College Basketball Bracketology: Big East and Big 10 Dominating Higher Seeds

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: William Buford #44, Jared Sullinger #0, David Lighty #23 and Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after a basket before a timeout in the game against the Miami RedHawks at Value City Arena on November 26, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 66-45. (Photo by Joe Robbins/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 the best team 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 at-large bids. The four play-in games are labeled "Play-In No. 1," "Play-In No. 2," "Play-In No. 3," and "Play-In No. 4." These four games will be listed at the bottom after all the seedings are given. The winners of each of these four play-in games will be seeded in the spots given.

No. 1 Seeds

Duke (ACC), Ohio State (Big 10), Pittsburgh (Big East), Kansas (Big 12)

Duke is yet to lose through nine games. The Blue Devils have a fairly easy stretch for the rest of December, with games against Saint Louis, Elon, and UNC-Greensboro.

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Ohio State is 6-0 and is coming off a solid win at Florida State. 

Pittsburgh moved to 10-0 after an easy win over Rider on Sautrday. The Panthers have a big test against Tennessee this coming Saturday.

Kansas kept its undefeated season going with a win over Memphis in the Jimmy V Classic.

No. 2 Seeds

Kansas State, Connecticut, Syracuse, Tennessee (SEC)

Kansas State moved to 8-1 with a win over Alcorn State on Monday night. The Wildcats play their next two games on the road against Loyola (IL) and Florida.

Connecticut stands at 8-0 after surviving an upset bid from New Hampshire. 

Tennessee has two strong wins against VCU and Villanova. The Volunteers will have a chance to pick up another big win against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Syracuse's remained undefeated with a win over Michigan State in the Jimmy V Classic,

No. 3 Seeds

Michigan State, Villanova, Illinois, Georgetown

Michigan State lost to Syracuse in the Jimmy V Classic for its second loss in its last three games. 

Villanova rebounded from a loss to Tennessee with a win over St. Joe's. The Wildcats then survived a tough game at Penn 65-53.

Illinois has won six straight games after a loss to Texas. The Fighting Illini defeated Oakland on Wednesday night.

Georgetown is off to a great 8-0 start with a few solid wins already being picked up by the Hoyas. The Hoyas play a tough game at Temple on Thursday.

No. 4 Seeds

Kentucky, Washington (Pac-10), Memphis (C-USA), San Diego State (MWC)

Kentucky has lost two of its last four games. On Wednesday, the Wildcats started off their five-game homestand with a win over Notre Dame. The Wildcats host Indiana on Saturday.

After losing a pair of games in the Maui Invitational, Washington has won three straight games.

Memphis was off to a 7-0 start for the first time since its Final Four season in 2007-08, but the Tigers picked up their first loss of the year in the Jimmy V Classic against Kansas.

San Diego State is 9-0 and has beaten a few good mid-majors in Gonzaga, St. Mary's, and Wichita State. The Aztecs picked up a solid win at California on Thursday.

No. 5 Seeds

Purdue, Baylor, Missouri, Texas

Purdue rebounded with its loss to Purdue with wins over Virginia Tech and Alabama. 

Baylor is off to a good 6-0 start, but the Bears have not yet been tested against any really good teams.

Missouri rebounded from an overtime loss to Georgetown with wins over Oregon and Vanderbilt. 

Texas picked up a hurtful loss at USC on Sunday. The Longhorns play a pair of easy games at home this week and then go on the road to play UNC and Michigan State.

No. 6 Seeds

Notre Dame, Minnesota, UNLV, BYU

Notre Dame's undefeated season came to an end with a loss to Kentucky on Wednesday night. The Fighting Irish host Gonzaga on Saturday. 

Minnesota has had some struggles this month. The Gophers lost to Virginia and then just barely defeated Cornell. The Gophers looked slightly better on Wednesday with a 10-point win over St. Joe's.

UNLV has won its first nine games and won the '76 Classic. The Rebels play at Louisville on Saturday.

Brigham Young has won its first nine games and plays a big game against Arizona on Saturday.

No. 7 Seeds

Florida, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Florida responded from a loss at Central Florida with a win over American. The Gators start a five-game homestand on Thursday.

Vanderbilt had won five straight games since its loss to West Virginia. The Commodores streak ended with an overtime loss at No. 15 Missouri on Wednesday.

West Virginia moved to 6-2 with a win over Robert Morris on Tuesday.

Wisconsin responded to its loss to Notre Dame with wins over NC State and South Dakota. The Badgers picked up their third straight win on Wednesday against Milwaukee.

No. 8 Seeds

Temple (A-10), St. Mary's (WCC), Old Dominion (CAA), North Carolina

Temple has won three of its last four games and will play No. 9 Georgetown on Thursday.

After a 6-0 start, St. Mary's had lost two straight games. The Gaels ended that slide against Denver with a win on Wednesday night. 

Old Dominon picked up a tough loss at Delaware to start of its conference season. The Monarchs rebounded with a win at East Carolina. 

North Carolina has won its last two games, including a win over Kentucky. 

No. 9 Seeds

Texas A&M, Richmond, Louisville, Wichita State (MVC)

Texas A&M picked up its fifth straight win with an 87-63 victory over Prairie View A&M. The Aggies host Washington on Saturday.

Richmond's four-game winning streak came to an end with a loss at Old Dominion. The Spiders rebounded from the loss with a win over Arizona State. 

Louisville looks to improve to 8-0 on Saturday against No. 20 UNLV.

Wichita State's four-game winning streak came to an end with a loss to San Diego State.

No. 10 Seeds

Florida State, Cleveland State (Horizon), Central Florida, Cincinnati

Florida State dropped back-to-back games to Florida and Ohio State, but rebounded with a win over Hartford. The Seminoles start off ACC play on Sunday against Clemson. 

Cleveland State is the first team in the NCAA to win 10 games. The Vikings look to continue their undefeated season on Saturday at Sam Houston State. 

Central Florida is currently 7-0. The Knights picked up a big win against Florida in early December.

Cincinnati is currently 7-0, but the Bearcats have not yet faced any difficult tests.  

No. 11 Seeds

Arizona, North Carolina State, Utah State (WAC), Northwestern

Arizona is 8-1 with its only loss coming at Kansas. The Wildcats get a chance to pick up a key win against Brigham Young on Saturday.

North Carolina State has struggled in its last two games. The Wolfpack looks to end this two-game slide against South Carolina Upstate on Saturday.

Utah State is 6-2 with both losses coming to good teams on the road.

Northwestern is off to a strong 5-0 start. The Wildcats have a fairly easy stretch until New Year's Eve, when they play at Purdue.

No. 12 Seeds

Marquette, Boston College, Kent State (MAC), Maryland

Marquette looks to continue its three-game winning streak on Saturday against Wisconsn.

Boston College looks to build on its four-game winning streak on Sunday at Maryland.

Kent State's five-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday with a loss to UAB. The Golden Flashes look to rebound on Thursday at Florida.

Maryland has won four of its last five games. The Terrapins take on Boston College on Sunday.

No. 13 Seeds

Vermont (A-East), North Texas (Sun Belt), Play-In No. 1, Play-In No. 2

Vermont's five-game winning streak came to an end with a loss to Brigham Young. The Catamounts look to rebound against Marist on Sunday.

North Texas' five-game winning streak came to and end on Wednesday with a loss to Sam Houston State. 

No. 14 Seeds

North Dakota State (Summit), Lipscomb (A-Sun), Morehead State (OVC), Hampton (MEAC)

North Dakota State won its conference opener at South Dakota State. 

Lipscomb has won three straight games since a loss at Baylor. 

Morehead State has won four straight games and will play at Northern Iowa on Saturday.

Hampton's seven-game winning streak came to an end with a loss to Delaware on Wednesday. 

No. 15 Seeds

Long Beach State (Big West), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Iona (MAAC), Harvard (Ivy)

Long Beach State has won two of its last three games. The 49ers look to pull off an upset at UNC on Saturday.

Coastal Carolina has won five straight games and is 1-0 in the Big South.

After an 0-3 start, Iona has won six straight games. 

Harvard has won six of its last seven games. The Crimson host Boston on Saturday.

No. 16 Seeds

Wofford (SoCon), American (Patriot), Play-In No. 3, Play-In No. 4

Wofford has won its last two games to start conference play at 2-0. 

After a 5-0 start, American has dropped three straight games.

Play-In No. 1

Xavier vs. Butler

Xavier was off to a strong start in November, but the Musketeers have lost two of their last three games. 

Butler has clearly had some early season struggles, but the Bulldogs are 1-0 in conference play and have a solid mid-major win over Loyola (IL).

Play-In No. 2

Miami (FL) vs. Georgia

Miami has won four straight games, including a strong win over West Virginia.

After a 3-2 start to the season, Georgia has won its last three games. 

Play-In No. 3

Nicholls State (Southland) vs. Texas Southern (SWAC)

Nicholls State is currently 4-2. The Colonels play a pair of tough road games within the next few days against Wichita State and Mississippi State.

Texas Southern is in the midst of a three-game losing streak. 

Play-In No. 4

Northern Arizona (Big Sky), Quinnipiac (NEC)

Northern Arizona has won seven straight games. The Lumberjacks look to continue the streak on Saturday at USC.

Quinnipiac has won four of its last five games and is 1-0 in conference play. 

First Four Out

Oklahoma State, California, Virginia Commonwealth, Gonzaga

Next Four Out

Dayton, New Mexico, Providence, Penn State