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2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

For those who know the bracket great! But I feel that this blog needs to be a source of information on the biggest deal in sports so here is your field of 68. All times are Central and you’re on your own finding these channels.

KEY – MW = Midwest, W = West, S = South, E = East

Play-In Four (I refuse to call it by the name it’s billed as)

March 19 (UD Arena/Dayton, OH)
MW – 16 Liberty Flames (15-20) v. 16 North Carolina A&T Aggies (19-16), 5:40 pm TruTV
MW – 11 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (28-5) v. 11 Saint Mary’s Gaels (27-6), 8:10 pm TruTV

March 20 (UD Arena/Dayton, OH)
E – 16 LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds (20-13) v. 16 James Madison Dukes (20-14), 5:40 pm TruTV
W – 13 Boise State Broncos (21-10) v. 13 LaSalle Explorers (21-9), 8:10 pm TruTV

Midwest Region

Thursday, March 21 (Rupp Arena/Lexington, KY)
1 Louisville Cardinals (29-5) v. 16 Liberty/North Carolina A&T winner, 5:50 pm TBS
8 Colorado State Rams (25-8) v. 9 Missouri Tigers (23-10), 8:20 pm TBS

Thursday, March 21 (HP Pavilion/San Jose, CA)
5 Oklahoma State Cowboys (24-8) v. 12 Oregon Ducks (26-8), 3:30 pm TNT
4 Saint Louis Billikens (27-6) v. 13 New Mexico State Aggies (24-10), 1:10 TNT

Thursday, March 21 (Palace of Auburn Hills/Auburn Hills, MI)
6 Memphis Tigers (30-4) v. 11 Middle Tennessee/Saint Mary’s winner, 1:45 pm CBS
3 Michigan State Spartans (25-8) v. 14 Valparaiso Crusaders (26-7), 11:15 am CBS

Friday, March 22 (Wells Fargo Center/Philadelphia, PA)
7 Creighton Bluejays (27-7) v. 10 Cincinnati Bearcats (22-11), 1:45 pm CBS
2 Duke Blue Devils (27-5) v. 15 Albany Great Danes (24-10), 11:15 am CBS

Regional Finals – Lucas Oil Stadium/Indianapolis, IN March 29 and 31

West Region

Thursday, March 21 (EnergySolutions Arena/Salt Lake City, UT)
1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (31-2) v. 16 Southern Jaguars (23-9), 3:10 pm TBS
8 Pittsburgh Panthers (24-8) v. 9 Wichita State Shockers (26-8), 12:40 pm TBS

Friday, March 22 (Sprint Center/Kansas City, MO)
5 Wisconsin Badgers (23-11) v. 12 Mississippi Rebels (26-8), 11:40 am TruTV
4 Kansas State Wildcats (27-7) v. 13 Boise State/LaSalle winner, 2:10 pm TruTV

Thursday, March 21 (EnergySolutions Arena/Salt Lake City, UT)
6 Arizona Wildcats (25-7) v. 11 Belmont Bruins (26-6), 6:20 pm TNT
3 New Mexico Lobos (29-5) v. 14 Harvard Crimson (19-9), 8:50 pm TNT

Friday, March 22 (UD Arena/Dayton, OH)
7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (25-9) v. 10 Iowa State Cyclones (22-11), 8:45 pm CBS
2 Ohio State Buckeyes (26-7) v. 15 Iona Gaels (20-13), 6:15 pm CBS

Regional Finals – Staples Center/Los Angeles, CA March 28 and 30

South Region

Friday, March 22 (Sprint Center/Kansas City, MO)
1 Kansas Jayhawks (29-5) v. 16 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (20-15), 8:50 pm TNT
8 North Carolina Tarheels (24-10) v. 9 Villanova Wildcats (20-13), 6:20 pm TNT

Thursday, March 21 (Palace of Auburn Hills/Auburn Hills, MI)
5 Virginia Commonwealth Rams (26-8) v. 12 Akron Zips (26-6), 8:45 pm CBS
4 Michigan Wolverines (26-7) v. 13 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (25-9), 6:15 pm CBS

Friday, March 22 (Frank Erwin Center/Austin, TX)
6 UCLA Bruins (25-9) v. 11 Minnesota Golden Gophers (20-12), 6:27 pm TruTV
3 Florida Gators (26-7) v. 14 Northwestern State Demons (23-8), 8:57 TruTV

Friday, March 22 (Wells Fargo Center/Philadelphia, PA)
7 San Diego State Aztecs (22-10) v. 10 Oklahoma Sooners (20-11), 5:50 pm TBS
2 Georgetown Hoyas (25-6) v. 15 Florida Gulf Coast (24-10), 8:20 pm TBS

Regional Finals – Cowboys Stadium/Arlington, TX March 29 and 31

East Region

Friday, March 22 (UD Arena/Dayton, OH)
1 Indiana Hoosiers (27-6) v. 16 LIU-Brooklyn/James Madison winner, 3:10 pm TBS
8 North Carolina State Wolfpack (24-10) v. 9 Temple Owls (23-9), 12:40 pm TBS

Thursday, March 21 (HP Pavilion/San Jose, CA)
5 UNLV Running Rebels (25-9) v. 12 California Golden Bears (20-11), 6:27 pm TruTV
4 Syracuse Orange (26-9) v. 13 Montana Grizzlies (25-6), 8:57 pm TruTV

Thursday, March 21 (Rupp Arena/Lexington, KY)
6 Butler Bulldogs (26-8) v. 11 Bucknell Bison (28-5), 11:40 am TruTV
3 Marquette Golden Eagles (23-8) v. 14 Davidson Wildcats (26-7), 2:10 pm TruTV

Friday, March 22 (Frank Erwin Center/Austin, TX)
7 Illinois Fighting Illini (22-12) v. 10 Colorado Buffaloes (21-11), 3:40 pm TNT
2 Miami (FL) Hurricanes (27-6) v. 15 Pacific Tigers (22-12), 1:10 pm TNT

Regional Finals – Verizon Center/Washington, D.C. March 28 and 30

2013 Final Four – Georgia Dome/Atlanta, GA April 6 and 8

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4Quarters 2013 Men’s Conference Tournaments – The Results

After the completion of championship week here is how the conference tournaments went as a refresher.


Ohio State took the last automatic bid (not that they needed it) on Sunday before the selection show. Photo from the AP

Big South – March 5, 7, 9, 10 in Conway, S.C. (Student Recreation and Convocation Center)
First Round: March 5
5S Winthrop 60 v. 4N Radford 58 F/OT
6N Longwood 87 v. 3S UNC Asheville 72
6S Presbyterian 73 v. 3N Campbell 81 F/OT
5N Liberty 78 v. 4S Coastal Carolina 61
Quarterfinals: March 7
5S Winthrop 47 v. 1S Charleston Southern 54
6N Longwood 86 v. 2N VMI 90
3N Campbell 57 v. 2S Gardner-Webb 71
5N Liberty 61 v. 1N High Point 60
Semifinals: March 8
2N VMI 65 v. 1S Charleston Southern 71
5N Liberty 65 v. 2S Gardner-Webb 62
Finals: March 9
5N Liberty 87 v. 1S Charleston Southern 76

Big South Champion – Liberty (15-20)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2004, (third overall)

Horizon League – March 5, 8, 9, 12 on Campus of Higher Seed
First Round: March 5
9 Milwaukee 46 @ 4 Green Bay 62
8 Cleveland State 59 @ 5 Illinois-Chicago 82
7 Loyola (IL) 60 @ 6 Youngstown State 62
Second Round: March 8
5 Illinois-Chicago 63 @ 4 Green Bay 64
6 Youngstown State 59 @ 3 Wright State 66
Semifinals: March 9
4 Green Bay 69 @ 1 Valparaiso 70
3 Wright State 56 @ 2 Detroit 54
Finals: March 12
3 Wright State 54 @ 1 Valparaiso 62

Horizon League Champion – Valparaiso (26-7)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2004, (eighth overall)

Atlantic Sun – March 6-9 in Macon, GA (University Center)
Quarterfinals: March 6
7 North Florida 63 v. 2 Florida Gulf Coast 73
8 Lipscomb 48 v. 1 Mercer 82
Quarterfinals: March 7
6 East Tennessee State 46 v. 3 Stetson 67
5 S.C. Upstate 76 v. 4 Jacksonville 62
Semifinals: March 8
5 S.C. Upstate 64 v. 1 Mercer 72
3 Stetson 58 v. 2 Florida Gulf Coast 72
Finals: March 9
2 Florida Gulf Coast 88 v. Mercer 75

Atlantic Sun Champion – Florida Gulf Coast (24-10)/Last NCAA Appearance: (First overall)

Northeast – March 6, 9, 12 on Campus of High Seed
Quarterfinals: March 6
8 St. Francis (NY) 57 @ 1 Robert Morris 75
5 Mount St. Mary’s 75 @ 4 Bryant 69
6 Quinnipiac 83 @ 3 LIU Brooklyn 91
7 Central Connecticut State 50 @ 2 Wagner 72
Semifinals: March 9
5 Mount St. Mary’s 69 @ 1 Robert Morris 60
3 Long Island 94 @ 2 Wagner 82
Finals: March 12
5 Mount St. Mary’s 70 @ 3 Long Island 91

Northeast Conference Champion – Long Island (20-13)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012, (sixth overall)

Ohio Valley – March 6-9 in Nashville, TN (Nashville Municipal Auditorium)
First Round: March 6
8 UT-Martin 66 v. 5 Morehead State 73
7 Eastern Illinois 68 v. 6 SE Missouri State 78
Quarterfinals: March 7
5 Morehead State 75 v. 4 Tennessee State 88
6 SE Missouri State 69 v. 3 Eastern Kentucky 84
Semifinals: March 8
4 Tennessee State 73 v. 1 Belmont 82
3 Eastern Kentucky 73 v. 2 Murray State 81
Finals: March 9
2 Murray State 68 v. 1 Belmont 70

Ohio Valley Conference Champion – Belmont (26-6)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012, (sixth overall)

Patriot – March 6, 9, 13 on Campus of High Seed
Quarterfinals Round: March 6
8 Navy 42 @ 1 Bucknell 58
5 American 44 @ 4 Army 65
7 Holy Cross 54 @ 2 Lafayette 77
6 Colgate 64 @ 3 Lehigh 71
Semifinals: March 9
4 Army 70 @ 1 Bucknell 78
3 Lehigh 69 @ 2 Lafayette 82
Finals: March 13
2 Lafayette 56 @ 1 Bucknell 64

Patriot League Champion – Bucknell (28-5)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2011, (sixth overall)

West Coast – March 6-9, 11 in Las Vegas, NV (Orleans Arena)
First Round: March 6
9 Loyola Marymount 65 v. 8 Portland 54
Second Round: March 7
9 Loyola Marymount 61 v. 5 San Francisco 60 F/OT
7 Pepperdine 59 v. 6 San Diego 62
Quarterfinals: March 8
9 Loyola Marymount 60 v. 4 Santa Clara 58
6 San Diego 72 v. 3 BYU 69
Semifinals: March 9
9 Loyola Marymount 48 v. 1 Gonzaga 66
6 San Diego 66 v. 2 Saint Mary’s 69
Finals: March 11
2 Saint Mary’s 51 v. 1 Gonzaga 65

West Coast Conference Champion – Gonzaga (31-2)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012, (16th overall)

Missouri Valley – March 7-10 in St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center)
First Round: March 7
9 Drake 81 v. 8 Bradley 66
10 Southern Illinois 53 v. 7 Missouri State 61
Quarterfinals: March 8
9 Drake 53 v. 1 Creighton 65
5 Indiana State 51 v. 4 Evansville 50
7 Missouri State 59 v. 2 Wichita State 69
6 Illinois State 73 v. 3 Northern Iowa 65
Semifinals: March 9
5 Indiana State 43 v. 1 Creighton 64
6 Illinois State 51 v. 2 Wichita State 66
Finals: March 10
2 Wichita State 65 v. 1 Creighton 68

Missouri Valley Conference Champion – Creighton (27-7)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (18th overall)

Southern – March 8-11 in Asheville, NC (U.S. Cellular Center)
First Round: March 8
9 Georgia Southern 60 v. 8 Wofford 44
12 Furman 55 v. 5 Sanford 51
10 UNC-Greensboro 87 v. 7 Chattanooga 81
11 Citadel 61 v. 6 Western Carolina 76
Quarterfinals: March 9
9 Georgia Southern 59 v. 1 Davidson 86
12 Furman 60 v. 4 Appalachian State 74
10 UNC-Greensboro 61 v. 2 Elon 68
6 Western Carolina 70 v. 3 College of Charleston 78
Semifinals: March 10
4 Appalachian State 62 v. 1 Davidson 65
3 College of Charleston 68 v. 2 Elon 60
Finals: March 11
3 College of Charleston 55 v. 1 Davidson 74

Southern Conference Champion – Davidson (26-7)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (12th overall)

Sun Belt – March 8-11 in Hot Springs, AR (Summit Arena and Hot Springs Convention Center)
First Round: March 8
9 North Texas 55 v. 8 Louisiana-Lafayette 74
10 Troy 81 v. 7 Florida Atlantic 79 F/OT
11 Louisiana-Monroe 60 v. 6 Western Kentucky 74
Quarterfinals: March 9
8 Louisiana-Lafayette 66 v. 1 Middle Tennessee 81
5 Florida International 69 v. 4 Arkansas-Little Rock 54
10 Troy 63 v. 2 Arkansas State 68 F/OT
6 Western Kentucky 62 v. 3 South Alabama 59
Semifinals: March 10
5 Florida International 61 v. 1 Middle Tennessee 57
6 Western Kentucky 58 v. 2 Arkansas State 56
Finals: March 11
6 Western Kentucky 65 v. 5 Florida International 63

Sun Belt Champion – Western Kentucky (20-15)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (23rd overall)

Colonel – March 9-11 in Richmond, VA (Richmond Coliseum)
Quarterfinals: March 9
5 Drexel 54 v. 4 George Mason 60
7 Hofstra 57 v. 2 Delaware 62
6 William & Mary 67 v. 3 James Madison 72
Semifinals: March 10
4 George Mason 67 v. 1 Northeastern 69
3 James Madison 58 v. 2 Delaware 57
Finals: March 11
3 James Madison v. 1 Northeastern

Colonel Athletic Association Champion – James Madison (20-14)/Last NCAA Appearance: 1994 (fifth overall)

Summit – March 9-12 in Sioux Falls, SD (Sioux Falls Arena)
Quarterfinals: March 9
8 IUPUI 49 v. 1 South Dakota State 66
7 South Dakota 53 v. 2 Western Illinois 54
Quarterfinals: March 10
5 IPFW 91 v. 4 Oakland 72
6 UMKC 58 v. 3 North Dakota State 69
Semifinals: March 11
5 IPFW 56 v. 1 South Dakota State 72
3 North Dakota State 55 v. 2 Western Illinois 43
Finals: March 12
3 North Dakota State 67 v. 1 South Dakota State 73

Summit League Champion – South Dakota State (25-9)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (second overall)

Second Week –

MAC – March 11, 13-16 Campus Sites and Cleveland, OH (First Round Campus of Higher Seed/Second-Finals at Quicken Loans Arena)
First Round: March 11
9 Central Michigan 72 @ 8 Buffalo 74 F/OT
10 Northern Illinois 44 @ 7 Eastern Michigan 45
11 Miami (OH) 63 @ 6 Bowling Green 52
Second Round: March 13
8 Buffalo 76 v. 5 Ball State 61
11 Miami (OH) 47 v. 7 Eastern Michigan 58
Third Round: March 14
8 Buffalo 68 v. 4 Kent State 70
7 Eastern Michigan 55 v. 3 Western Michigan 70
Semifinals: March 15
4 Kent State 59 v. 1 Akron 62
3 Western Michigan 63 v. 2 Ohio 74
Finals: March 16
2 Ohio 46 v. 1 Akron 65

MAC Champion – Akron (26-6)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2011 (fourth overall)

MEAC – March 11-16 Norfolk, VA (Norfolk Scope Arena)
First Round: March 11
12 South Carolina State 52 v. 5 Morgan State 61
13 Maryland-Eastern Shore 44 v. 4 Savannah State 59
First Round: March 12
9 Coppin State 78 v. 8 Bethune-Cookman 89
11 Howard 61 v. 6 Delaware State 73
10 Florida A&M 54 v. 7 North Carolina A&T 65
Quarterfinals: March 13
8 Bethune-Cookman 70 v. 1 Norfolk State 68 F/OT
5 Morgan State 64 v. 4 Savannah State 61 F/OT
Quarterfinals: March 14
6 Delaware State 63 v. 3 Hampton 60
7 North Carolina A&T 55 v. North Carolina Central 42
Semifinals: March 15
8 Bethune-Cookman 71 v. 5 Morgan State 82
7 North Carolina A&T 84 v. 6 Delaware State 78
Finals: March 16
7 North Carolina A&T 57 v. 5 Morgan State 54

MEAC Champion – North Carolina A&T (19-16)/Last NCAA Appearance: 1995 (10th overall)

Big East – March 12-16 in New York City, NY (Madison Square Garden)
First Round: March 12
13 South Florida 42 v. 12 Seton Hall 46 F/OT
14 DePaul 57 v. 11 Rutgers 76
Second Round: March 13
9 Cincinnati 61 v. 8 Providence 44
12 Seton Hall 63  v. 5 Syracuse 75
10 St. John’s 53 v. 7 Villanova 66
11 Rutgers 61  v. 6 Notre Dame 69
Quarterfinals: March 14
9 Cincinnati 43 v. 1 Georgetown 62
5 Syracuse 62 v. 4 Pittsburgh 59
7 Villanova 55 v. 2 Louisville 74
6 Notre Dame 73 v. 3 Marquette 65
Semifinals: March 15
5 Syracuse 58 v. 1 Georgetown 55 F/OT
6 Notre Dame 57 v. 2 Louisville 69
Finals: March 16
5 Syracuse 61 v. 2 Louisville 78

Big East Champion – Louisville (29-5)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (39th overall)

SWAC – March 12-15 in Garland, TX (Special Events Center)
First Round: March 12
7 Grambling 51 v. 6 Alabama A&M 59
First Round: March 13
4 Prairie View A&M 67 v. 3 Alcorn State 59
5 Alabama State 59 v. 2 Jackson State 66
Semifinals: March 14
6 Alabama A&M 59 v. 1 Southern 72
4 Prairie View A&M 88 v. 2 Jackson State 75
Finals: March 15
4 Prairie View A&M 44 v. 1 Southern 45

SWAC Champion – Southern (23-9)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2006 (eighth overall)

WAC – March 12, 14-16 in Las Vegas, NV (Orleans Arena)
First Round: March 12
10 Seattle 56 v. 7 Texas State 68
9 UTSA 67 v. 8 San Jose State 49
Second Round: March 14
6 Idaho 49 v. 3 New Mexico State 65
7 Texas State 72 v. 2 Denver 68
9 UTSA 73 v. 1 Louisiana Tech 67
5 Utah State 78 v. 4 UT-Arlington 83
Semifinals: March 15
7 Texas State 65 v. 3 New Mexico State 74
9 UTSA 53 v. 4 UT-Arlington 69
Finals: March 16
4 UT-Arlington 55 v. 3 New Mexico State 64

WAC Champion – New Mexico State (24-10)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (17th overall)

Big XII – March 13-16 in Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
First Round: March 13
9 Texas Tech 71 v. 8 West Virginia 69
10 TCU 57 v. 7 Texas 70
Quarterfinals: March 14
5 Iowa State 73 v. 4 Oklahoma 66
9 Texas Tech 63 v. 1 Kansas 91
7 Texas 49 v. 2 Kansas State 66
6 Baylor 72 v. 3 Oklahoma State 74
Semifinals: March 15
5 Iowa State 73 v. 1 Kansas 88
3 Oklahoma State 57 v. 2 Kansas State 68
Finals: March 16
2 Kansas State 54 v. 1 Kansas 70

Big XII Champion – Kansas (29-5)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (42nd overall)

Conference USA – March 13-16 in Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
First Round: March 13
10 SMU 52 v. 7 UAB 53
11 Rice 67 v. 6 Houston 72
9 Marshall 64 v. 8 Tulane 66
Quarterfinals: March 14
7 UAB 66 v. 2 Southern Miss. 81
6 Houston 69 v. 3 UTEP 80
8 Tulane 68 v. 1 Memphis 81
5 Tulsa 79 v. 4 East Carolina 72
Semifinals: March 15
3 UTEP 67 v. 2 Southern Miss. 85
5 Tulsa 74 v. 1 Memphis 85
Finals: March 16
2 Southern Miss. 79 v. 1 Memphis 91 F/2OT

CUSA Champion – Memphis (30-4)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (19th overall)

Mountain West – March 13-16 in Las Vegas, NV (Thomas & Mack Center)
First Round: March 13
9 Nevada 81 v. 8 Wyoming 85
Second Round: March 14
6 Air Force 56 v. 3 UNLV 72
7 Fresno State 61 v. 2 Colorado State 67
8 Wyoming 46 v. 1 New Mexico 59
5 Boise State 67 v. 4 San Diego State 73
Semifinals: March 15
3 UNLV 75 v. 2 Colorado State 65
4 San Diego State 50 v. 1 New Mexico 60
Finals: March 16
3 UNLV 56 v. 1 New Mexico 63

Mountain West Champion – New Mexico (29-5)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (14th overall)

Pacific 12 – March 13-16 in Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
First Round: March 13
9 Arizona State 89 v. 8 Stanford 88 F/OT
12 Oregon State 68 v. 5 Colorado 74
10 Utah 69 v. 7 Southern California 66
11 Washington State 62 v. 6 Washington 64
Quarterfinals: March 14
9 Arizona State 75 v. 1 UCLA 80
5 Colorado 69 v. 4 Arizona 79
10 Utah 79 v. 2 California 69
6 Washington 77 v. 3 Oregon 80 F/OT
Semifinals: March 15
4 Arizona 64 v. 1 UCLA 66
10 Utah 45 v. 3 Oregon 64
Finals: March 16
3 Oregon 78 v. 1 UCLA 69

Pacific 12 Champion – Oregon (26-8)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2008 (12th overall)

SEC – March 13-17 in Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
First Round: March 13
13 Mississippi State 70 v. 12 South Carolina 59
14 Auburn 62 v. 11 Texas A&M 71
Second Round: March 14
9 LSU 68 v. 8 Georgia 63
13 Mississippi State 53 v. 5 Tennessee 69
10 Vanderbilt 75 v. 7 Arkansas 72
11 Texas A&M 50 v. 6 Missouri 62
Quarterfinals: March 15
9 LSU 58 v. 1 Florida 80
5 Tennessee 48 v. 4 Alabama 58
10 Vanderbilt 64 v. 2 Kentucky 48
6 Missouri 62 v. 3 Ole Miss. 63
Semifinals: March 16
4 Alabama 51 v. 1 Florida 61
10 Vanderbilt 52 v. 3 Ole Miss. 64
Finals: March 17
3 Ole Miss. 66 v. 1 Florida 63

SEC Champion – Mississippi (26-8)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2002 (seventh overall)

Southland – March 13-16 in Katy, TX (Merrill Center)
First Round: March 13
8 McNeese State 62 v. 5 Nicholls State 59
7 Central Arkansas 63 v. 6 Sam Houston State 69
Second Round: March 14
8 McNeese State 65 v. 4 Southeastern Louisiana 85
6 Sam Houston State 58 v. 3 Oral Roberts 55
Semifinals: March 15
4 Southeastern Louisiana 57 v. 1 Stephen F. Austin 68
6 Sam Houston State 52 v. 2 Northwestern State 55
Finals: March 16
2 Northwestern State 68 v. 1 Stephen F. Austin 66

Southland Champion – Northwestern State (23-8)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2006 (third overall)

ACC – March 14-17 in Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum)
First Round: March 14
9 Georgia Tech 64 v. 8 Boston College 84
12 Virginia Tech 63 v. 5 North Carolina State 80
10 Wake Forest 62 v. 7 Maryland 75
11 Clemson 69 v. 6 Florida State 73
Quarterfinals: March 15
8 Boston College 58 v. 1 Miami (FL) 69
5 North Carolina State 76 v. 4 Virginia 56
7 Maryland 83 v. 2 Duke 74
6 Florida State 62 v. 3 North Carolina 83
Semifinals: March 16
5 North Carolina State 71 v. 1 Miami (FL) 81
7 Maryland 76 v. 3 North Carolina 79
Finals: March 17
3 North Carolina 77 v. 1 Miami (FL) 87

ACC Champion – Miami (FL) (27-6)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2008 (seventh overall)

Atlantic 10 – March 14-17 in Brooklyn, NY (Barclay Center)
First Round: March 14
9 Charlotte 68 v. 8 Richmond 63
12 Dayton 67 v. 5 Butler 73
10 Saint Joseph 58 v. 7 Xavier 57
11 George Washington 72 v. 6 Massachusetts 77
Quarterfinals: March 15
9 Charlotte 55 v.1 Saint Louis 72
5 Butler 69 v. 4 La Salle 58
10 Saint Joseph 79 v. 2 VCU 82
6 Massachusetts 79 v. 3 Temple 74
Semifinals: March 16
5 Butler 56 v. 1 Saint Louis 67
6 Massachusetts 62 v. 2 VCU 71
Finals: March 17
2 VCU 56 v. 1 Saint Louis 62

Atlantic 10 Champion – Saint Louis (27-6)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (eighth overall)

Big Ten – March 14-17 in Chicago, IL (United Center)
First Round: March 14
9 Minnesota 49 v. 8 Illinois 51
12 Penn State 66 v. 5 Michigan 83
10 Nebraska 57 v. 7 Purdue 55
11 Northwestern 59 v. 6 Iowa 73
Quarterfinals: March 15
8 Illinois 64 v. 1 Indiana 80
5 Michigan 59 v. 4 Wisconsin 68
10 Nebraska 50 v. 2 Ohio State 71
6 Iowa 56 v. 3 Michigan State 59
Semifinals: March 16
4 Wisconsin 58 v. 1 Indiana 56
3 Michigan State 58 v. 2 Ohio State 61
Finals: March 17
4 Wisconsin 43 v. 2 Ohio State 50

Big Ten Champion – Ohio State (26-7)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2012 (26th overall)

Big West – March 14-16 in Anaheim, CA (Honda Center)
First Round: March 14
7 UC Santa Barbara 68 v. 2 Pacific 71
6 UC Davis 41 v. 3 Cal Poly 64
8 Cal State Fullerton 66 v. 1 Long Beach State 75
5 Hawaii 60 v. 4 UC Irvine 71
Semifinals: March 15
3 Cal Poly 53 v. 2 Pacific 55
4 UC Irvine 67 v. 1 Long Beach State 60
Finals: March 16
4 UC Irvine 55 v. 2 Pacific 64

Big West Champion – Pacific (22-12)/Last NCAA Appearance: 2006 (ninth overall)

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4Quarters 2013 Men’s Conference Tournaments – Second Wave

Today the second week of conference tournament begins so here is all that you need to get you through it.
First Wave, Conference Tournament pages: ESPN and CBS Sports

MAC – March 11, 13-16 Campus Sites and Cleveland, OH (First Round Campus of Higher Seed/Second-Finals at Quicken Loans Arena)
First Round: March 11
9 Central Michigan @ 8 Buffalo
10 Northern Illinois @ 7 Eastern Michigan
11 Miami (OH) @ 6 Bowling Green
Second Round: March 13
CMU/Buf winner v. 5 Ball State
NIU/EMU winner v. Mia/BGSU winner
Third Round: March 14
CMU-Buf/BSU winner v. 4 Kent State
NIU-EMU/Mia-BGSU winner v. 3 Western Michigan
Semifinals: March 15
Third Round winner v. 1 Akron
Third Round winner v. 2 Ohio
Finals: March 16

MEAC – March 11-16 Norfolk, VA (Norfolk Scope Arena)
First Round: March 11
12 South Carolina State v. 5 Morgan State
13 Maryland-Eastern Shore v. 4 Savannah State
First Round: March 12
9 Coppin State v. 8 Bethune-Cookman
11 Howard v. 6 Delaware State
10 Florida A&M v. 7 North Carolina A&T
Quarterfinals: March 13
SCS/MSU winner v. 1 Norfolk State
March 11 winners
Quarterfinals: March 14
HU/DSU winner v. 3 Hampton
FAMU/NCAT winner v. North Carolina Central
Semifinals: March 15
Finals: March 16

Big East – March 12-16 in New York City, NY (Madison Square Garden)
First Round: March 12
13 South Florida v. 12 Seton Hall
14 DePaul v. 11 Rutgers
Second Round: March 13
9 Cincinnati v. 8 Providence
USF/SHU winner v. 5 Syracuse
10 St. John’s v. 7 Villanova
DePaul/Rut. v. 6 Notre Dame
Quarterfinals: March 14
Cin/Prov. winner v. 1 Georgetown
USF-Prov./Syr. winner v. 4 Pittsburgh
SJU/Vill winner v. 2 Louisville
DePaul-Rut./ND winner v. 3 Marquette
Semifinals: March 15
Finals: March 16

SWAC – March 12-15 in Garland, TX (Special Events Center)
First Round: March 12
7 Grambling v. 6 Alabama A&M
First Round: March 13
4 Prairie View A&M v. 3 Alcorn State
5 Alabama State v. 2 Jackson State
Semifinals: March 14
GU/AAM winner v. 1 Southern
PVAM/ASU winner v. ASU/JSU winner
Finals: March 15

WAC – March 12, 14-16 in Las Vegas, NV (Orleans Arena)
First Round: March 12
10 Seattle v. 7 Texas State
9 UTSA v. 8 San Jose State
Second Round: March 14
6 Idaho v. 3 New Mexico State
SU/TSU winner v. 2 Denver
UTSA/SJSU winner v. 1 Louisiana Tech
Semifinals: March 15
Finals: March 16

Big XII – March 13-16 in Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
First Round: March 13
9 Texas Tech v. 8 West Virginia
10 TCU v. 7 Texas
Quarterfinals: March 14
5 Iowa State v. 4 Oklahoma
TT/WV winner v. 1 Kansas State
TCU/Texas winner v. 2 Kansas
6 Baylor v. 3 Oklahoma State
Semifinals: March 15
Finals: March 16

Conference USA – March 13-16 in Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
First Round: March 13
10 SMU v. 7 UAB
11 Rice v. 6 Houston
9 Marshall v. 8 Tulane
Quarterfinals: March 14
UAB/SMU winner v. 2 Southern Miss.
UH/Rice winner v. 3 UTEP
Tulane/Mar. winner v. 1 Memphis
5 Tulsa v. 4 East Carolina
Semifinals: March 15
Finals: March 16

Mountain West – March 13-16 in Las Vegas, NV (Thomas & Mack Center)
First Round: March 13
9 Nevada v. 8 Wyoming
Second Round: March 14
6 Air Force v. 3 UNLV
7 Fresno State v. 2 Colorado State
Nev./Wyo. winner v. 1 New Mexico
Semifinals: March 15
Finals: March 16

Pacific 12 – March 13-16 in Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
First Round: March 13
9 Arizona State v. 8 Stanford
12 Oregon State v. 5 Colorado
10 Utah v. 7 Southern California
11 Washington State v. 6 Washington
Quarterfinals: March 14
Stan./ASU v. 1 UCLA
OSU/Colo. winner v. 4 Arizona
Utah/USC winner v. 2 California
WSU/UW winner v. 3 Oregon
Semifinals: March 15
Finals: March 16

SEC – March 13-17 in Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
First Round: March 13
13 Mississippi State v. 12 South Carolina
14 Auburn v. 11 Texas A&M
Second Round: March 14
9 LSU v. 8 Georgia
USC/MSU winner v. 5 Tennessee
10 Vanderbilt v. 7 Arkansas
AU/A&M winner v. 6 Missouri
Quarterfinals: March 15
LSU/UGA winner v. 1 Florida
USC-MSU/Tenn winner v. 4 Alabama
Vandy/Ark. v. 2 Kentucky
AU-A&M/UM winner v. 3 Ole Miss.
Semifinals: March 16
Finals: March 17

Southland – March 13-16 in Katy, TX (Merrill Center)
First Round: March 13
8 McNeese State v. 5 Nicholls State
7 Central Arkansas v. 6 Sam Houston State
Second Round: March 14
MCN/NSU winner v. 4 Southeastern Louisiana
UCA/SHSU winner v. 3 Oral Roberts
Semifinals: March 15
MCN-NSU/SELA winner v. 1 Stephen F. Austin
UCA-SHSU/ORU winner v. 2 Northwestern State
Finals: March 16

ACC – March 14-17 in Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum)
First Round: March 14
9 Georgia Tech v. 8 Boston College
12 Virginia Tech v. 5 North Carolina State
10 Wake Forest v. 7 Maryland
11 Clemson v. 6 Florida State
Quarterfinals: March 15
GT/BC v. 1 Miami (FL)
VT/NCSU v. 4 Virginia
WF/Mary. v. 2 Duke
Clem/UNC v. 3 North Carolina
Semifinals: March 16
Finals: March 17

Atlantic 10 – March 14-17 in Brooklyn, NY (Barclay Center)
First Round: March 14
9 Charlotte v. 8 Richmond
12 Dayton v. 5 Butler
10 Saint Joseph v. 7 Xavier
11 George Washington v. 6 Massachusetts
Quarterfinals: March 15
Char/Rich. winner v. 1 Saint Louis
Day./But. winner v. 4 La Salle
SJU/XU winner v. 2 VCU
GWU/UMass winner v. 3 Temple
Semifinals: March 16
Finals: March 17

Big Ten – March 14-17 in Chicago, IL (United Center)
First Round: March 14
9 Minnesota v. 8 Illinois
12 Penn State v. 5 Michigan
10 Nebraska v. 7 Purdue
11 Northwestern v. 6 Iowa
Quarterfinals: March 15
Minn./Ill. winner v. 1 Indiana
PSU/Mich. winner v. 4 Wisconsin
Neb./Pur. winner v. 2 Ohio State
NW/Iowa winner v. 3 Michigan State
Semifinals: March 16
Finals: March 17

Big West – March 14-16 in Anaheim, CA (Honda Center)
First Round: March 14
7 UC Santa Barbara v. 2 Pacific
6 UC Davis v. 3 Cal Poly
8 Cal State Fullerton v. 1 Long Beach State
5 Hawaii v. 4 UC Irvine
Semifinals: March 15
UCSB/Pac. winner v. UCD/CP winner
CSF/LBSU winner v. Haw/UCI winner
Finals: March 16

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4Quarters 2013 Men’s Conference Tournaments – First Wave

Last season I did a conference tournament tracker which I updated every day for you the reader. This year I’m breaking it up into two parts, conference tournaments that begin the week of March 5 and then the bigger ones that begin March 12 or later. Hope you enjoy and here we go. Conference Tournament pages: ESPN and CBS Sports

Big South – March 5, 7, 9, 10 in Conway, S.C. (Student Recreation and Convocation Center)
First Round: March 5
5S Winthrop 60 v. 4N Radford 58 F/OT
6N Longwood 87 v. 3S UNC Asheville 72
6S Presbyterian 73 v. 3N Campbell 81 F/OT
5N Liberty 78 v. 4S Coastal Carolina 61
Quarterfinals: March 7
5S Winthrop v. 1S Charleston Southern
6N Longwood v. 2N VMI
3N Campbell v. 2S Gardner-Webb
5N Liberty v. 1N High Point
Semifinals: March 9
Win./CSU winner v. LU/VMI winner
Camp./GW winner v. Lib./HP winner
Finals: March 10

Horizon League – March 5, 8, 9, 12 on Campus of Higher Seed
First Round: March 5
9 Milwaukee 46 @ 4 Green Bay 62
8 Cleveland State 59 @ 5 Illinois-Chicago 82
7 Loyola (IL) 60 @ 6 Youngstown State 62
Second Round: March 8
5 Illinois-Chicago @ 4 Green Bay
6 Youngstown State @ 3 Wright State
Semifinals: March 9
GB/UIC winner @ 1 Valparaiso
YSU/WSU winner @ 2 Detroit
Finals: March 12

Atlantic Sun – March 6-9 in Macon, GA (University Center)
Quarterfinals: March 6
7 North Florida v. 2 Florida Gulf Coast
8 Lipscomb v. 1 Mercer
Quarterfinals: March 7
6 East Tennessee State v. 3 Stetson
5 S.C. Upstate v. 4 Jacksonville
Semifinals: March 8
ETSU/SU winner v. UNF/FGCU winner
USCU/JU winner v. LU/MU winner
Finals: March 9

Northeast – March 6, 9, 12 on Campus of High Seed
Quarterfinals: March 6
8 St. Francis (NY) @ 1 Robert Morris
5 Mount St. Mary’s @ 4 Bryant
6 Quinnipiac @ 3 LIU Brooklyn
7 Central Connecticut State @ 2 Wagner
Semifinals: March 9
MSM/BU v. SFNY/RMU winner
QU/LIU v. CCSU/WU winner
Finals: March 12

Ohio Valley – March 6-9 in Nashville, TN (Nashville Municipal Auditorium)
First Round: March 6
8 UT-Martin v. 5 Morehead State
7 Eastern Illinois v. 6 SE Missouri State
Quarterfinals: March 7
UTM/MSU v. 4 Tennessee State
EIU/SEMO v. 3 Eastern Kentucky
Semifinals: March 8
Quarterfinal UTM-MSU/TSU winner v. 1 Belmont
Quarterfinal EIU-SEMO/EKU winner v. 2 Murray State
Finals: March 9

Patriot – March 6, 9, 13 on Campus of High Seed
Quarterfinals Round: March 6
8 Navy @ 1 Bucknell
5 American @ 4 Army
7 Holy Cross @ 2 Lafayette
6 Colgate @ 3 Lehigh
Semifinals: March 9
AU/Army winner v. Navy/Buck. winner
CU/LU winner v. HC/LU winner
Finals: March 13

West Coast – March 6-9, 11 in Las Vegas, NV (Orleans Arena)
First Round: March 6
9 Loyola Marymount v. 8 Portland
Second Round: March 7
LMU/Port. v. 5 San Francisco
7 Pepperdine v. 6 San Diego
Quarterfinals: March 8
LMU-Port./USF winner v. 4 Santa Clara
Pep./USD winner v. 3 BYU
Semifinals: March 9
Quarterfinal winner v. 1 Gonzaga
Quarterfinal winner v. 2 Saint Mary’s
Finals: March 11

Missouri Valley – March 7-10 in St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center)
First Round: March 7
9 Drake v. 8 Bradley
10 Southern Illinois v. 7 Missouri State
Quarterfinals: March 8
Drake/Brad. winner v. 1 Creighton
5 Indiana State v. 4 Evansville
SIU/MSU winner v. 2 Wichita State
6 Illinois State v. 3 Northern Iowa
Semifinals: March 9
Finals: March 10

Southern – March 8-11 in Asheville, NC (U.S. Cellular Center)
First Round: March 8
9 Georgia Southern v. 8 Wofford
12 Furman v. 5 Sanford
10 UNC-Greensboro v. 7 Chattanooga
11 Citadel v. 6 Western Carolina
Quarterfinals: March 9
GASO/WOF winner v. 1 Davidson
Fur./San. winner v. 4 Appalachian State
UNCG/Chat. winner v. 2 Elon
CIT/WCU winner v. 3 College of Charleston
Semifinals: March 10
Finals: March 11

Sun Belt – March 8-11 in Hot Springs, AR (Summit Arena and Hot Springs Convention Center)
First Round: March 8
9 North Texas v. 8 Louisiana-Lafayette
10 Troy v. 7 Florida Atlantic
11 Louisiana-Monroe v. 6 Western Kentucky
Quarterfinals: March 9
UNT/ULL winner v. 1 Middle Tennessee
5 Florida International v. 4 Arkansas-Little Rock
Troy/FAU winner v. 2 Arkansas State
ULM/WKU winner v. 3 South Alabama
Semifinals: March 10
Finals: March 11

Colonel – March 9-11 in Richmond, VA (Richmond Coliseum)
Quarterfinals: March 9
5 Drexel v. 4 George Mason
7 Hofstra v. 2 Delaware
6 William & Mary v. 3 James Madison
Semifinals: March 10
Drex./GMU winner v. 1 Northeastern
Hof./Del. winner v. W&M/JMU winner
Finals: March 11

Summit – March 9-12 in Sioux Falls, SD (Sioux Falls Arena)
Quarterfinals: March 9
8 IUPUI v. 1 South Dakota State
7 South Dakota v. 2 Western Illinois
Quarterfinals: March 10
5 IPFW v. 4 Oakland
6 UMKC v. 3 North Dakota State
Semifinals: March 11
Oak./IPFW winner v. IPFW/SDSU winner
UMKC/NDSU winner v. USD/WIU winner
Finals: March 12

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Women’s Final Four 1983-2012

Tonight the women’s Final Four begins in the Mile High City of Denver so let’s take a look back at previous years. Women’s Final Four 1982-2012 (Champion on far right, opponent next than other two Final Four teams, teams seed in tournament listed next to name. 2012 not in that format but by seed)

Tonight in Denver four number one seeds Baylor, Connecticut, Notre Dame and Stanford square off

2012 – Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)/Champion:
1 Baylor                                1 Stanford                           1 Notre Dame                    1 Connecticut
2011 – Indianapolis, IN (Conseco Fieldhouse)/Champion: Texas A&M
2 Texas A&M                     2 Notre Dame                    1 Connecticut                    1 Stanford
2010 – San Antonio, TX (Alamodome)/Champion: Connecticut
1 Connecticut                    1 Stanford                           3 Oklahoma                        4 Baylor
2009 – St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center)/Champion: Connecticut
1 Connecticut                    3 Louisville                          1 Oklahoma                        2 Stanford
2008 – Tampa Bay, FL (St. Pete Times Forum)/Champion: Tennessee
1 Tennessee                      2 Stanford                           1 Connecticut                    2 LSU
2007 – Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena)/Champion: Tennessee
1 Tennessee                      4 Rutgers                             1 North Carolina               3 LSU
2006 – Boston, MA (TD Garden)/Champion: Maryland
2 Maryland                         1 Duke                                  1 North Carolina               1 LSU
2005 – Indianapolis, IN (RCA Dome)/Champion: Baylor
2 Baylor                                1 Michigan State               1 Tennessee                      1 LSU
2004 – New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Arena)/Champion: Connecticut
2 Connecticut                    1 Tennessee                      4 LSU                                     7 Minnesota
2003 – Atlanta, GA (Georgia Dome)/Champion: Connecticut
1 Connecticut                    1 Tennessee                      1 Duke                                  2 Texas
2002 – San Antonio, TX (Alamodome)/Champion: Connecticut
1 Connecticut                    1 Oklahoma                        1 Duke                                  2 Tennessee
2001 – St. Louis, MO (Savvis Center)/Champion: Notre Dame
1 Notre Dame                    3 Purdue                              1 Connecticut                    5 Missouri State
2000 – Philadelphia, PA (First Union Center)/Champion: Connecticut
1 Connecticut                    1 Tennessee                      2 Penn State                      2 Rutgers
1999 – San Jose, CA (San Jose Arena)/Champion: Purdue
1 Purdue                              3 Duke                                  1 Louisiana Tech               3 Georgia
1998 – Kansas City, MO (Kemper Arena)/Champion: Tennessee
1 Tennessee                      3 Louisiana Tech               4 North Carolina State    9 Arkansas
1997 – Cincinnati, OH (Riverfront Coliseum)/Champion: Tennessee
3 Tennessee                      1 Old Dominion                 1 Stanford                           6 Notre Dame
1996 – Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Coliseum)/Champion: Tennessee
1 Tennessee                      2 Georgia                             1 Connecticut                    1 Stanford
1995 – Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)/Champion: Connecticut
1 Connecticut                    1 Tennessee                      2 Stanford                           3 Georgia
1994 – Richmond, VA (Richmond Coliseum)/Champion: North Carolina
3 North Carolina               4 Louisiana Tech               1 Purdue                              6 Alabama
1993 – Atlanta, GA (The Omni)/Champion: Texas Tech
2 Texas Tech                      1 Ohio State                       1 Vanderbilt                       2 Iowa
1992 – Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)/Champion: Stanford
1 Stanford                           4 Western Kentucky       1 Virginia                              8 Missouri State
1991 – New Orleans, LA (Lakefront Arena)/Champion: Tennessee
1 Tennessee                      1 Virginia                              2 Stanford                           3 Connecticut
1990 – Knoxville, TN (Thompson-Boling Arena)/Champion: Stanford
1 Stanford                           2 Auburn                             1 Louisiana Tech               2 Virginia
1989 – Tacoma, Washington (Tacoma Dome)/Champion: Tennessee
1 Tennessee                      1 Auburn                             1 Louisiana Tech               1 Maryland
1988 – Tacoma, Washington (Tacoma Dome)/Champion: Louisiana Tech
2 Louisiana Tech               1 Auburn                             1 Tennessee                      2 Long Beach State
1987 – Austin, TX (Frank Erwin Center)/Champion: Tennessee
2 Tennessee                      1 Louisiana Tech               1 Long Beach State          2 Texas
1986 – Lexington, KY (Rupp Arena)/Champion: Texas
1 Texas                                 1 Southern California      4 Tennessee                      4 Western Kentucky
1985 – Austin, TX (Frank Erwin Center)/Champion: Old Dominion
1 Old Dominion                 2 Georgia                             2 Northwest Louisiana   4 Western Kentucky
1984 – Los Angeles, CA (Pauley Pavilion)/Champion: Southern California
1 Southern California      3 Tennessee                      1 Louisiana Tech               3 Cheyney State
1983 – Norfolk, VA (Norfolk Scope)/Champion: Southern California
1 Southern California      1 Louisiana Tech               2 Georgia                             2 Old Dominion
1983 – Norfolk, VA (Norfolk Scope)/Champion: Louisiana Tech
1 Louisiana Tech               2 Cheyney State               1 Tennessee                      2 Maryland

Men’s Final Four 1939-2012

This afternoon the the 2012 Men’s Final Four tips-off in New Orleans so let’s take a look at the past from this event. Final Four teams 1939-2012 (Champion on far right, opponent next than other two Final Four teams, teams seed in tournament listed next to name. 2012 not in that format but by seed)

2012 – New Orleans, LA (Louisiana Superdome)/Champion:
1 Kentucky                          2 Ohio State                       2 Kansas                               4 Louisville
2011 – Houston, TX (Reliant Stadium)/Champion: Connecticut
3 Connecticut                    8 Butler                                                4 Kentucky                          11 VCU
2010 – Indianapolis, IN (Lucas Oil Field)/Champion: Duke
1 Duke                                  5 Butler                                                2 West Virginia                  5 Michigan State
2009 – Detroit, MI (Ford Field)/Champion: North Carolina
1 North Carolina               2 Michigan State               1 Connecticut                    3 Villanova
2008 – San Antonio, TX (Alamodome)/Champion: Connecticut
1 Kansas                               1 Memphis                         1 North Carolina               1 UCLA
2007 – Atlanta, GA (Georgia Dome)/Champion: Florida
1 Florida                               1 Ohio State                       2 Georgetown                   2 UCLA
2006 – Indianapolis, IN (RCA Dome)/Champion: Florida
3 Florida                               2 UCLA                                  4 LSU                                     11 George Mason
2005 – St. Louis, MO (Edward Jones Dome)/Champion: North Carolina
1 North Carolina               1 Illinois                                4 Louisville                          5 Michigan State
2004 – San Antonio, TX (Alamodome)/Champion: Connecticut
2 Connecticut                    3 Georgia Tech                  1 Duke                                  2 Oklahoma State
2003 – New Orleans, LA (Louisiana Superdome)/Champion: Syracuse
3 Syracuse                           2 Kansas                               1 Texas                                 3 Marquette
2002 – Atlanta, GA (Georgia Dome)/Champion: Maryland
1 Maryland                         5 Indiana                              1 Kansas                               2 Oklahoma
2001 – Minneapolis, MN (HHH Metrodome)/Champion: Duke
1 Duke                                  2 Arizona                             1 Michigan State               3 Maryland
2000 – Indianapolis, IN (RCA Dome)/Champion: Michigan State
1 Michigan State               5 Florida                               8 North Carolina               8 Wisconsin
1999 – St. Petersburg, FL (Tropicana Field)/Champion: Connecticut
1 Connecticut                    1 Duke                                  1 Michigan State               4 Ohio State
1998 – San Antonio, TX (Alamodome)/Champion: Kentucky
2 Kentucky                          3 Utah                                   1 North Carolina               3 Stanford
1997 – Indianapolis, IN (RCA Dome)/Champion: Arizona
4 Arizona                             1 Kentucky                          1 North Carolina               1 Minnesota
1996 – East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)/Champion: Kentucky
1 Kentucky                          4 Syracuse                           1 Massachusetts              5 Mississippi State
1995 – Seattle, WA (Kingdome)/Champion: UCLA
1 UCLA                                  2 Arkansas                          2 North Carolina               4 Oklahoma State
1994 – Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Coliseum)/Champion: Arkansas
1 Arkansas                          2 Duke                                  2 Arizona                             3 Florida
1993 – New Orleans, LA (Louisiana Superdome)/Champion: North Carolina
1 North Carolina               1 Michigan                          1 Kentucky                          2 Kansas
1992 – Minneapolis, MN (HHH Metrodome)/Champion: Duke
1 Duke                                  6 Michigan                          2 Indiana                              4 Cincinnati
1991 – Indianapolis, IN (Hoosier Dome)/Champion: Duke
1 Duke                                  3 Kansas                               1 UNLV                                 2 North Carolina
1990 – Denver, CO (McNichols Sports Arena)/Champion: UNLV
1 UNLV                                 3 Duke                                  4 Arkansas                          4 Georgia Tech
1989 – Seattle, WA (Kingdome)/Champion: Michigan
3 Michigan                          3 Seton Hall                        1 Illinois                                2 Duke
1988 – Kansas City, MO (Kemper Arena)/Champion: Kansas
6 Kansas                               1 Oklahoma                        1 Arizona                             2 Duke
1987 – New Orleans, LA (Louisiana Superdome)/Champion: Indiana
1 Indiana                              2 Syracuse                           1 UNLV                                 6 Providence
1986 – Dallas, TX (Reunion Arena)/Champion: Louisville
2 Louisville                          1 Duke                                  1 Kansas                               11 LSU
1985 – Lexington, KY (Rupp Arena)/Champion: Villanova
8 Villanova                          1 Georgetown                   1 St. John’s                         2 Memphis State
1984 – Seattle, WA (Kingdome)/Champion: Georgetown
1 Georgetown                   2 Houston                           1 Kentucky                          7 Virginia
1983 – Albuquerque, NM (The Pit)/Champion: North Carolina State
6 North Carolina State    1 Houston                           1 Louisville                          4 Georgia
1982 – New Orleans, LA (Louisiana Superdome)/Champion: North Carolina
1 North Carolina               1 Georgetown                   3 Louisville                          6 Houston
1981 – Philadelphia, PA (The Spectrum)/Champion: Indiana
3 Indiana                              2 North Carolina               1 Virginia                              1 LSU
1980 – Indianapolis, IN (Market Square Arena)/Champion: Louisville
2 Louisville                          8 UCLA                                  5 Iowa                                   6 Purdue
1979 – Salt Lake City, UT (Huntsman Center)/Champion: Michigan State
2 Michigan State               1 Indiana State                  2 DePaul                              9 Pennslyvania
1978 – St. Louis, MO (The Checkerdome)/Champion: Kentucky
Kentucky                             Duke                                     Arkansas                              Notre Dame
1977 –Atlanta, GA (The Omni)/Champion: Marquette
Marquette                          North Carolina                   UNLV                                    UNC-Charlotte
1976 – Philadelphia, PA (The Spectrum)/Champion: Indiana
Indiana                                 Michigan                              UCLA                                     Rutgers
1975 – San Diego, CA (Valley View Casino Center)/Champion: UCLA
UCLA                                     Kentucky                             Louisville                              Syracuse
1974 – Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)/Champion: North Carolina State
North Carolina State       Marquette                          UCLA                                     Kansas
1973 – St. Louis, MO (St. Louis Arena)/Champion: UCLA
UCLA                                     Memphis State                 Indiana                                 Providence
1972 – Los Angeles, CA (Memorial Sports Arena)/Champion: UCLA
UCLA                                     Florida State                       North Carolina                   Louisville
1971 – Houston, TX (Astrodome)/Champion: UCLA
UCLA                                     Villanova                              Western Kentucky          Kansas
1970 – College Park, MD (Cole Field House)/Champion: UCLA
UCLA                                     Jacksonville                        New Mexico State           St. Bonaventure
1969 – Louisville, KY (Freedom Hall)/Champion: UCLA
UCLA                                     Purdue                                 Drake                                    North Carolina
1968 – Los Angeles, CA (Sports Arena)/Champion: UCLA
UCLA                                     North Carolina                   Ohio State                           Houston
1967 – Louisville, KY (Freedom Hall)/Champion: UCLA
UCLA                                     Dayton                                 Houston                               North Carolina
1966 – College Park, MD (Cole Field House)/Champion: Texas Western
Texas Western                  Kentucky                             Duke                                     Utah
1965 – Portland, OR (Memorial Coliseum)/Champion: UCLA
UCLA                                     Michigan                              Princeton                            Wichita State
1964 – Kansas City, MO (Municipal Auditorium)/Champion: UCLA
UCLA                                     Duke                                     Michigan                              Kansas State
1963 – Louisville, KY (Freedom Hall)/Champion: Loyola (IL)
Loyola (IL)                           Cincinnati                            Duke                                     Oregon State
1962 – Louisville, KY (Freedom Hall)/Champion: Cincinnati
Cincinnati                            Ohio State                           Wake Forest                      UCLA
1961 – Kansas City, MO (Municipal Auditorium)/Champion: Cincinnati
Cincinnati                            Ohio State                           St. Joseph’s                        Utah
1960 – San Francisco, CA (Cow Palace)/Champion: Ohio State
Ohio State                           California                             Cincinnati                            New York University
1959 – Louisville, KY (Freedom Hall)/Champion: California
California                             West Virginia                     Cincinnati                            Louisville
1958 – Louisville, KY (Freedom Hall)/Champion: Kentucky
Kentucky                             Seattle University            Temple                                 Kansas State
1957 – Kansas City, MO (Municipal Auditorium)/Champion: North Carolina
North Carolina                   Kansas                                  San Francisco                     Michigan State
1956 – Evanston, IL (McGaw Hall)/Champion: San Francisco
San Francisco                     Iowa                                      Temple                                 SMU
1955 – Kansas City, MO (Municipal Auditorium)/Champion: San Francisco
San Francisco                     La Salle                                 Colorado                              Iowa
1954 – Kansas City, MO (Municipal Auditorium)/Champion: La Salle
La Salle                                 Bradley                                 Penn State                          Southern California
1953 – Kansas City, MO (Municipal Auditorium)/Champion: Indiana
Indiana                                 Kansas                                  Washington                        LSU
1952 – Seattle, WA (Hec Edmundson Pavilion)/Champion: Kansas
Kansas                                  St. John’s                             Illinois                                   Santa Clara
1951 – Minneapolis, MN (Williams Arena)/Champion: Kentucky
Kentucky                             Kansas State                      Illinois                                   Oklahoma State
1950 – New York City, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)/Champion: City College of New York
CCNY                                     Bradley                                 North Carolina State       Baylor
1949 – Seattle, WA (Hec Edmundson Pavilion)/Champion: Kentucky
Kentucky                             Oklahoma State                                Illinois                                   Oregon State
1948 – New York City, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)/Champion: Kentucky
Kentucky                             Baylor                                   Holy Cross                           Kansas State
1947 – New York City, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)/Champion: Holy Cross
Holy Cross                           Oklahoma                           Texas                                    CCNY
1946 – New York City, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)/Champion: Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State                                North Carolina                   Ohio State                           California
1945 – New York City, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)/Champion: Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State                                New York University       Arkansas                              Ohio State
1944 – New York City, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)/Champion: Utah
Utah                                      Dartmouth                          Iowa State                          Ohio State
1943 – New York City, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)/Champion: Wyoming
Wyoming                             Georgetown                      DePaul                                  Texas
1942 – Kansas City, MO (Municipal Auditorium)/Champion: Stanford
Stanford                              Dartmouth                          Colorado                              Kentucky
1941 – Kansas City, MO (Municipal Auditorium)/Champion: Wisconsin
Wisconsin                            Washington State            Arkansas                              Pittsburgh
1940 – Kansas City, MO (Municipal Auditorium)/Champion: Indiana
Indiana                                 Kansas                                  Duquesne                           Southern California
1939 – Evansville, IL (Patten Gymnasium)/Champion: Oregon
Oregon                                 Ohio State                           Oklahoma State                                Villanova

Bracket Chatter with Nate and Mike

This is a conversation that took place earlier this week between Mike Vamosi and Nate Jessen in which they discussed the easiest/toughest regions, interesting match-ups, upset picks and who they see in the Final Four. Both we’re given the chance to rebut the other and here is what happened.

Easiest Bracket –

MV: The West, top seed Michigan State, two Missouri, three Marquette, Louisville. Sparty will get the Memphis/St. Louis winner and in the sweet16 will get either New Mexico or Louisville assuming seeds hold up. MSU plays as rugged a defense as anyone and has Draymon Green who can put a team on his back, potential elite 8 opponents are Murray St/Marquette/Florida/Missouri which I think don’t match-up.

NJ: I don’t think Michigan State has the horses.  If we rate a bracket’s “easiness” based on the likelihood of the 1 seed making a Final Four, this doesn’t fit.  Every team MSU takes on plays great defense.  Expect lots of low scoring games.  That being the case, every close game is not much more than a 50-50 shot, and you can only live on that for so long.  I think MSU escapes the first weekend, but barely (against either Memphis or St. Louis), then loses in the round of 16.  Either New Mexico or Louisville will challenge them, and they aren’t in the shape necessary to take them on right now.

NJ: I think the easiest road is, oddly enough, the South.  Yes, yes, I know it’s full of blue bloods (UConn, Indiana, Duke, and the number one overall, Kentucky).  But none of those teams is up to its usual standards.  UConn has talent, but doesn’t know how to play.  Indiana has zero tourney experience (and I don’t think will escape its first game).  And even Coach K says there is no D in this uke team.  Kentucky rolls.

MV: I see landmines all over the South, Iowa State/UConn come from tougher leagues than UK lives in the SEC. Wichita State/VCU winner will cause trouble and I expect to beat the Indiana/New Mexico State winner. UNLV is a wildcard which is good and bad and they face the Buffs who have a new lease on life that makes them dangerous. Baylor is unbeaten in non-conference play and wouldn’t see a Big XII foe until the Final Four, South Dakota State could present problems. Lastly how about Notre Dame/Xavier who can knock off Duke? So I see depth here in the South, far from easy.

Toughest Bracket –

NJ: I like the East as the “toughest” this year.  Syracuse could be facing Kansas State in its second game, and the Wildcats typically play a physical style that does well in the tournament.  That’s a team that shut down Missouri twice this year.  Let’s just say they win that one.  They will either play (if seeding holds) a Wisconsin team that likewise plays ferocious defense or a Vanderbilt team that just beat Kentucky for the SEC tournament title.  Oh, and on the bottom half of the bracket are a talented Ohio State team and the Cincinnati squad that bounced the ‘Cuse in the Big East tournament. Yikes.

MV: The East does have a deep field but does K-State if it’s them have the shooters to make the ‘Cuse zone ineffective? Vandy did just win the SEC tourney with a great win over Kentucky but let’s try and agree that Vanderbilt was close twice before finally clearly the hurdle on Sunday. History tells me not to trust the Commodores in the tourney, sure they are better than Harvard but I’m gun shy. On the other half it’s Florida State and the Ohio State who should skate to the sweet 16 with little resistance from their opponents.

MV: I feel the Midwest is the toughest bracket, North Carolina, Kansas, Georgetown and Michigan? Wow! What other bracket could a 28-5 Creighton team be an eight seed than the Midwest? Cal-South Florida could make a run after they emerge from the play-in game Wednesday night. Adding to the depth are the lower seeds who include 9 Alabama (I still remember when the Tide knocked off one seed Stanford in Seattle), 10 Purdue, 11 NC State, 13 Ohio, 14 Belmont and 15 Detroit. This bracket could go to hell before the arranged regional final of ol’ Roy versus Bill Self in St. Louis.

NJ:  I knew you would pick the Midwest even before I read this.  Creighton could be an 8 seed in any bracket BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THE COMMITTEE THINKS THEY ARE.  I disagree with the committee, but one under-seeded team does not make the bracket.  Any of the potential first round upset picks will be true upsets; the double digit seeds are right where they should be, but may have good matchups.  However, none of them have good matchups after their first games.  And the top two seeds will only face teams that play to their strengths until they get to the regional finals.  There, it will be UNC-KU, in yet another awesome/awkward game between Ole Roy and his first love, the Jayhawks.

Interesting Matchups –

MV: Sure VCU-Wichita State is an interesting match-up but everyone will be discussing that. Murray State and Colorado State interests me and I feel has 11 over six upset all over it. Isaiah Cannon is a good player but something about playing in the Mountain West makes them more battle tested where the Racers played Memphis, USM and Saint Mary’s which isn’t anything to sniff at. I’m also interested in Wisconsin-Montana because I feel points will be at a premium in this game that should be a rough and tumble affair.

NJ: For Colorado State, bet on them at your own risk.  This is a team that won one road game all year in the mighty Mountain West, two if you count their neutral court win in Vegas over TCU (another team that couldn’t win outside of its own building).  They also rely on their size, but don’t have great guard play (unless the other team’s guards are sucking wind at altitude–seemingly unlikely in Louisville, KY). I think Wisconsin v. Montana is interesting, but I would say those are the times Wisconsin surprises you (either by killing a team or laying an egg).

NJ: I am strangely intrigued by Notre Dame and Xavier.  This could be one of the ugliest games of the tourney, though likely not a one-sided ugly game.  Notre Dame can play down to anyone, and Xavier likewise plays to the level of their competition.  Just curious to watch these Catholic schools duel for Midwestern supremacy (in the Southern bracket…).  I think Cincinnati and Texas is a similar game.  Texas has talent, but is not a team.  Cincy may not have talent, but they play reasonably well together.  We’ll see which will handle themselves in the dance.

MV: Yes, Notre Dame-Xavier fighting for the Midwest crown of Indiana-Ohio Jesuit power on the battlegrounds of Greensboro, N.C., Texas is a team that I wouldn’t have put in the bracket and if not for a run at MSG I feel Cincy would be in the NIT. So I was not into that match-up once I saw it. But your reasons do add intrigue so I’ll give you that.

Upsets –

NJ: As for my upsets, I like New Mexico State over Indiana in Portland, Oregon.  NMSU is big and athletic, and shoots a very high percentage.  They have the quickness and physicality to play with a Big 10 team.  Oh, and their cross-state rivals–los Lobos–are also playing at that site.  If those two can put aside any animosity, they will probably make up the biggest fan base in the arena (the next farthest west of any other school in the pod is Wichita).  In the Midwest, I like Belmont over Georgetown.  The Bruins play a style that has actually caused the Hoyas a lot of trouble this year.  Plus, they have the size, guard play, and depth you need to compete with better teams.  Don’t expect them in the round of 16, but they have one good upset in them.

MV: It’s hard to disagree with your New Mexico State pick because they will attack the basket and shoot free throws. So are you looking to run for king of the Land of Enchantment saying nice things about the Aggies and Lobos? Belmont hurt me last year and Georgetown kind of has a stench on them that you know they’ll lose even though they shouldn’t so in my mind I hardly call it an upset due to that fact. Plus Belmont playing in Columbus won’t be a hard trip for their fans in Nashville to make that trip.

MV: For my upsets here is how I go, sure I could go with the two 12-v-5 match-ups that feature VCU and Cal/South Florida but those are the trendy picks. For me put me on the smart track of Harvard beating Vanderbilt (another team that gets me yearly no need to list their failures with me) who sure has senior leadership but the Crimson has a nice non-conference resume of upsets. The game will be in Albuquerque so neither small fan base will have the advantage other than people rooting for the elitest little guys from the Ivy who will be out bosses some day. You provided a 14 beating a three so I’ll do the same. How about Marquette losing to the BYU/Iona winner? The Cougars or Gaels I think match-up well with MU who want to run and shoot, I feel having the extra game granted they will need to travel from Dayton to Louisville but that’s not that big a deal.

NJ: Yes Mike.  Knock me for talking about New Mexico (no one was supposed to know about my Lobos pick yet), then cover the Albuquerque pod.  Just like you.  Always trying to play both sides.  As for your upsets…Well, I picked each in one of my brackets, so I can’t totally destroy them.  But I do like Vandy’s size, and people point out that Harvard will let you take jumpers (the Commodore’s forte).  Marquette, on the other hand, I cannot defend.  Buzz will not be dancing for long.

Final Four Picks –

MV: Final Four:
East – Florida State, I don’t have a great reason so rip me if you will. The ‘Noles have a good path says I
South – Kentucky, This region I feel is easy for UK to navigate their way back to NOLA ,where they were last weekend
Midwest – Kansas, When the Jayhawks play in Omaha good things happen, see 1988 and 2008
West – Michigan State, Sparty on Garth, Sparty on Wayne…or so Wayne’s World jokes are out of style but I think Izzo gets them back to the Final four

National Champion – Logic tells me to pick Kentucky but I will not break the string of Kansas and national titles after playing in Omaha

NJ: Wow Mike.  Lots of chalk or near chalk (KU is hardly a Cinderella), combined with a joke that places you right about in 1994.  Kind of surprised by you anymore.  Most surprising, though, is Florida State.  What, you pick them to take the ACC tourney, and suddenly they are a Final Four team for you?

NJ: But maybe I should limit my criticism.  My Final Four will open me up to much more flak than yours did.

East – Vandy:  They match up well with every team in the bracket. They can shoot out the ‘Cuse 2-3, and are big enough to take down the Buckeyes (if “The” makes it that far).

South – Kentucky:  No one really feels good about this.  Not because Kentucky isn’t incredibly talented.  Not because they don’t have a nice road ahead of them.  Just because I would like to call Calipari something that even John Chaney wouldn’t approve of.  (Ah, yes…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6jUpHClybQ )

Midwest – Kansas:  The road is too perfect for them.  They stay close to home until the Final Four, and the UNC team in their bracket can’t match their defensive intensity.

West – New Mexico:  Ok, this one boggles the mind.  Mine included.  I filled out the bracket several times, and each time there they were.  Their defense in the last month has been the best in the country.  They have size.  They are deep.  They even shoot well.  Oh, and their regional is in Phoenix (and there are no other true western schools among the top seeds in the region).  The only reason not to like them is Alford…and yeah, that is plenty.  But I can’t help it this time.  I’m totally on the bandwagon, or maybe better, the crazy train.

For my Champs, I like KU to top Kentucky.  This might be an even better one than the last Self-Calipari championship game.  Buckle up.

MV: Don’t make me out to be ESPN just because I have two ones, a two plus a three in my Final Four. We share two teams in Kansas and Kentucky so I guess that says something about who knows what. But I think we both want to see Cal-Self II “Battle in the Big Easy”. I may have a new love for Florida State but two SEC teams? Two! Words cannot describe this for me so I’ll shake my head on it but Vandy is a hit and miss team depending on if the iron is kind or not. You went outside the box putting a five in with New Mexico which I surprisingly do not have an issue with other than the Alford factor you mentioned.

And so we conclude our 2012 bracket analysis, a conversation of pointless disagreements followed by frightening consensus.  Thank you for reading.