Bracket Big Board: Carolina has No. 1 on its mind

Bracket Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the field of 68 (31 automatic and 37 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 '11 entry today (Sign up now!). The Bracket Big Board is updated every Monday until the dance card is officially unveiled March 13.

With Selection Sunday under a week away, it's time to round up the Wookie, hop into the Millennium Falcon and kick the turbo-boosters into overdrive. The Triple-B has officially entered warp speed. Check this space periodically over the next few days for updates.

Heading into championship week, here's a special express version of the Bracket Big Board:

*For games played through Sunday, March 6
*RPI data provided by Rivals
*Orange teams rising, blue falling

On the Bubble: Memphis (22-9), Alabama (20-10), Colorado (19-12), VCU (21-10), UTEP (23-8), Nebraska (19-11), Penn St. (16-13), Washington St. (19-11)

Dropped Out: Washington St., Missouri St., Fairfield, Coastal Carolina, Florida Atlantic

Conference Breakdown: American East (1), ACC (6), Atlantic Sun (1), Atlantic 10 (3), Big 12 (5), Big East (11), Big Sky (1), Big South (1), Big Ten (6), Big West (1), Colonial (2), Conference USA (1), Horizon (1), Ivy (1), Mid-American (1), Mid-Eastern (1), Missouri Valley (1), Mountain West (3), Northeast (1), Ohio Valley (1), Pac-10 (4), Patriot (1), SEC (5), Southern (1), Southland (1), Summitt (1), Sun Belt (1), SWAC (1), West Coast (2), WAC (1)

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