By Andy Glockner
January 11, 2010
2010 NCAA Tournament Bracket Watch
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 South matches up with the West, the East with the Midwest.
SOUTH - Houston
Oklahoma City
1 Texas
16 Arkansas-Pine Bluff (SWAC)
8 Ohio State
9 Vanderbilt
5 Pittsburgh
12 Florida State
4 Temple
13 Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)
6 Mississippi State
11 Oklahoma State
3 Michigan State
14 Pacific (Big West)
7 Clemson
10 Cornell (Ivy)
2 Villanova
15 Oakland (Summit)
EAST - Syracuse
1 Kentucky
16 Lehigh (Patriot)/LIU (NEC)
8 William & Mary (CAA)
9 New Mexico
5 Texas A&M
12 Miami (FL)
4 Connecticut
13 Siena (MAAC)
6 Minnesota
11 Dayton
3 Georgetown
14 Murray State (Ohio Valley)
7 Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley)
10 Texas Tech
2 Duke
15 Morgan State (MEAC)
WEST - Salt Lake City
1 Syracuse
16 Vermont (America East)
8 Mississippi
9 UAB (Conference USA)
San Jose
12 Richmond
4 Kansas State
13 Louisiana Tech (WAC)
New Orleans
6 Gonzaga
11 Xavier
3 North Carolina
14 Northern Colorado (Big Sky)
New Orleans
7 California (Pac-10)
10 Missouri
2 Purdue
15 Texas-San Antonio (Southland)
MIDWEST - St. Louis
Oklahoma City
1 Kansas
16 Coastal Carolina (Big South)
8 Georgia Tech
9 Saint Mary's
San Jose
12 Rhode Island
4 Tennessee
13 Kent State (MAC)
6 Butler (Horizon)
11 Washington
3 West Virginia
14 College of Charleston (SoCon)
7 Wake Forest
10 Baylor
2 Wisconsin
15 East Tenn. State (Atlantic Sun)

New multi-bid conference teams in: Vanderbilt, Missouri, Miami (FL), Oklahoma State.

Multi-bid conference teams out: Florida, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Harvard.

Also considered: Louisville, Missouri State, Seton Hall, Marquette, Illinois (No teams with an RPI over 100, according to, were considered).

Bids by conference: Big 12 (8); ACC (7); Big East (6); Big Ten, SEC and Atlantic 10 (5); Mountain West (3); Pac-10 and West Coast (2).

Auto bids in smaller conferences were determined by best RPI among 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.

Brief thoughts:

* Washington drops from a 5 seed to an 11 and very nearly missed the bracket entirely. The Huskies had been living on rep and now have three straight double-digit losses in a terrible Pac-10. Their one win of note, over Texas A&M, comes with an injury asterisk and the loss at Texas Tech is worsening. UW was one of the last two teams in this week along with Oklahoma State.

* Cal also was adjusted downward because of the weakness of the league and its home loss to UCLA.

* The odds of the actual Field of 65 having five A-10 teams are astronomical. I'd wager on A-10 3, Pac-10 2 come March.

* With Duke and Purdue losing, Syracuse edges into the last No. 1 seed by the slightest of margins. An argument for any of the three is fine.

* The gap at last week's 3-seed line moved up to consume the last 2 seed this week. Wisconsin got the slightest nod over West Virginia and Georgetown.

* The concentration of ACC teams in the 2/3/6/7 pods pushed Miami and Florida State down to 12s.

* There are seven at-large teams from outside the BCS conferences.

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