NCAA Bracket 2011 Predictions: Sweet 16 Bracket Predictions And Beyond

The Sweet Sixteen field is set and it's time to revisit the NCAA bracket. Check out a few predictions for the final four rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

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NCAA Bracket 2011: Sweet 16 Bracket And Schedule

The Sweet 16 has arrived as games tip-off on Thursday and Friday on the road to the Final Four. At the four regional sites across the country, these 16 teams will battle it out to advance in the bracket with the NCAA Championship in sight. We've seen plenty of bracket surprises and a good amount of chalk so far as the twists and turns of the NCAA Tournament have been aplenty over the first weekend.

Check out how the 16 survivors made it to the regional semifinals below, beginning with the schedule for the upcoming round. From the upset-laden Southeast region to the near-perfect West region, the NCAA Tournament has lived up to its March Madness billing.

For a clean look at the tournament, be sure to grab a 2011 NCAA Tournament printable bracket.

EAST REGION
No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Kentucky, Friday at 6:45 p.m. on CBS
No. 2 UNC vs. No. 11 Marquette, Friday at 4:15 p.m. on CBS

WEST REGION
No. 1 Duke Blue Devils vs. No. 5 Arizona Wildcats, Thursday at 6:45 p.m. on CBS
No. 2 San Diego State vs. No. 3 Connecticut Huskies, Thursday at 4:15 p.m. on CBS

SOUTHWEST REGION
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 12 Richmond Spiders, Friday at 4:27 p.m. on TBS
No. 10 Florida State Seminoles vs. No. 11 VCU Rams, Friday at 6:57 p.m. on TBS

SOUTHEAST REGION
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Butler, Thursday at 6:57 p.m. on TBS
No. 2 Florida vs. No. 3 BYU. Thursday at 4:27 p.m. on TBS

Round of 32

EAST REGION
No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 8 George Mason, 98-66
No. 4 Kentucky def. No. 5 WVU, 71-63
No. 2 UNC def. No. 7 Washington, 86-83
No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 11 Marquette

WEST REGION
No. 1 Duke Blue Devils def. No. 8 Michigan Wolverines, 73-71
No. 4 Texas Longhorns vs. No. 5 Arizona Wildcats
No. 3 Connecticut Huskies def. No. 6 Cincinnati Bearcats, 69-58
No. 2 San Diego State def. No. 7 Temple Owls, 71-64

SOUTHWEST REGION
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 9 Illinois Fighting Illini
No. 12 Richmond Spiders def. No. 13 Morehead St. Eagles, 65-48
No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers vs. No. 12 VCU Rams
No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. No. 10 Florida State Seminoles

SOUTHEAST REGION
No. 8 Butler def No. 1 Pittsburgh, 71-70
No. 4 Wisconsin def. No. 5 Kansas State, 70-65
No. 3 BYU def. No. 11 Gonzaga, 89-67
No. 2 Florida def. No. 7 UCLA, 73-65

To get a handle on what may happen this week, check out the rest of our Sweet Sixteen predictions StoryStream. To get caught up with the happenings from March Madness, check out our NCAA Tournament results StoryStream.

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NCAA Bracket 2011: Printable Sweet 16 Bracket Available Ahead Of Thursday's Games

After a long, three-day absence from March Madness, the NCAA Tournament kicks back off again on Thursday with the first four Sweet 16 games. The bracket it set, the matchups have been broken down and all that's left is the action on the court, set to tip-off beginning Thursday afternoon. Thee No. 1 seeds and four double-digit seeds are still alive, providing a nice balance of favorites and Cinderellas in this year's Sweet 16 bracket.

Grab a printable bracket ahead of the matchups to track all the winners and losers at home. Check your own bracket and start fresh to make brand new predictions ahead of the Sweet 16. From upsets to thrilling finishes, it's been madness in March already, and this weekend promises to be no exception.

So grab a bracket, sit back, relax and enjoy another four days of basketball. It all gets started at 4:15 p.m. on CBS as Kemba Walker and UConn take on San Diego State.

To see all of our updated projections, check out the rest of our Sweet Sixteen predictions StoryStream. To get caught up with the happenings from March Madness, check out our NCAA Tournament results StoryStream. We'll be tracking all the games again throughout the evening and over the course of the weekend.

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NCAA Bracket 2011: Rounding Up Sweet 16 Bracket Predictions

The NCAA Tournament gets back in action on Thursday with the beginning of the Sweet 16. With all the upsets and wild finishes, the break in the action has allowed us to revisit earlier predictions and revise our bracket ahead of this week’s Sweet 16 games, set to take place at regional sites across the country. Again this year, March Madness has lived up to its name, leaving brackets in its wake on the road to the Final Four.

We’ve made our own NCAA bracket predictions, but now it’s time to look at a few others. Over at SB Nation, each game has been broken down individually, ending with game-by-game predictions.

Florida State vs. VCU: Andy Hutchins has the Rams running Florida State ragged and taking home a 71-58 win.
UNC vs. Marquette: The Tarheels roll to an 81-68 win, using their star-power to overwhelm the Golden Eagles.
Kansas vs. Richmond: The Spiders have been a feel-good story thus far, but the dream run comes to an end in the Sweet 16.
Butler vs. Wisconsin: Last year’s Cinderella keeps the magic going with a win over Wisconsin.
UConn vs. San Diego State: Kemba Walker powers the Huskies to another win in the NCAA Tournament.
Duke vs. Arizona: Derrick Williams is nice, but the Blue Devils talent gets them to the Elite Eight.
Florida vs. BYU: The Gators team effort is too much for the Jimmer Fredette show.
Ohio State vs. Kentucky: The Buckeyes continue to roll and head into the Elite Eight as favorites to win it all.

Click the matchup links for a full rundown of the games, including players to watch and the rationale behind the picks.

The Sweet 16 gets underway on Thursday as teams battle it our for a spot in the Elite Eight. Check out the rest of our Sweet 16 predictions StoryStream for more picks.

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NCAA Bracket 2011: Final Four Predictions Updated Before Sweet 16

With the Sweet 16 bracket now known, we've been revising out original NCAA bracket predictions, using some of the knowledge gained over the first two rounds to start fresh. With as many upsets and bracket busters as there were ahead of the Sweet 16, the NCAA Tournament looks quite a bit different than originally predicted. Pittsburgh is gone, four double-digit seeds are in the Sweet 16 and a few teams are playing the role of spoiler.

You can find updated predictions for the WestEastSouthwest and Southeast regions in our NCAA bracket predictions StoryStream. Now, we're down to the Final Four and National Championship.

Grab a printable bracket and make your own predictions or keep track of all the action throughout the NCAA Tournament.

Final Four
No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks def. No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers. No. 3 vs. No. 4 in Ken Pomeroy's rankings, and I'd expect the Morris twins to roll here. Wisconsin has looked great thus far, but so has Kansas. Barring a major slip-up, the Jayhawks look like they're headed to the national title game.
No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes def. No. 1 Duke Blue Devils. If we're looking at this on paper, the Ohio State-Duke game is the de facto National Championship. These are the two teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 by Ken Pomeroy, and they're played like it over the first two rounds. Ohio State continues to look completely dominant, with weapons to slay teams all over the court. Shut one down and another two pop up. Against Duke, I like the Buckeyes.

National Championship
No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 1 Kansas. I still get the feeling whichever team comes out of the left side of the bracket will take the title home, but Ohio State is the hot hand and has the talent. If this matchup comes to pass, it should be a great one, but I'd expect Ohio State to cut down the nets.

To see all of our updated projections, check out the rest of our Sweet Sixteen predictions StoryStream. To get caught up with the happenings from March Madness, check out our NCAA Tournament results StoryStream.

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NCAA Bracket 2011: Printable Sweet 16 Bracket Live At SB Nation

Still trying to get caught up on the latest NCAA bracket? Did you own bracket fall apart over the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament? If so, it might be time to grab another bracket and start all over again, redoing predictions beginning with the Sweet 16. Just like fantasy football created specifically for the playoffs, the NCAA Tournament allows us to start fresh or pick the predictions up all over again in the regional semifinals.

We've been recalibrating our own predictions after a few of the surprising upsets over the course of the first weekend of March Madness and you can too. Pick up the latest 2011 NCAA Tournament printable bracket and see if you can correctly pick winners over the next four rounds, all the way through the NCAA championship. While clutching the original brackets is fun, creating another bracket beginning with the Sweet 16 is even better, and adds intrigue to those games none of us could have predicted.

So grab a bracket, check your own bracket and make those predictions for the Sweet 16.

To see our updated projections, check out the rest of our Sweet Sixteen predictions StoryStream as we update the bracket leading up to Thursday's games. To get caught up with the happenings from March Madness, check out our NCAA Tournament results StoryStream.

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Obama's Bracket Among The Best In ESPN Bracket Challenge

Feel terrible about the state of your bracket after the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament? Don’t worry, we all do. But one person that doesn’t is President Barack Obama, leader of the free world and, apparently, bracket expert. Obama’s bracket is one of the nation’s best ahead of the Sweet Sixteen, in the 99.9th percentile in ESPN’s bracket challenge. For a man many say is too busy to enjoy as much college basketball as the rest of us, it’s an impressive feat, to say the least.

Obama nailed the West region in his bracket, correctly picking Duke, Arizona, Connecticut and San Diego State to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. In the Southeast, he lost one of his Final Four teams as Pittsburgh fell to Butler while also missing on Wisconsin. The Southwest region is a mess, just like the rest of the nation’s — even Obama couldn’t predict Richmond, VCU and Florida State making the Sweet Sixteen. Finally, the East region was near-perfect, with only Marquette spoiling Obama’s chance at perfection in the region.

In total, Obama has 490 points in the ESPN bracket challenge thus far, earning him bragging rights in the college basketball world. Meanwhile, my own bracket is on fire and a heaping mess after the first two rounds. You can check out our Sweet Sixteen predictions to get a handle on the next two rounds, or it may be safer to just follow Obama’s at this point.

Grab your own printable bracket and keep track of all the scores as March Madness rolls on. If your bracket is dead, why not start from scratch in the Sweet Sixteen and try again? The printable bracket has been updated to reflect all the latest changes, and is up-to-date with Sunday’s results.

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NCAA Bracket 2011: Southeast Region Sweet 16 Predictions

The Southeast region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket is the only region without its No. 1 seed after the first weekend of games. The Pittsburgh Panthers were the first No. 1 to fall victim to an upset, losing to Butler after a wild, controversial finish. The rest of the seeds held true to form as Wisconsin, BYU and Florida all made it through to the Sweet Sixteen.

With time to reset and reevaluate, let’s take another look at the Southeast region, making predictions along the way. Grab your own printable bracket and get to work making your own predictions ahead of Thursday’s Sweet Sixteen matchups.

Southeast Region
No. 4 Wisconsin over No. 8 Butler, 63-60. If there’s one thing we should’ve learned by now, it’s to never count the Bulldogs out. After a dream run to the NCAA Tournament championship game last year, Butler is back again, looking to recapture some of the magic. Would I be surprised to see Butler advance to the Elite Eight? Not at all. But I’ll take Wisconsin to squeak by this time around.

No. 3 BYU over No. 2 Florida, 76-75.The Jimmer Fredette show has been impressive in the NCAA Tournament, but so have the Gators. I could see this game going either way as it comes down to the last possession. So, again, who would you rather have in crunch time? For my money, it’s Fredette.

Southeast Region Finals
No. 4 Wisconsin over No. 3 BYU, 62-59. The Badgers are known for their slow-down pace that can sometimes drag on opponents and audiences alike. But Wisconsin is deadly efficient on the offensive end, posting a 125 offensive efficiency on the year, the second-best mark in the country. With Jon Leuer inside and Jordan Taylor outside, I like Wisconsin’s chances to stop Fredette and the Cougars in the Elite Eight.

Stay with our Sweet Sixteen predictions StoryStream as we update the bracket throughout the day.. To get caught up with the happenings from March Madness, check out our NCAA Tournament results StoryStream.

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NCAA Bracket 2011: Sweet 16 Bracket Predictions, Southwest Region

The Southwest region of the NCAA bracket looks like a bomb went off and Kansas came stumbling out of the rubble with three battered and bruised underdog friends. The Jayhawks were the only single-digit seed to advance to the Sweet 16 out of the Southwest as upsets came left and right throughout the first weekend. Joining the Jayhawks are three double-digit seeds: No. 10 Florida State, No. 11 VCU and No. 12 Richmond. Just like we all predicted.

Calling the Southwest region this year’s bracket buster would be an understatement. The region, and its four Sweet 16 teams, obliterated brackets on the first weekend. With that in mind, let’s revisit the predictions and make some new ones.

Grab a 2011 NCAA Tournament printable bracket and make your own predictions this week in preparation for Thursday’s games.

Southwest Region
No. 1 Kansas over No. 12 Richmond Spiders. The Spiders have been a nice story, but Kansas rolls in this one. The Jayhawks look destined for a Final Four appearance, but if there’s one glimmer of hope for Richmond, it’s Kansas’ face-plant against Northern Iowa in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
No. 11 VCU Rams over No. 10 Florida State Seminoles, 70-68. I said VCU didn’t belong in the NCAA Tournament last week. I was wrong. I wasn’t just wrong, I was so very wrong that I’m not sure what right even is anymore. Three dominant performances later, the Rams are in the Sweet 16 and look like the hot hand in this year’s March Madness. They’ve got momentum and a chip on their shoulder, a dangerous combination.

Southwest Region Final
No. 1 Kansas over No. 11 VCU, 72-64. The VCU run ends here as Kansas coasts to the Final Four. It’s been fun for the Rams, but Kansas just looks like the better team in every aspect of the game.

Stay with our Sweet Sixteen predictions StoryStream as we update the bracket throughout the day.. To get caught up with the happenings from March Madness, check out our NCAA Tournament results StoryStream.

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2011 NCAA Basketball Bracket Predictions: West Region Sweet 16 Bracket Picks

Like the East region, the West region of the NCAA bracket wasn’t filled with mammoth upsets and teams crashing the Sweet Sixteen party. All the big names are there as Duke, Arizona, San Diego State and Connecticut advanced to the second weekend after surviving tough tests in the first two rounds.

With the Sweet Sixteen set to tip off on Thursday, it’s time to revisit and revise our earlier predictions. Next up: The West region. Grab your own printable bracket and get to work making your own predictions as we wait for March Madness to ramp up again.

West Region
No. 1 Duke Blue Devils over No. 5 Arizona Wildcats, 80-70. Derrick Williams is a monster for the Wildcats, but Duke has been outstanding this year. With Nolan Smith peaking and Kyrie Irving back in the fold, the Blue Devils look like a formidable foe in the NCAA Tournament. Arizona’s run ends here at the hands of Duke.
No. 3 Connecticut Huskies over No. 2 San Diego State, 65-64. Yes, San Diego State struggled in the round of 32 and was plagued by late-game execution problems. Yes, Kemba Walker is outstanding, clutch and any other word you’d like to throw out describing him. What’s it all mean? I expect a close game that comes down to the final few possessions. Who ya got? I’ll take Kemba every day of the week.

West Region Finals
No. 1 Duke Blue Devils over No. 3 Connecticut Huskies, 76-72. Walker and Jeremy Lamb are both outstanding players, but Duke simply has too many weapons. From Smith and Irving on the outside to Kyle Singler and the Plumlee brothers, the Blue Devils have enough solid players to give the Huskies fits in the regional finals with a spot in the Final Four on the line.

Stay with our Sweet Sixteen predictions StoryStream as we update the bracket throughout the day.. To get caught up with the happenings from March Madness, check out our NCAA Tournament results StoryStream.

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NCAA Bracket Predictions 2011: East Region Sweet 16 Predictions

Unlike many of the other regions in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the East region went mostly according to plan. Of the top-four seeds, three made it through to the Sweet Sixteen, with only Marquette spoiling the party with a win over Syracuse in the round of 32.

Here’s a look at the regional bracket, with projections for the regional semifinals and finals. Grab your own printable bracket and put together those predictions ahead of Thursday’s games.

East Region
No. 1 Ohio State over No. 4 Kentucky, 75-70. The Buckeyes have looked flat dominant thus far en route to the Sweet Sixteen. Kentucky, on the other hand, has struggled, but still managed to survive and advance out of the first weekend. This time around, it should be Ohio State, though Kentucky’s talent should keep the game closer.
No. 2 UNC over No. 11 Marquette, 76-74. Marquette has been one of the surprises of March Madness with its run through the first weekend of the tournament. The Golden Eagles are on fire, with wins over Xavier and Syracuse under their belt. But North Carolina has looked good over the first two rounds and a tough win over Washington has me convinced the Tar Heels can handle Marquette.

East Region Finals
No. 1 Ohio State over No. 2 UNC, 86-82. Again, the Buckeyes are just too much. Ohio State has shown the ability to beat teams from every angle and with a variety of players. Harrison Barnes is amazing for the Tar Heels, but Ohio State’s multi-faceted attack, including Jared Sullinger, is going to be tough for anyone to slow down.

Stay with our Sweet Sixteen predictions StoryStream as we update the bracket throughout the day.. To get caught up with the happenings from March Madness, check out our NCAA Tournament results StoryStream.

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NCAA Bracket 2011 Predictions: Sweet 16 Bracket Predictions And Beyond

By now, many NCAA brackets are in shambles after favorites fell and underdogs prevailed on the first weekend of March Madness. No. 1 seed Pitt, a trendy Final Four pick out of the Southeast region, is out of the NCAA Tournament after Butler pulled a last-second upset on Saturday. The Southwest region is also a mess with Kansas, the No. 1 seed, and four double-digit seeds advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.

With so many brackets destroyed, it's probably time to rethink some of the NCAA bracket predictions ahead of the next round. Sure, the initial bracket competitions are fun, but with so many drawing near-dead, Sweet Sixteen competitions are sprouting up as fans start anew.

Grab a printable bracket with the latest updates and get to work filling it out again. Our old picks can be found in our NCAA Tournament bracket predictions StoryStream. Feel free to laugh, cry or shout obscenities while looking those over.

In the meantime, we'll be updating our predictions from the Sweet Sixteen to the National Championship in this StoryStream throughout the day. To get caught up with the happenings from March Madness, check out our NCAA Tournament results StoryStream.

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