Syracuse still a No. 1 in latest bracket; Washington joins the field

Friday March 12th, 2010

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

New multibid conference teams in: Washington.

Multibid conference teams out: Memphis.

Also considered: Rhode Island, Seton Hall, Dayton, William & Mary, Mississippi State.

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 Pac-10 (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.

SEEDING NOTES

-- Marquette and Missouri are natural 8 seeds now that were pushed up to 7s by bracketing conflicts.

-- Wake Forest is a 9/10 seed now and got pushed to a 10 to help ease bracket conflicts.

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