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VBDI picks the 2011 NCAA field

Updated: March 13, 2011, 3:34 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

My VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index) has been going crazy. It is Selection Sunday, baby! Duke-Carolina for the ACC title and then off to Charlotte to broadcast on the field of 68.

There is a lot of mediocrity on the bubble this year. There are teams with very similar resumes and the committee will have to decide which criteria will best serve putting together the 37 at-large teams.

The VBDI spit out its views and basically it comes down to two openings left with 10 teams battling to make the big dance.

Here's how it breaks down:

Leagues with one bid (21): America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Conference USA, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, MEAC, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, SWAC, Summit, Sun Belt, WAC

The remaining bids (47) will come from the following conferences:

Atlantic 10 (3): Temple, Xavier, Richmond

ACC (5): Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech

Big 12 (6): Kansas, Missouri, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Texas, Colorado

Big East (11): Syracuse, Georgetown, Villanova, Louisville, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Marquette, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, St. John's, Connecticut

Big Ten (7): Purdue, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Penn State, Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan

Colonial (2): Old Dominion, George Mason

Mountain West (3): BYU, San Diego State, UNLV

Pac-10 (3): Arizona, Washington, UCLA

SEC (4): Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida

West Coast (1): Gonzaga

Bubble teams (10) for the final two spots: UAB, UTEP, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri State, Cleveland State, Boston College, St. Mary's , USC, Washington State

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.

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