Brad-ketology: February 9th 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 Sunday February 9th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Syracuse, Arizona, Villanova, Florida

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

3-seeds: Iowa State, Duke, Wisconsin, Kentucky

4-seeds: Virginia, Ohio State, Creighton, Cincinnati

5-seeds: Michigan, UMass, Oklahoma, UCLA

6-seeds: Saint Louis, Texas, Iowa, Colorado

7-seeds: Louisville, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh

8-seeds: George Washington, UConn, New Mexico, Minnesota

9-seeds: North Carolina, SMU, Southern Miss, Gonzaga

10-seeds: Kansas State, VCU, Xavier, Arizona State

11-seeds: Stanford, California, Missouri, Florida State

12-seeds: Oregon, Providence, Tennessee, LSU, Toledo, Harvard

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

14-seeds: Mercer, Georgia State, Stephen F. Austin, UC Santa Barbara

15-seeds: Iona, Boston University, North Carolina Central, Vermont

16-seeds: Robert Morris, Davidson, Utah Valley, Southern, Weber State, Coastal Carolina

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Brigham Young, Richmond, Baylor, Dayton

2-seeds: Georgetown, Toledo, Harvard, North Dakota State

3-seeds: Clemson, Ole Miss, NC State, Indiana

4-seeds: Louisiana Tech, Indiana State, St. Joe’s, St. John’s

5-seeds: Green Bay, Delaware, Belmont, St. Mary’s

6-seeds: Mercer, Arkansas, Maryland, Nebraska

7-seeds: Illinois, West Virginia, Boise State, Vanderbilt

8-seeds: Wake Forest, Marquette, Oregon State, Washington

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: UTEP, Ohio, Northwestern, Georgia State, Stephen F. Austin, St. Bonaventure, Akron, Middle Tennessee, UC Santa Barbara, New Mexico State

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