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From The Dugout

By Keith LeClair

Baseball Bracketology

Well folks, it's that time of year again, as the road to Omaha is paved more clearly for 64 teams who will be announced Monday. I am now going to take the challenge and see how close I am in predicting the 64 teams into seeds and give you the bracket for East Carolina.

Please, no hate mail. One thing you need to understand is the NCAA is trying to cut back on the number of teams they put in the air to fly to different regional sites, so that's why more local teams within driving distance will be bracketed together.

This will be a lot of work and fun, so if you don't like what you see, remember it all becomes official on ESPN2 Monday.

Automatic Bids (teams who won or I think will win their conference tournaments):

1. American East: Maine
2. ACC: Georgia tech
3. Atlantic Sun: Central Florida
4. Atlantic 10: Richmond
5. Big East: Notre Dame
6. Big South: Coastal Carolina
7. Big Ten: Minnesota
8. Big XII: Oklahoma State
9. Big West: Long Beach State
10. CAA: UNC-Wilmington
11. Conference USA: East Carolina
12. Horizon: Illinois-Chicago
13. Ivy: Princeton
14. Metro Atlantic: Lemoyne
15. MAC: Eastern Michigan
16. Mid-Continent: Oral Roberts
17. Mid-Eastern: Bethune-Cookman
18. Missouri Valley: Creighton
19. Mountain West: San Diego State
20. Northeast: Central Connecticut State
21. Ohio Valley: Eastern Illinois
22. Pac 10: Stanford
23. Patriot: Army
24. SEC: South Carolina
25. Southern: Western Carolina
26. Southland: Lamar
27. Southwestern: Texas Southern
28. Sun Belt: Middle Tennessee State
29. West Coast: Loyola Marymount
30. WAC: Rice

At-Large Berths (in no particular order):

1. LSU
2. Georgia
3. Arkansas
4. Ole Miss
5. Vanderbilt
6. Florida
7. Tennessee
8. Florida State
9. Clemson
10. Virginia
11. NC State
12. North Carolina
13. Washington
14. Arizona
15. Cal State Fullerton
16. Arizona State
17. Southern Miss
18. Houston
19. Tulane
20. Texas A&M
21. Oklahoma
22. Texas Tech
23. Texas
24. Nebraska
25. Missouri
26. College of Charleston
27. Florida Atlantic
28. Birmingam Southern
29. Wichita state
30. UC Irvine
31. Mississippi State
32. St. Johns
33. UCLA
34. Miami

Close but no cigars:

- George Mason
- Auburn
- Rutgers

Top eight national seeds:

1. Texas
2. Miami
3. Stanford
4. South Carolina
5. LSU
6. East Carolina
7. Georgia Tech
8. Rice

Other No. 1 seeds:

9. Arizona State
10. Cal State Fullerton
11. Georgia
12. Ole Miss
13. Florida State
14. Notre Dame
15. Virginia
16. Arkansas

Kinston, NC Regional:

1. East Carolina
2. North Carolina (reason being, the two teams have not played one another during the season)
3. Coastal Carolina
4. Army

This was a lot of work, but I enjoyed putting it together and I will let everyone else speculate on the other 15 brackets. Until Monday, don't get stressed out, it will not matter who stands in the eye of the Pirates way on the road to Omaha.

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02.23.07 10:27 AM


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