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Indiana grabs Big Ten lead, No. 1 seed in newest bracket

Indiana v Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - JANUARY 30: Cody Zeller #40 of the Indiana Hoosiers dunks the ball against the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on January 30, 2013 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Indiana defeated Purdue 97-60. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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The Super Bowl is behind us. Selection Sunday is rapidly approaching. Which means college basketball takes center stage for the next two months. By beating Michigan on Saturday, the Indiana Hoosiers took center stage, too. IU vaulted into first place in the Big Ten, grabbed a No. 1 ranking in the polls, and landed atop the Midwest Region as a No. 1 seed in our newest bracket.

Indiana is joined on the top line by Florida, Kansas, and Michigan. The aforementioned Wolverines have quite a resume, too, and have the No. 1 seed in the West Region. The IU-UM rematch in Ann Arbor is March 10. As for Kansas, the Jayhawks still have more Top 50 RPI wins (7) than anyone else, and they also have nine (9) victories over teams which currently project into the Field of 68. Thus, KU stays as the No. 1 seed in the South. Florida is steamrolling through the SEC and has been dominant in winning 10 straight games. For those interested in the top of the s-curve it looks like this: Florida, Kansas, Indiana, and Michigan. Arizona and Duke are close behind.

While the race for No. 1 seeds is intriguing, the bubble continues to be quite fluid. La Salle, Temple, Indiana State, St. John’s and Arizona State are among the last few teams in today’s update. Villanova, St. Mary’s, Charlotte, Illinois, and Boise State are among those just missing. We also have teams like Virginia - which boasts a resume filled with some quality wins and mind-numbing losses. It should be quite a race to the finish line.

Enjoy another great week of hoops.

UPDATED: February 5, 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)


  • St. John’s vs. Indiana State | West Region
  • Arizona State vs. Temple | South Region
  • NORFOLK STATE vs. CHARLESTON-SOUTHERN | Midwest Region
  • BRYANT vs. FLORIDA GULF COAST | East Region

BRACKET PROJECTION ...

EAST - Washington, DCSOUTH - Dallas
LexingtonKansas City
1) FLORIDA1) KANSAS
16) BRYANT / FLA GULF COAST 16) LONG BEACH
8) VCU8) UCLA
9) Colorado State9) Kentucky
DaytonAustin
5) Marquette5) Minnesota
12) BELMONT12) La Salle
4) Ohio State4) Cincinnati
13) LEHIGH13) AKRON
PhiladelphiaAuburn Hills
6) Oklahoma State6) Pittsburgh
11) Alabama11) Arizona State / Temple
3) SYRACUSE3) Michigan State
14) HARVARD14) VALPARAISO
PhiladelphiaAustin
7) Wichita State7) UNLV
10) Saint Louis10) Mississippi
2) Duke2) MIAMI-FL
15) NORTHEASTERN15) STONY BROOK
WEST - Los AngelesMIDWEST - Indianapolis
Auburn HillsDayton
1) MICHIGAN1) INDIANA
16) SOUTHERN16) NORFOLK ST / CHARLESTON-SO
8) Notre Dame8) San Diego State
9) North Carolina9) Iowa State
Kansas CitySan Jose
5) Kansas State5) Oregon
12) Indiana State / St. John’s12) MID TENNESSEE ST
4) BUTLER4) CREIGHTON
13) SO DAKOTA STATE13) LOUISIANA TECH
Salt LakeLexington
6) Georgetown6) NC State
11) MEMPHIS11) Colorado
3) NEW MEXICO3) Louisville
14) MONTANA14) DAVIDSON
San JoseSalt Lake
7) Wisconsin7) Missouri
10) Baylor10) Oklahoma
2) ARIZONA2) GONZAGA
15) S.F. AUSTIN15) NIAGARA


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

Last Five teams in (at large): La Salle, Temple, Indiana State, St. John’s, Arizona State

First Five teams out (at large): Villanova, St. Mary’s, Charlotte, Illinois, Boise State

Next Five teams out (at large): Virginia, Maryland, Southern Miss, Massachusetts, Florida State

Breakdown by Conference ...

Big East (8): Louisville, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Marquette, Pittsburgh, St. John’s

Big Ten (6): Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, 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

SEC (5): Missouri, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama

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

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

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), AKRON (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)