I had written earlier this morning that I would not have an early bracket. Oops! So here you go, the first preliminary bracket.
Final four pairings
East(1) vs. West(4)
Southwest(2) vs. Southeast(3)
The first four:
Tuesday: UNC ASHEVILLE vs. UALR; Michigan State vs. Clemson
Wednesday: UC SANTA BARBARA vs. ALABAMA STATE; St. Mary's vs. Georgia
1-Ohio State(Big Ten) vs. 16-UC SANTA BARBARA/ALABAMA STATE
8-George Mason vs. 9-GONZAGA
@ Washington, D.C.
4-Syracuse vs. 13-PRINCETON
5-Vanderbilt vs. 12-BELMONT
2-SAN DIEGO STATE vs. 15-NORTHERN COLORADO
7-Cincinnati vs. 10-Florida State
3-Texas vs. 14-LONG ISLAND
6-Temple vs. 11-MEMPHIS
1-Notre Dame vs. 16-UT SAN ANTONIO
8-UTAH STATE vs. 9-Missouri
4-Kentucky vs. 13-WOFFORD
5-Arizona vs. 12-Michigan State/Clemson
2-Duke vs. 15-BOSTON UNIVERSITY
7-Texas A&M vs. 10-Richmond(Atlantic 10)
3-Brigham Young vs. 14-MOREHEAD STATE
6-West Virginia vs. 11-Michigan
1-KANSAS vs. 16-HAMPTON
8-Ucla vs. 9-Marquette
4-Purdue vs. 13-St. Mary's/Georgia
5-St. John's vs. 12-Virginia Tech
2-Pittsburgh vs. 15-BUCKNELL
7-Tennessee vs. 10-BUTLER
3-Louisville vs. 14-INDIANA STATE
6-Xavier vs. 11-Illinois
1-North Carolina(Atlantic Coast) vs. 16-UNC ASHEVILLE/UALR
8-WASHINGTON vs. 9-Unlv
4-Wisconsin vs. 13-OAKLAND
5-Georgetown vs. 12-Colorado
2-Florida(Southeast) vs. 15-AKRON
7-OLD DOMINION vs. 10-Villanova
@ Washington, D.C.
3-CONNECTICUT vs. 14-SAINT PETER'S
6-Kansas State vs. 11-Penn State
The last four in the field: Michigan State, St. Mary's, Georgia, Clemson
Note: Michigan State is safe, the others are not.
The first four left out: Alabama, Harvard, Boston College, Southern California
The next four left out: Uab, Utep, Missouri State, Virginia Commonwealth
Note: If Dayton does win the Atlantic 10 final, Clemson is out, and Colorado bumps to the first four.
Well, I'll post again later on today for either an update, or putting up the final projection.