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Before moving into the brackets, I want to explain how the conference leaders are determined in each bracket using the following priorites:

1) Winning percentage in conference games

2) If there is a tie for 1st, head-to-head results will be used, if tied, record in Division I games will be used, if still tied after that, latest RPI rank.

3) For conferences with divisions, the result of the game between division leaders will be used.

Now that has been dispersed with, the brackets:

Final Four Pairings

West vs. Midwest

East vs. South

WEST Region

@Sacramento

1-UCLA(Pac-10) vs. 16-Southern Utah(Mid-Con)

8-Texas Tech vs. 9-Indiana

@Spokane

4-Air Force(Mountain West) vs. 13-Ohio(Mid-American)

5-Tennessee vs. 12-UC Santa Barbara(Big West)

@Winston-Salem

2-Duke vs. 15-Siena(MAAC)

7-Michigan State vs. 10-California

@Chicago

3-Kansas vs. 14-Texas A&M-Corpus Christi(Southland)

6-Southern Illinois vs. 11-Villanova

NORTH Region

@Chicago

1-Wisconsin vs. 16-Opening Round winner

Opening Round: Florida A&M(MEAC) vs. Sacred Heart(Northeast)

8-Northern Iowa(MVC) vs. 9-Texas

@Spokane

4-Nevada(WAC) vs. 13-Santa Clara(WCC)

5-Marquette vs. 12-Arkansas

@Sacramento

2-Arizona vs. 15-Belmont(Atlantic Sun)

7-Notre Dame vs. 10-Missouri State

@Lexington

3-Alabama(SEC) vs. 14-Weber State(Big Sky)

6-Clemson(ACC) vs. 11-Illinois

EAST Region

@Winston-Salem

1-North Carolina vs. 16-Lousiana-Monroe(Sun Belt)

8-West Virginia(Big East) vs. 9-UNLV

@Columbus

4-Texas A&M vs. 13-Princeton(Ivy)

5-Kentucky vs. 12-Washington State

@Lexington

2-Ohio State(Big Ten) vs. 15-Vermont(America East)

7-Drexel(Colonial) vs. 10-Georgetown

@Buffalo

3-Pittsburgh vs. 14-Navy(Patriot)

6-Gonzaga vs. 11-Boston College

SOUTH Region

@New Orleans

1-Florida vs. 16-Jackson State(SWAC)

8-Oregon vs. 9-Wichita State

@Buffalo

4-Maryland vs. 13-Winthrop(Big South)

5-Memphis(CUSA) vs. 12-Missouri

@New Orleans

2-Oklahoma State(Big 12) vs. 15-Furman(Southern)

7-Florida State vs. 10-Washington

@Columbus

3-Butler(Horizon) vs. 14-Samford(Ohio Valley)

6-Connecticut vs. 11-George Washington(A-10)

Last five in: Boston College, Arkansas, Illinois, Washington State, Missouri

Last five out: Louisiana State, Syracuse, Xavier, Purdue, Southern California

Next five out: Davidson, Kansas State, Virginia, Creighton, Appalachian State

Multiple-Bid Conferences: ACC(6), Big East(7), Big Ten(5), Big 12(6), MVC(4), MWC(2), Pac-10(6), SEC(5), WCC(2)

Next Projection: 1-11

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Bracket done if the season ended last night:

Final Four Pairings

East vs. Midwest

South vs. West

EAST Region

@Winston-Salem

1-North Carolina vs. 16-Loyola(MD)(MAAC)

8-Notre Dame vs. 9-Texas

@Buffalo

4-Louisiana State vs. 13-Davidson(Southern)

5-Washington State vs. 12-Western Kentucky(Sun Belt)

@Lexington

2-Ohio State vs. 15-Sam Houston State(Southland)

7-Tennessee vs. 10-Villanova

@Chicago

3-Kansas vs. 14-Virginia Commonwealth(Colonial)

6-Missouri State vs. 11-Washington

MIDWEST Region

1-Wisconsin(Big Ten) vs. 16-Opening Round Winner

Opening Round: Dartmouth(Ivy) vs. Texas Southern(SWAC)

8-Southern Illinois vs. 9-Nevada-Las Vegas

@Buffalo

4-Duke vs. 13-Vermont(America East)

5-Alabama vs. 12-St. Joseph's(A-10)

@Sacramento

2-Arizona vs. 15-Idaho State(Big Sky)

7-Florida State vs. 10-Indiana State(MVC)

@New Orleans

3-Oklahoma State vs. 14-Holy Cross(Patriot)

6-Butler(Horizon) vs. 11-UTEP(CUSA)

WEST Region

@Sacramento

1-UCLA vs. 16-Delaware State(MEAC)

8-Georgetown vs. 9-Drexel

@Columbus

4-Kentucky vs. 13-Samford(Ohio Valley)

5-Memphis vs. 12-Michigan State

@Winston-Salem

2-Clemson(ACC) vs. 15-Oral Roberts(Mid-Continent_

7-Northern Iowa vs. 10-Southern California

@Spokane

3-Air Force(MWC) vs. 14-Long Beach State

6-West Virginia vs. 11-Xavier

SOUTH Region

@New Orleans

1-Florida(SEC) vs. 16-FDU(Northeast)

8-Texas Tech vs. 9-Maryland

@Spokane

4-Oregon(Pac-10) vs. 13-Winthrop(Big Sky)

5-Nevada(WAC) vs. 12-Syracuse

@Columbus

2-Pittsburgh(Big East) vs. 15-Belmont(Atlantic Sun)

7-Virginia Tech vs. 10-Arkansas

@Lexington

3-Texas A&M(Big 12) vs. 14-Toledo(MAC)

6-Indiana vs. 11-Gonzaga(West Coast)

last five in: Southern California, Xavier, Washington, Michigan State, Marquette

last five out: Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Providence, Syracuse, Creighton

next five out: Wichita State, Michigan, Boston College, California, Appalachian State

Multiple-bid conferences: ACC(6), A-10(2), Big East(5), Big Ten(5), Big 12(5), Colonial(2), CUSA(2), MVC(4), MWC(2), Pac-10(6), SEC(6)

Next projection is slated for 1-18.

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whers stanford

In the NIT. :P

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What does NIT stand for

Not Invited Tournament

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Speaking of the NIT, does anyone actually enjoy that tournament? I like that Stamford and Winthrop can qualify for automatic invites, but nine times out of ten, I would expect that a lesser Big XII or SEC team invited to the NIT could beat those automatic bid teams.

I kind of look at the NIT as a collection of good but not great teams that can still play quality basketball, especially the teams unfairly bounced off the bubble. I certainly don't the the NIT winner is the 65th best team in the country, perhaps the 20th best or so. But still, I've always seen more basketball as better than less. Plus, I'll watch almost any male basketball game contested at MSG.

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South Carolina likes the NIT.....

Back in the day, the NIT was a bigger tournament than the NCAA tournament. Some teams actually competed in both tournaments in the same season.

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The NIT was still a big deal until the 70s when the NCAA Tournament was much smaller and only had only one team per Conference.

However with 65 teams now in the NCAA the NIT is just the fight for being #66

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I went to a NIT game in 2005 after UB got robbed of an NCAA bid after a tip in at the buzzer by Ohio's Leon Williams in the MAC Championship. I was still happy they won a game vs. Drexel in a national post-season touurney.

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Projections done as if the season ended Wednesday night(1-17):

Final Four Pairings

West vs. East

Midwest vs. South

WEST Region

@Sacramento

1-UCLA vs. 16-Sacred Heart(Northeast)

8-Southern Illinois vs. 9-Tennessee

@Buffalo

4-Air Force(MWC) vs. 13-Pennsylvania(Ivy)

5-Virginia Tech vs. 12-Massachusetts(A-10)

@New Orleans

2-Texas A&M vs. 15-Loyola(MD)(MAAC)

7-Duke vs. 10-Villanova

@Sacramento

3-Nevada(WAC) vs. 14-Idaho State(Big Sky)

6-Alabama vs. 11-Virginia Commonwealth(Colonial)

EAST Region

@Winston-Salem

1-North Carolina vs. 16-Stephen F. Austin(Southland)

8-Syracuse vs. 9-Southern California

@Buffalo

4-Oklahoma State vs. 13-Western Kentucky(Sun Belt)

5-Kentucky(SEC) vs. 12-Gonzaga

@Columbus

2-Pittsburgh(Big East) vs. 15-Toledo(MAC)

7-Maryland vs. 10-Stanford

@Lexington

3-Ohio State vs. 14-Vermont(America East)

6-Texas vs. 11-West Virginia

MIDWEST Region

@Chicago

1-Wisconsin(Big Ten) vs. 16-Opening Round Winner

Opening Round: Austin Peay(Ohio Valley) vs. San Francisco(West Coast)

8-Missouri State vs. 9-Nevada-Las Vegas

@Columbus

4-Butler(Horizon) vs. 13-Oral Roberts(Mid-Continent)

5-Washington State vs. 12-Florida State

@Spokane

2-Oregon(Pac-10) vs. 15- Cal State Fullertom(Big West)

7-Louisiana State vs. 10-Michigan State

@Winston-Salem

3-Clemson vs. 14-East Tennessee State(Atlantic Sun)

6-Notre Dame vs. 11-Texas Tech

SOUTH Region

@New Orleans

1-Florida vs. 16-Delaware State(MEAC)

8-Georgia Tech vs. 9-Creighton(MVC)

@Lexington

4-Memphis(CUSA) vs. 13-Davidson(Southern)

5-Indiana vs. 12-Winthrop(Big South)

@Chicago

2-Kansas(Big 12) vs. 15-Jackson State(SWAC)

7-Marquette vs. 10-Drexel

@Spokane

3-Arizona vs. 14-Holy Cross(Patriot)

6-Boston College(ACC) vs. 11-Bradley

Last five in: Texas Tech, Drexel, Bradley, Gonzaga, Florida State

Last five out: Georgetown, Arkansas, Brigham Young, Michigan, Xavier

Next five out: Washington, Northern Iowa, Connecticut, New Mexico State, Wichita State

Multiple-Bid Conferences: ACC(8), Big East(6), Big Ten(4), Big 12(5), Colonial(2), MVC(4), MWC(2), Pac-10(6), SEC(5), WCC(2)

next projection: 1-25

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Sorry for the double post.

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ha ha lol

u'll see

there a cinderella team

or a sleeper

Worst. Haiku. Ever.

Also, learn grammar.

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I went to a NIT game in 2005 after UB got robbed of an NCAA bid after a tip in at the buzzer by Ohio's Leon Williams in the MAC Championship. I was still happy they won a game vs. Drexel in a national post-season touurney.

I went to Cincinnati's NIT game against Charlotte after they got snubbed. It was pretty cool.

They ended up losing the next game because James White and Jihad Muhammad sold out their teammates and were suspeneded for the game.

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7-Maryland vs. 10-Stanford

Glad to see you still have Maryland making the tourney. I'm starting to worry its going to be a 3rd straight trip to the NIT. I can't wait until this senoir class leaves, they seem to have a bad work ethic (same with the 2006 class). They'll get a huge win against a good team, then lose a game that should be an easy win.

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Glad to see some love for the Missouri Valley, although your prediciton of Indiana State with the automatic bid was a bit off base I think. Glad to see you correct with the most recent one. Especially love your high hopes for Missouri State. Hopefully they'll solve their little slump and get back into that possible 6th seed.

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I see Marquette took down Pitt at Pitt tonight. That's going to shake things up a bit in your bracket.

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