Friday, March 6, 2009

Bracket Watch - Anyone out there?

Seriously, the bubble this year is exceptionally weak, more so than in the last few years. At this rate by next week, the bubble may consist of Denver, Liberty, Jacksonville State and a few Division II schools. I kid of course about these teams, but the truth is nobody on the bubble(with the exceptions of teams like Creighton, Penn State and Texas A&M) wants to be there. It's going to make a difficult week for bracketologists to forecast who will be in.

With all the big conferences wrapping up regular season play this weekend, Bracket Watch will go into daily mode starting Monday with a full projection followed by updates on Tuesday and Wednesday. Full Projections will then occur on Thursday and Friday with the final projections on Sunday(No Saturday projection as I will be attending the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament).

Now on to the newest field:

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

East region
1-Connecticut/Big East vs. 16-Radford/Big South
8-Tennessee vs. 9-Wisconsin
4-Xavier/Atlantic 10 vs. 13-Virginia Commonwealth/Colonial
5-Clemson vs. 12-Siena/Metro Atlantic
2-Duke vs. 15-Binghamton/America East
7-Brigham Young vs. 10-Penn State
3-Kansas/Big 12 vs. 14-Miami(OH)/Mid-American
6-California vs. 11-Utah State/Western Athletic

West region
1-Louisville vs. 16-Northridge State/Big West
8-Texas vs. 9-Boston College
4-Purdue vs. 13-Western Kentucky/Sun Belt
5-Gonzaga/West Coast vs. 12-New Mexico
@Kansas City
2-Memphis/Conference-USA vs. 15-Jacksonville/Atlantic Sun
7-West Virginia vs. 10-Oklahoma State
3-Washington/Pacific-10 vs. 14-Weber State/Big Sky
6-Utah/Mountain West vs. 11-Ohio State

Midwest region
1-Pittsburgh vs. 16-Opening Round winner
Opening Round: Tennessee-Martin/Ohio Valley vs. Alabama State/Southwestern
8-Minnesota vs. 9-Nevada-Las Vegas
4-Missouri vs. 13-Northern Iowa/Missouri Valley
5-Marquette vs. 12-Maryland
2-Michigan State/Big Ten vs. 15-American/Patriot
7-Arizona State vs. 10-Dayton
3-Wake Forest vs. 14-Robert Morris/Northeast
6-Syracuse vs. 11-South Carolina

South region
1-North Carolina/Atlantic Coast vs. 16-Morgan State/Mid-Eastern
8-Illinois vs. 9-Texas A&M
4-Ucla vs. 13-North Dakota State/Summit
5-Louisiana State/Southeastern vs. 12-Davidson/Southern
@Kansas City
2-Oklahoma vs. 15-Stephen F. Austin/Southland
7-Butler/Horizon vs. 10-St. Mary's
3-Villanova vs. 14-Cornell/Ivy
6-Florida State vs. 11-Creighton

New to the field: Maryland, Penn State, Miami(OH), New Mexico

Last four in the field: South Carolina, Ohio State, Maryland, New Mexico
First four left out: Rhode Island, Michigan, Arizona, Providence
Next four left out: Miami(FL), Florida, Northwestern, Auburn
Also in consideration: Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Washington State, Kentucky

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