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Feb. 22 Bracketology: Butler and Northern Iowa Move Up with Big Weekend Wins

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2010

This bracketology judges teams based on the current résumé. AP Top 25 teams get automatic bids. Conference champions will be determined to whoever is in first place in its respective conference. Conference champions have their conference in parenthesis next to the team. Other at-large bids are given to teams with résumés worthy of the NCAA Tournament.

Feel free to comment on the seedings.

No. 1 Seeds

Kansas (Big 12), Kentucky (SEC), Syracuse (Big East), Duke (ACC)

Kansas is undoubtedly No. 1 in the country right now. The Jayhawks are undefeated in the Big 12, possibly the toughest conference in college basketball. The Jayhawks have won 12 straight games.

Kentucky has continued to play great in the SEC. The Wildcats have won seven straight games and their magic number for a regular season SEC title is down to two. The Wildcats rematch with South Carolina, the one team to beat Kentucky this season, on Thursday.

Syracuse is in sole possession of first place in the Big East. The Orange have not lost away from home.

Duke warded off Virginia Tech on Sunday to get a commanding lead in the ACC.

No. 2 Seeds

Purdue (Big 10), Villanova, Kansas State, Michigan State

Purdue has a half-game lead in the Big 10. 

Villanova lost a close game at Pitt on Saturday and dropped into second place in the Big East. This is the first time that Villanova has lost back-to-back games since 2008.

Kansas State has won five straight games and is in second place in the Big 12. 

Michigan State lost a big game at home to Ohio State. The Spartans are now in third place in the Big 10. 

No. 3 Seeds

West Virginia, Pitt, New Mexico (MWC), Ohio State

West Virginia has won its last two games and is in fourth place in the Big East.

Pitt got a huge win over Villanova to move the Panthers to a No. 3 seed. The Panthers have won five straight games.

New Mexico has won 11 straight games. The Lobos only won by three against last place Air Force.

Ohio State is now in second place in the Big 10 with a win over Michigan State. Its RPI (41) is keeping it from moving to a No. 2 seed.

No. 4 Seeds

BYU, Vanderbilt, Temple, Tennessee

BYU has won three straight games and is in second place in the MWC. 

Vanderbilt is in second place in the SEC. The Commodores host Georgia, who is yet to win on the road, on Thursday.

Temple is in second place in the A-10. The Owls have won their last three games. 

Tennessee has won its last two games and is in third place in the SEC. 

No. 5 Seeds

Georgetown, Wisconsin, Butler (Horizon), Northern Iowa (MVC)

Georgetown has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. After looking like it could be one of the best teams in the country, Georgetown has dropped a lot. The Hoyas stand in seventh place in the Big East.

Wisconsin rebounded from a rough loss at Minnesota with a win over Northwestern. The Badgers are in good shape with their next two games against Indiana and Iowa.

Butler is tied with Murray State for the longest win streak in the nation at 17. The Bulldogs have one regular season game remaining at Valpo. The Bulldogs' win against Siena has really helped their seeding. 

Northern Iowa had a big win over Old Dominion in the BracketBuster to help its seeding.

No. 6 Seeds

Texas A&M, Richmond (A-10), Gonzaga (WCC), Texas

Texas A&M has won five of its last six and is in third place in the Big 12.

Richmond has won eight straight games to take a half-game lead in the A-10. The Spiders play a huge game at Xavier next Sunday. 

Gonzaga's magic number for a regular season WCC championship is one. 

Texas continues to struggle. The Longhorns barely got past Texas Tech on Saturday. 

No. 7 Seeds

Maryland, Xavier, UTEP (C-USA), Oklahoma State

Maryland has won three straight games. Late game heroics got it past Georgia Tech. The Terps are now in second place in the ACC. 

Xavier is in third place in the A-10. The Musketeers have won three straight games. 

UTEP has a 10-game winning streak. The Miners have a one-game lead on Memphis, who they already beat in January. 

Oklahoma State has won three straight games following its three-game slide. The latest of these wins against Baylor was the most important for the Cowboys. 

No. 8 Seeds

Florida State, Illinois, Missouri, Baylor

Florida State has won three of its last four. 

Illinois lost back-to-back games this past week. The Fighting Illini need to win their next two games against Michigan and Minnesota.

Missouri has won back-to-back games. The Tigers are in fourth place in the Big 12. 

Baylor's three-game winning streak ended with an 82-75 loss at Oklahoma State

No. 9 Seeds

Wake Forest, Cal (Pac-10), Clemson, Virginia Tech

Wake Forest lost back-to-back games for the second time this season. The Demon Deacons are in desperate need of a win over UNC on Saturday.

Cal has a one-game lead on Arizona State in the Pac-10. The Pac-10 looks like it will almost definitely be a one-bid league this year. 

Clemson has won three straight games. The Tigers, who are 4-4 on the road, have to play three road games in their final four games of the regular season. 

Virginia Tech could not pull out a win at Duke. This loss ended a five-game winning streak. The Hokies are still in third place in the ACC and play a must win game at Boston College on Wednesday.

No. 10 Seeds

Florida, UNLV, Siena (MAAC), Louisville

Florida picked up a big win at Ole Miss on Saturday. 

UNLV ended a three-game slide with a win over Colorado State. UNLV might have to win its final three games (Texas Christian, @ Air Force, Wyoming) to stay an at-large team.

Siena really could have used a at Butler to move their seeding much farther up. The Saints finish a four-game road trip at Rider on Friday.

Louisville has come back with three straight wins, including wins over Syracuse and Notre Dame. The Cardinals are now in fifth place in the Big East. 

No. 11 Seeds

UAB, Memphis, Marquette, Georgia Tech

UAB is in third place in C-USA. The Blazers play two very winnable games against Central Florida and Houston before playing Memphis and UTEP to finish the regular season. 

Memphis has won four straight games and is in second place in C-USA. 

Marquette has won six out of its last seven. The Golden Eagles are in sixth place in the Big East.

Georgia Tech looked like a potential ACC champion early in the year, but now the Yellow Jackets are a bubble team. Georgia Tech's one road win in conference is over North Carolina, 73-71. 

No. 12 Seeds

St. Mary's, Rhode Island, Old Dominion, Utah State (WAC)

St. Mary's is one game out of first place in the WCC. The Gaels need to beat both Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount to stay in the bracket.

Rhode Island's three-game slide ended with a 101-75 win over Fordham. The Rams must win their next three games against Saint Bonaventure, Charlotte, and Massachusetts. 

Old Dominion's three-game winning streak ended with a loss at Northern Iowa. Old Dominion is still barely in the bracket.

Utah State has a 1.5 game lead on New Mexico State in the WAC. The Aggies are riding a 12-game winning streak.

No. 13 Seeds

Oakland (Summit), Murray State (OVC), Northeastern (CAA), Cornell (Ivy)

Oakland has won seven straight games and has won the regular season Summit championship. The Golden Grizzlies play IPFW in their final game of the season.

Murray State is tied with Butler for the nation's longest win streak at 17. Murray State has clinched first place in the OVC. The Racers undefeated season and win streak will be tested as they have to play tough games at Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky to finish the season.

Northeastern lost a heartbreaker to Louisiana Tech in the BracketBuster. The Huskies magic number for a regular season CAA title is two.

Cornell has a 1.5 game lead on Princeton. The Big Red play Princeton on Friday.

No. 14 Seeds

Charleston (SoCon), Weber State (Big Sky), Sam Houston State (Southland), Kent State (MAC)

Charleston beat George Mason 85-83 in the BracketBuster. The Cougars play a game for first place at Wofford on Thursday. A win would give them a regular season championship.

Weber State state has won four straight games to stretch its lead to 1.5 games over Northern Colorado. A Weber State win or a Northern Colorado loss gives the Wildcats the regular season title.

Sam Houston State had an 11-game winning streak snapped in overtime at Texas-San Antonio. The Bearkats magic number for a regular season championship is still one.

Kent State defeated Western Carolina in the BracketBuster. The Golden Flashes are tied with Akron, who they have already beaten, for first place. They don't play Akron again until the last game of the season.

No. 15 Seeds

Santa Barbara (Big West), Morgan State (MEAC), Troy (Sun Belt), Coastal Carolina (Big South)

Santa Barbara has won five straight games and has a half-game lead on Pacific in the Big West. 

Morgan State has lost two out of its last three. The Bears still have a multi-game lead on Delaware State, who they have beaten twice, with four games remaining.

Troy has won three straight games to move into first place in the Sun Belt.

Coastal Carolina can clinch a Big South regular season championship with a win over Liberty on Thursday.

No. 16 Seeds (Bucknell vs. Jackson State in Play-In Game)

Robert Morris (NEC), Campbell (A-Sun), Stony Brook (A-East), Bucknell (Patriot), Jackson State (SWAC)

Robert Morris lost to Quinnipiac on Saturday, but the Colonials are still in first place in the NEC.

Campbell is riding a six-game winning streak. The Camels finish the year with road games against Jacksonville and North Florida.

Stony Brook has nine straight wins. The Seawolves can clinch a regular season championship with a win over Vermont on Wednesday.

Bucknell has a four-game winning streak. 

Jackson State has won nine straight games to take a two-game lead in the SWAC. The Tigers' magic number for a conference championship is two.

Last Four In

Georgia Tech, St. Mary's, Rhode Island, Old Dominion

First Four Out

Ole Miss, Dayton, Charlotte, Mississippi State

Next Four Out

San Diego State, South Florida, UConn, Tulsa

Multi-Bid Conferences:


Big East—Seven

Big 12—Seven

Big 10—Five








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