Bracketology: Updated Bracket And S-Curve For March 4, 2011

Over at SB Nation, I've posted a fresh bracket with commentary. However, now that I've converted the bracket into an HTML table, I've reproduced it here, along with today's S-curve.

There is one procedural move of note, which I went into more detail about over at SBN, and that's the move of Butler into the First Four, even though they aren't among the Last Four In. This was done to prevent the potential of an ACC matchup in the first weekend (as both Boston College and Clemson are in the Last Four In, and North Carolina is the four seed in the pod the Dayton winner would move into).

Here's a link to yesterday's S-curve for reference.

1 line 1. Ohio State*
2. Kansas*
3. Pittsburgh* 4. Duke*
2 line 8. BYU*
7. Purdue 6. San Diego State
5. Notre Dame
3 line 9. Florida* 10. Texas 11. Louisville  12. Syracuse
4 line 16. Connecticut
15. Georgetown
14. North Carolina 13. Wisconsin
5 line 17. Kentucky
18. Xavier* 19. St. John's
20. Vanderbilt
6 line 24. Villanova 23. Temple
22. Arizona* 21. West Virginia
7 line 25. Kansas State
26. Florida State 27. George Mason* 28. Cinicinnati
8 line 32. Missouri
31. UNLV
30. Texas A&M
29. Washington
9 line 33. Utah State* 34.Old Dominion
35. UCLA 36. Tennessee
10 line 40.  Gonzaga
39. Georgia
38. Illinois
37. Marquette
11 line 41. Michigan State 42. Virginia Tech
43.St. Mary's*
44. Butler
(switched to a 12 seed: First Four)
12 line 48. Clemson
(First Four)
47. Boston College
(switched to an 11 seed)
46. Michigan
(First Four)
45. Richmond
(First Four)
13 line 49. Missouri State*
50. UAB* 51. Belmont*
(13 seeds begin)
52. Princeton*
14 line 56. Kent State* 55. College of Charleston*
(14 seeds begin)
54. Oakland*
53. Milwaukee*
15 line 57. Bucknell*
58. Long Beach State*
59. Coastal Carolina*
(15 seeds begin)
60. Fairfield*
16 line 64. Florida Atlantic* 63. Murray State*
(16 seeds begin)
62. Long Island* 61. Vermont*
17 line
(First Four)
65. Northern Colorado*
66. Bethune-Cookman*
67. McNeese State*
68. Texas Southern*
First Four Out
69. Alabama 70. Colorado State 71. Colorado
72. Oklahoma State
Next Four Out
76. Washington State
75. Penn State
74. VCU
73. Baylor

 

I have the full bracket after the jump.

First a look at how the regions pair up for the Final Four and the eight teams invited to the First Four in Dayton.

National Semifinal Matchups

(1) East vs. (4) West
(2) Southwest vs. (3) Southeast

First Four

Automatic Bid Teams
March 15: Bethune-Cookman (MEAC) vs. McNeese State (Southland) to Washington on March 17th
March 16: Northern Colorado (Big Sky) vs. Texas Southern (SWAC) to Cleveland on March 18th

At-Large Teams
March 15: Clemson (NEW) vs. Richmond to Denver on March 17th
March 16: Butler (11) vs. Michigan to Charlotte on March 18th

EAST
Newark (March 25 and 27)
SOUTHWEST
San Antonio (March 25 and 27)
Cleveland (Fri/Sun)
Tulsa (Fri/Sun)
1. Ohio State (Big Ten)
16. Northern Colorado/Texas Southern
1. Kansas (Big 12)
16. Murray State (Ohio Valley)
8. Washington (10)
9. Old Dominion
8. UNLV (9)
9. UCLA (7)
Tucson (Thu/Sat)
Charlotte (Fri/Sun)
5. Vanderbilt
12. Missouri State (MVC)
5. St. John's (4)
12. Butler/Michigan
4. Connecticut (4)
13. Oakland (Summit)
4. North Carolina
13. Princeton
Tulsa (Fri/Sun)
Cleveland (Fri/Sun)
6. Villanova
11. St. Mary's (West Coast)
6. Temple
11. Boston College (NEW)
3. Texas
14. Long Beach State (Big West)
3. Louisville
14. Kent State (Mid-American)
Chicago (Fri/Sun)
Chicago (Fri/Sun)
7. Florida State
10. Illinois (9)
7. George Mason (Colonial)
10. Marquette (9)
2. Notre Dame
15. Coastal Carolina (Big South)
2. Purdue
15. Vermont (America East)
WEST
(Anaheim: March 24 and 26)
SOUTHEAST
(New Orleans: March 24 and 26)
Charlotte (Fri/Sun)
Washington (Thu/Sat)
1. Duke (ACC) (2)
16. Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
1. Pittsburgh (Big East)
16. Bethune-Cookman/McNeese State
8. Missouri
9. Utah State (WAC) (8)
8. Texas A&M (7)
9. Tennessee (10)
Denver (Thu/Sat)
Tampa (Thu/Sat)
5. Kentucky
12. Clemson/Richmond
5. Xavier (Atlantic 10)
12. UAB (Conference USA)
4. Georgetown
13. Milwaukee (Horizon)
4. Wisconsin
13. Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
Washington (Thu/Sat)
Tampa (Thu/Sat)
6. Arizona
11. Michigan State
6. West Virginia
11. Virginia Tech (10)
3. Syracuse
14. Bucknell (Patriot)
3. Florida (SEC)
14. College of Charleston (Southern)
Tucson (Thu/Sat)
Denver (Thu/Sat)
7. Kansas State (8)
10. Georgia (11)
7. Cincinnati (8)
10. Gonzaga
2. San Diego State
15. Fairfield (Metro Atlantic)
2. BYU (Mountain West) (1)
15. Long Island (Northeast)


Conference Breakdown

Big East: 11
ACC, Big Ten: 6
Big 12, SEC: 5
A-10, MWC, Pac-10: 3
CAA, Horizon, WCC: 2
20 one-bid conferences

My next full update will likely come Monday, though I will update the Last Four In and First Four Out after Saturday's action.

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