Brad-ketology: March 2nd 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 NCAA Tournament.  You will notice that some of these squads are also listed in the NIT bracket.  The reason for this is two-fold.  First and foremost, it shows how close those teams are to getting at-large bids in the NCAA tournament field.  Secondly, it shows where those squads would be seeded if in fact they lost in their conference tournament and garnered an automatic bid to the NIT.

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 through all games played on Thursday March 1st.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Virginia, Kansas, Xavier, Villanova

2-seeds: Purdue, Duke, North Carolina, Auburn

3-seeds: Michigan State, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Clemson

4-seeds: Arizona, West Virginia, Wichita State, Texas Tech

5-seeds: Kentucky, Ohio State, Arkansas, Miami-FL

6-seeds: Michigan, Seton Hall, Gonzaga, Nevada

7-seeds: Rhode Island, Creighton, Texas A & M, TCU

8-seeds: Houston, Florida, Oklahoma, Arizona State

9-seeds: Butler, Southern California, St. Bonaventure, Virginia Tech

10-seeds: Missouri, Saint Mary’s, Providence, Florida State

11-seeds: Louisville, Washington, Temple, Baylor, Texas, Alabama

12-seeds: Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, Loyola-IL, UL-Lafayette

13-seeds: South Dakota State, Buffalo, Vermont, Murray State

14-seeds: Rider, UNC-Greensboro, Bucknell, College of Charleston

15-seeds: Montana, UC Davis, Northern Kentucky, Wagner

16-seeds: UNC-Asheville, Penn, Nicholls State, Florida Gulf Coast, Hampton, Prairie View

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: NC State, Utah, UCLA, Kansas State,

2-seeds: Middle Tennessee, Syracuse, Marquette, Nebraska

3-seeds: Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Western Kentucky, New Mexico State

4-seeds: Loyola-IL, UL-Lafayette, South Dakota State, Boise State

5-seeds: Buffalo, Vermont, South Carolina, UCF

6-seeds: Maryland, LSU, Georgia, Oregon

7-seeds: Colorado, Penn State, Stanford, Murray State

8-seeds: Rider, UNC-Greensboro, Bucknell, College of Charleston

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: Belmont, Tulsa, Old Dominion, Oklahoma State, Boston College, SMU

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