UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
More Sports

Strong Atlantic 10 receives five bids in latest Bracket Watch

2010 NCAA Tournament Projection
Selection Sunday is not until March 14, but it's never too early to see what the 2010 NCAA Tournament field looks like as of right now. 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 coming weeks, shifts in seeding will alter which subregions fall into which regions.

In this bracket, the South matches up with the West, the East with the Midwest.
 
 
SOUTH - Houston
 
Oklahoma City
 
1Texas
16Campbell (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
8Wake Forest
9New Mexico
 
 
New Orleans
 
5Northern Iowa (MVC)
12Illinois
 
 
4West Virginia
13Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)
 
 
Spokane
 
6Georgia Tech
11Richmond
 
 
3Purdue
14Weber State (Big Sky)
 
 
Providence
 
7Mississippi
10Baylor
 
 
2Villanova
15Vermont (America East)
 
EAST - Syracuse
 
Milwaukee
 
1Kentucky
16Lafayette (Patriot)/Jackson St. (SWAC)
 
 
8UAB (C-USA)
9Texas A&M
 
 
New Orleans
 
5Ohio State
12Saint Mary's
 
 
4Temple
13Virginia
 
 
Buffalo
 
6Mississippi State
11Xavier
 
 
3Pittsburgh
14Oakland (Summit)
 
 
Jacksonville
 
7Missouri
10Washington
 
 
2Duke
15Morgan State (MEAC)
 
 
 
 
 
WEST - Salt Lake City
 
Buffalo
 
1Syracuse
16Quinnipiac (Northeast)
 
 
8North Carolina
9Minnesota
 
 
San Jose
 
5Gonzaga
12Dayton
 
 
4BYU
13Louisiana Tech (WAC)
 
 
San Jose
 
6Vanderbilt
11Siena (MAAC)
 
 
3Kansas State
14Buffalo (MAC)
 
 
Milwaukee
 
7Connecticut
10Florida State
 
 
2Michigan State
15Pacific (Big West)
 
MIDWEST - St. Louis
 
Oklahoma City
 
1Kansas
16TAMU-CC (Southland)
 
 
8UNLV
9Cal
 
 
Spokane
 
5Clemson
12Cincinnati
 
 
4Wisconsin
13Murray State (Ohio Valley)
 
 
Jacksonville
 
6Butler (Horizon)
11Rhode Island
 
 
3Tennessee
14College of Charleston (SoCon)
 
 
Providence
 
7William & Mary (CAA)
10Cornell (Ivy)
 
 
2Georgetown
15Coastal Carolina (Big South)
 
 

New multi-bid conference teams in: Virginia (auto bid), Cincinnati, Illinois.

Multi-bid conference teams out: Miami (FL), Oklahoma State, Texas Tech.

Also considered: Virginia Tech, Marquette, Arizona State, Northwestern, Florida, Louisville, Old Dominion. (No teams with an RPI over 100, according to CollegeRPI.com, were considered.)

Bids by conference: ACC and Big East (7); Big 12 and Big Ten (6), SEC and Atlantic 10 (5); Mountain West (3); Pac-10 and West Coast (2).

Auto bids in smaller conferences were determined by best RPI among all first-place (e.g. fewest losses) teams in the league. 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.

Brief thoughts:

-- Virginia's inclusion as the ACC auto-bid winner bumped out an at-large team, which was in the Northwestern/Arizona State/OK State/Texas Tech/a couple others neighborhood. My eyes started bleeding when comparing those profiles.

-- There appears to be a clear split now halfway through the 2-seed line, with Villanova and Duke being stronger profile-wise than Michigan State and Georgetown.

-- North Carolina tumbled from a 3 to an 8 after 70 bad minutes and two losses.

-- Florida State and Richmond swapped seed lines to help the bracket conform to rules.

-- There are seven at-large teams from outside the BCS conferences.

Got a bone to pick with the Bracket Watch? Send feedback to bubblewatch@gmail.com.
 
Promoted Stories
Comments
SI.com

Drag this icon to your bookmark bar.
Then delete your old SI.com bookmark.

SI.com

Click the share icon to bookmark us.