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Bracketology 8.0: How Does the Big Ten Do It?

It pains me every, single time to put more than three Big Ten teams in the Big Dance but now we have seven in with the potential for eight. To be honest, they only have one team that we should really look for in the tournament and that is Michigan State. But for now, kudos to the Big Ten for having the most teams in at this point.

Mid-Majors are also making a big splash in our eighth version of Bracketology. With all the wild conference tournaments that are going on, some smaller leagues are becoming two bid leagues. The Horizon and yes, the WCC are the newest two bid leagues in our bracket. St. Mary's has to show the nation something in their final game against Eastern Washington but with their resume at this point, I think they are in. I had it between them and Creighton but the Blue Jays were blown out by Illinois State in their conference tournament. I know, I know, St. Mary's was blown out as well but Illinois State is no Gonzaga. So, for now, they are in but conference tournaments are far from over.

Providence, Minnesota, and Florida could find their way back in with a nice show in their conference tournaments but at this point...they're out.





Boston, MA Memphis, TN Indianapolis, IN Glendale, AZ
Philadelphia Dayton Greensboro Kansas City
1 Pittsburgh 1 Louisville 1 North Carolina 1 Connecticut
16 Morehead St. 16 Radford Play-In Game 16 Robert Morris
8 Boston College 8 West Virginia 8 Butler 8 Texas
9 Ohio State 9 Oklahoma State 9 Dayton 9 Wisconsin
Miami Boise Portland Greensboro
5 Illinois 5 Clemson
5 Missouri 5 Xavier
12 W. Kentucky 12 St. Mary's
12 UNLV 12 VCU
4 Florida State 4 UCLA 4 Gonzaga 4 Syracuse
13 Binghamton 13 North Dakota St. 13 Cleveland St. 13 Northern Iowa
Miami Minneapolis Kansas City Boise
6 Arizona State 6 LSU 6 Marquette 6 Purdue
11 Utah State 11 Michigan 11 Arizona 11 New Mexico
3 Kansas 3 Wake Forest 3 Villanova 3 Washington
14 Buffalo 14 Portland St. 14 American 14 Stephen F. Austin
Minneapolis Philadelphia Dayton Portland
7 BYU 7 Tennessee
7 Utah 7 California
10 Penn State 10 Texas A&M 10 Siena 10 South Carolina
2 Duke 2 Memphis 2 Michigan State 2 Oklahoma
15 Morgan State 15 Cornell 15 E. Tennessee St. 15 Cal State-North

Play-In Game: Chatanooga v. Alabama State

Last Four In: St. Mary's, UNLV, Penn State, Arizona

Last Four Out: Creighton, Minnesota, Florida, Providence

Out This Week: Providence, Davidson, Kansas State, Weber State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Maryland, Vermont, Minnesota

In This Week: Michigan, Cleveland State, Binghamton, Northern Iowa, Chatanooga, St. Mary's, Portland State, Western Kentucky

continue reading after the jump for the conference breakdown...

Conference Breakdown
Big Ten (7), Big East (7), ACC (6), Big XII (6), Pac-10 (5), MWC (4), SEC (3), A-10 (2), Horizon (2), WCC (2)

America East - Binghamton

ACC - North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Wake Forest, Florida State, Boston College

Atlantic Sun - East Tennessee State

A-10 - Xavier, Dayton

Big East - Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Marquette, Villanova, Syracuse, West Virginia

Big Sky- Portland State

Big South - Radford

Big Ten - Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue, Penn State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan

Big XII - Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M

Big West - Cal St. Northridge

Colonial - VCU

Conference USA - Memphis

Horizon - Butler, Cleveland State

Ivy - Cornell

MAAC - Siena

MAC - Buffalo

MEAC - Morgan State

MVC - Northern Iowa

MWC - Utah, BYU, New Mexico, UNLV

Northeast - Robert Morris

Ohio Valley - Morehead State

Pac-10 - UCLA, California, Arizona State, Washington, Arizona

Patriot - American

SEC - LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee

Southern - Chatanooga

Southland - Stephen F. Austin

Summit - North Dakota State

Sun Belt - Western Kentucky

SWAC - Alabama State

WAC - Utah State

WCC - Gonzaga, St. Mary's