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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 02/14/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Ohio State, Texas, Kansas and Pittsburgh in line for top seeds

By Eric Prisbell

[Note: If you are planning to run an NCAA tournament office pool or a pool among friends, please contact me via e-mail. I'd like to hear from you about your pool. I'm not quoting you or anything; I'm just interested in your thoughts about an idea I have. prisbelle@washpost.com.
Thanks.]

Here's a look at where teams would likely land if the season ended today:

No. 1s
Ohio State (Big Ten automatic berth)
Texas (Big 12)
Kansas
Pittsburgh (Big East)

No. 2s
Notre Dame
Duke (ACC)
Brigham Young (MWC)
Georgetown

No. 3s
San Diego State
Connecticut
Wisconsin
Purdue

No. 4s

Villanova
North Carolina
Louisville
Florida

No. 5s
Kentucky
Syracuse
Missouri
Vanderbilt

No. 6s

Texas A&M
Arizona (Pac-10)
West Virginia
Xavier (Atlantic 10)

No. 7s
Tennessee
Temple
Nevada-Las Vegas
Washington

No. 8s
Illinois
St. John's
UCLA
George Mason (CAA)

No. 9s
St. Mary's (WCC)
Cincinnati
Old Dominion
Minnesota

No. 10s
Oklahoma State
Georgia
Boston College
Richmond

No. 11s
Utah State (WAC)
Virginia Tech
Wichita State (MVC)
Florida State

No. 12s
Alabama (SEC)
Texas-El Paso (Conference USA)
Memphis
Colorado State
Kansas State
Virginia Commonwealth

No. 13s
Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
Valparaiso (Horizon)
College of Charleston (Southern)
Oakland (Summit)

No. 14s
Vermont (America East)
Princeton (Ivy)
Coastal Carolina (Big South)
Kent State (MAC)

No. 15s
Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
Bucknell (Patriot)
Fairfield (Metro Atlantic)
Murray State (OVC)

No. 16s
McNeese State (Southland)
LIU (Northeast)
Hampton (MEAC)
Texas Southern (SWAC)
Northern Colorado (Big Sky)
Long Beach State (Big West)

By Eric Prisbell  | February 14, 2011; 10:07 AM ET
 
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Comments

Thanks for the coverage Eric!

Kansas St is 4-6 in conf with one quality win outside conf on Nov 16 vs VaTech. Take them out and put in Duquesne instead.

Fairfield beat Vermont head to head.

Good job not including Michigan St.

Florida St is 8-3 in conf but lower seed than BC who is 6-5. Fl St also beat BC(and Duke). Move them up and take out Ok St, another team 4-6 in conf who has one quality win vs a Missouri team that is way too high at #5.


Posted by: mgb711 | February 14, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Florida St is 8-3 in conf but lower seed than BC who is 6-5. Fl St also beat BC(and Duke).

Posted by: mgb711 | February 14, 2011 12:17 PM

Interesting re BC and FSU. Here's how they compare...

BC 16-9 (6-5)
RPI: 41 SOS: 21
Best wins: Texas A&M, Cal, at MD, VT
Worst losses: Yale, at Rhode Island

FSU 18-7 (8-3)
RPI: 49 SOS: 86
Best wins: Baylor, Duke, at Miami
Worst losses: at Auburn

FSU might have hurt itself with more RPI bombs on the schedule. BC has a better numbers resume, but FSU the better win (Duke) and record. Other than a win at Miami, FSU does not have a strong road resume. And only one pretty good non-con win. ACC wins just don't mean what they used to - though I think FSU is a pretty safe bet right now and should be higher than an 11.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 14, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Also, OK State has 3 RPI Top 50 wins -- Missouri State, Kansas State and Missouri. That's not too bad + wins at Tulsa and vs Alabama that are little resume boosters. And they have no horrible losses. If they scratch their way to .500 in the Big 12, they'll be in.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 14, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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