Do tourney teams boast success off the court?

Updated: 04/07/2009 11:01:19 AM

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You may have a sense of how the schools in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament stack up against each other -- which games are likely to be blowouts, and which contests may yield upsets. But do you know how the schools match up academically? That's the bracket analysis high school seniors can really use. Here's your chance to find out. In addition to listing the schools, their tournament seeds, and their matchups for the first round, this bracket offers some academic information for each school. Through a partnership with U.S.News & World Report, you can see the academic rank and category of the school as listed in the America's Best Colleges 2009 edition. Each school name links back to its America's Best Colleges page on usnews.com.

Check back after each round of the tournament to see what trends emerge. For more information, stories and other related content, click here.

How to read this bracket: The numbers to the right of the schools name (in bold) indicate the school's U.S.News & World Report academic rank. Schools are divided by classification, which are designated by symbols. Schools whose rank do not contain a symbol are within the "National Universities" ranking category used by U.S. News. U.S. News publishes the numbered rank of approximately the top 50 percent of schools in all the categories. The remaining schools are placed in tiers or broad groups, based on their overall score in their category (the third and fourth tiers). For more information on the ranking system, click here.

FIRST ROUND
March 19, 20
SECOND ROUND
March 21, 22
SWEET 16
March 26, 27
ELITE EIGHT
March 28, 29
FINAL FOUR
APRIL 4
CHAMPIONSHIP
April 6
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Identification key:
^ = Liberal Arts Colleges
² = Universities Master's (Midwest)
¹ = Universities Master's (North)
³ = Universities Master's (South)
* = Universities Master's (West)