Butler, Temple rise in latest bracket; Minnesota joins the field

Saturday March 13th, 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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