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Beer's Bracket - 03/11/12... FINAL!!!

Posted on: March 11, 2012 5:41 pm
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Records are not updated... This might be the craziest bracket I've ever published.  I do not expect to do as well as I have in previous years.  Unfortunately, I'm too stubborn to ignore the fact that Marshall has 2 Top 20 wins (USM), 2 Top 45 wins (@Cincy, Iona), 2 Top 60 wins (UCF, Belmont) and made it to the Conference USA Finals.  They have a Top 45 RPI, a Top 25 SOS , a Top 50 Out of Conference RPI, and a Top 10 Out of Conference SOS.  They won 7 of their last 10 and have proven that they are a good team (only lost by 6 at Syracuse by outscoring them by 7 in the second half back in early December).  6 Top 75 wins (including 2 away from home) should be enough.  I doubt the committee will agree...

Because of a last minute Ohio State / Michigan State swap, I have to make a few last second "location" changes (i.e. MSU / Gonzaga) to avoid rematches.  However, seeding is FINAL!!!

Auto bids are in CAPS and First Four games are italicized.  Championship: St. Louis (M) / Phoenix (W) winner vs. Boston (E) / Atlanta (S) winner.

St. Louis (M)
(1M) Kentucky (32-1) vs. (16M) NC-ASHEVILLE (21-9) @Louisville
(8M) Notre Dame (22-11) vs. (9M) Kansas State (21-10) @Louisville
(5M) Temple (24-7) vs. (12M) LONG BEACH STATE (23-8) @Portland
(4M) Wisconsin (24-9) vs. (13M) COLORADO (21-11) @Portland
(6M) MEMPHIS (26-8) vs. (11M) VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH (28-6) @Columbus
(3M) Marquette (25-7) vs. (14M) NEW MEXICO STATE (24-9) @Columbus
(7M) UNLV (24-8) vs. (10M) HARVARD (25-4) @Omaha
(2M) MISSOURI (30-4) vs. (15M) DETROIT (20-13) @Omaha

Phoenix (W)
(1W) MICHIGAN STATE (25-7) vs. (16W) VERMONT (23-11) / MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE (21-12) @Columbus
(8W) Gonzaga (25-6) vs. (9W) Alabama (21-11) @Columbus
(5W) Wichita State (26-5) vs. (12W) North Carolina State (22-12) / Colorado State (19-11) @Portland
(4W) Georgetown (22-8) vs. (13W) SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (25-7) @Portland
(6W) Florida (23-10) vs. (11W) Xavier (21-11) @Albuquerque
(3W) Baylor (26-7) vs. (14W) MONTANA (23-6) @Albuquerque
(7W) Cincinnati (24-10) vs. (10W) Southern Miss (23-8) @Greensboro
(2W) Duke (27-6) vs. (15W) LEHIGH (25-7) @Greensboro

Boston (E)
(1E) Syracuse (31-2) vs. (16E) LAMAR (21-11) @Pittsburgh
(8E) Saint Louis (24-7) vs. (9E) Purdue (21-12) @Pittsburgh
(5E) MURRAY STATE (27-1) vs. (12E) South Florida (19-13) @Albuquerque
(4E) FLORIDA STATE (23-9) vs. (13E) OHIO (26-7) @Albuquerque
(6E) CREIGHTON (28-5) vs. (11E) Brigham Young (23-8) @Louisville
(3E) Michigan (23-9) vs. (14E) BELMONT (26-7) @Louisville
(7E) San Diego State (24-7) vs. (10E) West Virginia (19-13) @Omaha
(2E) Kansas (27-6) vs. (15E) LIU-BROOKLYN (25-8) @Omaha

Atlanta (S)
(1S) North Carolina (29-4) vs. (16S) NORFOLK STATE (24-8) / WESTERN KENTUCKY (15-18) @Greensboro
(8S) Iowa State (22-10) vs. (9S) Connecticut (20-13) @Greensboro
(5S) VANDERBILT (23-10) vs. (12S) California (24-9) / Marshall (20-13) @Nashville
(4S) Indiana (25-8) vs. (13S) ST. BONAVENTURE (19-11) @Nashville
(6S) NEW MEXICO (26-6) vs. (11S) Texas (20-13) @Nashville
(3S) LOUISVILLE (26-9) vs. (14S) DAVIDSON (24-7) @Nashville
(7S) ST. MARY'S (25-5) vs. (10S) Virginia (22-9) @Pittsburgh
(2S) Ohio State (27-6) vs. (15S) LOYOLA-MARYLAND (24-8) @Pittsburgh

Last Six Pack: Xavier (21-11), South Florida (19-13), North Carolina State (22-12), Colorado State (19-11), California (24-9), Marshall (20-13)

Added: VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH (28-6), North Carolina State (22-12), Marshall (20-13), COLORADO (21-11), ST. BONAVENTURE (19-11), SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (25-7), OHIO (26-7), NEW MEXICO STATE (24-9), LEHIGH (25-7), DETROIT (20-13)
Dropped: Northwestern (18-13), Miami (Fla.) (19-12), Mississippi State (21-11), Washington (21-10), Drexel (27-6), Oral Roberts (27-6), Nevada (24-6), Akron (21-11), Denver (22-9), Bucknell (23-9)

NIT 1 Seeds: Northwestern (18-13), Seton Hall (20-12), Mississippi State (21-11), Drexel (27-6)
NIT 2 Seeds: Miami (Fla.) (19-12), Washington (21-10), Iona (25-7), Mississippi (20-13)
NIT 3 Seeds: Middle Tennessee (24-6), Oral Roberts (27-6), Tennessee (17-14), Dayton (20-12)
NIT 4 Seeds: UCF (20-10), Oregon (22-9), Akron (21-11), Arizona (23-11)

Top 5 First Round Individual Matchups
Game 1: (3M) Marquette vs. (14M) New Mexico State @ Columbus: Darius Johnson-Odom (18.5 PPG) / Wendell McKines (18.8 PPG)
Game 2: (7E) San Diego State vs. (10E) West Virginia @ Omaha: Jamaal Franklin (17.2 PPG) / Kevin Jones (20.1 PPG)
Game 3: (6E) Creighton vs. (11E) Brigham Young @ Louisville: Doug McDermott (23.2 PPG) / Noah Hartsock (16.7 PPG)
Game 4: (2E) Kansas vs. (15E) LIU-Brooklyn @ Omaha: Thomas Robinson (17.9 PPG) / Julian Boyd (17.4 PPG)
Game 5: (5M) Temple vs. (12M) Long Beach State @ Portland: Ramone Moore (17.7 PPG) / Casper Ware (17.4 PPG)

Top 5 Potential Second Round Individual Matchups (Assumes Seeds 12 or Better Advance)
Game 1: (10E) West Virginia vs. (2E) Kansas @ Omaha: Kevin Jones (20.1 PPG) / Thomas Robinson (17.9 PPG)
Game 2: (6M) Memphis vs. (3M) Marquette @ Columbus: Will Barton (18.1 PPG) / Darius Johnson-Odom (18.5 PPG)
Game 3: (1S) North Carolina vs. (9S) Connecticut @ Greensboro: Harrison Barnes (17.2 PPG) / Jeremy Lamb (17.7 PPG)
Game 4: (10S) Virginia vs. (2S) Michigan State @ Columbus: Mike Scott (18.1 PPG) / Draymond Green (16.2 PPG)
Game 5: (5S) Vanderbilt vs. (4S) Indiana @ Nashville: John Jenkins (20 PPG) / Cody Zeller (15.5 PPG)

My First & Second Round Ticket For Thursday & Saturday Games
Louisville: Doug McDermott (23.2 PPG), Noah Hartsock (16.7 PPG), Matt Dickey (16.5 PPG), Rodney McGruder (15.4 PPG), Trey Burke (14.8 PPG)

My First & Second Round Ticket For Friday & Sunday Games
Omaha: Kevin Jones (20.1 PPG), Thomas Robinson (17.9 PPG), Marcus Denmon (17.6 PPG), Julian Boyd (17.4 PPG), Jamaal Franklin (17.2 PPG)

Average Distance Traveled
First & Second Round Matchups: 664 miles
Regional Matchups (Assumes Seeds 4 or Better Advance): St. Louis (M): 627 miles, Phoenix (W): 4014 miles, Boston (E): 1818 miles, Atlanta (S): 1089 miles

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NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT

(1) Northwestern (18-13) vs. (8) Valparaiso (20-11)
(4) Akron (21-11) vs. (5) Saint Joseph's (20-13)
(3) Tennessee (17-14) vs. (6) La Salle (21-12)
(2) Washington (21-10) vs. (7) Weber State (22-6)

(1) Seton Hall (20-12) vs. (8) Stony Brook (21-9)
(4) Arizona (23-11) vs. (5) Minnesota (19-14)
(3) Dayton (20-12) vs. (6) Northern Iowa (18-13)
(2) Iona (25-7) vs. (7) Buffalo (18-10)

(1) Mississippi State (21-11) vs. (8) Savannah State (19-11)
(4) UCF (20-10) vs. (5) Illinois (17-15)
(3) Oral Roberts (27-6) vs. (6) LSU (18-14)
(2) Miami (Fla.) (19-12) vs. (7) Bucknell (23-9)

(1) Drexel (27-6) vs. (8) Texas-Arlington (23-8)
(4) Oregon (22-9) vs. (5) Nevada (24-6)
(3) Middle Tennessee (24-6) vs. (6) Massachusetts (22-11)
(2) Mississippi (20-13) vs. (7) Wyoming (18-11)

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL

(1W) Stanford (21-11) vs. (4W) Butler (19-14)
(2W) Denver (22-9) vs. (3W) Old Dominion (20-13)

(1S) Wagner (25-6) vs. (4S) Arkansas (18-14)
(2S) Iowa (17-16) vs. (3S) UCLA (18-14)

(1M) Cleveland State (21-10) vs. (4M) Tulsa (17-14)
(2M) Illinois State (20-13) vs. (3M) Maryland (17-15)

(1E) Pittsburgh (17-16) vs. (4E) Evansville (15-15)
(2E) George Mason (24-9) vs. (3E) Princeton (17-11)

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COLLEGEINSIDER POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT

(1) Kent State (20-11) vs. (4) San Francisco (18-13)
(2) Santa Barbara (18-10) vs. (3) Wisconsin-Milwaukee (18-13)

(1) Yale (17-9) vs. (4) Georgia State (21-11)
(2) Indiana State (17-14) vs. (3) Robert Morris (24-10)

(1) Pennsylvania (19-12) vs. (4) TCU (16-14)
(2) Loyola Marymount (17-12) vs. (3) Tennessee State (18-12)

(1) Drake (16-15) vs. (4) Utah Valley (16-12)
(2) Fairfield (19-14) vs. (3) Mercer (21-11)

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Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2012 5:58 pm
 

Beer's Bracket - 03/11/12... FINAL!!!

Purists can swap Gonzaga and St. Louis to avoid the potential rematch.  Super purists can swap Vermont and NC-Asheville to avoid a St. Louis – Vermont rematch…



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