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March 9, 2023

PiRate Ratings Bracketology

3Kansas St.GonzagaMarquetteTennessee
5San Diego St.Miami (Fla)Saint Mary’sIowa St.
6TCUCreightonKentuckyTexas A&M
7DukeMichigan St.NorthwesternMaryland
9AuburnWest VirginiaFlorida AtlanticMemphis
10Boise St.ProvidenceNorth Carolina St.USC
11PittsburghMississippi St.NevadaPenn St.Utah St.Rutgers
12Oral RobertsDrakeCharlestonVCU
13Utah ValleyToledoIonaYale
14LouisianaFurmanUC Santa BarbaraColgate
15Kennesaw St.VermontUNC AshevilleMontana St.
16N. KentuckyTexas A&M-CCSE Missouri St.GramblingHowardFairleigh Dickinson

Last 4 Byes: North Carolina St. USC, Pittsburgh, Mississippi St.

Last 4 In: Nevada, Penn St., Utah St., Rutgers

First 4 Out: Oklahoma St., North Carolina, Arizona St., Wisconsin

Next 4 Out: Clemson, Oregon, Michigan, North Texas

Note: Vanderbilt replaces Wisconsin in this list, as the Badgers are eliminated from the Bubble, moving Clemson up one notch, and Vanderbilt as the last of the NFO. Technically, UW still has the fourth highest PiRate Bracketology Score not in the field, but they cannot move up after being eliminated by Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament. The other teams on the Bubble can continue to improve their resumes.

January 9, 2023

PiRate Ratings Bracketology

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4Kansas St.XavierOhio St.Miami (Fla)
5DukeIowa St.BaylorSan Diego St.
6IndianaMarquetteTCUWest Virginia
7MissouriNorth CarolinaRutgersProvidence
8WisconsinSaint Mary’sAuburnIllinois
9Virginia TechMichigan St.Florida AtlanticMemphis
10New MexicoMississippi St.MarylandKentucky
11Utah St.North Carolina St.UtahArizona St.PittsburghNorthwestern
12CharlestonKent St.DaytonUtah Valley
13Southern Miss.IonaIndiana St.Oral Roberts
14LibertyUC-IrvinePrincetonUMass Lowell
15ColgateUNC GreensboroLongwoodEastern Washington
16SIU EdwardsvilleYoungstown St.SouthernTexas A&M-CCNorfolk St.Fairleigh Dickinson

Last 4 Byes: Maryland, Kentucky, Utah St., Arizona St.

Last 4 In: Utah, Arizona St., Pittsburgh, Northwestern

First 4 Out: Creighton, Clemson, Oklahoma, Penn St.

Next 4 Out: Boise St., Oklahoma St., Wake Forest, Iowa

Teams With National Champion Resumes: Kansas, Connecticut, Houston, UCLA, Alabama

Top Pretender Resumes: Tennessee, Saint Mary’s, Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Ohio St.

Top Dark Horse Final Four Quality: Florida Atlantic, Iona, Charleston, Nevada

January 6, 2023

PiRate Ratings Bracketology

4BaylorXavierOhio St.Duke
5Iowa St.Kansas St.IndianaMiami (Fla)
6WisconsinTCUSan Diego St.West Virginia
7North CarolinaMarquetteRutgersMissouri
8KentuckyProvidenceVirginia TechAuburn
9New MexicoSaint Mary’sIllinoisCreighton
10MemphisMichigan St.UtahFlorida Atlantic
11CharlestonMarylandPittsburghNorth Carolina St.Mississippi St.Arizona St.
12IonaKent St.DaytonUtah St.
13YaleOral RobertsLibertyGrand Canyon
14U Mass LowellBradleyGeorgia SouthernUC-Irvine
15FurmanColgateMontana St.Youngstown St.
16SIU EdwardsvilleLongwoodGramblingTexas A&M CCNorfolk St.Fairleigh Dickinson

Last Four Byes: Memphis, Michigan St., Utah, Maryland

Last Four In: Pittsburgh, North Carolina St., Mississippi St., Arizona St.

First Four Out: Oklahoma St., Penn St., Texas Tech, LSU

Next Four Out: Northwestern, Clemson, Oklahoma, Wake Forest

January 2, 2023

PiRate Ratings Bracketology

4DukeBaylorIndianaWest Virginia
5Ohio St.Miami (Fla.)XavierWisconsin
6AuburnKentuckyNorth CarolinaIowa St.
7San Diego St.Virginia TechIllinoisMississippi St.
8MarylandMarquetteSaint Mary’sMissouri
9New MexicoMemphisTCUKansas St.
10CreightonTexas TechUtahFlorida Atlantic
11Penn St.Utah St.OklahomaMichigan St.RutgersArizona St.
12CharlestonKent St.IonaDayton
13James MadisonIndiana St.UC-IrvineOral Roberts
14UMass LowellLibertyPrincetonColgate
15Utah ValleyUNC GreensboroNorthern KentuckyEastern Washington
16LongwoodSIU EdwardsvilleGramblingTexas A&M CCNorfolk St.St. Francis PA

Last Four Byes: Texas Tech, Utah, Penn St., Utah St.

Last Four In: Oklahoma, Michigan St., Rutgers, Arizona St.

First Four Out: Oklahoma St., Iowa, UAB, North Carolina St.

Next Four Out: Providence, Wake Forest, Northwestern, LSU

December 27, 2022

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Bracketology

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3ArkansasGonzagaWest VirginiaTexas
4VirginiaDukeOhio St.Baylor
5WisconsinVirginia TechIndianaKentucky
7XavierNorth CarolinaSan Diego St.Mississippi St.
8MiamiMarquetteNew MexicoIowa St.
9Saint Mary’sArizona St.Penn St.Michigan St.
10IowaTexas TechTCUKansas St.
11RutgersFlorida AtlanticCreightonMissouriOklahomaUtah
12Sam HoustonKent St.YaleCharleston
13Oral RobertsIonaBradleyJames Madison
15SIU-EdwardsvillePurdue-Ft. WayneMontana St.Furman
16LongwoodGramblingColgateNorfolk St.Nicholls St.Wagner

Last Four In: Creighton, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah

Last Four Byes: Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas St., Rutgers

First 4, 16-seeds: Colgate, Norfolk St., Nicholls St., Wagner

First Four Out: Utah St., St. John’s, Northwestern, Oklahoma St.

Next Four Out: UNLV, UAB, North Carolina St., LSU

March 13, 2022

PiRate Ratings FINAL Bracketology 2022

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3TennesseePurdueTexas TechWisconsin
5ConnecticutHoustonProvidenceSaint Mary’s
6TexasLSUAlabamaColorado St.
7Michigan St.Ohio St.Boise St.USC
8TCUNorth CarolinaSeton HallSan Diego St.
9Murray St.MemphisCreightonMarquette
10San FranciscoIowa St.Loyola (Chi.)Virginia Tech
11Miami (Fla.)DavidsonRichmondIndiana
12South Dakota St.UABNotre DameWyomingTexas A&MMichigan
13VermontChattanoogaNew Mexico St.Akron
14Montana St.DelawareSaint Peter’sCal St. Fullerton
15YaleLongwoodGeorgia St.Colgate
16Jacksonville St.Norfolk St.Wright St.BryantTexas SouthernTexas A&M-CC

First 4 #16 Seeds: Wright St., Bryant, Texas Southern, Texas A&M–CC

Last 4 Byes: Iowa St., Miami (Fla.), Davidson, Indiana

Last 4 In: Notre Dame, Wyoming, Texas A&M, Michigan

First 4 Out: SMU, Xavier, Rutgers, Wake Forest,

Next 4 Out: BYU, VCU, Oklahoma, Saint Louis

Sunday Morning From The Hull

This early Sunday morning on the PiRate ship, we are hunkered down in the hull with a spreadsheet full of numbers. After New Mexico State, Arizona, and Cal St. Fullerton enjoyed late night trophy raisings in Las Vegas, we added the updated numbers to our Bracketology and narrowed the field of hopefuls down to 70 and then realized we had one more team that maybe should not have been sent to the SS NIT and one team that maybe shouldn’t be considered a lock for the Dance. So, we are sitting at 72 teams this morning. There are six teams at the bottom of the Bubble, and three of them will be happy around 6:30 PM EDT, while three will have to settle for a possible trip to the flowerless garden in the Big Apple rather than the Garden District in the Crescent City.

The six bubblers this morning (in alphabetical order) are: Rutgers, SMU, Texas A&M, Xavier, Wake Forest, and Wyoming. Let us add the last potential bid-stealer to this formula. If Richmond upsets Davidson today in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Game, the Spiders will receive an automatic bid, while Davidson receives an at-large invitation. That will reduce one spot at the bottom of the Bubble. Additionally, if Texas A&M upsets Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game, the Aggies will move ahead of the Last Four in, as they would be guaranteed immunity from going to Dayton early next week. That would then take a team that currently has a bye and drop them into First Four purgatory.

By 3:00 PM EDT, we will know whether Richmond secured a spot in the Field of 68 and if Texas A&M is either an automatic bid-earner or Bubble team in the last decisions to be made. One of our fine Buckaroo lasses then pointed out that the outcome of the American Athletic Conference Championship Game between Houston and Memphis could affect the resume of SMU. A Memphis win might drag the Mustangs along in the Tiger draft. Additionally, the Iowa-Purdue Big Ten Championship Game tips off after 3:00 PM EDT, and both teams’ seed line could move one spot from this game. A Purdue loss and a Tennessee win could see the Boilermakers and Vols switching spots on the seed line. Iowa could possibly jump up one spot with a win, especially if Houston loses today.

Therefore, our final Bracketology prediction will go live only once the outcomes of the last two games are known. If both games are blowouts, we will go ahead and publish the final prediction before the games end. If either game is undecided until the closing minutes, then expect our final Bracketology to go live within 10 minutes of the final horn.

Coming Monday afternoon (Eastern Time Zone), our first installment of Bracketnomics for the 2022 NCAA Tournament will post here. This will be the explanation for how to go about picking your brackets using analytics that have been back-tested for maximum accuracy. We cannot guarantee you will win your bracket-picking contests, but we have a history of many of our subscribers doing that over the two decades this page has existed. And, you cannot beat the price of this information–only the time it takes you to read it.

There is one small warning for this year: Using the criteria we rely on, there is way too much parity in this forthcoming tournament. Usually, five to eight teams have Final Four worthy resumes. As of this morning, only two teams have such wonders. That means that two teams that do not have Final Four resumes are guaranteed to make this year’s Final Four. It also means that a team like Connecticut in both 2011 and 2014 might be poised to make a run to the National Championship Game, and it is a much higher probability that a Mid-Major makes the Final Four like Loyola, Wichita State, Virginia Commonwealth, Butler, and George Mason have done in this Century and Indiana State and Penn did in 1979. If you are wondering when was the last time a team from outside of a power conference actually won the tournament, it was UNLV in 1990, 32 years ago. Gonzaga has come close twice, losing in the final game to North Carolina and to Baylor. Butler came within a final shot rolling on the rim and falling off of winning against Duke.

This shapes up to be a very exciting NCAA Tournament this year. There will be a lot of interesting story lines, so today, we are informing you that you probably feel a bit off. By Thursday morning, you just won’t be able to get up and going, and you will have to call in sick to work with a 48-hour bug, forcing you to take sick days on Thursday and Friday. Being self-employed or a member of sports media through the years, I was fortunate not to have to get Madness Fever.

Today’s Conference Tournament Schedule

All Times Eastern Daylight

12:00 PM on ESPN2: Ivy League Championship Game

Princeton vs. Yale

1:00 PM on ESPN: Southeastern Conference Championship Game

Tennessee vs. Texas A&M

1:00 PM on CBS: Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Game

Davidson vs. Richmond

3:15 PM on ESPN: Conference USA Championship Game

Houston vs. Memphis

3:30 PM on CBS: Big Ten Conference Championship Game

Iowa vs. Purdue

6:00 PM on CBS: Selection Sunday Show

March 7, 2022

PiRate Ratings Bracketology

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3WisconsinVillanovaTennesseeTexas Tech
6Saint Mary’sLSUIowaOhio St.
7Colorado St.USCBoise St.Seton Hall
8Michigan St.Iowa St.Murray St.Marquette
9North CarolinaSan Diego St.TCUSan Francisco
10CreightonMichiganLoyola (Chi.)Davidson
11Miami (Fla.)MemphisXavierNotre Dame
12South Dakota St.North TexasWake ForestWyomingRutgersSMU
14New Mexico St.PrincetonTowsonMontana St.
15Long Beach St.LongwoodJacksonville St.Colgate
16Georgia St.Purdue Ft. WayneBryantNicholls St.Norfolk St.Texas Southern

Last 4 Byes

Miami (Fla.)



Notre Dame

Last Four In

Wake Forest




First Four Out





Next Four Out

Texas A&M


Virginia Tech

Saint Louis

February 28, 2022

PiRate Ratings Bracketology

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3Texas TechVillanovaWisconsinTennessee
5TexasArkansasOhio St.Alabama
6HoustonSaint Mary’sUSCMichigan St.
7LSUMarquetteIowaIowa St.
8Colorado St.Boise St.Seton HallMurray St.
9WyomingTCUNotre DameXavier
10CreightonSan FranciscoWake ForestDavidson
11North TexasNorth CarolinaSan Diego St.Miami (Fla.)
12IonaSouth Dakota St.IndianaMemphisMichiganSMU
13ChattanoogaNew Mexico St.ToledoVermont
14TowsonTexas St.PrincetonNorthern Iowa
15Jacksonville St.Montana St.Long Beach St.Longwood
16ColgatePurdue Ft. WayneBryantNicholls St.Norfolk St.Texas Southern

Best of the Rest

69Loyola (Chi.)
74Virginia Tech
76St. Bonaventure
79Mississippi St.

February 25, 2022

PiRate Ratings Bracketology

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3Texas TechVillanovaTennesseeWisconsin
5Ohio St.ConnecticutAlabamaHouston
7IowaMichigan St.Iowa St.Saint Mary’s
8Colorado St.Boise St.XavierMurray St.
9Seton HallWyomingCreightonTCU
10Miami (Fla.)MichiganSan FranciscoWake Forest
11Notre DameDavidsonLoyola (Chi.)North Carolina
12North TexasIonaSan Diego St.MemphisRutgersIndiana
13ChattanoogaSouth Dakota St.New Mexico St.Vermont
14ToledoWagnerTowsonMontana St.
15PrincetonTexas St.Long Beach St.Jacksonville St.
16Cleveland St.LongwoodColgateNicholls St.Norfolk St.Texas Southern

Best of the Rest

76St. Bonaventure
78Virginia Tech
80Mississippi St.
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