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The 68: March 6, 2011 - March 12, 2011

NCAA basketball: Chris Wright will play in NCAA tournament for Hoyas

On his Twitter account, Georgetown guard Chris Wright just announced that he will be playing for the Hoyas in the NCAA tournament. Wright broke a bone in his left (non-shooting) hand on Feb. 23 against Cincinnati, and Georgetown hasn't won...

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 12, 2011; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA basketball: Eric Prisbell's NCAA tournament field of 68

Newark Region Seed Team Conf* Note 1Ohio StateBig Ten*Keep feeding Sullinger the ball 2North CarolinaACC*Marshall's been the difference 3SyracuseBig EastCould be headed to D.C. 4LouisvilleBig East Not star-studded, but not a problem 5VanderbiltSECBest win: vs. North Carolina 6Texas A&MBig...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 12, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Updated 68-team tournament field projection

Here is my 68-team NCAA tournament field, as of Saturday morning. My final bracket will be posted after 3 p.m. Sunday. No. 1s Ohio State (BIG TEN) Kansas (BIG 12) Pittsburgh Notre Dame No. 2s Duke San Diego State Texas...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 12, 2011; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Texas-Kansas game has No. 1 seed implications

There are not as many games on today, but there's still plenty at stake when it comes to seeding and berths. Here is what to watch for today Bubble watch 11:30 a.m.: Memphis vs. UTEP 1 p.m.: Kentucky vs. Alabama...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 12, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Alabama, Penn State contending for final berths

From start to finish, Friday was a fantastic day of college basketball. My day began with watching the Ohio State, North Carolina and Dayton, all in tight, exciting games, on 18 big screen televisions in the media hotel. Then I...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 12, 2011; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big Ten tournament: Michigan State takes large step toward locking up at-large bid

Everyone, Michigan State forward Draymond Green said, had been waiting to see when the Spartans finally would play a "great" game. Green said he'd been waiting to see the same thing, and he'd had a premonition that Friday's Big Ten...

By Steve Yanda  | March 11, 2011; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big Ten tournament: With a 'Yes' face, Michigan earns big win over Illinois

"Excuse me, sir," the security guard asked the winning coach as he walked down the hallway toward his team's locker room following a postgame press conference. "Can I see your credential?" Michigan coach John Beilein looked up and smiled. His...

By Steve Yanda  | March 11, 2011; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA basketball: Boston College vs. Clemson in ACC tournament

Boston College and Clemson are going at it in the ACC tournament quarterfinals. Both teams are among the 17 fighting for the final nine at-large spots. Follow along here....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 11, 2011; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA basketball: Michigan and Illinois battling in Big Ten tournament

Michigan, squarely on the bubble, is taking on Illinois in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. Follow the action here....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 11, 2011; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA basketball: Ohio State outlasts Northwestern at Big Ten tournament

Ohio State and Jared Sullinger (20 points, 18 rebounds) were simply too much for plucky Northwestern, http://stats.washingtonpost.com/cbk/recap.asp?g=201103110443&home=443&vis=421&final=true">as the Buckeyes earned a 67-61 overtime win in the Big Ten quarterfinals. Box score here....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 11, 2011; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA basketball: In ACC tournament, North Carolina beats Miami on Tyler Zeller's lay-in

Down 19 with about 10 minutes left in the second half, North Carolina staged a furious rally to beat Miami on Tyler Zeller's unguarded lay-in after a nice dish by Kendall Marshall. The top-seeded Tar Heels advanced to Saturday's ACC...

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 11, 2011; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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NCAA basketball: Ohio State battling Northwestern at Big Ten tournament

Top-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State is having some issues with Northwestern at the Big Ten tournament. The Wildcats are looking to make the NCAA tournament for the first time ever. Follow along here....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 11, 2011; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA basketball: North Carolina in a battle with Miami at ACC tournament

It's halftime of the North Carolina-Miami game in the ACC quarterfinals, and the top-seeded Tar Heels are struggling with turnovers. Follow the action here....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 11, 2011; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: 28 teams are locks for at-large bids

To review, the NCAA tournament selection committee hands out 37 at-large bids. As of Friday morning, I have 28 teams that are locks to receive those bids. That leaves nine open slots. The number of open slots can change when...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 11, 2011; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: St. Mary's-VCU resume comparison

This is a difficult call. Many people just tossed Virginia Commonwealth aside when it lost to Old Dominion in the CAA tournament final. That may have been premature. St. Mary's is one of the last four in on most people's...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 11, 2011; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Big Ten tournament: What's on tap for Friday

The quarterfinal round of the Big Ten tournament features four games with NCAA tournament bubble implications. Here's a rundown of Friday's games: Ohio State vs. Northwestern, noon: This game might not mean much for Ohio State, but for the Wildcats...

By Steve Yanda  | March 11, 2011; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Fired up for Selection Sunday?

Our panelists discuss Selection Sunday and what it means to them....

By Washington Post sports editors  | March 11, 2011; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Southern California, Penn State on bubble

Here is my last four in/first four out as of Friday morning, but this may get tweaked today. Last chance for a quality win today for some: Last four in Michigan State Virginia Tech Colorado St. Mary's First four out...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 11, 2011; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Georgia-Alabama an elimination game?

Here's a quick look at some of the games that could change the tournament landscape some: Bubble watch 1 p.m.: Georgia vs. Alabama 2 p.m.: Illinois vs. Michigan 2 p.m.: Boston College vs. Clemson 3 p.m.: East Carolina vs. Memphis:...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 11, 2011; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA basketball: Eric Prisbell's NCAA tournament field of 68

RESULTS ARE THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT Newark Region Seed Team Conf* Note 1Ohio StateBig Ten*In line for top overall seed 2FloridaSEC*10-2 vs. RPI top 50 teams entering Friday 3ConnecticutBig EastNo doubting Kemba Walker in clutch 4Brigham YoungMWC*A shell of its former...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 11, 2011; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Big Ten tournament: Michigan State squeaks past Iowa

Michigan State could not afford to lose Thursday and remain in contention for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The bubble is weak, but it's not that weak. The Spartans won, but in what has become their typical fashion...

By Steve Yanda  | March 10, 2011; 8:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big East tournament: Notre Dame vs. Cincinnati

Notre Dame and Cincinnati open the night session at the Big East tournament. The Fighting Irish could be in line for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Game preview here. Follow the action here....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 10, 2011; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Brigham Young survives ... barely

LAS VEGAS -- Brigham Young's Jimmer Fredette said his Cougars are going to be just fine. He said they don't necessarily have to reinvent themselves in a week; they just have to make more shots. "Same as always," Fredette said....

By Eric Prisbell  | March 10, 2011; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big East tournament: Syracuse beats St. John's, and we have a Fab Melo sighting

Syracuse freshman center Fab Melo, who pulled a disappearing act throughout the season after coming to Upstate New York as a heralded prep prospect, scored 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting as the Orange defeated St. John's, 79-70, in the Big...

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 10, 2011; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big 12 tournament: Kansas State vs. Colorado

Kansas State, which is pretty much ensured of an NCAA tournament bid, is taking on Colorado, which is fighting for its tournament life and probably could use the win. Follow the Big 12 tournament quarterfinal game here....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 10, 2011; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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ACC tournament: Boston College vs. Wake Forest

Fifth-seeded Boston College and 12th-seeded Wake Forest are playing in the first round of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Follow the action here....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 10, 2011; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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VIDEO: Watch Kemba Walker's buzzer-beater in the Big East tournament

Kemba Walker, assassin....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 10, 2011; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big East tournament: Syracuse vs. St. John's

Fifth-seeded St. John's is taking on fourth-seeded Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. Game preview here. Box score here....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 10, 2011; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big Ten tournament: Northwestern taking on Minnesota

Northwestern, looking for its first-ever NCAA tournament bid, is battling Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Live box score here....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 10, 2011; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Pittsburgh still a No. 1 seed?

Connecticut knocked Pittsburgh out of the Big East tournament today, and now the question will be whether the Panthers should be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. My initial reaction is that it is going to be difficult...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 10, 2011; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big 12 tournament: Kansas survives against Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State had a chance to pull off the upset of Kansas at the Big 12 tournament, but fell just short. Box score here....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 10, 2011; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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ACC tournament: Virginia collapses in loss to Miami

Virginia was up 53-43 on Miami with 42 seconds left in regulation in the teams' first-round ACC tournament game. The Cavaliers lost to the Hurricanes, 69-62, in overtime after Miami went on a 10-0 run in about 20 seconds to...

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 10, 2011; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big East tournament: Kemba Walker does it again for UConn.

Kemba Walker's step-back jumper at the buzzer sent ninth-seeded Connecticut to an upset of top-seeded Pittsburgh in the Big East tournament quarterfinals. Box score can be found here....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 10, 2011; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big 12 tournament: Kansas vs. Oklahoma State

Top-seeded Kansas is taking on ninth-seeded Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. Follow the action here....

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 10, 2011; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big East tournament: Pittsburgh vs. Connecticut

Top-seeded Pittsburgh is taking on ninth-seeded Connecticut in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. Follow the action here. Eric Prisbell has the Panthers as a No. 1 seed and the Huskies as a No. 5 seed in his latest...

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 10, 2011; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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ACC tournament: Virginia vs. Miami

No. 8 seed Virginia is taking on No. 9 Miami in the first round of the ACC tournament. Follow the action here. Cavaliers beat writer Steve Yanda wrote this morning about how Virginia has stuck to Coach Tony Bennett's plan...

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 10, 2011; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Is the bubble vanishing?

(Really busy day, but I'd love to hear which team you're thinking of picking to win the national championship this season and which team could be a sleeper. Drop me a quick email: prisbelle@washpost.com.) The delirium usually sets in around...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 10, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Updated 68-team tournament field projection

(Really busy day, but I'd love to hear which team you're thinking of picking to win the national championship this season and which team could be a sleeper. Drop me a quick email: prisbelle@washpost.com.) Each year I am judged on...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 10, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Alabama, VCU among first teams out

(Really busy day, but I'd love to hear which team you're thinking of picking to win the national championship this season and which team could be a sleeper. Drop me a quick email: prisbelle@washpost.com.) Prediction: This is the last day...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 10, 2011; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Syracuse, Wisconsin could head to D.C.

(Really busy day, but I'd love to hear which team you're thinking of picking to win the national championship this season and which team could be a sleeper. Drop me a quick email: prisbelle@washpost.com.) Let's do a quick run through...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 10, 2011; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Michigan State, Virginia Tech among teams in must-win games

(Really busy day, but I'd love to hear which team you're thinking of picking to win the national championship this season and which team could be a sleeper. Drop me a quick email: prisbelle@washpost.com.) Good morning, everyone. Today is when...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 10, 2011; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Colorado, St. John's fortunate to win

Colorado nearly found a way to eliminate itself from bubble consideration today. But the Buffaloes went on a 12-2 run in the final minutes to edge lowly Iowa State, 77-75. Alec Burks scored 25 of his 29 points in the...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 9, 2011; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Georgetown could fall to a No. 8 seed (or worse)

It has been painful to watch Georgetown without Chris Wright the past few games. Predictably, the Hoyas lost to Connecticut this afternoon in the Big East tournament, 79-62. The Huskies are a tough matchup for Georgetown because of their offensive...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 9, 2011; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Colorado becomes last team in field

Because Butler won the Horizon League tournament, it opens up a slot for another bubble team in most people's brackets. I'm not crazy about Colorado's profile, as I've made clear. But you have to complete the bracket. This will be...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 9, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Updated 68-team tournament field

Here is my updated 68-team tournament field, as of Wednesday morning: No. 1s Ohio State (BIG TEN) Kansas (BIG 12) Pittsburgh (BIG EAST) Notre Dame No. 2s Duke San Diego State Syracuse Florida (SEC) No. 3s BYU (MWC) Purdue North...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 9, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Big test looms for depleted Georgetown

We are at the point where power-conference teams can play their way in or play their way out of the tournament field with performances in their respective conference tournaments. You just hope that it is clear. These teams have to...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 9, 2011; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: 11 Big East teams projected to make field

Go ahead and pencil in an NCAA-record 11 Big East teams in the 68-team tournament. Marquette had been vulnerable, but that was before disposing of Providence last night. The weakest link at this point is Villanova, which let the South...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 9, 2011; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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'Post Sports Live' talks about Georgetown's Big East tournament chances

Georgetown beat writer Tarik El-Bashir talks about Georgetown's postseason prospects with Dan Steinberg and LaVar Arrington on the latest edition of "Post Sports Live."...

By Matt Bonesteel  | March 8, 2011; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Kansas, Florida among best teams away from home

When evaluating a team's resume, NCAA tournament selection committee members ask three questions: Who did you play? How did you play? And where did you play? One of the best ways to measure a team's ability to win away from...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 8, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Updated 68-team tournament field

Here is my updated 68-team field as of Tuesday morning: No. 1s Ohio State (BIG TEN) Kansas (BIG 12) Pittsburgh (BIG EAST) Notre Dame No. 2s Duke San Diego State Syracuse Florida (SEC) No. 3s BYU (MWC) Purdue North Carolina...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 8, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: St. Mary's, Michigan State among last teams in

These are the four teams I have headed to Dayton: Last four in: Virginia Tech St. Mary's Michigan State Clemson (Virginia Tech vs. St. Mary's; Clemson vs. Michigan State. That's a pretty good slate of games for two of the...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 8, 2011; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Why Lunardi is wrong about Colorado and Georgia

Let me first say that ESPN's Joe Lunardi does a great job with his brackets each year. I'm on a plane right now headed out to Las Vegas, so maybe Lunardi has tweaked his bracket. But as of Tuesday morning...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 8, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Old Dominion wins CAA tournament, bubble teams relax

Some thoughts as the more premier conference tournaments begin to get underway: 1) We've seen utter chaos among mid-majors so far. Let's discount the West Coast Conference for a second because Gonzaga and St. Mary's were co-champs. Seven other automatic...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 8, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Where to seed Georgetown

I know I'm not the only one who is going to develop an ulcer trying to figure out Georgetown's seed before Sunday night. Georgetown Record: 21-9 RPI: 11 SOS: 1 (3 in non-conference) Vs. top 50: 8-9 Vs. top 100:...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 7, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Virginia Tech loves the bubble

Virginia Tech enters the final week of the season on the bubble? I'm shocked -- shocked! Virginia Tech Record: 19-10 RPI: 64 SOS: 87 (151 in non-conference) Vs. top 50: 2-6 Vs. top 100: 7-7 Best wins: Duke (5), Florida...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 7, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: George Mason on track for 8/9 game

Let's take a closer look at George Mason's resume, which is now complete. George Mason Record: 26-6 RPI: 26 SOS: 89 (84 in non-conference) Vs. top 50: 3-2 Vs. top 100: 8-4 Best wins: Old Dominion (24), Harvard (35), at...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 7, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Updated 68-team tournament field

(FYI: The office pool story will run on Selection Sunday. Please email me if you have any questions or comments on anything. prisbelle@washpost.com) A quick note: Turner Sports tells me it has declared next Monday National Bracket Day and encourages...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 7, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Virginia Tech, Georgia among last teams in

This will remain fluid throughout the week as the conference tournaments ensue. After looking at VCU's resume closer, I think they are getting overlooked some as an at-large candidate. I've got them in my first four out. Some of this,...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 7, 2011; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Michigan State, Alabama squarely on soft bubble

(FYI: The office pool story will run on Selection Sunday. Please email me if you have any questions or comments on anything. prisbelle@washpost.com) Here is a look at the oh-so-soft bubble and what the teams on it will need to...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 7, 2011; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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NCAA tournament 2011: Notre Dame overtakes Duke for No. 1 seed

(FYI: The office pool story will run on Selection Sunday. Please email me if you have any questions or comments on anything. prisbelle@washpost.com) Okay, take a deep breath after a maddening weekend. Here are the answers to some key questions...

By Eric Prisbell  | March 7, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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