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. This bracket projection has been updated through all games played on Sunday March 8th.
NCAA Tourney Field:
1-seeds: Kentucky, Virginia, Duke, Villanova
2-seeds: Arizona, Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Kansas
3-seeds: Maryland, Iowa State, Baylor, Louisville
4-seeds: Oklahoma, Northern Iowa, North Carolina, West Virginia
5-seeds: Utah, Wichita State, Notre Dame, Georgetown
6-seeds: Butler, Providence, Arkansas, SMU
7-seeds: San Diego State, VCU, Colorado State, St. John’s
8-seeds: Michigan State, Iowa, Temple, Oregon
9-seeds: Dayton, Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio State
10-seeds: Oklahoma State, Davidson, NC State, Texas
11-seeds: Georgia, Boise State, LSU, Old Dominion
12-seeds: Ole Miss, Brigham Young, Indiana, UCLA, Wofford, Stephen F. Austin
13-seeds: Iona, Valpo, Harvard, Georgia State
14-seeds: UC Davis, Central Michigan, William & Mary, South Dakota State
15-seeds: North Carolina Central, Albany, Belmont, Texas Southern
16-seeds: New Mexico State, Montana, Coastal Carolina, Lafayette, North Florida, St. Francis (NY)
NIT Tourney Field:
1-seeds: Texas A & M, Purdue, Tulsa, Wofford
2-seeds: Stephen F. Austin, Iona, Miami-FL, Illinois
3-seeds: Stanford, Rhode Island, Valpo, Green Bay
4-seeds: Richmond, Pittsburgh, UConn, St. Mary’s
5-seeds: UMass, Seton Hall, Minnesota, Louisiana Tech
6-seeds: UTEP, Harvard, Georgia State, Memphis
7-seeds: Murray State, UC Davis, Central Michigan, Buffalo
8-seeds: Arizona State, Yale, Bucknell, Charleston Southern
Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: George Washington, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Illinois State, William & Mary, South Dakota State
Purdue out but Indiana in? Haha ok.
Indiana has better non-conf SOS, same RPI, better top 50 wins, and better losses. Sorry, but Hoosiers are definitely ahead of the Boilermakers on the S-curve currently.