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March 11 Bracket: Louisville reclaims No. 1 seed

University of Louisville's Gorgui Dieng(10) blocks the shot of Notre Dame's Jerian Grant (22) during the second half of play in their NCAA basketball game a Yum! Center in Louisville

University of Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng (10) blocks the shot of Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant (22) during the second half of play in their NCAA basketball game at Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, March 9, 2013. REUTERS/ John Sommers II (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)


In November, the Louisville Cardinals were projected to be a No. 1 seed when the NCAA tournament began. Now, less than a week until Selection Sunday, the Cardinals have reclaimed their spot on the top line. Louisville sits as the fourth No. 1 seed, heading to the South Region. Duke (East), Indiana (Midwest), and Gonzaga (West) are in front of the Cards. The race isn’t over, though. Kansas, Georgetown, New Mexico, and a second Big Ten team could still claim one of the top spots. It’s going to be an important week for both the top and bottom of the bracket.

Speaking of the bubble, Kentucky is the final at-large team on the board today. They are joined in the First Four by Saint Mary’s, La Salle, and Iowa State. The margin between these teams, and those around them, is minimal. If we see an upset or two this week, the last few spots could change several times between now and Sunday. Which conference tournaments are most likely to produce a surprise winner? On the surface, it looks like the Atlantic 10, SEC, or the Pac-12. While Memphis has dominated Conference USA, the Tigers haven’t wrapped up the automatic berth. Any stumble would likely claim an at-large spot.

As for seeding, the middle of the bracket is an interesting adventure. One could almost throw names in a hat (for say, seeds 7-10) and line them up that way. Again, we could see some shifting on those lines, both due to resume adjustments and for geography. For all practical purposes, teams in the 8/9 games are essentially the same. Enjoy the final ride to March Madness.

UPDATED: March 11, 2013 | 12:00 pm ET

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. Kentucky | South Region
  • Iowa State vs. Saint Mary’s | East Region
  • Norfolk State vs. LIBERTY | Midwest Region
  • Southern vs. LIU-Brooklyn | South Region


EAST - Washington, DCMIDWEST- Indianapolis
1) Duke1) Indiana
16) Northeastern 16) LIBERTY / Norfolk State
8) Memphis8) Missouri
9) Illinois9) Cincinnati
San JoseAustin
5) UNLV5) Saint Louis
12) Saint Mary’s / Iowa State12) BELMONT
4) Marquette4) Oklahoma State
13) Valparaiso13) Akron
6) Butler6) UCLA
11) Oklahoma11) Temple
3) Florida3) Miami-FL
14) HARVARD14) S.F. Austin
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 / LIU-Brooklyn16) Western Kentucky
8) Oregon8) NC State
9) Wichita State9) San Diego State
Kansas CitySan Jose
5) Wisconsin5) Syracuse
12) La Salle / Kentucky12) Louisiana Tech
4) Kansas State4) Arizona
13) Bucknell13) Davidson
DaytonAuburn Hills
6) Pittsburgh6) Notre Dame
11) Tennessee11) Boise State
3) Ohio State3) Michigan
14) FLA GULF COAST14) South Dakota State
Salt LakeKansas City
7) VCU7) North Carolina
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): Boise State, Iowa State, Saint Mary’s, La Salle, Kentucky

First Five teams out (at large): Virginia, Baylor, Middle Tennessee, Alabama, Iowa

Next Five teams out (at large): Massachusetts, Arkansas, Xavier, Southern Miss, Air Force

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), Louisiana Tech (WAC), Niagara (MAAC), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Akron (MAC), FLORIDA GULF COAST (A-Sun), HARVARD (IVY), Long Beach (Big West), Northeastern (Colonial), Vermont (American East), Montana (Big Sky), Norfolk State (MEAC), LIBERTY (Big South), LIU-Brooklyn (NEC), Southern (SWAC)