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Projecting the Tournament: Feb. 17 edition

February 17, 2009  |  By Benjamin Miraski

If Duke's recent failures haven't harmed them in the MRI (yet), they certainly are starting to feel sting in Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology (Through games of Sunday, Feb. 15).

The Blue Devils have fallen to a No. 3 seed. And if that wasn't bad enough, they are in the East region with two other top 5 MRI teams: Connecticut and Memphis.

As a result, Duke goes from being a team playing in the finals last Friday, to a team that is eliminated in their Sweet Sixteen game. That is quite a ways to fall, and it doesn't help that they continue to slip in the MRI rankings.

There is only one 12-5 upset this projection, an Arizona win over Ohio State.

The Buckeye loss doesn't bode well for the Big Ten. Even with six teams in the tournament, only one, Michigan State, manages to make it to the second weekend of the tournament.

But you can check it all out in the latest bracket prognostication.

On to the brackets:

One and Done:
Midwest: Radford, Minnesota, UNLV, Northern Iowa, Boston College, American, Utah State, Sam Houston
West: Morehead State, Alabama State, South Carolina, Ohio State, Buffalo, Miami, Weber State, Kentucky, Robert Morris
South: Cal State Northridge, Virginia Tech, Siena, Northeastern, San Diego State, North Dakota State, Florida, Cornell
East: Morgan State, Florida State, Providence, Arkansas-Little Rock, Syracuse, Vermont, Wisconsin, Jacksonville

Two and Out:
Midwest: Dayton, Marquette, Tennessee, Arizona State
West: Texas, Arizona, Gonzaga, Butler
South: Utah, Illinois, Cal, Wake Forest
East: Davidson, Purdue, BYU, LSU

Sweet Sixteen Departures:
Midwest: UCLA, Louisville
West: Clemson, Kansas
South: Villanova, Xavier
East: Washington, Duke

Not-So-Elite Eight:
Midwest: Missouri
West: Michigan State
South: West Virginia
East: Connecticut

Final Four Matchups:
Memphis vs. Pittsburgh -- Winner: Pittsburgh
North Carolina vs. Oklahoma -- 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 17, 2009 10:00 AM