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Posted: Monday February 16, 2009 12:14PM; Updated: Monday February 16, 2009 3:41PM
Andy Glockner Andy Glockner >
INSIDE COLLEGE BASKETBALL

UConn, Oklahoma, UNC, Pitt projected as the top seeds

Story Highlights

UConn, Oklahoma, UNC, Pitt are projected to get the No. 1 seeds

The Big East and ACC lead with eight teams each projected in the tourney

The most controversial inclusion likely is Miami (Fla.) with its 4-7 ACC mark

With Selection Sunday less than a month away, SI.com's Andy Glockner projects the field.

EAST (Boston) SOUTH (Memphis)
Philadelphia
(1) Connecticut
(16) Morgan State (MEAC)

(8) Dayton
(9) LSU

Portland
(5) UCLA
(12) Wisconsin

(4) Kansas
(13) Northeastern (CAA)

Minneapolis
(6) Butler (Horizon)
(11) Miami (Fla.)

(3) Marquette
(14) Cornell (Ivy)

Greensboro
(7) California
(10) Minnesota

(2) Duke
(15) Jacksonville (Atlantic Sun)
Kansas City
(1) Oklahoma
(16) Cal State Northridge (Big West)

(8) South Carolina
(9) Arizona

Miami
(5) Florida State
(12) San Diego State

(4) Villanova
(13) Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)

Miami
(6) Ohio State
(11) Davidson (SoCon)

(3) Clemson
(14) Binghamton (Am. East)

Dayton
(7) Gonzaga (WCC)
(10) Siena (MAAC)

(2) Louisville
(15) Robert Morris (NEC)
MIDWEST (Indianapolis) WEST (Glendale, AZ)
Dayton
(1) Pitt
(16) Alabama State (SWAC)/Morehead State (OVC)

(8) Texas
(9) BC

Portland
(5) Arizona State
(12) UNLV

(4) Xavier
(13) Buffalo (MAC)

Philadelphia
(6) Purdue
(11) BYU

(3) Wake Forest
(14) American (Patriot)

Kansas City
(7) Syracuse
(10) Kentucky

(2) Memphis (Conference USA)
(15) Sam Houston State


Greensboro
(1) North Carolina
(16) Radford (Big South)

(8) Tennessee
(9) Utah State (WAC)

Boise
(5) Illinois
(12) Cincinnati

(4) Washington
(13) Northern Iowa (MVC)

Boise
(6) Utah
(11) Virginia Tech

(3) Missouri
(14) Weber State (Big Sky)

Minneapolis
(7) West Virginia
(10) Florida

(2) Michigan State
(15) North Dakota State (Summit)

Bracket updated through February 16.

Others considered: USC, Providence, Saint Mary's, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Michigan

Breakdown by conference

Big East: 8
Pitt (1, Midwest)
Syracuse (7, Midwest)
Cincinnati (12, West)
West Virginia (7, West)
UConn (1, East)
Marquette (3, East)
Louisville (2, South)
Villanova (4, South)

ACC: 8
Duke (2, East)
Miami (11, East)
Clemson (3, South)
Florida State (5, South)
Boston College (9, Midwest)
Wake Forest (3, Midwest)
North Carolina (1, West)
Virginia Tech (11, West)

Big Ten: 6
Minnesota (10, East)
Wisconsin (12, East)
Purdue (6, Midwest)
Ohio State (6, South)
Michigan State (2, West)
Illinois (5, West)

Pac-10: 5
UCLA (5, East)
Cal (7, East)
Arizona State (5, Midwest)
Arizona (9, South)
Washington (4, West)

SEC: 5
LSU (9, East)
Kentucky (10, Midwest)
South Carolina (8, South)
Tennessee (8, West)
Florida (10, West)

Big 12: 4
Kansas (4, East)
Texas (8, Midwest)
Oklahoma (1, South)
Missouri (3, West)

Mountain West: 4
BYU (11, Midwest)
UNLV (12, Midwest)
San Diego State (12, South)
Utah (6, West)

Atlantic 10: 2
Xavier (4, Midwest)
Dayton (8, East)

Please note: East plays Midwest and West plays South in the Final Four matchups. Teams may have been moved one seed line up or down from their natural seeding to accommodate bracketing rules.

The most controversial inclusion likely is Miami (Fla.) with its 4-7 ACC mark, but when compared to the résumés of others at the cutline, the Canes stack up and they have shown concretely that they can play with the elite. They are one of the teams that got bumped a seed line. Cincinnati made the field when USC lost at Arizona State on Sunday night. San Diego State was another borderline case this week, as BYU and UNLV both looked deserving but both still trail the Aztecs in the MWC standings.

 
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