Preseason bracketology: 2016-17

Perspectivus preseason bracket projection for 2016-17.

[1] EAST | New York City
Greenville, S.C.
1. Duke (ACC)
16. LIU Brooklyn (Northeast)/So. Carolina St. (MEAC)
8. Rhode Island
9. Seton Hall
Salt Lake City
5. Purdue
12. Princeton (Ivy)
4. Cincinnati
13. UNC Wilmington (Colonial)
6. Syracuse
11. Colorado/Davidson
3. Xavier
14. Chattanooga (Southern)
7. Texas A&M
10. Wichita State (MVC)
2. Wisconsin (Big Ten)
15. Fort Wayne (Summit)

[4] WEST | San Jose

1. Kentucky (SEC)
16. Lehigh (Patriot)
8. Maryland
9. Virginia Tech
Tulsa, Okla.
5. California
12. SMU/New Mexico
4. West Virginia
13. Belmont (Ohio Valley)
6. Saint Mary’s (WCC)
11. VCU
3. Michigan State
14. Ohio (MAC)
Sacramento, Calif.
7. Florida State
10. Oklahoma
2. Oregon (Pac-12)
15. Weber State (Big Sky)

[2] MIDWEST | Kansas City
Tulsa, Okla.
1. Kansas (Big 12)
16. CS Bakersfield (WAC)/Texas Southern (SWAC)
8. Creighton
9. San Diego State (Mountain West)
Orlando, Fla.
5. Louisville
12. Monmouth (MAAC)
4. Indiana
13. Valparaiso (Horizon)
Orlando, Fla.
6. Texas
11. Georgia
3. Virginia
14. UT Arlington (Sun Belt)
Sacramento, Calif.
7. Gonzaga
10. Marquette
2. Arizona
15. Sam Houston State (Southland)

[3] SOUTH | Memphis
Buffalo, N.Y.
1. Villanova (Big East)
16. Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun)
8. Miami
9. Michigan
Salt Lake City
5. Iowa State
12. Middle Tennessee (C-USA)
13. Long Beach State (Big West)
Buffalo, N.Y.
6. Florida
11. Baylor
3. UConn (American)
14. Winthrop (Big South)
Greenville, S.C.
7. Dayton (Atlantic 10)
10. Ohio State
2. North Carolina
15. Vermont (America East)

Last 4 byes: Marquette, Georgia, VCU, Baylor
Last 4 in: Colorado, Davidson, SMU, New Mexico
First 4 out: N.C. State, Washington, Georgetown, Arkansas
Next 4 out: BYU, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Illinois

Election Day: No. 1 songs since 1940

Here’s a list of No. 1 pop song on each Election Day since 1940. Anything 1956 and prior predates Billboard, so I used a separate source.

In some cases, a different song was No. 1 during the “official chart week” following the election (1976, 1988, 1996 and 2000). I put those in parentheses afterward.

1940: “Only Forever,” Bing Crosby
1944: “I’ll Walk Alone,” Dinah Shore
1948: “Twelfth Street Rag,” Pee Wee Hunt and His Orchestra
1952: “I Went to Your Wedding,” Patti Page
1956: “Love Me Tender,” Elvis Presley
1960: “Save the Last Dance for Me,” The Drifters
1964: “Baby Love,” The Supremes
1968: “Hey Jude,” The Beatles
1972: “I Can See Clearly Now,” Johnny Nash
1976: “If You Leave Me Now,” Chicago (Rock ’n Me,” Steve Miller)
1980: “Woman in Love,” Barbra Streisand
1984: “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run),” Billy Ocean
1988: “Kokomo,” The Beach Boys  (“Wild Wild West,” The Escape Club)
1992: “End of the Road,” Boyz II Men
1996: “Macarena” (Bayside Boys Mix), Los Del Rio (No Diggity,” Blackstreet feat.
Dr. Dre)
2000: “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You),” Christina Aguilera (“With Arms Wide Open,” Creed)
2004: “My Boo,” Usher and Alicia Keys
2008: “Whatever You Like,” T.I.
2012: “One More Night,” Maroon 5
2016: “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey

Bracketology Feb. 4, 2016

1. Oklahoma (Big 12)
2. Villanova (Big East)
3. North Carolina (ACC)
4. Iowa (Big Ten)
5. Xavier
6. Kansas
7. Oregon (Pac-12)
8. Virginia
9. Texas A&M (SEC)
10. Maryland
11. West Virginia
12. Iowa State
13. Dayton
14. Louisville
15. Miami
16. Michigan State
17. Utah
18. Texas
19. Baylor
20. Providence
21. Indiana
22. Kentucky
23. USC
24. Purdue
25. Michigan
26. Duke
27. Colorado
28. Florida
29. Pittsburgh
30. VCU (Atlantic 10)
31. South Carolina
32. Arizona
33. Wichita State (Missouri Valley)
34. Notre Dame
35. San Diego State (Mountain West)
36. California
37. Seton Hall
38. St. Mary’s (West Coast)
39. UConn
40. Cincinnati (American)
41. Syracuse
42. George Washington
43. Gonzaga
44. Washington
45. Monmouth (MAAC)
46. Butler
47. Saint Joseph’s
48. Clemson
49. Valparaiso (Horizon)
50. Chattanooga (Southern)
51. South Dakota State (Summit)
52. Akron (MAC)
53. UALR (Sun Belt)
54. Stony Brook (America East)
55. Hofstra (Colonial)
56. UC Irvine (Big West)
57. Belmont (Ohio Valley)
58. Yale (Ivy)
59. UAB (Conference USA)
60. North Florida (Atlantic Sun)
61. Montana (Big Sky)
62. S.F. Austin (Southland)
63. New Mexico State (WAC)
64. N.C. Asheville (Big South)
65. Bucknell (Patriot)
66. Hampton (MEAC)
67. Texas Southern (SWAC)
68. Wagner (Northeast)
First 4 out
Florida State
Next 4 out
St. Bonaventure
Next 8 out
Texas Tech
Oregon State

Bubble Watch: Jan. 31, 2016

First Bubble Watch of the season. Thru Jan. 31:

Auto-bid: North Carolina
Locks: None
Probable: North Carolina, Virginia, Miami, Louisville, Duke, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame
Bubble: Syracuse, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, N.C. State

America East
Auto-bid: Stony Brook
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: None

Auto-bid: Cincinnati
Locks: None
Probable: UConn
Bubble: Tulsa, Temple

Atlantic Sun
Auto-bid: North Florida
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: None

Atlantic 10
Auto-bid: VCU
Locks: None
Probable: Dayton, VCU, Saint Joseph’s, George Washington
Bubble: Davidson, St. Bonaventure

Big East
Auto-bid: Villanova
Locks: None
Probable: Villanova, Xavier, Providence
Bubble: Seton Hall, Butler, Georgetown

Big 12
Auto-bid: Oklahoma
Locks: None
Probable: Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa State, West Virginia, Baylor, Texas
Bubble: Kansas State, Texas Tech

Big Sky
Auto-bid: Montana
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: None

Big South
Auto-bid: N.C.-Asheville
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: None

Big Ten
Auto-bid: Iowa
Locks: None
Probable: Iowa, Maryland, Purdue, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana
Bubble: Wisconsin, Ohio State

Big West
Auto-bid: UC Irvine
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: UC Irvine

Auto-bid: Hofstra
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: William & Mary, Hofstra

Conference USA
Auto-bid: UAB
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: Middle Tennessee

Auto-bid: Valparaiso
Locks: None
Probable: Valparaiso
Bubble: None

Auto-bid: Yale
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: Princeton

Auto-bid: Monmouth
Locks: None
Probable: Monmouth
Bubble: None

Auto-bid: Hampton
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: None

Auto-bid: Akron
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: Akron, Kent State

Missouri Valley
Auto-bid: Wichita State
Locks: None
Probable: Wichita State
Bubble: Evansville

Mountain West
Auto-bid: San Diego State
Locks: None
Probable: San Diego State
Bubble: Boise State

Auto-bid: Wagner
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: None

Ohio Valley
Auto-bid: Belmont
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: None

Auto-bid: Oregon
Locks: None
Probable: Oregon, Utah, USC, Arizona, Colorado, California, Washington
Bubble: UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State, Arizona State

Auto-bid: Bucknell
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: None

Auto-bid: Texas A&M
Locks: None
Probable: Texas A&M, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida
Bubble: Alabama, Vanderbilt, LSU, Georgia, Arkansas

Auto-bid: Chattanooga
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: Chattanooga

Auto-bid: SF Austin
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: None

Auto-bid: South Dakota State
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: South Dakota State, IPFW

Sun Belt
Auto-bid: UALR
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: UALR

Auto-bid: Texas Southern
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: None

West Coast
Auto-bid: St. Mary’s
Locks: None
Probable: St. Mary’s
Bubble: Gonzaga, BYU

Auto-bid: New Mexico State
Locks: None
Probable: None
Bubble: None

Preseason bracketology 2015-16

Here’s my preseason guess for NCAA tournament 2016. We’ll see how far off it is in a few months.

EAST | Philadelphia [1]
Raleigh, N.C.
1 North Carolina
16 Norfolk State/Robert Morris
9 West Virginia
Spokane, Wash.
5 Michigan
12 S.F. Austin
4 California
13 South Dakota State
Brooklyn, N.Y.
6 Purdue
11 Georgia
3 Villanova
14 Hofstra
St. Louis
7 Notre Dame
2 Iowa State
15 Bucknell

WEST | Anaheim, Calif. [4]
Providence, R.I.
1 Maryland
16 Albany
8 Louisville
9 San Diego State
5 UConn
12 UNLV/Richmond
4 Vanderbilt
13 Iona
6 Baylor
11 Providence/Tulsa
3 Gonzaga
14 Montana
Brooklyn, N.Y.
7 Wisconsin
10 Xavier
2 Virginia
15 Chattanooga

SOUTH | Louisville, Ky. [2]
St. Louis
1 Kentucky
16 North Florida/Texas Southern
8 Texas
9 Dayton
Des Moines, Iowa
5 Miami
12 Valparaiso
4 Indiana
13 Central Michigan
Oklahoma City
6 Utah
11 Boise State
3 Oklahoma
14 Louisiana
Raleigh, N.C.
7 Texas A&M
10 Rhode Island
2 Duke
15 Princeton

MIDWEST | Chicago [3]
Des Moines, Iowa
1 Kansas
16 New Mexico State
8 Oregon
9 N.C. State
Oklahoma City
5 Cincinnati
12 UAB
4 Wichita State
13 Belmont
Spokane, Wash.
6 Butler
11 BYU
3 Arizona
14 UC Irvine
Providence, R.I.
7 Georgetown
10 Florida State
2 Michigan State
15 Winthrop

Last four byes: Rhode Island, Boise State, Georgia, BYU
Last four in: Providence, Tulsa, UNLV, Richmond
First four out: Iowa, Davidson, Pittsburgh, Oregon State
Next four out: Syracuse, VCU, Illinois State, Old Dominion



1989 25th retrospective: Spotify songlist

My Spotify 1989 songlist. Limit one track per artist.

I don’t claim this is a “best of” from that year. It’s more like a “mix-tape” that accurately represents the period to me.

  • “Riddle of the Eighties,” fIREHOSE
  • “Shake Your Rump,” Beastie Boys
  • “Pop Song 89,” R.E.M.
  • “White City,” The Pogues
  • “Please Forgive Us,” 10,000 Maniacs
  • “Funky Cold Medina,” Tone-Loc
  • “Madonna of the Wasps,” Robyn Hitchcock
  • “Free Fallin,’” Tom Petty
  • “I’ll Be You,” The Replacements
  • “Epic,” Faith No More
  • “Knock Me Down,” Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Rockin’ in the Free World,” Neil Young
  • “Roam,” The B-52’s
  • “Kickstart My Heart,” Motley Crue
  • “Carrothead,” Young Fresh Fellows
  • “Veronica,” Elvis Costello
  • “A Girl Like You,” The Smithereens
  • “(I Was Born in A) Laundromat,” Camper Van Beethoven
  • “Here Comes Your Man,” Pixies