Sunday, December 1, 2013

Full Recap of 2013 Bracketology

Taylor Lynn correctly named 62 of 64 (.969) teams to NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Lynn missed Colorado and Arkansas in the bracket and had Butler and Tulsa in their places.

In the national seeding picture he correctly named 15 of the 16 seeds. Of the 15 seeds named, 14 were projected correctly within one seed of their actual seed. The only one that was not within one seed was No. 11 Hawaii, which he had at No. 9.

In the subregional picture, Lynn correctly named the entire Austin subregional. Lynn named three out of four teams correctly to the Durham, Gainesville, and Los Angeles subregionals. Lynn correctly predicted the following first round matchups: Georgia and American, Texas and Texas State, Texas A&M and UTSA, Florida and Jacksonville, Wisconsin and Milwaukee, Missouri and IUPUI, and USC and New Hampshire. In total, Lynn correctly predicted 31 teams to their correct subregionals.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Bracketology Update: Thu. 11/28

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Happy Thanksgiving! After reviewing Wednesday's matches, I have adjust my bracket accordingly.  The main change from the last bracket is Colorado State lost their national seed after losing their first match of the season to San Diego State at home.  The former No. 15 was replaced in the national seeding picture by Duke who took the 16 seed as Florida State got bumped up to the 15.

Colorado moved a little closer to getting back in the bracket after edging Utah at home. However, for the Buffaloes to make the tournament they must beat USC on the road. For the moment, they remain in the "first four out."

LSU lost on the road to Ole Miss, but the Tigers remained in the bracket and in the last four in.

There are several key matchups remaining this weekend. Penn State tries to get one final marquee win at Nebraska on Saturday.  Meanwhile, Colorado travels to USC to try and clinch a playoff spot on Friday. LSU tries to lock themselves into a playoff spot when they host Alabama.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Week 10 Bracketology Release

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The volleyball season is in the home stretch and the tournament picture is becoming more and more solidified. However, some question marks still remain. For the Miami Hurricanes, it is a matter of needing teams in front of them to lose to make the tournament. The Canes are back in the tournament picture after they shutdown Wake Forest in three sets despite a home sweep loss to projected ACC Champion Duke. Miami is now "on the bubble."

Miami would be the fourth ACC team to make the tournament after Duke, Florida State, and North Carolina. Duke is likely to win the automatic bid for the conference. Florida State is currently projected to be a national seed after handling Duke in three sets. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech's loss to Notre Dame knocked them out of the tournament picture.

The majority of conference tournaments to determine automatic bids took place last weekend. Most of the winners were favored, but there were a few surprises and upsets. No. 1 Western Kentucky falling in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Tournament to host No. 8 Troy was the biggest shocker. WKU still has a chance to make the NCAA Tournament as an at-large bid if teams in front of them lose.

Colorado moved out of the bracket after UCSB became the projected automatic bid for the Big West causing the conference to require another at-large bid for Hawaii. The rest of the bracket remained stable.

Several key matchups remain in the final week of the regular season. Penn State travels to Ohio State and Nebraska as they try to clinch the Big Ten's automatic bid. Meanwhile, Colorado has one last chance to make the tournament when they host Utah and travel to USC.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Week 9 Bracketology Release

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We are less than two weeks from Selection Sunday and for the first time there is a state of complete stability in the projected at-large bids.  No at-large bids changed during the course of the past week. Another unfortunate first is the Miami Hurricanes are out of the tournament picture after spending the past few weeks on the bubble. The Canes' home four-set loss to Florida State knocked them out of the picture. Miami can reenter the tourney picture and possibly the bracket if they win out. Winning out will not be easy as the next opponent for the Hurricanes is projected ACC winner Duke. However, to Miami's advantage, they wrap up the season with a six-match home stand.

Elsewhere in the ACC, Duke became a projected national seed after several solid weeks of play. North Carolina and Florida State remained in the bracket, while Virginia Tech and NC State sit right outside.

While no teams moved in or out of the bracket, it was by no means a quiet week in volleyball.  Missouri became the projected SEC Champion after sweeping Florida at home to improve to 31-0. However, the Tigers did not crack the top four as beating Florida twice and Kentucky once were their only wins against current projected national seeds. Washington State shocked the nation when they knocked off USC in five sets at home, but with the season winding down, it does not look like the Cougars will not make the tourney.

Out of the 64 projected tournament teams, the only new one this week is IUPUI. They are projected to take The Summit in place of South Dakota who suffered a pair of rough losses to Nebraska-Omaha and Western Illinois. Meanwhile, Morehead State wrapped up their regular season with their first and only conference loss, but they still remain projected to win the Ohio Valley Tournament. Milwaukee remains  the favorite to win the Horizon League despite taking their second conference loss in their regular season finale.

Hampton became the first tournament winner as they won the MEAC. The Pirates join Colorado State, Louisville, and Yale as automatic bids for the NCAA Tournament, who all clinched spots over the past week and a half. Check out the automatic bid tracker for all the latest conference champions as well as conference tournament information.

The next week has several key matchups as the season wraps up. Washington tries to lock up the Pac-12 Championship when they play at Stanford. Colorado attempts to ensure an at-large bid when they host Oregon. LSU tries to do the same when they travel to Florida. Northwestern attempts to get into the bracket when they travel to Ohio State and Penn State.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Week 8 Bracketology Release

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The Miami Hurricanes fell from the last four in, to on the bubble in this week's bracketology. The Canes lost to a Virginia Tech team on the road that is fighting for a tournament berth. The loss to the Hokies did not hurt the Canes, but instead it was when Miami fell to Virginia that they were bumped from the bracket.

Elsewhere in the ACC, Duke remained the favorite to win the ACC automatic bid with a pair of road wins at Pittsburgh and Maryland. The Blue Devils are joined in the bracket by North Carolina and Florida State, while three more ACC teams remain in the tournament picture: NC State, Virginia Tech, and Miami (FL). The ACC's three bids is tied fifth-most behind the Pac-12 (10), Big Ten (eight), SEC (seven), and Big 12 (four).

Illinois continues to fight for a tournament spot after a pair of wins over Michigan and Michigan State. The Fighting Illini should make the tournament assuming they can ascend to a .500 mark or better. Ball State fell out of the tournament picture after a pair of bad losses to Akron and Toledo.

VCU suffered the largest upset of teams in the bracket after losing on the road to a weak Saint Louis team. However, they still remain favored to win the Atlantic 10 as it was only their second conference loss of the season. Georgia Southern also suffered a big road loss to Davidson, but it was only their third conference loss of the season, so they remained in the bracket.

The next week of volleyball action is highlighted by several key matchups. Miami (FL) hopes to get back in the bracket as they host Florida State. Elsewhere in the ACC, Virginia Tech travels to North Carolina to face the Tar Heels and the Wolfpack. In the SEC, Texas A&M looks to up their tournament card when they travel to Baton Rouge to play LSU. Meanwhile, a surging Alabama team heads to Florida to try to become the first team to take the Gators down at home. A hot New Mexico team tries to do the same at undefeated Colorado State.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Week 6 Bracketology Release

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Despite two losses, the Miami Hurricanes remained on the bubble in this week's bracketology. ACC-favorite Duke swept the Canes on Saturday after Wake Forest downed Miami on Friday. However, in the Wake Forest match, Miami managed to take a set from the Demon Deacons.  Therefore, both losses count as "quality losses," which keeps the Canes in the same spot as where they were last week.

Elsewhere in the ACC, Duke remained the favorite to win the ACC with a pair of victories over Miami (FL) and Florida State. The Blue Devils also got a national seed (No. 10) after beating the two quality opponents from Florida. Joining Duke in the bracket is Florida State, NC State, and North Carolina, while Virginia Tech sits as the "first team out." The ACC's four bids is tied fourth-most behind the Pac-12 (10), Big Ten (nine), and SEC (five).

Hawaii remains the favorite to win the Big West despite two road losses to CSU Northridge and UC Davis. However, the projected conference winner falls from No. 8 to No. 12. Also, CSU Northridge goes from on the bubble to in the bracket with the upset. Michigan State lost its projected national seed after a pair of bad losses to Indiana and Michigan.

Portland State suffered the largest upset of teams in the bracket after losing on the road to a weak Sacramento State squad. However, they still remain favored to win the Big Sky. Hampton lost two road matches, but remains the favorite to win the MEAC. Northeastern lost on the road to Hofstra and as a result lost their spot in the bracket as they were eclipsed by College of Charleston for the projected automatic bid.

The next week of volleyball action is highlighted by several key matchups. Miami (FL) hopes to get back in the bracket as they host NC State and North Carolina. Michigan State looks to reclaim its national seed as it hosts Penn State and Ohio State. Texas A&M looks to move back into the bracket when they host Florida. Kansas State tries to keep their tournament hopes alive as they host Oklahoma.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Week 5 Bracketology Release

A new feature launched this week: Conference Rankings. The list ranks all 32 conferences from best to worst.  The Pac-12 leads the way as the best conference followed by the Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, West Coast, and ACC. These so called power conferences contain the best competition and are likely to secure the most at large berths in the bracket.

The Miami Hurricanes fell from in the bracket to on the bubble after a pair of losses last week. The Canes lost to Florida State in a tough match, but what really hurt them was their second loss to an average Notre Dame team. The Hurricanes did remain in the tournament picture as they managed to take a set on the road in each match.

Duke remained the favorite to win the ACC and the automatic bid that goes along with the title.  North Carolina and Florida State remained in the bracket. Virginia Tech and NC State floated into the bracket after solid weekends.

Arizona became a projected subregional host in the bracket after an impressive weekend that included home sweeps of UCLA and and a a top five USC team. Other big upsets included San Francisco over Saint Mary's, Notre Dame over Miami (FL), and Northern Iowa over Illinois State. Despite being badly upset by CSU Bakersfield and Utah Valley, New Mexico State remained the favorite to win the WAC.

This weekend will be another great weekend of volleyball with several key matchups (viewing information here). Colorado tries to get back in the bracket as they host Arizona and Arizona State. Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Washington State tries to keep their tournament hopes alive at UCLA and USC. In the ACC, Miami (FL) travels to Duke in what is sure to be a thriller. In the Big West, the two top teams, Hawaii and CSU Northridge, meet in California. In the Big 12, Kansas State looks for a spot in the bracket as they battle Texas.