Bracketology March 7, 2011

Not a ton of games today, but there were some key finals.

Ohio State put a pounding on Wisconsin and most likely is locked into a number one seed.

Kentucky finally won a road game at Tennessee, and has put the Vols alot closer to bubble. The good news is, the Vols still have alot of key victories and given the weakness of the bubble, that will help them on selection sunday. I still think they’re going to get in, even with a first round loss in Atlanta, but they are treading mucky waters right now. Kentucky helped their case for a top five seed, and that could improve by a strong showing this week.

VCU upset George Mason and put alot of bubble teams in jeopardy if they can win the CAA title. Old Dominion won their semifinal today and move on to face VCU. Every bubble team should root for a ODU victory because George Mason and ODU are locks anyway.

BC took care of business against Wake Forest and will move on the ACC tournament now as the five seed. Unfortunately they’ll have to face Wake Forest again on Thursday with a chance to face Clemson on Friday. The Eagles are probably in as long as they take care of Wake Forest again.  The  potential BC-Clemson matchup could be a bubble knockout game, but the winner will be a lock, and the loser will be right on the edge on selection sunday.

Penn State beat Minnesota to finish 9-9 in the Big Ten and stay barely alive in their hopes of a bid. The Nittany Lions have alot of work to do in the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota, on the other hand is pretty much done. They have been so bad lately, falling apart down the stretch.

Indiana State upset Missouri State in the MVC final to punch their ticket to the dance. Missouri State is assured now of playing in the NIT because their resume really has nothing to lean on.

Florida State has moved into lock status by winning at NC State this evening. The Noles were extremely close to locking up a bid for a while now but hadn’t quite captured it yet. Now the Noles will be definitely be dancing.

Florida State locked up a bid today with their road win at NC State, but they are still without their star Chris Singleton

St. Mary’s took care of business as well today and advanced to the finals of the WCC. Gonzaga also took care of San Francisco and will take on the Gaels for the title and an assured spot in the tournament, while the loser will have to sweat out selection sunday.

On a final note, I couldn’t help put take Georgia and Tennessee off of lock status…I just don’t feel 100 percent sure they will make it. I reviewed their resumes and they weren’t as impressive as I had previously remembered, especially Georgia. Georgia has no bad losses (Alabama was their worst), but they don’t have much in the way of wins.

Locks in my opinion:

Big East (11):

Pittsburgh, Louisville, Notre Dame, UConn, St. John’s, West Virginia, Marquette, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Villanova, Georgetown

ACC (3):

UNC, Duke, Florida State

Big Ten (4):

Wisconsin, Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue

Big 12 (5):

Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, Texas A&M

Pac Ten (3):

Washington, UCLA, Arizona

Mountain West (3):

UNLV, BYU, San Diego State

SEC (3):

Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Florida

Colonial (2):

George Mason, Old Dominion

A10 (2):

Xavier, Temple

All other conference are locked it with atleast one team: 22 Conferences and Bids (including five with multi-bid opportunities)

Locked Bids: 58

Bubble spots available: 10

Teams Alive, 21 – 4 automatic bids=17): Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson, Boston College, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Colorado, Baylor, Washington State, USC, Colorado State,  (Butler), Richmond, Alabama, Memphis, (UAB), UTEP,  (Utah State), Gonzaga, (St. Mary’s)

(***)=projected conference champ receiving auto bid

TAKE A LOOK AT THE ACTUAL BRACKET IN THIS LINK BELOW!!!

Bracket Match 7 2011

Click Below for 5BS Predictions


1 Seeds-

Ohio State

Kansas

Pittsburgh

Notre Dame

2 Seeds-

Duke

BYU

San Diego State

North Carolina

3 Seeds-

Texas

Purdue

Syracuse

Wisconsin

4 Seeds-

Louisville

Florida

Georgetown

St. John’s

5 Seeds-

Arizona

UConn

Kentucky

Vanderbilt

6 Seeds-

West Virginia

Texas A&M

Xavier

Missouri

7 Seeds-

Temple

Cincinnati

Villanova

Kansas State

8 Seeds-

George Mason

UNLV

UCLA

Old Dominion

9 Seeds-

Utah State

Illinois

Florida State

Boston College

10 Seeds-

Washington

Tennessee

Marquette

Richmond

11 Seeds-

Michigan State

St. Mary’s

Georgia

Clemson

12 Seeds-

Butler

Michigan

Gonzaga

UAB

Virginia Tech

Colorado

13 Seeds-

Indiana State

Harvard

Belmont

Charleston

14 Seeds-

Long Beach State

Vermont

Oakland

Bucknell

15 Seeds-

Long Island

Morehead State

Iona

Kent State

16 Seeds-

UNC Asheville

Texas Southern

Bethune Cookman

McNeese State

Middle Tennessee

Northern Colorado

Last Four In-

Michigan

Virginia Tech

Gonzaga

Colorado

First Four Out-

Alabama

Memphis

USC

UTEP

Next Four Out-

Baylor

Nebraska

Colorado State

Washington State

Also Considered:

NONE!

Bids by Conference:

Big East-11

ACC-6

Big 12-6

Big Ten-6

SEC-5

Pac Ten-3

A10-3

MWC-3

Colonial-2

WCC-2

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