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March Madness 2011? Sure, let’s take an early look …

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Yes, it’s ridiculous to project an NCAA tournament bracket for 2011 on the very day the current season crowns its champion.  But since when has projecting brackets ever been exactly sane?  It’s all about fun, right?  So let’s have a little. 

Now, keep in mind, we have yet to learn the status of several college athletes.  Some we know have declared early for the NBA Draft; others are waiting until mid-April.  We feel confident that some will go.  Others haven’t hired agents, yet.  So as you look at how the 2011 field of 65 might look, remember that at this point it’s a balancing act between what we know, what we don’t, and what we anticipate.  Then there’s also those incoming freshman, many of who have yet to sign.

Couple of quick notes … the NCAA has renamed a couple of regions for 2011.  We will have the East (Newark), Southeast (New Orleans), Southwest (San Antonio), and West (Anaheim).  As to potential NCAA expansion, that’s a topic for another day.  Until we know otherwise, let’s stick with what works.  So a 65-team projection it is.  As usual, teams listed in CAPS are projected league champions unless a school typically goes by an abbreviation (BYU, UCLA, etc).

Continue here to see our very early 2011 NCAA Bracket Projection (based on 65 teams):

EARLY 2011 BRACKET PROJECTION  |  Posted: April 5, 2010

EASTNewark   SOUTHWESTSan Antonio
Charlotte   Chicago
1) DUKE   1) Michigan State 
16) LEHIGH   16) VERMONT
8) Georgetown   8) Richmond
9) Washington   9) Texas A&M
     
Charlotte   Denver
5) Baylor   5) Connecticut
12) OLD DOMINION   12) Arizona
4) Tennessee   4) Florida
13) FAIRFIELD   13) OHIO
     
Washington, DC   Tulsa
6) XAVIER   6) Florida State
11) Minnesota   11) WICHITA STATE
3) BUTLER   3) Texas
14) HARVARD   14) PACIFIC
     
Cleveland   Washington, DC
7) Georgia Tech   7) San Diego State
10) UCLA   10) Georgia
2) SYRACUSE   2) West Virginia
15) ROBERT MORRIS   15) NORTH TEXAS                            
     
SOUTHEAST – New Orleans   WEST – Anaheim
Chicago   Tulsa
1) PURDUE   1) KANSAS
16) WINTHROP   16) SF Austin/Jackson State
8) Temple   8) Illinois
9) UNLV   9) GONZAGA
     
Denver   Tucson
5) Wake Forest   5) NEW MEXICO
12) St. John’s   12) Louisville
4) Kansas State   4) North Carolina
13) MURRAY STATE   13) OAKLAND
     
Tucson   Tampa
6) Missouri   6) Villanova
11) BYU   11) NEW MEXICO STATE 
3) Pittsburgh   3) MEMPHIS
14) WEBER STATE    14) CHARLESTON
     
Tampa   Cleveland
7) Maryland   7) CALIFORNIA
10) Wisconsin   10) Mississippi
2) KENTUCKY   2) Ohio State
15) MORGAN STATE                        15) E. TENNESSEE ST. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES on the BRACKET: Purdue is the No. 1 overall seed – followed by Duke, Michigan State and Kansas.  It would be Southeast vs. West | East vs. Southwest.

Last Five teams in (at large): Minnesota, BYU, St. John’s, Arizona, Louisville

First Five teams out (at large): Utah State, Northwestern, Miami-FL, St. Louis, Dayton

Also considered (not listed in any order): Virginia Tech, Rhode Island, Cincinnati, VCU, Northern Iowa, Cleveland State, Creighton, NC State, South Florida, George Mason, USC, Texas Tech, Nevada, Mississippi State, Arizona State, UTEP, UAB, Washington State, Virginia.

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