Friday, March 11, 2011

Bracket Watch '11 - Two days to Selection Sunday

I had something really witty in mind before revealing the newest projected bracket, but I won't. Not after Japan suffered it's largest earthquake in it's history, which also triggered tsunami warnings for Hawai'i and the West Coast. My thoughts and prayers are on those that are suffering through this time of what will be a great loss. Godspeed Japan, godspeed.

Now on to the projections:

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

The First Four
Tuesday: McNeese State(Southland) vs. UNC ASHEVILLE; Alabama vs. Virginia Tech
Wednesday: Texas Southern(Southwestern) vs. UALR; Richmond vs. Clemson

East region

@ Cleveland
1-Ohio State vs. 16-Texas Southern/UALR
8-Marquette vs. 9-Washington
@ Tucson
4-Connecticut vs. 13-WOFFORD
5-Vanderbilt vs. 12-Boston College
@ Washington, D.C.
2-Syracuse vs. 15-Bucknell(Patriot)
7-OLD DOMINION vs. 10-Illinois
@ Tulsa
3-Texas vs. 14-Kent State(Mid-American)
6-Xavier(Atlantic 10) vs. 11-St. Mary's

West region

@ Cleveland
1-Pittsburgh vs. 16-Bethune Cookman(Mid-Eastern)
8-Utah State(Western Athletic) vs. 9-Missouri
@ Denver
4-Wisconsin vs. 13-OAKLAND
5-Arizona(Pacific-10) vs. 12-Alabama/Virginia Tech
@ Charlotte
2-Duke vs. 15-MOREHEAD STATE
7-Tennessee vs. 10-Michigan
@ Tucson
3-San Diego State vs. 14-INDIANA STATE
6-Texas A&M vs. 11-Villanova

Southwest region

@ Tulsa
1-Kansas(Big 12) vs. 16-McNeese State/UNC ASHEVILLE
8-Unlv vs. 9-Florida State
@ Tampa
4-Louisville vs. 13-Utep(Conference USA)
5-Temple vs. 12-Michigan State
@ Chicago
2-Purdue vs. 15-Boston University(America East)
7-Cincinnati vs. 10-BUTLER
@ Tampa
3-Florida(Southeastern) vs. 14-LONG ISLAND
6-West Virginia vs. 11-Colorado

Southeast region

@ Chicago
1-Notre Dame(Big East) vs. 16-NORTHERN COLORADO
8-Ucla vs. 9-George Mason
@ Washington, D.C.
4-St. John's vs. 13-Harvard or Princeton(Ivy)
5-Kentucky vs. 12-Richmond/Clemson
@ Denver
2-Brigham Young(Mountain West) vs. 15-Long Beach State(Big West)
7-Kansas State vs. 10-GONZAGA
@ Charlotte
3-North Carolina(Atlantic Coast) vs. 14-SAINT PETER'S
6-Georgetown vs. 11-BELMONT

New to the field: Utep
Leaving the field: Uab

Last four to get byes: Villanova, Colorado, Boston College, Michigan State
Last four in the field: Richmond, Clemson, Alabama, Virginia Tech
First four left out: Southern California, Georgia, Memphis, Uab
Next four left out: Missouri State, Penn State, New Mexico, Washington State

Seed range for teams not in the field, but could play their way in through conference championships:
Lehigh(First four)
Stony Brook(First four)
Utsa(First four)

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