Bracketology: Major conferences jump into action

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On Tuesday night, three teams joined the 2013 NCAA field. The Patriot League champion will be the only one booking a ticket on Wednesday, but the major conference tournaments start getting cranked up to fill the void, and that means bubble teams get more involved in the action.

Today's bracket is exactly the same as Tuesday's edition, with just last night's auto bid winners confirmed. Check out yesterday's post for a recap of the unchanged Last Four In and First Four Out.

(1) EAST
Washington (Thu/Sat)
(2) MIDWEST
Indianapolis (Fri/Sun)
Philadelphia (Fri/Sun) Dayton (Fri/Sun)
1 Duke 1 Indiana (Big Ten)
16 Norfolk State (MEAC) 16 LIBERTY or Southern
8 Missouri 8 San Diego State
9 BELMONT (OVC) 9 Colorado
San Jose (Thu/Sat) San Jose (Thu/Sat)
55 5 Oklahoma State 5 Pittsburgh
12 Cincinnati 12 Akron (MAC)
4 Saint Louis (A-10) 4 Kansas State
13 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (Summit) 13 VALPARAISO (Horizon)
Dayton (Fri/Sun) Auburn Hills (Thu/Sat)
6 Syracuse 6 CREIGHTON (MVC)
11 St. Mary's or Tennessee 11 Iowa State or Kentucky
3 Ohio State 3 Marquette
14 DAVIDSON (Southern) 14 HARVARD (Ivy)
Salt Lake City (Thu/Sat) Lexington (Thu/Sat)
7 UCLA (Pac-12) 7 Colorado State
10 Temple 10 Minnesota
2 New Mexico (MWC) 2 Miami (ACC)
15 Montana (Big Sky) 15 IONA (MAAC)
(4) SOUTH
Arlington (Fri/Sun)
(3) WEST
Los Angeles (Thu/Sat)
Lexington (Thu/Sat) Salt Lake City (Thu/Sat)
1 Louisville 1 GONZAGA (WCC)
16 JAMES MADISON or LONG ISLAND U 16 WESTERN KENTUCKY (Sun Belt)
8 Oregon 8 North Carolina
9 N.C. State 9 Villanova
Kansas City (Fri/Sun) Austin (Fri/Sun)
5 Butler 5 Wisconsin
12 Oklahoma 12 La Salle
4 Michigan State 4 Arizona
13 Bucknell (Patriot) 13 Louisiana Tech (WAC)
Austin (Fri/Sun) Auburn Hills (Thu/Sat)
6 UNLV 6 Memphis (C-USA)
11 Wichita State 11 Boise State
3 Florida (SEC) 3 Michigan
14 FLORIDA GULF COAST (A-Sun) 14 Stephen F. Austin (Southland)
Kansas City (Fri/Sun) Philadelphia (Fri/Sun)
7 Notre Dame 7 VCU
10 Illinois 10 California
2 Kansas (Big 12) 2 Georgetown (Big East)
15 Long Beach State (Big West) 15 Vermont (AmEast)
FIRST FOUR (Dayton)
Tuesday: To Lexington Tuesday: To Auburn Hills
16 JAMES MADISON (CAA) 11 Iowa State
16 LONG ISLAND U (NEC) 11 Kentucky
Wednesday: To Dayton Wednesday: To Dayton
16 LIBERTY (Big South) 11 St. Mary's
16 Southern (SWAC) 11 Tennessee

BIDS BY CONFERENCE LAST FOUR BYES ARRIVALS DEPARTURES
Big East: 8 California None None
Big Ten: 7 Oklahoma

A-10: 5 Boise State

Big 12: 5 La Salle

MWC: 5
LAST FOUR IN

Pac-12: 5
Kentucky

ACC: 4 St. Mary's

SEC: 4 Iowa State

MVC: 2 Tennessee PROCEDURAL MOVES
WCC: 2 FIRST FOUR OUT Illinois 9 down to 10
1-Bid Conferences: 21 Virginia Belmont 10 up to 9

Middle Tennessee Wichita State 10 down to 11

Mississippi California 11 up to 10

Baylor Cincinnati 11 down to 12

NEXT FOUR OUT Iowa State, Kentucky 12 up to 11

Alabama Oklahoma 11 down to 12

Southern Mississippi St. Mary's, Tennessee 12 up to 11

Iowa


Arizona State

Also considered (in order): Maryland, Providence, Arkansas, UMass

Wednesday's schedule features just one conference championship game, the final one until a whopping 14 take place on Saturday. In tonight's lone finale, Patriot League regular season champion Bucknell hosts No. 2 seed Lafayette (7 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network). Mike Muscala and the Bison are a threat to win a game, especially if they can sneak up to a 12 seed.

While there may not be any automatic bids handed out over the next few days, teams -- particularly those from the power conferences -- will be jockeying for seeding and the final few at-larges. Here's a quick look at today's major conference tournament games of bracket impact. The Big 12 and SEC tourneys also get underway today, but none of the first round games in those events will have any impact on the field of 68.

TV info is courtesy Matt's College Sports on TV Website.

Big East Second Round

All Games on ESPN
Providence vs. Cincinnati, 12 p.m. ET
The Bearcats could find themselves in danger with a loss, while the Friars need a late rally to sneak into the field after Saturday's loss to Connecticut.

Seton Hall vs. Syracuse, approx. 2:30 p.m. ET
A loss to the Pirates could send the Orange, currently projected in the five to six range, plummeting a bit further; however, a win would set up a showdown with Pittsburgh, a team just ahead of Syracuse on the seed list.

Villanova vs. St. John's, 7 p.m. ET
The Wildcats should be set if they avoid a stumble here.

Rutgers vs. Notre Dame, approx. 9:30 p.m. ET
The Fighting Irish must keep winning to stay in the conversation for a four or five seed.

Mountain West Quarterfinals

All Games on CBS Sports Network
Air Force vs. UNLV, 3 p.m. ET
The Falcons, who need the auto bid to qualify and are dangerous enough to achieve the feat, lost by five when the two first met at the Thomas & Mack Center and won in Colorado Springs.

Fresno State vs. Colorado State, approx. 5:30 p.m. ET
A late bad loss to the Bulldogs might cost the Rams in terms of seeding.

Wyoming vs. New Mexico, 9:30 p.m. ET
The Lobos should earn a two seed (a three at worst, a one at best) if they claim the Mountain West double. The first step toward reaching that goal will be dispatching a Cowboys team that was an at-large threat earlier this season.

Boise State vs. San Diego State, approx. 12 a.m. ET
The game of the day really. The Aztecs should be OK with a loss, but the Broncos might be headed for the NIT if they fail to top SDSU for the second time in a week.

Pac-12 First Round

All Games on Pac-12 Network
Arizona State vs. Stanford, 3 p.m. ET
This is simple. The winner stays on the board, while the loser can plan on an NIT home game or two (probably).

Oregon State vs. Colorado, approx. 5:30 p.m. ET
The Buffaloes struggled with the Beavers this season, losing in Boulder and barely winning in Corvallis. They can't get caught looking ahead to a potential third meeting with Arizona on Thursday.

Utah vs. USC, 9 p.m. ET
Washington State vs. Washington, approx. 11:30 p.m. ET
While none of these four have at-large hopes, all four could prove dangerous as the weekend in Vegas unfolds.

Thursday morning should see some bracket updates, but they'll start flying furiously thanks to two of the busiest and most action-packed days of the season, Selection Week Thursday and Friday.

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