Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Bracketoloy 101's Field Of 65 - March 9

Here is Chris and Craig's latest field:

Last Four In
Florida State, Cincinnati, Missouri State, George Mason

Last Four Out
Hofstra, Air Force, Creighton, Syracuse

In This Bracket
Monmouth, Montana

Out This Bracket
Fairleigh Dickinson, Northern Arizona

Conference Breakdown
(Automatic bids in multiple bid conferences are the first teams listed. Teams who have already earned a bid are in bold.)
Big East (8), Big Ten (7), SEC (6), ACC (5), MVC (5), Pac-10 (4), Big 12 (4), C-USA (2), Colonial (2)

America East - Albany

ACC - Duke, North Carolina, Boston College, North Carolina State, Florida State

Atlantic Sun - Belmont

A-10 - George Washington

Big East - UConn, Villanova, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Cincinnati

Big Sky - Montana

Big South - Winthrop

Big Ten - Ohio State, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan

Big 12 - Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M

Big West - Pacific

Colonial - UNC-Wilmington, George Mason

C-USA - Memphis, UAB

Horizon - Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ivy - Penn

Metro Atlantic - Iona

MAC - Kent State

MCC - Oral Roberts

MEAC - Delaware State

MVC - Southern Illinois, Wichita State, Northern Iowa, Bradley, Missouri State

MWC - San Diego State

Northeast - Monmouth

Ohio Valley - Murray State

Pac-10 - UCLA, Washington, Arizona, California

Patriot - Bucknell

SEC - LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky

Southern - Davidson

Southland - Northwestern State

SWAC - Southern

Sun Belt - South Alabama

WAC - Nevada

WCC - Gonzaga

The Seeds

The 1s
UConn, Villanova, Duke, Memphis

The 2s
Ohio State, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina

The 3s
Gonzaga, LSU, George Washington, UCLA

The 4s
Iowa, Tennessee, West Virginia, Washington

The 5s
Pittsburgh, Boston College, Kansas, Florida

The 6s
Oklahoma, Michigan State, Nevada, Marquette

The 7s
Georgetown, Wisconsin, Arkansas, North Carolina State

The 8s
Indiana, Wichita State, Bucknell, Alabama

The 9s
Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Michigan, UAB

The 10s
Arizona, Northern Iowa, UNC-Wilmington, Bradley

The 11s
Seton Hall, Texas A&M, California, Cincinnati

The 12s
Florida State, Missouri State, George Mason, San Diego State

The 13s
Kent State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, South Alabama, Iona

The 14s
Winthrop, Pacific, Murray State, Montana

The 15s
Northwestern State, Albany, Davidson, Penn

The 16s
Oral Roberts, Delaware State, Belmont, Monmouth (Play-In Game), Southern (Play-In Game)

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Anonymous said...

i applaud you gentlemen on removing Air Force from the bracket. They have beaten nobody and don't deserve an at large

Anonymous said...

I am a Cincinnati Fan so my view may be a bit slanted, but I don't see how Kentucky is rated higher than Cincinnati.

The Bearcats & Wildcats have both beaten West Virgina, Ohio, & Louisville. The only other significant win UK has is over Tennessee.

The Bearcats also have wins over Marquette, Vandy & LSU, the later two of which UK couldn't beat.

Cincinnati's Schedule strength is also higher than UK's.


Anonymous said...

B101 guys:

I may be one of the only people who view your terrific site interested in the NCAA fate of the LSU Tigers. I think they are a very underrated team this year (although I admit I am very biased).

My question is: If LSU wins the SEC tornament (even I'll admit that is unlikely since Tyrus Thomas won't be playing), what chance do they have to rise to a 2 seed? Personally, I think their tough out of conference schedule and those close losses to good teams weighs in their favor. Plus, they do have good wins over WVU, Tennessee, Arkansas twice and Kentucky. Which teams do you think are most vulnerable to be replaced by LSU as a 2 seed?

Thanks and look forward to seeing your comments/input.

Bracketology 101 said...

Cinci and Kentucky do look pretty even (both similar RPI's and records, and both 5-5 last 10). What hurts Cinci is their recent losses to fellow Big East bubble teams (Syracuse, @ Hall). Kentucky recent big win @ Tennessee also looks better then Cinci's home win to WVU. Kentucky also has a much better road and neutral record then Cinci. You would have a case though if Kentucky dropped its game with Mississippi tonight.

If LSU were to win the SEC tourney they would have a good shot at getting a #2 seed. If any of the 2 seeds have an early exit from their conference tourneys then LSU could jump ahead. The only problem is that the SEC championship game is so late in the day on Sunday that the outcome of that game might not matter for their seed.