Bracket Projection – March 13 (Final)

Just some quick bullet points.  The bracket may receive a few touch-ups throughout the day. (Updated 2:10…FINAL PROJECTION)

  • Kansas (Midwest) and UNC (East) have 1 seeds locked up.  Oregon, Michigan State and Virginia are in contention for the final two spots.  My feeling is that the Committee rewards Oregon in the West with the 1 seed.  Then, Michigan State and Virginia could be flipped in the South depending on Sparty’s result today.
  • Memphis has a chance to be a bid felon today, which would make the next bullet point moot.
  • I have one spot that I am still considering, which is currently held by Michigan.  I think it is really close between Michigan, Vanderbilt and San Diego State, though the Aztecs likely are hurt by the weakness of the Mountain West and the presence of mid-majors on the bubble that are ahead of them.
  • Does the Committee send a message to Temple and S. Carolina that you actually have to beat someone in the non-conference?  They have done just this in the past.
  • Last Four In – Syracuse, St. Mary’s, Monmouth, Vanderbilt
  • First Four Out – Michigan, San Diego State, Temple, S. Carolina

Bracket

MIDWEST
1 Kansas (1 overall) vs 16 Fairleigh Dickinson/Holy Cross – Des Moines
8 USC vs 9 VCU
5 Maryland vs 12 Fresno State
4 Texas A&M vs 13 Chattanooga – Oklahoma City
3 Miami vs 14 Iona – Providence
6 Iowa State vs 11 Monmouth/Vanderbilt
7 Colorado vs 10 Wichita State
2 Villanova vs 15 Buffalo

EAST
1 UNC (2 overall) vs Austin Peay/FGCU – Raleigh
8 St. Joseph’s vs 9 Texas Tech
5 Seton Hall vs 12 Yale
4 Indiana vs 13 Stony Brook – Providence
3 Utah vs 14 Weber State – Denver
6 Notre Dame vs 11 Northern Iowa
7 Wisconsin vs 10 Cincinnati
2 WVU vs 15 Green Bay

WEST
1 Oregon (3 overall) vs 16 Southern – Spokane
8 Butler vs 9 Pittsburgh
5 Baylor vs 12 UALR
4 Purdue vs 13 Hawaii – Spokane
3 Xavier vs 14 UNC Wilmington – St. Louis
6 Arizona vs 11 Syracuse/St. Mary’s
7 Iowa vs 10 St. Bonaventure
2 Oklahoma vs 15 CS Bakersfield – Oklahoma City

SOUTH
1 Michigan State (4 overall) vs 16 Hampton – St. Louis
8 Dayton vs 9 UConn
5 California vs 12 S.F. Austin
4 Duke vs 13 S. Dakota State – Denver
3 Kentucky vs 14 MTSU – Des Moines
6 Texas vs 11 Gonzaga
7 Providence vs 10 Oregon State
2 Virginia vs 15 UNC Asheville – Raleigh

 

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