Mar 17, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT
Depending on your viewpoint, it’s a 50-50 call on whether Indiana or Louisville will be the No. 1 overall seed and thus the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region. Early this morning, we had Indiana in that spot. After a few more hours to think about it, the Hoosiers stay put. An outright regular-season title in the Big Ten and the strength of road wins at Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan could be enough to keep IU close to home. Ironically, back in November, we had Indiana and Louisville as the top two seeds on our pre-season bracket. And here we are, back where we started. If the Selection Committee tabs the Cardinals as the overall No. 1 seed, no argument here. Both teams are very deserving.
We may never know if Ole Miss had a spot in the Field of 68 before winning the SEC tournament title today. The Rebels took care of business, beat Florida, and secured a spot. There are bound to be a few close calls, and we could see a surprise team in the bracket. We’ll know soon. It’s been a great season, and it’s going to be a great tournament.
UPDATED: March 17, 2013 | 4:30 p.m. ET
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)
- Tennessee vs. Saint Mary’s | East Region
- Boise State vs. La Salle | South Region
- JAMES MADISON vs. NO CAROLINA AT | East Region
- SOUTHERN vs. LIBERTY | Midwest Region
BRACKET PROJECTION …
|EAST – Washington, DC||MIDWEST- Indianapolis|
|1) LOUISVILLE||1) Indiana|
|16) JAMES MADISON / NC A&T||16) LIBERTY / SOUTHERN|
|8) Illinois||8) NC State|
|9) Wichita State||9) San Diego State|
|San Jose||Kansas City|
|5) UNLV||5) Marquette|
|12) Saint Mary’s / Tennessee||12) BELMONT|
|4) SAINT LOUIS||4) Kansas State|
|13) DAVIDSON||13) SOUTH DAKOTA ST|
|6) Notre Dame||6) VCU|
|11) MISSISSIPPI||11) California|
|3) Ohio State||3) Florida|
|14) NORTHWESTERN STATE||14) HARVARD|
|7) UCLA||7) CREIGHTON|
|10) Temple||10) Minnesota|
|2) MIAMI-FL||2) Georgetown|
|15) ALBANY||15) IONA|
|SOUTH – Dallas||WEST – Los Angeles|
|1) Duke||1) KANSAS|
|16) LIU-BROOKLYN||16) WESTERN KENTUCKY|
|8) Missouri||8) Colorado State|
|9) MEMPHIS||9) Cincinnati|
|5) Oklahoma State||5) Arizona|
|12) Boise State / La Salle||12) BUCKNELL|
|4) Syracuse||4) Wisconsin|
|13) AKRON||13) NEW MEXICO STATE|
|Auburn Hills||Auburn Hills|
|6) Butler||6) Pittsburgh|
|11) Oklahoma||11) Iowa State|
|3) Michigan State||3) Michigan|
|14) FLA GULF COAST||14) VALPARAISO|
|Salt Lake||Salt Lake|
|7) OREGON||7) North Carolina|
|10) Villanova||10) Colorado|
|2) NEW MEXICO||2) GONZAGA|
|15) PACIFIC||15) MONTANA|
NOTES on the BRACKET: Indiana is the No. 1 overall seed followed by Louisville, Duke, and Kansas. Next in line: Gonzaga, Georgetown, New Mexico, Miami-FL
Last Five teams in (at large): Oklahoma, Boise State, Tennessee, La Salle, Saint Mary’s
First Five teams out (at large): Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts
Next five teams out (at large): Iowa, Alabama, Southern Miss, Arizona State, Stephen F. Austin
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, Mississippi
Missouri Valley (2): CREIGHTON, Wichita State
West Coast (2): GONZAGA, Saint Mary’s
Conference USA (1): Memphis
Conference Automatic Qualifiers … BELMONT (Ohio Valley), WESTERN KENTUCKY (Sun Belt), BUCKNELL (Patriot), SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (Summit), VALPARAISO (Horizon), DAVIDSON (Southern), NEW MEXICO STATE (WAC), IONA (MAAC), NORTHWESTERN STATE (Southland), AKRON (MAC), FLORIDA GULF COAST (A-Sun), HARVARD (IVY), PACIFIC (Big West), JAMES MADISON (Colonial), ALBANY (American East), MONTANA (Big Sky), NORTH CAROLINA A&T (MEAC), LIBERTY (Big South), LIU-BROOKLYN (NEC), SOUTHERN (SWAC)
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