Monday, February 26, 2007

Bracket Breakdown


This Week's Bracket

Breakdown by Conference

ACC (7): North Carolina, Duke, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, Boston College, Georgia Tech
Big East (8): Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Notre Dame, Louisville, Villanova, Syracuse, West Virginia
Big Ten (5): Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois
Big Twelve (4): Kansas, Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech
Pac-10 (6): UCLA, Washington State, USC, Oregon, Arizona, Stanford
SEC (4): Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Kentucky
Missouri Valley (3): Southern Illinois, Creighton, Missouri State
Mountain West (3): UNLV, Air Force, BYU
Colonial (2): VCU, Old Dominion
Horizon (2): Butler, Wright State

One-Bid Conferences (21): America East (Vermont); Atlantic Sun (East Tennessee State); Atlantic-10 (Xavier); Big Sky (Weber State); Big South (Winthrop); Big West (Long Beach State); Conference USA (Memphis); Ivy (Penn); MAC (Toledo); MAAC (Marist); MEAC (Delaware State); Mid-Continent (Oral Roberts); Northeast (Central Connecticut State); Ohio Valley (Austin Peay); Patriot (Holy Cross); Southern (Davidson); Southland (Sam Houston State; Sun Belt (South Alabama); SWAC (Jackson State); WAC (Nevada); WCC (Santa Clara)

Last Four In: Georgia Tech, Illinois, Syracuse, West Virginia
Last Four Out: Drexel, Kansas State, Purdue, Georgia
Next Four Out: Appalachian State, San Diego State, Oklahoma State, Alabama

Key Games this Week

Georgetown at Syracuse (Monday): Two of the hotter teams in the Big East. Georgetown is making a push for a #2 seed, while Syracuse is just fighting for a bid to the Dance.
Michigan State at Michigan (Tuesday): Michigan State might have wrapped up a bid with their wins this past week, but Michigan is still making a run at an at-large bid.
West Virginia at Pittsburgh (Tuesday): West Virginia needs another marquee win for their resume, while Pittsburgh is struggling lately, and their seed is falling quickly.
BYU at Air Force (Tuesday): Both teams fell on Saturday, but BYU still leads the Mountain West. Air Force has dropped two in a row, and their seed is dropping.
Florida at Tennessee (Tuesday): Florida has lost two of three, and their grip on a top seed is slipping. Tennessee has great power numbers, but a win here would clinch their bid.
Kansas State at Oklahoma State (Tuesday): Two Big 12 bubble teams go head-to-head. Kansas State could use a win here, while OSU has lost four in a row in conference.
Mississippi at Alabama (Wednesday): Two SEC West teams, both in need of a win. Ole Miss could really use a road victory, while ‘Bama simply can’t drop this one at home.
Georgia at Kentucky (Wednesday): Two 8-6 SEC East teams. Georgia is still in the mix for an at-large bid, while Kentucky has lost four of five and their seed is falling fast.
Texas A&M at Texas (Wednesday): Two of the top three in the Big 12 go at it. A&M is tied for first in the conference, while the Longhorns are moving up in terms of seeding.
Maryland at Duke (Wednesday): Maryland is one of the hotter teams in the conference, while Duke has won four in a row to get back into the mix for a protected seed.
Virginia Tech at Virginia (Thursday): Two surprising ACC title contenders. Tech could use a big road win to boost their seeding, while UVA has won ten of twelve.
North Carolina at Georgia Tech (Thursday): The Tar Heels are fighting to stay on the top seed line, while Georgia Tech could really help their at-large case with a win here.
Nevada at Utah State (Thursday): Nevada is fighting for a protected seed, but Utah State is undefeated at home this year, and is looking to build momentum for the WAC tourney.
UCLA at Washington State (Thursday): The best game of the week. UCLA is two games up on WSU with two games left, but the Bruins have two road contests left.

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