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The 68: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

Bracketology: Eric Prisbell's NCAA tournament field of 68

Newark Region Seed Team Conf* Note 1Ohio StateBig Ten*Won 10 straight Big Ten road games 2ConnecticutBig EastWalker vs. Fredette for player of the year 3Texas A&MBig 12Hammered by Texas on Wednesday 4MissouriBig 12Tigers have three top 25 RPI wins...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 21, 2011; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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What the Virginia Tech loss means for Maryland

From start to finish Thursday, Virginia Tech authored a dominating performance against Maryland to earn a conference road victory and remain on the right side of the NCAA tournament bubble. The Hokies (12-5, 3-2 ACC, RPI: 68) have won eight...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 21, 2011; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Today's No. 1 seeds: Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Kansas and San Diego State

As I start to delve into the numbers and begin to piece together my bracket this week, I want to take a closer look at potential No. 1 seeds to see if it is time for some shuffling to occur....

By Eric Prisbell  | January 20, 2011; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Did Kentucky's John Calipari need to apologize for his comments?

Some links for Thursday: More on John Calipari apologizing for his profane comments at the end of the Alabama game. Maryland needs better three-point shooting, and Jimmer Fredette is not walking through that door. Virginia Tech intent on stopping Jordan...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 20, 2011; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Bracketology today: Marshall earns upset over West Virginia

What mattered Wednesday: 1) Marshall 75, West Virginia 71: Marshall is 13-5 and this was not much of a damaging loss from an RPI standpoint. But it's a significant win for first-year coach Tom Herrion, the former Pittsburgh assistant. Marshall...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 20, 2011; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Maryland-Virginia Tech, which team needs to win more?

The truth about tonight's big game at Comcast Center: Both Maryland and Virginia Tech need a so-called quality victory in the worst way. Neither will get it tonight. Two good teams will take the court tonight. But these are two...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 20, 2011; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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What do you make of Bruce Pearl's Tennessee Volunteers?

No team may cause the NCAA tournament selection committee more headaches than Tennessee. Yes, Tennessee (12-6, 2-2 SEC) is 18th in the RPI and first nationally in schedule strength. But that only tells part of the story. The Volunteers are...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 19, 2011; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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North Carolina's Roy Williams: 'Keep your [darn] phone calls to yourself'

Some links to check out today: Did Georgetown save its season with the Seton Hall victory? Virginia looks for a complete game at surprising Boston College, which was predicted to finish 10th in the ACC. UNC's Roy Williams lashes out...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 19, 2011; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kentucky's John Calipari: 'We went to the wrong guys' late against Alabama

What mattered Tuesday: 1) Georgetown 80, Seton Hall 75: Big East teams have the opposite problem of ACC teams. There are almost too many quality opponents on the schedule for Big East teams. So when you play the non-NCAA tournament...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 19, 2011; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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San Diego State, Brigham Young top list of best non-BCS conference teams

Here is a look at the top teams from outside the top six power conferences (only games against division I opponents reflected in records): 1) San Diego State (19-0) Vs. top 50: 4-0 Best win: UNLV (21 in RPI) As...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 18, 2011; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Pittsburgh making a push for a No. 1 seed

Everyone with a computer can piece together a mock bracket these days. I only keep tabs on a handful of bracketologists. So here is a look around the bracket blogosphere today: As of today, four Big East teams are in...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 18, 2011; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kemba Walker the difference for Connecticut against Villanova

What mattered Monday: 1) Pittsburgh 74, Syracuse 66: What was more surprising, Pittsburgh's 19-0 run to start the game or Syracuse's 17-0 run that followed? This was Pitt's eighth victory in nine games against Syracuse, which played without leading scorer...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 18, 2011; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament resume comparison

These two resumes are similar, and no one would have guessed that before the season (only games against division I opponents are included): Team A Record: 11-5 RPI: 18 SOS: 7 Vs. top 50: 3-4 Road/neutral court record: 3-4 Best...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 17, 2011; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Where do Maryland, Virginia Tech and Georgetown stand today?

Here is a look at where the locals with the best at-large chances stand today: Maryland Record: 11-6 RPI: 91 SOS: 83 Vs. top 50: 0-6 Vs. top 100: 2-6 Best win: Penn State (57) Worst loss: Boston College (35)...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 17, 2011; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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