TSB’s Bracketology: Projecting the 2011 NCAA Tournament (2/18/11)

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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 25-1 (B10)
16. Hampton 19-6 (MEAC)/Texas State 13-12 (Southland)

8. George Mason 22-5 (CAA)
9. Washington 18-7 (P10)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.
5. Vanderbilt 19-6 (SEC)
12. Minnesota 17-9 (B10)

4. Villanova 20-6 (BE)
13. Missouri State 21-6 (MVC)/UAB 18-7 (CUSA)

AT TAMPA
6. Louisville 19-7 (BE)
11. St. Mary’s 22-5 (WCC)

3. Florida 20-5 (SEC)
14. Charleston 20-7 (Southern)

AT CHICAGO
7. Temple 20-5 (A10)
10. Boston College 16-9 (ACC)

2. Notre Dame 21-4 (BE)
15. Miami, OH 14-12 (MAC)

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL-New Orleans

AT CHARLOTTE

1. Duke 24-2 (ACC)
16. Long Island 21-5 (NEC)

8. Memphis 20-6 (CUSA)
9. UNLV 19-7 (MWC)

AT DENVER
5. Arizona 21-4 (P10)
12. Virginia Tech 17-7 (ACC)/Southern Miss 19-6 (CUSA)

4. Wisconsin 19-6 (B10)
13. Oakland 19-9 (Summit)

AT TAMPA
6. Texas A&M 20-5 (B12)
11. Colorado State 18-7 (MWC)

3. Georgetown 20-6 (BE)
14. Coastal Carolina 25-3 (Big South)

AT TULSA
7. West Virginia 16-9 (BE)
10. Georgia 17-8 (SEC)

2. Kansas 24-2 (B12)
15. Murray State 20-7 (OVC)

WEST REGIONAL-Anaheim

AT CLEVELAND
1. Pitt 24-2 (BE)
16. Montana 19-7 (Big Sky)

8. Utah State 24-3 (WAC)
9. Old Dominion 21-6 (CAA)

AT TUCSON
5. Xavier 19-6 (A10)
12. Michigan State 14-11 (B10)

4. Kentucky 18-7 (SEC)
13. Princeton 19-4 (Ivy)

AT CHICAGO
6. Syracuse 21-6 (BE)
11. Wichita State 22-5 (MVC)

3. Purdue 21-5 (B10)
14. Bucknell 19-8 (Patriot)

AT DENVER
7. Kansas State 17-9 (B12)
10. Cincinnati 20-6 (BE)

2. BYU 24-2 (MWC)
15. Fairfield 21-5 (MAAC)

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL- San Antonio

AT TULSA
1. Texas 23-3 (B12)
16. Florida Atlantic 18-9 (Sun Belt)/Texas Southern 13-10 (SWAC)

8. UCLA 19-7 (P10)
9. Illinois 17-9 (B10)

AT CHARLOTTE
5. St. John’s 16-9 (BE)
12. Butler 19-9 (Horizon)

4. North Carolina 19-6 (ACC)
13. Belmont 23-4 (A-Sun)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.
6. Missouri 20-6 (B12)
11. Cleveland State 23-5 (Horizon)

3. UConn 20-5 (BE)
14. Vermont 22-5 (AEC)

AT TUCSON
7. Tennessee 16-10 (SEC)
10. Florida State 18-7 (ACC)

2. San Diego State 26-1 (MWC)
15. Long Beach State 16-10 (Big West)

Wrong Side of the Bubble:

Oklahoma State 16-9
Penn State 14-11
Baylor 17-8
Alabama 16-8
Marquette 15-11
UTEP 19-6
Washington State 17-9
Richmond 20-7

Multiple Bid Conferences:
Big East (10)
Big Ten (6)
Big 12 (5)
SEC (5)
ACC (5)
Mountain West (4)
Pac-10 (3)
CUSA (3)
A10 (2)
CAA (2)
Horizon (2)
MVC (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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  1. 65 to 68 makes a big difference. Butler is still in. PSU is still in the convo. probably wouldn’t happen last yr.

    btw, Illini have just one more conf road win than DePaul this yr! DEPRESSING

  2. I thought I’d have to read a book for a divrosecy like this!

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