College Basketball Bracketology: NCAA Tournament Bracket As Of February 7

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2011

This bracketology will evaluate teams based on how they have performed this point in the season. It will not factor in how they are projected to do in the rest of the season. Teams that are currently in first place in their respective conference will be given an automatic bid from that conference. A conference in parentheses next to a team indicates a conference champion.

With the 68-team format, there will now be four play-in games. There will be two play-in games for the bottom four at-large teams, and two play-in games for the bottom four conference tournament winners who earned automatic bids.

In the bracket, the winner of the East Region plays the winner of the West Region, and the winner of the Southeast Region plays the winner of the Southwest Region.


East Region


No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 16 Northwestern State (Southland)/Northern Colorado (Big Sky)

Ohio State kept its undefeated season going with a win at Minnesota on Sunday. The Buckeyes finish up a two-game road trip at Wisconsin on Saturday.

Northwestern State has won four of its last five games to take control of the Southland. The Demons play a pair of home games this week before playing at second place McNeese State on Feb. 19.

Northern Colorado holds a one-game lead on Montana in the Big Sky. The Bears start a three-game road trip at Montana State on Thursday. The second game of that road trip will be their second meeting with Montana.


No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Richmond

Tennessee's three-game winning streak ended with an overtime loss to Alabama. The Volunteers play on the road against a pair of top 25 teams, Kentucky and Florida, this week.

Richmond continues to slowly climb up. A few losses to mediocre teams are what prevents the Spiders from being a No. 7 or No. 8 seed. The Spiders are currently tied for third place in the Atlantic 10.


No. 5 Florida vs. No. 12 Kansas State/Missouri State

Florida has won five of its last six games and is in first place in the SEC East. The Gators have played in a bunch of thrillers recently, with three of their last four games either going into overtime or coming down to the final possession.

Kansas State reappears in the bracket this week. The Wildcats are still far from a lost cause. They have won three of their last four games, but remain in the middle of the pack in the Big 12.

Missouri State makes it into the bracket as the last team in. The Bears stand in second place in the MVC, one game behind Wichita State. In order to keep a spot as an at-large team, Missouri state must win each of its next three games, against Bradley, Illinois State and Drake.


No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Princeton (Ivy)

Wisconsin has been one of the better teams in college basketball recently, with its only loss in its last six games coming by four points at Penn State. The Badgers play a big game against No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday.

Princeton defeated Harvard on Friday night to take control of first place in the Ivy League. Princeton is the only team in the Ivy League that is yet to lose. The Tigers host third place Penn on Tuesday.


No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 11 Michigan State

North Carolina stands in second place in the ACC. The Tar Heels will play at Duke on Wednesday for first place in the ACC.

Michigan State has not looked like a tournament team in the last few weeks. However, Michigan State remains in the field due to a solid non-conference performance and a few key wins in Big Ten play.


No. 3 Connecticut vs. No. 14 Fairfield (MAAC)

Connecticut ended a two-game slide with a come from behind win at Seton Hall. The Huskies finish off a New York Metro Area road trip at St. John's on Thursday.

Fairfield picked up its first loss since Jan. 14, falling to Rider on Sunday. The Stags still hold a two-game lead over St. Peter's in the MAAC.


No. 7 Illinois vs. No. 10 Georgia

Illinois has lost three of its last four games and is only .500 in the Big Ten. The Fighting Illini play their next two games against top 25 opponents (Minnesota, Purdue).

Georgia won a close game at Arkansas and then defeated Auburn in overtime to pull itself into third place in the SEC East. The Bulldogs play their final non-conference game against Xavier on Tuesday.


No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 15 Vermont (AEC)

If you told me Notre Dame would be a No. 2 seed at the start of the year, I probably would have laughed at you and told you that the Fighting Irish would need some luck to get any seeding with only one digit. However, Notre Dame has been red hot in Big East play, currently 8-3 and in second place. The Fighting Irish get a chance to add a key win to their résumé when they host Louisville on Wednesday.

Vermont has dominated the America East in the last few weeks, winning seven straight games.  


West Region


No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Long Beach State (Big West)

Kansas has won four straight games, three by double digits, since losing to Texas on Jan. 22. The Jayhawks host Missouri on Monday night.

Long Beach State defeated Cal State Fullerton to provide a two-game lead over Cal Poly in the Big West. The 49ers start a two-game road trip at UC Davis on Thursday.


No. 8 Temple vs. No. 9 Cincinnati

Temple has won four straight games. The Owls are tied with Richmond for third place in the Atlantic 10 and have a date with the Spiders on Feb. 17.  

Cincinnati has dropped back-to-back games. The Bearcats must win at DePaul on Tuesday.


No. 5 Arizona (Pac-10) vs. No. 12 Cleveland State (Horizon)

Arizona extended its winning streak to five games with a triple overtime win overtime win over California. The Wildcats finish off a three-game road trip at Arizona State on Sunday.

Cleveland State's six-game winning streak was snapped with a loss to Butler. However, the Vikings still have a half-game lead over Valparaiso.


No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Oakland (Summit)

Kentucky has lost its last two games, with each loss coming by two points on the road. The Wildcats host Tennessee on Tuesday, when they will try to stop the slide.

Oakland lost for the first time since Dec. 23, falling 100-88 at IUPUI on Saturday. This was Oakland's first loss in conference play. Despite the loss, the Golden Grizzlies still have a 2.5 game lead over IUPUI in the Summit League.


No. 6 Minnesota vs. No. 11 Southern Mississippi (C-USA)

Minnesota picked up its third straight loss, dropping one at home to Ohio State on Sunday. The Golden Gophers badly need a win over Illinois on Thursday.

Southern Mississippi's four-game winning streak has vaulted the Golden Eagles into first place in Conference USA. They will host second place UTEP a week from Wednesday.


No. 3 Georgetown vs. No. 14 Kent State (MAC)

Georgetown has won six straight games in Big East play. During this stretch, the Hoyas defeated a pair of top 25 teams.

Kent State's four-game winning streak has brought the Golden Flashes into first place in the MAC. They hold a half-game lead over Buffalo, Bowling Green and Miami-Ohio.


No. 7 St. Mary's vs. No. 10 Marquette

St. Mary's rebounded from the loss at Portland with wins over Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. The Gaels start a three-game road trip at third place Santa Clara on Thursday. 

Marquette has struggled over the last two weeks, with the only bright spot being a win over Syracuse. The Golden Eagles play a must-win game at South Florida on Wednesday.


No. 2 Duke (ACC) vs. No. 15 Murray State (OVC)

Duke was blown out by St. John's last week, but the Blue Devils have not slipped in ACC play since the loss at Florida State. The Blue Devils play North Carolina on Wednesday for first place in the ACC.

Murray State has looked very good in conference play as of recently. The Racers hold a half-game lead over Morehead State.  


Southeast Region


No. 1 Texas (Big 12) vs. No. 16 Hampton (MEAC)/Texas Southern (SWAC)

Texas defeated Texas Tech on Saturday to move to 8-0 in Big 12 play. The Longhorns have already gotten the toughest Big 12 games out of the way. The toughest games remaining on the schedule are a pair against Baylor, one at Colorado, and one against Kansas State.

Hampton moved into first place with Bethune-Cookman's loss over the weekend.

Texas Southern holds a one-game lead over Jackson State in the SWAC. The Tigers, who beat Jackson State in the first meeting, play at Jackson State in their next game on Saturday.


No. 8 Xavier vs. No. 9 Utah State (WAC)

Xavier picked up its first Atlantic 10 loss at Charlotte but then rebounded with a win over Saint Louis. The Musketeers start a three-game road trip at Georgia on Tuesday.

Utah State continues to show the WAC who is boss. The Aggies have won their two February games with an average margin of victory of 25 points. 


No. 5 Texas A&M vs. No. 12 George Mason/St. John's

Texas A&M has lost its last three games. The Aggies play a pair of road games at Colorado and Texas Tech this week.

George Mason is tied with Virginia Commonwealth for first place in the CAA. However, the Rams hold the tiebreaker. George Mason gets into the field this week by dominating CAA play and also having a few solid OOC wins.

St. John's could have been seeded much higher had it defeated UCLA on Saturday. With that loss, St. John's remains in the more dangerous part of the bubble.


No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Belmont (A-Sun)

Louisville has won three of its last four games. The Cardinals play their next two games against top 25 teams. They are currently in a tie for third place in the Big East with Villanova.

Belmont is still in first place despite losing to Lipscomb. The Bruins wrap up a road trip at Campbell on Saturday.


No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 Virginia Tech

Vanderbilt ended a two-game slide with a win over South Carolina. The Commodores host first place Alabama on Thursday and then Kentucky on Saturday.

Virginia Tech picked up a two-point loss at Boston College on Saturday.


No. 3 Villanova vs. No. 14 Charleston (SoCon)

Villanova has won back-to-back games and plays a pesky Rutgers squad on Wednesday. Although Rutgers has lost its last four games, its last three losses have come only by a total of 10 points.

Charleston defeated Wofford and Furman last week to take control of the SoCon. The Cougars have already gotten their toughest conference games out of the way and control their own destiny for a SoCon championship.


No. 7 Florida State vs. No. 10 Alabama (SEC)

Florida State has lost two of its last three games. The Seminoles play three of the bottom teams in the ACC, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and Virginia, in their next three games.

Alabama has come out of nowhere to lead the SEC to this point in the season. The Crimson Tide kept control of first place with an overtime win over Tennessee on Saturday. 


No. 2 San Diego State vs. No. 15 Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)

San Diego State is tied with Brigham Young for first place in the Mountain West, but the Cougars hold first place in the Mountain West due to having a win over the Aztecs.

Florida Atlantic finally lost in Sun Belt play, falling to Western Kentucky last week. However, the Owls are still 10-1 in conference play and hold a commanding three-game lead with five games left, making their magic number for a conference championship two. 


Southwest Region


No. 1 Pittsburgh (Big East) vs. No. 16 Long Island (NEC)

Pittsburgh has remained strong in the Big East despite losing to Notre Dame. The Panthers hold a 1.5 game lead over the Fighting Irish. The Panthers take on West Virginia on Monday night.

Long Island has won four straight games and controls the NEC by one game. The Blackbirds host St. Francis (NY) in their next game, and then go on a three-game road trip.


No. 8 Washington vs. No. 9 UNLV

Washington has lost three straight games. The Huskies desperately need a wins over California and Stanford this week.

UNLV's three-game winning streak ended with a loss at BYU on Saturday. The Rebels wrap up a two-game road trip at Texas Christian, which just gave San Diego State a good fight on Wednesday.


No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 12 UCLA

Missouri ended a two-game slide with a win over Colorado on Saturday. The Tigers have the opportunity to pick up a key win at Kansas on Monday.

UCLA has won three straight games and seven of its last eight. The Bruins picked up a solid non-conference win over St. John's on Saturday.


No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 13 Virginia Commonwealth (CAA)

Syracuse ended its skid with wins over Connecticut and South Florida. However, the Orange's four-game losing streak really hurt their résumé.

Virginia Commonwealth's winning streak ended with a loss at Northeastern last week. The Rams rebounded with a win at James Madison on Saturday.


No. 6 West Virginia vs. No. 11 Duquesne (A-10)

West Virginia picked up a loss in a sloppy game at Villanova on Saturday. The Mountaineers host the Backyard Brawl against Pittsburgh on Monday.

Duquesne picked up its first loss in conference play at Saint Bonaventure on Saturday. The Dukes host Xavier on Sunday for first place in the Atlantic 10.


No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 14 Coastal Carolina (Big South)

Purdue has lost two of its last three games. The Boilermakers play a must-win game against Indiana on Tuesday. After the game against Indiana, the Boilermakers will play three straight games against teams ranked in the ESPN/USA Today top 25.

Coastal Carolina extended its win streak to 20 games with a win over VMI this weekend. The only team with a longer, active win streak in college basketball is undefeated Ohio State (24).


No. 7 Boston College vs. No. 10 Wichita State (MVC)

Boston College ended a three-game skid with a win over Virginia Tech. The Eagles play at Clemson, which the Eagles are tied with, on Tuesday. 

Wichita State has won five straight games and leads Missouri State by one game in the Missouri Valley. The Shockers host eighth place Southern Illinois in their next game on Tuesday.


No. 2 Brigham Young (M-West) vs. No. 15 Bucknell (Patriot)

Brigham Young rebounded from a loss at New Mexico with wins over Wyoming and UNLV. The Cougars play at sixth place Air Force on Wednesday.

Bucknell picked up its first loss in conference play, dropping one by 20 points at Army. However, the Bison hold a one game lead over American in the Patriot League. They will host the Eagles, who they already beat in January, on Wednesday.

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