EBS Bracketology, 2016/03/12

We’re more than four hours into the Saturday slate as I type, so I won’t belabor this too much. (This iteration is based on the overnight KenPom and RPI rankings. The lone multi-seed mover was San Diego State, who got a big RPI kick out of beating 19-13 Nevada and jumped to the 7 line (a little bullish) from the 9 line.

The Easy Bubble Solver’s last four byes go to Vanderbilt, Colorado, Oregon State, and Pittsburgh. Its First Four are Florida, Butler, USC, and Princeton. Note that by the close of yesterday, all of those teams have no games on their calendars before Selection Sunday. Several didn’t play yesterday; Pittsburgh and Princeton actually jumped back into the field thanks to indirect appreciation in their RPIs.

On the other side of the coin, Easy Bubble Solver has Michigan, St. Bonaventure, Syracuse, and South Carolina as the First Four Out. Tulsa, Monmouth, Georgia, and Georgia Tech comprise the Next Four Out. It’ll be worth watching Georgia take its shot at Kentucky to notch a quality win and punch a ticket to the SEC final, at the very least.

The spreadsheet with all the info (including teams’ seed and rank histories from the start) is here. Seed list after the jump.

1s: Kansas, Virginia, Villanova, Oklahoma
2s: North Carolina, Oregon, West Virginia, Michigan State
3s: Kentucky, Miami, Xavier, Purdue
4s: Utah, California, Indiana, Maryland
5s: Iowa State, Texas A&M, Duke, Arizona
6s: Iowa, Baylor, Seton Hall, Texas
7s: Wichita State, San Diego State, Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame
8s: Gonzaga, Saint Joseph’s, Wisconsin, Dayton
9s: Connecticut, VCU, Texas Tech, Cincinnati
10s: Yale, Providence, Valparaiso, Vanderbilt
11s: Colorado, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Florida, Butler
12s: USC, Princeton, Stephen F. Austin, Arkansas-Little Rock, Akron
13s: South Dakota State, UNC Wilmington, Northern Iowa, Hawaii
14s: Iona, Chattanooga, Stony Brook, Middle Tennessee
15s: New Mexico State, Green Bay, Weber State, UNC Asheville
16s: Florida Gulf Coast, Hampton, Austin Peay, Southern, Fairleigh Dickinson, Holy Cross

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