Brad-ketology: March 9th 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.  The bolded teams are the ones that have already clinched an automatic bid to either the NCAA or NIT tournament. You may also notice that some teams are listed in both the NCAA and NIT fields. These are teams predicted to be automatic qualifiers to the NCAA tournament that would also earn at-large bids to the NIT tournament but not the NCAA tourney. There are several reasons reason these teams are displayed like this.. 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. Finally, there will inevitably be 6-8 regular season mid-major conference champions that lose their conference tourney and earn an NIT automatic bid, so by going ahead and adding 6-8 teams that may later get removed, we end up with an NIT cut line that is more representative of what it will actually look like on Selection Sunday.

Moreover, 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 the 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. 

This bracket projection has been updated through all games played on Tuesday March 8th. Please feel free to comment or debate.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Baylor, Gonzaga, ArizonaAuburn

2-seeds: Kentucky, Kansas, Villanova, Tennessee

3-seeds: Texas Tech, Duke, Purdue, Illinois

4-seeds: Wisconsin, UCLA, Providence, UConn

5-seeds: Texas, Arkansas, LSU, Houston

6-seeds: Saint Mary’s, Alabama, Ohio State, Iowa

7-seeds: Southern Cal, Colorado State, Boise State, Iowa State

8-seeds: Marquette, Seton Hall, Murray State, Michigan State

9-seeds: Michigan, San Diego State, Loyola-Chicago, Xavier

10-seeds: North Carolina, TCU, Memphis, San Francisco

11-seeds: Wyoming, Miami-FL, Davidson, Wake Forest

12-seeds: Creighton, Indiana, Oklahoma, Brigham Young, North Texas, South Dakota State

13-seeds: Chattanooga, Vermont, Iona, Toledo

14-seeds: New Mexico State, Princeton, Delaware, Colgate

15-seeds: Jacksonville StateLongwood, Montana State, Long Beach State

16-seeds: Georgia State, Norfolk State, Nicholls State, Wright State, Bryant, Alcorn State

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: SMU, Rutgers, North Texas, Dayton

2-seeds: VCU, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Texas A & M

3-seeds: Florida, Oregon, UAB, Saint Louis

4-seeds: Kansas State, Colorado, Mississippi State, Belmont

5-seeds: Washington State, Utah State, Virginia, St. John’s

6-seeds: St. Bonaventure, Santa Clara, Vermont, Missouri State

7-seeds: South Carolina, Iona, Fresno State, Toledo

8-seeds: Towson, Northern Iowa, Texas State, Cleveland State

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: Florida State, Wichita State, Clemson

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