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NCAA Bracket Predictions 2011: Where The Local Teams Will Wind Up

We'll be using this thread to compile all the 2011 NCAA Bracket Predictions into one convenient place. If anyone out there has an opinion of the Tournament, you'll be able to find it here. But before we get to any of the professional prognosticators, I'll give you my take on where the local teams are going to end up.

Georgetown: The Hoyas earned a No. 6 seed and will face the winner of the VCU/USC in the first round. I think they will advance past that game fairly easily, no matter who the opponent is. In the next game they will likely face Purdue, which will be an extremely tough test for them. They have a perimeter scoring threat in E'Twuan Moore and a big man that's hard to stop in JuJuan Johnson. There is a very real chance that their tournament run ends here. A win would mean a game against Notre Dame. Depending on how healthy Chris Wright is, I think that the Sweet Sixteen is about as far as the Hoyas get this year.

George Mason: Mason will face Villanova in the first round. The Wildcats are in a free fall right now, and were bumped from the Big East Tournament in the first round. That might be a bad thing for Mason, as it could help inspire them. But if they advance past Villanova, they will probably lose to Ohio St. in the next round.

Richmond: We all know that there are always a few 12-5 upsets every year. I think this could be one of them. I don't have a ton of faith in Vanderbilt and I think the Spiders could score an upset here. Unfortunately, I don't think that they have much of a chance against Louisville in the next round.

VCU: I have a rule in the brackets that I participate in that the first play-in games don't count. VCU could advance past USC, or they could not. I would think not, based on how unqualified they appear to be. But either way, I don't think USC advances past Georgetown in the first round.