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Projecting The Brackets: Saturday Bracketeering II

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The bid thieves are out in full force as Houston and New Mexico State steal two bids.  Combine that with deep runs by bubble teams Minnesota and Mississippi State and there are plenty of teams sweating it out on the eve of Selection Sunday.  Here's my projections for the brackets as of 11:30 pm (italicized teams have earned automatic bids, teams with an asterisk denote projected automatic bid):

 

EAST

 1-Kentucky*

16-Arkansas-Pine Bluff/Lehigh

 8-Notre Dame

 9-San Diego State

 4-Texas A&M

13-Oakland

 5-Maryland

12-Washington

 6-Xavier

11-Missouri

 3-Purdue

14-Houston

 7-California

10-Louisville

 2-New Mexico

15-North Texas

WEST

 1-Duke*

16-East Tennessee State

 8-Northern Iowa

 9-Oklahoma State

 4-Pittsburgh

13-Montana

 5-Tennessee

12-Illinois

 6-Vanderbilt

11-Cornell

 3-Baylor

14-Wofford

 7-Richmond

10-Wake Forest

 2-West Virginia

15-Robert Morris

MIDWEST

 1-Kansas

16-Winthrop

 8-Florida State

9-Marquette

 4-Michigan State

13-Murray State

 5-Temple*

12-Siena

 6-Texas

11-St. Mary's

 3-Villanova

14-UC-Santa Barbara

 7-Clemson

10-Utah State

 2-Ohio State*

15-Morgan State

SOUTH

 1-Syracuse

16-Vermont

 8-UTEP

 9-UNLV

 4-Wisconsin

13-New Mexico State

 5-Butler

12-Virginia Tech

 6-BYU

11-Old Dominion

 3-Georgetown

14-Sam Houston State

 7-Gonzaga

10-Georgia Tech

 2-Kansas State

15-Ohio

Last four in: Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Illinois, Virginia Tech

First four out: Mississippi State, Rhode Island, Florida, Minnesota

Next four out: Memphis, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Dayton

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