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I would have perfered Missouri State in and Air Force out. Cincinnati deserved in too but I personally don't want the Big East getting 9 teams in.

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-Nevada a 5 seed? The WAC wasn't that strong to begin with. What's even more amusing is that they are playing their former conference rival in Montana.

I think they got that seed based on recent tournament history.

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YES!! Bradley's dancing for the first time in a decade!! :D

(Not too disappointed with the seed, had'em as a 12 personally, and like most Illinoisans, I welcome the opportunity to take a shot at Bill Self.) :D

Methinks Tennessee shouldn't have been a 2, Nevada shouldn't be a 5, and Illinois is underseeded at a 4.

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Dear Jim Nantz and Billy Packer,

You're claiming that the power conferences got hosed because they got only 76.47% of the at-large bids available. If that isn't the biggest load of fluff I've heard in terms of the selection process, I don't know what is. Plop off, darn it, and celebrate the eight mid-major bids, because there deserved to be 8 mid-majors (though I might have preferred to see Missouri State and Hofstra instead of Utah State and Air Force).

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How is GW an 8th seed facing Duke in round 2?

Kinda like how Cincinnati dropped to a #2 the season they were #1, undefeated in conference play, and lost Kenyon Martin in the conference tourney. Or the year Gonzaga was #6 in the polls before the NCAA's, and #6 in their own region.

Small conference schools tend to get axed down a few levels when they lose a player or have a narrow win.

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What do you guys think of the infamous 5 / 12 matchups:

Syracuse / Texas A&M

Washington / Utah St.

Nevada / Montana

Pittsburgh / Kent St.

Also, funny how on "Bracketology", ESPN hinted that Winthrop could oust Tennessee. Anybody see any 2/15 upsets, or better yet, any chance of a 1/16 upset?

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Dear Jim Nantz and Billy Packer,

You're claiming that the power conferences got hosed because they got only 76.47% of the at-large bids available. If that isn't the biggest load of fluff I've heard in terms of the selection process, I don't know what is. Plop off, darn it, and celebrate the eight mid-major bids, because there deserved to be 8 mid-majors (though I might have preferred to see Missouri State and Hofstra instead of Utah State and Air Force).

They're complaining because now they actually have to go and do research rather than just have information fed to them by the BCS media machine.

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Air force and Seaton Hall in????..................what they rewarding quarterfinal flameouts or something????................good that Utah St. made i think after last night they where in....same with George mason the shinn deal schould not pervented then for being in

You do realize it's SETON Hall, right? This is the second time I've seen you write Seaton. Of course, with all of the other spelling errors in your post, I'm not really shocked.

what is your beef with me, i'm sorry i'm not a perfect speller but damn give it a break, I'M HUMAN ok???

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Pitt/Kent St.

Kentucky/UAB

Cal/NC St.

Rematch Feaver anyone????

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Hey, hey, hey. No need to go off on WSU151, man. He's just trying to help, that's all.

As for the 2 vs. 15 matchups and the 1 vs. 16 matchups: There's no chance that a 16 seed will win, so forget that. On the other side, I've heard some talk about how Davidson could give Ohio State fits, but nothing about Winplop beating Tennessee and Bruce Pearl's Blazer of Blindness :P

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Hey, hey, hey. No need to go off on WSU151, man. He's just trying to help, that's all.

Thanks, Seadragon B) And yes, I'm trying to help, because lilben, as with many things in life, if no one tells you its wrong, you have no incentive to correct it.

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I know you can get them everywhere, but ...

If anyone wants a printable NCAA bracket in vector pdf format that I created, PM me with your e-mail address.

bracket2.png

(It's bigger than this, of course!)

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Dear Jim Nantz and Billy Packer,

You're claiming that the power conferences got hosed because they got only 76.47% of the at-large bids available. If that isn't the biggest load of fluff I've heard in terms of the selection process, I don't know what is. Plop off, darn it, and celebrate the eight mid-major bids, because there deserved to be 8 mid-majors (though I might have preferred to see Missouri State and Hofstra instead of Utah State and Air Force).

... and did you see their interview with the chairman of the selection commitee? Man, I thought for a moment it was a political talk show.

Nantz and Packer were grilling the guy on how the Missouri Valley conference has four teams, and kept telling him about the histroical records of how teams did. That guy could not get his final word in, he got cut off. At least the guys in the studio had some common sense in disagreeing with Nantz and Packer.

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Here's a bigger picture:

printable_men.gif

That blank is for the winner of Monmouth/Hampton matchup on Wednesday at Dayton.

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I agree 100% with you.

The Missouri Valley has never had four teams in and it's been over 2 decades since the Colonial has had mutiple bids.

Let them have their time in the spotlight. Hell, if the cards fall right, UNC Wilmington and Wichita State could be Sweet 16 teams.

Add-On: The Monmouth/Hampton game is on Tuesday, pal.

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Prediction Time:

Play-In Game

Hampton over Monmouth

ATLANTA REGIONAL

First Round

Duke over Southern

NC-Wilington over George Washington

Syracuse over Texas A&M

LSU over Iona

West Virginia over Southern Illinois

Iowa over Northwestern State

California over N.C. State

Texas over Penn

Quarterfinals

Duke over NC-Wilmington

Syracuse over LSU

West Virginia over Iowa

Texas over California

Semifinals

Duke over Syracuse

Texas over West Virginia

Final

Duke over Texas (Rematch from early on)

OAKLAND REGIONAL

First Round

Memphis over Oral Roberts

Bucknell over Arkansas

Pitt over Kent State

Kansas over Bradley

Indiana over San Diego State

Gonzaga over Xavier

Alabama over Marquette

UCLA over Belmont

Quarterfinals

Memphis over Bucknell

Pitt over Kansas

Indiana over Gonzaga

UCLA over Alabama

Semifinals

Pitt over Memphis

UCLA over Indiana

Final

UCLA over Pitt (Ben Howland vs. old school)

WASHINGTON, D.C. REGIONAL

First Round

UConn over Albany

UAB over Kentucky

Washington over Utah State

Illinois over Air Force

Michigan State over George Mason

North Carolina over Murray State

Seton Hall over Wichita State

Tennessee over Winthrop

Quarterfinals

UConn over UAB

Illinois over Washington

Michigan State over North Carolina

Seton Hall over Tennessee

Semifinals

UConn over Illinois

Michigan State over Seton Hall

Final

UConn over Michigan State

MINNEAPOLIS REGIONAL

First Round

Villanova over Hampton

Wisconsin over Arizona

Nevada over Montana

Boston College over Pacific

Wisconsin-Milwaukee over Oklahoma

Florida over South Alabama

Georgetown over Northern Iowa

Ohio State over Davidson

Quarterfinals

Wisconsin over Villanova

Boston College over Nevada

Florida over Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Georgetown over Ohio State

Semifinals

Boston College over Wisconsin

Florida over Georgetown

Final

Boston College over Florida

FINAL FOUR

Semifinals

Duke over UCLA

UConn over Boston College

Championship

UConn over Duke

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ESPN has the bracket challenge again this year. You can enter five different brackets. I've done three on a whim so far.

EDIT: Interesting, UCLA is playing Belmont. So at least there will be a team named the Bruins in the second round...

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Minneapolis Region

No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 (Monmouth/Hampton)

No. 8 Arizona vs. No. 9 Wisconsin

No. 5 Nevada vs. No. 12 Montana

No. 4 Boston College vs. No. 13 Pacific

No. 3 Florida vs. No. 14 South Alabama

No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Wisconsin-Milwaukee

No. 7 Georgetown vs. No. 10 Northern Iowa

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Davidson

If Syracuse is going to jump to a #5 seed for having a horrible regular season and winning the Big East Tourney, why is Florida , a team that ha s a very good regular season and won their tourney just a #3? (yet Tennessee is a #2 <_< )

Probably because Tennessee beat Florida back in Febuary, and had a better conference record. Yeah i know, still doesnt explain Syracuse.

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Well, I might as well throw my picks in...

Play-In (AKA Sacrafice Game): Monmouth

Atlanta Regional 1st Round:

-Duke def. Southern

-UNC Wilmington def. George Washington

-Syracuse def. Texas A&M (On a Gerry Macnamara three pointer, no less)

-LSU def. Iona

-West Virginia def. Southern Illinois

-Northwestern State def. Iowa (Like I said, I'm a Hawkeye Hater and this would be fun. That, and the Demons do have wins over Oklahoma State, Mississippi State and Oregon State. Granted, they aren't the best, but that's a good start)

-NC State def. Cal

-Texas def. Penn

2nd Round:

-Duke def. UNC Wilmington

-Syracuse def. LSU

-West Virginia def. Northwestern State

-Texas def. NC State

Regional Semis:

-Duke def. Syracuse

-Texas def. West Virginia

Regional Final:

-Duke def. Texas (by less then 31 this time)

Oakland Regional 1st Round:

-Memphis def. Oral Roberts

-Bucknell def. Arkansas

-Pitt def. Kent State

-Kansas def. Bradley

-San Diego State def. Indiana

-Xavier def. That Overrated School from Spokane

-Marquette def. Alabama

-City Bear (UCLA) def. Country Bear (Belmont)

2nd Round:

-Memphis def. Bucknell

-Kansas def. Pitt

-San Diego State def. Xavier

-City Bear def. Marquette

Regional Semis:

-Kansas def. Memphis

-City Bear def. San Diego State

Regional Final:

-City Bear def. Kansas

Washington Regional 1st Round:

-UConn def. UAlbany

-UAB def. Kentucky (Deja vu, anybody?)

-U Dub def. Utah State

-Illinois def. Air Force

-Michigan State def. George Mason

-North Carolina def. Murray State

-Wichita State def. Seton Hall

-Tennessee def. Winplop

2nd Round:

-UConn def. UAB

-Illinois def. U Dub (:cry:)

-North Carolina def. Michigan State

-Wichita State def. Tennessee

Regional Semis:

-UConn def. Illinois

-North Carolina def. Wichita State

Regional Finals:

-North Carolina def. UConn

Minneapolis Regional 1st Round:

-Villanova def. Monmouth

-Wisconsin def. Arizona

-Nevada def. Montana

-Pacific def. Boston College

-Oklahoma def. Wisconsin-Milwaukee

-South Alabama def. Florida

-Northern Iowa def. Georgetown

-Ohio State def. Davidson

2nd Round:

-Villanova def. Wisconsin

-Nevada def. Pacific

-Oklahoma def. South Alabama

-Ohio State def. Northern Iowa

Regional Semis:

-Villanova def. Nevada

-Ohio State def. Oklahoma

Regional Finals:

-Villanova def. Ohio State

Final Four:

-Duke def. City Bear

-Villanova def. North Carolina

National Championship Game: Duke def. Villanova (Redick rides off into the sunset in style)

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The Pats,Colonials,and Hoyas got in!!!!!!!!!!!! I think in Indy, GW will shock everyone. Duke? DEAD,baby!

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