NCAA March Madness: Final 2011 Schmolik 64 Bracket

SchmolikCorrespondent IIMarch 13, 2011

NCAA March Madness: Final 2011 Schmolik 64 Bracket

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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!