Mar 8, 2013, 1:15 PM EST
We should be in for an exciting week. It’s not often that so many potential at-large spots and seeding questions remain this close to Selection Sunday. Which means several teams – many from the SEC in particular – will be paying close attention to conference tournament results. A surprise winner or two could jolt the at-large pool.
For now, Duke reclaims the overall top seed. Ryan Kelly has returned and is playing at a high level. That brings the Blue Devils’ full profile back into play, and it’s pretty good. But the race isn’t over. Gonzaga, Kansas, Indiana, Louisville, Georgetown, New Mexico, and a second Big Ten team are all contenders for a No. 1 seed. Conference tournaments could play a decisive role.
The bubble remains what it is. So despite some losses this week, not a lot has changed. Thankfully, a week remains to help sort things out. Given the turmoil, several teams could still make a late push. We have a long way to go and a short time to get there. Buckle up.
Quick note: As we’ve entered conference tournament play, teams in ALL-CAPS no longer appear in the bracket. We’ll begin using the CAPS as a indication of a team’s automatic bid. The first of which will be handed out on Saturday.
FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)
- Virginia vs. Tennessee | East Region
- Iowa State vs. La Salle | South Region
- Norfolk State vs. Charleston-Southern | South Region
- Southern vs. Northeastern | Midwest Region
BRACKET PROJECTION …
|EAST – Washington, DC||MIDWEST- Indianapolis|
|1) Duke||1) INDIANA|
|16) Mercer||16) Southern / Northeastern|
|8) Illinois||8) Missouri|
|9) Memphis||9) Cincinnati|
|San Jose||Salt Lake|
|5) Arizona||5) Saint Louis|
|12) Belmont||12) Middle Tennesse State|
|4) Marquette||4) UNLV|
|13) Bucknell||13) Louisiana Tech|
|6) Pittsburgh||6) VCU|
|11) Tennessee / Virginia||11) Boise State|
|3) Kansas State||3) Miami-FL|
|14) S.F. Austin||14) Montana|
|7) Butler||7) Oregon|
|10) California||10) Wichita State|
|2) Michigan State||2) Louisville|
|15) Niagara||15) South Dakota State|
|SOUTH – Dallas||WEST – Los Angeles|
|Kansas City||Salt Lake|
|1) Kansas||1) Gonzaga|
|16) Norfolk St / Charleston-So||16) Long Beach State|
|8) Colorado State||8) San Diego State|
|9) Creighton||9) Colorado|
|5) Wisconsin||5) Oklahoma State|
|12) Saint Mary’s||12) Villanova|
|4) Syracuse||4) Ohio State|
|13) Davidson||13) Akron|
|6) Notre Dame||6) UCLA|
|11) Iowa State / La Salle||11) Temple|
|3) Florida||3) Michigan|
|14) Stony Brook||14) Valparaiso|
|7) North Carolina||7) NC State|
|10) Minnesota||10) Oklahoma|
|2) New Mexico||2) Georgetown|
|15) Robert Morris||15) Princeton|
NOTES on the BRACKET: Duke is the No. 1 overall seed followed by Gonzaga, Indiana, and Kansas. Next in line: Louisville, New Mexico, Georgetown, Michigan State.
Last Five teams in (at large): Saint Mary’s, La Salle, Iowa State, Tennessee, Virginia
First Five teams out (at large): Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Iowa, Massachusetts
Next Five teams out (at large): Arkansas, Maryland, Baylor, Xavier, Providence
Breakdown by Conference …
Big East (8): Louisville, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Villanova
Big Ten (7): Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois
Mountain West (5): San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico, Colorado State, Boise State
Pac 12 (5): Arizona, Colorado, UCLA, Oregon, California
Big 12 (5): Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State
Atlantic 10 (5): Butler, VCU, Temple, La Salle, Saint Louis
ACC (5): Duke, NC State, North Carolina, Miami-FL, Virginia
SEC (3): Missouri, Florida, Tennessee
Missouri Valley (2): Creighton, Wichita State
West Coast (2): Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s
Conference USA (1): Memphis
Conference Automatic Qualifiers … BELMONT (Ohio Valley), BUCKNELL (Patriot), MIDDLE TENNESSE ST (Sunbelt), SOUTH DAKOTA STATE(Summit), VALPARAISO (Horizon), DAVIDSON (Southern), LOUISIANA TECH (WAC), NIAGARA (MAAC), STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (Southland), AKRON (MAC), MERCER (A-Sun), PRINCETON (IVY), LONG BEACH (Big West), NORTHEASTERN (Colonial), STONY BROOK (American East), MONTANA (Big Sky), NORFOLK STATE (MEAC), CHARLESTON-SOUTHERN (Big South), ROBERT MORRIS (NEC), SOUTHERN (SWAC)
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