In order to segue to the chorus of boos I will receive from our friends out west (hey, at least you're getting good weather) let's go to the amount of bids each conference received in this week's bracket.
Big East (8), Big 12 (7), ACC (7), Big 10 (5), SEC (5), Atlantic 10 (4), Mountain West (3), Missouri Valley (2), West Coast (2), Everybody else gets one.
Notice who is not listed as a multiple-bid conference. Yep, the Pac-10 did the unthinkable this week. They received one bid, the first time a Power Six conference will receive only one bid since 1975 (the last year the NCAA Tournament did not allow conferences to receive multiple bids).
I tried every permutation possible but it came down to a couple simple facts. Conference games are still in the initial stages and no team is undefeated in Pac-10 play. Washington, which looked like the most likely team besides Cal to get a bid, has fallen on the skids. Washington State and Oregon have nasty losses in their profiles. USC's on probation.
Sorry, Pac-10. You join the ranks of the also-rans.
Last four in: Virginia Tech, Northwestern, Wichita State, Notre Dame.
Last four out: Florida State, Missouri, Missouri State, Richmond.
Comments are always welcome.
2010 Bracketology No. 3
East Region (Syracuse)
1 Villanova (Big East) v. Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
2 Duke (ACC) v. Vermont (America East)
3 Tennessee (SEC) v. 14 Murray State (OVC)
4 Oklahoma State (Big 12) v. 13 Kent State (MAC)
5 Gonzaga (West Coast) v. 12 Wichita State (Missouri Valley)
6 Butler (Horizon) v. 11 Notre Dame (Big East)
7 Rhode Island (Atlantic 10) v. 10 New Mexico (Mountain West)
8 Clemson (ACC) v. 9 Minnesota (Big 10)
South Region (Houston)
1 Texas (Big 12) v. 16 Morgan State (MEAC)
2 Michigan State (Big 10) v. 15 Stephen F. Austin (Southland)
3 West Virginia (Big East) v 14 Western Carolina (Southern)
4 Brigham Young (Mountain West) v. 13 Northern Colorado (Big Sky)
5 Pittsburgh (Big East) v. 12 Northwestern (Big 10)
6 Texas A&M (Big 12) v. 11 Xavier (Atlantic 10)
7 Miami (Fla.)(ACC) v. 10 Ole Miss (SEC)
8 California (Pac-10) v. 9 St. Mary’s (West Coast)
Midwest Region (St. Louis)
1 Kentucky (SEC) v. 16 Play-In Winner
2 Syracuse (Big East) v. 15 Coastal Carolina (Big South)
3 Kansas State (Big 12) v. 14 Denver (Sun Belt)
4 Connecticut (Big East) v. 13 Louisiana Tech (WAC)
5 Wisconsin (Big 10) v. 12 Virginia Tech (ACC)
6 North Carolina (ACC) v. 11 Vanderbilt (SEC)
7 UNLV (Mountain West) v. 10 Dayton (Atlantic 10)
8 UAB (Conference USA) v. 9 Texas Tech (Big 12)
West Region (Salt Lake City)
1 Kansas (Big 12) v. 16 Lafayette (Patriot)
2 Purdue (Big 10) v. 15 Oakland (Summit)
3 Georgetown (Big East) v. 14 Pacific (Big West)
4 Temple (Atlantic 10) v. 13 Siena (MAAC)
5 Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley) v. 12 William & Mary (CAA)
6 Baylor (Big 12) v. 11 Cornell (Ivy)
7 Mississippi State (SEC) v. 10 Wake Forest (ACC)
8 Georgia Tech (ACC) v. 9 Louisville (Big East)
Play-In Game: Quinnipiac (Northeast ) v. Prairie View A&M (SWAC)