Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bracketology 101's First Field of 65

The 2008-2009 college basketball season is officially underway, and so is a new season at Bracketology 101. Over the next five months - just as we have for the last five years on this site - we will bring you our projections, insight, and opinions on all things bracket-related. As always, our focus will remain on our weekly bracket, but we will supplement the bracket with fresh editorial content, polls, mailbags, and more.

Our first order of business is our first Field of 65, which is listed below. Our preseason Final Four and national championship picks are also posted.


Chris & Craig
Bracketology 101


Bracket Breakdown
Last Four In

UAB, BYU, Virginia Tech, Southern Illinois

Last Four Out
San Diego, Missouri, St. Joseph's, Mississippi

Next Four Out
Maryland, Washington State, UTEP, Mississippi State


Conference Breakdown
Big East (9), ACC (6), SEC (6), Big XII (5), Pac-10 (5), Big Ten (4), A-10 (2), Conference USA (2), MVC (2), MWC (2), WCC (2)

America East - Vermont

ACC - North Carolina, Duke, Miami-FL, Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia Tech

Atlantic Sun - Belmont

A-10 - Xavier, Temple

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

Big Sky - Portland State

Big South - Winthrop

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

Big XII - Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas, Texas A&M

Big West - CS-Northridge

Colonial - VCU

Conference USA - Memphis, UAB

Horizon - Cleveland State

Ivy - Cornell

MAAC - Siena

MAC - Kent State

MEAC - Hampton

MVC - Crieghton, Southern Illinois


Northeast - Mount St. Mary's

Ohio Valley - Murray State

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

Patriot - American

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

Southern - Davidson

Southland - Stephen F. Austin

Summit - Oral Roberts

Sun Belt - Middle Tennessee State

SWAC - Alabama State

WAC - Nevada

WCC - Gonzaga, St. Mary's


The Seeds
The 1s
North Carolina, Connecticut, UCLA, Michigan State

The 2s
Louisville, Texas, Gonzaga, Pittsburgh

The 3s
Duke, Tennessee, Purdue, Notre Dame

The 4s
Oklahoma, Memphis, Arizona State, Miami-FL

The 5s
Florida, Marquette, Davidson, Baylor

The 6s
USC, Wisconsin, Villanova, UNLV

The 7s
Wake Forest, Syracuse, Xavier, Ohio State

The 8s
Georgetown, LSU, Kansas, St. Mary's

The 9s
Clemson, Arizona, Siena, West Virginia

The 10s
Kentucky, Temple, Texas A&M, Creighton

The 11s
Alabama, Vanderbilt, Washington, UAB

The 12s
BYU, Virginia Tech, Southern Illinois, Nevada

The 13s
Cleveland State, VCU, Kent State, Cornell

The 14s
Middle Tennessee State, CS-Northridge, Winthrop, American

The 15s
Oral Roberts, Belmont, Vermont, Portland State

The 16s
Stephen F. Austin, Murray State, Hampton, Mount St. Mary's (Play-In Game), Alabama State (Play-In Game)

The Bracket
Bracket coming soon...

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Bracketology 101's Preseason Final Four

Here are B101's preseason Final Four picks:

Final Four
North Carolina

National Championship
North Carolina over Connecticut