TSB’s Bracketology: Projecting the NCAA Tournament

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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: 3/4/11

By: David Kay

EAST REGIONAL-Newark

AT CLEVELAND
1. Ohio State 28-2 (B10)
16. Bethune-Cookman 20-11 (MEAC)/Long Beach State 20-10 (Big West)

8. UCLA 21-9 (P10)
9. Georgia 20-9 (SEC)

AT TAMPA
5. Xavier 23-6 (A10)
12. Cleveland State 25-7 (Horizon)

4. Georgetown 21-8 (BE)
13. Oakland 22-9 (Summit)

AT TAMPA
6. Temple 23-6 (A10)
11. Marquette 18-12 (BE)

3. Florida 23-6 (SEC)
14. Charleston 22-9 (Southern)

AT CHICAGO
7. Texas A&M 22-7 (B12)
10. Tennessee 18-12 (SEC)

2. Notre Dame 24-5 (BE)
15. Vermont 22-7 (AEC)

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL-New Orleans

AT CLEVELAND
1. Pitt 26-4 (BE)
16. Northern Colorado 19-10 (Big Sky)

8. Missouri 22-8 (B12)
9. Old Dominion 24-6 (CAA)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.
5. St. John’s 19-10 (BE)
12. Richmond 23-7 (A10)

4. Kentucky 21-8 (SEC)
13. Belmont 28-4 (A-Sun)

AT TULSA
6. UConn 21-8 (BE)
11. Boston College 18-11 (ACC)

3. Texas 24-6 (B12)
14. Coastal Carolina 28-4 (Big South)

AT CHICAGO
7. UNLV 22-7 (MWC)
10. Florida State 20-9 (ACC)

2. Purdue 25-5 (B10)
15. Fairfield 23-6 (MAAC)

WEST REGIONAL-Anaheim

AT CHARLOTTE
1. Duke 27-3 (ACC)
16. Florida Atlantic 21-9 (Sun Belt)

8. George Mason 25-5 (CAA)
9. Washington 20-9 (P10)

AT TUCSON
5. Kansas State 21-9 (B12)
12. Memphis 21-9 (CUSA)/Colorado State 19-10 (MWC)

4. Louisville 23-7 (BE)
13. St. Mary’s 23-7 (WCC)

AT DENVER
6. Vanderbilt 21-8 (SEC)
11. Butler 21-9 (Horizon)

3. Wisconsin 23-6 (B10)
14. Kent State 21-10 (MAC)

AT DENVER
7. Villanova 21-9 (BE)
10. Michigan State 17-12 (B10)

2. BYU 27-3 (MWC)
15. Long Island 25-5 (NEC)

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL- San Antonio

AT TULSA
1. Kansas 28-2 (B12)
16. McNeese State 18-10 (Southland)/Texas Southern 17-11 (SWAC)

8. Utah State 27-3 (WAC)
9. UAB 21-7 (CUSA)

AT WASHINGTON, D.C.
5. Arizona 24-6 (P10)
12. Gonzaga 22-9 (WCC)/Virginia Tech 19-9 (ACC)

4. Syracuse 24-6 (BE)
13. Princeton 22-5 (Ivy)

AT CHARLOTTE
6. West Virginia 19-10 (BE)
11. Illinois 18-12 (B10)

3. North Carolina 23-6 (ACC)
14. Bucknell 23-8 (Patriot)

AT TUCSON
7. Cincinnati 23-7 (BE)
10. Missouri State 23-7 (MVC)

2. San Diego State 28-2 (MWC)
15. Murray State 23-7 (OVC)

Wrong Side of the Bubble:
Wichita State 23-7
Clemson 19-10
Baylor 18-11
Alabama 19-10
Michigan 18-12
Southern Miss 21-8
UTEP 22-8
Nebraska 19-10

Multiple Bid Conferences:
Big East (11)
Big Ten (5)
Big 12 (5)
SEC (5)
ACC (5)
Mountain West (4)
A10 (3)
Pac-10 (3)
CUSA (2)
CAA (2)
Horizon (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. http://Justin%20Mertes-Mistretta says

    I would really like Ohio State’s chances if their region looked like this. Notre Dame would be the only team that I think could knock them off.

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