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Bracketology 2012: Cincinnatti Moves Off The Bubble

Ohio State steady on the two-line.

Feb 23, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats mascot performs during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the FifthThird Arena. The Bearcats defeated the Cardinals 60-56. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 23, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats mascot performs during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the FifthThird Arena. The Bearcats defeated the Cardinals 60-56. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

After a week in which the Cincinnati Bearcats beat No. 7 Marquette and Villanova, ESPN's Eamonn Brennan has moved Cincinnati off the bubble and believes they are a lock to make the tournament. Both Chris Dobertean of SB Nation and Joe Lunardi of ESPN have Cincinnati as a nine-seed.

Lunardi and Dobertean also agree that Ohio State is currently a two-seed and that Xavier belongs among the last four teams to receive an at-large bid. Neither bracketologist has Dayton in the tournament, but Eamonn Brennan includes the Flyers on the Bubble Watch.

Akron, meanwhile holds the place for the MAC automatic bid because they are the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and have received a double-bye into the semifinals. Both Dobertean and Lunardi have Akron listed as a No.14 seed.

For more on the Ohio State Buckeyes, go to Along The Olentangy. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NCAA Basketball hub at SBNation.com/NCAA-Basketball.

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