Field of 68 (TSB’s Bracketology (12-31-10)

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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 12-0 (ACC)
16. Hampton 10-3 (NEC)/American 8-5 (Patriot)

8. Central Florida 13-0 (CUSA)
9. Old Dominion 9-3 (CAA)

AT DENVER
5. Minnesota 11-2 (B10)
12. Wichita State 10-2 (MVC)

4. BYU 13-1 (MWC)
13. Kent State 9-4 (MAC)

AT CHICAGO
6. UNLV 12-2 (MWC)
11. Richmond 11-3 (A10)

3. Notre Dame 12-1 (BE)
14. Fairfield 8-3 (MAAC)

AT TAMPA
7. Baylor 8-3 (B12)
10. Miami, FL 11-3 (ACC)

2. Villanova 11-1 (BE)
15. Long Beach State 7-8 (Big West)

EAST REGIONAL-Newark

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.

1. Syracuse 14-0 (BE)
16. Quinnipiac 9-2 (NEC)

8. Tennessee 9-3 (SEC)
9. North Carolina 9-4 (ACC)

AT TUCSON
5. Kansas State 10-3 (B12)
12. Northwestern 9-1 (B10)/Dayton 11-3 (A10)

4. Purdue 12-1 (B10)
13. Murray State 9-4 (OVC)

AT CHICAGO
6. Michigan State 8-4 (B10)
11. Oklahoma State 11-1 (B12)

3. Kentucky 10-2 (SEC)
14. Oakland 9-8 (Summit)

AT CLEVELAND
7. Temple 9-3 (A10)
10. Gonzaga 8-5 (WCC)

2. Pitt 13-1 (BE)
15. Vermont 9-3 (AEC)

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL- San Antonio

AT CLEVELAND
1. Ohio State 13-0 (B10)
16. Jacksonville 8-3 (A-Sun)

8. West Virginia 8-3 (BE)
9. Washington 9-3 (P10)

AT TAMPA
5. Illinois 11-3 (B10)
12. Georgia 10-2 (SEC)/Virginia Tech 7-4 (ACC)

4. Texas 10-2 (B12)
13. Charleston 8-4 (Southern)

AT TULSA
6. Vanderbilt 10-2 (SEC)
11. Florida State 11-3 (ACC)

3. Missouri 13-1 (B12)
14. Coastal Carolina 10-2 (Big South)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.
7. Memphis 10-2 (CUSA)
10. Xavier 8-3 (A10)

2. Georgetown 11-2 (BE)
15. North Texas 12-2 (Sun Belt)

WEST REGIONAL-Anaheim

AT TULSA
1. Kansas 12-0 (B12)
16. Jackson State 4-8 (SWAC)/Sam Houston State 7-5 (Southland)

8. Arizona 12-2 (P10)
9. Florida 9-3 (SEC)

AT DENVER
5. Texas A&M 11-1 (B12)
12. St. Mary’s 11-2 (WCC)

4. Wisconsin 11-2 (B10)
13. Utah State 12-2 (WAC)

AT TUCSON
6. Louisville 11-1 (BE)
11. Washington State 10-3 (P10)

3. San Diego State 14-0 (MWC)
14. Montana 9-4 (Big Sky)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.

7. Butler 9-4 (Horizon)
10. Boston College 10-3 (ACC)

2. UConn 10-1 (BE)
15. Harvard 8-3 (Ivy)

Wrong Side of the Bubble:
Cincinnati 13-0
New Mexico 11-2
Cleveland State 14-1
Maryland 9-4
Southern Mississippi 11-2
N.C. State 8-4
St. John’s 8-3
Drexel 9-2

Multiple Bid Conferences:
Big East (8)
Big Ten (7)
Big 12 (7)
SEC (5)
ACC (6)
A10 (4)
Mountain West (3)
Pac-10 (3)
CUSA (2)
WCC (2)

Click here for 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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