Feb 21, 2011, 1:40 PM EST
Put your fingers together very closely. That’s the margin we now have in the race for No. 1 seeds. At least among the five leading contenders – Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Texas, Kansas, and Duke. San Diego State and BYU could be in play if one wins both the outright Mountain West title and the MTW conference tournament crown. Despite losses by all top four seeds this week, the top line remains status-quo. Kansas keeps a slight edge for the final No. 1 spot thanks to a few more Top 100 wins. Winning the ACC (league and tourney) would likely vault the Blue Devils above the Jayhawks, but this is where we’re at for a few more days.
The bubble remains highly suspect, although we did lose a few teams this week. More to come in an updated Bubble Banter (Tuesday). Not sure you like any of the final few teams in or out? Same here. We still have a lot to be decided. Virginia Tech is once again right on the cutline, and the Hokies project to just miss (again) today.
As always, rebounds welcome. Bring along some notes. Follow more on Twitter at BracketguyDave. Enjoy the hoops. Next bracket update will be Friday as we begin two-a-weeks until Selection Sunday.
UPDATED: Monday, February 21 | Records reflect Division I games only – through February 20.
Teams in CAPS represent the projected conference champion for this bracket. Exceptions are made for those teams that traditionally use an abbreviation (UTEP, BYU, etc).
NOTE: In the new 68-team format you will notice two pairing games that represent the First Four pairings. In this bracket the First Four games in Dayton would be … Gonzaga vs. Richmond | Boston College vs. VCU | Texas Southern vs. McNeese State | Murray State vs. Hampton. The final four at-large teams are paired along with the teams seeded 65-68 on the S-curve. The matchups are indicated in the bracket below.
BRACKET PROJECTION …
|EAST – Newark||SOUTHEAST – New Orleans|
|1) OHIO STATE (25-2)||1) PITTSBURGH (24-3)|
|16) HAMPTON / MURRAY ST||16) NcNEESE ST / TX-SOUTHERN|
|8 UNLV (20-7)||8 Washington (18-8)|
|9) Old Dominion (22-6)||9) Tennessee (16-11)|
|5) Vanderbilt (20-6)||5) Syracuse (22-6)|
|12) CHARLESTON (21-7)||12) Gonzaga / Richmond|
|4) Connecticut (20-6)||4) North Carolina (20-6)|
|13) FAIRFIELD (22-5)||13) CLEVELAND STATE (21-5)|
|6) West Virginia (17-9)||6) St. John’s (17-9)|
|11) Colorado State (17-9)||11) Memphis (20-7)|
|3) FLORIDA (21-5)||3) Purdue (22-5)|
|14) COASTAL CAROLINA (21-3)||14) BUCKNELL (19-8)|
|7) Temple (21-5)||7) GEORGE MASON (23-5)|
|10) Kansas State (17-9)||10) Marquette (16-11)|
|2) DUKE (25-2)||2) BYU (24-2)|
|15) LONG ISLAND (22-5)||15) VERMONT (22-6)|
|SOUTHWEST – San Antonio||WEST – Anaheim|
|1) TEXAS (23-4)||1) Kansas (24-2)|
|16) LONG BEACH (15-10)||16) MONTANA (17-8)|
|8 Florida State (19-7)||8 Cincinnati (21-6)|
|9) UTAH STATE (24-3)||9) Illinois (17-10)|
|5) ARIZONA (23-4)||5) Kentucky (19-7)|
|12) MISSOURI STATE (21-7)||12) Boston College / VCU|
|4) Louisville (20-7)||4) Villanova (21-6)|
|13) UTEP (19-6)||13) OAKLAND (19-9)|
|6) Missouri (20-6)||6) Texas AM (20-5)|
|11) ST. MARY’S (20-6)||11) Michigan State (14-11)|
|3) Wisconsin (20-6)||3) Georgetown (21-6)|
|14) PRINCETON (19-5)||14) BELMONT (25-4)|
|7) XAVIER (20-6)||7) UCLA (19-8)|
|10) Alabama (18-8)||10) Georgia (18-8)|
|2) Notre Dame (21-5)||2) SAN DIEGO STATE (25-1)|
|15) KENT STATE (16-9)||15) FLA ATLANTIC (17-9)|
NOTES on the BRACKET: Ohio State remains the No. 1 overall seed followed by Pittsburgh, Texas, and Kansas. The two seeds in order are Duke, San Diego State, BYU, Notre Dame
Last Five teams in (at large): Memphis, Boston College, Gonzaga, Richmond, VCU
First Five teams out (at large): Virginia Tech, Southern Mississippi, UAB, Clemson, Minnesota
Also Considered: Baylor, Butler, Penn State, Wichita State, Washington State
Bracket adjustments: None in this bracket.
Here is the team breakdown by Conference …
Big East (11): PITTSBURGH, Connecticut, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Villanova, West Virginia, Louisville, St. John’s, Cincinnati, Marquette
SEC (6): FLORIDA, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama
Big 12 (5): KANSAS, Texas, Texas AM, Missouri, Kansas State
Big Ten (5): OHIO STATE, Purdue, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan State
ACC (4): DUKE, North Carolina, Florida State, Boston College
Mountain West (4): SAN DIEGO STATE, BYU, UNLV, Colorado State
Pac 10 (3): ARIZONA, UCLA, Washington
Atlantic 10 (3): XAVIER, Temple, Richmond
Colonial (3): GEORGE MASON, Old Dominion, VCU
West Coast (2): ST. MARY’S, Gonzaga
Conference USA (2): UTEP, Memphis
Missouri Valley (1): MISSOURI STATE
Horizon (1): CLEVELAND STATE
Auto Bid conference champions … Utah State (WAC), Murray State (OVC), Fairfield (MAAC), Kent State (MAC), Montana (Big Sky), Charleston (Southern), Oakland (Summit), Long Beach (Big West), Long Island (NEC), Belmont (Atlantic Sun), Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt), Princeton (Ivy), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Hampton (MEAC), Bucknell (Patriot), Vermont (America East), McNeese State(Southland), Texas Southern (SWAC)
Nov 24, 2014, 1:10 AM EST
No. 1 Kentucky set a new school record, Ohio State’s Shannon Scott broke Aaron Craft’s single-game assist record and more.
Nov 24, 2014, 12:15 AM EST
‘Buckets’ earned his nickname because he gets … buckets.
Nov 23, 2014, 11:49 PM EST
A week that began with a win at No. 7 Florida ended with a commanding victory over Charlotte at the Gildan Charleston Classic.
Nov 23, 2014, 9:57 PM EST
West Virginia has better depth and toughness than they had a season ago, and those improvements paid off in Puerto Rico this weekend.
Nov 23, 2014, 8:55 PM EST
The 5-foot-10 guard has a standing vertical of 38 inches. That’s pretty good.
Nov 23, 2014, 8:10 PM EST
Kadeem Jack missed the first two games of the season with a thumb injury.
Nov 23, 2014, 6:55 PM EST
With Cullen Neal already dealing with an ankle injury, Arthur Edwards is the latest Lobo dealing with a health issue.
Nov 23, 2014, 5:34 PM EST
Rakim Lubin was averaging five minutes per contest in UConn’s first three games.
Nov 23, 2014, 5:16 PM EST
House scored 18 points, shooting 7-for-11 from the field, in Texas A&M’s 64-51 win over New Mexico.
Nov 23, 2014, 3:55 PM EST
Yale forward Matt Townsend was named a Rhodes Scholar this weekend, a rare honor only give to 32 American students each year.
Nov 23, 2014, 2:41 PM EST
Danuel House made his presence felt immediately for Texas A&M.
Nov 23, 2014, 2:10 PM EST
Oakland forward Tommy McCune had to overcome the loss of his mother after she lost her battle with cancer, but he’s shown flashes of great play early this season as he moves forward.
Nov 23, 2014, 1:10 PM EST
The high school ranks gave us a great dunk this weekend.
Nov 23, 2014, 12:00 PM EST
One of the best unsigned players in the 2015 class is down to three schools but then visited another school on Friday night.
Nov 23, 2014, 11:00 AM EST
Looks like Larry Nance Jr. is fully recovered from last season’s ACL injury.
Division III school makes buzzer-beating three-pointer against same opponent in back-to-back years (VIDEOS)
Nov 23, 2014, 10:00 AM EST
This is one of the wildest buzzer-beaters I’ve ever seen and the back story makes it that much more incredible.
Nov 23, 2014, 9:10 AM EST
Tournament action resumes on a busy Sunday of college hoops.
Nov 23, 2014, 3:56 AM EST
Concerns about Cook moving off the ball seem foolish through five games.
Nov 23, 2014, 2:00 AM EST
No. 21 Nebraska was the lone ranked team to fall on Saturday, but give them credit for being willing to go on the road to play a dangerous opponent.
Nov 23, 2014, 12:05 AM EST
Devin Davis has been rehabbing from injuries suffered on November 1 when he was struck by a car driven by teammate Emmitt Holt.
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