1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – February 15th

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Bracket 021517

The 1 Seeds

Villanova, Kansas, Gonzaga, Baylor

The 2 Seeds

North Carolina, Florida State, Louisville, Oregon

The 3 Seeds

Arizona, Virginia, Florida, Kentucky

The 4 Seeds

Duke, West Virginia, UCLA, Butler

The 5 Seeds

Purdue, Creighton, Wisconsin, Cincinnati

The 6 Seeds

Notre Dame, South Carolina, Maryland, SMU

The 7 Seeds

Xavier, St. Mary’s (CA), Northwestern, USC

The 8 Seeds

Dayton, Minnesota, VCU, Oklahoma State

The 9 Seeds

Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Iowa State, Kansas State

The 10 Seeds

TCU, Wichita State, Miami (FL), Michigan

The 11 Seeds

California, Middle Tennessee, Seton Hall, Marquette, Syracuse

The 12 Seeds

Arkansas, Georgia Tech, NC-Wilmington, Valparaiso, Monmouth

The 13 Seeds

Texas-Arlington, Akron, Vermont, Belmont

The 14 Seeds 

Princeton, Colorado State, NC-Asheville, Bucknell

The 15 Seeds

Florida Gulf Coast, North Dakota State, Furman, CSU Bakersfield

The 16 Seeds

Texas Southern, New Orleans, Weber State, UC Davis, North Carolina Central, Mount St. Mary’s




Last Four In

Marquette, Syracuse, Arkansas, Georgia Tech

First Four Out

Illinois State, Clemson, Texas Tech, Rhode Island

Next Four Out

Indiana, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Nevada




ACC (10), Big 12 (7), Big Ten (7), Big East (6), Pac-12 (5), SEC (4), Atlantic 10 (2), American (2), West Coast (2)

ACC – North Carolina, Florida State, Louisville, Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Miami (FL), Syracuse, Georgia Tech

America East – Vermont

American – Cincinnati, SMU

Atlantic 10 – Dayton, VCU

Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast

Big 12 – Kansas, Baylor, West Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, TCU

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

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – NC-Asheville

Big Ten – Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland, Northwestern, Minnesota, Michigan State, Michigan

Big West – UC Davis

Colonial – NC-Wilmington

Conference USA – Middle Tennessee

Horizon – Valparaiso

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Monmouth

MAC – Akron

MEAC – North Carolina Central

Missouri Valley – Wichita State

Mountain West – Colorado State

Northeast – Mount St. Mary’s

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, USC, California

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, Arkansas

Southern – Furman

Southland – New Orleans

Summit – North Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas-Arlington

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – CSU Bakersfield

WCC – Gonzaga, St. Mary’s (CA)



  1. Sherry · February 15, 2017

    A question- why do the play-in teams get to jump to an 11-12 seed? Why aren’t they the 16 seeds?

  2. JLCook33 · February 15, 2017

    Hi Sherry,

    Thanks for your question! There are actually 4 play-in games that take place during the tournament. The four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers play each other in 2 play-in games (65 vs. 66, 67 vs. 68), while the four lowest-seeded at-large qualifiers play each other in 2 play-in games. The at-large qualifiers can be seeded on any line the committee deems fitting, which in the past has ranged anywhere from 11 to 14. Hope this helps!

  3. Sherry · February 15, 2017

    Thanks for the response. But I understand the play-in games. I don’t understand why the committee places them higher than 16. If they aren’t good enough to make the bracket outright, in my opinion, should all be 16’s.

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