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, and the bolded teams are squads who have already clinched automatic bids to either the NCAA or NIT. 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 Mondays and Fridays). This bracket projection has been updated on site from Las Vegas and includes all games played through Tuesday March 7th.
NCAA Tourney Field:
1-seeds: Kansas, Villanova, North Carolina, Oregon,
2-seeds: Gonzaga, Baylor, Louisville, Arizona
3-seeds: UCLA, Kentucky, Florida State, Butler
4-seeds: Duke, West Virginia, Florida, Virginia
5-seeds: Notre Dame, SMU, Purdue, Cincinnati
6-seeds: Minnesota, Maryland, Creighton, Iowa State
7-seeds: St. Mary’s, Dayton, Oklahoma State, Arkansas
8-seeds: South Carolina, VCU, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin
9-seeds: Miami-FL, Xavier, Wake Forest, Seton Hall
10-seeds: Vanderbilt, Michigan, Northwestern, Southern California
11-seeds: Wichita State, Michigan State, Marquette, Providence, Rhode Island, Kansas State
12-seeds: Middle Tennessee, Nevada, UNC Wilmington, UT-Arlington
13-seeds: Vermont, Princeton, Akron, Bucknell
14-seeds: Winthrop, Florida Gulf Coast, Cal State Bakersfield, East Tennessee State
15-seeds: Iona, Northern Kentucky, Texas Southern UC Irvine
16-seeds: Jacksonville State, Mount St. Mary’s, North Dakota, South Dakota State, New Orleans, North Carolina Central
NIT Tourney Field:
1-seeds: Illinois, Syracuse, Middle Tennessee, California
2-seeds: Iowa, Clemson, Ohio State, Illinois State
3-seeds: Georgia, Nevada, TCU, Houston
4-seeds: UT-Arlington, Ole Miss, Indiana, Vermont
5-seeds: Georgia Tech, Monmouth, Brigham Young, Boise State
6-seeds: Utah, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas A & M
7-seeds: Charleston, UCF, Princeton, Akron
8-seeds: Belmont, UNC Greensboro, South Dakota, Oakland
Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: Bucknell, Richmond, Colorado State, New Mexico, Texas Tech, St. Bonaventure, Auburn, Fresno State
Why is the College of Charleston listed as a 7 seed? They defeated Boise State earlier this season (who you list as a 5 seed) and also defeated UNC-Wilmington on their home court.
Currently have moved them up to an NIT 5 seed but check back later this morning to see where I ultimately have them ending up.