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Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:53 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Bracketology 3/11/11-As of 7PM ET

Here is my latest bracket through 6PM ET on Friday. Bracket is if season ended today.

Lots of changes since Sunday, probably too many to list. Some key takeaways; despite what some bracketologists are saying Georgia is still in the field and Alabama is still out in my bracket even after their game today. Boston College is definitely out after getting blown out by Clemson.

Big bubble games tonight with Michigan State, Penn State, USC, Virginia Tech, and New Mexico trying to earn their way into the Tournament. Of those teams I only have Michigan State and Virginia Tech in for now, but both likely need to win in order to stay in the bracket.

Winner of the East Region will play the winner of the West Region; winner of the Southeast Region plays the winner of the Southwest Region.

Auto Bids are in CAPS and are the Conference Tournament winner or highest remaining seed in the conference tournament.

Newark (E)

Cleveland (Fr, Su)
1 OHIO STATE vs. 16 BETHUNE-COOKMAN/ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK
8 OLD DOMINION vs. 9 Villanova

Denver (Th, Sa)
5 Texas A&M vs. 12 HARVARD
4 Louisville vs. 13 TEXAS-EL PASO

DC (Th, Sa)
3 Syracuse vs. 14 KENT STATE
6 ARIZONA vs. 11 GONZAGA

Charlotte (Fr, Su)
7 Missouri vs. 10 Richmond
2 Duke vs. 15 WOFFORD

Anaheim (W)

DC (Th, Sa)
1 Pittsburgh vs. 16 McNEESE STATE/TEXAS SOUTHERN
8 Ucla vs. 9 George Mason

Tampa (Th, Sa)
5 St. John's vs. 12 Clemson/Memphis
4 Kentucky vs. 13 OAKLAND

Charlotte (Fr, Su)
3 NORTH CAROLINA vs. 14 LONG ISLAND
6 Kansas State vs. 11 Michigan

Denver (Th, Sa)
7 Georgetown vs. 10 BUTLER
2 BRIGHAM YOUNG vs. 15 LONG BEACH STATE

New Orleans (SE)

Tulsa (Fr, Su)
1 KANSAS vs. 16 BOSTON UNIVERSITY
8 UTAH STATE vs. 9 Illinois

Cleveland (Fr, Su)
5 Vanderbilt vs. 12 Virginia Tech/Virginia Commonwealth
4 Connecticut vs. 13 BELMONT

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
3 San Diego State vs. 14 INDIANA STATE
6 Cincinnati vs. 11 Georgia

Chicago (Fr, Su)
7 Xavier vs. 10 Marquette
2 Purdue vs. 15 ST. PETER'S

San Antonio (SW)

Chicago (Fr, Su)
1 NOTRE DAME vs. 16 NC-ASHEVILLE
8 Florida State vs, 9 Tennessee

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
5 West Virginia vs. 12 Colorado
4 Wisconsin vs. 13 MOREHEAD STATE

Tampa (Th, Sa)
3 FLORIDA vs. 14 BUCKNELL
6 Unlv vs. 11 Michigan State

Tulsa (Fr, Su)
7 TEMPLE vs. 10 Washington
2 Texas vs. 15 NORTHERN COLORADO

Last Six Pack: Georgia, Colorado, Clemson, Memphis, Virginia Tech, VCU
Last Six Out: St. Mary's, Penn State, USC, Alabama, New Mexico, UAB

Bids By League: BIGE-11, BIG10-6, BIG12-6, ACC-5, SEC-5, ATL10-3, COL-3, MWC-3, PAC10-3, USA-2








Posted on: March 9, 2011 8:50 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Mountain West Conference Tournament Preview

I realize the 1st Round or Pigtail game has already been played, but that doesn't really effect anything.

The Mountain West tournament is wide open this year; I don't believe there is any clear favorite. Any of the top 5 teams are capable of winning the whole thing which should make for some exciting action.

Players to Watch : Everyone knows about Jimmer Fredette who leads the nation in scoring. But there are many other exciting players to watch in the Mountain West:

1. Jimmer Fredette-Leads the nation in scoring; the Cougars are going to need to lean on him if they are going to win the MWC tournament in the absence of Brandon Davies.

2. Kewhi Leonard-Perhaps the best all-around player in the Mountain West; Leonard averages 15 points and 11 rebounds per game. Leonard has huge hands which help him on the glass. Perhaps the one weakness is Leonard's game is when he tries to shoot the 3; Leonard only shoots 26% from 3.

3. Andy Ogide-Haven't been able to see him on TV much this year, but Ogide has impressive numbers and is the lynchpin of the Colorado State offensive attack. A very effective post player, Ogide shoots 59% from the field.

4. Tre'von Willis-The Rebels have improved this season as Willis has gotten healthier. Willis missed 5 games and has been injuried in other games he has played. When he is on though, the Rebels are hard to stop.

5. Dairese Gary-He may not be flashy, but the Senior Lobos guard is all heart and determination. Gary is the Lobos leading score and after getting his first taste of the NCAA Tournament last year, Gary is going to try to put the Lobos on his back and will them into the NCAA Tournament; to do that the Lobos may need to win the conference tournament.

Favorite: San Diego State- BYU may be the #1 seed, beating San Diego State twice in the regular season, but the Cougars have lots of questions surrounding them after the suspension of Brandon Davies. The Aztecs are the defending tournament champions and their depth and athleticism should carry them to the title. If the Aztecs don't get it done though it wouldn't surprise me as the Mountain West has 5 teams capable of winning three games in a row.

Darkhorse: Colorado State- Nobody's talking about the Rams winning this tournament, but the Rams are a bubble team and will be motivated to play well and try to play their way into the NCAA tournament. Ogide is the type of player that the Rams can ride and nobody other than SDSU has the size or depth to stop him.

Team whose Bubble Bursts: New Mexico-The Lobos need to at least make the tournament final to have any chance at the NCAA tournament and may need to win the whole thing. If the Lobos can win the 4/5 matchup with Colorado State they likely get a BYU team they swept in the regular season. I think that's motivation enough for BYU and it's difficult enough to beat a team three times in a season. Add into all of that, the Lobos are 1-3 in the Mountain West tournament under Steve Alford and the odds stack against the talented, but young, Lobos team

Pick: UNLV-Hard to pick against the home team. The Rebels have won 5 in a row and Tre'von Willis is getting his game together. The Rebels haven't been able to beat the Aztecs, their likely semifinal opponent, but they have been close in both games despite shooting extremely poorly. Rebels finally put together a good shooting game against the Aztecs and then beat a tired Jimmer Fredette and BYU in the final.

Posted on: March 6, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Lobofan2003 Bracketology as of 3/6/11-11PM ET

Here's my bracket with most of Sunday's games having been completed.

Quite a few upsets in the conference tournaments already with Indiana State and NC-Asheville upsetting the #1 seeds in their conference in the final.

Watch out for VCU as well, they are back on the bubble with their win over George Mason in the CAA Semifinals and may very well steal a bid from somebody.

Please let me know if I missed any rematches. I was traveling today and while my plane had wifi, I had the bracket set without rematches until all the craziness of today's games.

With the suspension of Brandon Davies, BYU is out as a number 1 seed and Notre Dame takes their place.

AUTO BIDS are in CAPS and at this point are either the conference tournament winner, #1 seed in the conference tournament or the highest RPI team remaining in the conference tournament.

Winner of the East Region plays the winner of the West Region; winner of the Southeast Region plays the winner of the Southwest Region.

Note: Vanderbilt and West Virginia were swapped seeds to fit the Principles and Procedures.

Newark (E)
Cleveland (Fr, Su)
1 OHIO STATE vs. 16 McNEESE STATE/BETHUNE-COOKMAN
8 Ucla vs. 9 George Mason

Tampa (Th, Sa)
5 St. John's vs. 12 HARVARD
4 Kentucky vs. 13 BELMONT

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
3 San Diego State vs. 14 WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
6 Cincinnati vs. 11 Michigan State

Tulsa (Fr, Su)
7 Villanova vs. 10 Richmond
2 Texas vs. 15 KENT STATE

Anaheim (W)
Chicago (Fr, Su)
1 Notre Dame vs. 16 NORTH TEXAS
8 Illinois vs. 9 Tennessee

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
5 Texas A&M vs. 12 ST. MARY'S
4 Louisville vs. 13 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

Charlotte (Fr, Su)
3 NORTH CAROLINA vs. 14 MOREHEAD ST.
6 XAVIER vs. 11 Marquette

Denver (Th, Sa)
7 Missouri vs. 10 Butler
2 BRIGHAM YOUNG vs. 15 LONG BEACH STATE

New Orleans (SE)
DC (Th, Sa)
1 PITTSBURGH vs. 16 NC-ASHEVILLE/TEXAS SOUTHERN
8 Temple vs. 9 UTAH STATE

Cleveland (Fr, Su)
5 Vanderbilt vs. 12 Clemson/Gonzaga
4 Georgetown vs. 13 OAKLAND

Denver (Th, Sa)
3 Wisconsin vs. 14 BUCKNELL
6 West Virginia vs. 11 UAB

Charlotte (Fr, Su)
7 ARIZONA vs. 10 Georgia
2 Duke vs. 15 LONG ISLAND

San Antonio (SW)
Tulsa (Fr, Su)
1 KANSAS vs. 16 BOSTON UNIVERSITY
8 OLD DOMINION vs. 9 Florida State

Tampa (Th, Sa)
5 Connecticut vs. 12 Memphis/Michigan
4 FLORIDA vs. 13 IONA

DC (Th, Sa)
3 Syracuse vs. 14 INDIANA STATE
6 Unlv vs. 11 Boston College

Chicago (Fr, Su)
7 Kansas State vs. 10 Washington
2 Purdue vs. 15 NORTHERN COLORADO

FIRST FOUR GAMES:
Tuesday
(16SE) NC-ASHEVILLE vs. TEXAS SOUTHERN
(12SW) Memphis vs. Michigan

Wednesday
(16E) McNEESE STATE vs. BETHUNE-COOKMAN
(12SE) Clemson vs. Gonzaga

Last Six Pack: Michigan State, Marquette, Clemson, Gonzaga, Michigan, Memphis

Last Four Out: Virginia Tech, VCU, Penn State, Missouri State
Next Four Out: Alabama, Colorado, Colorado State, New Mexico

Posted on: February 27, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Lobofan2003 Bracket 2/27/11-As of 1PM ET

Here is my bracket which takes into account all games played through February 26th. It does not take into account any of today's games.


Lots of changes with VT's win over Duke moving them into the bracket as a #11 seed and dropping Duke to a #2 seed.

The winner of the Southeast region plays the winner of the West region; winner of the Southwest region plays the winner of the East region.

New Orleans (SE)
Cleveland (Fr, Su)
1 OHIO STATE vs. 16 NORTHERN COLORADO/TEXAS SOUTHERN
8 GEORGE MASON vs. 9 Georgia

Tampa (Th, Sa)
5 St. John's vs. 12 MISSOURI STATE
4 North Carolina vs. 13 PRINCETON

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
3 San Diego State vs. 14 WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
6 Cincinnati vs. 11 Memphis

Tulsa (Fr, Su)
7 Ucla vs. 10 Marquette
2 Texas vs. 15 KENT STATE

Anaheim (W)
Denver (Th, Sa)
1 BRIGHAM YOUNG vs. 16 MURRAY STATE
8 Old Dominion vs. 9 Tennessee

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
5 Texas A&M vs. 12 UAB
4 Connecticut vs. 13 OAKLAND

Cleveland (Fr, Su)
3 Louisville vs. 14 FAIRFIELD
6 Vanderbilt vs. 11 Richmond/Gonzaga

Charlotte (Fr, Su)
7 ARIZONA vs. 10 Illinois
2 DUKE vs. 15 COASTAL CAROLINA

S an Antonio (S)
Tulsa (Fr, Su)
1 KANSAS vs. 16 FLORIDA ATLANTIC
8 Temple vs. 9 Washington

Tampa (Th, Sa)
5 Villanova vs. 12 Penn State/Clemson
4 FLORIDA vs. 13 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

Denver (Th, Sa)
3 Wisconsin vs. 14 VERMONT
6 West Virginia vs. 11 Butler

Chicago (Fr, Su)
7 Unlv vs. 10 Florida State
2 Notre Dame vs. 15 LONG BEACH STATE

Newark (E)
DC (Th, Sa)
1 PITTSBURGH vs. 16 McNEESE STATE/BETHUNE-COOKMAN
8 Kansas State vs. 9 Michigan State

Charlotte (Fr, Su)
5 Kentucky vs. 12 ST. MARY'S
4 Georgetown vs. 13 BELMONT

DC (Th, Sa)
3 Syracuse vs. 14 BUCKNELL
6 Missouri vs. 11 Virginia Tech

Chicago (Fr, Su)
7 XAVIER vs. 10 UTAH STATE
2 Purdue vs. 15 LONG ISLAND

First Four Games


Tuesday
12(SW) Penn State vs. Clemson
16(E) McNEESE STATE vs. BETHUNE-COOKMAN

Wednesday
16(SE) NORTHERN COLORADO vs. TEXAS SOUTHERN
11(W) Richmond vs. Gonzaga

Last Four Out: Marshall, Boston College, Harvard, Baylor

Bids By League: BIGE-11, BIG10-6, ACC-5, BIG12-5, SEC-5, ATL10-3, MWC-3, PAC10-3, COL-2, HORIZ-2, USA-2, WCC-2

Posted on: February 20, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Lobofan2003 Bracket 2/20/11-Bracket as of 4PM

Here is my latest bracket with the result of today's early afternoon games taken into account:

I discovered while I was swapping teams around that I had left Butler out of the bracket by accident, but they are in the bracket as an 11 seed. I think I had told some of you that regularly discuss bracketology that I had Gonzaga in as one of the Final Four, but they are knocked out to make room for Butler.

Winner of the East Region will play the winner of the West Region; winner of the Southwest Region will play the winner of the Southeast Region.

Auto Bids are in CAPS

N ewark (E)
Cleveland (Fr, Su)
1 OHIO STATE vs. 16 McNEESE STATE/TEXAS SOUTHERN
8 Old Dominion vs. 9 Georgia

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
5 Texas A&M vs. 12 UTEP
4 Villanova vs. 13 HARVARD

Tampa (Th, Sa)
3 FLORIDA vs. 14 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
6 ARIZONA vs. 11 Marquette

Chicago (Fr, Su)
7 XAVIER vs. 10 Michigan State
2 Notre Dame vs. 15 LONG BEACH STATE

A naheim (W)
Charlotte (Fr, Su)
1 DUKE vs. 16 LONG ISLAND
8 Cincinnati vs. 9 GEORGE MASON

DC (Th, Sa)
5 Vanderbilt vs. 12 CLEVELAND STATE
4 Connecticut vs. 13 MISSOURI STATE

Denver (Th, Sa)
3 Purdue vs. 14 COASTAL CAROLINA
6 St. John's vs. 11 Butler

Tulsa (Fr, Su)
7 Unlv vs. 10 UTAH STATE
2 TEXAS vs. 15 MIAMI (OH)

S an Antonio (SW)
Tulsa (Fr, Su)
1 Kansas vs. 16 MURRAY STATE
8 Illinois vs. 9 Tennessee

Cleveland (Fr, Su)
5 North Carolina vs. 12 Richmond/Southern Miss
4 Louisville vs. 13 OAKLAND

Charlotte (Fr, Su)
3 Georgetown vs. 14 VERMONT
6 Kentucky vs. 11 ST. MARY'S

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
7 Ucla vs. 10 Kansas State
2 SAN DIEGO STATE vs. 15 FAIRFIELD

New Orleans (SE)

DC (Th, Sa)
1 PITTSBURGH vs. 16 FLORIDA ATLANTIC/HAMPTON
8 Washington vs. 9 Minnesota

Tampa (Th, Sa)
5 Missouri vs. 12 Colorado State/Boston College
4 Syracuse vs. 13 BELMONT

Chicago (Fr, Su)
3 Wisconsin vs. 14 BUCKNELL
6 West Virginia vs. 11 Memphis

Denver (Th, Sa)
7 Temple vs. 10 Florida State
2 Brigham Young vs. 15 MONTANA

Last Four Out: Gonzaga, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, VCU

First Four

Tuesday

12(SE) Colorado State vs. Boston College
16(SE) Florida Atlantic vs. Hampton

Wednesday
16(E) McNeese State vs. Texas Southern
12(S) Richmond vs. Southern Miss






Posted on: February 14, 2011 12:45 am
Edited on: February 14, 2011 1:28 am
 

Bracketology 2/13/11

I tried to post this just now, but Firefox crashed on me so here goes attempt number two...

Southwest region champion will play the winner of the West region in the Final Four; winner of the Southeast region will play the winner of the East region.

Southwest Region (San Antonio)

Tulsa (Fr, Su)
1 Kansas vs. 16 HAMPTON
8 Old Dominion vs. 9 Minnesota

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
5 Kentucky vs. 12 UTEP
4 Syracuse vs. 13 VALPARAISO

Cleveland (Fr, Su)
3 Georgetown vs. 14 VERMONT
6 XAVIER vs. 11 Michigan State

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
7 St. John's vs. 10 Florida State
2 San Diego State vs. 15 MONTANA

West Region (Anaheim)

Tulsa (Fr, Su)
1 TEXAS vs. 16 LONG BEACH STATE
8 Tennessee vs. 9 GEORGE MASON

Tampa (Th, Sa)
5 North Carolina vs. 12 MISSOURI STATE
4 Purdue vs. 13 PRINCETON

3 FLORIDA vs. 14 BELMONT
6 ARIZONA vs. 11 Cincinnati/UAB

Denver (Th, Sa)
7 Temple vs. 10 Marquette
2 BRIGHAM YOUNG vs. 15 FAIRFIELD

Southeast Region (New Orleans)

Cleveland (Fr, Su)
1 OHIO STATE vs. 16 FLORIDA ATLANTIC/TEXAS ST.-SAN MARCOS
8 Ucla vs. 9 Boston College

Denver (Th, Sa)
5 Missouri vs. 12 UTAH STATE
4 Villanova vs. 13 OAKLAND

DC (Th, Sa)
3 Connecticut vs. 14 CHARLESTON
6 Vanderbilt vs. 11 Colorado State

Chicago (Fr, Su)
7 Illinois vs. 10 ST. MARY'S
2 Notre Dame vs. 15 KENT STATE

East Region (Newark)

DC (Th, Sa)
1 PITTSBURGH vs. 16 LONG ISLAND/TEXAS SOUTHERN
8 Unlv vs. 9 Georgia

Charlotte (Fr, Su)
5 Texas A&M vs. 12 Virginia Tech/Richmond
4 Louisville vs. 13 COASTAL CAROLINA

Chicago (Fr, Su)
3 Wisconsin vs. 14 BUCKNELL
6 West Virginia vs. 11 Butler

Charlotte (Fr, Su)
7 Washington vs. 10 Memphis
2 DUKE vs. 15 MURRAY STATE

FIRST FOUR (Dayton)

Tuesday
11(W) Cincinnati vs. UAB (AT-LARGE)
16 (E) LONG ISLAND vs. TEXAS SOUTHERN (AUTO BIDS)

Wednesday
16 (SE) FLORIDA ATLANTIC vs. TEXAS ST.-SAN MARCOS (AUTO BIDS)
12 (E) Virginia Tech vs. Richmond (AT-LARGE)

Last Four Out:
Baylor, Oklahoma State, Cleveland State, Kansas State



Posted on: February 6, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Super Sunday Bracketology-2/6/11

Here is the next version of my NCAA bracketology. The bracket takes into account all games played through Saturday.

No changes on the #1 seeds, but there are a couple of changes on the last few teams in. Namely, a couple of teams (UAB and Butler) are knocked out of the bracket; for Butler this is partially due to their own struggles, but also due to "Bid Stealers". Bid Stealers are teams that are leading their conference and are therefore in the bracket as the auto bid but would not make the field as an At-Large. The two new bid stealers in this bracket are Alabama and UTEP. There are always a couple of these bid stealers come conference tournament time that turn a 1-bid league into a 2-bid league or get an extra team out of a power conference that they would not have otherwise gotten.

Once again, this bracket is only a snapshot if today was Selection Sunday (which we're only 5 weeks away from). The winner of the West Region will play the winner of the East Region in the Final Four, the winner of the Southwest Region will play the winner of the Southeast region. Automatic bids are in CAPS.

East Region (Newark)

Cleveland (Fr, Su)
1 OHIO STATE vs. 16 TEXAS SOUTHERN/NORTHWESTERN STATE
8 Boston College vs. 9 Ucla

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
5 Florida vs. 12 WICHITA STATE
4 Texas A&M vs. 13 PRINCETON

Tampa (Th, Sa)
3 Georgetown vs. 14 BELMONT
6 Minnesota vs. 11 CLEVELAND STATE

Cleveland (Fr, Su)
7 Unlv vs. 10 Oklahoma State
2 Connecticut vs. 15 FLORIDA ATLANTIC

West Region (Anaheim)

Tulsa (Fr, Su)
1 TEXAS vs. 16 NORTHERN COLORADO
8 St. John's vs. 9 Florida State

Denver (Th, Sa)
5 Kentucky vs. 12 UTAH STATE
4 Purdue vs. 13 COASTAL CAROLINA

DC (Th, Sa)
3 Villanova vs. 14 VERMONT
6 ARIZONA vs. 11 Michigan State/Memphis

Charlotte (Fr, Su)
7 Tennessee vs. 10 Temple
2 DUKE vs. 15 MURRAY STATE

Southeast Region (New Orleans)

DC (Th, Sa)
1 PITTSBURGH vs. 16 CHATTANOOGA/LONG ISLAND
8 Illinois vs. 9 Old Dominion

Chicago (Fr, Su)
5 West Virginia vs. 12 Virginia Tech/Richmond
4 Missouri vs. 13 ALABAMA

Tampa (Th, Sa)
3 Syracuse vs. 14 KENT STATE
6 Vanderbilt vs. 11 Penn State

Denver (Th, Sa)
7 Washington vs. 10 Cincinnati
2 BRIGHAM YOUNG vs. 15 FAIRFIELD

Southwest Region (San Antonio)

Tulsa (Fr, Su)
1 Kansas vs. 16 HAMPTON
8 Georgia vs. 9 ST. MARY'S

Charlotte (Fr, Su)
5 Wisconsin vs. 12 UTEP
4 Louisville vs. 13 OAKLAND

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
3 San Diego State vs. 14 BUCKNELL
6 North Carolina vs. 11 Marquette

Chicago (Fr, Su)
7 XAVIER vs. 10 GEORGE MASON
2 Notre Dame vs. 15 LONG BEACH STATE

Last Four In (First Four Participants): Michigan State, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Richmond
Last Four Out: Kansas State, UAB, Colorado State, Butler



Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Bracketology 2011-Bracket 1/31/11

I have been busy with numerous church, work and just life activities and haven't had the time to produce any brackets yet for the upcoming March Madness.

For those who've never seen my bracket in previous years I am humbled to say that I've actually done very well as a bracketologist in past years including beating many of the experts. To know how your favorite bracketologist (which may not be me) did last year visit the Bracket Project here . The Bracket Project also does a Matrix which shows how each team is doing in each bracket that they track this year.

All seeds are as of 1/31; they are not a projection of how teams will end up, but merely a snapshot if Selection Sunday were today. Automatic Bids are in CAPS.

I try and follow all NCAA Principles & Procedures (the ones that the Committee uses to develop a bracket) so if you see anything not following these Procedures let me know. Sometimes teams are moved around to accomodate the Procedures.

Differences this year: There are new names for two of the regions this year, the Midwest and South are now called the Southwest and Southeast. The winner of each of these two regions will play in the Final Four against each other; the winners of the East and West regions will also play each other. There are two sets of First Four games featuring the Last Four at large teams and the bottom four automatic qualifers; all of these games will be played in Dayton on Tuesday and Wednesday. Winners of the Tuesday games will play in a Thursday 1st round site; winners of the Wednesday games will play in a Friday 1st round site.

Without further ado here is the bracket; feel free to give feedback:

East Region (Newark)

1st/2nd Round Games in Cleveland (Fr, Su):

1 OHIO STATE vs. 16 LONG ISLAND/McNEESE STATE
8 Cincinnati vs. 9 ST. MARY'S

1st/2nd Round Games in Denver (Th, Sa):

5 Syracuse vs. 12 Virginia Tech/UAB
4 Missouri vs. 13 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

1st/2nd Round Games in Cleveland (Fr, Su):

3 Villanova vs. 14 COASTAL CAROLINA
6 FLORIDA vs. 11 VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH (VCU)

1st/2nd Round Games in Chicago (Fr, Su):

7 XAVIER vs. 10 Michigan State
2 Notre Dame vs. 15 FAIRFIELD

West Region (Anaheim)

1st/2nd Round Games in Tulsa (Fr, Su):

1 TEXAS vs. 16 FLORIDA ATLANTIC
8 Florida State vs. 9 Georgia

1st/2nd Round Games in Charlotte (Fr, Su):

5 Minnesota vs. 12 Richmond
4 Georgetown vs. 13 Butler/George Mason

1st/2nd Round Games in Tucson (Th, Sa):

3 San Diego State vs. 14 MONTANA
6 Vanderbilt vs. 11 Penn State

1st/2nd Round Games in Washington, DC (Th, Sa):

7 Arizona vs. 10 MEMPHIS
2 Connecticut vs. 15 MAINE

Southeast Region (New Orleans)

1st/2nd Round Games in Washington, DC:

1 PITT vs. 16 TEXAS SOUTHERN/BETHUNE COOKMAN
8 Illinois vs. 9 Boston College

1st/2nd Round Games in Denver:

5 West Virginia vs. 12 UTAH STATE
4 Texas A&M vs. 13 HARVARD

1st/2nd Round Games in Chicago:

3 Purdue vs. 14 KENT STATE
6 North Carolina vs. 11 Ucla

1st/2nd Round Games in Tucson:

7 Tennessee vs. 10 Marquette
2 BYU vs. 15 LONG BEACH STATE

Southwest Region (San Antonio)

1st/2nd Round Games in Tulsa:

1 Kansas vs. 16 AUSTIN PEAY
8 Old Dominion vs. 9 St. John's

1st/2nd Round Games in Tampa (Th, Sa):

5 WASHINGTON vs. 12 Temple
4 Louisville vs. 13 OAKLAND

3 Kentucky vs. 14 BELMONT
6 Wisconsin vs. 11 MISSOURI STATE

1st/2nd Round Games in Charlotte:

7 Unlv vs. 10 CLEVELAND STATE
2 DUKE vs. 15 BUCKNELL

Last Four In (First Four matchups in Dayton): Virginia Tech vs. UAB, Butler vs. George Mason
Last Four Out: Colorado State, Valparaiso, Clemson, Washington State


There are some interesting matchups in there; ones I particularly like are:

Southeast Region- 6 North Carolina vs. 11 UCLA; two storied basketball programs meet in a game that 30 years ago might have been in the Final Four

Southwest Region- 5 Washington vs. 12 Temple; contrast in styles between the uptempo Huskies and the defensive-minded Owls

East Region- 7 Xavier vs. 10 Michigan State; both teams are battle-tested after playing difficult non-conference schedules but Xavier is playing better right now having won all 7 of their A-10 contests



 
 
 
 
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