Before you begin reading this article, I want to make one thing abundantly clear: I’m not telling you how to fill out the perfect bracket; that’s impossible (insert cliche about the astronomically small odds of this ever happening). Rather, I’m giving you statistically sound, pragmatic advice on how to win your bracket pool between you and your friends (and the spoils that come along with it). If you follow these foolproof steps, you should finish at (or at the very least near) the top:

Step 1: Advance all 1 and 2 seeds to the Sweet 16.

Okay, I know, this is super chalky and people may rag on you for making this move. Furthermore, the odds are heavily against all eight 1 and 2 seeds advancing to the Sweet 16. However, picking which 1 or 2 seed is going to get upset is a fool’s gambit. You put yourself at risk of losing easy points that your opponents will gain. You’re better off taking a couple gambles in other early round games, and just playing it close to the vest here.

To further drive home my point, consider this – in the last nine tournaments, 53 of the 72 teams (74%) on the 1 and 2 seed line advanced to the Sweet 16. If you can essentially lock in 6 correct teams in your predicted Sweet 16, you should do it.

Step 2: Advance all 3 and 4 seeds to the second round.

The same chalkiness mentioned in step 1 definitely applies here as well, but the same logic applies as well. The difference here is that a lower seed upset over a 3 or 4 in the second round is much more likely  in comparison to a similar 1 or 2 upset. Thus, auto-advancing the 3 and 4 seeds should only apply to the first round. It’s fun bragging about being the one person who accurately picked the crazy 14 over 3 upset, but you know what’s more fun? Bragging about winning your bracket pool.

In a similar fashion to step 1, I really want to drive home this point as well. In the last nine tournaments, 60 of the 72 teams (83%) on the 3 and 4 seed line advanced to the second round.

Step 3: Use the following statistical data to fill out the rest of your bracket.
(*Note*: The 0% values listed do not imply that the result cannot happen. Rather, the result is extremely unlikely [less than 0.5% likelihood])

I developed a predictive model to attempt to project who has the best chance of advancing far into the tournament. I refined the  model to further optimize the predictive results, then normalized the projections for each region to create a probability of advancing in any given round for every team in the tournament. I used historic tournament results from games that took place between 2010 to 2017. The analysis of factors that are most predictive in projecting a national champion is the area where I have committed the most time and performed the most research. This is not coincidence, as this is the most valuable prediction when it comes to winning your bracket pool.

2018SouthRegion

South Region

2018EastRegion

East Region

2018MidwestRegion

Midwest Region

2018WestRegion

West Region

 

Bonus: Synthesizing the above charts for people who don’t like numbers.

Most Likely First Round Upsets

  • (12) New Mexico State over (5) Clemson: 58%
  • (11) Arizona State/Syracuse over (6) TCU: 51%
  • (11) San Diego State over (6) Houston: 41%
  • (12) South Dakota State over (5) Ohio State: 41%

Toss-Up Games

  • (8) Creighton over (9) Kansas State: 53%
  • (7) Nevada TOSS UP (10) Texas: 50%
  • (9) Alabama over (8) Virginia Tech: 55%
  • (10) Butler over (7) Arkansas: 52%
  • (8) Seton Hall over (9) NC State: 58%
  • (7) Rhode Island over (10) Oklahoma: 65%
  • (8) Missouri over (9) Florida State: 51%
  • (7) Texas A&M over (10) Providence: 55%

Best Final Four Picks by Region

  • South: (2) Cincinnati, (4) Arizona, (5) Kentucky, (1) Virginia
  • East: (1) Villanova, (4) Wichita State, (6) Florida, (2) Purdue
  • Midwest: (1) Kansas, (2) Duke, (3) Michigan State
  • West: (2) North Carolina, (1) Xavier, (4) Gonzaga

Best Champion Picks

  • (2) North Carolina
  • (1) Villanova
  • (2) Duke
  • (1) Kansas
  • (2) Cincinnati
  • (3) Michigan State
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Welcome back to 1-3-1 Sports! My goal is to update my bracketology projections daily for the entirety of the season, so that my audience can have the most accurate, up-to-date picture of the college basketball landscape. As always, I’m open to feedback and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team blogs are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Finally, operation and maintenance of this site takes time and money. So, if you are willing, please make a small donation towards keeping the site up and running by clicking on the donation button on the sidebar. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET
Bracket 031118 (Final)
PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier

The 2 Seeds

North Carolina, Duke, Cincinnati, Purdue

The 3 Seeds

Tennessee, Michigan State, Michigan, West Virginia

The 4 Seeds

Auburn, Arizona, Texas Tech, Wichita State

The 5 Seeds

Kentucky, Clemson, Gonzaga, Ohio State

The 6 Seeds

Houston, Florida, Arkansas, Miami (FL)

The 7 Seeds

Texas A&M, TCU, Seton Hall, Rhode Island

The 8 Seeds

Nevada, Virginia Tech, Providence, Missouri

The 9 Seeds

Butler, Alabama, Kansas State, NC State

The 10 Seeds

Creighton, Florida State, St. Bonaventure, UCLA

The 11 Seeds

Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Arizona State, Loyola-Chicago, Davidson

The 12 Seeds

New Mexico State, San Diego State, South Dakota State, Murray State

The 13 Seeds

Buffalo, UNC-Greensboro, Marshall, College of Charleston

The 14 Seeds

Bucknell, Montana, Wright State, Stephen F. Austin

The 15 Seeds

Georgia State, Lipscomb, Iona, Pennsylvania

The 16 Seeds

Maryland-Baltimore County, Cal State Fullerton, Radford, Texas Southern, LIU-Brooklyn, North Carolina Central 

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Arizona State

First Four Out

St. Mary’s (CA), Louisville, Baylor, Oklahoma State

Next Four Out

Marquette, Syracuse, Middle Tennessee, Notre Dame

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

ACC (8), SEC (8), Big 12 (7), Big East (6), Big Ten (4), Pac-12 (4), American (3), Atlantic 10 (3), Mountain West (2)

ACC – Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, NC State, Florida State

America East – Maryland-Baltimore County

American – Cincinnati, Wichita State, Houston

Atlantic 10 – Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, Davidson

Atlantic Sun – Lipscomb

Big 12 – Kansas, West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas

Big East – Villanova, Xavier, Seton Hall, Butler, Creighton, Providence

Big Sky – Montana

Big South – Radford

Big Ten – Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan

Big West – Cal State Fullerton

Colonial – College of Charleston

Conference USA – Marshall

Horizon – Wright State

Ivy – Pennsylvania

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Buffalo

MEAC – North Carolina Central

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Nevada, San Diego State

Northeast – LIU-Brooklyn

Ohio Valley – Murray State

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, USC, Arizona State

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Tennessee, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Missouri, Alabama

Southern – UNC-Greensboro

Southland – Stephen F. Austin

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Georgia State

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga

Welcome back to 1-3-1 Sports! My goal is to update my bracketology projections daily for the entirety of the season, so that my audience can have the most accurate, up-to-date picture of the college basketball landscape. As always, I’m open to feedback and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team blogs are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Finally, operation and maintenance of this site takes time and money. So, if you are willing, please make a small donation towards keeping the site up and running by clicking on the donation button on the sidebar. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET
Bracket 031118 (AM)
PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier

The 2 Seeds

North Carolina, Duke, Cincinnati, Purdue

The 3 Seeds

Tennessee, Michigan State, Michigan, West Virginia

The 4 Seeds

Auburn, Texas Tech, Arizona, Wichita State

The 5 Seeds

Gonzaga, Clemson, Kentucky, Florida

The 6 Seeds

Ohio State, Houston, Arkansas, Miami (FL)

The 7 Seeds

Texas A&M, TCU, Seton Hall, Rhode Island

The 8 Seeds

Nevada, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Providence

The 9 Seeds

Alabama, Kansas State, Butler, NC State

The 10 Seeds

Florida State, Creighton, St. Bonaventure, UCLA

The 11 Seeds

Oklahoma, Texas, USC, St. Mary’s (CA), Arizona State, Loyola-Chicago

The 12 Seeds

San Diego State, New Mexico State, Buffalo, South Dakota State

The 13 Seeds

Murray State, Marshall, UNC-Greensboro, College of Charleston

The 14 Seeds

Bucknell, Montana, Wright State, Stephen F. Austin

The 15 Seeds

Georgia State, Iona, Lipscomb, Pennsylvania

The 16 Seeds

Maryland-Baltimore County, Cal State Fullerton, Radford, Texas Southern, LIU-Brooklyn, North Carolina Central 

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

Texas, USC, St. Mary’s (CA), Arizona State

First Four Out

Louisville, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Marquette

Next Four Out

Syracuse, Middle Tennessee, Notre Dame, Nebraska

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

ACC (8), SEC (8), Big 12 (7), Big East (6), Big Ten (4), Pac-12 (4), American (3), West Coast (2), Mountain West (2)

ACC – Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, NC State, Florida State

America East – Maryland-Baltimore County

American – Cincinnati, Wichita State, Houston

Atlantic 10 – Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Lipscomb

Big 12 – Kansas, West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas

Big East – Villanova, Xavier, Seton Hall, Butler, Creighton, Providence

Big Sky – Montana

Big South – Radford

Big Ten – Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan

Big West – Cal State Fullerton

Colonial – College of Charleston

Conference USA – Marshall

Horizon – Wright State

Ivy – Pennsylvania

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Buffalo

MEAC – North Carolina Central

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Nevada, San Diego State

Northeast – LIU-Brooklyn

Ohio Valley – Murray State

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, USC, Arizona State

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Tennessee, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Missouri, Alabama

Southern – UNC-Greensboro

Southland – Stephen F. Austin

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Georgia State

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, St. Mary’s (CA)

Welcome back to 1-3-1 Sports! My goal is to update my bracketology projections daily for the entirety of the season, so that my audience can have the most accurate, up-to-date picture of the college basketball landscape. As always, I’m open to feedback and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team blogs are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Finally, operation and maintenance of this site takes time and money. So, if you are willing, please make a small donation towards keeping the site up and running by clicking on the donation button on the sidebar. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET
Bracket 031018
PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier

The 2 Seeds

North Carolina, Duke, Purdue, Cincinnati

The 3 Seeds

Tennessee, Michigan State, Michigan, West Virginia

The 4 Seeds

Wichita State, Arizona, Auburn, Texas Tech

The 5 Seeds

Gonzaga, Clemson, Florida, Kentucky

The 6 Seeds

Ohio State, Houston, Miami (FL), Arkansas

The 7 Seeds

TCU, Texas A&M, Seton Hall, Rhode Island

The 8 Seeds

Nevada, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Butler

The 9 Seeds

Creighton, St. Bonaventure, Kansas State, NC State

The 10 Seeds

Providence, Florida State, USC, Oklahoma

The 11 Seeds

Texas, UCLA, Alabama, St. Mary’s (CA), Arizona State, Loyola-Chicago

The 12 Seeds

Western Kentucky, New Mexico State, San Diego State, Buffalo

The 13 Seeds

Murray State, South Dakota State, Vermont, Louisiana-Lafayette

The 14 Seeds

UNC-Greensboro, College of Charleston, Bucknell, Montana

The 15 Seeds

Wright State, Pennsylvania, Stephen F. Austin, Iona

The 16 Seeds

Lipscomb, Radford, UC Irvine, Hampton, LIU-Brooklyn, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

UCLA, Alabama, St. Mary’s (CA), Arizona State

First Four Out

Louisville, Baylor, Marquette, Oklahoma State

Next Four Out

Syracuse, Middle Tennessee, Notre Dame, Mississippi State

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

ACC (8), SEC (8), Big 12 (7), Big East (6), Big Ten (4), Pac-12 (4), American (3), West Coast (2), Mountain West (2)

ACC – Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, NC State, Florida State

America East – Vermont

American – Cincinnati, Wichita State, Houston

Atlantic 10 – Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Lipscomb

Big 12 – Kansas, West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas

Big East – Villanova, Xavier, Seton Hall, Butler, Creighton, Providence

Big Sky – Montana

Big South – Radford

Big Ten – Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan

Big West – UC Davis

Colonial – College of Charleston

Conference USA – Western Kentucky

Horizon – Wright State

Ivy – Pennsylvania

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Buffalo

MEAC – Hampton

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Nevada, San Diego State

Northeast – LIU-Brooklyn

Ohio Valley – Murray State

Pac-12 – Arizona, USC, UCLA, Arizona State

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Tennessee, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Missouri, Alabama

Southern – UNC-Greensboro

Southland – Stephen F. Austin

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Louisiana-Lafayette

SWAC – Arkansas-Pine Bluff

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, St. Mary’s (CA)

Welcome back to 1-3-1 Sports! My goal is to update my bracketology projections daily for the entirety of the season, so that my audience can have the most accurate, up-to-date picture of the college basketball landscape. As always, I’m open to feedback and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team blogs are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Finally, operation and maintenance of this site takes time and money. So, if you are willing, please make a small donation towards keeping the site up and running by clicking on the donation button on the sidebar. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET
Bracket 030918
PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Kansas

The 2 Seeds

Duke, North Carolina, Purdue, Cincinnati

The 3 Seeds

Tennessee, Auburn, Michigan State, Michigan

The 4 Seeds

West Virginia, Texas Tech, Wichita State, Arizona

The 5 Seeds

Gonzaga, Florida, Clemson, Kentucky

The 6 Seeds

Ohio State, Houston, TCU, Miami (FL)

The 7 Seeds

Texas A&M, Arkansas, Nevada, Seton Hall

The 8 Seeds

Rhode Island, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Butler

The 9 Seeds

Creighton, NC State, St. Bonaventure, Kansas State

The 10 Seeds

Providence, Florida State, Texas, Oklahoma

The 11 Seeds

USC, UCLA, St. Mary’s (CA), Arizona State, Marquette, Alabama

The 12 Seeds

Loyola-Chicago, Western Kentucky, New Mexico State, Buffalo

The 13 Seeds

Murray State, South Dakota State, Vermont, Louisiana-Lafayette

The 14 Seeds

UNC-Greensboro, College of Charleston, Bucknell, Montana

The 15 Seeds

UC Davis, Wright State, Pennsylvania, Lipscomb

The 16 Seeds

Iona, Radford, Nicholls State, LIU-Brooklyn, HamptonArkansas-Pine Bluff

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

St. Mary’s (CA), Arizona State, Marquette, Alabama

First Four Out

Louisville, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Syracuse

Next Four Out

Middle Tennessee, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Oregon

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

ACC (8), SEC (8), Big 12 (7), Big East (7), Big Ten (4), Pac-12 (4), American (3), West Coast (2)

ACC – Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Miami (FL), NC State

America East – Vermont

American – Cincinnati, Wichita State, Houston

Atlantic 10 – Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Lipscomb

Big 12 – Kansas, Texas Tech, West Virginia, TCU, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas

Big East – Villanova, Xavier, Creighton, Seton Hall, Butler, Providence, Marquette

Big Sky – Montana

Big South – Radford

Big Ten – Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan

Big West – UC Davis

Colonial – College of Charleston

Conference USA – Western Kentucky

Horizon – Wright State

Ivy – Pennsylvania

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Buffalo

MEAC – Hampton

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Nevada

Northeast – LIU-Brooklyn

Ohio Valley – Murray State

Pac-12 – Arizona, Arizona State, USC, UCLA

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, Alabama

Southern – UNC-Greensboro

Southland – Nicholls State

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Louisiana-Lafayette

SWAC – Arkansas-Pine Bluff

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, St. Mary’s (CA)

Welcome back to 1-3-1 Sports! My goal is to update my bracketology projections daily for the entirety of the season, so that my audience can have the most accurate, up-to-date picture of the college basketball landscape. As always, I’m open to feedback and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team blogs are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Finally, operation and maintenance of this site takes time and money. So, if you are willing, please make a small donation towards keeping the site up and running by clicking on the donation button on the sidebar. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET
Bracket 030818
PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Kansas

The 2 Seeds

Duke, North Carolina, Purdue, Cincinnati

The 3 Seeds

Tennessee, Auburn, Michigan State, Michigan

The 4 Seeds

Wichita State, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Arizona

The 5 Seeds

Gonzaga, Florida, Clemson, Kentucky

The 6 Seeds

Ohio State, Houston, TCU, Miami (FL)

The 7 Seeds

Texas A&M, Seton Hall, Arkansas, Nevada

The 8 Seeds

Rhode Island, Missouri, Creighton, Virginia Tech

The 9 Seeds

NC State, St. Bonaventure, Butler, Florida State

The 10 Seeds

Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Providence

The 11 Seeds

USC, UCLA, Middle Tennessee, Marquette, Arizona State

The 12 Seeds

St. Mary’s (CA), Louisville, Loyola-Chicago, New Mexico State, Buffalo

The 13 Seeds

Murray State, South Dakota State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Vermont

The 14 Seeds

UNC-Greensboro, College of Charleston, Bucknell, Montana

The 15 Seeds

UC Davis, Wright State, Pennsylvania, Lipscomb

The 16 Seeds

Iona, Radford, Nicholls State, LIU-Brooklyn, HamptonArkansas-Pine Bluff

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

Marquette, Arizona State, St. Mary’s (CA), Louisville

First Four Out

Oklahoma State, Baylor, Syracuse, Alabama

Next Four Out

Notre Dame, Boise State, Penn State, Nebraska

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

ACC (9), Big 12 (7), SEC (7), Big East (7), Big Ten (4), Pac-12 (4), American (3), West Coast (2)

ACC – Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Miami (FL), NC State, Louisville

America East – Vermont

American – Cincinnati, Wichita State, Houston

Atlantic 10 – Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Lipscomb

Big 12 – Kansas, Texas Tech, West Virginia, TCU, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas

Big East – Villanova, Xavier, Creighton, Seton Hall, Butler, Providence, Marquette

Big Sky – Montana

Big South – Radford

Big Ten – Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan

Big West – UC Davis

Colonial – College of Charleston

Conference USA – Middle Tennessee

Horizon – Wright State

Ivy – Pennsylvania

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Buffalo

MEAC – Hampton

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Nevada

Northeast – LIU-Brooklyn

Ohio Valley – Murray State

Pac-12 – Arizona, Arizona State, USC, UCLA

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri

Southern – UNC-Greensboro

Southland – Nicholls State

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Louisiana-Lafayette

SWAC – Arkansas-Pine Bluff

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, St. Mary’s (CA)

Welcome back to 1-3-1 Sports! My goal is to update my bracketology projections daily for the entirety of the season, so that my audience can have the most accurate, up-to-date picture of the college basketball landscape. As always, I’m open to feedback and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team blogs are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Finally, operation and maintenance of this site takes time and money. So, if you are willing, please make a small donation towards keeping the site up and running by clicking on the donation button on the sidebar. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET
Bracket 030718
PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Kansas

The 2 Seeds

Duke, North Carolina, Purdue, Cincinnati

The 3 Seeds

Michigan State, Auburn, Tennessee, Michigan

The 4 Seeds

Texas Tech, Wichita State, Arizona, West Virginia

The 5 Seeds

Gonzaga, Clemson, Kentucky, Ohio State

The 6 Seeds

Florida, Houston, Miami (FL), TCU

The 7 Seeds

Texas A&M, Arkansas, Seton Hall, Nevada

The 8 Seeds

Rhode Island, Virginia Tech, Missouri, Florida State

The 9 Seeds

Creighton, Oklahoma, NC State, Butler

The 10 Seeds

Arizona State, St. Bonaventure, Kansas State, Providence

The 11 Seeds

Texas, USC, Middle Tennessee, St. Mary’s (CA), Marquette

The 12 Seeds

UCLA, Baylor, Loyola-Chicago, New Mexico State, Louisiana-Lafayette

The 13 Seeds

South Dakota State, Murray State, Buffalo, Vermont

The 14 Seeds

UNC-Greensboro, College of Charleston, Bucknell, Montana

The 15 Seeds

UC Davis, Wright State, Pennsylvania, Lipscomb

The 16 Seeds

Iona, Radford, Nicholls State, LIU-Brooklyn, HamptonArkansas-Pine Bluff

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

St. Mary’s (CA), Marquette, UCLA, Baylor

First Four Out

Syracuse, Alabama, Louisville, Oklahoma State

Next Four Out

Washington, Nebraska, Penn State, Utah

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

ACC (9), Big 12 (8), SEC (7), Big East (7), Big Ten (4), Pac-12 (4), American (3), West Coast (2)

ACC – Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Miami (FL), NC State, Louisville

America East – Vermont

American – Cincinnati, Wichita State, Houston

Atlantic 10 – Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Lipscomb

Big 12 – Kansas, Texas Tech, West Virginia, TCU, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas, Baylor

Big East – Villanova, Xavier, Creighton, Seton Hall, Butler, Providence, Marquette

Big Sky – Montana

Big South – Radford

Big Ten – Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan

Big West – UC Davis

Colonial – College of Charleston

Conference USA – Middle Tennessee

Horizon – Wright State

Ivy – Pennsylvania

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Buffalo

MEAC – Hampton

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Nevada

Northeast – LIU-Brooklyn

Ohio Valley – Murray State

Pac-12 – Arizona, Arizona State, USC, UCLA

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri

Southern – UNC-Greensboro

Southland – Nicholls State

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Louisiana-Lafayette

SWAC – Arkansas-Pine Bluff

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, St. Mary’s (CA)