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March 13 Bracket: Saint Mary’s holds spot - for now

Matthew Dellavedova, Kelly Olynyk

St. Mary’s ‘s Matthew Dellavedova (4) in action against Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Moraga, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Gonzaga won 77-60. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


For now, Saint Mary’s remains in our projected NCAA tournament bracket. Losing to a potential No. 1 seed isn’t a reason to drop the Gaels. But as we noted in the Bubble Update, the third loss to Gonzaga leaves Saint Mary’s profile a bit light on high quality wins. Between now and Sunday, dozens of important conference tournament games will be played, and the proverbial bubble will shift - probably several times. How that ultimately affects Saint Mary’s, and several other bubble teams, remains to be seen.

Below is a quick update to the bracket with the latest automatic-bid qualifiers included. It’s going to a fun week.

UPDATED: March 13, 2013 | 11:00 am ET

Teams in CAPS represent the AUTOMATIC bid based on conference tournament results. 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. JAMES MADISON | South Region


EAST - Washington, DCMIDWEST- Indianapolis
1) Duke1) Indiana
16) LIU-BROOKLYN 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
8) Oregon8) NC State
9) Wichita State9) San Diego State
Kansas CitySan Jose
5) Wisconsin5) Syracuse
12) La Salle / Kentucky12) DAVIDSON
4) Kansas State4) Arizona
13) Bucknell13) Louisiana Tech
DaytonAuburn Hills
6) Pittsburgh6) Notre Dame
11) Tennessee11) Boise State
3) Ohio State3) Michigan
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), 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), Norfolk State (MEAC), LIBERTY (Big South), LIU-BROOKLYN (NEC), Southern (SWAC)