NCAA March Madness: Final 2011 Schmolik 64 Bracket

Schmolik@@Schmolik64Correspondent IIMarch 13, 2011

NCAA March Madness: Final 2011 Schmolik 64 Bracket

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    INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  The national championship trophy sits in the Duke Blue Devils locker room after the Blue Devils won 61-59 against the Butler Bulldogs during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadiu
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Hello, college basketball fans!

    It is time to start the road to Houston and this year's Final Four!

    Before seeing the actual NCAA bracket, here is the 18th annual Schmolik 64 (yes, I've been doing it since they actually had only 64 teams). I am like the Big Ten in my name, I am keeping the "64".

    I am not going to reveal the First Four matchups, you will have to wait until the very end to see who the last four teams in the field are. I figure it will add to the drama. I introduce the regions in the pre-Big Ten Tournament order of No. 1 seeds. You'll have to flip through to see who they are!

    * Automatic qualifier

East Regional Top Half

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11:  Head coach Thad Matta and Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes look on against the Northwestern Wildcats during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 11, 201
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    EAST REGIONAL (Newark, NJ Fri./Sun. March 25-27)

    Cleveland, OH (Fri./Sun. March 18-20)

    No. 1 Ohio State* (32-2) vs. No. 16 First Four???

    No. 8 UNLV (24-8) vs. No. 9 Villanova (21-11)

    Denver, CO (Thur./Sat. March 17-19)

    No. 5 Arizona (27-7) vs. No. 12 Harvard (21-6)

    No. 4 Syracuse (26-7) vs. No. 13 First Four???

East Regional Bottom Half

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 12:  Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates their 92-87 win over the Clemson Tigers during overtime in the semifinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 12, 2011 i
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    EAST REGIONAL (Newark, NJ Fri./Sun. March 25-27)

    Washington, DC (Thur./Sat. March 17-19)

    No. 6 Vanderbilt (23-10) vs. No. 11 Richmond* (27-7)

    No. 3 Connecticut* (26-9) vs. No. 14 St. Peter's* (20-13)

    Charlotte, NC (Fri./Sun. March 18-20)

    No. 7 Texas A&M (23-8) vs. No. 10 Michigan (19-13)

    No. 2 North Carolina (26-7)  vs. No. 15 Boston University* (21-13)

Southwest Regional Top Half

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12:  Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrates after a play against the Texas Longhorns during the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament championship game at Sprint Center on March 12, 2011 in Kansas City, M
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    SOUTHWEST REGIONAL (San Antonio, TX Fri./Sun. March 25-27)

    Tulsa, OK (Fri./Sun. March 18-20)

    No. 1 Kansas* (32-2) vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville* (16-13)

    No. 8 Washington* (23-10) vs. No. 9 Gonzaga* (22-9)

    Tucson, AZ (Thur./Sat. March 17-19)

    No. 5 West Virginia (20-11) vs. No. 12 Princeton* (24-6)

    No. 4 Wisconsin (23-8) vs. No. 13 Indiana State* (19-13)

Southwest Regional Bottom Half

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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 13:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks on the Florida Gators during the championship game of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 13, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Image
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    SOUTHWEST REGIONAL (San Antonio, TX Fri./Sun. March 25-27)

    Washington, DC (Thur/Sat March 17-19)

    No. 6 Old Dominion* (27-6) vs. No. 11 Illinois (19-13)

    No. 3 Louisville (25-9) vs. No. 14 Bucknell* (25-8)

    Tampa, FL (Thur./Sat. March 17-19)

    No. 7 Temple (25-7) vs. No. 10 Marquette (20-14)

    No. 2 Kentucky* (25-8) vs. No. 15 Wofford* (21-12)

Southeast Regional Top Half

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 13:  Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts as teammate Kyrie Irving #1 and the bench cheer him on during the second half of the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the championship game of the 2011 ACC men's baske
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    SOUTHEAST REGIONAL (New Orleans, LA Thur./Sat. March 24-26)

    Charlotte, NC (Fri./Sun. March 18-20)

    No. 1 Duke* (30-4) vs. No. 16 Hampton* (23-8)

    No. 8 George Mason (26-6) vs. No. 9 Missouri (22-10)

    Tampa, FL (Thur/Sat March 17-19)

    No. 5 St. John’s (21-11) vs. No. 12 Memphis* (25-9)

    No. 4 Florida (26-7) vs. No. 13 Oakland* (24-9)

Southeast Regional Bottom Half

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    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Ben Hansbrough #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks on during a timeout against the Louisville Cardinals during the semifinals of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters at Madiso
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    SOUTHEAST REGIONAL (New Orleans, LA Thur./Sat. March 24-26)

    Denver, CO (Thur./Sat. March 17-19)

    No. 6 Kansas State (21-10) vs. No. 11 Michigan State (18-14)

    No. 3 BYU (29-4) vs. No. 14 Morehead State* (22-9)

    Chicago, IL (Fri./Sun. March 18-20)

    No. 7 Xavier (24-7) vs. No. 10 Tennessee (19-14)

    No. 2 Notre Dame (26-6) vs. No. 15 Akron* (22-12)

West Regional Top Half

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    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies drives toward the hoop against Brad Wanamaker #22 of the Pittsburgh Panthers during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitt
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    WEST REGIONAL (Anaheim, CA Thur./Sat. March 24-26)

    Cleveland, OH (Fri./Sun. March 18-20)

    No. 1 Pittsburgh (27-5) vs. No. 16 First Four???

    No. 8 Butler* (22-9) vs. No. 9 UCLA (22-10)

    Chicago, IL (Fri./Sun. March 18-20)

    No. 5 Georgetown (21-10) vs. No. 12 First Four???

    No. 4 Purdue (25-7) vs. No. 13 Belmont* (30-4)

West Regional Bottom Half

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 12:  Kawhi Leonard #15 of the San Diego State Aztecs raises his arms in the last few seconds of the team's 72-54 victory over the Brigham Young University Cougars in the championship game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basket
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    WEST REGIONAL (Anaheim, CA Thur./Sat. March 24-26)

    Tulsa, OK (Fri./Sun. March 18-20)

    No. 6 Cincinnati (25-8) vs. No. 11 Florida State (21-10)

    No. 3 Texas (27-7) vs. No. 14 LIU-Brooklyn* (27-5)

    Tucson, AZ (Thur./Sat. March 17-19)

    No. 7 Utah State* (29-3) vs. No. 10 Penn State (19-14)

    No. 2 San Diego State* (30-2) vs. No. 15 Northern Colorado* (19-10)

First Four Games

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 11:  Head coach Seth Greenberg of the Virginia Tech Hokies reacts during the first half of the game against the Florida State Seminoles in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on M
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    All games in Dayton, OH

      

    Automatic Bids

    Tue. March 15 6:30pm

    East Regional No. 16 : Tex-San Antonio* (16-13) vs. Ark Little Rock* (17-16)

    Winner plays Ohio State in Cleveland, OH Fri. March 18

    Wed. March 16 6:30pm

    West Regional No. 16 - Alabama State* (15-17) vs. UC Santa Barbara* (16-13) 

    Winner plays Pittsburgh in Cleveland, OH Fri. March 18

    Last Four Teams In

    Tue. March 15 9pm

    East Regional No. 13: Alabama (21-11) vs. Missouri State (25-8) 

    Winner plays Syracuse in Denver, CO Thur. March 17

    Wed. March 16 9pm

    West Regional No. 12: Colorado (20-13) vs. UAB (22-8)

    Winner plays Georgetown in Chicago, IL Fri. March 18

    Bubble Burst

    Cleveland State, St. Mary's, Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth, Clemson, Boston College, Virginia Tech (sorry Seth!), USC

Summary

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    INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  The national championship trophy sits in the Duke Blue Devils locker room after the Blue Devils won 61-59 against the Butler Bulldogs during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadiu
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Final Four Matchups

    Ohio State is the No. 1 overall seed. Kansas is the No. 2 overall seed. Duke is the No. 3 overall seed. Pittsburgh is the No. 4 overall seed.

    East  vs. West

    Southwest vs. Southeast

    No. 1 seeds:

    Ohio State (East)

    Kansas (Southwest)

    Duke (Southeast)

    Pittsburgh (West)

    Bids By Conference

    Big East: 11

    Big Ten: 7

    Big 12: 6

    SEC: 5

    ACC: 3

    Pac-10: 3

    A-10: 3

    MWC: 3

    Colonial: 2

    Conference USA: 2

    Ivy: 2

    Missouri Valley: 2

    One bid conferences: 19

    Thanks for reading!