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

New multibid conference teams in: Memphis.

Multibid conference teams out: Seton Hall.

Also considered: Arizona State, Washington, Rhode Island, Seton Hall, Mississippi State, UAB, Dayton.

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 Conference USA (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.


Assuming Arinze Onuaku's knee is OK, today's quarterfinal loss to Georgetown should not cost Syracuse a No. 1 seed. The Orange are the solo regular-season Big East champs, have five top-25 wins (including four in the top 10) and don't have a bad loss all season. They were the No. 2 overall seed entering today for a reason, and 30-plus games of good work isn't undone in a couple of games.

According to Luke Winn, though, the Orange won't definitively know whether Onuaku is OK until an MRI is done tomorrow. If his knee is a problem for the NCAAs, that could create enough doubt for the committee that they could go another direction if presented with enough viable options. That likely would require a combination of three teams from Duke, Ohio State/Purdue, Kentucky and West Virginia to all win their conference tournaments.


-- Marquette keeps getting squeezed by the higher Big East seeds. With two Big East 1s and a 4, there was only one regional left for a Big East 8/9 seed, and that's Kentucky's. UK is in the Milwaukee subregional, though, where Marquette is the host and can't play. Therefore, Notre Dame moves into that 9, even though the Irish are behind Marquette in natural seeding.

-- Cal was a natural 10 that was bumped up a slot for now, switching with Utah State.

-- Oklahoma State's having a similar issue with Big 12 teams pushing it down to a 10.

-- Florida State moved up to an 8 to fill Louisville's spot.

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