Sunday, March 13, 2011

My 2011 Bracket

EAST

Cleveland
1)OHIO ST. (playing in Big Ten title today)
16)Play-In-Alabama St. (SWAC) vs. UNC-Ashville (Big South)

8)George Mason
9) FSU

Chicago
5)Arizona
12)Play In-Georgia vs. Virginia Tech

4)Syracuse
13)Princeton (Ivy)

Tulsa
6)Cincinnati
11)Alabama (bubble 1)

3)Texas
14)Bucknell

Tucson
7)Utah St. (WAC)
10)Michigan

2)San Diego St. (MWC)
15)Northern Colorado (Big Sky)


SOUTHWEST

Tulsa
1)Kansas
16)Play In-Texas-San Antonio (Southland) vs. Arkansas-Little Rock (Sun Belt)

8)Old Dominion (CAA)
9)Tennessee

Tucson
5)St. John's
12)Gonzaga (WCC)

4)Wisconsin
13)Indiana St. (MVC)

DC
6)Kansas St.
11)Villanova

3)UConn (Big East)
14)LIU-Brooklyn (NEC)

Denver
7)Xavier
10)UCLA

2)BYU
15)UCSB (Big West)


SOUTHEAST

Charlotte
1)ACC Champ-Duke/UNC
16)Hampton

8)Penn St. (playing in Big Ten title today)
9)Butler (Horizon)

DC
5)Texas A&M
12)Play In-Clemson vs. Illinois

4)Louisville
13)Belmont (A-Sun)

Tampa
6)Georgetown
11)Colorado

3)Florida (playing in SEC title today
14)Morehead (OVC)

Chicago
7)Temple
10)Memphis (USA)

2)Notre Dame
15)Akron (MAC)


WEST

Cleveland
1)Pittsburgh
16)Boston U. (AEC)

8)Washington (PAC 10)
9)UNLV

Denver
5)Vandy
12)Marquette

4)Purdue
13)Oakland (Summit)

Tampa
6)West Virginia
11)Michigan St.

3)Kentucky (palying in SEC title today)
14)St. Peter's (MAAC)

Charlotte
7)Mizzou
10)Richmond (likely A 10 champ)

2)ACC #2 UNC/Duke
15)Wofford (SoCon)

NOTE: If Dayton upsets Ricmond today in the Atlantic 10 championship then they will become the 11 seed in Alabama's spot in the East region, thus dropping Alabama into the play-in game in the East and dropping Georgia out of the tournament. Also if Richmond loses then I will drop the to an 11 seed in the West and move Michigan St. to a 10 seed in the West.

Last 4 In:
Georgia
Virginia Tech
Clemson
Illinois

Other bubble teams barely in:
Alabama
Marquette
Colorado
Michigan St.

First 4 Out:
USC
St. Mary's
Harvard
UAB

Next 4 Out:
Boston College
VCU
Cleveland St.
Missouri St.

Conference Breakdown:
Big East-11
Big Ten-7
Big 12-6
SEC-6
ACC-5
MWC-3
PAC 10-3
Atlantic 10-3
CAA-2
22 One bid leagues

Interesting possible matchups with this bracket. The Southwest region would have some amazing point guard matchups in the 2nd round and sweet 16 with this bracket. BYU's Jimmer Fredette vs. Xavier's Tu Holloway and UConn's Kemba Walker vs. Kansas St.'s Jacob Pullen. Then hopefully an Elite 8 showdown between the two best players in the nation in Jimmer and Kemba.

Another great Sweet 16 possibility would have two hot experienced teams in the Southeast region with Notre Dame playing Florida.

If I were to pick a first round upset in this bracket it would have to be #12 seed Gonzaga over #5 seed St. John's. Gonzaga is hot while St. John's will have to deal with the loss of versatile wing D.J. Kennedy.

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