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Bracket Update: SEC, Atlantic 10 with critical games

Marshall Henderson

Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson (22) celebrates while leaving the court in the final seconds of their NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Oxford, Miss. Mississippi won 62-56. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


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


EAST - Washington, DCMIDWEST- Indianapolis
1) Duke1) Indiana
8) Illinois8) MEMPHIS
9) Oregon9) Cincinnati
San JoseAustin
5) UNLV5) Saint Louis
12) Saint Mary’s / La Salle12) BELMONT
4) Marquette4) Oklahoma State
13) New Mexico State13) Akron
6) Butler6) UCLA
11) Oklahoma11) Temple
3) Florida3) Miami-FL
Auburn HillsPhiladelphia
7) CREIGHTON7) Colorado State
10) Villanova10) Minnesota
2) Michigan State2) Georgetown
15) Vermont15) IONA
SOUTH - DallasWEST - Los Angeles
LexingtonSalt Lake
1) Louisville1) GONZAGA
16) Southern / Morgan State16) WESTERN KENTUCKY
8) North Carolina8) NC State
9) Wichita State9) San Diego State
Kansas CitySan Jose
5) Wisconsin5) Syracuse
12) Boise State / Kentucky12) BUCKNELL
4) Kansas State4) Arizona
13) DAVIDSON13) S.F. Austin
DaytonAuburn Hills
6) Notre Dame6) Pittsburgh
11) Iowa State11) Tennessee
3) Ohio State3) Michigan
Salt LakeKansas City
7) VCU7) Missouri
10) California10) Colorado
2) New Mexico2) Kansas
15) Long Beach15) 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)