TSB’s FINAL Bracketology: Projecting the NCAA Tournament Brackets


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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.

UPDATED: 3/13/11  4:30 P.M. CST

By: David Kay

EAST REGIONAL-Newark

AT CLEVELAND
1. *Ohio State 32-2 (B10)
16. *Arkansas-Little Rock 19-16 (Sun Belt)/*Alabama State 17-17 (SWAC)

8. *Butler 23-9 (Horizon)
9. UCLA 22-10 (P10)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.
5. Vanderbilt 23-9 (SEC)
12. Clemson 21-11 (ACC)

4. Syracuse 26-7 (BE)
13. *Princeton 25-6 (Ivy)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.
6. UNLV 24-8 (MWC)
11. *Richmond 27-7 (A10)

3. *UConn 26-9 (BE)
14. *Bucknell 25-8 (Patriot)

AT CHARLOTTE
7. Cincinnati 25-8 (BE)
10. Tennessee 19-14 (SEC)

2. North Carolina 26-7 (ACC)
15. *Boston U. 21-13 (AEC)

WEST REGIONAL-Anaheim

AT CLEVELAND
1. Pitt 27-5 (BE)
16. *Hampton 24-8 (MEAC)

8. *Utah State 30-3 (WAC)
9. Missouri 23-10 (B12)

AT DENVER
5. Arizona 26-6 (P10)
12. St. Mary’s 25-8 (WCC)/Alabama 21-11 (SEC)

4. Wisconsin 23-8 (B10)
13. *Indiana State 20-13 (MVC)

AT DENVER
6. Xavier 24-7 (A10)
11. Penn State 19-14 (B10)

3. BYU 30-4 (MWC)
14. *Morehead State 24-9 (OVC)

AT TULSA
7. Georgetown 21-10 (BE)
10. Florida State 21-10 (ACC)

2. Texas 27-7 (B12)
15. *Wofford 21-12 (Southern)

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL- San Antonio

AT TULSA
1. *Kansas 32-2 (B12)
16.* UT-San Antonio 19-13 (Southland)/*UC-Santa Barbara 18-13 (Big West)

8. *Washington 23-10 (P10)
9. *Gonzaga 24-9 (WCC)

AT CHICAGO
5. St. John’s 21-11 (BE)
12. Georgia 21-11 (SEC)/Virginia Tech 21-11 (ACC)

4. Purdue 25-7 (B10)
13. *Belmont 30-4 (A-Sun)

AT TAMPA
6. West Virginia 20-11 (BE)
11. Michigan 20-13 (B10)

3. *Kentucky 25-8(SEC)
14. *Long Island 27-5 (NEC)

AT TUCSON
7. *Old Dominion 27-6 (CAA)
10. Marquette 20-14 (BE)

2. *San Diego State 32-2 (MWC)
15. *Northern Colorado 21-10 (Big Sky)

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL-New Orleans

AT CHARLOTTE
1. *Duke 30-4 (ACC)
16. *UNC-Asheville 19-13 (Big South)

8. George Mason 26-6 (CAA)
9. Villanova 21-11 (BE)

AT TUCSON
5. Kansas State 22-10 (B12)
12. Illinois 19-13 (B10)

4. Louisville 25-9 (BE)
13. *Oakland 25-9 (Summit)

AT TAMPA
6. Texas A&M 24-8 (B12)
11. *Memphis 25-9 (CUSA)

3. Florida 25-7 (SEC)
14. *St. Peter’s 20-13 (MAAC)

AT CHICAGO
7. Temple 24-7 (A10)
10. Michigan State 19-14 (B10)

2. Notre Dame 26-6 (BE)
15. *Akron 23-12 (MAC)

(* indicated already clinched automatic bid)

Wrong Side of the Bubble:
Boston College 20-12
Colorado 21-13
UAB 22-8
Missouri State 25-8
USC 19-14
Harvard 23-6
Cleveland State 26-8
VCU 23-11

Multiple Bid Conferences:
Big East (11)
Big Ten (7)
SEC (6)
ACC (5)
Big 12 (5)
A10 (3)
Mountain West (3)
Pac-10 (3)
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.

 

EAST REGIONAL-Newark

AT CLEVELAND

1. Ohio State 29-2 (B10)

16. Bethune-Cookman 20-11 (MEAC)/*UNC-Asheville 19-13 (Big South)

8. Villanova 21-10 (BE)

9. George Mason 26-6 (CAA)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.

5. Xavier 24-6 (A10)
12.
Michigan 19-12 (B10)/Virginia Tech 19-10 (ACC)

4. St. John’s 20-10 (BE)

13. *Harvard 23-5 (Ivy)

AT CHARLOTTE

6. Vanderbilt 21-9 (SEC)

11. Memphis 22-9 (CUSA)

3. North Carolina 24-6 (ACC)
14. *
Morehead State 24-9 (OVC)

AT CHICAGO

7. UNLV 23-7 (MWC)

10. Butler 22-9 (Horizon)

2. Notre Dame 25-5 (BE)

15. Northern Colorado 19-10 (Big Sky)

WEST REGIONAL-Anaheim

AT CHARLOTTE

1. Duke 27-4 (ACC)

16. St. Peter’s 19-13 (MAAC)

8. Old Dominion 26-6 (CAA)

9. Missouri 22-9 (B12)

AT DENVER

5. West Virginia 20-10 (BE)

12. St. Mary’s 23-7 (WCC)

4. Arizona 25-6 (P10)

13. Oakland 23-9 (Summit)

AT CHICAGO

6. UConn 21-9 (BE)

11. Gonzaga 22-9 (WCC)

3. Purdue 25-6 (B10)

14. Kent State 21-10 (MAC)

AT DENVER

7. Texas A&M 23-7 (B12)

10. Tennessee 18-13 (SEC)

2. BYU 28-3 (MWC)

15. Long Island 26-5 (NEC)

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL-New Orleans

AT CLEVELAND

1. Pitt 27-4 (BE)

16. Boston U. 20-13 (AEC)

8. UAB 22-7 (CUSA)

9. Florida State 21-9 (ACC)

AT TUCSON

5. Kansas State 22-9 (B12)

12. Marquette 18-13 (BE)/Clemson 20-10 (ACC)

4. Wisconsin 23-7 (B10)

13. *Belmont 30-4 (A-Sun)

AT TAMPA

6. Georgetown 21-9 (BE)

11. Boston College 19-11 (ACC)

3. Florida 24-6 (SEC)
14. *
Indiana State 20-13 (MVC)

AT TULSA

7. Cincinnati 24-7 (BE)

10. Illinois 19-12 (B10)

2. Texas 25-6 (B12)

15. Florida Atlantic 21-10 (Sun Belt)

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL- San Antonio

AT TULSA

1. Kansas 29-2 (B12)

16. McNeese State 19-10 (Southland)/Texas Southern 18-11 (SWAC)

8. Utah State 28-3 (WAC)

9. Washington 20-10 (P10)

AT TAMPA

5. Louisville 23-8 (BE)

12. Richmond 24-7 (A10)

4. Kentucky 22-8 (SEC)

13. Charleston 23-9 (Southern)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.

6. Temple 24-6 (A10)

11. Michigan State 17-13 (B10)

3. Syracuse 25-6 (BE)

14. Bucknell 24-8 (Patriot)

AT TUCSON

7. UCLA 22-9 (P10)

10. Georgia 20-10 (SEC)

2. San Diego State 29-2 (MWC)

15. Long Beach State 20-10 (Big West)

(* indicated already clinched automatic bid)

Wrong Side of the Bubble:

Missouri State 25-8

Alabama 20-10

Cleveland State 26-8

Wichita State 24-8

UTEP 23-8

Penn State 16-13

USC 18-13

Colorado 19-12

Multiple Bid Conferences:

Big East (11)

ACC (6)

Big Ten (6)

Big 12 (5)

SEC (5)

A10 (3)

Mountain West (3)

Pac-10 (3)

CUSA (2)

CAA (2)

Comments

  1. Nick Grays says:

    Dave, I really don’t want the Badgers to play Belmont. They are the best of the little schools.

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