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 6th.
NCAA Tourney Field:
1-seeds: Kansas, Baylor, Gonzaga, Dayton
2-seeds: San Diego State, Florida State, Duke, Louisville
3-seeds: Michigan State, Seton Hall, Creighton, Villanova
4-seeds: Oregon, Maryland, Ohio State, Kentucky
5-seeds: Butler, Brigham Young, Arizona, Colorado
6-seeds: Penn State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Michigan
7-seeds: Houston, Auburn, Iowa, Marquette
8-seeds: Texas Tech, Rutgers, Florida, LSU
9-seeds: Saint Mary’s, Virginia, Southern California, Stanford
10-seeds: Providence, Illinois, Oklahoma, Xavier
11-seeds: Indiana, Arizona State, Texas, NC State, Purdue, Wichita State
12-seeds: East Tenn. State, Northern Iowa, Yale, Liberty
13-seeds: Stephen F. Austin, Vermont, Akron, North Texas
14-seeds: Belmont, New Mexico State, Colgate, UC Irvine
15-seeds: Hofstra, Wright State, North Dakota State, Eastern Washington
16-seeds: Arkansas Little Rock, Radford, Siena, Prairie View, Robert Morris, North Carolina Central
NIT Tourney Field:
1-seeds: Utah State, Cincinnati, Northern Iowa, Arkansas
2-seeds: ETSU, Richmond, Mississippi State, Alabama
3-seeds: South Carolina, Tennessee, Memphis, UCLA
4-seeds: Rhode Island, Georgetown, Syracuse, Saint Louis
5-seeds: Yale, Liberty, Minnesota, UConn
6-seeds: Notre Dame, Oregon State, Oklahoma State, Clemson
7-seeds: St. John’s, VCU, Furman, Tulsa
8-seeds: UNC Greensboro, Utah, Virginia Tech, TCU
Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: SMU, Duquesne, Washington, Ole Miss
Of Gonzaga, SDSU, and Seton Hall, who do you think makes it the furthest in the NCAA tournament?
Probably Zaga. SEton Hall could make a run as well but I think SDSU is going to flame out early. They haven’t played well the past few weeks. You want to come over for games next Saturday?