Villanova rises to No. 1 seed line in latest Bracket Watch
|2010 NCAA Tournament Projection|
|Selection Sunday is not until March 14, but it's never too early to see what the 2010 NCAA Tournament field looks like as of right now. 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 coming weeks, shifts in seeding will alter which subregions fall into which regions. |
In this bracket, the Midwest matches up with the West, the South with the East in the national semifinals.
New multi-bid conference teams in: Old Dominion (auto bid), Maryland (auto bid), Florida, Oklahoma State, Northwestern, Texas Tech.
Multi-bid conference teams out: Virginia, Washington, Minnesota, Illinois, Dayton, Rhode Island.
Also considered: Rhode Island, Minnesota, Dayton, Wichita State, Virginia Tech, Tulsa.
Bids by conference: Big 12 (8), ACC and Big East (7); SEC (6); Big Ten (5); Atlantic 10 and Mountain West (3); West Coast and Colonial (2). Auto bids in smaller conferences were determined by best RPI among all first-place (e.g. fewest losses) teams in the league. 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.
-- Before sorting through the profiles, I suspected North Carolina would miss the bracket. Then it became clear that a ton of other teams lost, too, and a fair comparison of profiles still had UNC in -- for now ...
-- Minnesota, upon further inspection, was seeded too high last week. The Gophers dropped from a 9 seed to out based on overall profile, not just the one-point loss at home to Michigan State.
-- Texas Tech was the last team in and gets a 13 seed as an at-large. Northwestern was second-to-last in.
-- Dayton and/or Wichita State could have replaced those teams had they not lost at Saint Joe's and Drake, respectively.
-- Duke and Pitt didn't change seeds but they did move lower on their seed lines. They were also helped by teams behind them also losing.
-- The Pac-10 gets one team this week, and is in very serious danger of having that happen in the real bracket.
-- Maryland is this week's Virginia, grabbing the ACC auto bid and stealing an at-large from someone.
-- Richmond and Florida flopped seed lines to help satisfy bracketing rules.
-- There are six at-large teams from outside the BCS conferences. The littler guys are missing a golden opportunity this year. Got a bone to pick with the Bracket Watch? Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.