Editor’s note: For years, our very own Andy Bottoms has been projecting the NCAA Tournament bracket.
Below is Andy’s latest set of projections for 2017. Expect a final update before the bracket is revealed.
Selection Sunday is here, and there are a few major debates to be had today – both by the selection committee and within my head.
The first is whether Duke’s run through the ACC Tournament is enough to earn a one seed, and the second is whether Syracuse should be in the field. A Rhode Island win in the A-10 Final might answer the second one for us, as the Rams would move off the bubble and into the field.
I’m leaving Duke on the two line for now, but their case is certainly compelling given the high end wins as well as the injuries that impacted them throughout the season.
Over the remainder of the day, I’ll continue scrubbing through the seed list and second-guessing pretty much everything, so look for another update before the field is revealed.
On this week’s Bracketology.FM podcast, I previewed all of the remaining conference tournaments with my guests Jordan Majewski and Raphielle Johnson. Both offered great insight, and it’s worth a listen as one of the best weeks of the college basketball season rolls along.
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Here are my projections through the games from March 11.
I’ve also listed my last four in and first five out as usual, but my thoughts on those teams can all be found within the latest edition of Bracket Watch.
|EAST (NEW YORK)||MIDWEST (KANSAS CITY)|
|Buffalo – March 16/18||Tulsa – March 17/19|
|1) Villanova||1) Kansas|
|16) UC Davis / NC Central||16) Mount St. Mary’s / Texas St.|
|8) Miami (FL)
|9) South Carolina||9) Dayton|
|Buffalo – March 16/18||Milwaukee – March 16/18|
|12) UNC-Wilmington||12) Vermont
|4) West Virginia||4) Notre Dame|
|13) Princeton||13) Bucknell|
|Indianapolis – March 17/19||Sacramento – March 17/19|
|6) Wisconsin||6) Minnesota|
|11) Wake Forest / USC||11) Providence|
|3) Louisville||3) UCLA|
|14) Northern Kentucky||14) Florida Gulf Coast|
|Sacramento – March 17/19||Greenville – March 17/19|
|7) Virginia Tech||7) Saint Mary’s|
|10) Seton Hall||10) Vanderbilt|
|2) Oregon||2) Duke|
|15) North Dakota
||15) Texas Southern|
|SOUTH (MEMPHIS)||WEST (SAN JOSE)|
|Greenville – March 17/19||Salt Lake City – March 16/18|
|1) North Carolina||1) Gonzaga|
|16) New Orleans||16) Jacksonville St.|
|8) Northwestern||8) Wichita St.|
|9) Oklahoma St.||9) VCU|
|Milwaukee – March 16/18||Orlando – March 16/18|
|5) Purdue||5) Iowa St.|
|12) Kansas St. / Rhode Island||12) Nevada|
|4) Butler||4) Florida|
|13) East Tennessee St.||13) Winthrop|
|Tulsa – March 17/19||Orlando – March 16/18|
|6) SMU||6) Creighton|
||11) Michigan St.|
|3) Baylor||3) Florida St.|
|14) Iona||14) New Mexico St.|
|Indianapolis – March 17/19||Salt Lake City – March 16/18|
|7) Michigan||7) Maryland|
|10) Middle Tennessee||10) Marquette|
|2) Kentucky||2) Arizona|
|15) Kent St.||15) Jacksonville St.|
Note: I broke down the bubble teams in more detail in the latest Bracket Watch.
Last Four In
First Five Out
Here is how the bids broke down by conference:
ACC (9): Duke*, Florida State, Louisville, Miami (FL), North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Big Ten (7): Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin
Big East (7): Butler, Creighton, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova*, Xavier
Big 12 (6): Baylor, Iowa State*, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, West Virginia
SEC (5): Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vanderbilt
Pac-12 (4): Arizona*, Oregon, UCLA, USC
Atlantic 10 (3): Dayton, Rhode Island, VCU
American (2): Cincinnati, SMU
West Coast (2): Gonzaga*, Saint Mary’s
America East: Vermont*
Atlantic Sun: Florida Gulf Coast*
Big Sky: North Dakota*
Big South: Winthrop*
Big West: UC Davis*
Conference USA: Middle Tennessee*
Horizon: Northern Kentucky*
MAC: Kent State*
MEAC: NC Central*
Missouri Valley: Wichita State*
Mountain West: Nevada*
Northeast: Mount St. Mary’s*
Ohio Valley: Jacksonville St.*
Southern: East Tennessee St.*
Southland: New Orleans*
Summit: South Dakota St.*
Sun Belt: Texas State
SWAC: Texas Southern*
WAC: New Mexico State*
* – Denotes team has earned automatic bid
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