TSB’s Bracketology: Projecting the 2011 NCAA Tournament (1/28/11)


2011 final four

I am a huge college basketball nerd.  I know it and if you are a frequent visitor to the Sports Bank, you know it as well.  So much in fact, that I create my own bracketology which is seventy times nerdier than making a NBA mock draft.

In my inaugural year of entering this hallowed ground of geeks, my bracketology more than held its own ESPN’s “expert” bracketologist Joe Lunardi; a feat that I consider to be a huge accomplishment.

This year, there is more to take into account with the NCAA expanding the field to 68 teams.  That means there will now be four play-in games held in Dayton.  Two of those games will feature the final four at-large bids battling to be in the Field of 64.  Same will go for the last four automatic qualifiers.  Be sure to check back every week for updates on my Field of 68.

By: David Kay

EAST REGIONAL-Newark

AT CLEVELAND

1. Ohio State 21-0 (B10)
16. Bethune-Cookman 11-9 (MEAC)/Long Island 15-5 (NEC)

8. Louisville 16-4 (BE)
9. Florida State 15-5 (ACC)

AT DENVER
5. Missouri 17-3 (B12)
12. Wichita State 17-4 (MVC)/Gonzaga 13-8 (WCC)

4. Kentucky 15-4 (SEC)
13. Ball State 13-6 (MAC)

AT CHICAGO
6. Vanderbilt 15-4 (SEC)
11. Missouri State 17-4 (MVC)

3. Purdue 17-4 (B10)
14. Belmont 18-4 (A-Sun)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.

7. Arizona 17-4 (P10)
10. Boston College 14-7 (ACC)

2. UConn 17-2 (BE)
15. Bucknell 15-7 (Patriot)

WEST REGIONAL-Anaheim

AT CLEVELAND
1. Pitt 19-2 (BE)
16. Maine 13-7 (AEC)

8. Temple 14-5 (A10)
9. St. Mary’s 18-3 (WCC)

AT TUCSON

5. Washington 15-4 (P10)
12. George Mason 16-5 (CAA)

4. Texas A&M 17-2 (B12)
13. Cleveland State 18-3 (Horizon)/Colorado State 14-6 (MWC)

AT CHICAGO
6. Xavier 14-5 (A10)
11. Utah State 19-2 (WAC)

3. Notre Dame 17-4 (BE)
14. Oakland 15-8 (Summit)

AT DENVER
7. Illinois 14-7 (B10)
10. St. John’s 11-8 (B12)

2. BYU 20-1 (MWC)
15. Northern Colorado 11-7 (Big Sky)

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL- San Antonio

AT TULSA
1. Kansas 19-1 (B12)
16. Long Beach State 12-10 (Big West)

8. Memphis 16-4 (CUSA)
9. Georgia 14-5 (SEC)

AT TAMPA
5. North Carolina 14-5 (ACC)
12. Oklahoma State 14-6 (B12)

4. Georgetown 15-5 (BE)
13. Coastal Carolina 19-2 (Big South)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.
6. Tennessee 13-7 (SEC)
11. Richmond 16-5 (A10)

3. Syracuse 18-3 (BE)
14. Harvard 13-3 (Ivy)

AT TUCSON
7. West Virginia 13-6 (BE)
10. Michigan State 12-8 (B10)

2. San Diego State 20-1 (MWC)
15. Austin Peay 14-8 (OVC)

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL-New Orleans

AT CHARLOTTE
1. Duke 19-1 (ACC)
16. Stephen F. Austin 12-5 (Southland)/Jackson State 10-9 (SWAC)

8. Cincinnati 18-3 (BE)
9. Butler 14-7 (Horizon)

AT TAMPA
5. Minnesota 16-4 (B10)
12. Kansas State 14-7 (B12)

4. Florida 16-4 (SEC)
13. Charleston 15-6 (Southern)

AT CHARLOTTE
6. Wisconsin 15-4 (B10)
11. Old Dominion 16-5 (CAA)

3. Villanova 17-3 (BE)
14. Fairfield 15-4 (MAAC)

AT TULSA
7. UNLV 16-5 (MWC)
10. UCLA 13-7 (P10)

2. Texas 17-3 (B12)
15. Florida Atlantic 16-6 (Sun Belt)

Wrong Side of the Bubble:

UAB 14-5
Washington State 14-6
Virginia Tech 14-6
Miami FL 12-8
Penn State 11-8
Marquette 13-8
Baylor 13-6
UTEP 17-4

Multiple Bid Conferences:
Big East (10)
Big 12 (6)
Big Ten (6)
SEC (5)
ACC (4)
Mountain West (4)
Pac-10 (3)
A10 (3)
WCC (2)
MVC (2)
Horizon (2)
CAA (2)

Click here for a RPI and strength of schedule rankings.

David Kay is a senior feature NBA Draft, NBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank.  He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter Football.com and former contributor for The Washington Times Communities.  You can follow him on Twitter at DavidKay_TSB.

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