Bracketology February 20th, 2012

This past weekend was bracket busters and it provided a lot of answers to our questions about many mid majors. Murray State claimed the biggest win of the day by beating St. Mary’s. Murray State showed me and everyone else in America that are weren’t fading and were totally a legit team. St. Mary’s is a very good team and both teams are now very solid for at-large bids. Creighton beat Long Beach State in Omaha at the buzzer and both teams showed us how they can really score. Both teams will need to improve defensively but they are both going to be very tough outs in the NCAA Tournament. Wichita State once again showed us why they are perhaps the best of the mid major ranks by beating Davidson on the road. New Mexico beat up UNLV in Albuquerque in front of an electric crowd. The Lobo’s are now ahead in the MWC and are moving up seed lines with their impressive play beating San Diego State this week on the road as well.

The Big Ten had a good chance to get as many as nine bids this year but Minnesota and Illinois are both struggling mightily in conference. Northwestern beat the Gophers this weekend and are now back in despite their lack of impressive wins. The bubble is pretty weak right now and its possible some of these marginal in conference teams will make it in.

#1- Syracuse, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina

#2- Duke, Kansas, Michigan Sttae, Ohio State

#3- Georgetown, Marquette, Michigan, Baylor

#4- Indiana, Wichita State, Florida, Florida State

#5- UNLV, Louisville, Temple, Wisconsin

#6- Murray State, New Mexico, Creighton, Vanderbilt

#7- Gonzaga, Virginia, St. Mary’s, Notre Dame

#8- San Diego State, Southern Mississippi, St. Louis, California

#9- Kansas State, Iowa State, West Virginia, Harvard

#10- Connecticut, Purdue, Alabama, BYU

#11- Memphis, Mississippi State, Seton Hall, Texas

#12- Miami FL, Xavier, Northwestern, NC State, Colorado State, Washington

#13- Oral Roberts, Iona, Middle Tennessee State, Long Beach State

#14- Drexel, Akron, Davidson, Nevada

#15- Weber State, Cleveland State, Bucknell, Belmont

#16- Vermont, UNC Asheville, Mississippi State State, Norfolk State, Texas-Arlington, Long Island

Last Four In:

Northwestern, NC State, Colorado State, Northwestern

Last Eight Out:

Arizona, South Florida, Cincinnati, Mississippi, St. Joseph’s, Illinois, Minnesota, Wyoming

By Conference:

Big East-8

Big 10-7

ACC-6

Big 12-6

SEC-5

MWC-4

A10-3

WCC-3

MVC-2

CUSA-2

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