Monday, February 9, 2009

Bracket Watch - Over a muddling field

When I mean a muddling field, I mean a pool of at-large teams that are falling into a growing field of mediocrity or trying to reach it. That means the field is considerably more fluid this week. Without trying to get into too much detail, it means that the at-large field will be more difficult to pick on Selection Sunday.

Now on to the latest projected field(as of Sunday night's games):

Final Four Pairings
East(1) vs. West(4)
South(2) vs. Midwest(3)

East Region
1-Connecticut/Big East vs. 16-Morehead State/Ohio Valley
8-Utah State/Western Athletic vs. 9-Florida State
4-Xavier/Atlantic 10 vs. 13-Western Kentucky/Sun Belt
5-Butler/Horizon vs. 12-Kansas State
2-Clemson vs. 15-Virginia Military/Big South
7-California vs. 10-Providence
@Kansas City
3-Missouri vs. 14-Sam Houston State/Southland
6-Ohio State vs. 11-Cincinnati

West Region
1-Pittsburgh vs. 16-Opening Round Winner
Opening Round: Long Beach State/Big West vs. Princeton/Ivy
8-Louisiana State/Southeastern vs. 9-Miami(FL)
4-Kansas vs. 13-North Dakota State/Summit
5-Illinois vs. 12-Siena/Metro Atlantic
2-Duke/Atlantic Coast vs. 15-East Tennessee State/Atlantic Sun
7-Texas vs. 10-South Carolina
3-Ucla/Pacific-10 vs. 14-Weber State/Big Sky
6-West Virginia vs. 11-Nevada-Las Vegas

South Region
@Kansas City
1-Oklahoma/Big 12 vs. 16-Alabama State/Southwestern
8-Minnesota vs. 9-Utah
4-Wake Forest vs. 13-Northeastern/Colonial
5-Villanova vs. 12-Arizona
2-Michigan State/Big Ten vs. 15-Holy Cross/Patriot
7-Arizona State vs. 10-Davidson/Southern
3-Louisville vs. 14-Buffalo/Mid-American
6-Florida vs. 11-Boston College

Midwest Region
1-North Carolina vs. 16-Morgan State/Mid-Eastern
8-Dayton vs. 9-Tennessee
4-Washington vs. 13-Northern Iowa/Missouri Valley
5-Syracuse vs. 12-Michigan
2-Marquette vs. 15-Boston University/America East
7-San Diego State/Mountain West vs. 10-Gonzaga/West Coast
3-Memphis/Conference USA vs. 14-Robert Morris/Northeast
6-Purdue vs. 11-Virginia Tech

New to the field this week: Boston University, Boston College, Miami(FL), Cincinnati, Michigan, Kansas State, Princeton, San Diego State, Arizona, Sam Houston State, Western Kentucky

Last four in the field: Cincinnati, Michigan, Arizona, Kansas State
First four left out: Georgetown, Brigham Young, Penn State, Nebraska
Next four left out: Creighton, Maryland, Wisconsin, Southern California
Also in consideration: Duquesne, Rhode Island, Temple, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Virginia Commonwealth, UAB, Tulsa, Green Bay, New Mexico, Kentucky, Mississippi State, College of Charleston

Polls will be up later.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Added Wisconsin as a bubble team.


  1. I think you are completely forgetting Wisconsin...maybe not for the field but in the first 8 out...or at least in the others considered with Green Bay and VCU

  2. Yeah, sorry about the Wisconsin snub. I'll add them when I edit the post soon.