Friday, February 25, 2011

Bracket Breakdown


Breakdown by Conference

  • ACC (4): Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia Tech
  • Big East (11): Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Louisville, Connecticut, Villanova, Syracuse, St. John’s, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Marquette
  • Big Ten (6): Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota
  • Big 12 (5): Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M, Missouri, Kansas State
  • Pac-10 (3): Arizona, Washington, UCLA
  • SEC (6): Florida, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama
  • Atlantic-10 (3): Xavier, Temple, Richmond
  • Mountain West (3): San Diego State, BYU, UNLV
  • Colonial (2): George Mason, Old Dominion
  • Conference-USA (2): UAB, Memphis
  • Horizon (2): Milwaukee, Butler
  • West Coast (2): Saint Mary’s, Gonzaga

One-Bid Conferences (19): America East (Vermont), Atlantic Sun (Belmont), Big Sky (Montana), Big South (Coastal Carolina), Big West (Long Beach State), Ivy (Harvard), MAC (Kent State), MAAC (Fairfield), MEAC (Bethune-Cookman), Missouri Valley (Missouri State), Northeast (Long Island), Ohio Valley (Murray State), Patriot (Bucknell), Southern (Charleston), Southland (McNeese State), Summit (Oakland), Sun Belt (Florida Atlantic), SWAC (Texas Southern), WAC (Utah State)

  • Last Four In: Minnesota, Memphis, Butler, Gonzaga
  • Last Four Out: VCU, Colorado State, Clemson, Boston College
  • Next Four Out: Baylor, Wichita State, Colorado, Maryland

Bubble Watch


Bubble Breakdown and Comparison

Since starting my new job at – check me out at the “Eye on College Basketball” blog – I have neglected Busting the Bracket. However, starting today, I am going to be posting all of my classics here on a semi-daily basis. It will include the Bracket Breakdown, Bubble Watch and Road to Selection Sunday columns, as well as some other NCAA Tournament and “Bracketology” tidbits that Jerry Palm takes care of at CBS.

Anyway, here is the Bubble Watch heading into the weekend. There was plenty of activity over the past few days, and this weekend will look to settle some of the debates. More than likely, though, we’ll have even more questions come our Bracket Breakdown on Monday. According to the numbers, there are 13 bids still up for grabs, with 23 teams legitimately vying for them:

Locks: 27

Automatic bids from the other conferences: 22

49 Locks Overall

  • ACC (2): Duke, North Carolina
  • Big East (9): Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Louisville, Connecticut, Villanova, Syracuse, St. John’s, West Virginia
  • Big Ten (3): Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin
  • Big 12 (4): Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M, Missouri
  • Pac-10 (1): Arizona
  • SEC (3): Florida, Vanderbilt, Kentucky
  • Atlantic-10 (2): Xavier, Temple
  • Mountain West (2): San Diego State, BYU
  • Colonial (1): George Mason

One-Bid Conferences (22): America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Conference-USA, Horizon, Ivy, MAC, MAAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Summit, Sun Belt, SWAC, WAC, West Coast

Teams that need to keep winning to avoid the bubble – these bids are not up for grabs yet (6): Florida State, Washington, UCLA, Tennessee, UNLV, Old Dominion

Note: Saint Mary’s, Utah State and Harvard are not included, as they are the current leaders in their respective conferences. Click the Bubble Breakdown chart for more information on these teams.

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