Monday, May 14, 2012

The teams for the NCAA 2009 Tournament have been released and millions are frantically trying to perfect their brackets!

I have broken down the teams into their regions and matchups to help you compare to make your own brackets! And if you are interested in joining my free online bracket pool, head to Stiletto Sports NCAA Brackets on Yahoo Sports! Free to join and no experience needed! Pick you teams based on your fave colors, mascots and vacation spots!

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The East Region

I have broken the teams down by First Round matchups, in order by ranking per region. Each matchup gives the game date and location as well as the info on the teams, their ranks, their overall record of wins/losses for the season, conference info and a bunch of key facts and figures! But please bear with me while I finish compiling the lists and organizing the data! Some of the schools are missing data but will be up asap! Check back soon!

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#1 Pittsburgh (28-4)

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  • Big East
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Nickname: Panthers
  • Mascot: Roc the Panthers
  • School Colors: Blue and Gold
  • Coach: Jamie Dixon
  • Rivals: West Virginia
  • Fanatical Fans: The Oakland Zoo. Pitts fans have been ranked the top in country and labeled “phenomenal” and “formidable.” Oakland refers to the neighborhood in Pitts where the college is.

#16 E. Tennessee St. (23-10)east-tennessee

  • Atlantic Sun Champs
  • Location: Johnson City, Tenn
  • Nickname: Buccaneers
  • Mascot: Pepper the Parrot and Buckey the Pirate
  • School Colors: Navy and Old Gold
  • Claim to Fame: country star Kenny Chesney graduated from ETSU!
  • Coach: Murray Bartow
  • Players:

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#2 Duke (28-6)duke-blue-devils

  • ACC Champs
  • Location: Durham, North Carolina
  • Nickname: Blue Devils
  • School Colors: Royal (Duke) Blue and White
  • Coach: Coach K, Mike Krzyzewski
  • Fanatical Fans: The Cameron Crazies. You do not mess with these people. They will f&%$ you up.
  • Rivals: UNC. It’s known as the Tobacco Road rivalry and is quite possibly the most famous war in sports.

#15 Binghamton (23-8)binghamton

  • American East Champ
  • Location: Binghamton, NY (technically Vestal but I’m from NY and I don’t even know where that is)
  • Mascot:  Bearcats
  • School Colors: Dark Green, Black, White
  • Coach: Kevin Broadus
  • Players: D.J. Rivera, leads the AEC in scoring.
  • Facts: They are on an 11 game winning streak going into the tourney!

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#3 Villanova (26-7)nova

  • Big East
  • Location: Villanova, PA
  • Nickname: Wildcats
  • Mascot: Will D. Cat
  • School Colors: Blue and White
  • Coach: Jay Wright
  • Rivals: Part of the Philadelphia Big 5, which is the rivalry between the schools of the city. “The Holy War” is the battle between Nova and St Joseph’s.
  • Claim to Fame: When the famous Liberty Bell cracked, a new one was made called “the Sister Bell.”  Nova proudly houses the bell on their campus

#14 American (24-7)american-eagles

  • Patriot Champs
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Mascot: Eagles. That’s right, they are the American Eagles!
  • School Colors: Red, white & blue of course!
  • Coach: Jeff Jones
  • Notable Alumni: Courtney Love and Girl Next Door & DWTS Star Holly Madison

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#4 Xavier (25-7)xavier

#13 Portland State (23-9)portland-state

  • Big Sky Champs
  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Nickname: Vikings
  • Mascot: Victor E. Viking
  • School Colors: Green, White, Silver
  • Coach: Ken Bone
  • Notable Alumni: Courtney Love and Girl Next Door & DWTS Star Holly Madison

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#5 FSU: Florida State University (25-9)fsu-logo

  • ACC
  • Location: Tallahassee, Florida
  • Nicknames: Seminoles, Noles
  • School Colors: Garnet and Gold
  • Coach: Leonard Hamilton
  • Players:
  • Fact: You know the movie Super Troopers? The stretch of highway they are “protecting” is I-10, the highway that leads to Tallahassee!

#12 Wisconsin (19-12)wisconsin-badgers-logo

  • Big 10
  • Location: Madison, WI
  • Nickname: Badgers
  • Mascot: Bucky the Badger
  • School Colors: Cardinal and White
  • Coach: Bo Ryan
  • Claim to Fame: Was ranked “#1 Party School” in 2006 by Playboy!
  • Fanatical Fans: Known as the Grateful Red. Quite possibly because they sucked for a long time but don’t anymore.

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#6 UCLA (25-8)ucla

  • Pac-10
  • Location: University of California Los Angeles
  • Nickname: The Bruins
  • What is a Bruin: It’s a fancy-schmancy old skool name for a Brown Bear.
  • Mascot: Joe and Josephine Bruin
  • School Colors: Blue and Gold
  • Coach: Ben Howland
  • Fun Facts: The Bruins have a total of 11 National Championships, more than anyone else! They also are the only team to have over 100 NCAA championships!
  • Rivals: USC
  • Fame: Jackie Robinson, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, Troy Aikman, Chase Utley, Francis Ford Coppola, Carol Burnett, Marilyn Monroe, Ben Stiller, Sarah Baralleis, movie musical composer John Williams, Brooke Burke and Steve Urkel himself, Jaleel White!

#11 VCU: Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy (24-9)vcu-rams

  • Colonial Champs
  • Location: Richmond, VA
  • Nickname: Rams
  • Mascot: Rodney the Rams
  • School Colors: Black & Gold
  • Coach: Anthony Grant
  • Fame: the original “Patch” Adams, author David Baldacci

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#7 Texas (21-11)texas-longhorns-logo

  • Big 12
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Nickname: Longhorns
  • Mascot: Bevo the Longhorn Steer
  • School Colors: Burnt Orange and White
  • Fan Slogan: “Hook ‘Em Horns!”
  • Coach: Rick Barnes
  • Rivals: Texas A&M and Oklahoma
  • Fame: Janis Joplin, Matthew McConaughey!!

#10 Minnesota(22-10)minnesota-golden-gophers

  • Big Ten
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minn
  • Nickname: Golden Gopher
  • Mascot: Goldy Gopher
  • School Colors: Maroon and Gold
  • Coach: Tubby Smith
  • Fame: Hello….. they are in Minnesota, land of Mall of America! That’s all I need to know!

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#8 Oklahoma State (22-11)oklahoma-state-cowboys-logo

  • Big 12
  • Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Nickname: Cowboys
  • Mascot: Pistol Pete
  • School Colors: Orange and Black
  • Coach: Travis Ford
  • Rivals: Oklahoma
  • Fame: Garth Brooks, yee haw!

#9 Tennessee (21-12)tennessee-volunteers-logo

  • SEC
  • Location: Knoxsville, Tenn
  • Nickname: Volunteers.  That’s just plain weird. Also shortened to just Vols
  • Why?: Because Tenn is known as the volunteer state. The people are historically known to jump in and fight any war, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil and even the Alamo. Which was in Texas.
  • Mascot: Smokey IX the Bluetick coonhound
  • School Colors: Orange and White
  • Coach: Bruce Pearl
  • Song: the official fight song is “Down the Field” but the most popular request for The Pride to play is “Rocky Top.”  I personally would request “Tennessee” by Arrested Development

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More Stiletto Sports Bracketology Guides:

East Region

West Region

South Region

Midwest Region

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All info compiled from CBS Sports, Wikipedia and team websites

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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