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Projecting the Tournament: Feb. 10 edition

February 10, 2009  |  By Benjamin Miraski

Joe Lunardi has gone to twice-weekly predictions so we are going to step up our predictions of the tournament winners also. It is a little scary how close the MRI is to predicting the same teams into the tournament as Lunardi this season.

Either the MRI is improving in its ratings of teams, the league is just that balanced that almost anything can be correct, or Lunardi has gone off his rocker.

Whatever reason you choose, it is always a fun prediction.

Let's go to the brackets (Using Lunardi's Monday, Feb. 9 bracket and the MRI through games of Feb. 8):

One and Done:
Midwest: Morgan State, San Diego State, Kansas State, Western Kentucky, USC, East Tennessee State, Miami, Sam Houston
West: Alabama State, Princeton, Utah, Arizona, Northeastern, Utah State, Long Beach State, Minnesota, Holy Cross
South: Morehead State, Virginia Tech, Siena, Northern Iowa, UNLV, North Dakota State, Boston College, Weber State
East: Boston University, Florida State, BYU, Buffalo, Kentucky, Robert Morris, Dayton, VMI

Two and Out:
Midwest: West Virginia, Illinois, Tennessee, Texas
West: Davidson, Ohio State, Gonzaga, Minnesota
South: Arizona State, Purdue, Florida, Cal
East: LSU, Missouri, Butler, Syracuse

Sweet Sixteen Departures:
Midwest:Washington, Louisville
West: Xavier, Kansas
South: Villanova, Marquette
East: UCLA, Wake Forest

Not-So-Elite Eight:
Midwest: Clemson
West: Pittsburgh
South: Oklahoma
East: Memphis

Final Four Matchups:
Connecticut vs. Duke -- Winner: Duke
Michigan State vs. North Carolina -- Winner: North Carolina

National Champion: North Carolina

The MRI Rankings are copyright 2009 by MRISports.com. Ben Miraski is a freelance reporter, edits and writes for MRISports.com and is a featured blogger on FanIQ. He also is the Northwestern Wildcats Examiner for Examiner.com. Readers can contact Ben at bmiraski@mrisports.com


Posted February 10, 2009 6:37 PM