Coaches, players and fans have to be prepared for constant change in the EU 2020-21 women’s college basketball season. Games are canceled, postponed and postponed. Every team is unlikely to play a full selection of games, changing conference races and the NCAA tournament evaluation process.
This could also mean changes to the 2021 NCAA tournament format. Since nobody knows exactly what the season will look like on Selection Monday, everything is on the table. With that in mind, this edition of Bracketology projects not only a field with 64 teams but also compressed versions with 48 and 16 teams as specified .
Michigan, Rutgers, and South Florida, all of which have recently taken long breaks related to COVID-19, cemented their high NET rankings and positions in the field with impressive wins this week. But postponed games had the opposite effect for others. Notre Dame (v NC State) and Ole Miss (v Mississippi State) each missed opportunities that might have put them in or near the field. Northwestern might have jumped up with a win over Ohio State, but that was another postponed game.
On the bladder
The first four out
The last four In
The next four out
64 team bracket
Rutgers (8-3) moved up to last place in the field with 48 teams after 34 days after three wins. The Scarlet Knights’ NET # 13 rating seems to be one of those math anomalies that occasionally appear in any basketball metric (just like 19-1 Texas A&M, which only ranks 14th on the NET). The Scarlet Knights seed tends to reflect a relatively soft schedule and small sample size of games, but Rutgers appears to be NCAA tournament-grade even with the field downsizing.
On the bladder
The last four In (on the loose)
The last four In (Auto qualifiers)
The first four out (on the loose)
The first four out (Auto qualifiers)
48 team bracket
West Virginia’s slip-up against Oklahoma nearly cost the climbers their place in the shortened field. Had Tennessee won wins against Kentucky and Texas A&M rather than two losses, the Lady Vols would have replaced West Virginia. Ultimately, it might be Oregon that is the most worried about. Duck Week includes games against Stanford and UCLA.