Brad-ketology: January 31st Edition

The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  The italicized teams are ones predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the dance.  For the conferences who currently have NCAA tourney teams, it is assumed that one of those teams will win their conference tourney.  If not, then a stolen bid would result, and the number of at-large bids would drop.

Also, just to clarify, my bracket projection is intended to project the NCAA Tournament field if it was chosen today.  Unlike some bracketologists, I am not trying to predict how each team will finish the season and then seed the teams based on that.  There is one slight exception to this rule, however, and that is that I have always chosen to award the projected automatic bid for each conference to my projected best team in that conference, and not the team who is currently leading the conference standings.   Given how unbalanced conference schedules are, it just seems like common sense to project that the best team in a conference will win the league championship, not the squad currently in first place.

Brad-ketology columns will be published at least twice a week (typically on Sundays and Fridays) and more often than that when it gets closer to tourney time.  This bracket projection has been updated through all games played on Friday January 30th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Arizona, Syracuse, Villanova, Michigan State

2-seeds: Florida, Kansas, Wichita State, San Diego State

3-seeds: Creighton, Michigan, Duke, Wisconsin

4-seeds: Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Cincinnati

5-seeds: Kentucky, UMass, UCLA, Pittsburgh

6-seeds: Minnesota, Colorado, Memphis, Virginia

7-seeds: George Washington, Ohio State, Saint Louis, Louisville

8-seeds: Iowa, Texas, UConn, Gonzaga

9-seeds: Xavier, New Mexico, Kansas State, VCU

10-seeds: Florida State, Southern Miss, North Carolina, Missouri

11-seeds: Arizona State, Providence, SMU, Oregon

12-seeds: Tennessee, LSU, Stanford, California, Toledo, Harvard

13-seeds: North Dakota State, Green Bay, Belmont, Mercer

14-seeds: Delaware, Georgia State, Stephen F. Austin, Boston University

15-seeds: Manhattan, UC Santa Barbara, North Carolina Central, Vermont

16-seeds: Northern Colorado, Robert Morris, Utah Valley, Davidson, Southern, Coastal Carolina

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Baylor, Richmond, Toledo, Harvard

2-seeds: North Dakota State, Indiana State, Brigham Young, Green Bay

3-seeds: Belmont, Indiana, Dayton, Wake Forest

4-seeds: Boise State, Ole Miss, Saint Mary’s, Georgetown

5-seeds: Louisiana Tech, Illinois, Mercer, Delaware

6-seeds: Nebraska, NC State, Arkansas, Clemson

7-seeds: Washington, Marquette, St. Joe’s, Maryland

8-seeds: Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Ohio, St. John’s

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: St. Bonaventure, La Salle, Akron, West Virginia, New Mexico State, Wyoming, Oregon State, Purdue, Georgia State, Miami (FL)

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