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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 01/21/2011

Bracketology: Eric Prisbell's NCAA tournament field of 68

By Eric Prisbell
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
5GeorgetownBig EastEscaped Seton Hall with win
6Michigan StateBig TenNever smooth for Spartans
7FloridaSECA 45-40 win over Auburn? Ugh
8UNLVMWCTripped up by Colorado State, barely beat New Mexico
9Boston CollegeACCExperienced bunch is overachieving
10XavierA10Won litmus test against Temple on Saturday
11Missouri StateMVC*Best win: at Wichita State
12Utah StateWAC*No shame in losses to Georgetown, BYU
13OaklandSummit*Should be a trendy upset pick
14IonaMAAC*Prime competitor: Fairfield
15Long Beach StateBig West*Upset by Cal State-Fullerton on Wednesday
16Long Island/McNeese StatePlay-inLIU had eight-game winning streak snapped Saturday night
New Orleans Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1PittsburghBig East*Panthers have four top 25 RPI wins
2DukeACC*Needs to re-prove itself without Irving
3TexasBig 12Down 15, Longhorns storm back to shock Kansas in Lawrence
4IllinoisBig TenCame up just short against Ohio State
5KentuckySEC*Calipari dropping four-letter bombs
6MinnesotaBig TenOnly four top 100 victories
7St. John'sBig EastLooking to sweep Georgetown
8Saint Mary'sWCC*Crushed by Vandy on Saturday, first loss since Dec. 1
9Oklahoma StateBig 12Frantic rally vs. Iowa State
10GeorgiaSECLost heartbreaker vs. Tennessee
11MarquetteBig EastThe Louisville meltdown may linger
12Washington StatePac-10Three bids at most from Pac-10
13CharlestonSouthern*Dropped three-point game at Chattanooga
14Coastal CarolinaBig South*Only Big South team without league loss
15 BucknellPatriot*American on its heels
16Morgan State/Northern ColoradoPlay-inBethune-Cookman top challenger in MEAC
Anaheim Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1San Diego StateMWC*Countdown to BYU game underway
2SyracuseBig EastConsecutive losses to Pittsburgh, Villanova
3PurdueBig TenJohnson saves Penn State game
4LouisvilleBig EastStarting to gain momentum?
5WisconsinBig TenUnusual home scare vs. Indiana
6West VirginiaBig EastMarshall still celebrating after upsetting rival
7VanderbiltSECVandy 7-4 against top 100 teams
8Florida StateACCBest team defense in nation
9ArizonaPac-10Fell short against Huskies
10Virginia TechACCNo depth, no problem vs. Terps
11Central FloridaC-USA*Sliding fast in Conference USA race
12Colorado/ValparaisoBig 12/HorizonHorizon League could get two bids
13BelmontAtlantic Sun*Thumped Campbell by 35
14HarvardIvy*Ranked 45th in RPI
15Austin PeayOhio Valley*Entered weekend with consecutive losses
16Florida AtlanticSun Belt*Won at Western Kentucky by five
San Antonio Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1KansasBig 12*Baffling second-half collapse against Texas
2VillanovaBig EastBig East with four 1 or 2 seeds
3Brigham YoungMWCJimmer-mania well underway
4Notre DameBig EastIrish very tough at home
5WashingtonPac-10*As exciting as any team
6TempleA10*Dropped a seed after Duquesne loss
7TennesseeSECThe nation's biggest enigma
8North CarolinaACCPoint guard change helps
9GonzagaWCCLost to Santa Clara by 14
10Kansas StateBig 12Tough road ahead for Wildcats
11Old DominionCAA*Followed JMU win with loss to VCU
12Cincinnati/George MasonBig East/MWCBearcats a paper tiger
13Cleveland StateHorizon*No Butler out of Horizon?
14MaineAmerica East*Beat Vermont by 14
15Ball StateMAC*Only unbeaten team in MAC play
16Texas SouthernSWAC*Tigers have not lost since Jan. 2

* - Projected conference champion

By Eric Prisbell  | January 21, 2011; 10:51 AM ET
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seriously? george mason in the MWC? the school is half an hour away from your office

Posted by: philipeberly | January 23, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

George Mason- that local team that the Post loves to neglect is actually in the CAA. You remember the Patriots don't you? The team that made it to the final four a few years ago? I realize that you guys are focused 24/7 on Maryland and Georgetown, even when they're awful, but for the love of all that is holy can we get some respect from our local newspaper?

Posted by: jataylor1 | January 23, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Xavier gets the A10 slot over Duquesne?!?!

You gotta be kiddin' me. And Eric, they BOTH beat Temple.

Wake up and smell Pittsburgh fever.

Thanks much. HLB

Posted by: HLBeckPE | January 23, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

No kidding, George Mason is in the MWC? Seriously? Come on Post, stop sleeping on GMU. Our RPI is better than Maryland's and the whole CAA is crushing compared to the ACC. CAA has 6 in the top 100 RPI. Stop giving such short shrift to GMU, please!!!! By the way, Mason is going to crush ODU in the tourney. That's all there is to it!!!!!

Posted by: johnsmith8 | January 23, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Xavier gets the A10 slot over Duquesne?!?!

You gotta be kiddin' me. And Eric, they BOTH beat Temple.

Posted by: HLBeckPE | January 23, 2011 2:30 PM

The Dukes are looking good so far in the A10 - and maybe they should be considered for a spot in the tourney, but why would that be at the expense of Xavier?? Look at the resumes...

12-5 (RPI 94, SOS 163)
Best wins - Temple(h)
Worst loss - Robert Morris

13-5 (RPI 26, SOS 21)
Best wins - Butler, Temple, Dayton (all h)
Worst loss - Miami OH(a)

Beat Xavier at home next month and then we'll talk.

Posted by: Kev29 | January 24, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

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