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Bracket math: Crunching the numbers

Updated: March 15, 2009, 4:15 PM ET
By Joe Lunardi

No. 1 seeds

South: Louisville
East: North Carolina
Midwest: Pittsburgh
West: Memphis

Automatic Qualifiers (30)

• Akron (MAC)
• Alabama State (SWAC)
• American (Patriot League)
• Binghamton (America East)
• Cal State Northridge (Big West)
• Chattanooga (Southern)
• Cleveland State (Horizon)
• Cornell (Ivy League)
• Duke (ACC)
• East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun)
• Gonzaga (West Coast)
• Louisville (Big East)
• Memphis (Conference USA)
• Mississippi State (SEC)
• Missouri (Big 12)
• Morehead State (Ohio Valley)
• Morgan State (MEAC)
• North Dakota State (Summit)
• Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley)
• Portland State (Big Sky)
• Radford (Big South)
• Robert Morris (Northeast)
• Siena (MAAC)
• Southern California (Pac-10)
• Stephen F. Austin (Southland)
• Temple (Atlantic 10)
• Utah (Mountain West)
• Utah State (WAC)
• VCU (Colonial)
• Western Kentucky (Sun Belt)

Locks (33 teams)

• Big Ten (7): Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio State
• Big East (6): Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Villanova, Syracuse, Marquette, West Virginia
• ACC (5): North Carolina, Wake Forest, Clemson, Florida State, Boston College
• Big 12 (5): Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M
• Pac-10 (4): Washington, UCLA, Arizona State, California
• Atlantic 10 (2): Xavier, Dayton
• SEC (2): LSU, Tennessee
• Mountain West (1): BYU
• Horizon (1): Butler
Total spots claimed: 63

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