ESPN Insider Request Bracketology

Joined Dec 14, 2001
Editor's Note: For yesterday's Bracket Math update, please click here.

My Current No. 1 Seeds
Midwest: Kansas Jayhawks
South: Syracuse Orange
East: Kentucky Wildcats
West: Duke Blue Devils

Expect Duke and the Purdue Boilermakers to battle for the last No. 1 seed through their respective conference tournaments. The Kansas State Wildcats, with at least one game remaining against Kansas, are also in contention for the top line of the bracket.

Current Automatic Qualifiers:
None to date.

Current "Locks" (28 teams)
• Big 12 (5): Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas State Wildcats, Texas A&M Aggies, Baylor Bears, Texas Longhorns, Missouri Tigers
• Big East (5): Syracuse Orange, Villanova Wildcats, West Virginia Mountaineers, Pittsburgh Panthers, Georgetown Hoyas
• Big Ten (4): Purdue Boilermakers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan State Spartans
• Atlantic 10 (3): Temple Owls, Xavier Musketeers, Richmond Spiders
• SEC (3): Kentucky Wildcats, Vanderbilt Commodores, Tennessee Volunteers
• ACC (2): Duke Blue Devils, Maryland Terrapins, Clemson Tigers
• Mountain West (2): New Mexico Lobos, Brigham Young Cougars
• Horizon League (1): Butler Bulldogs
• West Coast (1): Gonzaga Bulldogs
Additional automatic qualifiers: 22 conferences.

The Bubble (27 teams for 15 spots)

• Currently In (listed in S-Curve order): Missouri Tigers, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Clemson Tigers, UNLV Rebels, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Marquette Golden Eagles, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Louisville Cardinals, Florida State Seminoles, Connecticut Huskies, UAB Blazers, Florida Gators, Illinois Fighting Illini, Virginia Tech Hokies, Saint Mary's Gaels, Mississippi State Bulldogs, San Diego State Aztecs

• Currently Out (listed in S-Curve order): Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Rhode Island Rams, Dayton Flyers, Mississippi Rebels, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Seton Hall Pirates, Memphis Tigers, Arizona State Sun Devils, Washington Huskies, South Florida Bulls, Cincinnati Bearcats, Wichita State Shockers

• Off The Board: To be determined.

Headed To The N.I.T. (auto bids if needed)

• Northern Iowa Panthers (Missouri Valley)
• California Golden Bears (Pac-10)
• Old Dominion Colonials (Colonial)
• Siena Saints (MAAC)
• Murray State Racers (Ohio Valley)
• Weber State Wildcats (Big Sky)
• Wofford Terriers (Southern)
• Oakland Golden Grizzlies (Summit League)
• Sam Houston State Bearkats (Southland)
• Morgan State Bears (MEAC)
• Troy Trojans (Sun Belt)
• Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (Big South)
• Stony Brook Seawolves (America East)
• Lehigh Mountain Hawks (Patriot League)
• Jackson State Tigers (SWAC)

Joe Lunardi is the resident Bracketologist for ESPN, and ESPN Radio. He also teaches Fundamentals of Bracketology online at Saint Joseph's University. Comments may be sent to
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