Bracketology: Pay Attention To Conference Finals, Particularly The Big East

Editor's note: This bracket is cross-posted at SB Nation.

The top 24 teams in Saturday's bracket are the same as they were in Friday's projection.

Click here to see Saturday's full bracket.

Here are links to my seed list and tracking spreadsheet.

With Georgetown and West Virginia facing off for the Big East crown Saturday, that could change. The Mountaineers can potentially claim a top seed with a win, while Georgetown can grab a protected seed of their own (likely Pitt's 3 seed) with a win.

Syracuse moves up to the third overall number one, as it appears Arinze Onuaku's injury isn't as severe as it appeared on Thursday.

No less than 12 bids will be handed out on Saturday, meaning we'll be ever closer to clarity, especially in the cases of California, Washington, UTEP, Utah State and San Diego State. 

Here's how things stand on Selection Eve.

The Rundown

Top Four Seeds: KansasKentuckySyracuseDuke
Last Four In: San Diego State, Virginia TechWashington, Rhode Island
First Four Out: MinnesotaMississippi State, William & Mary, Mississippi
Next Four Out: Seton HallArizona State, South Florida, UAB

Conference Breakdown

Big East: 8
Syracuse (1), West Virginia (2), Villanova (3), Pittsburgh (3), Georgetown (5), 
Notre Dame (8), Marquette (9), Louisville (10)

ACC: 7 
Duke (1), Maryland (5), Florida State (7), Clemson (8),Wake Forest (10), Georgia Tech (11), Virginia Tech (12)

Big 12: 7 
Kansas (1), Kansas State (2), Baylor (4), Texas A&M (6), Texas (7), Missouri (9), Oklahoma State (9)

Big Ten: 5 
Purdue (2), Ohio State (3), Michigan State (3), Wisconsin (5), Illinois (12)

A-10: 4
Temple (4), Richmond (6), Xavier (7), Rhode Island (13)

MWC: 4 
New Mexico (3), BYU (5), UNLV (8), San Diego State (12)

SEC: 4
Kentucky (1), Vanderbilt (4), Tennessee (4), Florida (12)

Pac-10: 2
California (8), Washington (11)

WCC: 2
Gonzaga (6), St. Mary's (11)

One Bid Leagues (22): America East, Atlantic Sun (ETSU), Big Sky (Montana), Big South (Winthrop), Big West, Colonial (Old Dominion), Conference USA, Horizon (Butler), Ivy (Cornell), Metro Atlantic (Siena), Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley (Northern Iowa), Northeast (Robert Morris), Ohio Valley (Murray State), Patriot (Lehigh), Southern (Wofford), Southland, Southwestern, Summit (Oakland), Sun Belt (North Texas), Western Athletic

For a more detailed breakdown of the teams fighting for the final few spots in the tournament, visit Bubble Watch.

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