Jerry Palm thought it would be fun to see what the NCAA Tournament bracket would look like if each of a few better-known computer ranking systems had the final say.
Mercer upset Duke. Iowa State lost a key player. Jarnell Stokes killed UMass. And why was VCU even contesting that Stephen F. Austin shot at the buzzer?
George Washington guard Kethan Savage has not played an entire game since suffering a broken foot on Jan. 18.
What do our users at CBSSports.com believe to be the best bets, in terms of long shots? We've got the data.
The East isn't the toughest region, but it could be the toughest to predict. Virginia, Villanova, Iowa State and Michigan State populate the top four seeds. Then you've got teams like North Carolina and Cincinnati -- good in their own right -- still fighting it out.
Among my observations: It's time Iowa State makes a serious commitment to coach Fred Hoiberg, who has the Cyclones in the Big 12 title game and teams should hope they don't see George Washington in their NCAA bracket.
George Washington is back on the map and headed toward its first NCAA Tournament since 2007. An unusual tactic by the coach is partly why.
The conference is strong and on the cusp of setting a new record for NCAA Tournament bids. Yet it seems the league still lacks a certain respect. Why?
The Atlantic 10 has up to six teams that could make the NCAA Tournament -- and probably win the automatic bid. Which team will get hot at the right time?
Jon Rothstein takes a look at Michigan State secret weapon Denzel Valentine, the up-for-grabs nature of Conference USA, and previews an intriguing weekend in Friday's observations.

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