Saturday, February 23, 2008

Bracket - February 22

The way they're losing, Duke must think it's a bubble team. With losses to Wake Forest and Miami in consecutive games, the Blue Devils are out of the #1 seed. Who to replace them? There are three candidates: Kansas, Texas, and UCLA. Well, Texas beat Kansas and UCLA, as well as Tennessee. For now, they are the last #1 seed.

The aforementioned Miami win propels them into the bracket. Wins by Mississippi and Massachusetts stabilized their at-large hopes. They were put into the bracket by mind-boggling losses by St. Joseph's and Dayton to La Salle.

Maryland is the last team in. It's pretty much lost all of the capital gained from beating UNC on the road a month ago. That makes today's Maryland-Miami game so huge.

Now the rundown...

Multi-bid conferences:
Big East - 8, Big 12 - 6, Pac-10 - 6, SEC - 6, ACC - 5, Big 10 - 5, Atlantic 10 - 3, Mountain West - 2, West Coast - 2

New teams in the bracket:
Florida, Massachusetts, Miami (FL), Mississippi, Niagara

Teams out of the bracket:
Dayton, Houston, Rider, St. Joseph's, Western Kentucky

Last 4 Teams In:
Rhode Island, Syracuse, Florida, Maryland

Last 4 Teams Out:
St. Joseph's, Wake Forest, New Mexico, Texas Tech

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