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Vols, Memphis, Duke and Kansas awarded top seeds

Posted: Monday February 18, 2008 12:19PM; Updated: Tuesday February 19, 2008 8:27AM
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I reluctantly confess that last week's first bracket of the season was a little ... off. I'm blaming it on rustiness. I made a few errors in judgment, which I came to regret, primarily failing to give Tennessee a No. 1 seed and giving Arizona far too high a seed.

Never fear, however -- all has been corrected, and a flurry of upsets last week caused upheaval throughout the bracket.

Below is a mock NCAA tournament bracket based on results through February 17. 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) Tennessee
(16) Portland St.

(8) Oklahoma
(9) Arizona St.

(5) Marquette
(12) South Alabama

(4) Wisconsin
(13) Davidson

(6) Kansas St.
(11) Massachusetts

(3) Connecticut
(14) Winthrop

(7) Arizona
(10) Dayton

(2) North Carolina
(15) Austin Peay
(1) Memphis
(16) Lamar/Alabama St.

(8) Baylor
(9) Maryland

(5) Notre Dame
(12) Cal

(4) Indiana
(13) Western Kentucky

(6) Texas A&M
(11) UNLV

(3) Stanford
(14) UMBC

(7) Pittsburgh
(10) Arkansas

(2) Xavier
(15) CS Northridge
MIDWEST (Detroit)   WEST (Phoenix)
(1) Duke
(16) Morgan St.

(8) Gonzaga
(9) Rhode Island

(5) Michigan St.
(12) Virginia Commonwealth

(4) Washington St.
(13) Siena

(6) St. Mary's
(11) Syracuse

(3) Louisville
(14) Boise St.

(7) USC
(10) Mississippi St.

(2) Texas
(15) Belmont
(1) Kansas
(16) American

(8) Clemson
(9) BYU

(5) Butler.
(12) Kent St.

(4) Georgetown
(13) Oral Roberts

(6) Drake
(11) Oregon

(3) Purdue
(14) Cornell

(7) Vanderbilt
(10) West Virginia

(2) UCLA
(15) Wagner
Bracket updated through Feb. 17.

Teams whose bubbles burst (in order of closest to being included): Wake Forest, St. Joe's, Miami, Ohio State, George Mason, Ole Miss, Florida.

The breakdown by conference:

Big East: 8 (G'town, UConn, Louisville, ND, Pitt, Marquette, W. Va., Syracuse)
Pac-10: 8 (UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, Washington St., USC, ASU, Oregon, Cal
Big 12: 6 (Kansas, Texas, K-State, Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma)
ACC: 4 (Duke, UNC, Clemson, Maryland)
A-10: 4 (Xavier, Rhode Island, Dayton, UMass)
Big Ten: 4 (Purdue, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan St.)
SEC: 4 (Tennessee, Vandy, Miss. St., Arkansas)
Mountain West: 2 (BYU, UNLV)
Sun Belt: 2 (W. Kentucky, S. Alabama)
WCC: 2 (St. Mary's, Gonzaga)

21 one-bid conferences.

For more notes on the bracket, click below.

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