Bracket Watch: Conference Conflict Plagues Seedings

Monday March 11th, 2013

Creighton's conference conflict may have been ironed out, but others remain. (Nati Harnik/AP) Creighton's conference conflict may have been ironed out, but others remain. (Nati Harnik/AP)

Saint Mary's remains in the bracket for now, but drops into the First Four, which is not a great place to be this early in championship week, when a lot of teams below you can still pick up quality wins. The rematch between Creighton and Boise State was fixed, but there are still numerous conference conflicts in the same halves of regions that would require significant seed manipulation to try to avoid. Until Thursday's update, when we start seeing things really re-shape, we'll try to keep true to seed ordering to give the most representative picture.

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2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket

EAST (Washington, D.C.) MIDWEST (Indianapolis)
Philadelphia Dayton
1. Duke 1. Indiana* (Big Ten)
16. Liberty * (Big South)/LIU Brooklyn* (Northeast) 16. Southern* (SWAC)/ Western Kentucky* (Sun Belt)
8. Illinois 8. Notre Dame
9. Colorado 9. California
San Jose Austin
5. Syracuse 5. Saint Louis* (Atlantic 10)
12. Belmont* (Ohio Valley) 12. Saint Mary's/Kentucky
4. Oklahoma State 4. Kansas State
13. Davidson* (SoCon) 13. Akron* (MAC)
Dayton Austin
6. VCU 6. Creighton* (Missouri Valley)
11. Boise State 11. Cincinnati
3. Marquette 3. Florida
14. Harvard* (Ivy) 14. Iona* (MAAC)
Auburn Hills Lexington
7. UNLV 7. North Carolina
10. Wichita State 10. San Diego State
2. Michigan 2. Louisville* (Big East)
15. Vermont* (America East) 15. Montana* (Big Sky)
WEST (Los Angeles) SOUTH (Arlington, TX)
Salt Lake City Kansas City
1. Gonzaga* (West Coast) 1. Kansas* (Big 12)
16. James Madison* (Colonial) Norfolk State* (MEAC)
8. Minnesota 8. Missouri
9. Oregon 9. North Carolina State
San Jose Kansas City
5. Wisconsin 5. UCLA* (Pac-12)
12. Bucknell* (Patriot) 12. La Salle/Tennessee
4. Arizona 4. Ohio State
13. Valparaiso* (Horizon) 13. South Dakota State* (Summit)
Salt Lake City Auburn Hills
6. Pittsburgh 6. Colorado State
11. Temple 11. Iowa State
3. New Mexico* (Mountain West) 3. Michigan State
14. Stephen F. Austin* (Southland) Louisiana Tech* (WAC)
Lexington Philadelphia
7. Butler 7. Memphis* (Conference USA)
10. Villanova 10. Oklahoma
2. Miami (Fla.)* (ACC) 2. Georgetown
15. Long Beach State* (Big West) 15. Florida Gulf Coast* (Atlantic Sun)

*Designated auto-bid winners from each conference. Auto bids are determined by team with the best RPI of those with the fewest league losses.

Last four in: Saint Mary's, La Salle, Tennessee, Kentucky

Last four out: Virginia, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Baylor

New at-large teams in: None

Old at-large teams out: None

Bids by conference:
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