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

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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