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NCAA Tournament Bracketology

 

Predicting the 2011 NCAA tournament field

 
By Jerry Palm
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Updated Feb. 8

Connecticut is off the top line after the loss to Syracuse. The Huskies have been replaced by Kansas. Michigan State's spectacular implosion continues, as the Spartans have gone from a 7-seed to off the bracket in two weeks. And the Big East continues to own the top of the bracket with six teams among the top 13. Read blog >>

Lauren Shehahdi and Jerry Palm discuss the latest projections

Bracket note: Bracket projections are always based on "as if the tournament started today." I am not predicting how teams will finish the season. The conference "champion" is the team with the fewest conference losses, with ties broken by RPI. I am not predicting that team will win the league. It is just the current leader. As conference tournament seeding gets determined, the leader will be the highest remaining seed in the conference tournament.

 
 

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Bracket updated on: Tue Feb 08 12:26:58 EST 2011
 
East
Southeast
Southwest
West
 
Dayton, March 15, 16

East
  • Cleveland
    March 18, 20
  • Tampa
    March 18, 20
  • Washington, DC
    March 17, 19
  • Charlotte
    March 18, 20
  • Newark
    March 25, 27
Southeast
  • Cleveland
    March 18, 20
  • Denver
    March 17, 19
  • Charlotte
    March 18, 20
  • Denver
    March 17, 19
  • New Orleans
    March 24, 26
West
  • Tulsa
    March 18, 20
  • Tucson
    March 17, 19
  • Washington, DC
    March 17, 19
  • Tucson
    March 17, 19
  • Anaheim
    March 25, 27
Southwest
  • Tulsa
    March 18, 20
  • Tampa
    March 17, 19
  • Chicago
    March 18, 20
  • Chicago
    March 18, 20
  • San Antonio
    March 24, 26
East
Winner
Southwest
Winner
West
Winner
Southeast
Winner
FINALS
Houston
April 2, 4
 
Last Game:
Next Game:
Record:
Streak:
RPI/Rank:
Complete Rankings
Last four in: Dayton, Florida State, Memphis, Virginia Tech
First four out: Harvard, New Mexico, Southern Miss, UAB

Number of bids is based on Jerry Palm's current predicted tournament bracket.

At a Glance
ConferenceBids
ACC5
America East1
Atlantic 104
Atlantic Sun1
Big 126
Big East10
Big Sky1
Big South1
 
ConferenceBids
Big Ten5
Big West1
Colonial2
Conference USA2
Horizon1
Ivy League1
MAAC1
MAC1
 
ConferenceBids
MEAC1
Missouri Valley1
Mountain West4
Northeast1
Ohio Valley1
Pac-103
Patriot1
SEC6
 
ConferenceBids
SWAC1
Southern1
Southland1
Summit1
Sun Belt1
WAC1
West Coast1
 
Detailed Breakdown
ACC (5)
Projected Champion: Duke
At-large bids: Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech
Tournament: March 10-13, Greensboro, N.C.
 
America East (1)
Projected Champion: Vermont
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 3-6, 12, Hartford, Conn.
Atlantic 10 (4)
Projected Champion: Xavier
At-large bids: Dayton, Richmond, Temple
Tournament: March 8, 11-13, Atlantic City
 
Atlantic Sun (1)
Projected Champion: Belmont
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 2-5, Macon, Ga.
Big 12 (6)
Projected Champion: Texas
At-large bids: Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M
Tournament: March 9-12, Kansas City, Mo.
 
Big East (10)
Projected Champion: Pittsburgh
At-large bids: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, St. John's, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia
Tournament: March 8-12, New York
Big Sky (1)
Projected Champion: Northern Colorado
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 5, 8-9, TBD
 
Big South (1)
Projected Champion: Coastal Carolina
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 1, 3, 5, Campus sites
Big Ten (5)
Projected Champion: Ohio State
At-large bids: Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin
Tournament: March 10-13, Indianapolis
 
Big West (1)
Projected Champion: Long Beach
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 10-12, Anaheim, Calif.
Colonial (2)
Projected Champion: George Mason
At-large bids: Old Dominion
Tournament: March 4-7, Richmond, Va.
 
Conference USA (2)
Projected Champion: UTEP
At-large bids: Memphis
Tournament: March 9-12, El Paso, Texas
Horizon (1)
Projected Champion: Valparaiso
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 1, 4-5, 8, Campus sites
 
Ivy League (1)
Projected Champion: Princeton
At-large bids: None
Tournament: No tournament
MAAC (1)
Projected Champion: Fairfield
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 4-7, Bridgeport, Conn.
 
MAC (1)
Projected Champion: Kent State
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 8, 10-12, Cleveland
MEAC (1)
Projected Champion: Hampton
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 8-12, Winston-Salem, N.C.
 
Missouri Valley (1)
Projected Champion: Wichita State
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 3-6, St. Louis
Mountain West (4)
Projected Champion: BYU
At-large bids: Colorado State, San Diego State, UNLV
Tournament: March 8-12, Las Vegas
 
Northeast (1)
Projected Champion: Long Island
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 3, 6, 9, Campus sites
Ohio Valley (1)
Projected Champion: Murray State
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 2-5, Nashville
 
Pac-10 (3)
Projected Champion: Arizona
At-large bids: UCLA, Washington
Tournament: March 9-12, Los Angeles
Patriot (1)
Projected Champion: Bucknell
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 2, 6, 11, Campus sites
 
SEC (6)
Projected Champion: Alabama
At-large bids: Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Tournament: March 10-13, Atlanta
SWAC (1)
Projected Champion: Texas Southern
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 9-12, Garland, Texas
 
Southern (1)
Projected Champion: Charleston
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 4-7, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Southland (1)
Projected Champion: McNeese State
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 8-12, Katy, Texas
 
Summit (1)
Projected Champion: Oakland
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 5-8, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Sun Belt (1)
Projected Champion: Florida Atlantic
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 5-8, Hot Springs, Ark.
 
WAC (1)
Projected Champion: Utah State
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 9-12, Las Vegas
West Coast (1)
Projected Champion: St. Mary's
At-large bids: None
Tournament: March 4-7, Las Vegas