TSB’s Bracketology: Projecting the 2011 NCAA Tournament (1/21/11)

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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.

By: David Kay

EAST REGIONAL-Newark

AT CLEVELAND
1. Ohio State 19-0 (B10)
16. Bethune-Cookman 10-8 (MEAC)/Long Island 14-4 (NEC)

8. Temple 13-4 (A10)
9. Kansas State 13-6 (B12)

AT CHARLOTTE
5. Georgetown 14-5 (BE)
12. Washington State 14-5 (P10)/Central Florida 14-3 (CUSA)

4. Kentucky 14-4 (SEC)
13. Coastal Carolina 17-2 (Big South)

AT TULSA
6. Vanderbilt 13-4 (SEC)
11. Cincinnati 16-3 (BE)

3. Texas 15-3 (B12)
14. Belmont 16-3 (A-Sun)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.
7. Xavier 12-5 (A10)
10. Old Dominion 14-4 (CAA)

2. UConn 15-2 (BE)
15. Bucknell 13-7 (Patriot)

WEST REGIONAL-Anaheim

AT CLEVELAND
1. Pitt 18-1 (BE)
16. Maine 11-7 (AEC)

8. Butler 13-6 (Horizon)
9. Boston College 14-5 (ACC)

AT TUCSON
5. Illinois 14-5 (B10)
12. Missouri State 15-4 (MVC)

4. Texas A&M 16-2 (B12)
13. Charleston 13-6 (Southern)

AT CHICAGO
6. North Carolina 13-5 (ACC)
11. Gonzaga 13-6 (WCC)

3. Notre Dame 15-4 (BE)
14. Oakland 13-8 (Summit)

AT DENVER
7. Michigan State 12-6 (B10)
10. Oklahoma State 14-4 (B12)

2. BYU 18-1 (MWC)
15. Northern Colorado 10-7 (Big Sky)

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL- San Antonio

AT TULSA
1. Kansas 18-0 (B12)
16. Long Beach State 11-9 (Big West)

8. Arizona 15-4 (P10)
9. St. Mary’s 17-2 (WCC)

AT TAMPA
5. Florida 14-4 (SEC)
12. Cleveland State 17-3 (Horizon)/Virginia Tech 12-5 (ACC)

4. Minnesota 14-4 (B10)
13. VCU 14-5 (CAA)

AT CHICAGO
6. Louisville 15-3 (BE)
11. Miami FL 12-6 (ACC)

3. Purdue 16-3 (B10)
14. Harvard 12-3 (Ivy)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.
7. Tennessee 12-6 (SEC)
10. UNLV 14-5 (MWC)

2. Syracuse 18-1 (BE)
15. Austin Peay 12-8 (OVC)

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL-New Orleans

AT CHARLOTTE

1. Duke 17-1 (ACC)
16. Stephen F. Austin 11-4 (Southland)/Texas Southern 7-9 (SWAC)

8. St. John’s 11-6 (BE)
9. Georgia 13-4 (SEC)

AT DENVER
5. Washington 14-4 (P10)
12. Utah State 17-2 (WAC)

4. Missouri 16-3 (B12)
13. Ball State 12-4 (MAC)

AT TAMPA
6. Wisconsin 14-4 (B10)
11. Memphis 14-4 (CUSA)

3. Villanova 16-2 (BE)
14. Fairfield 13-4 (MAAC)

AT TUCSON
7. West Virginia 12-5 (BE)
10. Florida State 14-5 (ACC)

2. San Diego State 20-0 (MWC)
15. Florida Atlantic 14-6 (Sun Belt)

Wrong Side of the Bubble:

UAB 13-4
Wichita State 15-4
Marquette 13-6
Baylor 12-5
Richmond 14-5
Colorado State 13-5
Dayton 14-5
Northwestern 13-5
Marshall 13-5

Multiple Bid Conferences:

Big East (10)
Big 12 (6)
Big Ten (6)
ACC (5)
SEC (5)
Mountain West (3)
Pac-10 (3)
A10 (2)
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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EAST REGIONAL-Newark

AT CLEVELAND

1. Ohio State 19-0 (B10)

16. Bethune-Cookman 10-8 (MEAC)/Long Island 14-4 (NEC)

8. Temple 13-4 (A10)

9. Kansas State 13-6 (B12)

AT CHARLOTTE

5. Georgetown 14-5 (BE)
12. Washington State 14-5 (P10)/Central Florida 14-3 (CUSA)

4. Kentucky 14-4 (SEC)

13. Coastal Carolina 17-2 (Big South)

AT TULSA

6. Vanderbilt 13-4 (SEC)

11. Cincinnati 16-3 (BE)

3. Texas 15-3 (B12)
14. Belmont 16-3 (A-Sun)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.

7. Xavier 12-5 (A10)

10. Old Dominion 14-4 (CAA)

2. UConn 15-2 (BE)

15. Bucknell 13-7 (Patriot)

WEST REGIONAL-Anaheim

AT CLEVELAND

1. Pitt 18-1 (BE)

16. Maine 11-7 (AEC)

8. Butler 13-6 (Horizon)

9. Boston College 14-5 (ACC)

AT TUCSON

5. Illinois 14-5 (B10)

12. Missouri State 15-4 (MVC)

4. Texas A&M 16-2 (B12)

13. Charleston 13-6 (Southern)

AT CHICAGO

6. North Carolina 13-5 (ACC)

11. Gonzaga 13-6 (WCC)

3. Notre Dame 15-4 (BE)

14. Oakland 13-8 (Summit)

AT DENVER

7. Michigan State 12-6 (B10)

10. Oklahoma State 14-4 (B12)

2. BYU 18-1 (MWC)

15. Northern Colorado 10-7 (Big Sky)

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL- San Antonio

AT TULSA

1. Kansas 18-0 (B12)

16. Long Beach State 11-9 (Big West)

8. Arizona 15-4 (P10)

9. St. Mary’s 17-2 (WCC)

AT TAMPA

5. Florida 14-4 (SEC)

12. Cleveland State 17-3 (Horizon)/Virginia Tech 12-5 (ACC)

4. Minnesota 14-4 (B10)

13. VCU 14-5 (CAA)

AT CHICAGO

6. Louisville 15-3 (BE)

11. Miami FL 12-6 (ACC)

3. Purdue 16-3 (B10)

14. Harvard 12-3 (Ivy)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.

7. Tennessee 12-6 (SEC)

10. UNLV 14-5 (MWC)

2. Syracuse 18-1 (BE)

15. Austin Peay 12-8 (OVC)

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL-New Orleans

AT CHARLOTTE

1. Duke 17-1 (ACC)

16. Stephen F. Austin 11-4 (Southland)/Texas Southern 7-9 (SWAC)

8. St. John’s 11-6 (BE)

9. Georgia 13-4 (SEC)

AT DENVER

5. Washington 14-4 (P10)

12. Utah State 17-2 (WAC)

4. Missouri 16-3 (B12)

13. Ball State 12-4 (MAC)

AT TAMPA

6. Wisconsin 14-4 (B10)

11. Memphis 14-4 (CUSA)

3. Villanova 16-2 (BE)
14. Fairfield 13-4 (MAAC)

AT TUCSON

7. West Virginia 12-5 (BE)

10. Florida State 14-5 (ACC)

2. San Diego State 20-0 (MWC)

15. Florida Atlantic 14-6 (Sun Belt)

Wrong Side of the Bubble:

UAB 13-4

Wichita State 15-4

Marquette 13-6

Baylor 12-5

Richmond 14-5

Colorado State 13-5

Dayton 14-5

Northwestern 13-5

Marshall 13-5

Multiple Bid Conferences:

Big East (10)

Big 12 (6)

Big Ten (6)

ACC (5)

SEC (5)

Mountain West (3)

Pac-10 (3)

A10 (2)

WCC (2)

MVC (2)

Horizon (2)

CAA (2)

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  1. paulmbanks says

    The ACC getting five?? how is that possible? I don’t doubt yuor skills, not even for a second but seriously that league blows. and how did Miami sneak in there?

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