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Bracket Big Board: 2009 might be the Year of the Rat

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The Bracket Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the field of 65 (31 automatic and 34 at-large bids). Essentially, the Bracket Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for amateur bracketologists if they were filling out a Tourney Pick ‘Em ’09 bracket pool entry today. The Bracket Big Board is updated every Monday until the dance card is officially unveiled on March 15, 2009.

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Duke's sideline Splinter, Mike Krzyzeweski, may have an appetite for various cheeses, but this year, he's hungry for championship crystal. Undefeated in ACC play, the balanced Blue Devils are at the apex of the inagural Triple-B.

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*For games played through Tuesday, January 20
*RPI data provided by Rivals
*Efficiency stats from kenpom.com

On the Bubble: Virginia Tech (12-5), Mississippi St (13-5), Maryland (13-5), Texas A&M (15-4), Arkansas (12-4), Boston College (13-6), Utah (12-6), Nebraska (12-4), LSU (14-3), Penn St (15-5)

Conference Breakdown: American East (1), ACC (6), Atlantic Sun (1), Atlantic 10 (2), Big 12 (7), Big East (9), Big Sky (1), Big Ten (7), Big West (1), Colonial (1), Conference USA (1), Horizon (1), Ivy (1), Metro (1), Mid-American (1), Mid-Eastern (1), Missouri Valley (1), Mountain West (2), Northeast (1), Ohio Valley (1), Pac-10 (5), Patriot (1), SEC (3), Southern (1), SWAC (1), Summit (1), Sun Belt (1), West Coast (2), WAC (1)

Note: Next week, the Big Board will be posted on its regularly scheduled day, Monday. Until then, express your disgust in the comments section below...

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