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Posted: Monday January 18, 2010 1:38PM; Updated: Monday January 18, 2010 1:38PM
Andy Glockner
Andy Glockner>BRACKET WATCH
2010 NCAA Tournament Projection
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 Campbell (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
8 Wake Forest
9 New Mexico
 
 
New Orleans
 
5 Northern Iowa (MVC)
12 Illinois
 
 
4 West Virginia
13 Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)
 
 
Spokane
 
6 Georgia Tech
11 Richmond
 
 
3 Purdue
14 Weber State (Big Sky)
 
 
Providence
 
7 Mississippi
10 Baylor
 
 
2 Villanova
15 Vermont (America East)
 
EAST - Syracuse
 
Milwaukee
 
1 Kentucky
16 Lafayette (Patriot)/Jackson St. (SWAC)
 
 
8 UAB (C-USA)
9 Texas A&M
 
 
New Orleans
 
5 Ohio State
12 Saint Mary's
 
 
4 Temple
13 Virginia
 
 
Buffalo
 
6 Mississippi State
11 Xavier
 
 
3 Pittsburgh
14 Oakland (Summit)
 
 
Jacksonville
 
7 Missouri
10 Washington
 
 
2 Duke
15 Morgan State (MEAC)
 
 
 
 
 
WEST - Salt Lake City
 
Buffalo
 
1 Syracuse
16 Quinnipiac (Northeast)
 
 
8 North Carolina
9 Minnesota
 
 
San Jose
 
5 Gonzaga
12 Dayton
 
 
4 BYU
13 Louisiana Tech (WAC)
 
 
San Jose
 
6 Vanderbilt
11 Siena (MAAC)
 
 
3 Kansas State
14 Buffalo (MAC)
 
 
Milwaukee
 
7 Connecticut
10 Florida State
 
 
2 Michigan State
15 Pacific (Big West)
 
MIDWEST - St. Louis
 
Oklahoma City
 
1 Kansas
16 TAMU-CC (Southland)
 
 
8 UNLV
9 Cal
 
 
Spokane
 
5 Clemson
12 Cincinnati
 
 
4 Wisconsin
13 Murray State (Ohio Valley)
 
 
Jacksonville
 
6 Butler (Horizon)
11 Rhode Island
 
 
3 Tennessee
14 College of Charleston (SoCon)
 
 
Providence
 
7 William & Mary (CAA)
10 Cornell (Ivy)
 
 
2 Georgetown
15 Coastal Carolina (Big South)
 
 

New multi-bid conference teams in: Virginia (auto bid), Cincinnati, Illinois.

Multi-bid conference teams out: Miami (FL), Oklahoma State, Texas Tech.

Also considered: Virginia Tech, Marquette, Arizona State, Northwestern, Florida, Louisville, Old Dominion. (No teams with an RPI over 100, according to CollegeRPI.com, were considered.)

Bids by conference: ACC and Big East (7); Big 12 and Big Ten (6), 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 all 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:

-- Virginia's inclusion as the ACC auto-bid winner bumped out an at-large team, which was in the Northwestern/Arizona State/OK State/Texas Tech/a couple others neighborhood. My eyes started bleeding when comparing those profiles.

-- There appears to be a clear split now halfway through the 2-seed line, with Villanova and Duke being stronger profile-wise than Michigan State and Georgetown.

-- North Carolina tumbled from a 3 to an 8 after 70 bad minutes and two losses.

-- Florida State and Richmond swapped seed lines to help the bracket conform to rules.

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

Got a bone to pick with the Bracket Watch? Send feedback to bubblewatch@gmail.com.
 

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