BRACKETOLOGY: Sunday PM March 17, 2013 (Welcome Miami-FL, Ole Miss, Saint Louis, Ohio St)

Final Bracket

MIDWEST

1.Louisville(BEAST)16.Western Kentucky(SBelt)/North Carolina A&T(MEACLexington, KY

8.Wichita St9.Illinois

5.Saint Louis(A10)12.Akron(MACAustin

4.Oklahoma St13.Boise St/Virginia

6.Notre Dame11.Temple  Kansas City

3.Florida14.Pacific(BWest)

7.North Carolina10.Colorado St  Dayton, OH

2.Ohio St(B10)15.Montana(BSky)

EAST

1.Indiana16.James Madison(CAA)/Liberty(BSouth)  Dayton, OH

8.NC State9.Villanova

5.Arizona12.Tennessee/La Salle Salt Lake City

4.Kansas St13.South Dakota St(Summit)

6.Pittsburgh11.California  Auburn Hills, MI

3.Wisconsin14.Harvard(Ivy)

7.UNLV10.Colorado Lexington, KY

2.Miami(FL)(ACC)15.Albany(AEast)

SOUTH

1.Kansas(B12)16.Long Island(NECKansas City

8.Butler9.San Diego St

5.UCLA12.Belmont(OVCSan Jose

4.Syracuse13.New Mexico St(WAC)

6.Creighton(MVC)11.Mississippi(SECAuburn Hills, MI

3.Michigan St14.Valparaiso(Horizon)

7.Memphis(CUSA)10.Cincinnati   Philadelphia

2.Duke15.Iona(MAAC)

WEST

1.Gonzaga(WCC)16.Southern(SWACSan Jose

8.Iowa St9.Missouri

5.Marquette12.Bucknell(Patriot)  Austin

4.Michigan13.Davidson(SoCon)

6.VCU11.Minnesota Philadelphia

3.Georgetown14.Florida Gulf Coast(ASun)

7.Oregon(P12)10.Oklahoma  Salt Lake City

2.New Mexico(MWest)15.Northwestern St(Southland)

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BRACKETOLOGY: Sunday AM March 17, 2013 (Welcome Albany, Memphis, Akron, North Carolina A&T, Southern, Northwestern St, New Mexico, New Mexico St, Louisville, Oregon, Kansas, Pacific, Montana)

Last Four In: La Salle, Virginia, Boise St, Tennessee

Last Three Out: Alabama, Middle Tennessee St, Saint Mary’s

MIDWEST

1.Louisville(BEAST)16.Western Kentucky(SBelt)/NC A&T(MEAC)   Lexington, KY

8.Wichita St9.Illinois

5.Saint Louis12.Akron(MACAustin

4.Oklahoma St13.Boise St/Virginia

6.Notre Dame11.Belmont(OVC)  Kansas City

3.Florida14.Pacific(BWest)

7.North Carolina10.Colorado St Dayton, OH

2.Ohio St15.Montana(BSky)

EAST

1.Indiana16.JMU(CAA)/Liberty(BSouthDayton, OH

8.NC State9.Villanova

5.Arizona12.Tennessee/La Salle    Salt Lake City

4.Kansas St13.South Dakota St(Summit)

6.Pittsburgh11.Temple  Auburn Hills, MI

3.Michigan14.Harvard(Ivy)

7.UNLV10.Colorado Lexington, KY

2.Miami(FL)15.Albany(AEast)

SOUTH

1.Kansas(B12)16.Long Island(NEC)  Kansas City

8.Butler9.San Diego St

5.UCLA12.Mississippi San Jose

4.Syracuse13.New Mexico St(WAC)

6.Creighton(MVC)11.California Auburn Hills, MI

3.Michigan St14.Valparaiso(Horizon)

7.Memphis(CUSA)10.Cincinnati    Philadelphia

2.Duke15.Iona(MAAC)

WEST

1.Gonzaga(WCC)16.Southern(SWACSan Jose

8.Iowa St9.Missouri

5.Marquette12.Bucknell(Patriot)  Austin

4.Wisconsin13.Davidson(SoCon)

6.VCU11.Minnesota    Philadelphia

3.Georgetown14.Florida Gulf Coast(ASun)

7.Oregon(P12)10.Oklahoma  Salt Lake City

2.New Mexico(MWest)15.Northwestern St(Southland)

                                                         

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BRACKETOLOGY: Saturday March 16, 2013

Last Four In: Mississippi, La Salle, Virginia, Boise St

Last Four Out: Saint Mary’s, Alabama, Middle Tennessee, Maryland

Good for games thru March 15, 2013

MIDWEST

1.Indiana16.Western Kentucky(SBelt)/Morgan St  Dayton, OH

8.Oregon9.San Diego St

5.Marquette12.Mississippi/Virginia  Austin

4.Oklahoma St13.Akron

6.VCU11.Bucknell(PatriotAustin

3.Florida14.Valparaiso(Horizon)

7.Memphis10.Colorado St  Philadelphia

2.Georgetown15.Florida Gulf Coast(ASun)

SOUTH

1.Kansas16.Long Island(NEC)  Kansas City

8.Wichita St9.Missouri

5.Saint Louis12.Minnesota  Kansas City

4.Syracuse13.Davidson(SoCon)

6.Notre Dame11.Belmont(OVCDayton, OH

3.Ohio St14.Stephen F. Austin

7.UNLV10.Temple Lexington, KY

2.Miami(FL)15.Iona(MAAC)

EAST

1.Louisville16.James Madison(CAA)/Liberty(BSouthLexington, KY

8.NC State9.Illinois

5.Arizona12.Tennessee  San Jose

4.Kansas St13.New Mexico St

6.Creighton(MVC)11.Colorado Auburn Hills, MI

3.Michigan14.Pacific

7.Butler10.Cincinnati  Philadelphia

2.Duke15.Vermont

WEST

1.Gonzaga(WCC)16.Southern San Jose

8.Iowa St9.Villanova

5.UCLA12.Boise St/La Salle Salt Lake City

4.Wisconsin13.Harvard(Ivy)

6.Pittsburgh11.California Salt Lake City

3.New Mexico14.South Dakota St(Summit)

7.North Carolina10.Oklahoma Auburn Hills, MI

2.Michigan St15.Montana

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BRACKETOLOGY: Friday March 15, 2013

Last Four In: Boise St, Virginia, Saint Mary’s, Tennessee

Last Four Out: Kentucky, Mississippi, Iowa, Middle Tennessee St

Good for games thru 3/14

MIDWEST

1.Indiana16.Western Kentucky(SBelt)/Morgan St Dayton, OH

8.Wichita St9.San Diego St

5.Notre Dame12.Saint Mary’s/Virginia Austin

4.Oklahoma St13.Akron

6.VCU11.Bucknell(Patriot)  Austin

3.Florida14.Valparaiso(Horizon)

7.Memphis10.Colorado St Philadelphia

2.Georgetown15.Florida Gulf Coast(ASun)

SOUTH

1.Louisville16.James Madison(CAA)/Liberty(BSouthLexington, KY

8.NC State9.Missouri

5.Saint Louis12.Minnesota Kansas City

4.Kansas St13.Davidson(SoCon)

6.UCLA11.Belmont(OVCDayton, OH

3.Ohio St14.Stephen F. Austin

7.UNLV10.Villanova Lexington, KY

2.Miami(FL)15.Iona(MAAC)

EAST

1.Duke16.Long Island(NECPhiladelphia

8.Iowa St9.Illinois

5.Syracuse12.La Salle  San Jose

4.Arizona13.New Mexico St

6.Creighton(MVC)11.Colorado Auburn Hills, MI

3.Michigan14.Vermont

7.Butler10.Cincinnati Kansas City

2.Kansas15.Long Beach St

WEST

1.Gonzaga(WCC)16.Southern San Jose

8.Oregon9.Temple

5.Marquette12.Tennessee/Boise St Salt Lake City

4.Wisconsin13.Harvard(Ivy)

6.Pittsburgh11.California Salt Lake City

3.New Mexico14.South Dakota St(Summit)

7.North Carolina10.Oklahoma Auburn Hills, MI

2.Michigan St15.Montana

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BRACKETOLOGY: Thursday March 14, 2013 (Welcome Bucknell)

Last Four In: Boise St, Virginia, Saint Mary’s, Tennessee

Last Four Out: Kentucky, Mississippi, Iowa, Middle Tennessee St

For games played thru 3/13

MIDWEST

1.Indiana16.Western Kentucky(SBelt)/Hampton Dayton, OH

8.Wichita St9.San Diego St

5.Pittsburgh12.Saint Mary’s/Virginia Austin

4.Oklahoma St13.Louisiana Tech

6.VCU11.Minnesota Austin

3.Florida14.Valparaiso(Horizon)

7.Memphis10.Colorado St Philadelphia

2.Georgetown15.Florida Gulf Coast(ASun)

SOUTH

1.Louisville16.James Madison(CAA)/Liberty(BSouth) Lexington, KY

8.NC State9.Temple

5.UCLA12.Tennesse/Boise St Salt Lake City

4.Kansas St13.Davidson(SoCon)

6.Creighton(MVC)11.Colorado  Dayton, OH

3.Ohio St14.Stephen F. Austin

7.Butler10.Villanova Lexington, KY

2.Miami(FL)15.Iona(MAAC)

EAST

1.Duke16.Long Island(NECPhiladelphia

8.Iowa St9.Illinois

5.Saint Louis12.Cincinnati  San Jose

4.Arizona13.Harvard(Ivy)

6.Syracuse11.Bucknell(PatriotAuburn Hills, MI

3.Michigan14.Vermont

7.UNLV10.California Kansas City

2.Kansas15.Long Beach St

WEST

1.Gonzaga(WCC)16.Southern San Jose

8.Oregon9.Missouri

5.Wisconsin12.La Salle  Kansas City

4.Marquette13.Akron

6.Notre Dame11.Belmont(OVCSalt Lake City

3.New Mexico14.South Dakota St(Summit)

7.North Carolina10.Oklahoma Auburn Hills, MI

2.Michigan St15.Montan

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BRACKETOLOGY: Wednesday March 13, 2013 (Welcome Long Island, South Dakota St, Valparaiso)

Last Four In: Virginia, Boise St, Saint Mary’s, Tennessee

Last Four Out: Kentucky, Mississippi, Iowa, Middle Tennessee St

MIDWEST

1.Indiana16.Western Kentucky(SBelt)/Long Island(NECDayton, OH

8.Wichita St9.San Diego St

5.Pittsburgh12.Saint Mary’s/Virginia Austin

4.Oklahoma St13.Louisiana Tech

6.VCU11.Minnesota Austin

3.Florida14.Valparaiso(Horizon)

7.Memphis10.Colorado St Philadelphia

2.Georgetown15.Florida Gulf Coast(ASun)

SOUTH

1.Louisville16.James Madison(CAA)/Liberty(BSouthLexington, KY

8.NC State9.Temple

5.UCLA12.Tennesse/Boise St   Salt Lake City

4.Kansas St13.Davidson(SoCon)

6.Creighton(MVC)11.Colorado Dayton, OH

3.Ohio St14.Stephen F. Austin

7.Butler10.Villanova Lexington, KY

2.Miami(FL)15.Iona(MAAC)

EAST

1.Duke16.Norfolk St Philadelphia

8.Iowa St9.Illinois

5.Saint Louis12.Cincinnati San Jose

4.Arizona13.Harvard(Ivy)

6.Syracuse11.Bucknell  Auburn Hills, MI

3.Michigan14.Vermont

7.UNLV10.California Kansas City

2.Kansas15.Long Beach St

WEST

1.Gonzaga(WCC)16.Southern San Jose

8.Oregon9.Missouri

5.Wisconsin12.La Salle Kansas City

4.Marquette13.Akron

6.Notre Dame11.Belmont(OVC)  Salt Lake City

3.New Mexico14.South Dakota St(Summit)

7.North Carolina10.Oklahoma  Auburn Hills, MI

2.Michigan St15.Montana

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BRACKETOLOGY: Tuesday March 12, 2013 (Welcome Western Kentucky, Davidson, James Madison, Gonzaga, Iona)

Before we get to the bracket I’m going to preview tonight’s Summit League final as well as the conference tournament in the SWAC, Southland, Big Sky, WAC and Big West.

SUMMIT LEAGUE: This was a nice three-team race to watch between finalists South Dakota St and North Dakota St along with Western Illinois.  The two teams split the regular season match-up and I expect a barnburner in the third.  It’s on the Jackrabbits home court so you have to give SDSU the edge.

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC: Three teams are missing from this conference tournament due to APR penalties leveled against them. Two of those teams, Texas Southern and Arkansas-Pine Bluff won the regular season championship and finished tied for second respectively.  That leaves the Southern Jaguars as the heavy favorites to win the SWAC.

SOUTHLAND: This is a tournament that protects its top teams from playing until the semifinals.  Stephen F. Austin and Northwestern St have been impressive all season.  They split the two regular season games including a one-point win by the Lumberjacks 10 days ago.  I think Northwestern St gained confidence from playing them so tough though and on a neutral floor I expect the Demons to go dancing.

BIG SKY: There’s no doubt that Montana and Weber St are on a collision course.  These have been the best programs in the Big Sky for a number of years and they are head and shoulders above the rest of the league.  They’ll meet one more time in the finals where Montana’s home court will give them the edge.

WESTERN ATHLETIC: Louisiana Tech was running away with the league title for much of the year, but their two toughest games were in the last week.  Road games at New Mexico St and Denver resulted in double digit losses for the Bulldogs – tarnishing a possible at-large resume.  It’s tough to think they’ve recovered from those defeats in time for the WAC tournament and I think Denver will make its first ever trip to the Big Dance.

BIG WEST: Long Beach St by far has the most talent of any team in the Big West, but the 49ers aren’t playing their best ball.  They’re coming off a 20-point beatdown at the hands of Pacific.  That game was the last scheduled home game Bob Thomason is going to coach and his Tigers gave an inspired performance.  I expect them to have the same inspiration as they try to get him to one last NCAA tournament.  Pacific is going dancing.

On to the Bracket

Last Four In: Virginia, Boise St, Saint Mary’s, Tennessee

Last Four Out: Kentucky, Mississippi, Iowa, Middle Tennessee St

MIDWEST

1.Indiana16.Western Kentucky(SBelt)/Long Island Dayton, OH

8.Wichita St9.San Diego St

5.Pittsburgh12.Saint Mary’s/Virginia Austin

4.Oklahoma St13.Louisiana Tech

6.VCU11.Minnesota Austin

3.Florida14.Valparaiso

7.Memphis10.Colorado St Philadelphia

2.Georgetown15.Florida Gulf Coast(ASun)

SOUTH

1.Louisville16.James Madison(CAA)/Liberty(BSouth) Lexington, KY

8.NC State9.Temple

5.UCLA12.Tennesse/Boise St   Salt Lake City

4.Kansas St13.Davidson(SoCon)

6.Creighton(MVC)11.Colorado Dayton, OH

3.Ohio St14.Stephen F. Austin

7.Butler10.Villanova Lexington, KY

2.Miami(FL)15.Iona(MAAC)

EAST

1.Duke16.Norfolk St Philadelphia

8.Iowa St9.Illinois

5.Saint Louis12.Cincinnati San Jose

4.Arizona13.Harvard(Ivy)

6.Syracuse11.Bucknell  Auburn Hills, MI

3.Michigan14.Vermont

7.UNLV10.California Kansas City

2.Kansas15.Long Beach St

WEST

1.Gonzaga(WCC)16.Southern San Jose

8.Oregon9.Missouri

5.Wisconsin12.La Salle Kansas City

4.Marquette13.Akron

6.Notre Dame11.Belmont(OVC)  Salt Lake City

3.New Mexico14.South Dakota St

7.North Carolina10.Oklahoma  Auburn Hills, MI

2.Michigan St15.Montana

The Long Wait (Welcome Creighton, Liberty)

Middle Tennessee St’s Shawn Jones

It’s going to be a long agonizing week for the Middle Tennessee St Blue Raiders after their upset loss at the hands of Florida International in the Sun Belt Conference semi-finals (more on this later).  They were dominant in the regular season winning all but one conference games, but March is cruel as the Blue Raiders know all too well.

Last year they bowed out of the conference tournament in the quarterfinals after being the No. 1 seed as they lost to Arkansas St.  They didn’t get in last season and their prospects are grim for this season.  While they played a top-20 non-conference schedule they only have two top-100 wins and no top-50.  The committee may reward them for challenging themselves out of conference, but it’s unlikely.

You feel bad for the Blue Raiders, but March is cruel and unusual punishment for a team of their kind.  The punishment this week will be waiting.

We have some conference tournament finals that I didn’t get a chance to preview so here’s some predictions for some of tonight’s finals.

COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION: Sundays two semi-finals had fantastic finishes so both teams may be spent emotionally.  Northeastern came from 24 down to beat George Mason while James Madison had some fortunate calls to preserve victory over Delaware.  It’s going to be hard for the Huskies to beat a Virginia school in Richmond though and I expect the Dukes to go dancing for the first time since 1994.

SUN BELT: Neither Florida International nor Western Kentucky is supposed to be here.  It’s the second year in a row the Hilltoppers shocked the world to reach the final while Richard Pitino has turned around Florida International in one year after Isaiah Thomas screwed that job up too.  The Golden Panthers are a nice story, but the Hilltoppers are used to this and will go dancing again.

SOUTHERN: I watched Davidson go to Charleston earlier this season and put a beat down on the Cougars earlier this season.  The margin may be closer, but the result will be the same.  The gold standard of SoCon basketball is going dancing again.

METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC: Here is another tournament where the teams playing weren’t expected to be here.  Iona is a solid program and has proven it can hang with good competition this season.  Manhattan, on the other hand, is the beneficiary of getting to play the No. 7 seed in the semifinals.  Iona has endured its share of heartbreak in this tournament the past few years, the Gaels will get the job done this time around.

We all so have some other tournaments getting started today.

MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC: It’s been an unusual year in the MEAC where two teams have been way ahead of the pack.  Last year’s NCAA tournament darling Norfolk St finished undefeated in league play and North Carolina Central finished with only one loss.  That loss didn’t come at the hands of the Spartans because the two didn’t play.  They will in the title game and the Spartans will repeat.

MID-AMERICAN: Akron was threatening to run away with this league and was possibly heading towards locking up an at-large bid.  Then came a surprising loss at Buffalo and the suspension of point guard Alex Abreu.  Those unfortunate series of events leave the Ohio Bobcats as the clear favorites to repeat as MAC champions and go to the big dance.

On to the Bracket:

Good for Games played thru 3/10

Last Four In: Virginia, Boise St, Tennessee, La Salle

Last Four Out: Kentucky, Mississippi, Iowa, Middle Tennessee St

MIDWEST

1.Indiana16.Florida International/Long Island  Dayton, OH

8.Wichita St9.San Diego St

5.Pittsburgh12.Bucknell Austin

4.Oklahoma St13.Louisiana Tech

6.VCU11.Minnesota Austin

3.Florida14.Valparaiso

7.Memphis10.Colorado St Philadelphia

2.Georgetown15.Florida Gulf Coast(ASun)

SOUTH

1.Louisville16.Southern/Liberty(BSouth)  Lexington, KY

8.NC State9.Temple

5.UCLA12.Tennesse/Boise St Salt Lake City

4.Kansas St13.Davidson

6.Creighton(MVC)11.Colorado Dayton, OH

3.Ohio St14.Stephen F. Austin

7.Butler10.Villanova Lexington, KY

2.Miami(FL)15.Iona

EAST

1.Duke16.Norfolk St Philadelphia

8.Iowa St9.Illinois

5.Saint Louis12.Cincinnati San Jose

4.Arizona13.Harvard(Ivy)

6.Syracuse11.Saint Mary’s Auburn Hills, MI

3.Michigan14.Vermont

7.UNLV10.California Kansas City

2.Kansas15.Long Beach St

WEST

1.Gonzaga16.Northeastern San Jose

8.Oregon9.Missouri

5.Wisconsin12.La Salle/Virginia Kansas City

4.Marquette13.Akron

6.Notre Dame11.Belmont(OVCSalt Lake City

3.New Mexico14.South Dakota St

7.North Carolina10.Oklahoma Auburn Hills, MI

2.Michigan St15.Montana

BRACKETOLOGY: Sunday March 10, 2013 (Welcome Florida Gulf Coast, Harvard, Belmont)

Last Four In: Boise St, Virginia, Tennessee, La Salle

Last Four Out: Kentucky, Mississippi, Iowa, Alabama

MIDWEST

1.Indiana16.Northeastern/Southern Dayton, OH

8.Wichita St9.San Diego St

5.Pittsburgh12.Saint Mary’s  Austin

4.Oklahoma St13.Louisiana Tech

6.VCU11.Minnesota Austin

3.Florida14.Valparaiso

7.Memphis10.Oklahoma Philadelphia

2.Georgetown15.Niagara

SOUTH

1.Louisville16.Charleston Southern/Long Island  Lexington, KY

8.NC State9.Illinois

5.UCLA12.Tennesse/Boise St  Salt Lake City

4.Kansas St13.Bucknell

6.Butler11.Colorado Dayton, OH

3.Ohio St14.Stephen F. Austin

7.UNLV10.Villanova Lexington, KY

2.Miami(FL)15.Florida Gulf Coast(ASun)

EAST

1.Duke16.Norfolk St Philadelphia

8.Iowa St9.Colorado St

5.Saint Louis12.Cincinnati San Jose

4.Arizona13.Davidson

6.Syracuse11.Belmont(OVC)  Auburn Hills, MI

3.Michigan St14.Harvard(Ivy)

7.Creighton10.California Lexington, KY

2.Kansas15.Stony Brook

WEST

1.Gonzaga16.Long Beach St San Jose

8.Oregon9.Missouri

5.Wisconsin12.La Salle/Virginia Kansas City

4.Marquette13.Akron

6.Notre Dame11.Middle Tennessee St Salt Lake City

3.New Mexico14.South Dakota St

7.North Carolina10.Temple Auburn Hills, MI

2.Michigan15.Montana

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Bracketology: March 8, 2013

Last Four In: Virginia, Boise St, Tennessee, Cincinnati

Last Four Out: Iowa, Mississippi, Arizona St, Alabama

MIDWEST

1.Kansas16.Montana  Kansas City

8.San Diego St9.Wichita St

5.Syracuse12.Saint Mary’s  Salt Lake City

4.Arizona13.Louisiana Tech

6.Saint Louis11.Villanova  Austin

3.Miami(FL)14.Valparaiso

7.Missouri10.Iowa St  Auburn Hills, MI

2.Michigan15.Niagara

EAST

1.Duke16.Robert Morris  Philadelphia

8.Butler9.Oklahoma

5.Notre Dame12.Belmont Dayton, OH

4.Ohio St13.Bucknell

6.NC State11.Minnesota Kansas City

3.Kansas St14.Stephen F. Austin

7.UCLA10.La Salle Lexington, KY

2.Louisville15.Mercer

SOUTH

1.Indiana16.Norfolk St/Charleston Southern   Dayton, OH

8.Memphis9.Colorado

5.UNLV12.Cincinnati/Virginia  San Jose

4.Oklahoma St13.Davidson

6.Wisconsin11.Colorado St  Philadelphia

3.Georgetown14.Princeton

7.VCU10.California    Lexington, KY

2.Florida15.Stony Brook

WEST

1.Gonzaga16.Northeastern/Southern  San Jose

8.Creighton9.Illinois

5.North Carolina12.Akron  Austin

4.Marquette13.Tennessee/Boise St

6.Oregon11.Middle Tennessee St Auburn Hills, MI

3.Michigan St14.South Dakota St

7.Pittsburgh10.Temple Salt Lake City

2.New Mexico15.Long Beach St

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