Monday, February 12, 2007

Bracket Breakdown


This Week's Bracket

Breakdown by Conference

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

One-Bid Conferences (22): America East (Vermont); Atlantic Sun (East Tennessee State); Atlantic-10 (Xavier); Big Sky (Weber State); Big South (Winthrop); Big West (Long Beach State); Colonial (VCU); 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 (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi); Sun Belt (South Alabama); SWAC (Mississippi Valley State); WAC (Nevada); WCC (Gonzaga)

Last Four In: Kansas State, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois
Last Four Out: Arkansas, Texas Tech, Georgia Tech, Purdue
Next Four Out: Old Dominion, Syracuse, Drexel, Providence

Key Games This Week

Davidson at Charleston (Monday): Showdown in the Southern. Davidson is the leader, while Charleston has won 14 of their last 16 to stay in the mix.
Louisville at Pittsburgh (Monday): Louisville needs a marquee win for their at-large resume, while Pittsburgh is in the running for a top seed in March.
West Virginia at Georgetown (Monday): West Virginia is coming off their big win against UCLA, while Georgetown is one of the hottest teams around.
Oklahoma State at Texas (Monday): Rematch of their classic, 3-OT game. The Cowboys won another OT game this weekend, while Texas has lost two of three.
Santa Clara at Gonzaga (Monday): Battle for the West Coast lead. Santa Clara has won seven of eight, while Gonzaga knocked off St. Mary’s over the weekend.
Kentucky at Tennessee (Tuesday): Crucial SEC East contest. Kentucky fell to Florida over the weekend, while Tennessee has won 2 in a row with Chris Lofton.
Hofstra at Old Dominion (Tuesday): Both teams are tied for second in the CAA, one game back of VCU. ODU has won seven in a row to get to 12-3.
Texas Tech at Texas A&M (Tuesday): Texas Tech is struggling, having lost five in a row to move to 4-6. A&M is in first at 9-1, and has won 14 of 15.
Virginia Tech at North Carolina (Tuesday): Two teams in the running for first in the ACC. Tech has lost two of three, while UNC has lost only three all year.
Georgia Tech at Florida State (Tuesday): Potential bubble game in the ACC. Tech has won three in a row, while FSU just lost a heart-breaker to BC at home.
Southern Illinois at Missouri State (Tuesday): Southern Illinois has won seven in a row, while Missouri State is looking to lock up a bid out of the MVC.
Michigan at Michigan State (Tuesday): Bubble battle in the Big Ten. Michigan has lost four of five, while the Spartans have dropped four in a row. Both need a win.
Northern Iowa at Creighton (Tuesday): Northern Iowa is falling fast, losing six of their last seven. Creighton had won five in a row before losing to SIU Saturday.
UNLV at San Diego State (Tuesday): Interesting MWC contest. UNLV has won seven of eight to move to 8-3, while SDSU is making a run, winning four in a row.
Indiana at Purdue (Wednesday): Indiana is looking solid lately, winning 8 of 10. Purdue needs a big win for their resume, as they are firmly on the bubble.
LSU at Mississippi (Wednesday): Both teams are the exact opposite of preseason expectations. Ole Miss is leading the SEC West, and is on the bubble.
Alabama at Florida (Wednesday): Alabama needs a big road win to boost their at-large resume, while Florida is looking to lock up an SEC title and #1 seed.
Marquette at DePaul (Wednesday): This is a must-win for DePaul if they want to stay in the bubble conversation. Marquette needs to bounce back after losing.
Duke at Boston College (Wednesday): Could Duke really lose five in a row? The Blue Devils are really struggling. BC is sitting in first-place in the ACC.
Washington State at Washington (Wednesday): Intrastate rivalry game. Washington State is only a half-game out of first, while UW has won five of six.
Providence at Notre Dame (Thursday): Two Big East teams on the bubble. Providence has lost five of eight, while Notre Dame has lost three of five.
USC at Arizona (Thursday): One of the best games of the week. USC has won five of seven, and could be an NCAA lock. UA is back in the mix, after 3 straight wins.


  1. Hey... just so you know, Butler and Indiana already played each other this year, and thus cannot be matched in a potential second round game. This could be fixed by swapping Butler and Nevada and Wright State and Davidson.

    Also, the top three teams in a conference cannot be in the same regional, which you violate by placing UNC and Virginia in the same region (unless you are claiming that VT is higher than UVA).

    Other than those two things, good job.

  2. They can be matched in a second round game, as far as I know. I know the committee tries to avoid it, but I'm not sure it's illegal.

    I'll look it up.

    And I do think VT is higher than VA, for now.