By Andy Glockner
March 13, 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)
9 Old Dominion* (Colonial)
5 Maryland
12 Florida
4 Pittsburgh
13 Washington
6 Xavier
11 Georgia 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)
9 Florida State
New Orleans
5 Vanderbilt
12 San Diego State
4 Baylor
13 Minnesota
6 Richmond
11 Cornell* (Ivy)
3 Villanova
14 Akron (MAC)
7 Missouri
2 Ohio State
15 Morgan State (MEAC)
WEST - Salt Lake City
1 West Virginia
16 Winthrop* (Big South)
8 Clemson
9 California (Pac-10)
5 Texas A&M
12 Siena* (MAAC)
4 Tennessee
13 Murray State* (Ohio Valley)
San Jose
6 Michigan State
11 Saint Mary's (West Coast)
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)
New Orleans
5 Butler* (Horizon)
12 Virginia Tech
4 Wisconsin
13 Oakland* (Summit)
San Jose
11 Illinois
3 Temple
14 Wofford* (SoCon)
Oklahoma City
7 Marquette
10 Wake Forest
2 Kansas State
15 North Texas* (Sun Belt)

New multibid conference teams in: Minnesota.

Multibid conference teams out: Mississippi.

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

Big East (8), ACC and Big 12 (7); Big Ten (6), SEC and 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.


-- UTEP was moved to a 10-seed, displacing Saint Mary's, which was a natural 10 bumped down to an 11.

-- Temple moved ahead of Wisconsin and into the 3-seed line.

-- Butler moves ahead of BYU into the 5-seed line.

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