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Bracket Update: SEC, Atlantic 10 with critical games

Mar 15, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

Marshall Henderson

We had an interesting Thursday on the college hoops landscape.  Several bubble teams completed their profiles – some of which will fall a bit short of the NCAA tournament.  For the rest, today could prove to be a critical juncture.  Action and results in the SEC will definitely impact the bottom part of the bracket.  There are also some important games in Brooklyn at the Atlantic 10 tourney.  There’s even a potential bid stealer lurking in the Pac-12 as Utah eliminated California.

A few quick notes … Oklahoma now sits one spot above the First Four following the loss at Iowa State.  The group heading to Dayton?  Boise State, Saint Mary’s, La Salle, and Kentucky.  And that could all change by later tonight or tomorrow.

Enjoy the games.

UPDATED: March 15, 2013

Teams in CAPS represent the projected AUTOMATIC bid based on current standings. Exceptions are made for teams that use an abbreviation (UTEP, BYU, etc). Records are for games against Division I teams only.

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • La Salle vs. Saint Mary’s | East Region
  • Kentucky vs. Boise State | South Region
  • JAMES MADISON vs. LIBERTY | Midwest Region
  • Southern vs. Morgan State | South Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

EASTWashington, DC MIDWEST- Indianapolis
Philadelphia Dayton
1) Duke 1) Indiana
16) LIU-BROOKLYN 16) LIBERTY / JAMES MADISON
8) Illinois 8) MEMPHIS
9) Oregon 9) Cincinnati
San Jose Austin
5) UNLV 5) Saint Louis
12) Saint Mary’s / La Salle 12) BELMONT
4) Marquette 4) Oklahoma State
13) New Mexico State 13) Akron
Austin Lexington
6) Butler 6) UCLA
11) Oklahoma 11) Temple
3) Florida 3) Miami-FL
14) HARVARD 14) VALPARAISO
Auburn Hills Philadelphia
7) CREIGHTON 7) Colorado State
10) Villanova 10) Minnesota
2) Michigan State 2) Georgetown
15) Vermont 15) IONA
SOUTH – Dallas WEST – Los Angeles
Lexington Salt Lake
1) Louisville 1) GONZAGA
16) Southern / Morgan State 16) WESTERN KENTUCKY
8) North Carolina 8) NC State
9) Wichita State 9) San Diego State
Kansas City San Jose
5) Wisconsin 5) Syracuse
12) Boise State / Kentucky 12) BUCKNELL
4) Kansas State 4) Arizona
13) DAVIDSON 13) S.F. Austin
Dayton Auburn Hills
6) Notre Dame 6) Pittsburgh
11) Iowa State 11) Tennessee
3) Ohio State 3) Michigan
14) FLA GULF COAST 14) SOUTH DAKOTA ST
Salt Lake Kansas City
7) VCU 7) Missouri
10) California 10) Colorado
2) New Mexico 2) Kansas
15) Long Beach 15) Montana

NOTES on the BRACKET: Duke is the No. 1 overall seed followed by Indiana, Gonzaga, and Louisville. Next in line: Kansas, Georgetown, New Mexico, and Michigan State.

Last Five teams in (at large): Oklahoma, Boise State, La Salle, Saint Mary’s, Kentucky

First Five teams out (at large): Virginia, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, Alabama, Iowa

Next Five teams out (at large): Massachusetts, Baylor, Arizona State, Charlotte, Maryland

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 (4): Duke, NC State, North Carolina, Miami-FL

SEC (4): Missouri, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky

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), WESTERN KENTUCKY (Sunbelt), SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (Summit), VALPARAISO (Horizon), DAVIDSON (Southern), New Mexico State (WAC), IONA (MAAC), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Akron (MAC), FLORIDA GULF COAST (A-Sun), HARVARD (IVY), Long Beach (Big West), JAMES MADISON (Colonial), Vermont (American East), Montana (Big Sky), Morgan State (MEAC), LIBERTY (Big South), LIU-BROOKLYN (NEC), Southern (SWAC)

  1. drewvt6 - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    THat’s awesome how it turns your 8) seeds into sunglasses smiley faces.

  2. mnblue1 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    The chattourney selection on the tourney selection process and potential selections has me set t10o be the nearest bathroom come the selection announcements on Sunday. Three conferences have drawn my interest this year, for different reasons and with different levels of coverage: Big10, Big East and the A10.. Each conference has flaws and strengths. The Big 10 is the weirdest and will have the most unworthy tournement teams . The Big East may have the most teams selected for any one conference and they will be tournement worthy. The problem for the Big East is they have teams that are overrated and will be seeded too high or given squestionable buble preference. The A10 has too many teams that could be selected for the comfort of the selection committee; at least one team from the conference will be screwed, probably for the wrong reason.
    Quick review on the comments. Start with Nebraska in. the Big 10. Nebraska’s basketball team is lucky to know the shape of a basketball. They beat Minnesota and Purdue. Minnesota is considered a lock even though they had a two month stretch which verged on dreadful. A Minneapolis sports columnist is pleading with the NCAA to avoid the embarassment by selecting Minnesota. Even Illinois, Iowa and Purdue and the NIT would benefit greatly if the NCAA passed on these three teams. Unfortunately the NCAA will probably select 7 or 8 Big 10 schools. The Big East will receive far to many favorable seeding especially. Georgetown will be given a 2nd seed rather than a 3rd or even a favorable 4th. NOVA MAY, repeat MAY, be worthy of a selection, but not a lock as they have many unfavorables; they should be on the bubble. The Selection Committee will try to create rationale for excluding A10 teams rather than follow supposed criteria for selecting teams. At least 1 A10 team will be screwed by the NCAA. Nevertheless the A10 may well place 11 teams between the NCAA and the NIT.
    Finally,watch home many times the Selection Committee will use one set of criteria to select one team but not use the same criteria in evaluating another team. Can still enjoy the Madness.

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