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Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 02/25/2011

Bracketology: Eric Prisbell's NCAA tournament field of 68

By Eric Prisbell
UPDATED WITH SATURDAY'S RESULTS
Newark Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1PittsburghBig East*Five top 25 RPI wins
2TexasBig 12*Gave up 58 points in second half of loss to Colorado
3WisconsinBig TenHow good are Badgers outside Madison?
4North CarolinaACCOnly two contenders in ACC
5KentuckySECFell in tight game at Arkansas
6 West VirginiaBig EastFailed to outlast Pittsburgh
7CincinnatiBig EastDefense stellar against Hoyas
8Old DominionCAAMonarchs are 3-3 vs. top 50 teams
9Kansas StateBig 12How quickly its outlook has changed
10GeorgiaSECCan't afford late-season slide
11ButlerHorizon*League tournament will be intriguing
12Saint Mary'sWCC*Forget about at-large hopes
13Wichita StateMVC*Missouri State showdown looms
14College of CharlestonSouthern*Tough loss at Appalachian State
15FairfieldMAAC*9-4 vs. top 200 teams
16Texas Southern*/Bethune-Cookman*Play-inBethune-Cookman is MEAC's most talented team
New Orleans Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1Ohio StateBig Ten*Both losses in two tough road games
2Notre DameBig EastHad no answer for Providence's Brooks
3FloridaSECGators 8-2 vs. top 50 teams
4LouisvilleBig EastCardinals have six wins against top 25 RPI teams
5MissouriBig 12Ultimate home-court heroes
6St. John'sBig EastCan they win away from MSG?
7TempleAtlantic 10No challenge for Duke
8WashingtonPac-10Huskies have won four of five games
9Utah StateWAC*At-large hopes still in question
10Michigan StateBig TenDo you trust Spartans again?
11MinnesotaBig TenGophers a sinking ship?
12AlabamaSEC*Had won 9 of 10 before stumbling at Ole Miss
13BelmontAtlantic Sun*15 wins on road/neutral courts
14Kent StateMAC*Golden Flashes 1-6 vs. RPI top 100
15Murray StateOVC*Avenged earlier loss to Morehead State
16 McNeese State*/Florida Atlantic*Play-inFlorida Atlantic has four bad losses
Anaheim Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1KansasBig 12Defense remains a question mark
2San Diego StateMWCNeeds two BYU wins for No. 1 seed
3PurdueBig TenStrong season without Hummel
4SyracuseBig EastOrange hang on to beat Hoyas
5VanderbiltSECHelped Tennessee solidfy bid
6VillanovaBig EastWildcats look vulnerable
7George MasonCAA*The hottest team in the country
8Nevada-Las VegasMWCCan't beat San Diego State, BYU
9UCLAPac-10Dropped tough game vs. Cal
10MarquetteBig EastEarned much-needed win vs. U-Conn.
11Virginia TechACCOn good side of bubble after Duke win
12Boston College/GonzagaACC/WCCACC could be all over play-in games
13PrincetonIvy*Back in first in topsy-turvy Ivy League
14Coastal CarolinaBig South*Won 22 straight, but is 2-2 since then
15BucknellPatriot*Bison 1-5 vs. top 100 teams
16Long Beach StateBig West*Nonleague schedule strength very strong
San Antonio Region
Seed Team Conf* Note
1DukeACC*Champs in position to defend title
2Brigham YoungMWC*Completed regular season sweep of San Diego State
3GeorgetownBig EastNeed Wright back for NCAAs
4ConnecticutBig EastYoung team too erratic
5Texas A&MBig 12Two of six losses against Texas
6ArizonaPac-10*Williams a first-team all-American
7XavierAtlantic 10*3-3 against top 50 teams
8TennesseeSECNCAA shadowing Pearl, Vols
9IllinoisBig TenVeteran team needs strong finish
10UABC-USA*Several bubble teams from Conference USA
11Florida StateACCHopes diminished without Singleton
12Richmond/Colorado StateAtlantic 10/MWCRichmond clinging to Purdue win
13OaklandSummit*Three losses by three points or less
14VermontAmerica East*Bracket Buster loss to Charleston
15Long IslandNortheast*SOS ranks 299th
16MontanaBig Sky*Beat Portland State by one point

* - Projected conference champion

By Eric Prisbell  | February 25, 2011; 11:22 AM ET
 
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Comments

bucknell will lose in the patriot league tourney. look for au to make it to the big dance again.

a big showing for penn state against ohio state could be huge...

and i love the comment on mason, ha!

Posted by: rubyx4soho | February 25, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

BYU will only play in New Orleans or Anaheim regionals. No potential for Sunday games there.

Posted by: PGEMF1 | February 25, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I just don't see how 5 teams is justified from the ACC this year. Heck, 4 even seems plenty. On the other hand, I just don't see how the CAA won't get three in, they are deserving of it for sure.

Posted by: variaban | February 25, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

no md?

Posted by: Airborne82 | February 25, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Grow up Prisbell! This is what 13-year-olds do.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | February 25, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm with rubyx4soho -- AU all the way in the Patriot -- peaking at the right time!

Posted by: esp7711 | February 25, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Prisbell asks "can [St. John's] win away from MSG?" This bracket was updated with Saturday's results. Did the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia become MSG yesterday and I missed it somehow?

Posted by: atl2ny1 | February 27, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Stating that Minnesota is "in" makes no sense. They are 6-10 in the Big Ten and behind teams like Michigan who are on your bubble but beat them.

Posted by: 4472jon | February 28, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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