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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 02/11/2011

Bracketology: Eric Prisbell's NCAA tournament field of 68

By Eric Prisbell
Newark Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1Ohio StateBig Ten*Finally lost on Saturday to Wisconsin
2GeorgetownBig EastHard to beat when Big Three are on
3San Diego StateMWCCould rise again with BYU win
4LouisvilleBig EastInjuries can't derail Cardinals
5Texas A&MBig 12Best rebounding team in league
6 VanderbiltSECUNC victory looking better now
7TempleAtlantic 10Owls winners of six straight
8WashingtonPac-10Why play defense when you can score 109?
9St. John'sBig EastVeteran team could be dangerous in tourney
10Florida StateACCDefense good, offense not so good
11Wichita StateMVC*Southern Illinois loss hurts at-large hopes
12ValparaisoHorizon*Horizon looks like one-bid league
13CharlestonSouthern*Goudelock a scoring machine
14BelmontAtlantic Sun*Keeping ahead of ETSU in Atlantic Sun
15FairfieldMAAC*Rider loss snapped six-game win streak
16 Long Beach State/Northern ColoradoPlay-inNorthern Colorado 2-7 vs. RPI top 200
New Orleans Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1PittsburghBig East*Rebounding key with Gibbs sidelined
2DukeACC*Nolan Smith pries win away from UNC
3PurdueBig TenPlays three straight top 50 teams
4FloridaSECNo one loves close games like Gators
5MissouriBig 12Still looking for Big 12 road win
6West VirginiaBig EastRemaining schedule too tough
7UNLVMWCPlayed San Diego State tough in first meeting
8UCLAPac-10Bruins are gaining steam
9 MinnesotaBig TenGophers have lost four straight
10MarquetteBig EastRecord vs. RPI top 200 a concern
11GeorgiaSECNeeds to tighten up defense
12Memphis/Boston CollegeC-USA/ACCEagles' sweep of Terps could be key
13OaklandSummit*Should be in BracketBuster
14PrincetonIvy*Harvard rematch on March 5
15BucknellPatriot*Has breathing room after second American win
16 Long IslandNortheast*Blackbirds with 11 true road wins
Anaheim Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1KansasBig 12Selby nursing stress reaction in foot
2Brigham YoungMWC*Jackson Emery is unsung standout
3ConnecticutBig EastLamb compensating for Walker's slump
4VillanovaBig EastGift-wrapped big win for Rutgers
5North CarolinaACCMarshall notable upgrade for Heels
6TennesseeSECPearl's return can't boost Vols
7IllinoisBig TenToo much experience to slide
8CincinnatiBig EastThat nonleague schedule is a black eye
9Old DominionCAAMay have popped VCU's bubble chances
10Kansas StateBig 12Team Dysfunction still alive
11DuquesneAtlantic 10*At-large hopes need boost
12AlabamaSEC*Most unlikely team in field
13Coastal CarolinaBig South*Great job by Cliff Ellis under radar
14VermontAmerica East*Has not lost since Jan. 18
15Murray StateOhio Valley*Has 10 true road wins
16Hampton/Texas SouthernPlay-inHampton's best win: Colorado State
San Antonio Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1TexasBig 12*Thompson X-factor for Longhorns
2Notre DameBig EastHansbrough in league POY race
3WisconsinBig TenThe first to topple the Buckeyes
4SyracuseBig EastOrange lost three straight at home
5KentuckySECWall offers Wildcats inspired message
6ArizonaPac-10*Rebuilding effort ahead of schedule
7XavierAtlantic 10Georgia victory boosts hopes
8George MasonCAA*No one in CAA can touch Patriots
9Saint Mary'sWCC*Not enough top 100 victories
10Oklahoma StateBig 12Tough road games loom
11Utah StateWAC*At-large hopes took big hit
12Richmond/Virginia TechAtlantic 10/ACCBoth teams pass eye test
13Texas-El PasoC-USA*Six teams near top of standings
14Kent StateMAC*Little separation between first and last in MAC
15Florida AtlanticSun Belt*RPI at 89 entering weekend
16Northwestern StateSouthland*SOS ranks 341st nationally

* - Projected conference champion

By Eric Prisbell  | February 11, 2011; 10:39 AM ET
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I'm assuming that you saw GMU beat ODU solidly on Saturday. So if Mason takes a misstep at the CAA tourney in Richmond then THEY will get the at-large bid over ODU if, say, VCU wins the automatic bid?

Posted by: pdawgy | February 11, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Hansbrough BE POY? Not likely...

Posted by: jdumb | February 11, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

GMU is a solid #8 seed here...but it could hinge on conference tournament results.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | February 11, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Hansborough in the race? Sure, I think he's there with Marshon Brooks - but Kemba Walker should be the favorite, then pre-season choice Austin Freeman.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 11, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I can't get a gauge on how these 4 new spots are going to be used. Are we going to have essentially 4 play-in games between 8 16-seeds, because that's a giant waste of time if that's the case. However, if they put 8 12-seeds against each other, now we're cooking with gas!

Posted by: cao091402 | February 11, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Gee, what do you know? Another
down-to-the-wire CAA regular season.
I was hoping to go to Saturday's JMU-Mason game but I may've "hoped" too late--I heard it's sold out. To those attending: Be loud and make Mason proud.

The rise of the CAA continues.

Posted by: WaPoPimp | February 11, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

The Big East tournament is going to be another heavyweight fight. Might not be anybody left standing by the time the NCAA's roll around. GO HOYAS!

Posted by: CHICO13 | February 12, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Am I missing something here?

I count only 3 ACC teams (Duke/UNC/Florida State)...

Posted by: IReadTheBaltimoreSunWhenIWantToReadGoodSportsWriting | February 12, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

There are two more. Virginia Tech and Boston College are listed as 12 seed play-in teams.

Posted by: evwill | February 13, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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