Road to the Final Four at Ford Field Bracketology: Dyson Injury Will Cost UConn

Jameson FlemingSenior Writer IFebruary 13, 2009

The top seeds in the tournament seem pretty clear-cut as of now. UConn and Pittsburgh are the top two teams out of the Big East and rank in the top four in the country, while North Carolina and Oklahoma control the ACC and Big XII pretty comfortably.

The Huskies are in trouble with the injury of Jerome Dyson. It will take at least two losses for Jim Calhoun's team to drop off the top seed line, but with the brutal Big East, it's a definite possibility.

As for the two seeds, Duke, Michigan State, and Clemson are also sitting comfortably on that line. Villanova has a ton of quality wins down the stretch here and look like the third-best team in the Big East suddenly.

Marquette and Louisville give the Big East its overall depth at the top of conference and land three seeds. Memphis and Illinois have gaudy computer numbers, which give them the qualifications of a three seed.

Wake Forest slips to a four with the recent run the Demon Deacons are on, while the other three teams on that line are on the upswing. Gonzaga has almost reached its peak; a three seed isn't out of the question, but unlikely. After winning the Border War, Missouri grabs a four as well, and Arizona State is coming off a sweep of UCLA.

Here's the bubble breakdown.

  • Nine bubble spots available.
  • Teams that made it in order: Boston College, BYU, Cincinnati, USC, Arizona, UNLV, Creighton, Wisconsin, Kentucky
  • Teams that didn't make it, but have good standing on the bubble, in alphabetical order: Baylor, Georgetown, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, San Diego State 
  • The bubble teams that made it aren't linearly seeded in order of how they got into the tournament because of placement restrictions.

Other bracket notes:

  • The Big Ten also has strong depth at the top of the conference with five teams in the top six seeds and only one in the rest of the bracket. 
  • The SEC will somehow get five teams in, four of which will be from the SEC East as long as one of those four teams doesn't tank down the stretch.
  • UCLA drops to an eight seed. That out of conference performance is going to kill the Bruins in terms of seeding.
  • Davidson, Siena, and Utah State all make it in ahead of Northern Iowa and Creighton, who are 12 and 13 seeds (the Blue Jays are an at-large as a 13 and the last team in the field).


1 UConn vs. 16 Alabama State/Morgan State

8 Virginia Tech vs. 9 Tennessee

4 Gonzaga vs. 13 Virginia Commonwealth

5 Xavier vs. 12 Kentucky

2 Duke vs. 15 Robert Morris

7 Texas vs. 10 Utah State

3 Louisville vs. 14 Cornell

6 Minnesota vs. 11 Arizona



1 North Carolina vs. 16 Stephen F. Austin State

8 South Carolina vs. 9 West Virginia

4 Arizona State vs. 13 Creighton

5 Kansas vs. 12 UNLV

2 Villanova vs. 15 UT-Martin

7 LSU vs. 10 Dayton

3 Illinois vs. 14 American

6 Florida State vs. 11 Wisconsin



1 Pittsburgh vs. 16 E. Tennessee State

8 Florida vs. 9 Utah

4 Missouri vs. 13 North Dakota State

5 Ohio State vs. 12 Northern Iowa

2 Michigan State vs. 15 VMI

7 Syracuse vs. 10 BYU

3 Memphis vs. 14 Binghamton

6 California vs. 11 Boston College



1 Oklahoma vs. 16 Long Beach State

8 UCLA vs. 9 Davidson

4 Wake Forest vs. 13 Western Kentucky

5 Butler vs. 12 Cincinnati

2 Clemson vs. 15 Weber State

7 Washington vs. 10 Siena

3 Marquette vs. 14 Buffalo

6 Purdue vs. 11 USC