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Weekend Primer: What a kick-off to 2010 …

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Happy New Year!  For college hoops fans that means conference showdowns, weekly bracket projections, and the chance for teams to enhance or re-build their NCAA resumes.  Here at Bracketville, it also means a new opportunity.  NBC Sports will be linking to Bracketville for its  2010 NCAA Tournament projections.  Thanks to Mike Miller: you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/BeyndArcMMiller.  I’m excited about the partnership. 

Of course, the games are what really matters.  New Year’s weekend delivers in a big way.  Below is a quick look at some of most important bracket-potential matchups.  You can see all the key games under Schedule (above).

  • West Virginia @ Purdue – Both of these teams could be in play for a No. 1 seed.  Both are also unbeaten.
  • Gonzaga vs. Illinois – Illini need to add more wins to a questionable pre-conference profile.
  • Kansas @ Temple – Host Owls might be the A10’s best; Jayhawks’ first true road game.
  • Louisville @ Kentucky – A win at Rupp would erase much of a forgettable December for the Cards.
  • Notre Dame @ Connecticut – No reason to think the Irish are an NCAA team at this point.
  • Michigan State @ Northwestern – To Dance for the first time, Northwestern needs to win big home games.
  • Georgia Tech @ Charlotte – Outlook more favorable for GT, but this has a bubble type feel to it.
  • UAB @ Arkansas – After loss at Virginia, UAB must prove it can win a winnable game on the road.
  • Baylor @ South Carolina – Likely the Bears will need every solid win they can get.
  • Seton Hall @ Virginia Tech  – This game just oozes with potential implications.
  • Ohio State @ Michigan – Turner-less Buckeyes visit a wounded group of Wolverines.
  • UTEP @ Texas Tech – An outcome we might be looking at closely in two months.
  • Florida @ NC State – Gators could be entering a critical time.
  • Xavier @ Wake Forest – Muskateers will need a few more big wins.

If this schedule isn’t enough to keep your New Year’s celebration going, our newest bracket projection will be released on Monday, January 4.  From this point, projections arrive weekly until late February – early March.  Our bracket projections reflect both current performance and potential (expectations).  Projections are not based solely on – if the season ended today.  That said, as the season progresses, and conference standings reach more importance, performance will dominate potential (in most cases).  If you’re into the RPI, the numbers will be more relevant in another two-to-three weeks.  Jerry Palm at collegerpi.com provides great RPI data for a resonable price.  Welcome to 2010!  Have a thought?  As always, send a rebound.

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