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Bracketology: It’s Moving Day for March Madness

Mar 13, 2014, 9:02 AM EST

Tyler Adams, Aaron Bowen

If you’ve ever watched The Masters golf tournament in early April, they refer to Saturday as Moving Day.  It’s the day when golfers position themselves for a run at the Green Jacket.

In the world of college hoops, today and tomorrow are like Moving Day at selection headquarters.  Teams on the proverbial NCAA tournament bubble will be trying to position themselves for a spot in the Field of 68.  With as many as 13 spots still in question – to varying degrees – much could be decided between now and Saturday morning.  It’s why hoop-heads love Championship Week almost as much as the tournament itself.

Quick notes about today’s (March 13) bracket update:

American joins the Field as the automatic qualifier from the Patriot League.  Meanwhile, the Georgetown Hoyas’ hopes of an at-large berth received a serious jolt after an opening round loss to DePaul Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden.  The Hoyas were among the First Five OUT yesterday and are further down the seed list today.

Inside the bracket, there were no other changes.  Stanford survived against Washington State.  Oregon, Baylor, and Oklahoma State all won opening round games in their league tournaments.

If you’re ready for Moving Day, the wait is over.

UPDATED: March 13, 2014  |  6:30 a.m. ET

Teams in CAPS represent the AUTOMATIC qualifier from their conference.  Exceptions are made for teams that use an abbreviation (UCLA, BYU, etc).

Several new bracketing principles were introduced after last year’s tournament. You can read them for yourself at http://www.ncaa.com. For example: teams from the same conference may now meet before a Regional final, even if fewer than eight teams are selected. The goal is to keep as many teams as possible on their actual seed line.

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • Nebraska vs. Tennessee | Midwest Region
  • Xavier vs. BYU | South Region
  • Texas Southern vs. Weber State Midwest Region
  • MT ST. MARY’S vs. COASTAL CAROLINA East Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

SOUTH – Memphis WEST - Anaheim                                   
Orlando San Diego
1) Florida 1) Arizona
16) WOFFORD 16) Utah Valley
8) Kansas State 8) George Washington
9) Arizona State 9) GONZAGA
Spokane San Diego
5) Ohio State 5) Oklahoma
12) BYU / Xavier 12) Toledo
4) Louisville 4) Michigan State
13) S.F. Austin 13) NORTH DAKOTA ST
Buffalo San Antonio
6) New Mexico 6) Baylor
11) Dayton 11) Stanford
3) Syracuse 3) Creighton
14) MERCER 14) UC-Irvine
Milwaukee Raleigh
7) VCU 7) Memphis
10) SMU 10) Saint Joseph’s
2) Wisconsin 2) Virginia
15) AMERICAN 15) Stony Brook
EAST – New York MIDWEST – Indianapolis
Buffalo St. Louis
1) Villanova 1) WICHITA STATE
16) CO CAROLINA / MT ST. MARY’S 16) Weber State / Texas Southern
8) Oklahoma State 8) Kentucky
9) Iowa 9) Oregon
Spokane Orlando
5) North Carolina 5) Texas
12) Louisiana Tech 12) HARVARD
4) San Diego State 4) Duke
13) DELAWARE 13) MANHATTAN
San Antonio Raleigh
6) Massachusetts 6) Saint Louis
11) Arkansas 11) Tennessee / Nebraska
3) Iowa State 3) Cincinnati
14) EASTERN KENTUCKY 14) Georgia State
Milwaukee St. Louis
7) Connecticut 7) UCLA
10) Colorado 10) Pittsburgh
2) Michigan 2) Kansas
15) NC-Central 15) MILWAUKEE

NOTES on the BRACKET: Florida remains the overall No. 1 seed followed by Arizona, Wichita State, and Villanova.

Last Five teams in (at large): Stanford, Nebraska, Xavier, Tennessee, BYU

First Five teams out (at large): California, Minnesota, Missouri, St. John’s, Providence

Next five teams out (at large): Southern Miss, Green Bay, Florida State, Georgetown, Illinois

Breakdown by Conference …

Big 12 (7): Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma State

Pac 12 (6): Arizona, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon, Colorado

Atlantic 10 (6): Massachusetts, VCU, Saint Louis, George Washington, Saint Joseph’s, Dayton

Big Ten (6): Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska

ACC (5): Duke, Virginia, Syracuse, North Carolina, Pittsburgh

American (5): Louisville, Memphis, Connecticut, Cincinnati, SMU

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

Big East (3): Creighton, Villanova, Xavier

Mountain West (2): New Mexico, San Diego State

West Coast (2): GONZAGA, Brigham Young

Missouri Valley (1): Wichita State

Conference Automatic Qualifiers … Louisiana Tech (C-USA), EASTERN KENTUCKY (Ohio Valley), Georgia State (Sun Belt), AMERICAN (Patriot), NORTH DAKOTA STATE (Summit), MILWAUKEE (Horizon), WOFFORD (Southern), Utah Valley (WAC), MANHATTAN (MAAC), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Toledo (MAC), MERCER (A-Sun), HARVARD (IVY), UC-Irvine (Big West), DELAWARE (Colonial), Stony Brook (American East), Weber State (Big Sky), NC-Central (MEAC), COASTAL CAROLINA (Big South), MOUNT ST. MARY’S (NEC), Texas Southern (SWAC)