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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 01/28/2011

Bracketology: Eric Prisbell's NCAA tournament field of 68

By Eric Prisbell
UPDATED AFTER SATURDAY'S GAMES
Newark Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1Ohio StateBig Ten*Survived Northwestern to stay unbeaten
2San Diego StateMWCCould not contain The Jimmer
3VillanovaBig EastUpsets shake up Big East standings
4MissouriBig 12Tough part of schedule began Saturday at Texas
5GeorgetownBig EastHoyas hanging steady with No. 5 seed
6 VanderbiltSECSuffered first home loss of season to Arkansas
7North CarolinaACCBarnes thrives in waning moments
8TempleA-10Two games back in Atlantic 10 standings
9CincinnatiBig EastBearcats 2-4 vs. top 50 teams after West Virginia loss
10GonzagaWCCAt-large berth slipping away?
11Oklahoma StateBig 12Cowboys just 2-6 vs. top 100
12UCLAPac-10One of two teams to beat BYU
13OaklandSummit*Faces soft schedule over next week
14Coastal CarolinaBig South*Radford was fourth straight road game
15FairfieldMAAC*Nonconference SOS ranked 331st entering Saturday
16 Long Beach State/Jackson StatePlay-inLong Beach snapped two-game losing skid Wednesday
New Orleans Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1PittsburghBig East*Notre Dame lulled Panthers to sleep
2 TexasBig 12Thompson leads in rebounds, blocks, steal
3PurdueBig TenNever challenged Buckeyes, bounced back vs. Minnesota
4KentuckySEC*Strength of schedule ranked 18th entering Saturday
5IllinoisBig TenWeber's team stumbles vs. Indiana
6LouisvilleBig EastFew can figure out Cardinals
7TennesseeSECFewer can figure out Vols
8XavierA-10*Again Atlantic 10 favorite after crushing Richmond
9Saint Mary'sWCC*Should end Zags' WCC title streak
10GeorgiaSECAt bottom of balanced SEC East
11Virginia TechACCGeorgia Tech loss an anomaly or omen?
12 Kansas State/Old DominionBig 12/CAAK-State more disappointing than Spartans?
13Cleveland StateHorizon*Kent State is only top 100 win
14Kent StateMAC*Flashes have won four of five
15Florida AtlanticSun Belt*Suffered first Sun Belt loss of season on Saturday
16Bethune-CookmanMEAC*No team taking charge in MEAC race
Anaheim Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1DukeACC*Could have run table with Irving?
2KansasBig 12*Jayhawks playing with heavy hearts
3Notre DameBig EastIrish finally solve road woes
4SyracuseBig EastDefense lax during losing skid
5WashingtonPac-10*Best team no one notices
6MinnesotaBig TenPurdue snapped Gophers' four-game win streak
7UNLVMWCRPI boosted by games vs. SDSU, BYU
8Michigan StateBig TenMost trying year of Izzo's tenure
9St. John'sBig EastRed Storm continues to slide
10Boston CollegeACCEagles have lost three of four
11Utah StateWAC*Has not lost since Dec. 4
12Richmond/George MasonA10/CAAA "play-in" game with local interest
13CharlestonSouthern*Holding steady at a No. 13 seed
14BucknellPatriot*20-point loss at Army snapped nine-game win streak
15Austin PeayOhio Valley*Still has not beaten a top 100 team
16McNeese StateSouthland*No clear front-runner in Southland
San Antonio Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1ConnecticutBig EastHuskies with four top 25 wins
2BYUMWC*The nation's No. 1 team in RPI
3Texas A&MBig 12Aggies with five top 50 wins
4WisconsinBig TenBest victory: Minnesota
5FloridaSECFortunate to survive Georgia game
6West VirginiaBig EastAnyone left on roster?
7Florida StateACCSeminoles with only 44 points in loss to Clemson
8ArizonaPac-10Wanted: more quality wins
9Missouri StateMVC*Nonleague SOS ranked 225th entering weekend
10MarquetteBig EastCould be one of Big East teams to fade
11Virginia CommonwealthCAA*Should be a multi-bid year for CAA
12MemphisC-USA*Four-game winning streak snapped by Marshall
13HarvardIvy*Let the countdown to Princeton game begin
14BelmontAtlantic Sun*Lost by nine at Lipscomb
15MaineAmerica East*Black Bears with seven straight winsy
16LIU/Northern ColoradoPlay-inPlay-in game we've been waiting for

* - Projected conference champion

By Eric Prisbell  | January 28, 2011; 11:01 AM ET
 
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Comments

Eric, nice job but I wish you would explain sometime/somewhere how the field will work with the extra games, it's hard to tell from this. What we really want to know is how the brackets will shake out for those (millions) of us in or running pools.

Re the field, you are giving short shrift to the A-10 -- where's Duquesne? And Xavier an 8? Both teams are much better than that. I'm a Big East guy and know St. John's had a nice (home) win v Duke Sunday but they are very borderline.

Agree that GMU, VCU and maybe ODU all should get in from CAA.

Posted by: StikeDC1 | January 30, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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