ll need the auto bid, especially with no RPI Top 50 results.

30 – Rice

Pretty much everything above said about Murray State applies for Rice too. Their draw against Baylor could turn into a Top 50 result, but it’s not going to count for much. They have a better shot at staying in the Top 30 though if they get to the C-USA Tournament final.

31 – Hofstra

Have a draw against Monmouth and wins against Drexel and Northeastern, who are edging closer to the RPI Top 50. Another team that could hop up into the RPI Top 30, but I suspect they need the auto bid.

32 – Santa Clara

I do think the Broncos will end up in the RPI Top 30 if they win at home to San Diego and BYU, with both of next week’s foes in the RPI Top 100. But all hell could break loose if SCU drops points to either. They have just one RPI Top 50 result all season, a win against Washington State, and even that could evaporate if WSU loses to Washington. It’d be best for the sanity of everyone at SCU to just take care of business next weekend.

33 – Georgetown

I suspect the Big East Tournament semi between the Hoyas and Marquette might be an elimination game. Georgetown looks like a Top 25 team on paper but has just the one win against the RPI Top 50…that coming against Marquette, with another win over the Golden Eagles potentially pushing them out of the RPI Top 50. The Hoyas do have a draw against Rutgers, though the Scarlet Knights are out of the Big Ten Tournament. I think GU will get the benefit of the doubt if they get to the Big East Tournament final, but a loss to Marquette could be trouble.

34 – Florida Gulf Coast

FGCU’s holding on to their win against Arizona on the road early in the season for dear life. It’s a better result than many of their bubble rivals’ best result, but FGCU just has that one going for them. They’ll get a long look if they don’t get the auto bid, but it’s best to just take care of business this week.

35 – Clemson

Wins over Auburn and Wake Forest, draws against Virginia and Florida State. Despite not making the ACC Tournament, the Tigers should have the resume to extend their season into the NCAA Tournament.

36 – Northwestern

Have won five in a row, including topping Purdue in the quarters of the Big Ten Tournament. Win at Ohio State, vs Wisconsin, vs Minnesota and a draw with Rutgers. With other teams on the bubble blowing chances left and right, the Wildcats have played their way into the field and potentially into a home game in the opening round.

37 – Colorado

Profile doesn’t look as awful as it once did, with wins over TCU and Washington State adding some much needed weight to their thin resume. But CU’s 0-5-1 against the RPI Top 40. Could the draw against Arizona push them over the top? Maybe, depending who’s on the bubble. But the Buffs really need to beat Utah to close out strong.

38 – Ole Miss

“How Not To Make A Final Impression” – The Rebels limped across the line with just one win in their final eight matches, losing to fellow bubble side Arkansas in the opening round of the SEC Tournament. Ole Miss has just a pair of RPI Top 50 wins, against Memphis and Arkansas, neither of whom are guaranteed to be in the Top 50 at week’s end. Draws against Auburn and Mississippi State could help, but it’s going to be a long week in Oxford.

39 – Vanderbilt

Needed results down the stretch and got them with wins over Tennessee and Auburn. It’s likely all gravy for the Dores at this point, as their quarterfinal against Tennessee isn’t going to damage their RPI if they lose. A win probably shifts the mindset towards thinking about hosting a first round game in the NCAAs.

40 – Wake Forest

For some reason, the RPI just doesn’t like the Demon Deacons. Wake has wins against South Carolina, Notre Dame, and Florida State, all in the RPI Top 20 but could be staring at the prospect of traveling for a first round game in the NCAA Tournament after dropping their ACC Tournament quarterfinal to Virginia. Regardless, it’d be a shock if Tony da Luz’s side didn’t make their NCAA return this year.
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NCAA – Chris’ Bracketology v6.5

There are a ton of issues with Virginia Tech’s candidacy, namely their W-L-T record and league finish in the ACC. But their positive results against RPI Top 50 teams is easily one of the best of anyone in bubble range. Will they stay on the final bracket? We’ll see…

Teams In Both Brackets (61)

AAC – [2] UCF*, South Florida, Cincinnati
America East – New Hampshire*
Atlantic 10 – La Salle*
ACC – [1] Duke*, [1] North Carolina, [3] Notre Dame, Florida State, Virginia, NC State, Clemson, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech
Atlantic Sun – Lipscomb*
Big 12 – [2] West Virginia, [2] Texas, Oklahoma State*, TCU
Big East – Georgetown*, Butler
Big Sky – Eastern Washington*
Big South – High Point*
Big Ten – [3] Ohio State*, [4] Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Northwestern
Big West – Cal State Northridge*
CAA – Hofstra*
C-USA – Rice*
Horizon – Milwaukee*
Ivy – Princeton, Columbia*
MAAC – Monmouth*
MAC – Kent State*
Missouri Valley – Drake*
Mountain West – San Jose State*
NEC – Central Connecitcut State*
OVC – Murray State*
Pac-12 – [1] Stanford*, [3] USC, [3] UCLA, Cal, Arizona, Washington State
Patriot – Navy*
SEC – [1] South Carolina*, [2] Texas A&M, [4] Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn
SoCon – Furman*
Southland – Lamar*
Summit – South Dakota State*
Sun Belt – South Alabama*
SWAC – Alabama State*
WAC – UMKC*
WCC – [4] Pepperdine*

Conservative Bracket IN, Aggressive Bracket OUT – Santa Clara, Ole Miss, Florida Gulf Coast

Aggressive Bracket IN, Conservative Bracket OUT – Vanderbilt, LSU, Purdue

OUT in Both Brackets – Washington, Colorado, Mississippi State, Saint Louis, Memphis, Drexel, Marquette, Baylor, Boston College

NCAA – Chris’ Bubble Watch v3.0

This is the final bubble watch of the season. The customary bubble cheat sheet will be out after next Sunday.

Farewell To…

New Hampshire (America East), SMU (AAC), La Salle (Atlantic 10), Louisville (ACC), Texas Tech (Big 12), Kansas (Big 12), Xavier (Big East), Nebraska (Big Ten), Maryland (Big Ten), North Texas (C-USA), Yale (Ivy), San Jose State (Mountain West), UNLV (Mountain West), Utah (Pac-12), Arizona State (Pac-12), Loyola Marymount (WCC)

AAC

LOCK – UCF
BUBBLE – South Florida, Memphis, Cincinnati

The Knights of UCF are still making a run at a #1 seed and have won every AAC match other than Cincinnati by multiple goals. Because of the AAC’s mid-level stature, they’re probably going to need to do the double and win the AAC Tournament too to realistically have a shot. They could still lose the league title to red hot South Florida though, who could themselves make a late run at a seed if they keep winning, having won six in a row.

Memphis are unbeaten in four after a rough run through Florida, but their overall profile is a bit shaky, meaning another slip-up could be fatal these final two weeks. The big news though is probably Cincinnati’s sudden fall. After five straight AAC wins, the Bearcats haven’t won in three and have tumbled down the RPI. They have just won RPI Top 40 win, that over South Florida and are largely riding on their early draw with UCF. It’s conceivable an early exit in the AAC Tournament could be fatal to their hopes.

Atlantic 10

BUBBLE – Saint Louis

Saint Louis now has two RPI Top 50 wins over Vanderbilt and Murray State despite not winning the A10. They didn’t win the A10 but also didn’t play league champs La Salle, making the A10 Tournament a tantalizing prospect. The Billikens aren’t totally sunk if they don’t win the auto bid, but the odds probably aren’t great. Saint Joseph’s is the first obstacle in their path in the A10 Tournament this weekend.

ACC

LOCK – North Carolina, Duke, Florida State, Notre Dame, Virginia
BUBBLE – NC State, Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Boston College

Duke now has control of the ACC title race after North Carolina’s draw with Louisville, though that’s probably not enough to keep the Cards in the at-large picture. Even if UNC doesn’t won the league, they probably still have a pretty good case at a #1 seed overall in the NCAA Tournament. The trio of Florida State, Notre Dame, and Virginia aren’t likely to get high seeds in the Big Dance, though each remains in the mix for a seed overall if they get another win or two.

It’s much murkier than you might expect after that. Wake Forest has taken a tumble in the last month, winning just two of their last seven, though those wins came against Notre Dame and Florida State, meaning they should still be safe in their positioning, though hopes for a seed could be fading. NC State has helped their cause by mopping up against the lower tier of the ACC, but their lack of quality wins could yet prove fatal if they’re upset by Louisville in the regular season finale, which would send their RPI crashing. Clemson is another bubble hopeful that has wins over Auburn and Wake Forest, but they may need another win to totally feel safe.

Virginia Tech is going to be a controversial case, as they’re currently twelfth (!) in the ACC with just seven wins. One of those wins was at Notre Dame though, and the Hokies also have draws against fellow bubble teams Boston College, Wake Forest, and Clemson. Boston College is also just a game above .500 and has lost three straight (albeit to great competition). They have just one win over an RPI Top 50 team though (Wake Forest), which could be fatal for their case.
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NCAA – Chris’ Bracketology v6.0

(Note: I’ve tried to simplify the layout a little bit to make it a little more streamlined. Next Update: After October 27 matches.)

In Both Brackets:

AAC – [2] UCF*, South Florida, Cincinnati
America East – New Hampshire*
Atlantic 10 – La Salle*
ACC – [1] Duke*, [1] North Carolina, [4] Notre Dame, [4] Virginia, Florida State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech
Atlantic Sun – Lipscomb*
Big 12 – [2] West Virginia, [3] Texas, Oklahoma State*
Big East – Georgetown*, Butler
Big Sky – Eastern Washington*
Big South – High Point*
Big Ten – [2] Penn State, [3] Ohio State*, Rutgers, Northwestern, Minnesota
Big West – Cal State Northridge*
Colonial – Hofstra*
C-USA – Rice*
Horizon – Milwaukee*
Ivy – Princeton, Columbia*
MAAC – Monmouth*
MAC – Kent State*
Missouri Valley – Drake*
Mountain West – San Jose State*
NEC – Central Connecticut State*
OVC – Murray State*
Pac-12 – [1] Stanford*, [3] UCLA, [4] USC, Cal, Arizona, Washington, Washington State
Patriot – Navy*
SEC – [1] South Carolina*, [2] Texas A&M, [3] Florida, [4] Auburn, Tennessee, Alabama, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt
SoCon – Furman*
Southland – Lamar*
Summit – South Dakota State*
Sun Belt – South Alabama*
SWAC – Howard*
WAC – UMKC*
WCC – Pepperdine*, Santa Clara

Out in Both Brackets:

Memphis, Colorado, Mississippi State, Baylor, Monmouth, Marquette, Boston College, Michigan, Drexel, Saint Louis

IN Conservative, OUT Aggressive

NC State, Wisconsin, Florida Gulf Coast

OUT Conservative, IN Aggressive

Clemson, Georgetown, LSU, Arkansas

(Note: Arkansas would be first team bumped if Georgetown/Oklahoma State needed an at-large bid. Georgetown would only get an at-large if OSU won the Big 12 Tournament.)

NCAA – Chris’ Bracketology v5.5

Updated after October 20 matches. Next update: After October 22 matches.

* before conference indicates projected auto-bid winner is current league leader as all conference teams have played half of league schedule.

I’m now utilizing two different models for bracketology. The “aggressive” model goes further up and down the bubble based on past precedent to potentially identify teams that should be in or out of the field. The “conservative” model is what I’ve been using for the past month. This only applies to the bubble, as seeding is consistent across both models.

Aggressive Model

*America East – New Hampshire*
*AAC – [1] UCF*, South Florida, Cincinnati
*Atlantic 10 – La Salle*
*ACC – [1] North Carolina*, [1] Duke, [4] Wake Forest, [4] Virginia, Notre Dame, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Clemson
*A-Sun – Lipscomb*
*Big 12 – [2] West Virginia, [3] Texas, Oklahoma State*, TCU
*Big East – Georgetown*, Butler
*Big Sky – Eastern Washington*
*Big South – High Point*
*Big Ten – [2] Penn State, [3] Ohio State*, Rutgers, Minnesota, Northwestern, Michigan
*Big West – Cal State Northridge*
*CAA – Hofstra*
*C-USA – Rice*
*Horizon – Northern Kentucky*
*Ivy – Columbia*, Princeton
*MAAC – Monmouth*
*MAC – Kent State*
*MVC – Drake*
*Mountain West – San Jose State*
*NEC – Fairleigh Dickinson*
*OVC – Murray State*
*Pac-12 – [2] Stanford*, [4] UCLA, Cal, Arizona, USC, Washington State
*Patriot – Navy*
*SEC – [1] South Carolina*, [2] Texas A&M, [3] Tennessee, [3] Auburn, [4] Florida, Alabama, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Arkansas
*SoCon – Furman*
*Southland – McNeese State*
*SWAC – Howard*
*Summit – Oral Roberts*
*Sun Belt – Texas State*
WCC – Pepperdine*, Santa Clara
*WAC – UMKC*

Conservative Model

*America East – New Hampshire*
*AAC – [1] UCF*, South Florida, Cincinnati, Memphis
*Atlantic 10 – La Salle*
*ACC – [1] North Carolina*, [1] Duke, [4] Wake Forest, [4] Virginia, Notre Dame, Florida State, NC State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Boston College
*A-Sun – Lipscomb*
*Big 12 – [2] West Virginia, [3] Texas, Oklahoma State*
*Big East – Georgetown*
*Big Sky – Eastern Washington*
*Big South – High Point*
*Big Ten – [2] Penn State, [3] Ohio State*, Rutgers, Minnesota, Northwestern
*Big West – Cal State Northridge*
*CAA – Hofstra*
*C-USA – Rice*
*Horizon – Northern Kentucky*
*Ivy – Columbia*, Princeton
*MAAC – Monmouth*
*MAC – Kent State*
*MVC – Drake*
*Mountain West – San Jose State*
*NEC – Fairleigh Dickinson*
*OVC – Murray State*
*Pac-12 – [2] Stanford*, [4] UCLA, Cal, Arizona, USC, Washington State
*Patriot – Navy*
*SEC – [1] South Carolina*, [2] Texas A&M, [3] Tennessee, [3] Auburn, [4] Florida, Alabama, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, LSU
*SoCon – Furman*
*Southland – McNeese State*
*SWAC – Howard*
*Summit – Oral Roberts*
*Sun Belt – Texas State*
WCC – Pepperdine*, Santa Clara
*WAC – UMKC*

Differences between the two models:

-Arkansas, Butler, Michigan, TCU are in the field in the aggressive model but not considered, being out of the bubble in the conservative model.

-LSU & Boston College are in the field in the conservative model and out of it in the aggressive model

-Cincinnati, Rice, NC State, and Memphis are all safely in the field in the conservative model. NC State & Memphis would not make the field in the aggressive model.

-Bubble & IN in both models – Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Northwestern, Washington State, Clemson

-Bubble & OUT in both models – Wisconsin, Florida Gulf Coast, Washington, Saint Louis, Colorado, Mississippi State, Marquette

NCAA – 2017 Bubble Watch v2.0

(Updated through Wednesday’s matches)

Farewell To…

Houston (AAC), Saint Joseph’s (A10), Syracuse (ACC), Iowa (Big Ten), Long Beach State (Big West), UC Irvine (Big West), UAB (C-USA), Belmont (OVC), Navy (Patriot), Kentucky (SEC), Gonzaga (WCC)

Hello To…

Kansas (Big 12), North Texas (C-USA), Columbia (Ivy)

America East

DANGER – New Hampshire

With just one game last week, New Hampshire downed Hartford to take a big step towards a league title. With two final games this weekend against teams sixth and ninth in the table, the Wildcats are heavy favorites to get to glory, even as they might drop off the Bubble Watch next week.

AAC

LOCK – UCF
BUBBLE – Cincinnati, South Florida, Memphis
DANGER – SMU

UCF continues to blaze a path through the rest of the nation, with a 4-0 win at LSU being the latest in a growing set of accomplishments. The Knights didn’t have a league game this past week but get their last three at home, including a likely title decider against South Florida on the final day of the regular season. Cincinnati’s hopes for a national seed are fading a bit without any big wins, especially after a draw with Memphis at home, but they remain on pace to comfortably make the field. South Florida’s growing into a position of strength on the bubble, as they don’t have any bad losses and are picking up wins when so many other bubble teams aren’t. They’ve won four in a row now, including two on the road against SMU & Houston last week. Memphis’s draw against Cincinnati definitely helped their cause out, but they’re still a side without a marquee win, meaning they really can’t afford a bad loss against Tulsa next week or in the AAC Tournament.

SMU have been immensely disappointing after last season’s big bounce upward, and barring them running the table in their final three AAC matches, they would appear to be just about done as an NCAA at-large hopeful.

Atlantic 10

BUBBLE – Saint Louis
DANGER – La Salle

Saint Louis might have dropped out of the A10 title race, but the Billikens remain in the frame for an at-large bid. The 14-1-2 record certainly helps in the RPI, but a win at Murray State may be more meaningful. The key, in addition to avoiding losses down the stretch, might be the 3-0 win against Vanderbilt on opening weekend. If VU can move into the RPI Top 50, that would give SLU two wins against RPI Top 50 teams, which would add more weight to their claims.

La Salle’s lack of RPI Top 50 results remains its downfall in at-large hopes. But they probably aren’t going to need it if they keep up their current form, which has seen the Explorers win their first eight in the A10.

ACC

LOCK – North Carolina, Duke, Florida State, Notre Dame, Wake Forest
BUBBLE – Virginia, Clemson, Virginia Tech, NC State, Boston College
DANGER – Louisville

North Carolina & Duke march on. The Heels destroyed Boston College on the road, while Duke had little trouble in their last home game of the regular season against Miami (FL). Both remain on track for a co-ACC title and a #1 seed. Florida State’s up and down season continued last week, as they scored a huge win at Florida in a make-up game to close out non-conference play, but saw some of that momentum sucked away with a loss a few days later at Wake Forest. Their hopes of a seed probably rose a little but not by bunches. Notre Dame also saw their seed hopes take a bit of a blow with a befuddling home defeat to Virginia Tech, that means they’ve won just two of their last six. The aforementioned Wake Forest’s win against Florida State is another piece for their resume, and the Demon Deacons could be a dark horse for a high seed if they can make an ACC Tournament run.

At this point, Virginia’s probably a lock in all but name only, though the draw with Clemson probably keeps them up in the air officially for another week. The Tigers aren’t out of the woods yet, but that draw with UVA does probably put them much closer to safety at this point as other teams around them keep losing. Virginia Tech was a club without an RPI Top 50 win but with strong draws, which put them in last year’s exact situation, but they changed that definitively with a win at Notre Dame. The Hokies are probably on the right side of the bubble now but probably needs two more wins to feel truly safe. Safety is definitely not with NC State right now, as the Wolfpack have one RPI Top 50 win, that coming over #45 Boston College. The bad news is the rest of the regular season schedule doesn’t offer up a big chance for a statement making win either. BC’s also sweating right now, though the win against Wake Forest gives them a little breathing room. Two wins down the stretch would probably do it for them.

Louisville’s teetering on the edge with a difficult run in. That gives them a chance to make up some ground, but realistically, they probably need at least two wins to stay in the bubble picture.
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NCAA – Chris’ Brackteology v5.0

Updated after October 15 matches. Next update: After October 20 matches.

* before conference indicates projected auto-bid winner is current league leader as all conference teams have played half of league schedule.

*America East – New Hampshire*
*AAC – [1] UCF*, Cincinnati, South Florida
*A10 – La Salle*
*ACC – [1] North Carolina*, [1] Duke, [3] Wake Forest, [4] Virginia, Florida State, Notre Dame, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Boston College
*Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast*
*Big 12 – [2] West Virginia*, [4] Texas, Oklahoma State
*Big East – Georgetown*, Butler
*Big Sky – Eastern Washington*
*Big South – Liberty*
*Big Ten – [2] Penn State, [3] Ohio State*, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Northwestern, Michigan
*Big West – UC Irvine*
*CAA – Hofstra*
*C-USA – Rice*
*Horizon – IUPUI*
*Ivy – [4] Princeton, Columbia*
*MAAC – Monmouth*
*MAC – Kent State*
*MVC – Drake*
*Mountain West – San Jose State*
*NEC – Fairleigh Dickinson*
*OVC – Murray State*
*Pac-12 – [2] Stanford*, [3] UCLA, Cal, Arizona, USC, Washington
*Patriot – Colgate*
*SEC – [1] South Carolina*, [2] Texas A&M, [3] Tennessee, [4] Auburn, Florida, Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU
*SoCon – Furman*
*Southland – McNeese State*
*SWAC – Grambling*
Summit – South Dakota State*
*Sun Belt – Texas State*
WCC – Pepperdine*, Santa Clara
*WAC – UMKC*

Last Eight IN – Washington, Boston College, LSU, Michigan, Northwestern, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Butler
Last Seven OUT – Memphis, Saint Louis, NC State, Mississippi State, Colorado, Baylor, Marquette

Multi-Bid Conferences

9 – ACC
8 – SEC
7 – Big Ten
6 – Pac-12
3 – AAC, Big 12
2 – Big East, Ivy, WCC

NCAA – Chris’ Bracketology v4.5

(Note: I’ve made a slight methodology shift to punish teams without RPI Top 50 wins and “big” draws to reflect what happened to Virginia Tech last season.)

Updated after October 13 matches. Next update: After October 15 matches.

* before conference indicates projected auto-bid winner is current league leader as all conference teams have played half of league schedule.

*America East – New Hampshire*
*AAC – [2] UCF*, Cincinnati, South Florida
*A10 – La Salle*
*ACC – [1] North Carolina*, [1] Duke, [3] Florida State, [4] Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Virginia, Clemson, Boston College, NC State
*Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast*
*Big 12 – [1] West Virginia*, [2] Texas, Oklahoma State
*Big East – Georgetown*, Butler
*Big Sky – Eastern Washington*
*Big South – Liberty*
*Big Ten – [2] Penn State, [4] Ohio State*, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska
Big West – Long Beach State*
*CAA – Hofstra*
*C-USA – Rice*
*Horizon – IUPUI*
Ivy – [4] Princeton*
*MAAC – Monmouth*
*MAC – Kent State*
MVC – Drake*
*Mountain West – San Jose State*
NEC – Bryant*
*OVC – Eastern Kentucky*, Murray State
*Pac-12 – [2] Stanford*, [3] UCLA, Arizona, Cal, USC, Washington
*Patriot – Navy*
*SEC – [1] South Carolina, [3] Texas A&M*, [3] Florida, [4] Tennessee, Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama, LSU
*SoCon – Samford*
*Southland – McNeese State*
*SWAC – Grambling*
Summit – South Dakota State*
*Sun Belt – Texas State*
WCC – Pepperdine*, Santa Clara
WAC – Texas Rio Grande Valley*

Last Eight IN – NC State, Boston College, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Washington, Butler
Last Seven OUT – Purdue, Saint Louis, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Colorado, Marquette

Multi-Bid Conferences

9 – ACC
8 – SEC
7 – Big Ten
6 – Pac-12
3 – AAC, Big 12
2 – Big East, OVC, WCC

The WoSo Independent Podcast – Episode #29 – NWSL Playoff Semi-Final Review + Final Preview

Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) are back with episode #29 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, talking about the NWSL playoffs. First, there’s a semi-final review of Portland vs Orlando (3:45), talking about a big win for the Thorns and the differing performance of the day’s goalkeepers and defenses. They then move on to North Carolina’s ugly win against Chicago (21:50), including discussion of how the decision to make Katelyn Rowland NC’s #1 GK may have been one of the managerial moves of the season, as well as talk on where Chicago might go from here after a brutally disappointing loss. Finally, they preview the final between North Carolina and Portland and make their picks (40:52).