Monday, February 11, 2008

Bracket Breakdown


This Week's Bracket

Breakdown by Conference

ACC (4): North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Maryland
Big East (8): Georgetown, Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, West Virginia
Big Ten (5): Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State
Big 12 (6): Kansas, Texas, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma
Pac-10 (5): UCLA, Stanford, Washington State, Arizona, USC
SEC (6): Tennessee, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Florida, Mississippi, Mississippi State

Atlantic-10 (5): Xavier, Rhode Island, Dayton, Massachusetts, Saint Joseph’s
Mountain West (2): BYU, UNLV
West Coast (2): St. Mary's, Gonzaga

One-Bid Conferences (22): America East (UMBC); Atlantic Sun (Belmont); Big Sky (Portland State); Big South (UNC-Asheville); Big West (CS-Northridge); Colonial (VCU); Conference USA (Memphis); Horizon (Butler); Ivy (Cornell); MAC (Kent State); MAAC (Siena); MEAC (Morgan State); Missouri Valley (Drake); Northeast (Sacred Heart); Ohio Valley (Austin Peay); Patriot (American); Southern (Davidson); Southland (Lamar); Summit (Oral Roberts); Sun Belt (South Alabama); SWAC (Alabama State); WAC (Utah State)

Last Four In: Saint Joseph’s, Massachusetts, Ohio State, Maryland
Last Four Out: Oregon, Houston, California, Arizona State
Next Four Out: Miami (Fl.), North Carolina State, George Mason, Illinois State

Key Games this Week

Villanova at Georgetown (Monday): A win here would be huge for ‘Nova’s at-large hopes, while Georgetown needs to win to stay atop the Big East standings.
Kansas at Texas (Monday): If you like guards, watch this game as the backcourt battle should be outstanding. Both teams have two of the best guard groups in the country.
Michigan State at Purdue (Tuesday): Purdue has just one loss in Big Ten play, a three-point defeat against MSU in East Lansing. They want revenge.
Marquette at Seton Hall (Tuesday): Both teams are heading in the wrong direction. Seton Hall has lost three in a row, and needs a win for its at-large hopes.
Kentucky at Vanderbilt (Tuesday): Does Kentucky have a legitimate chance to get an at-large bid? A win here would do wonders. Vandy has won three in a row.
Notre Dame at Connecticut (Wednesday): Two of the hottest teams in the country go head-to-head in an attempt to keep pace with Georgetown atop the Big East.
Maryland at Duke (Wednesday): Two more of the nation’s hottest teams. Maryland is looking more and more like an at-large team; a win here would clinch it.
Wisconsin at Indiana (Wednesday): Are either of these teams legit Elite Eight contenders? There are questions abound for each team; some will get answered.
Xavier at Charlotte (Wednesday): Xavier put some separation between itself and the rest of the Atlantic-10, while Charlotte is still pushing for an at-large.
Arkansas at Tennessee (Wednesday): The best in the SEC West and SEC East go head-to-head. Tennessee looks to be head-and-shoulders above the rest.
Houston at Memphis (Wednesday): Houston is staying in the mix for an at-large by beating mediocre teams, but a win here would be huge for its hopes.
California at Arizona (Thursday): Two teams that surprisingly fell at home this weekend, with Cal losing to Oregon, and ‘Zona to instate rival Arizona State.
Stanford at Arizona State (Thursday): Can Arizona State get the marquee win it needs for an NCAA bid? Stanford is playing some of the best ball in the country.
Pittsburgh at Marquette (Friday): An unusual marquee Friday night game in the Big East. These two teams need to separate themselves from the pack.

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