No. 1s: LSU, Stanford, Tennessee, Michigan St.

Updated: March 9, 2005, 1:15 PM ET
By Charlie Creme | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: Charlie Creme will project the 2005 NCAA Tournament bracket right up until the official field of 64 is unveiled Sunday (ESPN, 5 p.m. ET). Click here for a glance at this month's field of 64, and be sure to check back later this week for updates. This projection includes games through March 7.

You've already seen which teams we predict to reach the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Now here's who they'll play in the first round:

Note: Teams predicted to win their conferences' automatic bids are followed by their respective league names in parentheses. An asterisk (*) denotes the actual conference tournament champion, if it has been decided.

KANSAS CITY

March 20
Knoxville, Tenn.

(1) LSU vs. (16) Oral Roberts (Mid-Continent*)
(8) Wisconsin-Green Bay (Horizon*) vs. (9) Villanova
March 19
Minneapolis

(5) Kansas State vs. (12) Montana (Big Sky)
(4) Minnesota vs. (13) Eastern Kentucky (OVC*)
March 19
Dallas

(6) Florida State vs. (11) Southwest Missouri State (MVC)
(3) Texas vs. (14) Santa Clara (WCC*)
March 20
College Park, Md.

(7) Maryland vs. (10) Louisville
(2) Rutgers (Big East) vs. (15) St. Francis (Pa.) (NEC)

TEMPE

March 19
Fresno, Calif.
(1) Stanford (Pac-10*) vs. (16) Alcorn State (SWAC)
(8) New Mexico (MWC) vs. (9) Mississippi
March 19
Fresno, Calif.

(5) DePaul vs. (12) Oklahoma
(4) Vanderbilt vs. (13) UC Santa Barbara (Big West)
March 20
College Park, Md.

(3) Ohio State vs. (14) Texas-Arlington (Southland)
(6) Arizona State vs. (11) Virginia Tech
March 19
Seattle

(7) Oregon vs. (10) Louisiana Tech (WAC)
(2) Baylor (Big 12) vs. (15) Canisius (MAAC*)

CHATTANOOGA

March 20
Knoxville, Tenn.
(1) Tennessee (SEC*) vs. (16) Western Carolina (Southern*)
(8) George Washington vs. (9) Boston College
March 19
Dallas

(5) Penn State vs. (12) Liberty (Big South)
(4) Texas Tech vs. (13) Maine (America East)
March 20
Storrs, Conn.

(3) Notre Dame vs. (14) Bowling Green (MAC)
(6) Virginia vs. (11) Iowa
March 20
Chapel Hill, N.C.

(7) TCU (C-USA*) vs. (10) Arizona
(2) Duke vs. (15) Central Florida (Atlantic Sun)

PHILADELPHIA

March 19
Minneapolis
(1) Michigan State (Big Ten*) vs. (16) Holy Cross (Patriot)
(8) Utah vs. (9) Southern California
March 19
Seattle

(5) NC State vs. (12) Gonzaga
(4) Temple (A-10*) vs. (13) Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt*)
March 20
Storrs, Conn.

(3) Connecticut vs. (14) Dartmouth (Ivy)
(6) Georgia vs. (11) Delaware (Colonial)
March 20
Chapel Hill, N.C.

(7) Iowa State vs. (10) Richmond
(2) North Carolina (ACC*) vs. (15) Coppin State (MEAC)

Charlie Creme can be reached at cwcreme@hotmail.com.

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