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  Tuesday, January 3, 2006

BRACKET PROJECTIONS AND NOTES FOR 1/3
By Drew Barnette

CLICK href=/profile//> HERE href=/profile//> TO href=/profile//> SEE href=/profile//> THE href=/profile//> BRACKET


NOTES href=/profile//> ON href=/profile//> THE href=/profile//> BRACKET

-Let href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> reiterate href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> prediction href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> March, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> report href=/profile//> card href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> happened. href=/profile//> That href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> why href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> selections href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> seedings href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> unusual.

-Seedings href=/profile//> reflect href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> January href=/profile//> 3rd.



BIG href=/profile//> EAST

***CORRECTION***

-I href=/profile//> originally href=/profile//> wrote href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> nine href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> East href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Bracket href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> matchup href=/profile//> between href=/profile//> West href=/profile//> Virginia href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Villanova href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> mistaken. href=/profile//> There href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> eight href=/profile//> teams. href=/profile//> Out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> force href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> habit href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> mistook href=/profile//> Boston href=/profile//> College href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> East href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> error href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> corrected href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bracket. href=/profile//>

-I href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> under href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> impression href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Villanova href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> placed href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Philadelphia href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first/second href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Wachovia href=/profile//> Center, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> held. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> Greg href=/profile//> Shaheen href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> Office href=/profile//> clarified href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> email href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Villanova href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> placed href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Philly. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> believe href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rule href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> cannot href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> considered href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA. href=/profile//>



-Oklahoma href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> struggling href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> injuries href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> time. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> contributing href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> UAB href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> entire href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Arkansas href=/profile//> State. href=/profile//> Marcus href=/profile//> Dove href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> David href=/profile//> Monds href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> injured href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Torre href=/profile//> Johnson, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> suspended. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> yet href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> together href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> type href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> resume href=/profile//> necessary href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> dance href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> must href=/profile//> prove href=/profile//> themselves href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play. href=/profile//>



PATRIOT

-Bucknell href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> rough href=/profile//> week. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Santa href=/profile//> Clara href=/profile//> earlier href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> damaging href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> followed href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> blowout href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> Duke. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Duke href=/profile//> wasn’t href=/profile//> surprising href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> expecting href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> did. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> absolutely href=/profile//> clobbered href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> score href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 84-50. href=/profile//> Still, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> shape href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> wins href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> needed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> order href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> large href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> dominate href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> conference. href=/profile//> Don’t href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> surprised href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> table href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Patriot href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> Their href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> Saturday href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Navy.



CONFERENCE href=/profile//> USA

-Memphis href=/profile//> fell href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Texas href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> struggling href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> massive href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Texas href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> yet href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> opponent. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> certainly href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> wind href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Memphis href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> shape href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> pod href=/profile//> system, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> table href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> want href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> contend href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> #1 href=/profile//> seed. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> aren’t href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> matchups href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> opponents href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> enter href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they’ve href=/profile//> done href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tremendous href=/profile//> job href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> schedule href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> seed href=/profile//> shouldn’t href=/profile//> suffer href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> (if href=/profile//> any) href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> somewhat href=/profile//> weaker href=/profile//> conference. href=/profile//>

-One href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> red href=/profile//> hot href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> UAB. href=/profile//> They’ve href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> seven href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> blowout href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> Oklahoma href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> Tournament, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> straight href=/profile//> appearance. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> face href=/profile//> Memphis href=/profile//> twice href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play. href=/profile//> href=/profile//>



PAC href=/profile//> TEN

-California href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> week. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> USC href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> UCLA href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> jump href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 2-0 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 8-3 href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Prior href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> hadn’t href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> beaten href=/profile//> anyone. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> streak. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> they’ll href=/profile//> certainly href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> dance.

-Arizona href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> wins href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> road. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> hot href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> opener, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> followed href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> overtime href=/profile//> thriller href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> exciting href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> gave href=/profile//> Zona’s href=/profile//> resume href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> boost, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> something href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> needed, href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> struggling href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> weaker href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> conference. href=/profile//>



OTHER href=/profile//> CONSIDERED

I href=/profile//> wouldn’t href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> surprised href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tournament, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> seed href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> cases href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> haven’t href=/profile//> faced href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> opponents href=/profile//> yet, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> change href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play. href=/profile//>

California
Temple
Georgia
Oklahoma href=/profile//> State
Old href=/profile//> Dominion
Saint href=/profile//> Joseph’s
Minnesota
Vanderbilt
Washington href=/profile//> State
Notre href=/profile//> Dame
Air href=/profile//> Force
South href=/profile//> Carolina
Northern href=/profile//> Illinois
Texas href=/profile//> A&M
Ohio



-Most href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> begin href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> sometime href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Missouri href=/profile//> Valley href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Pac href=/profile//> Ten href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> full href=/profile//> swing. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> handful href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> conferences href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> November href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> December href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> mixed href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> schedule, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> here href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> majority href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> standings href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> committee href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> measure href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> compare href=/profile//> teams, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> significance, href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> competing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> bids href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> seeds. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> conferences href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> Ten, href=/profile//> ACC, href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> East, href=/profile//> C-USA, href=/profile//> Atlantic href=/profile//> Ten href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> Twelve href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> standings href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> misleading href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> balanced href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> schedule. href=/profile//> Many href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> schedules href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> different. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> committee href=/profile//> takes href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> account. href=/profile//> href=/profile//> href=/profile//>



RPI

-There href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> cases href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team’s href=/profile//> RPI href=/profile//> doesn’t href=/profile//> match href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> rankings href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> matter href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> levels. href=/profile//> West href=/profile//> Virginia’s href=/profile//> RPI href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> 150, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> continue href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> enter href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> improve href=/profile//> dramatically. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> goes href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Louisville, href=/profile//> Vanderbilt, href=/profile//> Notre href=/profile//> Dame, href=/profile//> Texas href=/profile//> A&M, href=/profile//> Georgia href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> others href=/profile//> whose href=/profile//> RPIs href=/profile//> aren’t href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now. href=/profile//>


-Today’s href=/profile//> highlighted href=/profile//> matchups href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> posted href=/profile//> sometime href=/profile//> later href=/profile//> today.

 
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