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Big East Bracketology: Syracuse Snags No. 1 Seed In Early-Season Predictions

SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean of Blogging the Bracket updated his bracketology predictions Monday and has the Big East Conference earning nine NCAA Tournament spots in the new 68-team field.

Dobbertean had the Syracuse Orange (10-0) as a No. 2 seed. Connecticut Huskies (8-0) and Georgetown Hoyas (9-1) also collected No. 2 slots.

The rest of the Big East looked like this: Pittsburgh Panters (No. 3); Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5), Villanova Wildcats (5), West Virginia Mountaineers (5), Louisville Cardinals (6) and Cincinnati Bearcats (12 and playing in a first-round game).

His No. 1 seeds are: Duke Blue Devils (East), Ohio State Buckeyes (Southeast), Kansas Jayhawks (Southwest) and Tennessee Volunteers (West).

Dobbertean's latest rankings got me thinking. I know it's very early in the season but it's interesting to look at Bracketology results now and, as the season progresses, look back and see how much things have changed.

So, I did some looking around the internet and found only one other website, that's not named ESPN's Joe Lunardi, that had done Bracketology rankings. That website was

According to Bracketology101 on Monday, the Orange have currently done enough to earn a No. 1 seed and the Big East is getting eight teams into the tournament.

Duke, Ohio State and Kansas earn the three other No. 1 seeds.

The other Big East teams are: UConn (2), Pittsburgh (2), Georgetown (3); Villanova (4), Louisville 4); Notre Dame (6); West Virginia (8).

Lunardi's newest bracket, updated on Friday, Dec. 10, had Pittsburgh earning a No. 1 spot but that was before the Panthers lost to Tennessee on Saturday.

Syracuse, Georgetown and UConn all earned No. 2 seeds. The remaining five teams were: Louisville (5), Villanova (5), West Virginia (7), Notre Dame (8) and St. John's Red Storm (11) -- the Johnnies lost to Fordham University on Saturday.