Monday, December 11, 2006

Bracketology 101's Field of 65 - Dec. 11

The Breakdown
Only a few changes from last week's poll...the biggest shake-up involves the Big 10, which picks up two bids thanks to two-loss weeks from Georgia Tech and San Diego State. There also was barely any change in the amount of big conference bids in this week's bracket. Besides the MVC (and in our bracket at least, the A-10), no mid-major conference has a second team that has proved worthy yet of an at-large. We love the little guy as much as anyone, but the MWC, WAC, WCC, MAC, etc. all are one-bid leagues at this point.

Here is Bracketology 101's Field of 65 for Dec. 11:

Out This Week
Georgia Tech, Villanova, San Diego State, Robert Morris, Western Carolina

In This Week
Purdue, Washington State, Illinois, Sacred Heart, Davidson

Last Four In
Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Louisville

Last Four Out
Georgia Tech, Villanova, San Diego State, Vanderbilt

Conference Breakdown
Big East (7), ACC (7), Big XII (6), Big Ten (6), MVC (5), SEC (5), Pac-10 (5), A-10 (2)

America East - Albany

ACC - North Carolina, Duke, Boston College, Clemson, Virginia. Maryland, Florida State

Atlantic Sun - Lipscomb

A-10 - Xavier, Dayton

Big East - Pittsburgh, UConn, Notre Dame, Marquette, Syracuse, Georgetown, Louisville

Big Sky - Portland State

Big South - Winthrop

Big Ten - Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan, Illinois

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

Big West - CS-Fullerton

Colonial - Old Dominion

C-USA - Memphis

Horizon - Butler

Ivy - Penn

Metro Atlantic - Marist

MAC - Akron

MCC - Oral Roberts

MEAC - Howard

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

MWC - Air Force

Northeast - Sacred Heart

Ohio Valley - Eastern Kentucky

Pac-10 - UCLA, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Washington State

Patriot - Holy Cross

SEC - Florida, LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas

Southern - Davidson

Southland - SE Louisiana

SWAC - Alabama A&M

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky

WAC - Nevada

WCC - Gonzaga

The Seeds
The 1s
UCLA, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Ohio State

The 2s
Florida, Duke, Wisconsin, Wichita State

The 3s
Arizona, LSU, UConn, Alabama

The 4s
Oklahoma State, Kansas, Gonzaga, Texas A&M

The 5s
Washington, Memphis, Notre Dame, Oregon

The 6s
Texas, Boston College, Marquette, Michigan State

The 7s
Butler, Nevada, Clemson, Syracuse

The 8s
Air Force, Virginia, Georgetown, Missouri State

The 9s
Maryland, Southern Illinois, Xavier, Tennessee

The 10s
Purdue, Florida State, Creighton, Washington State

The 11s
Northern Iowa, Dayton, Michigan, Louisville

The 12s
Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Old Dominion

The 13s

Winthrop, Western Kentucky, Oral Roberts, Akron

The 14s
Albany, Penn, Holy Cross, Marist

The 15s
Sacred Heart, Lipscomb, Portland State, Davidson

The 16s
CS-Fullerton, Eastern Kentucky, SE Louisiana, Howard (Play-In Game), Alabama A&M (Play-In Game)

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pokerplayr said...
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pokerplayr said...

Wow, who would have thought that Illinois would have been able to move back into the Field of 65 with such convincing wins against IUPUI and Illinois-Chicago. I can only imagine you guys did NOT believe that they would win these games, or else you would have had the Illini in before; based upon your vaunted projection-prediction system.

I am also guessing that you are NOT projecting-predicting that Air Force, Nevada or Gonzaga will lose in their conference tournaments. Seems like each respective conference should just hand out the hardware now, given your tremendous track record in projecting-predicting the Field of 65 each year. Good thing you update your bracket each week. Otherwise, you might have to actually account for all the teams you miss come Selection Sunday.

Anonymous said...

wow, the comments are flying about on here......

Bryan said...

FSU Seminoles fan here -- I am guessing the only reason FSU is in the bracket at this point is due to their win over Florida on 12/4? They didn't look very good in the losses to Pitt or Wisconsin, and really haven't played anyone else yet. I applaud them for upgrading their non-conf. opponents this year, but is 1 big Non-conf. win going to be enough for them? Clearly, they lack inside presence with their loss of Alexander Johnson to the NBA, and I don't know if 7-9 or 8-8 in the ACC would be enough. Any thoughts would be appreciated! (I know it's really early to discuss stuff like this, but I appreciate you guys running the predictions early; makes the season fun for us fans!!)

Anonymous said...

How fatal will Purdue's loss to Butler be at the end. Or will this be termed a "good loss".

Bracketology 101 said...

A couple quick hits...

Bryan - You're right on about the Seminoles...they are in the bracket as of now thanks to their earlier win over the Gators. That win gave them the one thing they lacked last year - and what in the end kept them out of the dance - a signature non-conference win. If FSU can go 9-7 in conference, and pull off one of their seemingly annual big upsets (ala Duke last year), they should be dancing. As of now, their strong OOC scheduling is paying off; they may have lost a couple games, but they got the one big win their resume needs.

Purdue's loss to Butler is still a "good" one, considering they came into the game as underdogs. The win would have been sweet for the Boilermakers' OOC resume, but they do have victories over Missouri and Virginia, at least, to fall back on at this point.

Lauren Joffe said...

Can you guys please kick pokerplayr off this site? He is very mean spirited & ruins the fun for everyone else on this board. Please remove pokerplayr from this site!

Anonymous said...

I havnt been paying attention to wichita st. so im just wondering why a 2 seed????

Bracketology 101 said...


Here's what you missed: Wichita is No. 2 in the RPI, ranked 8th in the country, and already has wins at LSU and at Syracuse. They are a solid 2 seed at this point, and have been one of the really nice stories thus far this season.