Bracketology 2011: Butler & Michigan St Back In

    
February 21st, 2011
The weekly 2011 Bracketology field is based on how the tourney projects as of now. The field below is not necessarily who I think deserves to be in, but simply a prediction of what the committee would do as things stand. In late February, I release Bracketology updates more frequently as the season approaches crunch time.

 

Why should you care what I have to say? In 2007 & 2008 & 2010, my NCAA Tournament projections ranked in the Top 3 amongst 50+ national experts including Joe Lunardi, Gary Parrish and the like. Over the last 3 years, I'm ranked 3rd overall amongst bracketologists according to the Bracket Project

 

Notes:

Arrows indicate how many seeds (not spots) a team has moved up or down in the past week. Teams in Green are new to the field this week.

 

ONE

Kansas

Ohio State**

Pittsburgh**

Duke**

 

TWO

Texas**

San Diego St**

Purdue

Notre Dame

 

THREE

BYU

Georgetown

Florida**

Arizona**

 

FOUR

Wisconsin

Villanova

North Carolina

UCONN

 

FIVE

Vanderbilt

Texas A&M

Louisville

Kentucky

 

SIX

Syracuse

St. John's

Xavier**

Missouri

 

SEVEN

West Virginia

Temple

Florida St

George Mason**

 

EIGHT

Utah St**

Washington

UNLV

UCLA

 

NINE

Alabama

Cincinnati

Old Dominion

Georgia

 

TEN

St. Mary's**

Virginia Tech

Illinois

Kansas St

 

ELEVEN

UAB**

Tennessee

Memphis

Cleveland St**

 

TWELVE + 2

Michigan St

Clemson

Butler / UTEP

Richmond / Colorado St

 

THIRTEEN

Missouri St**

Belmont**

Harvard**

Charleston**

 

FOURTEEN

Coastal Carolina**

Oakland**

Bucknell**

Fairfield**

 

FIFTEEN

Vermont**

Long Beach St**

FAU**

Miami (OH)**

 

SIXTEEN + 2

Montana**

Long Island**

Morehead St** / Texas Southern**

McNeese St** / Bethune-Cookman**

 

** = Automatic Bid

 

 

League Leaders/Winners (31)

- #1 team according to current standings. Not projections. Ties given to the higher RPI team

 

America East - Vermont
A-10 - Xavier
ACC - Duke
Atlantic Sun - Belmont
Big 12 - Texas
Big East - Pittsburgh
Big Sky - Montana
Big South - Coastal Carolina
Big Ten - Ohio St
Big West - Long Beach St
CAA - George Mason
Conference USA - UAB
Horizon - Cleveland St
Ivy - Harvard
MAAC - Fairfield
MAC - Miami (OH)
MEAC - Bethune-Cookman
MVC - Missouri St
MWC - San Diego St
Northeast - Long Island
Ohio Valley - Morehead St
Pac-10 - Arizona
Patriot - Bucknell
SEC - Florida
Southern - Charleston
Southland - McNeese St
SWAC - Texas Southern
Summit - Oakland
Sun Belt - FAU
WAC - Utah St
WCC - Saint Mary's
 

Last In: Colorado St, UTEP, Richmond, Butler

 

First Out: Marquette, Baylor, Nebraska, Southern Miss

Further Four: Minnesota, Gonzaga, Boston College, VCU

 

Dropped Out Of Field (at-large): Baylor, Boston College, Minnesota, Wichita St

New (at-large): Butler, Colorado St, Kansas St, Michigan St

 

Conference Bids

- Multiple Bid Leagues

 

Big East - 10

SEC - 6

ACC - 5

Big 12 - 5

Big Ten - 5

MWC - 4
A-10 - 3

CUSA - 3

Pac-10 - 3
CAA - 2
Horizon - 2