With UConn's help, OSU jumps to No. 2 seed

Updated: March 12, 2005, 9:23 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, check out Creme's first-round pairings and then check back later this week. Projection includes games through March 9.

Ohio State didn't play since our last projection on Tuesday, but that didn't stop the Buckeyes from bumping up a spot in our latest bracket.

Rutgers' loss in the Big East final Tuesday allowed Ohio State, not Big East champion Connecticut, to jump one spot to a No. 2 seed. In our prediction two days ago, Rutgers had been the Kansas City Regional's second seed, but now has exchanged places with Ohio State, which was previously the No. 3 seed in Tempe.

The Huskies remained a No. 3 in the Philadelphia Regional, behind top-seeded Michigan State and No. 2 seed North Carolina.

A look at the latest predicted field of 64, which included several other minor tweaks, but no new teams since Tuesday:

THE FIELD OF 64
KANSAS CITY TEMPE CHATTANOOGA PHILADELPHIA
1. LSU 1. Stanford 1. Tennessee 1. Michigan State
2. Ohio State 2. Baylor 2. Duke 2. North Carolina
3. Texas 3. Rutgers 3. Notre Dame 3. Connecticut
4. Minnesota 4. Vanderbilt 4. Texas Tech 4. Temple
5. NC State 5. DePaul 5. Penn State 5. Kansas State
6. Florida State 6. Arizona State 6. Virginia 6. Georgia
7. Maryland 7. Oregon 7. TCU 7. Iowa State
8. UW-Green Bay 8. Utah 8. George Washington 8. New Mexico
9. Villanova 9. Mississippi 9. Boston College 9. Southern California
10. Louisville 10. Louisiana Tech 10. Arizona 10. Richmond
11. Southwest Missouri State 11. Virginia Tech 11. Iowa 11. Delaware
12. Montana 12. Oklahoma 12. Liberty 12. Gonzaga
13. Maine 13. UC Santa Barbara 13. Eastern Kentucky 13. Middle Tennessee
14. Santa Clara 14. Texas-Arlington 14. Bowling Green 14. Dartmouth
15. St. Francis (Pa.) 15. Canisius 15. Central Florida 15. Coppin State
16. Oral Roberts 16. Alcorn State 16. Western Carolina 16. Holy Cross

Last four in: Gonzaga, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Iowa.

Last four out: Purdue, Old Dominion, Rice, Houston.

Next four out: Xavier, Auburn, Chattanooga, Nebraska.

Charlie Creme can be reached at cwcreme@hotmail.com. RPI and SOS ratings courtesy of collegerpi.com.

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