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Bracket Watch Update: Wild Week Jostles Tourney Seeding

After a win Wednesday, where will the New Mexico Lobos end up in the latest Bracket Watch? (Greg Nelson/SI) After a win Wednesday, where will the New Mexico Lobos end up in the latest Bracket Watch? (Greg Nelson/SI)

It can't be denied any longer (well, unless you're a New Mexico fan making a perfectly reasonable point about the Lobos' resume in comparison). Gonzaga has moved to the 1-seed line with just more than a week to go before Selection Sunday. With two more wins, games in which they will be anywhere from heavily to considerably favored, the Bulldogs very well might join 2004 Saint Joe's as a "1-seed Cinderella" on merit.

The picture at the bottom of the bracket? Ugh. Much like a golfer who posts an OK round and then sits in the clubhouse and watches the field come back to him, the best move at this point seems to be "play as few games as possible" and have everyone else lose around you.

All of this should make championship week as dramatic in terms of shaping the bracket as we have seen in awhile.

2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket

EAST (Washington, D.C.) MIDWEST (Indianapolis)
  
Philadelphia Dayton
1. Duke 1. Indiana* (Big Ten)
16. Norfolk State* (MEAC)/Mercer* (Atlantic Sun)

16. Robert Morris* (Northeast)

8. Pittsburgh8. NC State
9. Colorado State 9. Colorado
  
Salt Lake City Kansas City
5. Wisconsin 5. Saint Louis
12. Middle Tennessee State* (Sun Belt)12. Virginia/Cincinnati
4. Oklahoma State 4. Kansas State
13. Louisiana Tech* (WAC)13. Akron* (MAC)
  
Austin Auburn Hills
6. Creighton* (Missouri Valley)6. UNLV
11. Temple 11. La Salle
3. Florida* (SEC)3. Michigan State
14. South Dakota State* (Summit)14. Stephen F. Austin (Southland)
  
Auburn Hills Lexington
7. Oregon 7. Missouri
10. Notre Dame 10. San Diego State
2. Michigan 2. Louisville* (Big East)
15. Niagara* (MAAC)15. Montana* (Big Sky)
  
WEST (Los Angeles)SOUTH (Arlington, TX)
  
San Jose Kansas City
1. Gonzaga* (West Coast)1. Kansas* (Big 12)
16. Northeastern* (Colonial)16. Southern* (SWAC)/Charleston So.* (Big South)
8. Oklahoma8. Memphis* (Conference USA)
9. North Carolina 9. Wichita State

  
AustinSan Jose
5. Syracuse5. UCLA* (Pac-12)
12. Tennessee/Boise State 12. Belmont* (Ohio Valley)
4. Arizona4. Ohio State
13. Davidson* (SoCon)13. Bucknell* (Patriot)
  
Dayton Philadelphia
6. VCU* (Atlantic 10)6. Butler
11. Iowa State 11. Saint Mary's
3. Marquette3. Georgetown
14. Valparaiso* (Horizon)14. Princeton* (Ivy)
  
Salt Lake City Lexington
7. Minnesota7. Illinois
10. California 10. Villanova
2. New Mexico* (Mountain West) 2. Miami (Fla.)* (ACC)
15. Long Beach State* (Big West)15. Stony Brook* (America East)

 

*Designated auto-bid winners from each conference. Auto bids are determined by team with the best RPI of those with the fewest league losses.

Last four in: Cincinnati, Boise State, Tennessee, Virginia

Last four out: Mississippi, Kentucky, UMass, Stanford

New at-large teams in: Tennessee

Old at-large teams out: Kentucky

Bids by conference: Big East (8); Big Ten (7); ACC, Pac-12, Mountain West, Big 12 and Atlantic 10 (5); SEC (3); Missouri Valley and West Coast (2)

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