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

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)

SEEDING NOTES
**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.

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