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Projecting the Tournament: March 2 Edition

March 2, 2009  |  By Benjamin Miraski

Ok, so earlier today, I said that Oklahoma wouldn't make the Final Four. But a lot depends on the seeding...

And it appears that Joe Lunardi decided to prove me wrong and seed Oklahoma as the best team in the South. No team that the computer has better than Oklahoma is in that region, which is a shock since so many teams from the Big East are up there.

So Oklahoma proves me wrong and wins the South to get to the Final Four.

Thanks Joe.

I think the most interesting part of today's outcomes is the fate of all those bubble teams.

Choose any of them that you think is close to making the tournament.

Then look for that team in the "One and Done" category; I almost guarantee it is there.

It just goes to show you that no matter how much arguing and complaining you do, most of those teams on the bubble don't belong in the tournament in the first place.

Of course because I wrote that we will have a "George Mason"-like run this season now.

Enjoy the brackets

One and Done:
Midwest: Radford, Alabama State, UNLV, Penn State, Western Kentucky, Florida State, Stephen Austin, Kentucky, Morgan State
West: Tennessee-Martin, South Carolina, Arizona, Northern Iowa, Utah State, Weber State, Virginia Tech, Jacksonville
South: Cal State Northridge, Boston College, Providence, Virginia Commonwealth, Siena, American, Ohio State, Binghamton
East: Bowling Green, Wisconsin, Miami, North Dakota State, Syracuse, Cornell, Oklahoma State, Robert Morris

Two and Out:
Midwest: Texas, Xavier, Davidson, Cal
West: BYU, Purdue, Gonzaga, West Virginia
South: Dayton, Illinois, Arizona State, Utah
East: Butler, UCLA, Creighton, Tennessee

Sweet Sixteen Departures:
Midwest: Clemson, Villanova
West: Marquette, Washington
South: LSU, Wake Forest
East: Missouri, Michigan State

Not-So-Elite Eight:
Midwest: Kansas
West: Memphis
South: Louisville
East: Connecticut

Final Four Matchups:
Duke vs. Pittsburgh -- Winner: Pittsburgh
Oklahoma vs. North Carolina -- Winner: North Carolina

National Champion: North Carolina

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Posted March 2, 2009 4:54 PM