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Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Bracketology: Eric Prisbell's NCAA tournament field of 68

By Eric Prisbell
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 nonexistent vs. Longhorns
5LouisvilleBig EastOne of Pitino's better coaching jobs
6 VanderbiltSECGot robbed vs. Florida
7IllinoisBig TenLoss to Northwestern was fifth in seven games
8TempleA-10Solid, unspectacular resume
9George MasonCAA*On longest win streak in 12 years
10MarquetteBig EastRally falls short vs. Villanova
11Boston CollegeACCScored much-needed win over Hokies
12UCLA/Michigan StatePlay-inElite programs in play-in game
13UTEPC-USA*No one wants to win this league
14Kent StateMAC*Flip a coin with the MAC teams
15FairfieldMAAC*Best win: Vermont
16Bethune-CookmanMEAC*7 of 9 Division I wins on road
New Orleans Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1PittsburghBig East*Entered weekend with two-game lead
2DukeACC*Singler comes alive vs. Terps
3VillanovaBig EastHeld off Marquette, few problems with W. Virginia
4WisconsinBig TenCan further damage Spartans' hopes
5MissouriBig 12Tigers need to win on road
6WashingtonPac-10Clipped by Oregon State on road
7UNLVMWCLone black mark: loss to Santa Barbara
8XavierA-10No high seeds for A-10 teams
9Saint Mary'sWCC*Only two wins vs. top 100 teams
10Cleveland StateHorizon*Hurt Valpo's at-large hopes
11Oklahoma StateBig 12Earned much-needed win vs. Missouri
12Old DominionCAAGot pounded by George Mason
13PrincetonIvy*Scored four-point win over Harvard
14BelmontAtlantic Sun*Has 12 wins away from home
15Austin PeayOhio Valley*Lost four overtime games
16Long Beach State/Jackson StatePlay-inJackson State beat one top 100 team
Anaheim Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1KansasBig 12Can't play Texas again until Big 12 tourney
2BYUMWC*Fredette saves them vs. Wyoming
3GeorgetownBig EastPlayed nation's toughest schedule
4SyracuseBig EastLosing skid finally ends vs. U-Conn.
5FloridaSEC*Fortunate to claim Vandy win
6North CarolinaACCDrew's decision to transfer a mystery
7ArizonaPac-10*A new favorite in down league?
8St. John'sBig EastFour top 13 RPI wins
9Utah StateWAC*Should run table in WAC
10GeorgiaSECHosts Xavier on Tuesday
11RichmondA-10Live and die by the three
12Wichita StateMVC*Three MVC vying for berths
13OaklandSummit*Lost two games by one point
14MontanaBig Sky*Can claim victory at UCLA
15BucknellPatriot*Logjam in middle of league
16Long Island*/McNeese State*Play-inLIU's SOS ranks 325th
San Antonio Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1TexasBig 12*The team no one wants to play
2ConnecticutBig EastShot selection an issue for Walker
3PurdueBig TenTop 20 in RPI and SOS
4 KentuckySECPatrick Patterson leadership would help
5West VirginiaBig EastBrutal schedule rest of the way
6TennesseeSECAs unpredictable as its conference
7MinnesotaBig TenIndiana loss a head-scratcher
8Florida StateACCSeminoles still an enigma
9CincinnatiBig EastStrength of nonleague sked stinks
10Virginia TechACCHokies get long break after BC loss
11Washington State/Kansas StatePlay-inMargin for error slim for both
12DuquesneA-10*Has not been to NCAAs since 1977
13CharlestonSouthern*Seven true road wins
14Coastal CarolinaBig South*Has not lost since Nov. 18
15Florida AtlanticSun Belt*Hofstra is lone top 100 victory
16VermontAmerica East*Gets rematch vs. Maine ON Feb. 16

* - Projected conference champion

By Eric Prisbell  | February 4, 2011; 11:21 AM ET
 
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Comments

"No high seeds for A-10 teams"

I agree with you there, Eric. Though if the conference can squeeze four teams in, they won't care too much about seeding. Xavier has a good chance to be a top 6 seed but they need to win at Georgia and Dayton for that.

What Duquesne has done this year is amazing. 7-0 in the conference - and all wins by 12 points or more! Ron Everhart has been a Godsend for that school.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 4, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Does a win vs Depaul count? Nd has beat Georgia (15-6), Wisconsin (16-5), Gonzaga (15-8), G-Town (17-5), Unconn (17-5) Pitt (20-2), and Cincy (18-4). Do those wins count? Second place in the big east! Go Irish!

Posted by: tcavanaugh | February 4, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Eric has proven me wrong before, but I still think if the Terps get more than 20 wins and finish in the top half of the ACC, they are in.

Not the best year, agreed. But the ACC is still the best basketball conference in the country. This includes the last two National Champions, and five of the last ten.

Maryland currently ranks #40 in the Sagarin, which is much more accurate, in my humble opinion, than the RPI. 20+ wins, and it will be hard to keep them out.

Eric, when was the last time an ACC team with 20+ wins missed the dance?

Posted by: steven09 | February 4, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/bkt1011.htm

Posted by: steven09 | February 4, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

An ACC team with 20+ wins missing the dance? See Virginia Tech, last year, with 23 wins.

Also see Virginia Tech for an ACC team missing the dance with 10+ ACC wins, both last year and in 2007.

Posted by: jlowery1 | February 4, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The ACC is the best best basketball conference in the country? Very funny. What was the St. John's vs Duke score last Sunday?

Posted by: tcavanaugh | February 4, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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