USA TODAY Sports’ NCAA tournament Bracketology – USA TODAY

Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2014

Last 5 in: Dayton, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Arkansas, Tennessee

First 5 out: Minnesota, California, Florida State, St. Johns, Providence

Others considered: Missouri, Georgetown, Green Bay

Moving in: Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Wright State

Moving out: Minnesota, Belmont, Green Bay

No longer considered: Boise State, Washington, Wake Forest, UTEP, Clemson, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, Saint Mary’s, Ole Miss, Indiana State, North Carolina State, LSU, West Virginia, Richmond

Multi-bid conferences: Big 12 (7), A-10 (6), Big Ten (6), Pac-12 (6) AAC (5), ACC (5), SEC (4), Big East (3), MWC (2), WCC (2)

Conference leaders from projected 1-bid conferences (22 total): America East (Vermont), Atlantic Sun (FGCU), Big South (Coastal Carolina), Big Sky (Weber State), Big West (UC Irvine), CAA (Delaware), C-USA (Southern Mississippi), Horizon (Wright State), Ivy (Harvard), MAAC (Iona), Mid-American (Toledo), MEAC (North Carolina Central), Missouri Valley (Wichita State), NEC (Robert Morris), Ohio Valley (Eastern Kentucky), Patriot (Boston U), Southern (Davidson), Southland (Stephen F. Austin), Summit (North Dakota State), Sun Belt (Georgia State), SWAC (Alabama State), WAC (Utah Valley).

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MIDWEST REGION

— Saint Louis

(1) Wichita State vs. (16) Utah Valley

(8) Oregon vs. (9) Kansas State

— San Diego

(5) UCLA vs. (12) Play-in: Pittsburgh/Tennessee

(4) Louisville vs. (13) Stephen F. Austin

— Raleigh

(3) Virginia vs. (14) Delaware

(6) VCU vs. (11) Xavier

— Milwaukee

(7) Memphis vs. (10) Colorado

(2) Wisconsin vs. (15) Florida Gulf Coast

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WEST REGION

— San Diego

(1) Arizona vs. (16) UC-Irvine

(8) George Washington vs. (9) Oklahoma State

— Spokane

(5) Oklahoma vs. (12) Southern Mississippi

(4) San Diego State vs. (13) North Dakota State

— San Antonio

(3) Creighton vs. (14) Georgia State

(6) Saint Louis vs. (11) Stanford

— Milwaukee

(7) New Mexico vs. (10) BYU

(2) Michigan vs. (15) Wright State

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SOUTH REGION

— Orlando

(1) Florida vs. (16) Play-in: Alabama State/Coastal Carolina

(8) Baylor vs. (9) Arizona State

— Orlando

(5) North Carolina vs. (12) Play-in: Arkansas/Nebraska

(4) Cincinnati vs. (13) Iona

— Raleigh

(3) Duke vs. (14) North Carolina Central

(6) UMass vs. (11) Toledo

— Saint Louis

(7) UConn vs. (10) Iowa

(2) Kansas vs. (15) Davidson

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EAST REGION

— Buffalo

(1) Villanova vs. (16) Play-in: Weber State/Robert Morris

(8) Gonzaga vs. (9) SMU

— Spokane

(5) Texas vs. (12) Harvard

(4) Michigan State vs. (13) Vermont

— San Antonio

(3) Iowa State vs. (14) Eastern Kentucky

(6) Ohio State vs. (11) Dayton

— Buffalo

(7) Kentucky (10) St. Joe’s

(2) Syracuse vs. (15) Boston University

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Banned from participating in 2014: Florida International, Grambling, Mississippi Valley State, Arkansas Pine Bluff, New Orleans

Note: All RPI and statistical data is used from WarrenNolan.com.

About our bracketologist: Shelby Mast has been projecting the field since 2005 and has finished as one of the top 5 national bracketologists for his website, Bracket W.A.G. He’s predicted for The Indianapolis Star, collegeinsider.com and is an inaugural member of the Super 10 Selection Committee. Follow him on Twitter @BracketWag.

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