Final Bracketology: 2008 NCAA Tournament Projection

    
March 16th, 2008

This is the final Daily Bracketology edition of the year.. with less than an hour remaining before the Selection Show. It takes into account every game of the season.. and updates this morning's version.

 

Kansas most likely locked up a #1 seed by beating Texas in the Big 12 title game. This knocks Tennessee down to a 2.  After beating Illinois today, Wisconsin moves more firmly into the 2 pod.  I've wavered the last 24 hours on this, but ultimately I moved Georgetown up to a 2 seed in place of Duke. My thinking here is that the committee will focus on the last 12 games, though I think Duke's overall resume is more impressive. Clemson also moved into a 4 seed, knocking Notre Dame down.  The decision to knock down ND instead of UCONN was a close one as well. And then you have Georgia.. Georgia making the NCAA Tournament?! I have them in as the Top 13 seed. The Bulldogs win knocked out Illinois State, and allowed George Mason to improve to a 12.

 

Down on the bubble, Arizona slid a couple more spots, but still remains an 11 in my projection.  Finally, UTA locked up a tourney bid.. and the NCAA announced that Coppin State will face Mount St. Mary's in the play-in game.

 

ONE

North Carolina*

Memphis*

UCLA*

Kansas*

 

TWO

Tennessee

Texas

Wisconsin*

Georgetown

 

THREE

Duke

Stanford

Xavier

Pittsburgh*

 

FOUR

Louisville

Drake*

UCONN

Clemson

 

FIVE

Butler*

Notre Dame

Vanderbilt

Indiana

 

SIX

Michigan State

Washington State 

Marquette

Purdue

 

SEVEN

Arkansas*

USC

West Virginia

Gonzaga

 

EIGHT

Oklahoma 

UNLV* 

BYU

Miami (FL)

 

NINE

Mississippi State

Texas A&M

Kent State*

Davidson*

 

TEN

Kansas State

Saint Mary's 

South Alabama

Kentucky

 

ELEVEN

Temple*

Baylor

St. Joseph's

Arizona

 

TWELVE

Western Kentucky*

Villanova

Oregon

George Mason*

 

THIRTEEN

Georgia*

San Diego*

Oral Roberts*

Cornell*

 

FOURTEEN

Siena*

Winthrop*

Boise State*

Belmont*

 

FIFTEEN

Austin Peay*

CS Fullerton*

American*

UMBC*

 

SIXTEEN + ONE

Portland State*

UT-Arlington*

Mississippi Valley St*

Coppin State*  / Mount St Mary's*

 

* = Conference champion

Bold = Tournament Bid

 

League Winners (31)

America East - UMBC

A-10 - Temple

ACC - North Carolina

Atlantic Sun - Belmont

Big 12 - Kansas

Big East - Pittsburgh

Big Sky - Portland State

Big South - Winthrop

Big Ten - Wisconsin

Big West - CS Fullerton

CAA - George Mason

Conference USA - Memphis

Horizon - Butler

Ivy - Cornell

MAAC - Siena

MAC - Kent State

MEAC - Coppin State

MVC - Drake

MWC - UNLV

Northeast - Mount St Mary's

Ohio Valley - Austin Peay

Pac-10 - UCLA

Patriot - American

SEC - Georgia

Southern - Davidson

Southland - UT-Arlington

SWAC - Mississippi Valley State

Summit - Oral Roberts

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky

WAC - Boise State

WCC - San Diego

 

Last In:  Saint Joseph's, Arizona, Villanova, Oregon

Last Out: Illinois State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Arizona State

 

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