College Basketball Bracketology: NCAA Tournament Bracket As Of February 20

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 15:  Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes appluads his teammates as Ohio State defeated the Michigan State Spartans 71-61 on February 15, 2011 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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This bracketology will evaluate teams based on how they have performed to 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 Ohio State (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 Bethune-Cookman (MEAC)/McNeese State (Southland)

Ohio State responded to its first loss of the season with a win over Michigan State. The Buckeyes look to push their lead in the Big Ten to three games against Purdue on Sunday.

Bethune-Cookman has won three straight games, including a double overtime win over Hampton on Saturday to retake first place in the MEAC.

McNeese State has won three of its last four games. The Cowboys' January win over Texas State gives them the edge in the tiebreaker for first place in the Southland.


No. 8 UCLA vs. No. 9 Richmond

UCLA is undefeated in February and is in second place in the Pac-10. The Bruins play four of their last six games on the road. Although it is tough to play on the road in conference play, it could benefit the Bruins if they can add a few quality victories in order to impress the selection committee.

Richmond's winning streak ended with a loss at Temple over the weekend. With the defeat, The Spiders dropped to second place in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Spiders can stay in the running for an A-10 title with their next three games being against teams in the basement of the league.


No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Old Dominion/Marquette

Kentucky has won its last two games, including a blowout South Carolina on Saturday to move into a tie for third place in the SEC East.

Old Dominion gets a spot in the bracket this week, as they moved into second place in the CAA. The Monarchs play a huge game against Cleveland State on Sunday. A win could greatly help the Monarchs seeding, but a loss would most likely knock them out of the field.

Marquette ended a two-game slide with a win over Seton Hall on Saturday.


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

Syracuse moved to 9-6 in the Big East with an overtime over Rutgers. The Orange play their next two games on the road against top 15 teams, then finish the season with what should be an easy win at home against DePaul.

Harvard moved into first place in the Ivy League with a win at Columbia. The Crimson finish out a four-game road trip at Brown and Yale next weekend.


No. 6 Missouri vs. No. 11 Georgia

Missouri has won its last three games, but none of those wins help the Tigers' résumé because they were all against the bottom teams of the Big 12. 

Georgia has won two of its last three games, but he Bulldogs missed out on a chance for big win over a top 25 team, blowing a lead against Vanderbilt and losing 64-56. They finish out their road trip at Florida on Thursday.


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

Wisconsin's four-game winning streak ended with a loss at Purdue. The Badgers look to rebound at home against Penn State on Sunday.

Coastal Carolina received a shock at home last week. The Chanticleers' 22-game winning streak ended with 59-57 loss to ninth place Gardner-Webb. Despite that loss, the Chanticleers still clinched a regular season Big South championship with Liberty's loss to VMI.


No. 7 Temple vs. No. 10 Tennessee

Temple has won seven straight games and is in second place in the A-10. After hosting St. Joseph's on Sunday, the Owls play at ACC leading Duke on Wednesday.

Tennessee is really struggling, with four losses in five games. The Volunteers have dropped to second to last place in the SEC East.


No. 2 San Diego State vs. No. 15 Fairfield (MAAC)

San Diego State has only one defeat all season, that being to Jimmer Fredette and  BYU. The Aztecs will get a chance for revenge against the Cougars on Saturday when they play host to BYU.

Fairfield clinched a regular season MAAC title with a win over Marist on Wednesday. On Saturday, the Stags won their BracketBuster with a win at home over Austin Peay.  


West Region

No. 1 Pittsburgh (Big East) vs. No. 16 Montana (Big Sky)

Pittsburgh picked up its first road loss of the season, and its second overall loss in the Big East, at St. John's on Saturday. The Panthers still hold a two-game lead over Notre Dame in the conference, now with only four games remaining in the regular season.

Montana remains in first place in the Big Sky. The Grizzlies hold a half-game lead over Northern Colorado. 


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

Utah State picked up a big win for its résumé, defeating St. Mary's on Saturday night. The Aggies have already clinched a WAC regular season championship and will play two of their last three conference games on the road.

Illinois has alternated between wins and losses in its last six games. The Fighting Illini are practically a lock for the NCAA Tournament, but to get a better projected seeding entering the Big Ten tournament, they have to win at least one of their final two road games.


No. 5 Texas A&M vs. No. 12 Penn State

Texas A&M has won four straight games vaulting them into third place in the Big 12.

Penn State has won its last two games to make an appearance in the bracket this week. The Nittany Lions have the chance for a huge win at Wisconsin on Sunday.


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

Connecticut picked up its second straight road loss. The Huskies have dropped to the middle of the Big East at 8-6.

Oakland survived an upset bid from South Dakota State on Saturday with a 105-96 victory. The Golden Grizzlies have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Summit League conference tournament.


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

North Carolina is playing like the team it was projected to be in November. The Tar Heels are 10-2 and second in the ACC. 

Colorado State's three-game winning streak ended with a loss to UNLV on Saturday. The Rams play at BYU on Wednesday.


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

Purdue looks to extend its three-game winning streak on Sunday against Ohio State. A win on Sunday would narrow the gap between the Boilermakers and Buckeyes to one game.

Charleston is 6-0 in February and defeated Vermont in its BracketBuster on Saturday.


No. 7 Florida State vs. No. 10 Kansas State

Florida State has won three straight games to keep a top three spot in the ACC. The Seminoles play at Maryland on Wednesday.

Kansas State climbed back into the national spotlight with a win over No. 1 Kansas on Monday. 


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

Duke has won nine straight ACC games. The Blue Devils host Georgia Tech on Sunday and then the A-10's second place team Temple on Wednesday.

Bucknell has won four straight games to build its lead over American up to two games. The Bison are one win away from clinching the No. 1 seed in the Patriot League tournament.

Southeast Region

No. 1 Texas (Big 12) vs. No. 16 Texas Southern (SWAC)/Miami-Ohio (MAC)

Texas had a chance to move up to No. 1 in the nation on Saturday, but a win-streak snapping loss at Nebraska ruined those hopes. The Longhorns remain in first place in the Big 12 with a one-game lead over Kansas. 

Texas Southern's six-game winning streak has given the Tigers a 2.5-game lead over Jackson State in the SWAC.

Miami-Ohio took control of the MAC with an overtime win over Kent State on Wednesday. 


No. 8 UNLV vs. No. 9 St. Mary's (WCC)

UNLV defeated Colorado State on Saturday. With that win, the Rebels moved within a half-game of third place in the Mountain West.  

St. Mary's has surprisingly lost two consecutive games. The Gaels can lock up a regular season WCC championship with a win over Gonzaga in their next game.


No. 5 St. John's vs. No. 12 Minnesota/Nebraska

St. John's had another great showing at Madison Square Garden this weekend. The Red Storm defeated Pittsburgh to move into a tie for fourth place in the Big East. The Red Storm is looking for its first above .500 year in the Big East since 2001-02. 

Minnesota ended a four-game slide with a win over Iowa, but the Golden Gophers could not stay hot, losing to Penn State on Thursday.

Nebraska has won three straight games, including a win over No. 2 Texas on Saturday. The Cornhuskers are now tied for fifth place in the Big 12.


No. 4 Florida vs. No. 13 Cleveland State (Horizon)

Florida looks to extend its winning streak to five games at LSU on Sunday. A win would bump the Gators' first place lead in the SEC East to two games.

Cleveland State remained in first place in the Horizon League by defeating Wright State 74-72 on Wednesday. The Vikings play the final BracketBuster of 2011 at Old Dominion on Sunday afternoon.


No. 6 Xavier (A-10) vs. No. 11 Missouri State (MVC)

Xavier breached the top 25 last week, and will most likely be moving up in the poll. The Musketeers hold a one-game lead over Temple in the A-10 and finish the season with a relatively easy stretch, with three of their last four games against the No. 10, No. 11, and No. 13 teams in the conference.

Missouri State's four-game winning streak ended with a loss at Valparaiso on Saturday. The Bears magic number for a MVC regular season championship is two.


No. 3 Georgetown vs. No. 14 Morehead State (OVC)

Georgetown rebounded from a loss at Connecticut with a win at South Florida. The Hoyas are 2.5 games behind Pittsburgh in the Big East.

Morehead State won at Indiana State in its BracketBuster. The Eagles can clinch first place in the OVC with a win at Murray State on Thursday. 


No. 7 George Mason (CAA) vs. No. 10 Alabama (SEC)

With Texas' loss, George Mason now has the longest winning streak in college basketball. Also, the Patriots are undefeated at home this season. They just need to win one of their last two games to win the CAA regular season championship.

Alabama continues to stay hot, defeating Arkansas this weekend. The Crimson Tide appear to be the only team that will go dancing from the SEC West in 2011.


No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 15 Long Island (NEC)

Notre Dame's winning streak ended with a loss at West Virginia. Due to that loss, the Fighting Irish remain two games behind Pittsburgh in the Big East.

Long Island defeated Mount St. Mary's to clinch first place in the NEC. The Blackbirds have now won eight straight games.

Southwest Region

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

Kansas rebounded from its loss at Kansas State with a win over Colorado on Saturday. The Jayhawks host Oklahoma State in their next game.

Long Beach State  defeated Montana in the BracketBuster on Saturday night. The 49ers have won six straight games and can clinch first place in the Big West with a win over Cal Poly on Thursday.


No. 8 Washington vs. No. 9 UAB (C-USA)

Washington's three-game winning streak ended with a loss at Arizona on Saturday. The Huskies play their final non-conference game at Seattle on Tuesday and then come back home to finish the season with three Pac-10 games.

UAB has won four out of five games to take control in Conference USA.


No. 5 Arizona (Pac-10) vs. No. 12 Boston College

Arizona has won eight straight games and has a multi-game lead over UCLA in the Pac-10. The Wildcats will play at UCLA on Saturday.

Boston College's bubble is very close to popping. Early in the season, the Eagles looked like a lock for the NCAA Tournament, but now they have lost five of their last seven games and have fallen to 6-6 in the ACC. 


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

Villanova has won back-to-back close games on the road. The Wildcats are in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Big East. 

Belmont clinched first place in the Atlantic Sun with a win over USC Upstate on Saturday.


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

West Virginia has won two of its last three games and picked up a key win over Notre Dame on Saturday. The Mountaineers play their next two games on the road.

Michigan State has also won two of its last three games. The Spartans desperately need to win at Minnesota on Tuesday.


No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 14 Vermont (A-East)

Louisville defeated Connecticut on Friday night to stay tied with Villanova and St. John's in the Big East. 

Vermont's winning streak ended with a BracketBuster loss at Charleston on Saturday.


No. 7 Vanderbilt vs. No. 10 Cincinnati

Vanderbilt has won five straight games. The Commodores are currently in second place in the SEC East.

Cincinnati defeated Providence in overtime to stay above .500 in Big East play. The Bearcats play three of their final four regular season games against nationally ranked teams.


No. 2 Brigham Young (MWC) vs. No. 15 Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)

Brigham Young has won five straight games. The Cougars look play three of their final four games at home, but the one road game is at San Diego State.

Florida Atlantic ended its two-game slide with an overtime win at Florida International.


Last Four In

Minnesota, Nebraska, Old Dominion, Marquette

First Four Out

Butler, Gonzaga, Wichita State, Clemson

Next Four Out

Memphis, Baylor, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth 


Bids by conference:

Big East: 11

Big Ten: 7

Big 12: 6

SEC: 6

A-10: 4

MWC: 4

ACC: 3

Pac-10: 3

CAA: 2  


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