Monday, February 7, 2011

Bracket Watch '11-Now the real fun begins

First off, for those wondering what happened to the third part of the state of the bubble series, I will get to it this week. Secondly, this week begins the Friday projection series, which will be the same as the Monday projection series. Thirdly, I'll be starting up the blind resumes on Tuesday. Lastly, is anyone as frustrated by the lack of teams willing to step up? I present you my projected field and can say without any resonable doubt, I can't figure it out either.

Projections as if the season ended before Christina Aguilera butchered the Star Spangled Banner.

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

First Four games:
Tuesday: UAB vs. Richmond; Kansas State vs. Memphis
Wednesday: Hampton(Mid-Eastern) vs. Northern Colorado(Big Sky); Northwestern State(Southland) vs. Texas Southern(Southwestern)

East region

@ Cleveland
1-Ohio State(Big Ten) vs. 16-Northwestern State/Texas Southern
8-Virginia Commonwealth(Colonial) vs. 9-Marquette
@ Denver
4-Missouri vs. 13-Alabama(Southeastern)
5-Syracuse vs. 12-Cleveland State(Horizon)
@ Washington, D.C.
2-Connecticut vs. 15-Vermont(America East)
7-Minnesota vs. 10-Wichita State
@ Tucson
3-San Diego State vs. 14-Kent State
6-Washington vs. 11-Georgia

West Region

@ Tulsa
1-Kansas vs. 16-Long Beach State(Big West)
8-Boston College vs. 9-St. John's
@ Tucson
4-Wisconsin vs. 13-Oakland
5-Kentucky vs. 12-UAB/Richmond
@ Charlotte
2-Duke(Atlantic Coast) vs. 15-Coastal Carolina
7-West Virginia vs. 10-Temple
3-Georgetown vs. 14-College of Charleston(Southern)
6-Illinois vs. 11-George Mason

Southwest region

@ Tulsa
1-Texas(Big 12) vs. 16-Hampton/Northern Colorado
8-Florida State vs. 9-St. Mary's(West Coast)
@ Tampa
4-Louisville vs. 13-Princeton(Ivy)
5-Tennessee vs. 12-Duquesne
@ Chicago
2-Purdue vs. 15-Fairfield(Metro Atlantic)
7-UNLV vs. 10-Utah State(Western Athletic)
3-Notre Dame vs. 14-Murray State(Ohio Valley)
6-Arizona(Pacific-10) vs. 11-Clemson

Southeast region

@ Cleveland
1-Pittsburgh(Big East) vs. 16-Florida Atlantic(Sun Belt)
8-Xavier(Atlantic 10) vs. 9-UCLA
@ Tampa
4-Florida vs. 13-Kansas State/Memphis
5-North Carolina vs. 12-Belmont(Atlantic Sun)
@ Denver
2-Brigham Young(Mountain West) vs. 15-Long Island(Northeast)
7-Texas A&M vs. 10-Cincinnati
@ Washington, D.C.
3-Villanova vs. 14-Bucknell(Patriot)
6-Vanderbilt vs. 11-UTEP(Conference USA)

New to the field: Vermont, Clemson, Richmond, Northern Colorado, Kansas State, George Mason, UAB, UTEP, Princeton, Hampton, Murray State, College of Charleston, Northwestern State
Leaving the field: Maine, Montana, Michigan State, Penn State, Nebraska, Old Dominion, Harvard, Bethune Cookman, Missouri State, Austin Peay, Wofford, McNeese State

Last four in the field: UAB, Kansas State, Richmond, Memphis
First four left out: Michigan State, Old Dominion, Baylor, South Carolina
Next four left out: Missouri State, Penn State, Oklahoma State, Harvard
The under-consideration board: Miami(FL), Virginia Tech, Dayton, Providence, Michigan, Northwestern, Nebraska, Iowa State, Southern Mississippi, Butler, Washington State, Gonzaga

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