Saturday, March 15, 2008

Bracketology 101's Field of 65 - March 15

The Breakdown
Here's how we see things through Friday's games. A lot can (and probably will) change on Saturday, and those changes will be reflected in our final bracket when it's released on Sunday.

Our final Field of 65 will be released in stages throughout the day tomorrow and our final complete bracket will be posted sometime around 4:30 p.m. ET. We plan on having our fourth annual Selection Sunday live chat at 4:45 p.m. ET to discuss the bracket.

Enjoy the last 28 hours of craziness...

Out This Bracket

Ohio State, Arizona State, Stephen F. Austin, UC-Santa Barbara, Alabama State

In This Bracket
St. Joseph's, Oregon, Texas-Arlington, CS-Fullerton, Mississippi Valley State

Last Four In
Arizona, St. Joseph's, Villanova, Oregon

Last Four Out
Virginia Tech, Arizona State, VCU, Ohio State

Next Four Out
Massachusetts, Syracuse, New Mexico, Stephen F. Austin


Conference Breakdown
Big East (8), Big XII (6), Pac-10 (6), SEC (5), ACC (4), Big Ten (4), WCC (3), A-10 (3), MVC (2), MWC (2), Sun Belt (2)

America East - UMBC

ACC - North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Miami-FL

Atlantic Sun - Belmont

- Xavier, Temple, St. Joseph's

Big East - Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Marquette, West Virginia, Villanova

Big Sky - Portland State

Big South - Winthrop

Big Ten
- Wisconsin, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana,

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

Big West - CS-Fullerton

Colonial - George Mason

C-USA - Memphis

Horizon - Butler

Ivy - Cornell

MAAC - Siena

MAC - Kent State

MEAC - Morgan State

MVC - Drake, Illinois State


Northeast - Mount St. Mary’s

Ohio Valley - Austin Peay

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

Patriot - American

SEC - Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Kentucky

Southern - Davidson

Southland - Texas-Arlington

Summit - Oral Roberts

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky,
South Alabama

SWAC - Mississippi Valley State

WAC - New Mexico State

WCC - San Diego, Gonzaga, St. Mary’s


The Seeds
The 1s

North Carolina, Memphis, Tennessee, UCLA

The 2s
Kansas, Texas, Georgetown, Duke

The 3s
Wisconsin, Stanford, Louisville, Xavier

The 4s
Michigan State, Notre Dame, Drake, Pittsburgh

The 5s
Purdue, Indiana, Connecticut, Butler

The 6s
Marquette, Washington State, USC, Vanderbilt

The 7s
BYU, Gonzaga, Clemson, West Virginia

The 8s
Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, UNLV

The 9s
Kansas State, Miami-FL, Arkansas, Davidson

The 10s
Kent State, St. Mary's, Kentucky, Baylor

The 11s
Illinois State, South Alabama, Temple, Arizona

The 12s
St. Joseph's, Villanova, Oregon, Western Kentucky

The 13s
George Mason, Oral Roberts,
San Diego, Siena

The 14s
New Mexico State, Cornell, CS-Fullerton, Winthrop

The 15s
Portland State, Belmont, Austin Peay,

The 16s
UMBC, American, Morgan State, Mount St. Mary’s (Play-In Game), Mississippi Valley State (Play-In Game)

The Bracket
(Bracket courtesy Matt Reeves)

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VCU_Rams said...

To say VCU is out of the NCAA tourney is insane! The logic of the NCAA is insane!

Where else in all of sports does a regular season champion get told they have qualified for the playoffs. If VCU is out, the NCAA is as political as those running for President of the USA.

Saying VCU's RPI is not good enough is BS. Why doesn't the big boys play VCU in Richmond. None of the teams that are "in" will play VCU at the Altell Pavillion because they know they'll lose - they are not good enough. But politics being politics a 26-7 record is not good enough if you're not in a BCS Conference.

Leaving VCU out say your regular season is a joke. Just win 4 at the end of the year - lose the rest if you want and your good enough to compete against 63 other teams for the "National Championship". What a joke!!

Anonymous said...

If you're VCU/VT/Oregon/ASU, you better be rooting your butt off for Wisconsin, Kent State, St.Joe's, and for someone to beat Georgia. Those are your bids slipping away if they don't.

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering if Wisconsin and Georgetown win their respective tourneys, can Duke hold on to a 2 seed?

Looking at the numbers, I'm just not sure that they do...

Anonymous said...

I think Georgetown is a lock 2. If Wisconsin beats Illinois, they and Duke are probably 50/50 for the last 2.

Anonymous said...

If Georgia holds on to its lead tonight and beats Arkansas tomorrow, where the heck do you seed them?

matt r said...

Put Georgia in the play-in game!

Anonymous said...

Georgia or Illinois should be 13/14 if they win. It's not really fair to a 1 or 2 seed to give them a big conference team like that when there are quite a few dud lower conference winners out there.

The big question is if the NCAA will finally match up a MEAC and SWAC team in the play-in game? Coppin St and Miss Valley St are both 200+ in the RPI and by far the worst 2 teams in the dance.

mr_ald said...

Play in game is Mississippi Valley State vs Coppin State. Coppin State beat Morgan State and is the first automatic bid team with a losing record in a while.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Temple has Villanova looking for the NIT. Georgia or Illinois could definately punch their ticket.

Anonymous said...

Anyone see Lunardi put Nova in over Illinois St in his latest bracket for no good reason? But he doesn't have an inside source...sure.

Anonymous said...

It will be UT-Arlington and Coppin State in the play-in game. UT-Arlington won there game.

Anonymous said...

It will be UT-Arlington and Coppin State in the play-in game. UT-Arlington won there game.

Anonymous said...

UNC will be the no. 1 overall they are the ACC Champs

Anonymous said...

UT-Arlington is in the 140's in RPI and won 20 games in a Southland conference that was actually ranked decently for the first time ever. Mt. St. Mary's is a better bet for the play-in if the committee doesn't want to match up teams from the historically black conferences.