Sunday, March 11, 2012

MY 2012 BRACKET

SOUTH (Atlanta)

LOUISVILLE
1)Kentucky (plays in SEC title today)
16)Play-in: Vermont (AEC) vs. MVSU (SWAC)

8)UConn
9)Gonzaga


 ALBUQUERQUE
5)Wisconsin
12)N.C. St.

4)Wichita St.
13)Colorado St. (bubble 5)

ALBUQUERQUE
6)Cincinnati
11)Long Beach St, (Big West)

3)Baylor
14)Loyola  (MAAC)

COLUMBUS (if Michigan St.)/PITTSBURGH (if Ohio St.)
7)San Diego St.
10)St. Louis

2)Big Ten Title loser:  Ohio St./Michigan St.
15)LIU-Brooklyn (NEC)

EAST (BOSTON)

PITTSBURGH
1)Syracuse
16)Play-In: WKU (Sun Belt) vs. Norfolk St. (MEAC)

8)Kansas St.
9)Alabama

NASHVILLE
5)Temple
12)Play In-West Virginia (bubble 6) vs. BYU (bubble 9)-x
4)FSU (plays in ACC title today)
13)Colorado (PAC-12)

LOUISVILLE
6)Creighton (MVC)/ Vandy (if they upset UK and win the SEC title today)
11)Harvard (IVY)

3)Georgetown
14)Davidson (SoCon)

OMAHA
7)Vandy/Creighton (if Vandy wins today)
10)Purdue

2)Kansas
15)Montana (Big Sky)

MIDWEST (St. Louis)

GREENSBORO
1) UNC (plays in ACC title today)
16)Lamar (Southland)

8)Iowa St.
9)Xavier (plays in A-10 title today)

PORTLAND
5)New Mexico (MWC)
12)Play-In: Seton Hall (bubble 7)vs. Marshall (bubble 8)

4)Indiana
13)South Dakota St. (Summit)

COLUMBUS
6)Memphis (USA)
11) California (bubble 1)

3)Marquette
14)Belmont (A-Sun)

COLUMBUS (if Michigan St.)/PITTSBURGH (if Ohio St.)
7)Notre Dame
10)VCU (CAA)

2)Big Ten Title game winner: Michigan St. vs. Ohio St. 
15)Lehigh (Patriot)


WEST (PHOENIX)

OMAHA
1)Missouri (Big 12)
16)UNC-Ashville (Big South)

8)St. Mary's (WCC)
9)Virginia

PORTLAND
5)UNLV
12)USF (bubble 4)

4)Michigan
13)New Mexico St.(WAC)

NASHVILLE
6)Murray St.
11)Texas (bubble 2)

3)Louisville (Big East)
14)Ohio (MAC)

GREENSBORO
7)Florida
10)Southern Miss

2)Duke
15)Detroit (Horizon)

NOTE:  If St. Bonaventure upsets Xavier in the A-10 title game, I would put them as the 13 seed in the South region thus moving Colorado St. into the  play-in game against West Virginia and thus knocking out BYU out of the dance.  


CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Big East-10
Big Ten-6
Big 12-6
ACC-5
SEC-4
MWC-4
Atlantic 10-3/4
USA-3
WCC-3/2
PAC 12-2
Missouri Valley-2
19 One bid leagues:  With CAA-Drexel, MAAC-Iona and WAC-Nevada all hoping to somehow become 2 bid leagues 


LAST 4 IN:
BYU-X
Marshall
Seton Hall
West Virginia

OTHER bubble teams barely in:
Colorado St.
USF
NC St.
Texas
California

FIRST 4 OUT:
Washington
Mississippi St.
Drexel
Iona

NEXT 4 OUT:
Miami
Nevada
Northwestern
Arizona


Great possible match-ups if this bracket were to come to fruition:

SECOND ROUND

EAST: 8)Kansas St vs. 9)Alabama
Great game between two very tough, athletic teams for a chance to play Syracuse

MIDWEST  7)Notre Dame vs. 10)VCU
VCU won't sneak up on anyone this year and Notre Dame will need to play better than they played in the Big East tournament to beat coach Shaka Smart's crew from VCU

WEST:  6)Murray St. vs. 11)Texas
Upset alert, Texas is better than their record while Murray St. has the second best record in all of college basketball this year.  it will be interesting to see who Murray St. is paired with 

THIRD ROUND:

SOUTH: 1)UK vs. 8)UConn
Anthony Davis vs. Andre Drommond, Michael Kidd Gilchrist vs. Jeremy Lamb.  There could be 5 top 10 picks in this game.  UConn is the defending National Champs yet they have struggled this year while UK is the heavy favorite as they have ran through college basketball losing only once this entire season

WEST: 3)Louisville vs. 6) Murray St.
If the Murray St racers survive Texas this will set up a major showdown between two teams from the bluegrass state down south a state in Nashville.

WEST:  2)Duke vs. 7)Florida
Florida has played the big boys tough this year yet have come up short while Duke is coming off of a loss vs FSU who Florida blew out earlier in the season

EAST: 4)FSU vs. 5)Temple
Defense, defense, defense plus toughness and shooting will determine this one.

Sweet 16:

MIDWEST:  1)UNC vs. )4 Indiana
More than just Zeller vs. Zeller (Tyler-UNC and Cody-Indiana), bith teams are deep and can shoot the ball very well.  Indiana is the only team to beat UK while UNC barely lost to UK.

WEST:  2) Duke vs. 3)Louisville
Both teams are great on the perimeter, but struggle inside.  Whoever can shoot better from downtown will likely win

Elite 8:

SOUTH:  1)UK vs. 3)Baylor
Perry Jones vs. Anthony Davis, need I say more.

MIDWEST:  1)UNC vs. 3)Marquette
DO Marquette's duo of Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson Odom have what is take to upset the mighty boys from Carolina

EAST: 1)Syracuse vs. 2)Kansas
Two major programs and two very deep teams go at it for a trip to the Final Four.  Both have very raw big men, Fab Melo-Syracuse and Jeff Withey-Kansas who have developed into very key players this season

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