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

New multibid conference teams in: Washington.

Multibid conference teams out: Memphis.

Also considered: Rhode Island, Seton Hall, Dayton, William & Mary, Mississippi State.

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 Pac-10 (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.


-- Marquette and Missouri are natural 8 seeds now that were pushed up to 7s by bracketing conflicts.

-- Wake Forest is a 9/10 seed now and got pushed to a 10 to help ease bracket conflicts.

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