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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 01/14/2011

Bracketology: Eric Prisbell's NCAA tournament field of 68

By Matt Bonesteel
Newark Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1Ohio StateBig Ten*Sullinger nation's best freshman
2VillanovaBig EastStokes shooting 47 percent from three-point range
3TexasBig 12Thompson leader in rebounds, blocks, steals
4WashingtonPac-10*Stanford edged Huskies on Thursday
5FloridaSECTop 10 in RPI and SOS
6TempleAtlantic 10*Fell behind 22-2 in loss to Duquesne
7Nevada-Las VegasMWCCame up short vs. San Diego State
8North CarolinaACCBarnes got hot late vs. Hokies
9CincinnatiBig East16-2 but only one RPI top 50 win
10Missouri StateMVCWichita State slipping
11MarquetteBig EastWas up 18 on Louisville with less than six minutes left. Lost by one.
12OaklandSummit*Should not be challenged in league play
13DrexelCAAPlenty of good CAA teams
14Austin PeayOVC*Governors have won six straight
15Coastal CarolinaBig South*Has not lost since Nov. 18
16Jackson State/N. ColoradoPlay-inNeither team has winning record vs. D-I teams
New Orleans Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1SyracuseBig East*Unbeaten Orange one win from tying best start in program history
2KentuckySEC*Should cruise vs. SEC West
3Notre DameBig EastIrish already with seven top 50 wins
4Texas A&MBig 12Scored OT win over Missouri for 13th straight win
5PurdueBig TenFell short vs. Minnesota
6Michigan StateBig TenEarned much-needed win vs. Wisconsin
7Kansas StateBig 12Not the team we expected
8ArizonaPac-10Sean Miller has Wildcats contending
9Boston CollegeACCThe second-best team in the ACC?
10ButlerHorizon*Cleveland State biggest is challenger
11MiamiACCScored crucial win over BC to avoid 0-3 ACC start
12HofstraCAASuffered first CAA loss to Old Dominion on Saturday
13Utah StateWAC*Won at Nevada by 14
14BelmontAtlantic Sun*Beat Jacksonville by 31
15Long Beach StateBig West*Was 5-0 in Big West entering Saturday night
16Wagner/Morgan StatePlay-inTake your pick in the MEAC
Anaheim Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1DukeACC*Not same team without Kyrie Irving
2PittsburghBig EastThumped Georgetown on road
3Brigham YoungMWCFredette in national player of year talk
4MissouriBig 12Suffered seventh straight loss to Texas A&M
5GeorgetownBig EastRighted ship against Rutgers
6WisconsinBig TenLet one slip away vs. Spartans, bounced back vs. Illini
7Central FloridaC-USA*Memphis has faded fast
8West VirginiaBig EastMountaineers pulverized Providence
9GeorgiaSECNo need to look at SEC West
10TennesseeSECVols waiting for Pearl return
11 Virginia TechACCWanted: quality ACC opponents
12Xavier/UABA10/C-USAXavier gets home state advantage in Dayton?
13Ball StateMAC*Lots of parity in MAC
14FairfieldMAAC*Playing four straight road games
15 VermontAmerica East*Strong RPI for an America East team
16McNeese StateSouthlandFive-game road stretch starts Wednesday
San Antonio Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1KansasBig 12*Selby gives Jayhawks a chance at title
2San Diego StateMWC*Circle Jan. 26 game at BYU
3ConnecticutBig EastWalker in player of year mix
4IllinoisBig TenThe latest to lose to Penn State
5LouisvilleBig EastCardinals fell short at Villanova
6VanderbiltSECGave up 17-point lead in loss to Vols
7MinnesotaBig TenSchedule eases up a bit
8St. John'sBig EastRed Storm ranked second in SOS
9Oklahoma StateBig 12Would rather forget trips to Texas A&M, Colorado
10St. Mary'sWCC*Won at Pepperdine by 25
11Old DominionCAA*Playing five straight top 100 teams
12Gonzaga/Washington StateWCC/Pac-10WSU stumbled in OT against Cal
13CharlestonSouthern*Morehead State rout a blemish
14PrincetonIvy*Tigers hovering around No. 50 in RPI
15Florida AtlanticSun Belt*Beat MTSU by 10
16BucknellPatriot*Beat American by 15

* - Projected conference champion

By Matt Bonesteel  | January 14, 2011; 4:00 PM ET
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I'll be very surprised if, when all is said and done, Georgetown is a higher seed than WVU.

Crazy to think about the Mountain West having a 2 seed AND a 3 seed in the tourney.

I also think it's very possible that Marquette ends up with a higher seed than Cincy. The only good BE team cincy has played is nova and they lost, while marquette has already banked wins against wvu and notre dame.

Posted by: WrongDog | January 14, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

RPI this time of year is worthless at best and misleading at worst.

Posted by: MBP1 | January 14, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Ditto to the above comment. Also, projecting the field this time of year is totally worthless and a complete waste of time. Seems like it has more to do with getting the reporter's name out there (no offense Prisbell) than anything else.

I can't imagine more than a handful of people are even clicking on this page. Please don't put this junk out there every few days for at least another month.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 14, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

My God, Barno, you're crabby.

The season's half over. Where are we? Granted the gut of the conference schedule is yet to come, but it's interesting to see what people who follow these things closely think at this point (and I confess I don't follow teams outside the Big East that closely).

Bracketology is a harmless exercise. Does no harm. Lighten up.

Posted by: blaneyboy | January 15, 2011 3:16 AM | Report abuse

man guy you bite the lemon a big lemon ....
don't you know Maryland is coming to dance ? Maryland is coming to the dance people ...MARYLAND IS COMING TO THE DANCE !

Posted by: doggydodo | January 15, 2011 7:50 AM | Report abuse

James Madison is 14-3 overall (better than Drexel, Hofstra & ODU) and 4-1 in the CAA (better than Drexel & ODU). We lost a relatively close game at Kansas State (75-61) and got a close win over presumed tourney team Princeton, who's 11-4 overall. I realize the season is only about halfway over, and to show we're legit we need to beat all the aforementioned CAA squads (along with GMU & VCU), but right now, the exclusion seems a little silly. Hofstra has a couple nice wins (over Drexel & GMU) but they also lost at home to UNC by 44. Drexel and ODU have similar resumes (two or three nice wins compromised by blowout losses to tourney teams), so at this point, shouldn't JMU be in over at least one of those teams?

(Yes, I'm a total homer, and thrilled that JMU making the big dance is even a slim possibility. J-M-U DUUUUUUUUUUUUKES!)

Posted by: evogood | January 15, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

JMU corrections:
*15-3 overall
*5-1 in the CAA
*Better than Drexel, Hofstra & ODU overall AND within the conference (not to mention VCU, GMU, etc.)

Posted by: evogood | January 16, 2011 4:13 AM | Report abuse

Hard to believe that the author puts any effort into this at all. It is almost like he just resorts the same teams. Colorado beats Missouri, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. They are all in the brackets and Colorado is only mentioned as something OSU is going to have to forget. Because we already know who is going. I don't particularly care about Colorado, I just dislike lazy writers.

I would think the point of the exercise is who would make the tournament now or at least based on their current play. The great thing about college basketball is how much teams evolve over the season. This misses the point. I think that is what all of the negative posts are basically pointing out, and they are spot on.

Posted by: westernwear | January 16, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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