The Washington Times - March 10, 2011, 09:54AM

Just four days of games (and only 80 hours or so) remain between now and the unveiling of the NCAA tournament bracket.

One thing that seems certain: The cut line probably can’t get much softer.

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Yes, there were conference tournament upsets earlier this week. But for the purposes of borderline tournament teams, those surprises occurred in the right conferences – one-bid leagues stuck shuffling their regular season champs off to the NIT.

As for an updated field of 68? It includes pretty much every team worthy of inclusion, and probably a few that aren’t.

EAST REGION

Cleveland

(1) BIG TEN/Ohio State vs. (16) SUN BELT/Arkansas-Little Rock-SWAC/Texas Southern
(8) Villanova vs. (9) George Mason

Tucson, Ariz.

(4) St. John’s vs. (13) SUMMIT/Oakland
(5) Kansas State vs. (12) Clemson

Charlotte, N.C.

(3) ACC/North Carolina vs. (14) NORTHEAST/Long Island
(6) West Virginia vs. (11) Georgia

Tucson, Ariz.

(2) San Diego State vs. (15) METRO ATLANTIC/Saint Peter’s
(7) Texas A&M vs. (10) Richmond

SOUTHWEST REGION

Tulsa, Okla.

(1) BIG 12/Kansas vs. (16) SOUTHLAND/McNeese State-MEAC/Bethune-Cookman
(8) UNLV vs. (9) Marquette

Washington

(4) Louisville vs. (13) ATLANTIC SUN/Belmont
(5) Vanderbilt vs. (12) Michigan State/Virginia Commonwealth

Washington

(3) Syracuse vs. (14) MID-AMERICAN/Kent State
(6) Temple vs. (11) Boston College

Chicago

(2) Purdue vs. (15) BIG WEST/Long Beach
(7) UCLA vs. (10) WESTERN ATHLETIC/Utah State

SOUTHEAST REGION

Cleveland

(1) BIG EAST/Pittsburgh vs. (16) BIG SOUTH/UNC Asheville
(8) COLONIAL/Old Dominion vs. (9) Florida State

Denver

(4) Wisconsin vs. (13) IVY/Harvard
(5) ATLANTIC 10/Xavier vs. (12) CONFERENCE USA/UAB

Tampa, Fla.

(3) SOUTHEASTERN/Florida vs. (14) MISSOURI VALLEY/Indiana State
(6) PAC-10/Arizona vs. (11) Michigan

Denver

(2) MOUNTAIN WEST/Brigham Young vs. (15) BIG SKY/Northern Colorado
(7) Georgetown vs. (10) HORIZON/Butler

WEST REGION

Chicago

(1) Notre Dame vs. (16) AMERICA EAST/Boston University
(8) Missouri vs. (9) Washington

Tampa, Fla.

(4) Kentucky vs. (13) OHIO VALLEY/Morehead State
(5) Connecticut vs. (12) Virginia Tech/Saint Mary’s

Tulsa, Okla.

(3) Texas vs. (14) PATRIOT/Bucknell
(6) Cincinnati vs. (11) WEST COAST/Gonzaga

Charlotte, N.C.

(2) Duke vs. (15) SOUTHERN/Wofford
(7) Tennessee vs. (10) Illinois

Last four in: Michigan State, Virginia Commonwealth, Virginia Tech, Saint Mary’s
Last four out: Colorado State, Colorado, Cleveland State, Missouri State
Next four out: Oklahoma State, Memphis, Penn State, Alabama

Moving in: Arkansas-Little Rock, Saint Mary’s
Moving out: North Texas, Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Conference call: Big East (11), ACC (6), Big Ten (6), Big 12 (5), Southeastern (5), Atlantic 10 (3), Colonial (3), Mountain West (3), Pac-10 (3), West Coast (2)

Patrick Stevens