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NCAA College Basketball Bracketology: Thanksgiving Week Edition

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 25:  Dexter Strickland #1, Kendall Marshall #5, John Henson #31 and Harrison Barnes #40  of the North Carolina Tar Heels walk on the court after a play against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the east regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Prudential Center on March 25, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Jesse KramerCorrespondent INovember 23, 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.

A conference in parentheses next to a team indicates a team that would have an automatic bid as a conference champion.

With the 68-team format, there will 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 South Region plays the winner of the West Region, and the winner of the Midwest Region plays the winner of the East Region.

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


South Region

No. 1 North Carolina (ACC) vs. No. 16 Vermont (A-East)/Texas Southern (SWAC)

No. 8 Texas A&M vs. No. 9 Creighton (MVC)

No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Washington

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

No. 6 Purdue vs. No. 11 Notre Dame

No. 3 Florida vs. No. 14 Norfolk State (MEAC)

No. 7 West Virginia vs. No. 10 Illinois

No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 Weber State (Big Sky)


West Region

No. 1 Syracuse (Big East) vs. No. 16 Lehigh (Patriot)

No. 8 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 Northwestern

No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 12 Long Beach State (Big West)

No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 13 Kent State (MAC)

No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 11 Michigan State/Wichita State

No. 3 Memphis (C-USA) vs. No. 14 Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt)

No. 7 UNLV (MWC) vs. No. 10 Villanova

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 New Mexico State (WAC)


Midwest Region

No. 1 Kentucky (SEC) vs. No. 16 Campbell (Big South)/Murray State (OVC)

No. 8 Miami (FL) vs. No. 9 Kansas State

No. 5 California (Pac-12) vs. No. 12 Belmont (A-Sun)

No. 4 Marquette vs. No. 13 Iona (MAAC)

No. 6 Gonzaga (WCC) vs. No. 11 Texas

No. 3 Xavier (A-10) vs. No. 14 Old Dominion (CAA)

No. 7 Mississippi State vs. No. 10 New Mexico

No. 2 Louisville vs. No. 15 Wagner (NEC)


East Region

No. 1 Ohio State (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 Texas-San Antonio (Southland)

No. 8 Cincinnati vs. No. 9 San Diego State

No. 5 Kansas vs. No. 12 Virginia/Oregon State

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

No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 11 Georgetown

No. 3 Baylor (Big 12) vs. No. 14 Charleston (SoCon) 

No. 7 Temple vs. No. 10 Minnesota

No. 2 Connecticut vs. No. 15 North Dakota State (Summit)


First Four Out

Oklahoma State, Saint Louis, Nebraska, Clemson


Next Four Out

Marshall, St. Mary's, Indiana, Massachusetts

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