- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 8, 2007

The final spot in the field came down to Texas Tech, Purdue and Maryland. All three have their share of flaws. Texas Tech has lost four straight, including setbacks against Missouri and Nebraska. Purdue has some solid wins (Virginia, Illinois and Michigan State) but has accomplished nothing of note in a true road environment. Maryland has a comparable profile to Purdue right down to the RPI (40 to the Boilermakers’ 39), but is about as erratic a team as there is.

The choice was Texas Tech, basically because the Red Raiders beat Texas A&M; and Kansas. Beating those two teams anywhere is an accomplishment, but Bob Knight’s team would be wise to collect some more wins before Selection Sunday.

EAST RUTHERFORD BRACKET

Winston-Salem, N.C.

(1) ACC/North Carolina vs. (16) ATLANTIC SUN/East Tennessee State

(8) Stanford vs. (9) Vanderbilt

Spokane, Wash.

(4) WAC/Nevada vs. (13) SoCON/Davidson

(5) Air Force vs. (12) Texas Tech

Spokane, Wash.

(3) Oregon vs. (14) BIG WEST/Long Beach State

(6) Oklahoma State vs. (11) Georgia Tech

Buffalo, N.Y.

(2) BIG EAST/Pittsburgh vs. (15) IVY/Penn

(7) Alabama vs. (10) Illinois

SAN ANTONIO BRACKET

New Orleans

(1) SEC/Florida vs. (16) NEC/Central Connecticut State-BIG SKY/Weber State

(8) Arizona vs. (9) UNLV

Winston-Salem, N.C.

(4) Duke vs. (13) BIG SOUTH/Winthrop

(5) Indiana vs. (12) West Virginia

Columbus, Ohio

(3) Kansas vs. (14) MID-CONTINENT/Oakland

(6) Clemson vs. (11) Michigan State

Chicago

(2) Marquette vs.(15) METRO ATLANTIC/Marist

(7) Creighton vs. (10) Arkansas

ST. LOUIS BRACKET

Chicago

(1) BIG TEN/Wisconsin vs. (16) MEAC/Delaware State

(8) Tennessee vs. (9) Notre Dame

Sacramento, Calif.

(4) Washington State vs. (13) SOUTHLAND/Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi

(5) Boston College vs. (12) ATLANTIC 10/Massachusetts

Columbus, Ohio

(3) HORIZON/Butler vs. (14) AMERICA EAST/Vermont

(6) MISSOURI VALLEY/Southern Illinois vs. (11) Villanova

New Orleans

(2) BIG 12/Texas A&M; vs. (15) SUN BELT/South Alabama

(7) Florida State vs. (10) Southern California

SAN JOSE BRACKET

Sacramento, Calif.

(1) PAC-10/UCLA vs. (16) SWAC/Jackson State

(8) Texas vs. (9) Missouri State

Buffalo, N.Y.

(4) Kentucky vs. (13) PATRIOT/Holy Cross’

(5) Virginia vs. (12) CAA/Virginia Commonwealth

Lexington, Ky.

(3) C-USA/Memphis vs. (14) MAC/Akron

(6) Georgetown vs. (11) WCC/Gonzaga

Lexington, Ky.

(2) Ohio State vs. (15) OVC/Austin Peay

(7) MOUNTAIN WEST/Brigham Young vs. (10) Virginia Tech

Buffalo: Pittsburgh, Kentucky

Winston-Salem: North Carolina, Duke

Lexington: Ohio State, Memphis

New Orleans: Florida, Texas A&M;

Chicago: Wisconsin, Marquette

Columbus: Kansas, Butler

Spokane: Oregon, Nevada

Sacramento: UCLA, Washington State

Last four in: Texas Tech, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia

Last four out: Maryland, Purdue, Kansas State, Xavier

Next four out: Providence, Syracuse, Drexel, Northern Iowa

Moving in: Akron, Brigham Young, Georgia Tech, Marist, Massachusetts, Oakland, Weber State

Moving out: George Washington, Georgia, Idaho State, Loyola (Md.), Maryland, Oral Roberts, Toledo

Multiple-bid leagues: ACC (8), SEC (6), Big East (6), Pac-10 (6), Big 12 (5), Big Ten (5), Missouri Valley (3), Mountain West (3)

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