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On second thought, USU is on the bubble

3/14/2010

Editor's note: This is updated to include all games through Saturday, March 13

My Current No. 1 Seeds

Midwest: Kansas Jayhawks

South: Syracuse Orange

East: Kentucky Wildcats

West: Duke Blue Devils


Current Automatic Qualifiers (24)

  • Cornell Big Red (Ivy League)

  • Winthrop Eagles (Big South)

  • East Tennessee State Buccaneers (Atlantic Sun)

  • Murray State Racers (Ohio Valley)

  • Northern Iowa Panthers (Missouri Valley)

  • Old Dominion Monarchs (Colonial)

  • Siena Saints (MAAC)

  • Saint Mary's Gaels (West Coast)

  • Wofford Terriers (Southern)

  • North Texas Mean Green (Sun Belt)

  • Oakland Golden Grizzlies (Summit)

  • Butler Bulldogs (Horizon)

  • Robert Morris Colonials (Northeast)

  • Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky)

  • Lehigh Mountain Hawks (Patriot)

  • Houston Cougars (Conference USA)

  • Vermont Catamounts (America East)

  • Morgan State (MEAC)

  • Sam Houston State (Southland)

  • Washington Huskies (Pac-10)

  • Ohio Bobcats (MAC)

  • UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (Big West)

  • Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (SWAC)

  • New Mexico State Aggies (WAC)


    Current "Locks" (38 teams)

  • Big East (8): Syracuse Orange, Villanova Wildcats, West Virginia Mountaineers, Pittsburgh Panthers, Georgetown Hoyas, Louisville Cardinals, Marquette Golden Eagles, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  • Big 12 (7): Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas State Wildcats, Baylor Bears, Texas A&M Aggies, Texas Longhorns, Missouri Tigers, Oklahoma State Cowboys

  • ACC (6): Duke Blue Devils, Maryland Terrapins, Clemson Tigers, Florida State Seminoles, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Wake Forest Demon Deacons

  • Big Ten (4): Purdue Boilermakers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan State Spartans

  • Mountain West (4): New Mexico Lobos, Brigham Young Cougars, UNLV Rebels, San Diego State Aztecs

  • Atlantic 10 (3): Temple Owls, Xavier Musketeers, Richmond Spiders

  • SEC (3): Kentucky Wildcats, Vanderbilt Commodores, Tennessee Volunteers

  • Conference USA (1): UTEP Miners

  • Pac-10 (1): California Golden Bears

  • West Coast (1): Gonzaga Bulldogs

    TOTAL SPOTS CLAIMED: 62


    The Bubble (6 teams for 3 spots)

  • Currently In (3, listed in S-Curve order): Utah State Aggies, Virginia Tech Hokies, Minnesota Golden Gophers

  • Currently Out (3, listed in S-Curve order): Mississippi State Bulldogs, Illinois Fighting Illini, Florida Gators

  • Off The Board: Ole Miss Rebels, Seton Hall Pirates, Rhode Island Rams, Arizona State Sun Devils, Memphis Tigers, Dayton Flyers, UAB Blazers, South Florida Bulls, Cincinnati Bearcats, Wichita State Shockers


    Regular-Season Champions (NIT automatic bids if needed)

  • Stony Brook Seawolves (America East)*

  • Jacksonville Dolphins (Atlantic Sun)*

  • Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (Big South)*

  • Troy Trojans (Sun Belt)*

  • Quinnipiac Bobcats (Northeast)*

  • Weber State Wildcats (Big Sky)*

  • Jackson State Tigers (SWAC)*

  • Kent State Golden Flashes (MAC)*

    *Lost in conference tournament. Will receive automatic bid to NIT.

    Joe Lunardi is the resident Bracketologist for ESPN, ESPN.com and ESPN Radio. He also teaches Fundamentals of Bracketology online at Saint Joseph's University. Comments can be sent to bracketology@comcast.net.