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

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The Reality of Marquette’s NCAA Tournament Chances

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After a heartless second half effort in a crucial game against St. John’s on Tuesday, Marquette now finds itself in desperation mode regarding their 2011 NCAA Tournament hopes.  At 6-7 in Big East play with five regular season games remaining, history tells us the margin of error is incredibly slim if the Golden Eagles hope to hear their name called on Selection Sunday.

By: David Kay
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Bracket Breakdown: East Regional

By: David Kay

Synopsis
With mid-majors New Mexico and Temple as two of the top five seeds, this regional looks a little weak.  Kentucky is the most talented team in the country with four future lottery picks on their roster but can they put it all together to make a tournament run?  #2 West Virginia is coming off a Big East Tournament title and is a serious contender to get to Indy while #4 Wisconsin is one of the best coached teams in the nation and if they get hot, can beat anybody.
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Big East Power Rankings

By: David Kay

1. Syracuse: 13-2, 26-2 (LWR: 1)
I love Andy Rautins.  There I said it.  Judge me, I don’t even care.  He honestly deserves to be in All-American consideration.  I am not drunk.  He is the calming force for this ‘Cuse team and does everything on the floor.  By the way, words cannot describe how excited I am for the ‘Nova-‘Cuse game Saturday night.  We’re talking as excited as a 12-year old girl seeing a naked lady for the first time.

Up Next: vs. Villanova (Sat), vs. St. John’s (Tues)

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College Hoops 101

By: David Kay

College Hoops 101 is a weekly article centering around all things college basketball.  David Kay looks back at the previous week, glances forward to what is ahead in the up-coming days, and keeps track of how many games he has watched this season in hopes of topping his mark from a year ago (274.)

In this week’s edition we make beautiful music, bubble mania, and two Big Ten teams further the stereotype of Big Ten basketball..
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