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Projecting the field

UCLA, Memphis, Kansas, Duke the early No. 1 seeds

Posted: Monday February 11, 2008 11:35AM; Updated: Monday February 11, 2008 3:30PM
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Yep, it's that time of year again. With Selection Sunday a mere five weeks away, it's time to start speculating what that ever-anticipated bracket might look like. Much will obviously change between now and then, but it's at least becoming clear which teams are in line for the highest seeds and which ones are treading dangerously close to bubble territory.

Below is a mock NCAA tournament bracket based on results through Feb. 10. For purposes of this bracket, the current first-place team in each conference was awarded the automatic berth.

NOTE: NO ATTEMPT WAS MADE TO PREDICT FUTURE RESULTS.

East (Charlotte)   South (Houston)
(1) Duke
(16) Morgan St.

(8) Ole Miss
(9) Oklahoma

(5) Purdue
(12) Virginia Commonwealth

(4) Notre Dame
(13) Utah St.

(6) Washington St.
(11) Mississippi St.

(3) Xavier
(14) Siena

(7) Marquette
(10) Ohio St.

(2) Texas
(15) Belmont
(1) Memphis
(16) Lamar/Alabama St.

(8) USC
(9) Maryland

(5) Butler
(12) George Mason

(4) Wisconsin
(13) South Alabama

(6) Texas A&M
(11) UNLV

(3) Stanford
(14) Austin Peay

(7) Vanderbilt
(10) Massachusetts

(2) Georgetown
(15) Cal St. Northridge
Midwest (Detroit)   West (Phoenix)
(1) Kansas
(16) Portland St.

(8) Arkansas
(9) Dayton

(5) Indiana
(12) West Virginia

(4) Arizona
(13) Davidson

(6) Drake
(11) Oregon

(3) Connecticut
(14) UNC Asheville

(7) St. Mary's
(10) BYU

(2) North Carolina
(15) Maryland Baltimore County
(1) UCLA
(16) American

(8) Rhode Island
(9) Clemson

(5) Kansas St.
(12) Kent St.

(4) Louisville
(13) Oral Roberts

(6) Pittsburgh
(11) Florida

(3) Michigan St.
(14) Cornell

(7) Baylor
(10) Gonzaga

(2) Tennessee
(15) Wagner
Bracket updated through Feb. 10, 2008.

Teams whose bubbles burst (in order of closest to being included): St. Joe's, Cal, Ohio, Syracuse, Houston.

The breakdown by conference:

Big East: 7 (G'Town, UConn, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt, Marquette, WVU)
Pac-10: 6 (UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, Washington St., USC, Oregon)
SEC: 6 (Tennessee, Vandy, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida, Miss. St.)
Big 12: 6 (Kansas, Texas, K-State, Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma)
Big Ten: 5 (Michigan St., Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana, Ohio St.)
ACC: 4 (Duke, UNC, Clemson, Maryland)
A-10: 4 (Xavier, Rhode Island, Dayton, UMass)
Colonial: 2 (VCU, George Mason)
Mountain West: 2 (BYU, UNLV)
WCC: 2 (St. Mary's, Gonzaga)
21 one-bid conferences.

For more notes on the bracket, click below.

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