Field of 68 (TSB’s Bracketology) 12-22-10

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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

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL-New Orleans

AT CHARLOTTE
1. Duke 11-0 (ACC)
16. Quinnipiac 7-2 (NEC)/American 7-4 (Patriot)

8. Florida 8-3 (SEC)
9. Old Dominion 8-2 (CAA)

AT TAMPA
5. Texas 9-2 (B12)
12. Richmond 8-3 (A10)/Cincinnati 11-0 (BE)

4. Purdue 11-1 (B10)
13. Charleston 8-3 (Southern)

AT CHARLOTTE
6. Vanderbilt 9-2 (SEC)
11. Oklahoma State 11-1 (B12)

3. Georgetown 10-1 (BE)
14. Coastal Carolina 10-2 (Big South)

AT DENVER

7. UNLV 11-2 (MWC)
10. Washington State 8-1 (P10)

2. Missouri 10-1 (B12)
15. North Texas 9-2 (Sun Belt)

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL- San Antonio

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.
1. UConn 8-0 (BE)
16. Vermont 7-2 (AEC)

8. Temple 8-2 (A10)
9. Georgia 8-2 (SEC)

AT CHICAGO
5. Memphis 9-1 (CUSA)
12. Marquette 9-3 (BE)/Boston College 9-2 (ACC)

4. Illinois 10-2 (B10)
13. Butler 5-4 (Horizon)

AT TULSA

6. BYU 11-1 (MWC)
11. Northwestern 8-1 (B10)

3. Baylor 7-1 (B12)
14. Kent State 9-3 (MAC)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.
7. Tennessee 7-3 (SEC)
10. North Carolina 10-2 (ACC)

2. Syracuse 12-0 (BE)
15. Harvard 7-2 (Ivy)

WEST REGIONAL-Anaheim

AT TULSA
1. Kansas 10-0 (B12)
16. Jackson State 4-8 (SWAC)/Sam Houston State 6-4 (Southland)

8. Florida State 9-2 (ACC)
9. Washington 7-3 (P10)

AT CHICAGO
5. Notre Dame 10-1 (BE)
12. Wichita State 9-2 (MVC)

4. Michigan State 8-3 (B10)
13. Murray State 8-4 (OVC)

AT TUSCON
6. Texas A&M 11-1 (B12)
11. St. Mary’s 9-2 (WCC)

3. San Diego State 13-0 (MWC)
14. UC-Santa Barbara 6-4 (Big West)

AT CLEVELAND
7. Wisconsin 9-2 (B10)
10. Arizona 10-2 (P10)

2. Pitt 11-1 (BE)
15. Iona 7-4 (MAAC)

EAST REGIONAL-Newark

AT CLEVELAND
1. Ohio State 11-0 (B10)
16. Hampton 8-2 (MEAC)

8. Louisville 9-1 (BE)
9. Xavier 7-2 (A10)

AT DENVER
5. Minnesota (B10)
12. Utah State (WAC)

4. Kansas State 9-3 (B12)
13. Weber State 6-5 (Big Sky)

AT TUSCON
6. West Virginia 8-2 (BE)
11. Gonzaga 6-5 (WCC)

3. Kentucky 8-2 (SEC)
14. Oakland 7-7 (Summit)

AT TAMPA
7. Central Florida 10-0 (CUSA)
10. New Mexico 9-1 (MWC)

2. Villanova 9-1 (BE)
15. Belmont 9-2 (A-Sun)

Wrong Side of the Bubble:
Dayton
Miami (FL)
Maryland
Southern Mississippi
N.C. State
Cleveland State

Multiple Bid Conferences:
Big East (10)
Big Ten (7)
Big 12 (7)
SEC (5)
ACC (4)
Mountain West (4)
A10 (3)
Pac-10 (3)
WCC (2)

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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  1. Looks pretty good. I get the march itch every year about now. I see one logistical error.

    BYU is unable to play games on Sunday, which requires that they appear in a Thursday/Saturday venue. Tulsa is scheduled to play its games on Friday/Sunday

  2. Great stuff, and seeing the ‘Cats dance is my biggest current sports dream.

    But please learn how to spell Tucson before the next version!

  3. this is the year it’s gonna happen!

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