Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bracketology 3/11

MIDWEST

Oklahoma City
1) Kansas
16) Winthrop

8) California
9) Wake Forest

New Orleans
5) Georgetown
12) Siena

4) Michigan St.
13) Murray St.

San Jose
6) Northern Iowa
11) Georgia Tech

3) Baylor
14) Sam Houston St. (Southland)

Providence
7) Richmond
10) Florida

2) West Virginia
15) North Texas

EAST

Milwaukee
1) Kentucky
16) Play-In Game, Lehigh (Patriot) vs. Jackson St. (SWAC)

8) Marquette
9) Mizzou

Spokane
5) BYU
12) St. Mary’s

4) Temple
13) Illinois

Providence
6) Butler
11) San Diego St.

3) Pittsburgh
14) Wofford

Oklahoma City
7) UTEP
10) Virginia Tech

2) Kansas St.
15) Montana

SOUTH

Jacksonville
1) Duke
16) Robert Morris

8) Texas
9) Utah St. (WAC)

Jacksonville
5) Maryland
12) Cornell

4) Tennessee
13) UAB

San Jose
6) Gonzaga
11) Notre Dame

3) New Mexico
14) UCSB (Big West)

Milwaukee
7) Clemson
10) Oklahoma St.

2) Purdue
15) Morgan St. (MEAC)

WEST

Buffalo
1) Syracuse
16) E. Tennessee St.

8) FSU
9) UNLV

Spokane
5) Texas A&M
12) Arizona St.

4) Wisconsin
13) Kent (MAC)

New Orleans
6) Vandy
11) Old Dominion

3) Villanova
14) Oakland

Buffalo
7) Xavier
10) Louisville

2) Ohio St.
15) Vermont (AEC)

Teams that have already received automatic bids by winning their conference are in bold. Other projected conference winners have their conference in parentheses by their name.

Last 4 In:
UAB
Illinois
Arizona St.
San Diego St.

Other Bubble Teams Barely In:
Georgia Tech
Florida
UNLV
Virginia Tech

First 4 Out:
Rhode Island
Dayton
Washington
Mississippi St.

Next 4 Out:
Memphis
Seton Hall
Ole Miss
Wichita St.

Conference Breakdown:
Big East-8
Big 12-7
ACC-7
Big Ten-5
SEC-4
MWC-4
Atlantic 10-3
Pac 10-2
USA-2
WCC-2

21 one-bid leagues
Possible Interesting match-ups if this were the real bracket:

First round:

Richmond vs. Florida-A rematch of a great three-point game that put the Richmond Spiders on the national radar by beating Florida who at that time was 8-1 and ranked

Georgetown vs. Siena-Siena will try to win their first round game for the third straight year while Georgetown is one of those teams that can upset a top seed but could lose their first round game just as easily.

Texas vs. Utah St. - 8and 9 games are always competitive. Texas was once ranked number one but has struggled going 7-8 since then. Utah St. is one of the hottest teams in the nation winning 16 straight. This would be a great game.

Second Round:

Kentucky vs. Marquette-The Wildcats will be very happy this isn’t 2003 again when Marquette had that Dwayne Wade guy who destroyed Kentucky in the Elite 8. This time Kentucky will have the best player on the floor in John Wall. But don’t count out Marquette as they have beaten Georgetown, Villanova, And Xavier and they played great in losses at Syracuse (by 5) and at West Virginia (by 1).

Tennessee vs. Maryland-Both these teams make a trip to Florida’s first coast in what should be a shootout with incredible guard play.

Kansas St. vs. UTEP-Kansas St. saw their chances at a number one seed slip away in the last week of the season now they are a two and could have a tough game in the second round against UTEP and their duo of Randy Culpepper and Derrick Caracter.

Sweet 16:

Purdue vs. New Mexico-The casual college fan doesn’t know about New Mexico. They should by the time the Sweet 16 rolls around. We still have yet to see how much Purdue will miss Robbie Hummel. Luckily for the Boilermakers, New Mexico is very guard oriented. However don’t be surprised if the Lobos find themselves in the
Elite 8 or Final 4.

Elite 8:

Syracuse vs. Ohio St.-Evan Turner against Wesley Johnson. Damn I want to see this game. Come on selection committee, make it happen.

Kentucky vs. Butler-No team wants to see Butler in their bracket. In my current bracket I have Butler as a 6 seed with their tournament voyage looking like this: San Diego St. (11), Pittsburgh (3) and Kansas St. (2). The Bulldogs are very capable of making a deep run if the bracket is right for them.

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