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The 68: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

Bracketology: Eric Prisbell's NCAA tournament field of 68

UPDATED WITH SATURDAY'S RESULTS Newark Region Seed Team Conf* Note 1Ohio StateBig Ten*My prediction: Will not run table in regular season 2San Diego StateMWCGay to the rescue at Colorado State 3Notre DameBig EastDoes win vs. DePaul count? 4Texas A&MBig 12Offense...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 4, 2011; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: What to do with Michigan State

Wanted to take a close look at where Michigan State stands in relation to other so-called bubble teams. These are not the only bubble teams MSU needs to worry about, but they represent two different type of bubble teams: a...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 4, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: ACC in position for five bids

The NCAA tournament is sure to be entertaining and unpredictable this season, but attempting to project the 68-field is downright painful. Go ahead and try to find 37 deserving at-large teams. You'll find 32 or 33 and then will have...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 4, 2011; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Blind resume comparison

Here is a profile comparison that may interest you: Team A Record: 14-8 RPI: 74 SOS: 51 Vs. top 50: 1-7 Vs. top 100: 3-8 Best win: at No. 47 in RPI Worst loss: No. 62 in RPI Road-neutral court:...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 3, 2011; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Where would Ohio State, Texas play in the first round?

Let's take our first stab at looking at where some teams may play in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. As you know, the selection committee makes every effort to keep highly seeded teams close to home. Also...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 3, 2011; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: A glance at the current bubble teams

Duquesne stands alone in first in the Atlantic 10 for the moment, so I'm giving them the automatic berth right now. I'm also giving the MVC automatic berth to Wichita State, which puts Missouri State and Northern Iowa on the...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 3, 2011; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Michigan State's Tom Izzo: 'Worst performance by a team I coached since I have been at Michigan State'

This may be a down year for many conferences nationwide, but Wednesday night brought a thoroughly entertaining night of college basketball: upsets, high-profile matchups, last-second, game-winning shots. Wednesday night was a nice primer for what should be a wild NCAA...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 3, 2011; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Most ACC teams are in the 'C-minus' range, says guru

Some links to check out today: Will Maryland fans behave at Comcast Center? Most ACC teams are in the 'C-minus' range, Jerry Palm tells J.P. Giglio. What happens when/if N.C. State misses another NCAA tournament? Luke Winn unveils the "Magic...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 2, 2011; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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How Maryland can reach the NCAA tournament without beating Duke

If Maryland beats Duke tonight, Maryland's road to the NCAA tournament would become more manageable because the Terrapins would possess their first attention-grabbing victory of the season. That's obvious. What I am trying to figure out is Maryland's path to...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 2, 2011; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: What's the matter with the Kentucky Wildcats?

What mattered Tuesday: 1) Mississippi 71, Kentucky 69: The SEC East is a scrum. The SEC West may be irrelevant, but Ole Miss is the latest team from the inferior division to claim an upset. The Wildcats shot 49 percent...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 2, 2011; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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'Post Sports Live' talks Georgetown, Maryland-Duke

Jonathan Forsythe, LaVar Arrington, Liz Clarke and Paul Tenorio chat about red-hot Georgetown and Maryland-Duke on this week's episode of "Post Sports Live."...

By Matt Bonesteel  | February 1, 2011; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Are the Duke Blue Devils overrated?

I am not one to overreact to Duke's double-digit loss at St. John's. It is one game. But when you look at Duke's body of work to this point, the true quality victories seem to be lacking for a team...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 1, 2011; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Utah State-St. Mary's matchup highlights BracketBuster schedule

As always, there are some compelling BracketBuster matchups this season. I'm disappointed Oakland is not in the event because Oakland is a good team that could win a game in the NCAAs as a No. 13 seed. Here are my...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 1, 2011; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Surging Georgetown holds off Louisville

What mattered Monday: 1) Georgetown 62, Louisville 59: This one was not a work of art. Each team committed 16 turnovers. But the Hoyas shot 76 percent from the field in the second half, and guard Chris Wright finished with...

By Eric Prisbell  | February 1, 2011; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Will 11 Big East teams reach the NCAA tournament?

No conference has ever sent more than eight teams to the NCAAs; the Big East did it three times (2006, 2008, 2010). This season, the Big East could send as many as 11 of its 16 teams to the NCAA...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 31, 2011; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Blind resume comparison

To get an idea how difficult it will be to separate some of these so-called bubble teams, let's compare two resumes without revealing the names of the schools. Team A Record: 16-6 RPI: 61 SOS: 88 Vs. top 50: 1-2...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 31, 2011; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Does Duke deserve a No. 1 seed?

Some links to check out after a crazy college basketball weekend: This is a good question: Can Duke earn a No. 1 seed without a lot of quality victories? Maryland is emerging in more and more mock brackets, according to...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 31, 2011; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: How watered down is the 68-team field?

Most of the teams on the so-called NCAA tournament bubble are dangerous and are capable of blah, blah, blah. Yeah, okay. That's true. The truth also is that most of these teams are mediocre and that it is painful splitting...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 31, 2011; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, George Mason

With the NFL playoffs taking the weekend off, many sports fans for the first time this winter witnessed what this season's college basketball landscape is all about. And it's about parity. Rather than run down all of the upsets this...

By Eric Prisbell  | January 31, 2011; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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