Gophers are 9 seed in USA Today bracket projection

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Selection Sunday is just days away. Of course, the never-ending questions continue: Which teams get in/get snubbed? Which teams deserve No. 1 seeds?

Let's keep the chatter short and simple. Because it's more than likely this projected bracket will see lots of changes soon - enough time for conference tournament battles to separate No. 1 seeds and automatic bids to shove bubble teams out of the field.

Last four in: Kentucky, Tennessee, Saint Mary's, Boise State

First four out: Middle Tennessee, Virginia, Massachusetts, Mississippi

Next four out: Alabama, Charlotte, Iowa, Maryland

Conference call: Big East (8), Big Ten (7), Atlantic 10 (5), Big 12 (5), Mountain West (5), Pac-12 (5), Atlantic Coast (4), Southeastern (4), Missouri Valley (2), West Coast (2)

Moving in: Morgan State, New Mexico State

Moving out: Hampton, Louisiana Tech

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EAST REGION

At Philadelphia
(1) Duke vs. (16) SOUTHWESTERN/Southern
(8) Oklahoma vs. (9) Minnesota

At Austin, Texas
(4) Marquette vs. (13) WESTERN ATHLETIC/New Mexico State
(5) ATLANTIC 10/Saint Louis vs. (12) PATRIOT/Bucknell

At Auburn Hills, Mich.
(3) Michigan vs. (14) ATLANTIC SUN/Florida Gulf Coast
(6) Pittsburgh vs. (11) Iowa State

At Salt Lake City
(2) MOUNTAIN WEST/New Mexico vs. (15) BIG WEST/Long Beach State
(7) Missouri vs. (10) Oregon

MIDWEST REGION

At Dayton, Ohio
(1) BIG TEN/Indiana vs. (16) NORTHEAST/Long Island-MID-EASTERN/Morgan State
(8) San Diego State vs. (9) Temple

At San Jose, Calif.
(4) Kansas State vs. (13) SOUTHERN/Davidson
(5) Syracuse vs. (12) OHIO VALLEY/Belmont

At Lexington, Ky.
(3) ATLANTIC COAST/Miami vs. (14) BIG SKY/Montana
(6) UNLV vs. (11) Saint Mary's/Tennessee

At Philadelphia
(2) BIG EAST/Georgetown vs. (15) METRO ATLANTIC/Iona
(7) Illinois vs. (10) Colorado

SOUTH REGION

At Lexington, Ky.
(1) Louisville vs. (16) BIG SOUTH/Liberty-COLONIAL/James Madison
(8) CONFERENCE USA/Memphis vs. (9) MISSOURI VALLEY/Creighton

At Austin, Texas
(4) Oklahoma State vs. (13) HORIZON/Valparaiso
(5) PAC-12/UCLA vs. (12) Boise State/Kentucky

At Dayton, Ohio
(3) SOUTHEASTERN/Florida vs. (14) MID-AMERICAN/Akron
(6) Virginia Commonwealth vs. (11) California

At Auburn Hills, Mich.
(2) Michigan State vs. (15) IVY/Harvard
(7) North Carolina vs. (10) Cincinnati

WEST REGION

At Salt Lake City
(1) WEST COAST/Gonzaga vs. (16) SUN BELT/Western Kentucky
(8) N.C. State vs. (9) Colorado State

At Kansas City, Mo.
(4) Ohio State vs. (13) SOUTHLAND/Stephen F. Austin
(5) Butler vs. (12) Villanova

At San Jose, Calif.
(3) Arizona vs. (14) SUMMIT/South Dakota State
(6) Wisconsin vs. (11) La Salle

At Kansas City, Mo.
(2) BIG 12/Kansas vs. (15) AMERICA EAST/Vermont
(7) Notre Dame vs. (10) Wichita State

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About our bracketologist: Patrick Stevens is USA TODAY Sports' bracket/bubble specialist for the 2013 NCAA tournament. He has covered college sports and projected the NCAA tournament field for more than a decade for various publications, including The Washington Times. Don't like his projections? Tweet him @D1scourse.

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