|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
|New multi-bid conference teams in: New Mexico State (auto), Houston (auto)|
Multi-bid conference teams out: Florida, Virginia Tech
Also considered: Florida, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Seton Hall, William & Mary
**Midwest plays West and South plays East in the national semifinals.
**League winners are listed with their conference for clarity. Teams can be moved a seed line up or down to conform to bracketing rules.
Bids by conference: Big East (8); Big 12 (7); ACC and Big Ten (6), Mountain West (4); SEC and Atlantic 10 (3); West Coast, WAC, Conference USA and Pac-10 (2)
**This is the bracket as of 3 a.m. Sunday, although I?m still sifting through the last few teams in and out. It?s possible one or more teams could change, even if Kentucky and Ohio State win their finals.
**Louisville was a 10/11 border team that was pushed to a 9 instead of a 12 due to bracket conflicts.
**Marquette was a natural 8 that moved to a 7 because of bracket/venue conflicts.Got a bone to pick with the Bracket Watch? Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.