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Bracketology 2018: No consistency around the bubble

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Bracketology 2018: No consistency around the bubble

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For many college basketball fans, now is the time that people begin to get interested.

College football is done, there are fewer and fewer NFL teams still playing each week, conference play just started and after the Super Bowl, March Madness is the next mega-sporting event.

Anyways for those just now joining the party, you missed one heck of a season so far.

For the first time since the 1948-49 season, no Division I program entered January with an undefeated record.

That’s right, Michigan State led by Miles Bridges couldn’t keep a perfect record, nor could a blue blood avoid a trip up before the New Year turned. Not even a mid-major, Gonzaga-type could navigate their non-conference schedules.

Storylines throughout the first half of season include:

-Arizona’s 0-3 weekend in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament
-Trae Young’s incredible numbers (29.2 ppg, 10.1 apg) for Oklahoma
-The Big Ten struggles in non-conference play; they may have less than four teams in the tournament
-Virginia’s rise back to the top
-And of course upsets, a ton of them, but none quite as big as Wofford over Duke.

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Getting acclimated to the college basketball landscape, lets take a look at what some of the top Bracketologists think. These projections are based on their latest bracket as of Jan. 15.

Joe Lunardi (ESPN):

No. 1 seeds: Villanova, Virginia, Purdue, and Duke
No. 2 seeds: Oklahoma, Wichita State, West Virginia, and Texas Tech
Last Four in: Maryland, UCLA, Houston, Providence
First Four out: Middle Tennessee, Georgia, Baylor, LSU

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (ACC Champ)
No. 11: Maryland (at-large)
No. 14: William & Mary (CAA Champ)
No. 15: Radford (Big South Champ)

Dave Ommen (NBC Sports/ Yahoo/ Bracketville):

No. 1 seeds: Villanova, Purdue, Oklahoma, and West Virginia
No. 2 seeds: Virginia, Wichita State, Texas Tech, Duke
Last Four in: Washington, Alabama, NC State, and Texas A&M
First Four out: Baylor, Missouri, St. Bonaventure, and Maryland

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 2: Virginia (ACC Champ)
No. 13: William & Mary (CAA Champ)
No. 15: Radford (Big South Champ)

Shelby Mast (USA-Today):

No. 1 seeds: Villanova, Purdue, West Virginia, and Virginia
No. 2 seeds: Kansas, Duke, Oklahoma, and Wichita State
Last Four in: Notre Dame, Syracuse, Western Kentucky, and USC
First Four out: St. Bonaventure, Saint Mary’s, Boise State, and Georgia

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (ACC Champ)
No. 14: William & Mary (CAA Champ)
No. 16: Radford (Big South Champ)

Chris Dobbertean (SB Nation):

No. 1 seeds: Villanova, Duke, Purdue, and West Virginia
No. 2 seeds: Arizona State, Kansas, Xavier, and Virginia
Last Four in: St. Bonaventure, Alabama, Texas, and Minnesota
First Four out: Missouri, Syracuse, Houston, and USC

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 2: Virginia (ACC Champ)
No. 9: Maryland (at-large)
No. 12: Old Dominion (C-USA Champ)
No. 13: William & Mary (CAA Champ)
No. 14: Radford (Big South Champ)

Jerry Palm (CBS Sports):

No. 1 seeds: Villanova, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Virginia
No. 2 seeds: West Virginia, Wichita State, Purdue, and Auburn
Last Four in: Western Kentucky, USC, St. Bonaventure, and Georgia
First Four out: Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, and Maryland

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 1: Virginia (ACC Champ)
No. 13: William & Mary (CAA Champ)
No. 15: Radford (Big South Champ)

Delphi Bracketology (Most accurate bracket projection of past two years):

No. 1 seeds: Villanova, West Virginia, Duke, and Purdue
No. 2 seeds: Oklahoma, Virginia, Xavier, Clemson
Last Four in: SMU, Baylor, Houston, UCF
First Four out: USC, LSU, Mississippi State, NC State

Mid-Atlantic Interest:

No. 2: Virginia (ACC Champ)
No. 12: Old Dominion (C-USA Champ)
No. 14: Radford (Big South Champ)
No. 15: William & Mary (CAA Champ)

Local Rundown:

Based on these projections, the Mid-Atlantic Region (Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) may only end up with two teams in the NCAA Tournament, and that is with one mid-major pulling out a conference championship.

The Virginia Cavaliers are the only legitimate lock even if they do not win the ACC. They have racked up top-100 wins over Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and even ranked North Carolina. Their only loss is to a projected No. 1 seed: West Virginia. Aside from a historic fall to end the season, the Cavaliers will be dancing in March.

Maryland is in a funky situation. The Big Ten did not perform in non-conference play, therefore many teams will be taking each other out of contention in Big Ten competition. Most of these brackets have 3-5 teams from the Big Ten playing in March. More often than not Maryland is that fifth team and in some projections, they do not even make the First Four out. Major work to do in College Park for the remainder of the season.

Two teams have an outside shot of making an at-large bid and they were barely mentioned by the bracketologists. Both Virginia Tech and Old Dominion have interesting resumes, that a strong showing in conference play (ACC and C-USA) may do enough to send them over the hump.

From here there is a long list of teams that need a conference championship bid to make it to the big dance. Here is a list of the Mid-Atlantic teams with a legitimate chance to win their conference tournament in no particular order: VCU (A-10), William & Mary (CAA), Towson (CAA), Radford (Big South), Liberty (Big South), Mount St. Mary’s (NEC), Morgan State (MEAC).

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Myreon Jones career night leads Penn State past Georgetown

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Myreon Jones career night leads Penn State past Georgetown

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Myreon Jones scored a career-high 21 points as Penn State led by as many as 18 in an 81-66 victory over Georgetown Thursday night in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

Jones scored 14 of the Nittany Lions first 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Penn State (3-0) jumped out to a 25-7 lead after a Myles Dread 3-pointer. Dread finished with 14 points while Lamar Stevens had 14 points and nine rebounds. Jones was 5 for 8 from beyond the arc.

Penn State shot 13 for 29 on 3-pointers while Georgetown made just four in 13 attempts. The Nittany Lions turned 21 Georgetown turnovers in 20 points.

Omer Yurtseven had 16 points and 10 rebounds to record his third straight double-double for Georgetown (2-1) after transferring from N.C. State. James Akinjo added 13 points for Georgetown, which never led in the second half.

Penn State picked up its first win in the last six meetings against Georgetown and got a road win against the Hoyas for the first time since 1972.

BIG PICTURE

Penn State: The Nittany Lions passed their first and only true road test before Big Ten play. Penn State will play Mississippi in the NIT Season Tipoff in Brooklyn on Nov. 27 before facing either Syracuse or Oklahoma State two days later.

Georgetown: Since Patrick Ewing took over in 2017, the Hoyas are just 1-3 against Power Five teams with one more shot at home against longtime-rival Syracuse on Dec. 14.

UP NEXT

Penn State: Has the weekend off before returning home to host Bucknell on Tuesday.

Georgetown: Hosts Georgia State on Sunday for the first time since 1997.

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Vanderbilt at Richmond: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Vanderbilt at Richmond: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Richmond got its season off on the right foot with an overtime win against St. Francis but faces some much stiffer competition Thursday night when it plays host to Vanderbilt (2-0) of the SEC.

The Commodores will play on the road for the first time this season, traveling to Virgnia after outscoring their first two opponents by a combined 23 points.

You can catch all the action at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington.

How to watch Richmond vs. Vanderbilt:

Who: Richmond vs. Vanderbilt

When: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Robins Center, Richmond, Virginia

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington

Live Stream: NBC Sports Washington

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