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Tuesday, March 11, 2003
Updated: March 14, 9:52 AM ET
Bracket outlook: Mideast Region

By Charlie Creme
Special to

Editor's note: Teams preceded by their conference name are expected to win their league's automatic bid.

March 22/Knoxville, Tenn.
(1) Tennessee vs. (16) NEC/St. Francis (PA)
(8) Notre Dame vs. (9) Virginia
March 23/Ruston, La. (5) Louisiana Tech vs. (12) Washington
(4) Rutgers vs. (13) SUN BELT/Western Kentucky
March 23/Norman, Okla.
(3) North Carolina vs. (14) PATRIOT/Holy Cross
(6) South Carolina vs. (11) Oklahoma
March 22/Albuquerque, N.M.
(7) Virginia Tech vs. (10) New Mexico
(2) Texas vs. (15) BIG SKY/Weber State

1. Tennessee Schedule makes Lady Vols most tournament ready
2. Texas On fire heading into Big 12 tourney
3. North Carolina Could never get over the hump called Duke
4. Rutgers Losses in last two could effect the seed
5. Louisiana Tech Could see them higher
6. South Carolina  
7. Virginia Tech hurt by non-conference SOS; helped by getting to Big East semis
8. Notre Dame Didn't deliver much against top teams on schedule
9. Virginia Wins in six of last seven games, including one over North Carolina, gets Cavaliers in
10. New Mexico Strong finish should assure bid
11. Oklahoma Benefits from Big 12 schedule, but could use an upset in league tourney to be sure
12. Washington Profile not as good as perception
13. Western Kentucky Has to finish off Sun Belt tournament
14. Holy Cross Best team all year in Patriot
15. Weber State Top seed and host in Big Sky tournament; has to win it
16. St. Francis (Pa.) Winning NEC tournament final at home would mean second straight NCAA trip

Charlie Creme was a writer and editor at Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook for 11 years. Click here to send him a question about his bracket projections.