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Bracket math: Crunching the numbers

3/15/2009

No. 1 seeds

South: Louisville

East: North Carolina

Midwest: Pittsburgh

West: Memphis

Automatic Qualifiers (30)

• Akron (MAC)

• Alabama State (SWAC)

• American (Patriot League)

• Binghamton (America East)

• Cal State Northridge (Big West)

• Chattanooga (Southern)

• Cleveland State (Horizon)

• Cornell (Ivy League)

• Duke (ACC)

• East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun)

• Gonzaga (West Coast)

• Louisville (Big East)

• Memphis (Conference USA)

• Mississippi State (SEC)

• Missouri (Big 12)

• Morehead State (Ohio Valley)

• Morgan State (MEAC)

• North Dakota State (Summit)

• Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley)

• Portland State (Big Sky)

• Radford (Big South)

• Robert Morris (Northeast)

• Siena (MAAC)

• Southern California (Pac-10)

• Stephen F. Austin (Southland)

• Temple (Atlantic 10)

• Utah (Mountain West)

• Utah State (WAC)

• VCU (Colonial)

• Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)

Locks (33 teams)

• Big Ten (7): Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio State

• Big East (6): Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Villanova, Syracuse, Marquette, West Virginia

• ACC (5): North Carolina, Wake Forest, Clemson, Florida State, Boston College

• Big 12 (5): Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&amp;M

• Pac-10 (4): Washington, UCLA, Arizona State, California

• Atlantic 10 (2): Xavier, Dayton

• SEC (2): LSU, Tennessee

• Mountain West (1): BYU

• Horizon (1): Butler

Total spots claimed: 63

Bubble (6 teams for 2 spots)

• IN (2, in S-Curve order): Maryland, Creighton

• OUT (4, in S-Curve order): Saint Mary's, Penn State, Arizona, San Diego State

OFF THE BOARD: Auburn, New Mexico, UNLV, Florida, Tulsa, Virginia Tech, Davidson, Illinois State, UAB, Miami (Fla.), South Carolina, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Kansas State, Providence, Northwestern, Niagara, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Nevada

NIT (automatic bids if needed)

• Bowling Green (MAC)

• Davidson (Southern)

• Jacksonville (Atlantic Sun)

• Tennessee-Martin (OVC)

• Weber State (Big Sky)

Joe Lunardi is the resident Bracketologist for ESPN, ESPN.com and ESPN Radio. Comments may be sent to bracketology@comcast.net.