Bracketeering 2011: Updating The Field
A little more than 48 hours until the bracket are released and there will be the usual flurry of activity. There's only one automatic bid at stake today and that's the annual can't-miss Patriot League championship game.
A few bubbles burst yesterday and today is the day we find out if there are indeed bid thieves out there. Oregon is one of them after upsetting UCLA in the Pac 10 quarterfinals late last night. I've added Washington to the probable field, bringing the total up to 38 at-large bids. However, all the teams remaining in the Big East field are locks so that will open up a spot. Here's how I see it early on Friday:
Automatic Bids: Arkansas-Little Rock, Belmont, Butler, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Long Island, Morehead State, Northern Colorado, Oakland, Old Dominion, St. Peter's, UNC-Asheville, Wofford
Locks: Arizona, BYU, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Marquette, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, San Diego State, St. John's, Syracuse, Texas, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Xavier
At Large Probables: Florida State, George Mason, Illinois, Missouri, St. Mary's, Temple, Tennessee, UCLA, UNLV, Utah State, Villanova, Washington
On The Bubble: Alabama, Baylor, Boston College, Clemson, Colorado, Colorado State, Dayton, Georgia, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri State, Penn State, Richmond, Southern Miss, UAB, USC, UTEP, Virginia Tech
Outside Looking In: Central Florida, Cleveland State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Washington State