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Bracketology: Mid-Major Updats

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Updated December 15th, 2018

Midwest Region (Kansas City)South Region (Louisville)
1.Kansas (Des Moines)1.Michigan (Columbus)
16.Stephen F. Austin/ South
Dakota State
16.Rider/ UNC Central
8.UCLA8.Syracuse
9.Furman9.Villanova
4.North Carolina (Jacksonville)4.Auburn (Jacksonville)
13.Drake13.Georgia State
5.Indiana5.Virginia Tech
12.VCU12.Belmont 
3.Buffalo (Hartford)3.Texas Tech (Tulsa)
14.Yale14.Lipscomb
6.Louisville6.Nebraska
11.Maryland11.LSU/ Colorado
2.Wisconsin (Des Moines)2.Duke (Columbia)
15.Texas Southern15.Northeastern
7.St. John’s7.Cincinnati
10.Kansas State10.Iowa
West Region (Anaheim)East Region (Washington DC)
1.Nevada (Salt Lake City)1.Virginia (Columbus)
16.IUPUI16.St. Francis (PA)
8.San Francisco8.Kentucky
9.Iowa State9.Arizona
4.Oklahoma (Seattle)4.Houston (Salt Lake City)
13.UC Irvine13.New Mexico State
5.Arizona State5.Marquette
12.Radford12.Minnesota/ Oregon
3.Ohio State (Tulsa)3.Michigan State (Hartford)
14.North Texas14.Vermont
6.Mississippi State6.Florida State
11.TCU11.Washington
2.Gonzaga (Seattle)2.Tennessee (Columbia)
15.Montana15.Holy Cross
7.NC State7.Purdue
10.Utah State10.Butler

First Four Out: Florida, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt

The Next Five: Creighton, Texas, Georgetown, Uconn, Arkansas

Bracketology: NET Updates

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Updated December 14th, 2018

Midwest Region (Kansas City)South Region (Louisville)
1.Kansas (Des Moines)1.Michigan (Columbus)
16.Stephen F. Austin/ South Dakota State16.Rider
8.UCLA8.Syracuse
9.Furman9.Villanova
4.North Carolina (Jacksonville)4.Auburn (Jacksonville)
13.Lipscomb13.VCU
5.Indiana5.Virginia Tech
12.Georgia State12.Belmont 
3.Buffalo (Hartford)3.Texas Tech (Tulsa)
14.Yale14.Southern Illinois
6.Louisville6.Nebraska
11.Maryland11.LSU/ Colorado
2.Wisconsin (Des Moines)2.Duke (Columbia)
15.Texas Southern15.Holy Cross
7.St. John’s7.Cincinnati
10.Kansas State10.Iowa
West Region (Anaheim)East Region (Washington DC)
1.Nevada (Salt Lake City)1.Virginia (Columbus)
16.UC Santa Barbara16.LIU Brooklyn/ UNC Central
8.San Francisco8.Kentucky
9.Iowa State9.Arizona
4.Oklahoma (Seattle)4.Houston (Salt Lake City)
13.New Mexico State13.North Texas
5.Arizona State5.Marquette
12.Radford12.Minnesota/ Oregon
3.Ohio State (Tulsa)3.Michigan State (Hartford)
14.Northeastern14.Vermont
6.Mississippi State6.Florida State
11.TCU11.Washington
2.Gonzaga (Seattle)2.Tennessee (Columbia)
15.Montana15.IUPUI
7.NC State7.Purdue
10.Utah State10.Butler

First Four Out: Florida, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt

The Next Five: Creighton, Texas, Georgetown, Uconn, Arkansas

Bracketology: Houston remains unbeaten

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Updated December 13th, 2018

Midwest Region (Kansas City)South Region (Louisville)
1.Kansas (Des Moines)1.Michigan (Columbus)
16.Stephen F. Austin/ South
Dakota State
16.Rider
8.Furman8.Iowa State
9.Iowa9.Syracuse
4.Florida State (Jacksonville)4.Oklahoma (Tulsa)
13.VCU13.North Texas
5.Indiana 5.North Carolina
12.Georgia State12.Belmont
3.Auburn (Jacksonville)3.Buffalo (Hartford)
14.Southern Illinois14.Northeastern
6.NC State6.Marquette 
11.TCU/ Seton Hall11.Arkansas
2.Wisconsin (Des Moines)2.Duke (Columbia)
15.Texas Southern15.Holy Cross
7.Arizona 7.Kentucky
10.Villanova10.Utah State
West Region (Anaheim)East Region (Washington DC)
1.Nevada (Salt Lake City)1.Virginia (Columbus)
16.UC Santa Barbara16.LIU Brooklyn/ UNC Central
8.Purdue8.Maryland
9.San Francisco 9.Kansas State
4.Houston (Salt Lake City)4.Michigan State (Seattle)
13.New Mexico State13.Lipscomb
5.Arizona State5.St. John’s
12.Radford12.Texas/ UCLA
3.Texas Tech (Tulsa)3.Ohio State (Hartford)
14.Penn14.Vermont
6.Mississippi State6.Virginia Tech
11.Butler11.Washington
2.Gonzaga (Seattle)2.Tennessee (Columbia)
15.Montana15.IUPUI
7.Cincinnati7.Nebraska
10.Louisville10.Creighton

First Four Out: Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota, Florida

The Next Five: Uconn, Notre Dame, LSU, Northwestern, Temple

NBA Mock Draft: December edition

NBA Mock Draft: December Edition

This is my first mock draft of the season, I have gotten now a decent look at some of the prospects in this upcoming draft. I did used a random number generator to choose the draft lottery at the top and then I went with the records of NBA teams to decide how the rest of the draft lottery would shape up. Note I have updated positions to best reflect the new modern day positions. A guard is someone who can run the point, although they don’t need to necessarily play the point guard position on their team. A wing is someone who has guard like skills, however, isn’t able to run the point or at least they won’t run the point. A forward is anyone who can play either the three, the four or the five, they rebound, while depending on the player they can stretch out or play inside. A big is someone who will play mostly the five in the modern NBA and is focused on protecting the paint for teams, while scoring on the inside. I adjusted these to reflect the modern NBA and how basketball is at the moment. For this mock draft I will be showing my picks, follow future mock drafts as they will have breakdowns for each player where as this one will not. Here is how I would have the NBA Draft breaking down at the moment if the NBA Draft were to take place today. 

First Round:

1.Atlanta Hawks: Zion Williamson 6’6” Freshman Forward Duke

2.Cleveland Cavaliers: RJ Barrett 6’7” Freshman Wing Duke

3.Phoenix Suns: Cam Reddish 6’8” Freshman Wing Duke

4.Chicago Bulls: Nassir Little 6’8”Freshman Wing North Carolina

5.New York Knicks: Rui Hachimura 6’8” Junior Forward Gonzaga

6.Brooklyn Nets: De’Andre Hunter 6’8” Sophomore Wing Virginia

7.Washington Wizards: Bol Bol 7’2” Freshman Big Oregon

8.Miami Heat: Keldon Johnson 6’6” Freshman Wing Kentucky

9.Houston Rockets: Kevin Porter Jr. 6’6” Freshman Wing USC

10.Utah Jazz: Romeo Langford 6’6” Freshman Guard Indiana 

11.Minnesota Timberwolves: Quentin Grimes 6’5” Freshman Guard Kansas

12.San Antonio Spurs: Sekou Doumbouya 6’8” Forward Limoges

13.New Orleans Pelicans: Darius Garland 6’2” Freshman Guard Vanderbilt

14.Boston Celtics (via Sacramento Kings): Ja Morant 6’3” Sophomore Guard Murray State

15.Orlando Magic: Jalen Smith 6’10” Freshman Forward Maryland

16.Charlotte Hornets: Daniel Gafford 6’11” Sophomore Big Arkansas

17.Detroit Pistons: Coby White 6’5” Freshman Guard North Carolina

18.Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas Mavericks): Luguentz Dort 6’6” Freshman Wing Arizona State

19.Portland Trailblazers: Jarrett Culver 6’5” Sophomore Wing Texas Tech

20.Boston Celtics (via Memphis Grizzlies): Tre Jones 6’2” Freshman Guard Duke

21.Boston Celtics: Brandon Clarke 6’8” Junior Forward Gonzaga

22.Indiana Pacers: Nickeil Alexander-Walker 6’5” Sophomore Guard Virginia Tech

23.Los Angeles Lakers: Kris Wilkes 6’8” Sophomore Wing UCLA

24.Boston Celtics (via Los Angeles Clippers): Jontay Porter 6’11” Sophomore Big Missouri

25.Brooklyn Nets (via Denver Nuggets): Shamorie Ponds 6’2” Junior Guard St. John’s

26.Oklahoma City Thunder: KZ Okpala 6’8” Sophomore Wing Stanford

27.Golden State Warriors: Louis King 6’9” Freshman Forward Oregon

28.Philadephia 76ers: Jaylen Hoard 6’9” Freshman Forward Wake Forest

29.Milwaukee Bucks: Naz Reid 6’10” Freshman Forward LSU

30.Toronto Raptors: Tyus Battle 6’6” Junior Guard Syracuse

Second Round

31.Phoenix Suns: Jalen McDaniels 6’9” Sophomore Forward San Diego State

32.Philadelphia 76ers (via Chicago Bulls): Simi Shittu 6’10” Freshman Big Vanderbilt

33.Orlando Magic (via Cleveland Cavaliers): Darius Bazley 6’9” Forward NBA G League

34.Atlanta Hawks: Charles Matthews 6’6” Junior Wing Michigan

35.Brooklyn Nets (via New York Knicks): Carsen Edwards 6’3” Junior Guard Purdue

36.Orlando Magic (via Brooklyn Nets): Charles Bassey 6’10” Freshman Big Western Kentucky

37.Charlotte Hornets (via Washington Wizards): PJ Washington 6’7” Sophomore Forward Kentucky

38.Minnesota Timberwolves (via Miami Heat): Luka Samanic 6’10” Forward Union Olimpija

39.New York Knicks (via Houston Rockets): Bruno Fernando 6’10” Sophomore Big Maryland

40.Utah Jazz: Killian Tillie 6’11” Junior Big Gonzaga

41.Sacramento Kings (via Minnesota Timberwolves): Dylan Windler 6’7” Senior Wing Belmont

42.San Antonio Spurs: Sagaba Konate 6’8” Junior Big West Virginia

43.New Orleans Pelicans: Lindell Wiggington 6’3” Sophomore Guard Iowa State

44.Philadeplia 76ers (via Sacramento Kings): Ignas Brazdeikis 6’7” Freshman Wing Michigan

45.Sacramento Kings (via Orlando Magic): Matisse Thybulle 6’5” Senior Wing Washington

46.Atlanta Hawks (via Charlotte Hornets): Zach Norvell Jr. 6’5” Sophomore Guard Gonzaga

47.Detroit Pistons: Admiral Schofield 6’5” Junior Wing Tennessee

48.Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas Mavericks): Caleb Martin 6’7” Senior Forward Nevada

49.Los Angeles Clippers (via Portland Trailblazers): Eric Paschall 6’7” Senior Forward Villanova

50.Memphis Grizzlies: Cody Martin 6’7” Senior Guard Nevada

51.Memphis Grizzlies (via Boston Celtics): Isaiah Roby 6’8” Junior Forward Nebraska

52.Indiana Pacers: Ky Bowman 6’1” Junior Guard Boston College

53.Atlanta Hawks (via Los Angeles Lakers): Lagerald Vick 6’5” Senior Guard Kansas

54.Los Angeles Clippers: Barry Brown 6’3” Senior Guard Kansas State

55.Milwaukee Bucks (via Denver Nuggets): Kellan Grady 6’8” Sophomore Forward Davidson

56.Oklahoma City Thunder: Herb Jones 6’7” Sophomore Wing Alabama

57.Golden State Warriors: Dean Wade 6’11” Senior Big Kansas State

58.Philadephia 76ers: Cam Johnson 6’9” Senior Forward North Carolina

59.Sacramento Kings (via Milwaukee Bucks): Ethan Happ 6’10” Senior Big Wisconsin 

60.Toronto Raptors: Vic Law 6’7” Senior Forward Northwestern

Bracketology: Down goes Nova. Again

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Updated December 12th, 2018

Midwest Region (Kansas City)South Region (Louisville)
1.Kansas (Des Moines)1.Michigan (Columbus)
16.Stephen F. Austin/ South Dakota State16.Rider
8.Furman8.Iowa State
9.Iowa9.Syracuse
4.North Carolina (Jacksonville)4.Oklahoma (Tulsa)
13.VCU13.North Texas
5.Indiana 5.Florida State
12.Georgia State12.Belmont
3.Auburn (Jacksonville)3.Buffalo (Hartford)
14.Southern Illinois14.Northeastern
6.NC State6.Marquette 
11.TCU/ Seton Hall11.Arkansas
2.Wisconsin (Des Moines)2.Duke (Columbia)
15.Texas Southern15.Holy Cross
7.Arizona 7.Kentucky
10.Villanova10.Utah State
West Region (Anaheim)East Region (Washington DC)
1.Nevada (Salt Lake City)1.Virginia (Columbus)
16.UC Santa Barbara16.LIU Brooklyn/ UNC Central
8.Purdue8.Maryland
9.San Francisco 9.Kansas State
4.Houston (Salt Lake City)4.Michigan State (Seattle)
13.New Mexico State13.Lipscomb
5.Arizona State5.St. John’s
12.Radford12.Texas/ UCLA
3.Texas Tech (Tulsa)3.Ohio State (Hartford)
14.Penn14.Vermont
6.Mississippi State6.Virginia Tech
11.Butler11.Washington
2.Gonzaga (Seattle)2.Tennessee (Columbia)
15.Montana15.IUPUI
7.Cincinnati7.Nebraska
10.Louisville10.Creighton

First Four Out: LSU, Colorado, Minnesota, Florida

The Next Five: Uconn, Oregon, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Temple

Picks for Best Games on Wednesday, December 12th

Picks for Best Games on Wednesday, December 12th

Tonight has the best slate of games on, which doesn’t mean it is a great slate but it is best of the week. Minus this past Saturday’s games I have been struggling with my picks, so please feel free not to use these to gamble as with the way I’m going you will lose money, That being said here are my picks for tonight’s games. 

Umass at Temple

7 PM ET on ESPN3

Line: Temple -9

Pick: Temple 

Against the Spread: Temple

Final Score Prediction: Temple 79 Umass 65

Murray State at Southern Illinois

8 PM ET on ESPN+

Line: Southern Illinois -3

Pick: Murray State 

Against the Spread: Murray State 

Final Score Prediction: Murray State 70 Southern Illinois 66

LSU at Houston

9 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Houston -6.5

Pick: Houston 

Against the Spread: No pick

Final Score Prediction: Houston 73 LSU 66

San Diego at Oregon

10 PM ET on the Pac-12 Network

Line: Oregon -11

Pick: Oregon

Against the Spread: San Diego

Final Score Prediction: Oregon 77 San Diego 69

Yesterday’s Picks: 0-2

Year to date: 106-89-9

Bracketology: This doesn’t look the exact same as yesterday’s version

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Updated December 11th, 2018

Midwest Region (Kansas City)East Region (Washington DC)
1.Kansas (Des Moines)1.Virginia (Columbus)
16.Stephen F. Austin/ South
Dakota State
16.LIU Brooklyn/ UNC Central
8.Furman8.Arizona
9.Iowa9.Maryland
4.Florida State (Jacksonville)4.Michigan State (Tulsa)
13.VCU13.Lipscomb
5.St. John’s5.Marquette
12.Georgia State12.Belmont
3.Wisconsin (Des Moines)3.Ohio State (Hartford)
14.Southern Illinois14.Vermont
6.North Carolina6.NC State
11.UCLA/ Seton Hall11.Butler
2.Auburn (Jacksonville)2.Tennessee (Columbia)
15.Texas Southern15.IUPUI
7.Cincinnati7.Iowa State
10.Louisville10.Creighton
West Region (Anaheim)South Region (Louisville)
1.Nevada (Salt Lake City)1.Michigan (Columbus)
16.UC Santa Barbara16.Rider
8.Purdue8.Kentucky
9.San Francisco 9.Kansas State
4.Houston (Salt Lake City)4.Oklahoma (Seattle)
13.New Mexico State13.North Texas
5.Arizona State5.Virginia Tech
12.Texas/ Arkansas12.Radford
3.Texas Tech (Tulsa)3.Buffalo (Hartford)
14.Yale14.Northeastern
6.Indiana6.Villanova
11.Washington11.TCU
2.Gonzaga (Seattle)2.Duke (Columbia)
15.Montana15.Holy Cross
7.Mississippi State 7.Nebraska
10.Utah State10.Syracuse

First Four Out: LSU, Colorado, Florida, San Diego

The Next Five: Uconn, Oregon, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Minnesota

Picks for Best Games on Tuesday, December 11th

Picks for Best Games on Tuesday, December 11th 

Yesterday there were no picks because the lack of quality games, however, this will change today, as we will get a couple of matchups that are worth watching. Tonight’s slate is not going to be great, however, there are still a couple of games to watch, here are my picks for those games. 

Villanova at Penn

7 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Villanova -7

Pick: Villanova

Against the Spread: Villanova

Final Score Prediction: Villanova 76 Penn 64

Colorado at New Mexico 

9 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Colorado -4.5

Pick: Colorado

Against the Spread: Colorado 

Final Score Prediction: Colorado 86 New Mexico 68

Yesterday’s Picks: 1-2-1

Year to date: 106-87-9

Bracketology: Tennessee takes down Gonzaga

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Updated December 10th, 2018

Midwest Region (Kansas City)East Region (Washington DC)
1.Kansas (Des Moines)1.Virginia (Columbus)
16.Stephen F. Austin/ South
Dakota State
16.LIU Brooklyn/ UNC Central
8.Furman8.Arizona
9.Iowa9.Maryland
4.North Carolina (Jacksonville)4.Michigan State (Tulsa)
13.VCU13.Lipscomb
5.St. John’s5.Villanova
12.Georgia State12.Belmont
3.Wisconsin (Des Moines)3.Ohio State (Hartford)
14.Southern Illinois14.Vermont
6.Florida State6.NC State
11.TCU/ Seton Hall11.Butler
2.Auburn (Jacksonville)2.Tennessee (Columbia)
15.Texas Southern15.IUPUI
7.Cincinnati7.Iowa State
10.Syacuse10.Creighton
West Region (Anaheim)South Region (Louisville)
1.Nevada (Salt Lake City)1.Michigan (Columbus)
16.UC Santa Barbara16.Rider
8.Purdue8.Kentucky
9.San Francisco 9.Kansas State
4.Houston (Salt Lake City)4.Oklahoma (Seattle)
13.New Mexico State13.North Texas
5.Arizona State5.Virginia Tech
12.Texas/ LSU12.Radford
3.Texas Tech (Tulsa)3.Buffalo (Hartford)
14.Yale14.Northeastern
6.Indiana6.Marquette
11.Washington11.Arkansas
2.Gonzaga (Seattle)2.Duke (Columbia)
15.Montana15.Holy Cross
7.Mississippi State 7.Nebraska
10.Utah State10.UCLA

First Four Out: Colorado, Florida, San Diego, Uconn

The Next Five: Oregon, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Temple, Minnesota

Week 5 Power Rankings

Week 5 Power Rankings

This week was thrilling as we saw multiple Top-25 teams go down, the AP number one team went down against Tennessee. With all these upsets and a new week upon us, here is my latest Power Rankings. 

1.Kansas: I was fully prepared to drop Kansas out of their top spot, assuming Gonzaga beat Tennessee, however, the Bulldogs won that game, so they stay at one. The Jayhawks have been dreadful of late but they are 8-0 with wins over three of my Top-25 teams in Tennessee, Marquette and Michigan State

2.Michigan: Michigan struggled for the first time this week as they barley held off Northwestern for a road win, while they let South Carolina score 78 against them. These results are not the same results we have seen from earlier in the season when they were blowing out good teams. 

3.Virginia: Virginia had a tough game against in-state rival VCU but they held them off in the end, this team should enter into conference play undefeated. 

4.Tennessee: The Volunteers had the win of the week as they beat Gonzaga 76-73 in Phoenix. Admiral Schofield had the game of his life, scoring 30, including the game-winning three pointer. This team is a legitimate National title contender, who should be the favorites to win the SEC. 

5.Gonzaga: The Bulldogs suffered a tough loss against Tennessee, as they fell 76-73. This loss isn’t a bad one at all and the Bulldogs still are good enough to win the National Championship. 

6.Nevada: The Wolf Pack struggled to shoot against Arizona State, however, they still beat the Top-20 ranked Sun Devils 72-66, despite a bad shooting night. They will be heavy favorites in every other game they play this season and they could enter into the NCAA Tournament undefeated. 

7.Duke: The Blue Devils beat Hartford and Yale this week pretty handily, they will be off this week for finals. 

8.Auburn: The Tigers beat UNC Asheville and Dayton this week, they’ll play at UAB this week. 

9.Texas Tech: The Red Raiders are rolling through a pretty easy schedule right now, they’ll play Abiline Christian the week. 

10.Michigan State: The Spartans had a good week as they beat Iowa 90-68 at home, they then went on the road and beat Florida 63-59, this warrants their reemergence into the Top-25. 

11.Florida State: The Seminoles beat a Uconn 79-71 in the Never Forget Tribute Classic, they’ve started this season 8-1 without arguably their best player in Phil Cofer, which is impressive. 

12.Virginia Tech: The Hokies went 2-0 this week, this week the will have a test as they will play Washington in Atlantic City. 

13.Wisconsin: The Badgers suffered a tough loss at Marquette, falling 74-69, they’ll get a break this week, as they will play two buy games. 

14.St. John’s: The Red Storm moved to 9-0 on the season by beating Mount St. Mary’s and Princeton this week.

15.North Carolina: The Tar Heels got back on track Wednesday by beating UNC Wilmington 97-69. 

16.Arizona State: The Sun Devils gave a good fight on Friday night but ultimately they fell 72-66, they have a couple of more good games this week so they will have a good chance to pick up a couple more wins. 

17.Marquette: The Golden Eagles picked up a good win this weekend by beating in-state rival Wisconsin 74-69, this team looks like they have the pieces in place to contend for a Big East title. 

18.Buffalo: The Bulls went on the road and beat St. Bonaventure, they will play Southern Illinois this Saturday, before they face their toughest stretch of the season when they play on the road at Syracuse and Marquette. 

19.Ohio State: The Buckeyes moved to 2-0 in conference play by beating Illinois 77-67 in Chicago

20.Villanova: Villanova continues to rule the big five, this week they beat Temple and St. Joseph’s at home, they’ll play Penn in the Palestra, before playing at Kansas next Saturday in a Final Four rematch. 

21.Indiana: The Hoosiers started the week by beating Penn State on the road 64-62, they then played a good Louisville team and won 68-67

22.Houston: The Cougars have built off their momentum from last season, starting 8-0, this week they picked up a much needed road victory Oklahoma State

23.North Carolina State: The Wolfpack haven’t played the greatest non-conference schedule but they are 8-1, this week they’ll look to improve on that as they play at Penn State. 

24.Missisippi State: The Bulldogs beat Clemson 82-71 in the Never Forget Tribute Classic, next up they’ll play Cincinnati at home. 

25.Furman: The Paladins won two games on the road this week, they’ll get a couple of home games, before their big matchup at LSU on December 21st. 

Just Missed Out: Oklahoma, Cincinnati, Kentucky, TCU, Louisville

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