Bracketology – March 12th (Things Getting Clearer Now)

Ok, well huge day in College Hoops. Lets run it down.

Ohio State needed overtime to escape Northwestern and advance, but that’s OK. Ohio State is still the #1 overall seed, for now.

Kansas beat Colorado to continue on and get very close to locking up a #1 seed as well. Colorado is good shape for a bid right now. They are pretty much assured of a bid now, despite being done and having nothing in their control.

Louisville moved on to the Big East finals with a big time comeback on Notre Dame. The Irish move down to a 2 seed for now, and the Ville is up to a 3.

Duke handled Maryland and ended whatever hope Maryland had. Duke remains in the conversation for a 1 seed but need the ACC championship to make it happen.

UNC needed a tremendous comeback to beat Miami. The Heels also kept their 1 seed hope alive, while Miami will look back at this season thinking what could have been with all the close loses that made the difference between dancing and going to the NIT.

Michigan State upset Purdue and moved to a lock. The Spartans were in big trouble yesterday trailing Iowa, but they should feel good now about dancing with the big win.

BYU, oh wait, Jimmer beat New Mexico tonight. The Lobo’s are now done and BYU has to wonder if Jimmer can score 52 every night. Wow. Just stop Jimmer!

UConn beat Cuse to join Louisville in the final. The Huskies also improved their seed, and still have a shot at a 2 seed with a Big East championship tomorrow.

Florida beat Tennessee, but the Vols should still feel good about gaining a berth.

Penn State and Wisconsin played a JV girls game tonight. 36-33. Are you kidding me? Yeah Penn State got the big victory but I am disgusted by the way they did it! The Nittany Lions are back in it, but are just out for now. A big win tomorrow and they are in. A loss and they will sweat it out Sunday.

Arizona beat USC and likely ended their hopes of gaining an atlarge. USC gave it a good late charge but will probably fall just short.

Dayton upset Xavier and could be a bid stealer down the road here as they face St. Joe’s tomorrow. Bubble teams better hope Temple or Richmond win the A10.

Michigan beat Illinois and moved to lock status now. Illinois should be a lock too despite the set back.

Alabama, my least favorite team benefited from a huge choke job by Georgia today. Bama is still not glamorous but for now enter the field barely. The Dawgs still hold on as well, but both teams are far from locks.

UTEP and Memphis both won to set up a CUSA showdown for the title tomorrow. The loser will probably not get a bid considering what’s going on, but they’ll certainly have a shot.

In the ACC bubble games Virginia Tech won a thriller over Florida State. The Hokies got the benefit of time at the end of the game and it might very well be the ticket to the dance. The Hokies aren’t guarenteed of a berth but they are very close to locking it up, even with a loss to Duke tomorrow. FSU is a lock, so no worries there.

Also Clemson defeated BC in a bubble showdown. This one was a blowout (70-47) and a nice statement by the Tigers. I’ve moved them to lock status now, and BC will also be sweating it out come Sunday. The Eagles have some good wins, and RPI, but that loss is not a good way to end the season with the committee.

Click below for “games to watch” and our 5BS tournament predictions:

Games to Watch Saturday:

Clemson vs. North Carolina

Michigan vs. Ohio State

Kentucky vs. Alabama

Memphis vs. UTEP

Michigan State vs. Penn State

Harvard vs. Princeton

Duke vs. Virginia Tech

Florida vs. Vanderbilt

Texas vs. Kansas

San Diego State vs. BYU

UConn vs. Louisville

Locks in my opinion:

Big East (11):

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

ACC (4):

UNC, Duke, Florida State, Clemson

Big Ten (6):

Wisconsin, Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State

Big 12 (6):

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

Pac Ten (3):

Washington, UCLA, Arizona

Mountain West (3):

UNLV, BYU, San Diego State

SEC (4):

Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Florida, Tennessee

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: 63

Bubble spots available: 5

Teams Alive, 11 – 2 automatic bids=9): Georgia, Boston College, Virginia Tech, USC, Richmond, Alabama, Memphis, UAB, (UTEP),  (Utah State),  St. Mary’s, Penn State

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

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

Bracket March 12th 2011

1 Seeds-

Ohio State

Kansas

Pittsburgh

UNC

2 Seeds-

Duke

BYU

Notre Dame

Texas

3 Seeds-

Purdue

San Diego State

UConn

Louisville

4 Seeds-

Syracuse

Florida

Wisconsin

Kentucky

5 Seeds-

Arizona

Georgetown

St. John’s

Vanderbilt

6 Seeds-

West Virginia

Cincinnati

Temple

Texas A&M

7 Seeds-

Xavier

Kansas State

Missouri

UNLV

8 Seeds-

George Mason

Florida State

Old Dominion

Marquette

9 Seeds-

Utah State

Illinois

UCLA

Villanova

10 Seeds-

Washington

Tennessee

Richmond

Michigan

11 Seeds-

Gonzaga

Clemson

Colorado

Michigan State

12 Seeds-

Butler

Virginia Tech

UTEP

St. Mary’s

Alabama

Georgia

13 Seeds-

Belmont

Harvard

Oakland

Indiana State

14 Seeds-

Bucknell

Long Island

Wofford

Long Beach State

15 Seeds-

St. Peter’s

Kent State

Morehead State

Northern Colorado

16 Seeds-

Boston University

UNC Asheville

Arkansas Little Rock

Alabama State

McNeese State

Hampton

Last Four In-

Virginia Tech

St. Mary’s

Alabama

Georgia

Last Four Out-

Penn State

Boston College

UAB

Memphis

USC

Bids by Conference:

Big East-11

ACC-5

Big 12-6

Big Ten-6

SEC-6

Pac Ten-3

A10-3

MWC-3

Colonial-2

WCC-2

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