The Washington Times - March 7, 2011, 10:36AM

Realistically, the Colonial Athletic Association has one path to earning three NCAA tournament bids: A Virginia Commonwealth victory over Old Dominion in Monday’s conference final.

Still, at this very moment, VCU could stake a claim to one of the final at-large berths.

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The scenarios change in another 11 hours or so. Either VCU earns its way into the field, or its profile takes a mild hit with a loss to the Monarchs. Between other borderline tournament teams getting the chance to improve their stock in the next week and potential conference tournament upsets, VCU would likely be headed for the NIT if it falls to Old Dominion.

Here’s today’s full 68-team field:

EAST REGION

Cleveland

(1) BIG TEN/Ohio State vs. (16) SWAC/Texas Southern-SUN BELT/Middle Tennessee
(8) Tennessee vs. (9) Washington

Tucson, Ariz.

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

Charlotte, N.C.

(3) ACC/North Carolina vs. (14) HORIZON/Wisconsin-Milwaukee
(6) Connecticut vs. (11) Gonzaga

Tucson, Ariz.

(2) San Diego State vs. (15) MID-AMERICAN/Kent State
(7) Cincinnati vs. (10) WESTERN ATHLETIC/Utah State

SOUTHWEST REGION

Tulsa, Okla.

(1) BIG 12/Kansas vs. (16) SOUTHLAND/McNeese-MEAC/Bethune-Cookman
(8) COLONIAL/Old Dominion vs. (9) Illinois

Washington

(4) Louisville vs. (13) SOUTHERN/College of Charleston
(5) Vanderbilt vs. (12) Boston College/Virginia Commonwealth

Washington

(3) Syracuse vs. (14) MISSOURI VALLEY/Indiana State
(6) Temple vs. (11) Butler

Chicago

(2) Purdue vs. (15) NORTHEAST/Long Island
(7) UCLA vs. (10) Georgia

SOUTHEAST BRACKET

Cleveland

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

Denver

(4) Wisconsin vs. (13) METRO ATLANTIC/Iona
(5) ATLANTIC 10/Xavier vs. (12) UAB

Tampa, Fla.

(3) SEC/Florida vs. (14) PATRIOT/Bucknell
(6) West Virginia vs. (11) WEST COAST/Saint Mary’s

Denver

(2) MOUNTAIN WEST/Brigham Young vs. (15) BIG WEST/Long Beach
(7) Texas A&M vs. (10) Marquette

WEST REGION

Chicago

(1) Notre Dame vs. (16) AMERICA EAST/Boston University
(8) UNLV vs. (9) George Mason

Tampa, Fla.

(4) Kentucky vs. (13) IVY/Harvard
(5) PAC-10/Arizona vs. (12) Clemson/Michigan State

Tulsa, Okla.

(3) Texas vs. (14) OHIO VALLEY/Morehead State
(6) Georgetown vs. (11) Michigan

Charlotte, N.C.

(2) Duke vs. (15) BIG SKY/Northern Colorado
(7) Villanova vs. (10) Richmond

Last four in: Virginia Commonwealth, Michigan State, Clemson, Boston College
Last four out: Virginia Tech, Colorado, Colorado State, Cleveland State
Next four out: Missouri State, Memphis, Penn State, Alabama

Moving in: Boston University, Harvard, Iona, Middle Tennessee, UNC Asheville, Virginia Commonwealth
Moving out: 
Coastal Carolina, Fairfield, Florida Atlantic, Princeton, Vermont, Virginia Tech

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