Brad-ketology: February 15th 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 15th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Kentucky, Virginia, Gonzaga, Duke

2-seeds: Wisconsin, Kansas, Villanova, Arizona

3-seeds: Utah, Maryland, Louisville, Iowa State

4-seeds: Northern Iowa, Wichita State, VCU, North Carolina

5-seeds: Baylor, Butler, Oklahoma, Notre Dame

6-seeds: Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Georgetown, Providence

7-seeds: Indiana, West Virginia, SMU, Texas

8-seeds: Dayton, San Diego State, Temple, Cincinnati

9-seeds: Ohio State, Georgia, Ole Miss, Colorado State

10-seeds: Michigan State, St. John’s, Xavier, Iowa

11-seeds: Texas A & M, LSU, Old Dominion, Illinois

12-seeds: UCLA, Tulsa, NC State, Stanford, Wofford, Green Bay

13-seeds: Harvard, Eastern Washington, Iona, Murray State

14-seeds: Bowling Green, Stephen F. Austin, William & Mary, Georgia State

15-seeds: UC Davis, North Carolina Central, High Point, Florida Gulf Coast

16-seeds: South Dakota State, Texas Southern, Albany, New Mexico State, St. Francis (NY), Bucknell

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Boise State, Miami-FL, Davidson, Brigham Young

2-seeds: Wofford, Oregon, Green Bay, George Washington

3-seeds: Harvard, Pittsburgh, Purdue, UMass

4-seeds: Eastern Washington, Iona, Alabama, Seton Hall

5-seeds: Minnesota, UConn, St. Mary’s, Valpo

6-seeds: Tennessee, Clemson, Rhode Island, Wyoming

7-seeds: Yale, Michigan, Murray State, UTEP

8-seeds: Oregon State, Bowling Green, Louisiana Tech, Stephen F. Austin

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: William & Mary, Memphis, La Salle, Penn State, Washington, Western Kentucky, Georgia State, Richmond, Buffalo, California

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