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Florida grabs No. 1 seed in East in latest bracket

Kenny Boynton, Ernest Ross

Florida guard Kenny Boynton (1) goes up for shot against Missouri’s Earnest Ross during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

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Florida grabs a No. 1 seed in the East Region in our latest bracket projection. The other number one seeds are Kansas, Michigan, and Arizona. It’s shaping up to be quite a race for the top line. Indiana, Syracuse, and Duke are close behind. It would take some help, but it’s not impossible for Gonzaga or even Butler to be considered a top-line team if those two keep piling up wins. Several other teams are in the mix, too. An outright winner of the Big Ten will almost certainly garner consideration.

As for the bubble, wait a day, it’s bound to change. Consider Kentucky. The Wildcats numbers are pretty blah. By holding off LSU, UK stays in the field as one of our last five “in” today. With visits to Ole Miss and Texas AM up next, it’s a huge week for Big Blue Nation. Villanova and La Salle both join the field thanks to good weeks. Villanova beat Syracuse and Louisville back-to-back. La Salle beat Butler and VCU. While slotted only one spot different on the s-curve, Villanova drops to the 12-line to avoid conference conflicts.

Following the Super Bowl, the countdown to Selection Sunday will take center stage. Here’s to a great week of hoops.

UPDATED: January 29, 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)


  • Saint Louis vs. Indiana State | East Region
  • Iowa State vs. Arizona State | West Region
  • NORFOLK STATE vs. CHARLESTON-SOUTHERN | East Region
  • BRYANT vs. FLORIDA GULF COAST | South Region

BRACKET PROJECTION ...

EAST - Washington, DCSOUTH - Dallas
LexingtonKansas City
1) FLORIDA1) KANSAS
16) NORFOLK ST / CHARL-SOUTHERN 16) BRYANT / FLA GULF COAST
8) Notre Dame8) Wisconsin
9) Oklahoma State9) Colorado
AustinAustin
5) NC State5) Missouri
12) Saint Louis / Indiana State12) Villanova
4) Ohio State4) NEW MEXICO
13) LEHIGH13) OHIO
Auburn HillsSan Jose
6) Kansas State6) Marquette
11) North Carolina11) Kentucky
3) Michigan State3) OREGON
14) DAVIDSON14) HARVARD
PhiladelphiaDayton
7) UNLV7) Minnesota
10) MEMPHIS10) Oklahoma
2) SYRACUSE2) BUTLER
15) NORTHEASTERN15) SOUTHERN
MIDWEST - IndianapolisWEST - Los Angeles
Auburn HillsSalt Lake City
1) MICHIGAN1) ARIZONA
16) STONY BROOK16) LONG BEACH
8) Mississippi8) VCU
9) Colorado State9) Baylor
Kansas CitySan Jose
5) WICHITA STATE5) Cincinnati
12) MID TENNESSEE ST12) BELMONT
4) Louisville4) Creighton
13) SO DAKOTA STATE13) S.F. AUSTIN
Salt LakeLexington
6) UCLA6) San Diego State
11) Temple11) Iowa State / Arizona State
3) GONZAGA3) MIAMI-FL
14) LOUISIANA TECH14) VALPARAISO
PhiladelphiaDayton
7) Georgetown7) Pittsburgh
10) Illinois10) La Salle
2) Duke2) Indiana
15) NIAGARA15) MONTANA


NOTES on the BRACKET: Kansas is the No. 1 overall seed followed by Michigan, Florida, and Arizona.

Last Five teams in (at large): Kentucky, Saint Louis, Iowa State, Indiana State, Arizona State

First Five teams out (at large): St. John’s, Boise State, Maryland, St. Mary’s, Wyoming

Next Five teams out (at large): Alabama, Charlotte, Virginia, Iowa, Southern Miss

Breakdown by Conference ...

Big East (8): Louisville, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Villanova

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

Big 12 (6): Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Iowa State

Pac 12 (5): Arizona, Colorado, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State

Atlantic 10 (5): Butler, VCU, Temple, La Salle, Saint Louis

Mountain West (4): San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico, Colorado State

ACC (4): Duke, NC State, North Carolina, Miami-FL

SEC (4): Missouri, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi

Missouri Valley (3): Creighton, Wichita State, Indiana State

West Coast (1): Gonzaga

Conference USA (1): Memphis

Conference Automatic Qualifiers ... BELMONT (Ohio Valley), LEHIGH (Patriot), MIDDLE TENNESSE ST (Sunbelt), SOUTH DAKOTA ST (Summit), VALPARAISO (Horizon), DAVIDSON (Southern), LOUISIANA TECH (WAC), NIAGARA (MAAC), STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (Southland), OHIO (MAC), FLORIDA GULF COAST (A-Sun), HARVARD (IVY), LONG BEACH (Big West), NORTHEASTERN (Colonial), STONY BROOK (American East), MONTANA (Big Sky), NORFOLK STATE (MEAC), CHARLESTON-SOUTHERN (Big South), BRYANT (NEC), SOUTHERN (SWAC)