With Selection Sunday less than two weeks away, SI.com's Andy Glockner projects the field.
Others considered: Florida, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Penn State, Kansas State, Michigan, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Notre Dame, USC, UNLV, Georgetown
Big East: 8 Pitt (1, Midwest)West Virginia (7, Midwest)Marquette (4, South)Syracuse (6, South)Connecticut (1, East)Providence (11, East)Villanova (4, West)Louisville (2, West)ACC: 7 Duke (2, Midwest)North Carolina (1, South)Clemson (3, South)Florida State (4, East)Wake Forest (3, East)Maryland (12, West)Boston College (7, West)Big Ten: 6 Purdue (5, South)Michigan State (2, South)Ohio State (9, East)Illinois (6, East)Wisconsin (8, West)Minnesota (11, West)
Big 12: 6 Texas (9, Midwest)Kansas (3, Midwest)Texas A&M (11, South)Oklahoma State (10, East)Oklahoma (1, West)Missouri (3, West)Pac-10: 5 Washington (4, Midwest)Arizona State (6, Midwest)California (8, South)Arizona (10, South)UCLA (5, East)SEC: 4 LSU (5, Midwest)Tennessee (7, South)Kentucky (12, East)South Carolina (9, West)Mountain West: 2 BYU (8, East)Utah (8, Midwest)
Atlantic 10: 2Xavier (5, West)Dayton (9, South)West Coast: 2 Gonzaga (6, West)St. Mary's (10, West)
Missouri Valley: 2Northern Iowa (14, East)Creighton (12, South)
Please note: Midwest plays South and West plays East in the Final Four matchups. Teams may have been moved one seed line up or down from their natural seeding to accommodate bracketing rules.
After much thought, Creighton took the final spot in the new bracket over Florida, with Virginia Tech also considered. The Bluejays get credit for 10 straight wins and a share of the title in the nation's ninth-best conference, trumping a major-conference team that has one good nonconference win and has seven of its eight SEC wins against the league's bottom five teams.
Creighton's move highlights a trend change over the last couple of weeks. It looked like mid-majors were going to be very thinly represented, but now high-major teams like Kentucky, Minnesota, Maryland and Florida will have to fend off clubs like Saint Mary's, Creighton and Rhode Island which are primed to grab at-large spots should they make their conference tournament finals.
This year's championship week should be more interesting than most, with a huge cluster of comparable bubble teams all sweating each other as well as the size of the bubble itself. Teams like Memphis, Butler, Gonzaga and Davidson may have as much to do with making the tournament as some teams' own performances.