Friday, March 12, 2010

Bracket Watch - Hell comes to bracketville

Thursday, March 11 will go down as one of the wackiest days in college basketball history as higher seed after higher seed went down after inglorious losses in conference tourneys. In the ACC, only Georgia Tech won amongst higher seeds. In the Big East, only West Virginia won amongst the top four. In Conference USA, UTEP held serve, but the three teams below the Miners did not. In the Mid-American, both division winners(Kent State and Central Michigan) lost. In the Pacific-10, California won, Arizona State did not. Form (fortunately) held for the most part in the SEC and held up in full in the Big Ten, Big 12 and Mountain West.

As a result of all this carnage, 57 of the 65 spots in the dance are spoken for, leaving 8 for the bubble and villans of the bubble. Here's how it shook out:

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

Midwest region

@ Oklahoma City
1-Kansas(Big 12) vs. 16-Lehigh(Patriot)
8-Notre Dame vs. 9-Utep(Conference USA)
@ Spokane
4-Maryland vs. 13-WOFFORD
5-BUTLER vs. 12-San Diegon State*
@ Milwaukee
2-Purdue vs. 15-NORTH TEXAS
7-Texas vs. 10-Wake Forest
@ Providence
3-Villanova vs. 14-OAKLAND
6-Vanderbilt vs. 11-Utah State(Western Athletic)*

West region

@ Jacksonville
1-Duke(Atlantic Coast) vs. 16-ROBERT MORRIS
8-California(Pacific-10) vs. 9-Oklahoma State
@ Providence
4-Pittsburgh vs. 13-SIENA
5-Temple(Atlantic 10) vs. 12-CORNELL
@ Milwaukee
2-Ohio State(Big Ten) vs. 15-Vermont(America East)
7-Gonzaga vs. 10-Missouri
@ San Jose
3-New Mexico(Mountain West) vs. 14-MONTANA
6-Marquette vs. 11-Georgia Tech*

East region

@ New Orleans
1-Kentucky(Southeastern) vs. 16-EAST TENNESSEE STATE
8-NORTHERN IOWA vs. 9-Clemson
@ San Jose
4-Georgetown vs. 13-Washington*
5-Texas A&M vs. 12-Illinois
@ Buffalo
2-West Virginia(Big East) vs. 15-Morgan State(Mid-Eastern)
7-Richmond vs. 10-Virginia Tech
@ New Orleans
3-Wisconsin vs. 14-Sam Houston State(Southland)
6-Brigham Young vs. 11-Florida*

South region

@ Buffalo
1-Syracuse vs. 16-Opening round winner
Opening round: WINTHROP vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff(Southwestern)
8-Nevada-Las Vegas vs. 9-SAINT MARY'S
@ Spokane
4-Michigan State vs. 13-MURRAY STATE
5-Baylor vs. 12-Mississippi*
@ Oklahoma City
2-Kansas State vs. 15-UC Santa Barbara(Big West)
7-Florida State vs. 10-OLD DOMINION
@ Jacksonville
3-Tennessee vs. 14-Akron(Mid-American)
6-Xavier vs. 11-Louisville*

Procedural moves: Oklahoma State(up 1), Virginia Tech(down 1)

New to the field: Akron, Illinois, Washington
Out of the field: Arizona State, Kent State, Memphis

Last four in the field: San Diego State, Mississippi, Illinois, Washington
First four in line: Rhode Island, Minnesota, Arizona State, Memphis
Next four in line: Dayton, Seton Hall, Mississippi State, Tulsa
Also in line: Saint Louis, William & Mary, Southern Mississippi, South Florida, Nevada, Miami(FL)

Please note: I will not be doing a full bracket Tomorrow, as I will be going to the Minnesota state high school boy's hockey championships. I will be doing, however, a seeding of the top 16 teams.

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