Monday, February 19, 2007

Bracket Breakdown


This Week's Bracket

Breakdown by Conference

ACC (7): North Carolina, Virginia, Duke, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Maryland, Georgia Tech
Big East (7): Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Marquette, Louisville, Villanova, West Virginia, Notre Dame
Big Ten (4): Wisconsin, Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue
Big Twelve (5): Texas A&M, Kansas, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State
Pac-10 (6): UCLA, Washington State, Stanford, USC, Arizona, Oregon
SEC (5): Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama
Missouri Valley (3): Southern Illinois, Creighton, Missouri State
Mountain West (3): Air Force, UNLV, 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 (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi); Sun Belt (South Alabama); SWAC (Jackson State); WAC (Nevada); WCC (Santa Clara)

Last Four In: Missouri State, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Old Dominion
Last Four Out: Clemson, Illinois, Kansas State, Michigan State
Next Four Out: Bradley, Drexel, Georgia, Syracuse

Key Games This Week

Villanova at Marquette (Monday): Two teams looking for a win. ‘Nova needs to boost their Tournament resume, while Marquette has lost three in a row.
Kansas at Kansas State (Monday): Intrastate rivalry game. Kansas is in the mix for a top-two seed, and Kansas State needs a marquee win to pad their profile.
Wisconsin at Michigan State (Tuesday): Classic trap game. Badgers could be looking ahead to Ohio State showdown. MSU needs a big win for their at-large hopes.
DePaul at Notre Dame (Tuesday): Two bubble teams in the Big East. DePaul is making a late run towards a bid, while Notre Dame needs to keep winning.
High Point at Winthrop (Tuesday): Showdown in the Big South. High Point is 10-2 in the conference, while Winthrop is 12-0 with two games left in the season.
West Virginia at Providence (Tuesday): Two more bubble teams in the Big East. West Virginia needs a road win for their resume, while Providence can’t lost at home.
Northern Iowa at Bradley (Tuesday): Two teams going in opposite directions. UNI has lost eight of nine, while Bradley has won four of five, including one at VCU.
Texas Tech at Texas (Tuesday): Interesting Big 12 battle. Texas Tech has won two in a row after losing five straight, while Texas is 9-3 in the conference.
Missouri State at Wichita State (Tuesday): Two MVC teams that didn’t help their chances with home Bracket Buster losses. MSU is in good shape, WSU is not.
Air Force at UNLV (Tuesday): Big game in the Mountain West. Air Force is 10-3 in the conference and looking for a four seed. UNLV is 9-4 and wants a bid.
Boston College at Virginia Tech (Wednesday): Two ACC teams coming off tough weekend losses. BC is one game out of first, VT needs to bounce back.
Rhode Island at Xavier (Wednesday): Battle for first in the Atlantic-10. Rhode Island is 10-3 in the league, while Xavier is 9-3 and in the mix for an at-large bid.
Georgia at Mississippi (Wednesday): A must-win for both teams. Georgia is 7-5 in the SEC, while Ole Miss dropped into a three-way tie in the West at 6-6.
Alabama at Tennessee (Wednesday): Two 6-6 teams in the SEC. Alabama picked up a big win over Kentucky Saturday, while UT was blown out at South Carolina.
Vanderbilt at Mississippi State (Wednesday): After their huge win over Florida, Vandy heads on the road. MSU is tied for first in the SEC West at 6-6.
Texas A&M at Oklahoma State (Wednesday): Oklahoma State really needs to bounce back after losing four of five. A&M is in the mix for a 2 seed in March.
Florida State at Maryland (Wednesday): Two bubble teams in the ACC. Florida State needs a win after dropping four in a row; Maryland has won 3 in a row.
Michigan at Illinois (Wednesday): Another battle of bubble teams. Michigan picked up a much-needed win over Indiana, while Ilinois can’t drop this one at home.
Purdue at Iowa (Wednesday): Another Big Ten battle between NCAA hopefuls. Purdue would love a road win, while Iowa is in fourth place in the conference.
Duke at Clemson (Thursday): Rematch of the controversial Duke win a month ago. Duke is back on track with two wins, while Clemson is falling fast and needs a win.
Washington State at Oregon (Thursday): Two Pac-10 teams going in opposite directions. WSU has won five in a row, while Oregon has lost five of six.
Utah State at New Mexico State (Thursday): Two WAC teams hoping to make a late run. USU has won 10 of 12, while NMSU picked up two big wins this week.
Stanford at USC (Thursday): Battle for seeding in the Pac-10. Stanford swept the Oregon teams this past week, while USC is coming off a loss to previously winless ASU.
Loyola (Md.) at Niagara (Friday): Two MAAC teams fighting for the top spot. Both teams are 11-5 in the league, one game behind Marist in the standings.

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