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Posted: Monday February 23, 2009 11:57AM; Updated: Monday February 23, 2009 8:31PM
Andy Glockner Andy Glockner >
INSIDE COLLEGE BASKETBALL

UConn, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Pitt projected as the top seeds

Story Highlights

The Big East and Big Ten lead with eight and seven teams respectively

Oklahoma State and Maryland, have played themselves back into consideration

The entire 12-seed line is very vulnerable, so a lot could change

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

SOUTH (Memphis) EAST (Boston)
Kansas City
(1) Oklahoma
(16) Long Beach State (Big West)

(8) Arizona
(9) Tennessee

Philadelphia
(5) Xavier
(12) Penn State

(4) Villanova
(13) Buffalo (MAC)

Miami
(6) Gonzaga
(11) UNLV

(3) Wake Forest
(14) Binghamton (Am. East)

Dayton
(7) Butler (Horizon)
(10) Wisconsin

(2) Louisville
(15) Cornell (Ivy)
Greensboro
(1) North Carolina
(16) UT-Martin (Ohio Valley)

(8) South Carolina
(9) Texas

Portland
(5) Purdue
(12) Cincinnati

(4) Arizona State
(13) Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)

Minneapolis
(6) Cal
(11) BYU

(3) Marquette
(14) North Dakota State (Summit)

Minneapolis
(7) LSU
(10) Utah State (WAC)

(2) Michigan State
(15) Stephen F. Austin (Southland)
MIDWEST (Indianapolis) WEST (Glendale, AZ)
Dayton
(1) Pitt
(16) Alabama State (SWAC)/Jacksonville (A-Sun)

(8) Boston College
(9) Kentucky

Boise
(5) Utah
(12) USC

(4) Kansas
(13) Davidson (SoCon)

Miami
(6) West Virginia
(11) Creighton (Missouri Valley)

(3) Clemson
(14) American (Patriot)

Kansas City
(7) UCLA
(10)Minnesota

(2) Memphis (Conference USA)
(15) Robert Morris (Northeastern)


Philadelphia
(1) Connecticut
(16) Morgan State (MEAC)

(8) Dayton
(9) Ohio State

Boise
(5) Florida State
(12) St. Mary's

(4) Washington
(13) VCU (Colonial)

Portland
(6) Illinois
(11) Florida

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

Greensboro
(7) Syracuse
(10) Siena (MAAC)

(2) Duke
(15) Radford (Big South)

Bracket updated through February 23.

Others considered: Oklahoma State, Maryland, San Diego State, UAB, Kansas State, Providence, Notre Dame, New Mexico, Georgetown, Texas A&M

Breakdown by conference

Big East: 8
Pitt (1, Midwest)
West Virgina (6, Midwest)
Cincinnati (12, East)
Marquette (3, East)
Villanova (4, South)
Louisville (2, South)
Connecticut (1, West)
Syracuse (7, West)

Big Ten: 7
Minnesota (10, Midwest)
Purdue (5, East)
Michigan State (2, East)
Penn State (12, South)
Wisconsin (10, South)
Ohio State (9, West)
Illinois (6, West)

ACC: 6
Boston College (8, Midwest)
Clemson (3, Midwest)
North Carolina (1, East)
Wake Forest (3, South)
Florida State (5, West)
Duke (2, West)

Pac-10: 6
USC (12, Midwest)
UCLA (7, Midwest)
Arizona State (4, East)
Cal (6, East)
Arizona (8, South)
Washington (4, West)

SEC: 5
Kentucky (9, Midwest)
South Carolina (8, East)
LSU (7, East)
Tennessee (9, South)
Florida (11, West)

Big 12: 4
Kansas (4, Midwest)
Texas (9, East)
Oklahoma (1, South)
Missouri (3, West)

Mountain West: 3
Utah (5, Midwest)
BYU (11, East)
UNLV (11, South)

Atlantic 10: 2
Xavier (5, South)
Dayton (8, West)

West Coast: 2
Gonzaga (6, South)
Saint Mary's (12, West)

Please note: Midwest plays South and West plays East 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 lack of quality teams for the final four or five at-large spots was really jarring. As such, Saint Mary's made it back into the field as the Gaels beat San Diego and Utah State at home without Patty Mills and have shown over the past four games that they are a capable team without him. If and when they get him back, they are a very solid at-large candidate given the whole landscape.

Teams that you thought had no chance even a week ago, like Maryland and Oklahoma State, were way closer to getting in than expected. The entire 12-seed line this week is very vulnerable and arguments could be made for a number of teams instead of any of those.

 
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