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Posted: Sunday March 14, 2010 3:58AM; Updated: Sunday March 14, 2010 4:13PM
Andy Glockner
Andy Glockner>BRACKET WATCH
2010 NCAA Tournament Projection
In this bracket, the Midwest matches up with the West, the South with the East in the national semifinals.

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 next couple weeks, shifts in seeding will alter which subregions fall into which regions.

* -- automatic qualifier

 
 
MIDWEST - Saint Louis
 
Oklahoma City
 
1 Kansas* (Big 12)
16 East Tennessee State* (Atlantic Sun)
 
 
8 Northern Iowa* (Missouri Valley)
9 Louisville
 
 
Jacksonville
 
5 Richmond
12 Illinois
 
 
4 Vanderbilt
13 Houston* (Conference USA)
 
 
New Orleans
 
6 Butler* (Horizon)
11 St. Mary's (West Coast)
 
 
3 Pittsburgh
14 Sam Houston State* (Southland)
 
 
Jacksonville
 
7 Texas
10 Washington* (Pac-10)
 
 
2 Duke* (ACC)
15 UC Santa Barbara* (Big West)
 
SOUTH - Houston
 
Buffalo
 
1 Syracuse
16 UA Pine Bluff (SWAC)/Winthrop* (Big South)
 
 
8 UNLV
9 Florida State
 
 
New Orleans
 
5 Tennessee
12 Minnesota
 
 
4 Baylor
13 New Mexico State* (WAC)
 
 
Providence
 
6 Xavier
11 Cornell* (Ivy)
 
 
3 Villanova
14 Ohio* (MAC)
 
 
Milwaukee
 
7 Missouri
10 Wake Forest
 
 
2 Ohio State
15 Morgan State* (MEAC)
 
 
 
 
 
WEST - Salt Lake City
 
Buffalo
 
1 West Virginia* (Big East)
16 Lehigh* (Patriot)
 
 
8 Oklahoma State
9 San Diego State* (Mountain West)
 
 
Spokane
 
5 Maryland
12 California
 
 
4 Purdue
13 Murray State* (Ohio Valley)
 
 
San Jose
 
6 Michigan State
11 Utah State
 
 
3 New Mexico
14 Montana* (Big Sky)
 
 
Oklahoma City
 
7 Marquette
10 Old Dominion* (Colonial)
 
 
2 Kansas State
15 Vermont* (America East)
 
EAST- Syracuse
 
Milwaukee
 
1 Kentucky* (SEC)
16 Robert Morris* (Northeast)
 
 
8 Notre Dame
9 Clemson
 
 
Spokane
 
5 Texas A&M
12 Siena* (MAAC)
 
 
4 Wisconsin
13 Oakland* (Summit)
 
 
San Jose
 
6 BYU
11 Georgia Tech
 
 
3 Temple* (Atlantic 10)
14 Wofford* (SoCon)
 
 
Providence
 
7 Gonzaga
10 UTEP
 
 
2 Georgetown
15 North Texas* (Sun Belt)
 
 

New multi-bid conference teams in: New Mexico State (auto), Houston (auto)
Multi-bid conference teams out: Florida, Virginia Tech

Also considered: Florida, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Seton Hall, William & Mary

**Midwest plays West and South plays East in the national semifinals.
**League winners are listed with their conference for clarity. Teams can be moved a seed line up or down to conform to bracketing rules.

Bids by conference: Big East (8); Big 12 (7); ACC and Big Ten (6), Mountain West (4); SEC and Atlantic 10 (3); West Coast, WAC, Conference USA and Pac-10 (2)

SEEDING NOTES
**This is the bracket as of 3 a.m. Sunday, although I?m still sifting through the last few teams in and out. It?s possible one or more teams could change, even if Kentucky and Ohio State win their finals.

**Louisville was a 10/11 border team that was pushed to a 9 instead of a 12 due to bracket conflicts.
**Marquette was a natural 8 that moved to a 7 because of bracket/venue conflicts.

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