Saturday's Bracketology update

March, 17, 2013
3/17/13
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Some updates after Saturday’s conference tournament games:

NOTABLE

• A reassessment of Duquesne and Charlotte has put the Dukes in the field and the 49ers out. With Duquesne's No. 36 RPI ranking, history says the Dukes have a great probability of a bid. RPI is not the end-all, be-all, but that is the way it has almost always worked out.

• The same rationale holds for Creighton, which is why the Bluejays, despite a loss in the MVC semifinals, stay in the field.

• San Diego State, Pacific and Toledo were all regular-season conference champs that lost in the tournaments. Each of them has some credentials that warrant some consideration. However, speaking of history, all have extremely poor strength of schedule (SOS) numbers. Their inclusion in the field would historically be unprecedented based on those numbers (San Diego State ranks at 146, Toledo's at 234 and Pacific 118).

• After another look, Purdue and Michigan State moved up the S-curve. Unfortunately for the Spartans, it wasn’t enough to change their seed. They are actually a natural No. 7, but had to be moved down one seed line to make the bracketing process work. That happened plenty in this bracket.

• Texas Tech was reevaluated and moved down to the natural No. 8 line, but had to be adjusted to a No. 7 for the same procedural reasons.

LAST FOUR IN

South Florida
West Virginia
Creighton
Duquesne

FIRST FOUR OUT

San Diego State
Charlotte
Pacific
Toledo

NEXT FOUR OUT

Ohio State
Florida Gulf Coast
Kansas
Florida

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Big East: 8
SEC: 7
Big Ten: 6
Big 12: 6
ACC: 5
Pac-12: 4
Atlantic 10: 3
MVC: 2

AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS

Baylor
Duke
Chattanooga
Gonzaga
Liberty
Middle Tennessee
Marist
Notre Dame
Princeton
Purdue
Stanford
Stetson
Tennessee-Martin
Texas A&M
Saint Joseph’s
Central Michigan
South Dakota State
Fresno State
Albany
Montana
Cal Poly
Hampton
Oral Roberts
Navy
Idaho
Tulsa
Prairie View

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Women's College Basketball
Charlie Creme projects the women's NCAA Tournament bracket for ESPN.com.

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