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2011 NCAA Tournament Bracketology: St. Mary's And The Pac-10 Hanging Around

Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation released his latest Bracketology Report for the 2011 NCAA Tournament and St. Mary's continues to represent for the Bay Area. The Gaels are currently sitting as a 10 seed in the Southwest region, matched up against seventh-seeded Vanderbilt. For comparison's sake, Joe Lunardi of ESPN also has them as a 10 seed in his Bracketology Report from yesterday. Lunardi has the Gaels facing Missouri in the Southeast region.

Saint Mary's is teetering on the bubble, but they also lead the West Coast Conference, which is what is keeping them locked into tournament projections at this point. It hosts Gonzaga this Thursday with the winner likely securing the WCC regular season title (barring epic meltdowns in their respective season finales. The regular season title could go a long way toward shoring up the Gaels postseason resume.

Cal and Stanford are on the outside looking in at this point and will have to win the Pac-10 tournament if they want to go dancing next month. At 14-13 and 13-13 respectively, they could end up in the Nit or CBI, but even those tournaments are potentially long-shots at this point.

The Pac-10 as a whole is currently projected to have three teams in the NCAA tournament. Arizona is just about a lock at this point, while Washington and UCLA will need some more wins to secure at-large consideration. Right now SB Nation's bracketology has Arizona as a five seed facing the winner of Colorado State and Richmond. Washington is listed as an eight seed facing CAA power Old Dominion and UCLA is also an eight seed facing UNLV from the Mountain West Conference.