As I write this, Purdue is annihilating Illinois by 30+ points.
My knee jerk reaction is to bump the Boilermakers up a seed and place Iowa among the First Four Out for losing to whatever band of folding chairs Illinois currently has out on the court. But, alas, the Rev and I are a level-headed duo, both of sound mind and body, especially when it's our duty to bring you the most accurate bracket predictions with just under 48 hours to go until the Selection Show.
But it's virtually impossible to maintain full-time jobs and keep this thing current up to the second so please understand that this field, even as you see it now, is going to change. Like in five minutes.
We'll be sure to reflect all of this weekend's conference tournament happenings — championships, buzzer beaters and bid thieves alike — in our final installment on Sunday afternoon.
For now, here's your updated bracket as of Michigan's buzzer beating three over Indiana (HOOSIER DADDY!).
Basically you can look at seeds 7-11 and assume they're all compromises. In keeping with the trend of the 2015-16 college basketball season, we admit to knowing nothing. Everyone sucks, and you could probably argue that anyone after the top six seeds could either be a 7-seed or left out completely. Whatever.
Last Four In
Oregon State, Saint Mary's, USC, Michigan
First Four Out
Wichita State, Florida, Tulsa, Syracuse
Next Four Out
Monmouth, Princeton, Arkansas Little Rock, Valparaiso
Big 12 (7): Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia
PAC 12 (7): Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Utah
B1G (7): Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin
ACC (6): Duke, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Virginia
Big East (5): Butler, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova, Xavier
Atlantic 10 (4): Dayton, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's, VCU
SEC (4): Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
American (3): Cincinnati, Temple, Connecticut
West Coast (2): Gonzaga, Saint Mary's
America East (1): Stony Brook
Atlantic Sun (1): Florida Gulf Coast
Big Sky (1): Weber State
Big South (1): UNC Asheville
Big West (1): Hawaii
Colonial (1): UNC Wilmington
Conference USA (1): Middle Tennessee
Horizon (1): Green Bay
Ivy (1): Yale
MAAC (1): Iona
Mid-American (1): Akron
MEAC (1): Hampton
Missouri Valley (1): Northern Iowa
Mountain West (1): San Diego State
Northeast (1): Fairleigh Dickinson
Ohio Valley (1): Austin Peay
Patriot (1): Holy Cross
Southern (1): Chattanooga
Southland (1): Stephen F. Austin
SWAC (1): Texas Southern
Summit (1): South Dakota State
Sun Belt (1): UT Arlington
WAC (1): New Mexico State
(Italicized teams have already clinched)