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Memphis claims spot in latest NCAA bracket, Seton Hall falls out

2010 NCAA Tournament Projection
In this bracket, the Midwest matches up with the West, the South with the East in the national semifinals.

Note: The top-four seeds in each region, starting with the No. 1 seeds, receive geographic preference when possible. An imbalance in high seeds between regions (e.g. if more than two top-four seeds are closest to the same subregional location) may force a protected seed into a secondary location. Thus, in the next couple weeks, shifts in seeding will alter which subregions fall into which regions.

* -- automatic qualifier
 
 
MIDWEST - Saint Louis
 
Oklahoma City
 
1Kansas
16East Tennessee State* (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
8Florida State
9Old Dominion* (Colonial)
 
 
Providence
 
5Vanderbilt
12San Diego State
 
 
4Georgetown
13Memphis
 
 
Spokane
 
6Xavier
11Virginia Tech
 
 
3Pittsburgh
14Sam Houston State (Southland)
 
 
Milwaukee
 
7Gonzaga
10Oklahoma State
 
 
2Purdue
15UC Santa Barbara (Big West)
 
SOUTH - Houston
 
Buffalo
 
1Syracuse
16Jackson State (SWAC)/Lehigh (Patriot)
 
 
8UNLV
9California (Pac-10)
 
 
New Orleans
 
5Maryland
12Illinois
 
 
4Baylor
13Mississippi
 
 
Oklahoma City
 
6Richmond
11UTEP (Conference USA)
 
 
3Kansas State
14Oakland* (Summit)
 
 
Buffalo
 
7Clemson
10Louisville
 
 
2Ohio State
15Morgan State (MEAC)
 
 
 
 
 
WEST - Salt Lake City
 
Jacksonville
 
1West Virginia
16Winthrop* (Big South)
 
 
8Northern Iowa* (Missouri Valley)
9Saint Mary's* (West Coast)
 
 
Spokane
 
5Texas A&M
12Siena* (MAAC)
 
 
4Tennessee
13Murray State* (Ohio Valley)
 
 
San Jose
 
6Michigan State
11Cornell* (Ivy)
 
 
3New Mexico (Mountain West)
14Montana* (Big Sky)
 
 
Jacksonville
 
7Butler* (Horizon)
10Marquette
 
 
2Duke
15Vermont (America East)
 
EAST- Syracuse
 
Milwaukee
 
1Kentucky
16Robert Morris* (Northeast)
 
 
8Missouri
9Notre Dame
 
 
San Jose
 
5BYU
12Georgia Tech
 
 
4Temple
13Kent State (MAC)
 
 
New Orleans
 
6Texas
11Florida
 
 
3Wisconsin
14Wofford* (SoCon)
 
 
Providence
 
7Wake Forest
10Utah State (WAC)
 
 
2Villanova
15North Texas* (Sun Belt)
 
 

New multibid conference teams in: Memphis.

Multibid conference teams out: Seton Hall.

Also considered: Arizona State, Washington, Rhode Island, Seton Hall, Mississippi State, UAB, Dayton.

Bids by conference: Big East (8), ACC and Big 12 (7), Big Ten and SEC (5), Mountain West (4), Atlantic 10 (3), West Coast and Conference USA (2).

One-bid league winners and select other auto-bid teams are listed with their conference for clarity. Teams can be moved a seed line up or down to conform to bracketing rules.

2:54 P.M. ET UPDATE: EVEN AFTER LOSS, 'CUSE STILL A NO. 1

Assuming Arinze Onuaku's knee is OK, today's quarterfinal loss to Georgetown should not cost Syracuse a No. 1 seed. The Orange are the solo regular-season Big East champs, have five top-25 wins (including four in the top 10) and don't have a bad loss all season. They were the No. 2 overall seed entering today for a reason, and 30-plus games of good work isn't undone in a couple of games.

According to Luke Winn, though, the Orange won't definitively know whether Onuaku is OK until an MRI is done tomorrow. If his knee is a problem for the NCAAs, that could create enough doubt for the committee that they could go another direction if presented with enough viable options. That likely would require a combination of three teams from Duke, Ohio State/Purdue, Kentucky and West Virginia to all win their conference tournaments.

OTHER SEEDING NOTES

-- Marquette keeps getting squeezed by the higher Big East seeds. With two Big East 1s and a 4, there was only one regional left for a Big East 8/9 seed, and that's Kentucky's. UK is in the Milwaukee subregional, though, where Marquette is the host and can't play. Therefore, Notre Dame moves into that 9, even though the Irish are behind Marquette in natural seeding.

-- Cal was a natural 10 that was bumped up a slot for now, switching with Utah State.

-- Oklahoma State's having a similar issue with Big 12 teams pushing it down to a 10.

-- Florida State moved up to an 8 to fill Louisville's spot.

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