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2010 NCAA Tournament Bracketology: Final Edition

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 13:  Marcus Morris #22 and Sherron Collins #4 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrate at the buzzer as the Jayhawks defeated the Kansas State Wildcats to win the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship on March 13, 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jesse KramerCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2010

Here are the teams that have already punched bids to the tournament as conference champions: Cornell, Winthrop, East Tennessee State, Northern Iowa, Siena, Old Dominion, Murray State, Butler, Wofford, North Texas, Oakland, St. Mary's, Robert Morris, Montana, Lehigh, Vermont, Morgan State, Sam Houston State, Houston, Ohio, Washington, Kansas, San Diego State, Santa Barbara, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, West Virginia, and New Mexico State.

If the No. 1 seed of an ongoing conference tournament has already been eliminated, then the highest remaining seed will be considered the conference champion.

As the final bracketology, NIT seeds will also be listed. 


No. 1 Seeds

Kansas (Big 12), Kentucky (SEC), Duke (ACC), Syracuse

Kansas warded off Kansas State in the Big 12 championship game. With this win, the Jayhawks will undoubtedly be the overall No. 1 seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky blew out Tennessee to advance to the SEC championship game.

Duke survived against last-place Miami to move ahead to the ACC championship game.

Syracuse was upset by Georgetown in the Big East Quarterfinals. The Orange still have a very good chance at being a No. 1 seed.


No. 2 Seeds

West Virginia (Big East),  Ohio State (Big 10), Kansas State, New Mexico

West Virginia persevered against a tough Georgetown team and won 60-58 to take home the 2010 Big East Championship. If Duke loses on Sunday, the Mountaineers still have a shot at the fourth No. 1 seed.

Ohio State has struggled in the Big 10 Tournament, but late-game heroics by Evan Turner have put the Buckeyes in the Big 10 championship game against Minnesota.

Kansas State lost to No. 1 Kansas in the Big 12 championship.

New Mexico was upset by San Diego State in the Mountain West Semifinals, but due to a high RPI and the other teams competing for the final No. 2 seed spot, the Lobos still look like they could be a No. 2 seed.


No. 3 Seeds

Michigan State, Pitt, Villanova, Georgetown

Michigan State was upset by Minnesota in the Big 10 Quarterfinals.

Pitt lost to Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament.

Villanova lost to Marquette in the Big East Tournament.

Georgetown lost a heartbreaker to West Virginia in the Big East final. 


No. 4 Seeds

Temple (A-10), Tennessee, Purdue, BYU

Temple blew out Rhode Island to move to the Atlantic 10 championship game. The Owls will play Richmond on Sunday.

Tennessee was blown out by Kentucky in the SEC Semifinals.

Purdue looked horrible in the semifinals game against Minnesota.

BYU was upset by UNLV in the Mountain West Semifinals.


No. 5 Seeds

Maryland, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Baylor

Maryland was upset by Georgia Tech in the ACC Quarterfinals. 

Wisconsin lost a close game to Illinois in the Big 10 Tournament.

Texas A&M lost to No. 1 Kansas in the Big 12 Semifinals.

Baylor's five-game winning streak ended with a loss to Kansas State.


No. 6 Seeds

Richmond, Vanderbilt, Xavier, Butler (Horizon)

Richmond defeated Xavier to move to the Atlantic 10 championship game where the Spiders will play Temple.

Vanerbilt lost to Mississippi State, who now sits on the bubble.

Xavier lost to Richmond in overtime in the Atlantic 10 Semifinals. 

Butler extended the nation's longest win streak to 20 games with a 70-45 win over Wright State for the Horizon League title.


No. 7 Seeds

Notre Dame, Gonzaga, UNLV, Northern Iowa (MVC)

Notre Dame lost a close game to West Virginia in the Big East Semifinals. 

Gonzaga was not itself in the WCC championship game. The Zags were blown out by St. Mary's.

UNLV lost to San Diego State in the Mountain West final. 

Northern Iowa's defense completely dominated the MVC Tournament. The Panthers defense gave up an average of 44 points per game during the tournament.


No. 8 Seeds

St. Mary's (WCC), UTEP, Old Dominion (CAA), Cal

St. Mary's surprisingly dominated Gonzaga in the WCC championship game. The Gaels are back in the tournament after an off year in 2009.

UTEP was upset by Houston in the C-USA final. The Miners will still get an at-large bid and go to the tournament for the first time since 2005. This loss snapped a 16-game winning streak.

Old Dominion struggled a little bit in the final two rounds of the CAA Tournament, but the Monarchs prevailed and will make their school's 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010.

Cal lost to Washington in the Pac-10 Tournament, guaranteeing the Pac-10 two bids to the NCAA Tournament.


No. 9 Seeds

Clemson, Texas, Marquette, Oklahoma State

Clemson lost a close game to NC State in the first round of the ACC Tournament.

Texas was crushed by Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament. 

Marquette upset Villanova in the Big East Quarterfinals, but lost to Georgetown in the following game.

Oklahoma State lost 83-64 to Kansas State in the Big 12 Quarterfinals.


No. 10 Seeds

Georgia Tech, Louisville, Florida State, San Diego State (MWC)

Georgia Tech survived NC State in the ACC Tournament to move to the championship game. Georgia Tech will play Duke on Sunday.

Louisville was upset by Cincinnati in the Big East Tournament.

Florida State lost to No. 11 seed NC State in the ACC Tournament.

San Diego State won the Mountain West Tournament as the No. 4 seed. The Aztecs picked up big wins over New Mexico and UNLV along the way.


No. 11 Seeds

Missouri, Siena (MAAC), Wake Forest, Utah State

Missouri picked up a poor loss in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament to Nebraska.

Siena defeated Fairfield in overtime in the MAAC championship game to make its way to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year.

Wake Forest lost to Miami in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The Demon Deacons' RPI (36) is keeping them in the tournament.

Utah State lost in the conference championship to New Mexico State. This loss snapped a 17-game winning streak. 


No. 12 Seeds

Cornell (Ivy), Washington (Pac-10), Minnesota, New Mexico State (WAC)

Cornell will go to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in school history.

Washington had an easy first two games of the Pac-10 Tournament against Oregon State and Stanford. The Huskies then upset No. 1 seed Cal in the championship game.

Minnesota picked up huge wins over Michigan State and Purdue in the Big 10 Tournament. The Golden Gophers play Ohio State in the Big 10 championship game.

New Mexico State upset No. 1 seed Utah State in the WAC final. The Aggies will go to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.


No. 13 Seeds

Oakland (Summit), Illinois, Murray State (OVC), Wofford (SoCon)

Oakland will go to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history. The Golden Grizzlies beat IUPUI in the Summit League championship game.

Illinois beat Wisconsin in the Big 10 Quarterfinals to just about guarantee a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Murray State will go to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.

Wofford will make its first NCAA Tournament appearance with a SoCon championship. The Terriers have a  13-game winning streak entering the NCAA Tournament.


No. 14 Seeds

Sam Houston State (Southland) , North Texas (Sun Belt), Montana (Big Sky), Houston (C-USA)

Sam Houston State got off to a hot start in the championship game to defeat Stephen F. Austin and go the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.

North Texas won the Sun Belt Tournament and is riding a 11-game winning streak entering the NCAA Tournament.

Montana came back from down 22 points in the Big Sky championship game to defeat No. 1 seed Weber State.

Houston upset UTEP in the C-USA title to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years.


No. 15 Seeds

Santa Barbara (Big West), Morgan State (MEAC), Vermont (AEC), Ohio (MAC)

Santa Barbara warded off Long Beach State in the Big West final. The Gauchos blew a second half, double digit lead, but managed to hold on. 

Morgan State survived a pesky South Carolina State squad to go to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

Vermont's Marqus Blakely carried the Catamounts on his back in the America East championship game with 24 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists.

Ohio pulled off an upset as the No. 9 seed in the MAC Tournament, defeating Akron in overtime.


No. 16 Seeds (Lehigh vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff—Play-in Game)

Robert Morris (NEC), East Tennessee State (A-Sun), Winthrop (Big South), Lehigh (Patriot), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (SWAC)

Robert Morris defeated Quinnipiac in the NEC Tournament. The Colonials will go the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year as NEC champions.

East Tennessee State won the Atlantic Sun Tournament. The Buccaneers almost defeated No. 1 seed Pittsburgh in last year's tournament. The Bucs always come close to pulling off upsets, with two wins in NCAA Tournament history and six of their nine NCAA Tournament losses have come by single digits.

Winthrop lost three of its last four regular season games, but the Eagles rebounded to win the Big South Tournament.

Lehigh defeated Lafayette for the second time this season in the Patriot League conference championship. The Mountain Hawks will make the school's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and their first since 2004.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff defeated Texas Southern in the SWAC Tournament. The Golden Lions will almost definitely be in the play-in game.


Last Four In

Wake Forest, Utah State, Minnesota, Illinois

First Four Out

Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Memphis

Next Four Out

Florida, South Florida, Seton Hall, Cincinnati

Multi-Bid Conferences

Big East—8


Big 12—7

Big 10—6









No. 1 Seeds

Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Memphis

No. 2 Seeds

Florida, South Florida, Seton Hall, Cincinnati

No. 3 Seeds

Rhode Island, Arizona State, Tulsa, Wichita State

No. 4 Seeds

Northeastern, Dayton, William & Mary, Saint Louis

No. 5 Seeds

VCU, UAB, Charlotte, UCONN, Northwestern

No. 6 Seeds

Texas Tech, Marshall, Kent State, St. John's

No. 7 Seeds

Charleston, Morehead State, Lipscomb, Fairfield

No. 8 Seeds

Quinnipiac, Weber State, Coastal Carolina, Stony Brook

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