College Basketball Bracketology: NCAA Tournament Bracket As Of February 13

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 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.

The East Region and the West Region hold the overall No. 1 and No. 4 seeds, respectively. The Southeast Region and Southwest Region hold the overall No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.


East Region

No. 1 Texas (Big 12) vs. No. 16 Hampton (MEAC)/Texas State (Southland)

Texas leapfrogs over Kansas to take the overall No. 1 seed from Ohio State. The Longhorns have not lost since an overtime defeat to Connecticut in early January.

They are undefeated in Big 12 play and play their next game against Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

Hampton has won four straight MEAC games and holds a one game lead over Bethune-Cookman in the conference. 

Texas State has used its strong offense, which is No. 16 in the nation in scoring, to take control of the Southland Conference. The Bobcats start a two-game road trip at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday.


No. 8 Richmond vs. No. 9 Tennessee

Richmond is currently part of a four-way tie for first place in the Atlantic-10. The Spiders have taken advantage of a recent, easy stretch, taking four straight games from teams near the bottom of the conference.

Tennessee has hit yet another rough spot in its playing. The Volunteers have lost three straight games. They place a must-win game against South Carolina on Wednesday.


No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Colorado State/Wichita State

Kentucky has lost three of its last four games. However, this poor stretch is not as bad as it seems. All three of the losses have been on the road, and in those three losses the Wildcats have only been outscored by six points.

Colorado State has won four of its last five games. The Rams warded off a comeback from New Mexico on Saturday night to give themselves a spot in this weeks bracket.

Wichita State's five-game winning streak ended with an unforeseen loss at home to Southern Illinois.

However, the Shockers bounced right back with a win at Northern Iowa. A win over Virginia Commonwealth in the Shockers' Bracket Buster on Friday could be enough to guarantee the them an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.


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

Syracuse has lost six of its last eight games. The Orange must win their next two games, which are both at home. They will be West Virginia and then Rutgers.

Princeton blew away Columbia and then warded off Cornell to win the first two games of a four-game road trip. The Tigers stand along with Coastal Carolina and Texas as the only undefeated teams left in their respective conferences.


No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 11 UTEP (C-USA)

North Carolina picked up an important, road win at Clemson to keep a spot in second place in the ACC. The Tar Heels host last place Wake Forest on Tuesday.

UTEP wins the tiebreaker with UAB for first place in Conference USA due to the Miners triple overtime win when they visited the Blazers.


No. 3 Wisconsin vs. No. 14 Murray State (OVC)

Wisconsin has won seven of its last eight games. Most recently, the Badgers knocked off then undefeated Ohio State. They will get another chance to knock off a top 25 when they visit Purdue on Wednesday.

Murray State has been red hot the last few weeks. The Racers are one game ahead of Morehead State in the OVC.


No. 7 Temple vs. No. 10 Georgia

Temple has won six straight games to pull itself into a four-way tie for first place in the Atlantic 10.

Georgia has won three of its last four games. The Bulldogs are in third place in the SEC East and can move into second with a win over Vanderbilt on Wednesday.


No. 2 San Diego State vs. No. 15 Vermont (A-East)

San Diego State has won five straight games since losing at Brigham Young. The Aztecs host fifth place New Mexico on Thursday.

Vermont has won eight straight games. The Catamounts lead Boston by two games in the America East Conference. They will host last place Binghamton, which has lost eight straight games, on Sunday.


West Region

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Montana (Big Sky)

Kansas has won six straight games since losing to Texas. The Jayhawks play their rival Kansas State on Monday night.

In the first meeting, Kansas blew out the Wildcats.

Montana bounced back from a two-game slide with back-to-back wins.

On Saturday night, the Grizzlies defeated Northern Colorado to move into first place in the Big Sky.


No. 8 Minnesota vs. No. 9 Cincinnati

Minnesota has lost four straight games. The Golden Gophers play their next two games on the road against two of the lower teams in the Big Ten, Iowa and Penn State. 

Cincinnati ended a two-game slide with a win at DePaul on Tuesday. 


No. 5 Texas A&M vs. No. 12 Boston College

Texas A&M won a pair of close games to sweep its road trip. The Aggies come home to play Iowa State and are then back on the road to play Oklahoma State.

Boston College rebounded from a loss to Clemson with a win over Maryland. The Eagles need to find a way to beat nationally ranked North Carolina next Saturday.


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

Connecticut has lost three of its last four games. The Huskies host Providence on Sunday to start a three-game homestand.

Oakland picked up its first loss in Summit League play at IUPUI, but that did not shake the Golden Grizzlies.

They came back with a win over IPFW on Saturday to start a three-game homestand.


No. 6 Illinois vs. No. 11 Duquesne (A-10)

Illinois defeated Minnesota in its first of back-to-back games against teams ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Fighting Illini play against No. 12 Purdue on Sunday afternoon.

Duquesne sits atop the Atlantic 10 conference. The Dukes play Xavier, which they are tied with for first place, on Sunday.


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

Louisville defeated Syracuse on Sunday to move into fourth place in the Big East. 

Kent State has won six straight games and is in first place in the MAC. The Golden Flashes play second place Miami (OH) on Wednesday as part of a four-game road trip.

No. 7 Xavier vs. No. 10 George Mason (CAA)

Xavier defeated Georgia last week for another strong non-conference win. The Musketeers continue their road trip at first place Duquesne on Sunday.

George Mason has won 11 straight games and holds a one-game lead in the CAA. The Patriots play a huge game for first place in the conference at VCU on Tuesday.

No. 2 Duke (ACC) vs. No. 15 Bucknell (Patriot)

Duke kept hold of first place in the ACC and chances of being a No. 1 seed with a win over North Carolina last week.

The Blue Devils should win their next three games, playing Miami (FL), Virginia, and Georgia Tech.

Bucknell has been outstanding in conference play, standing at 9-1 in the Patriot League. The Bison started a three-game road trip on Saturday with a win at Holy Cross.


Southeast Region

No. 1 Ohio State (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 Texas Southern (SWAC)/Long Beach State (Big West)

Ohio State picked up its first loss of the season at Wisconsin on Saturday. The Buckeyes are still in first place in the Big Ten, but their lead over Wisconsin has been cut to two games.

Texas Southern has won four straight games, including a win over second place Jackson State on Saturday.

The Tigers wrap up a road trip at Grambling State on Monday.

Long Beach State moved to 10-2 in the Big West with a win at Cal State Northridge. The 49ers start a four-game homestand against UC Riverside on Wednesday.


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

UNLV has lost two of its last three games. The Rebels are currently in fourth place in the Mountain West. 

Utah State rebounded from its first WAC loss of the season with a win over Fresno State on Saturday. The Aggies could make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament practically definite with a BracketBuster win over St. Mary's on Saturday.


No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 12 Alabama/Clemson

Missouri has won two of its last three games and continues to be tough to beat on its home floor. The Tigers are in fifth place in the Big 12 and host Texas Tech on Tuesday.

Alabama dropped out of first place in the SEC with a loss at Vanderbilt. However, the Crimson Tide is still in the running for first place in the conference, only half a game behind Florida.

Clemson's two-game winning streak ended with a loss to North Carolina. The Tigers will play three of their next four games on the road.


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

Villanova has lost back-to-back nailbiters. Now, the Wildcats go on the road to play Seton Hall and DePaul.

Belmont has remained strong in the Atlantic Sun. The Bruins can clinch a regular season Atlantic Sun championship with a win over East Tennessee State on Thursday.

No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 St. John's

Vanderbilt has won three straight games, including a win over nationally ranked Kentucky on Saturday. The Commodores can move into second place in the SEC East with a win at Georgia on Wednesday.

St. John's has won three of its last four games, with two of the wins being over top 10 teams. 


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

Georgetown has been red hot, winning seven straight games. The Hoyas will host Marquette on Sunday afternoon before going on the road to play Connecticut.

Charleston has won four straight games and holds a 1.5 game lead over Furman and Wofford in the SoCon.


No. 7 St. Mary's (WCC) vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech

St. Mary's has won four straight games to open up a 2.5 game lead in the WCC. The Gaels wrap up a three-game road trip at seventh place San Diego on Wednesday.

Virginia Tech picked up a rough loss at Boston College in its last game. The Hokies will play four of their next six games at home, starting with Georgia Tech on Sunday.

No. 2 Brigham Young (MWC) vs. No. 15 Fairfield (MAAC)

Brigham Young squeaked by Utah on Saturday for its fourth straight win. The Cougars travel to Texas Christian to play the last place Horned Frogs on Saturday.

Fairfield escaped an upset bid from last place Manhattan on Friday night. The Stags wrap up a short road trip at Saint Peter's on Sunday. 


Southwest Region

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

Pittsburgh has won four straight games since losing to Notre Dame. The Panthers lead the Fighting Irish by 1.5 games in the Big East.

Long Island escaped St. Francis with a two-point win on the road. The Blackbirds continue their road trip at Mount St. Mary's on Thursday.


No. 8 Washington vs. No. 9 Missouri State (MVC)

Washington ended a three-game slide with back-to-back wins over California and Stanford. The Huskies travel south to Arizona to play Arizona State and Arizona this week.

Missouri State has won three straight games to retake control of the MVC. If the Bears win their last three MVC games, they will win the regular season MVC championship.


No. 5 Arizona (Pac-10) vs. No. 12 Marquette

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

Marquette has won two of its last three games. The Golden Eagles are in the middle of the pack in the Big East, but they could move up with a win at Georgetown on Sunday.


No. 4 Florida (SEC) vs. No. 13 Valparaiso (Horizon)

Florida has won four straight games to snag first place in the SEC. The Gators play at last place LSU next Sunday.

Valpariaso escaped from Wright State with a 58-56 win on Saturday, preserving the Crusaders lead over Cleveland State in the Horizon League.


No. 6 West Virginia vs. No. 11 Michigan State

West Virginia ended a two-game slide with a win over DePaul on Saturday. The Mountaineers finish out the season with five of their last six games against nationally ranked teams.

Michigan State dominated Penn State on Thursday to improve to 6-6 in the Big Ten. The Spartans desperately need a big win at Ohio State on Tuesday.


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

Purdue has won two of its last three games. The Boilermakers play at Illinois on Sunday and will then return home to face Wisconsin and Ohio State in back-to-back home games.

With Ohio State losing at Wisconsin, Coastal Carolina holds the nation's longest winning streak. The Chanticleers have now won 22 consecutive games. Their magic number for a Big South regular season championship is down to one. 


No. 7 Florida State vs. No. 10 UCLA

Florida State on a pair of games this week, defeating Georgia Tech and Virginia. The Seminoles play their next game at last place Wake Forest.

UCLA has won five straight game to pull itself within half a game of Arizona on the Pac-10.


No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 15 Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)

Notre Dame has won seven straight games and is breathing down Pitt's neck in the Big East. The Fighting Irish continue their road trip at West Virginia on Sautrday.

Florida Atlantic has lost back-to-back games, but the Owls still hold a one-game lead over Middle Tennessee in the Sun Belt. 


Last Four In

Alabama, Clemson, Colorado State, Wichita State

First Four Out

Kansas State, Memphis, Washington State, Butler

Next Four Out

New Mexico, Southern Mississippi, Michigan, Cleveland State


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