IT’S BRACKET DAY!

Posted: March 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

The day has come, folks. We are mere hours away from finding out the field. While this clearly wasn’t the best year for the DPI, in terms of constant and comprehensive updates, this has certainly been an entertaining season in college basketball. What may be most striking is the parity across the nation. There is no clear-cut favorite to win it all, in my opinion, but instead a lengthy litany of teams who are capable of making deep runs and cutting down nets in Dallas.

UPDATE: With Duke’s loss to Virginia in the ACC Championship game, the Blue Devils have fallen off of the 1-line. This is great news for the Wildcats of Villanova, who have taken their place at the top of the East bracket. In other news, the Ragin’ Cajuns of UL-Lafayette have upset the Georgia State Panthers to take the Sun Belt title. They will replace GSU as the South’s 15 seed, up against Louisville in the First Round.

Below that is a breakdown of who is getting in from each conference, according to the DPI. Thanks for another great season, y’all! I’ll have a Tournament Predictions special once the real brackets are released. In the meantime, feast your eyes:

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(Note: bracket template taken from BannersOnTheParkway.com)

 

JUST MADE THE CUT: Dayton, Kansas State, St. John’s, California

JUST MISSED THE CUT: Southern Mississippi, Arizona State, Nebraska, Florida State

 

THE QUICK AND DIRTY CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

America East – Albany

American Athletic – Louisville, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Memphis, SMU

Atlantic 10 – VCU, Saint Louis, George Washington, St. Joseph’s, Massachusetts, Dayton

Atlantic Coast – Duke, Virginia, Syracuse, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State

Atlantic Sun – Mercer Big 12 – Kansas, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State

Big East – Villanova, Creighton, Providence, St. John’s

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Coastal Carolina

Big Ten – Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa

Big West – Cal Poly

Colonial – Delaware

Conference USA – Tulsa

Horizon – Milwaukee

Ivy – Harvard

Metro – Manhattan

Mid-American – Western Michigan

Mid-Eastern – North Carolina Central

Missouri Valley – Wichita State

Mountain West – New Mexico, San Diego State

Northeast – Mount St. Mary’s

Ohio Valley – Eastern Kentucky

Pacific 12 – Arizona, UCLA, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, California

Patriot – American

Southeastern – Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee

Southern – Wofford

Southland – Stephen F. Austin

Southwestern – Texas Southern

Summit – North Dakota State

Sun Belt – Georgia State

West Coast – Gonzaga, BYU

Western – New Mexico State

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