Monday, January 31, 2011

Bracket Watch '11 - A Super Headache

Welcome to super week, where we have one last chance(this season hopefully, what with the cloud of a lockout threatening to block us out) to enjoy men grapple with the destiny of a prolate spheroid on 360 feet of space for cash. Which of course means that I'm only a week away from adopting the two-a-week strategy. Brackets he said, toppled goal posts, mileage charts.

Of course it's coming off of a week where Triskaidekaphobia ran rampant over the weekend. 13 teams rated in the Top 25 lost, four of them to fellow top 25ers, 9 fell to those residing out of it. This is starting to make anyone's head explode with confusion(and it won't help that the State of the Bubble is coming, that will easily supply more confusion). How did I handle all of this? Well, here's the latest projection:

Projection done as if the season ended on Sunday.

Final Four pairings
East(1) vs. West(4)
Southeast(2) vs. Southwest(3)

First Four Pairings:
Tuesday Game A: Baylor vs. Georgia
Tuesday Game B: Nebraska vs. Duquesne
Wednesday Game A: Wofford(Southern) vs. Long Island(Northeast)
Wednesday Game B: McNeese State(Southland) vs. Texas Southern(Southwestern)

East region

@ Cleveland
1-Ohio State(Big Ten) vs. 16-McNeese State/Texas Southern
8-Nevada-Las Vegas vs. 9-Virginia Commonwealth(Colonial)
@ Tampa
4-Louisville vs. 13-Harvard(Ivy)
5-Texas A&M vs. 12-Ucla
@ Washington, DC
2-Connecticut vs. 15-Bucknell(Patriot)
7-Florida State vs. 10-Wichita State
@ Tampa
3-Kentucky vs. 14-Fairfield(Metro Atlantic)
6-Minnesota vs. 11-Temple

West region

@ Charlotte
1-Duke(Atlantic Coast) vs. 16-Maine(America East)
8-St. Mary's(West Coast) vs. 9-Cincinnati
@ Washington, DC
4-Villanova vs. 13-Nebraska/Duquesne
5-Wisconsin vs. 12-Cleveland State(Horizon)
@ Denver
2-Brigham Young(Mountain West) vs. 15-Montana(Big Sky)
7-Syracuse vs. 10-Michigan State
3-Missouri vs. 14-Long Beach State(Big West)
6-Tennessee vs. 11-Penn State

Southeast region

@ Cleveland
1-Pittsburgh(Big East) vs. 16-Wofford/Long Island
8-Xavier(Atlantic 10) vs. 9-Missouri State(Missouri Valley)
@ Charlotte
4-North Carolina vs. 13-Oakland(Summit)
5-Arizona vs. 12-Alabama(Southeastern)
@ Tulsa
2-Kansas vs. 15-Florida Atlantic(Sun Belt)
7-St. John's vs. 10-Memphis(Conference USA)
@ Chicago
3-Purdue vs. 14-Coastal Carolina(Bug South)
6-Florida vs. 11-West Virginia

Southwest region

@ Tulsa
1-Texas(Big 12) vs. 16-Bethune Cookman(Mid-Eastern)
8-Boston College vs. 9-Marquette
@ Tucson
4-Georgetown vs. 13-Baylor/Georgia
5-Washington(Pacific-10) vs. 12-Belmont(Atlantic Sun)
2-San Diego State vs. 15-Austin Peay(Ohio Valley)
7-Illinois vs. 10-Utah State(Western Athletic)
@ Chicago
3-Notre Dame vs. 14-Kent State(Mid-American)
6-Vanderbilt vs. 11-Old Dominion(Colonial)

New to the field: Duquesne, Marquette, St. John's, Montana, Penn State, Nebraska, Old Dominion, VCU, Kent State, Bethune Cookman, Austin Peay, Georgia, Wofford, McNeese State
Leaving the field: Miami(FL), Virginia Tech, Richmond, Northern Colorado, George Mason, Hofstra, Butler, Valparaiso, Ball State, Hampton, Colorado State, Tennessee State, College of Charleston, Lamar

Last four in the field: Baylor, Georgia, Nebraska, Duquesne
First four left out: Virginia Tech, UAB, George Mason, Richmond
Next four left out: Valparaiso, Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Maryland
The under consideration board: Miami(FL), Dayton, Michigan, Kansas State, Colorado, UTEP, Butler, Northern Iowa, Washington State, South Carolina, Boise State

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