Sunday, March 13, 2022

Final Bracketology: Selection Sunday

 Happy Holidays! This should be posted on The Bracket Matrix by tomorrow afternoon. Fingers crossed we somehow find our way to a 7-seed.

1. Gonzaga, Arizona, Baylor, Kansas
2. Kentucky, Auburn, Villanova, Tennessee
3. Duke, Purdue, Texas Tech, UCLA
4. Wisconsin, Illinois, Arkansas, Houston
5. Providence, Connecticut, St. Mary's (CA), Iowa
6. Texas, LSU, Alabama, Colorado State
7. USC, Michigan State, Ohio State, Boise State
8. Murray State, San Diego State, Seton Hall, TCU
9. North Carolina, Creighton, Marquette, Iowa State
10. Memphis, San Francisco, Loyola-Chicago, Davidson
11. Miami (FLA.), Virginia Tech, Indiana, Michigan
12. Wyoming, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Richmond, UAB, South Dakota State
13. Chattanooga, Vermont, New Mexico State, Yale
14. Akron, Montana State, St. Peter's, Colgate
15. Delaware, Longwood, Jacksonville State, Georgia State
16. Cal State Fullerton, Norfolk State, Bryant, Wright State, Texas Southern, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Monday, March 7, 2022

Bracketology: Championship Week

 And now it gets serious

1. Baylor, Gonzaga, Arizona, Auburn
2. Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Villanova
3. Wisconsin, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas Tech
4. Providence, UCLA, Illinois, Arkansas
5. Houston, Connecticut, Texas, St. Mary's (CA)
6. Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Iowa
7. USC, Colorado State, Seton Hall, Murray State
8. Boise State, Michigan State, Iowa State, Marquette
9. TCU, San Diego State, San Francisco, North Carolina
10. Creighton, Davidson, Wake Forest, Wyoming
11. Miami (FLA.), Xavier, Notre Dame, Michigan, Memphis
12. Loyola-Chicago, Rutgers, VCU, North Texas, Chattanooga
13. Iona, South Dakota State, Towson, Vermont
14. Toledo, New Mexico State, Princeton, Montana State
15. Jacksonville State, Colgate, Georgia State, Hawaii
16. Longwood, Cleveland State, Norfolk State, Nicholls State, Wagner, Alcorn State

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Bracketology: February 22

Latest and greatest is below. Will try to do at least one more before Selection Sunday. If Marquette wins 3 more games I think they're solidly on the 6-line, could play their way up to a 4 if they make the BE Championship (I know, wishful thinking).

1. Gonzaga, Arizona, Kansas, Auburn
2. Kentucky, Purdue, Baylor, Duke
3. Villanova, Texas Tech, Illinois, Tennessee
4. Connecticut, UCLA, Providence, Houston
5. Texas, Arkansas, Ohio State, Wisconsin
6. LSU, Alabama, USC, St. Mary's (CA)
7. Marquette, Michigan State, Xavier, Colorado State
8. Iowa State, Boise State, Seton Hall, Iowa
9. Murray State, Wyoming, Wake Forest, TCU
10. San Francisco, Miami (FLA.), Loyola-Chicago, Notre Dame
11. San Diego State, Davidson, Michigan, Indiana
12. Creighton, Rutgers, North Carolina, Memphis, North Texas, Iona
13. South Dakota State, Furman, Vermont, Toledo
14. New Mexico State, Wagner, Princeton, Liberty
15. Montana State, South Alabama, Cal State Fullerton, Colgate
16. Oakland, Longwood, NC-Wilmington, Norfolk State, New Orleans, Southern

Monday, February 7, 2022

Bracketology: February 7

And we're back! I'll try to update this every 1-2 weeks leading up to Selection Sunday. As always, this will be posted to the Bracket Matrix. This is much more fun to do when Marquette is in the mix. Still incredible to think that 5 weeks ago they weren't even projected to play in Dayton.

1. Auburn, Gonzaga, Purdue, Baylor
2. Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Duke
3. UCLA, Houston, Wisconsin, Villanova
4. Texas Tech, Michigan State, Providence, Illinois
5. Tennessee, Marquette, Alabama, Ohio State
6. Xavier, LSU, Connecticut, Iowa State
7. Texas, USC, Indiana, St. Mary's (CA)
8. Iowa, Boise State, TCU, Colorado State
9. BYU, Arkansas, Davidson, Loyola-Chicago
10. Murray State, Seton Hall, Miami (FLA.), San Francisco
11. Wake Forest, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Wyoming
12. Creighton, North Carolina, Oregon, Florida, Iona, North Texas
13. Furman, Toledo, South Dakota State, Vermont
14. New Mexico State, Oakland, Wagner, Jacksonville State
15. Weber State, Princeton, Navy, South Alabama
16. Gardner Webb, NC-Wilmington, Cal St. Fullerton, Norfolk State, New Orleans, Texas Southern

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Bracketology: Selection Sunday

 First and final bracketology of the season. COVID or not, the show must go on!

1. Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois, Michigan

2. Alabama, Iowa, Ohio State, Houston

3. Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas

4. West Virginia, Virginia, Purdue, Florida State

5. Creighton, Villanova, Tennessee, USC

6. Colorado, Texas Tech, BYU, Missouri

7. Oregon, LSU, Clemson, Oklahoma

8. Wisconsin, San Diego State, Loyola-Chicago, Florida

9. Connecticut, North Carolina, Rutgers, St. Bonaventure

10. Virginia Tech, VCU, Georgia Tech, Maryland

11. Michigan State, UCLA, Wichita State, Louisville

12. Drake, Utah State, Syracuse, Georgetown, Oregon State, Winthrop

13. UC Santa Barbara, Colgate, Liberty, UNC Greensboro

14. Ohio, Morehead State, Abilene Christian, Eastern Washington

15. Iona, Cleveland State, Drexel, Oral Roberts

16. Grand Canyon, Hartford, Appalachian State, Mount St. Mary's, Norfolk State, Texas Southern

Monday, February 24, 2020

Bracketology: February 24

Latest and greatest is below. Anyone have any good names for the now-annual February losing streak for MU?

1. Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga, San Diego State
2. Maryland, Duke, Dayton, Florida State
3. Creighton, Seton Hall, Louisville, Villanova
4. Kentucky, Penn State, Auburn, Oregon
5. West Virginia, Colorado, Michigan State, Arizona
6. Butler, Iowa, Michigan, BYU
7. Ohio State, Marquette, Houston, Wisconsin
8. LSU, Illinois, Texas Tech, Arizona State
9. St. Mary's (CA), Rutgers, Florida, Xavier
10. Rhode Island, Virginia, Wichita State, Indiana
11. USC, Oklahoma, Cincinnati, Utah State, Providence, North Carolina State
12. Northern Iowa, Richmond, Liberty, Yale
13. Stephen F. Austin, Vermont, Akron, North Texas
14. New Mexico State, Hofstra, Colgate, UC Irvine
15. Wright State, South Dakota State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Winthrop
16. Austin Peay, Montana, St. Francis (PA.), Prairie View A&M, Norfolk State, Siena

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Guest Post: Joe Moran

In between bracketology postings, here's a post from Joe Moran on his last publication, a biography on Al McGuire. I'm about halfway through the book and have found a lot of great content so far.

Joseph Declan Moran, a 1980 graduate of Marquette, recently released the Centennial Edition of "You Can Call Me Al: The Colorful Journey of College Basketball's Original Flower Child, Al McGuire." Moran wrote the biography with the cooperation of the late Marquette coach and college basketball analyst.

This fifth edition of the biography includes an Introduction that recounts the beginnings of the MU basketball program in 1916. It also includes photos of every Marquette basketball coach from Ralph Risch to Steve Wojciechowski, as well as those from Coach McGuire's funeral in 2001.

Moran spent two years researching the history of the basketball program, which included countless hours in the Marquette University Archives, as well as going through digitized versions of the Marquette Tribune, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee Leader and other local dailies as far back as 1916. Moran also scoured team scrapbooks, the Marquette Hilltop yearbooks, game programs, correspondence, the business ledgers and photo morgue. There were also interviews with subjects who had knowledge of the early days of the basketball program.

As a Marquette graduate, Moran is proud to be Coach McGuire's biographer and the first to tell the history of the basketball program.

Currently, the book is available at the Marquette Spirit Shop and via Moran's website (

The website includes photos, cover quotes, newspaper reviews, comments, Moran's biography and blog for the Centennial Edition of both "You Can Call Me Al" and his second book, "Goin' Uptown: Marquette's March to Madness and Return to the Final Four."