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Maneater Bracketology: Missouri a No. 6 seed

It was a pretty wild week in college basketball. No. 1 Texas lost twice, once to Kansas State. Then K-State lost at home to Oklahoma State, allowing the Cowboys to sneak back into the bracket. Many highly-ranked teams survived scares from the unranked, such as Syracuse, Michigan State and BYU.

But when all is said and done, the bracket isn't shaken up too much from last week, except for that I've got a better grasp on bracketing. Missouri extended its home win streak to 31 games with a pounding of Nebraska, and I've got them moving up one slot this week, to a No. 6 seed.

I was working out my bracket earlier on Saturday, but two upsets changed the Big 12 outlook. Originally, I kept Oklahoma State out of the bracket; their upset of KSU puts them at an 11 seed. And though Texas remains a No. 1 seed for now, UConn jumped from a No. 11 seed to No. 8 after its win against Texas.

Interestingly enough, the Huskies -- who knocked out Missouri in last year's Elite 8 -- would have matched up with the Tigers in the first round of this bracket. Instead, the Tigers will play No. 11 North Carolina first.

Here's the bracket:

SOUTH (Houston)

Oklahoma City: 1. Kentucky vs. 16. Texas A&M-CC; 8. Siena vs. 9. Florida State

Spokane: 4. Northern Iowa vs. 13. Murray State; 5. Gonzaga vs. 12. California

New Orleans: 3. Tennessee vs. 14. Northern Illinois; 6. Butler vs. 11. Texas A&M

Milwaukee: 2. Michigan State vs. 15. Weber State; 7. UAB vs. 10. Louisiana Tech

MIDWEST (St. Louis)

Oklahoma City: 1. Kansas vs. 16. Prairie View A&M; 8. Arizona State vs. 9. New Mexico

Providence: 4. Wisconsin vs. 13. Rhode Island; 5. Temple vs. 12. Old Dominion

Spokane: 3. Kansas State vs. 14. Pacific; 6. Ohio State vs. 11. Notre Dame

Providence: 2. Georgetown vs. 15. Morgan State; 7. Vanderbilt vs. 10. UNLV

EAST (Syracuse)

New Orleans: 1. Texas vs. 16. Campbell; 8. Connecticut vs. 9. Mississippi State

San Jose: 4. Pittsburgh vs. 13. Vermont; 5. Georgia Tech vs. 12. Cornell

Buffalo: 3. Purdue vs. 14. Oakland; 6. Missouri vs. 11. North Carolina

Jacksonville: 2. Villanova vs. 15. Lafayette; 7. Xavier vs. 10. St. Mary's

WEST (Salt Lake City)

Buffalo: 1. Syracuse vs. 16. Quinnipiac; 8. Wake Forest vs. 9. Baylor

San Jose: 4. Clemson vs. 13. Coastal Carolina; 5. BYU vs. 12. Tulsa

Jacksonville: 3. West Virginia vs. 14. Charleston; 6. Ole Miss vs. 11. Oklahoma State

Milwaukee: 2. Duke vs. 15. Arkansas State; 7. Cincinnati vs. 10. Illinois

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Entry comments

Jan. 25, 2010 at 7:48 p.m.

CM: There should be two teams battling for one of the 16 spots. 65 teams get in. Joe Lunardi from ESPN.com has Texas Southern (SWAC champ) playing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Southland champ) in the "opening round" game. Enjoying the weekly bracketology - and will continue to visit each Monday! Good job getting rid of Utah Valley. Great West probably won't get an auto bid until 2020.

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