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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 eight tournaments, 48 of the 64 teams (75%) 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 eight tournaments, 52 of the 64 teams (81%) on the 3 and 4 seed line advanced to the second round.

Step 3: Use the following statistical data to pick the 7/10 and 8/9 games.

In years past, I focused my statistical analysis of college basketball on simply trying to build a predictive model to attempt to reveal who was going to win the entire NCAA tournament. This year, I wanted to go more in-depth and try to find predictive variables and isolate patterns based on recent historic results in order to attempt to predict these first round coin flip games. Doing this will allow the individual team match-ups to come into play, rather than simply projecting which teams have the best chance to advance the furthest, regardless of opponent.

I used historic tournament results from 7/10 and 8/9 games that took play between 2010 to 2016. These games were batched together in order to increase the predictive power of the model. Upon completion of my model, the following variables demonstrated predictive power in these match-ups:

  • Strength of Schedule
  • Pace
  • Offensive Efficiency
  • Defensive Efficiency
  • Efficiency Margin
  • Turnover %
  • Wins
  • Offensive Rebound %
  • Effective 3-Point Rate

 

After inputting the 2016-2017 statistics for all of the 7 through 10 seeds in this year’s tournament, my model yielded the following results:

78910Games

 

Step 4: Use the following statistical data to pick the 5/12 and 6/11 games.

In a similar vein to the 7/10 and 8/9 games, I wanted to use historic tournament results to attempt to find the most likely upset specials in the 5/12 and 6/11 games. Predicting these games will use the same variables listed above, but with different multiplicative factors attached to each variable. The predictive accuracy in 5/12 and 6/11 games is more volatile than their coin-flip counterparts, but that is to be expected, as the games themselves tend to be more volatile.

After inputting the 2016-2017 statistics for all of the 5, 6, 11, and 12 seeds in this year’s tournament, my model yielded the following results:

512611Games

 

Step 5: Your final four should consist of some combination of the following teams.

As I mentioned above, I previously developed a predictive model to attempt to project who has the best chance of advancing far into the tournament, regardless of match-up. I refined the past model to further optimize the predictive results, then normalized the projections for each region to create a probability of reaching the final four for every team in the tournament. Below are charts that feature every eligible team (all non-double digit seeds not excluded by the steps above) separated by region:

(I recommend selecting a team with at least a 10% chance of advancing to the Final Four)

Final Four

 

Step 6: Your national champion should be one of the following teams.

The same predictive model from step 5 applies here in step 6. The analysis of all the factors that are most predictive when 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. Below is a chart that features every eligible team (not excluded by the steps above) in the tournament that has at least a 0.5% chance of winning the tournament:

National Champion

 

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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
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PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Villanova, Kansas, Gonzaga, Duke

The 2 Seeds

Arizona, North Carolina, Kentucky, Oregon

The 3 Seeds

Baylor, Louisville, UCLA, Florida State

The 4 Seeds

Florida, Butler, West Virginia, Notre Dame

The 5 Seeds

Purdue, Virginia, SMU, Iowa State

The 6 Seeds

Cincinnati, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin

The 7 Seeds

Creighton, St. Mary’s (CA), Maryland, Arkansas

The 8 Seeds

Wichita State, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, Northwestern

The 9 Seeds

Dayton, VCU, South Carolina, Oklahoma State

The 10 Seeds

Marquette, Seton Hall, Xavier, Vanderbilt

The 11 Seeds

Michigan State, Rhode Island, Middle Tennessee, Providence, Wake Forest

The 12 Seeds

NC-Wilmington, Nevada, USC, Kansas State, Vermont

The 13 Seeds

Princeton, Bucknell, East Tennessee State, Winthrop

The 14 Seeds 

Florida Gulf Coast, New Mexico State, Iona, Northern Kentucky

The 15 Seeds

Kent State, Texas Southern, North Dakota, Troy

The 16 Seeds

Jacksonville State, New Orleans, North Carolina Central, Mount St. Mary’s, UC Davis, South Dakota State

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

Providence, Wake Forest, USC, Kansas State

First Four Out

Illinois State, Syracuse, California, Iowa

Next Four Out

Houston, Georgia, TCU, Illinois

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

ACC (9), Big Ten (7), Big East (7), Big 12 (6), SEC (5), Pac-12 (4), Atlantic 10 (3), American (2), West Coast (2)

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

America East – Vermont

American – SMU, Cincinnati

Atlantic 10 – Dayton, VCU, Rhode Island

Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast

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

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

Big Sky – North Dakota

Big South – Winthrop

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

Big West – UC Davis

Colonial – NC-Wilmington

Conference USA – Middle Tennessee

Horizon – Northern Kentucky

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Kent State

MEAC – North Carolina Central

Missouri Valley – Wichita State

Mountain West – Nevada

Northeast – Mount St. Mary’s

Ohio Valley – Jacksonville State

Pac-12 – Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina, Vanderbilt

Southern – East Tennessee State

Southland – New Orleans

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Troy

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, St. Mary’s (CA)

Please Note: This bracket and group of seed lines is preliminary and is subject to change as I do further scrubbing and as today’s conference championship results go final.

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 031217 (AM)
PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Villanova, Kansas, Gonzaga, Arizona

The 2 Seeds

Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Oregon

The 3 Seeds

Baylor, Louisville, UCLA, Florida State

The 4 Seeds

Florida, West Virginia, Butler, Notre Dame

The 5 Seeds

Purdue, Virginia, Cincinnati, Iowa State

The 6 Seeds

SMU, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Creighton

The 7 Seeds

Michigan, St. Mary’s (CA), Arkansas, Maryland

The 8 Seeds

Wichita State, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, VCU

The 9 Seeds

Dayton, Northwestern, South Carolina, Oklahoma State

The 10 Seeds

Marquette, Seton Hall, Michigan State, Providence

The 11 Seeds

Xavier, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee, USC, Wake Forest

The 12 Seeds

NC-Wilmington, Nevada, Rhode Island, Kansas State, Vermont

The 13 Seeds

Princeton, East Tennessee State, Bucknell, Winthrop

The 14 Seeds 

Florida Gulf Coast, New Mexico State, Iona, Northern Kentucky

The 15 Seeds

Kent State, Texas Southern, North Dakota, Jacksonville State

The 16 Seeds

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

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

USC, Wake Forest, Rhode Island, Kansas State

First Four Out

Illinois State, Syracuse, California, Iowa

Next Four Out

Houston, Georgia, TCU, Illinois

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

ACC (9), Big Ten (7), Big East (7), Big 12 (6), SEC (5), Pac-12 (4), Atlantic 10 (3), American (2), West Coast (2)

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

America East – Vermont

American – Cincinnati, SMU

Atlantic 10 – Dayton, VCU, Rhode Island

Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast

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

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

Big Sky – North Dakota

Big South – Winthrop

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

Big West – UC Davis

Colonial – NC-Wilmington

Conference USA – Middle Tennessee

Horizon – Northern Kentucky

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Kent State

MEAC – North Carolina Central

Missouri Valley – Wichita State

Mountain West – Nevada

Northeast – Mount St. Mary’s

Ohio Valley – Jacksonville State

Pac-12 – Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina, Vanderbilt

Southern – East Tennessee State

Southland – New Orleans

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas 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 031117
PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Villanova, Kansas, Gonzaga, North Carolina

The 2 Seeds

Oregon, Kentucky, Duke, Arizona

The 3 Seeds

Baylor, Louisville, UCLA, Florida State

The 4 Seeds

West Virginia, Florida, Butler, Notre Dame

The 5 Seeds

Purdue, Virginia, Minnesota, Cincinnati

The 6 Seeds

SMU, Iowa State, Creighton, Maryland

The 7 Seeds

St. Mary’s (CA), Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Michigan

The 8 Seeds

Wichita State, Arkansas, Dayton, Miami (FL)

The 9 Seeds

VCU, Northwestern, South Carolina, Oklahoma State

The 10 Seeds

Marquette, Michigan State, Seton Hall, Providence

The 11 Seeds

Xavier, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee, USC, Wake Forest

The 12 Seeds

NC-Wilmington, Rhode Island, Kansas State, Nevada, Texas-Arlington

The 13 Seeds

Princeton, Vermont, East Tennessee State, Akron

The 14 Seeds 

Bucknell, Florida Gulf Coast, Winthrop, CSU Bakersfield

The 15 Seeds

Northern Kentucky, Iona, Texas Southern, UC Irvine

The 16 Seeds

South Dakota State, Jacksonville State, Mount St. Mary’s, North Dakota, New Orleans, North Carolina Central

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

USC, Wake Forest, Rhode Island, Kansas State

First Four Out

Illinois State, Syracuse, California, Iowa

Next Four Out

Houston, Georgia, TCU, Illinois

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

ACC (10), Big Ten (7), Big East (7), Big 12 (6), SEC (5), Pac-12 (4), Atlantic 10 (3), American (2), West Coast (2)

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

America East – Vermont

American – Cincinnati, SMU

Atlantic 10 – Dayton, VCU, Rhode Island

Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast

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

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

Big Sky – North Dakota

Big South – Winthrop

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

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – NC-Wilmington

Conference USA – Middle Tennessee

Horizon – Northern Kentucky

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Akron

MEAC – North Carolina Central

Missouri Valley – Wichita State

Mountain West – Nevada

Northeast – Mount St. Mary’s

Ohio Valley – Jacksonville State

Pac-12 – Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina, Vanderbilt

Southern – East Tennessee State

Southland – New Orleans

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas-Arlington

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – CSU Bakersfield

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 031017
PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina, Gonzaga

The 2 Seeds

Oregon, Kentucky, Baylor, Louisville

The 3 Seeds

UCLA, Arizona, Florida State, Duke

The 4 Seeds

Florida, West Virginia, Butler, Purdue

The 5 Seeds

Notre Dame, Virginia, Minnesota, Cincinnati

The 6 Seeds

SMU, Maryland, Creighton, Iowa State

The 7 Seeds

St. Mary’s (CA), Dayton, Wisconsin, South Carolina

The 8 Seeds

Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Wichita State, Michigan

The 9 Seeds

Miami (FL), Oklahoma State, VCU, Northwestern

The 10 Seeds

Marquette, Michigan State, Seton Hall, Providence

The 11 Seeds

Xavier, USC, Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest

The 12 Seeds

NC-Wilmington, Kansas State, Syracuse, Nevada, Texas-Arlington

The 13 Seeds

Princeton, Vermont, East Tennessee State, Akron

The 14 Seeds 

Bucknell, Florida Gulf Coast, Winthrop, CSU Bakersfield

The 15 Seeds

Northern Kentucky, Iona, Texas Southern, UC Irvine

The 16 Seeds

South Dakota State, Jacksonville State, Mount St. Mary’s, North Dakota, New Orleans, North Carolina Central

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Kansas State, Syracuse

First Four Out

Illinois State, Rhode Island, California, Iowa

Next Four Out

Houston, Georgia, TCU, Illinois

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

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

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

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

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

Big Sky – North Dakota

Big South – Winthrop

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

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – NC-Wilmington

Conference USA – Middle Tennessee

Horizon – Northern Kentucky

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Akron

MEAC – North Carolina Central

Missouri Valley – Wichita State

Mountain West – Nevada

Northeast – Mount St. Mary’s

Ohio Valley – Jacksonville State

Pac-12 – Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas, Vanderbilt

Southern – East Tennessee State

Southland – New Orleans

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas-Arlington

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – CSU Bakersfield

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 030917
PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Kansas, Villanova, North Carolina, Gonzaga

The 2 Seeds

Oregon, Baylor, Kentucky, Louisville

The 3 Seeds

Arizona, UCLA, Butler, Florida State

The 4 Seeds

Duke, Florida, West Virginia, Purdue

The 5 Seeds

Virginia, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Cincinnati

The 6 Seeds

SMU, St. Mary’s (CA), Maryland, Creighton

The 7 Seeds

Iowa State, Dayton, Wisconsin, South Carolina

The 8 Seeds

Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, Miami (FL), Arkansas

The 9 Seeds

Wichita State, Michigan, VCU, Northwestern

The 10 Seeds

Marquette, Michigan State, Providence, Seton Hall

The 11 Seeds

USC, Wake Forest, Middle Tennessee, Xavier, Vanderbilt

The 12 Seeds

NC-Wilmington, Syracuse, Illinois State, Nevada, Texas-Arlington

The 13 Seeds

Princeton, Vermont, East Tennessee State, Akron

The 14 Seeds 

Bucknell, Florida Gulf Coast, Winthrop, CSU Bakersfield

The 15 Seeds

Northern Kentucky, Iona, Texas Southern, UC Irvine

The 16 Seeds

South Dakota State, Jacksonville State, Mount St. Mary’s, North Dakota, New Orleans, North Carolina Central

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

Xavier, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Illinois State

First Four Out

Rhode Island, Kansas State, Iowa, California

Next Four Out

Illinois, Houston, Georgia, TCU

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

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

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

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

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

Big Sky – North Dakota

Big South – Winthrop

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

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – NC-Wilmington

Conference USA – Middle Tennessee

Horizon – Northern Kentucky

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Akron

MEAC – North Carolina Central

Missouri Valley – Wichita State, Illinois State

Mountain West – Nevada

Northeast – Mount St. Mary’s

Ohio Valley – Jacksonville State

Pac-12 – Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas, Vanderbilt

Southern – East Tennessee State

Southland – New Orleans

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas-Arlington

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – CSU Bakersfield

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 030817
PROJECTED SEEDING

The 1 Seeds

Kansas, Villanova, North Carolina, Gonzaga

The 2 Seeds

Oregon, Baylor, Kentucky, Louisville

The 3 Seeds

Arizona, UCLA, Butler, Florida State

The 4 Seeds

Duke, Florida, West Virginia, Purdue

The 5 Seeds

Virginia, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Cincinnati

The 6 Seeds

SMU, St. Mary’s (CA), Maryland, Creighton

The 7 Seeds

Iowa State, Dayton, Wisconsin, South Carolina

The 8 Seeds

Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Miami (FL), Arkansas

The 9 Seeds

Wichita State, Michigan, VCU, Northwestern

The 10 Seeds

Marquette, Michigan State, Providence, Seton Hall

The 11 Seeds

USC, Wake Forest, Middle Tennessee, Syracuse, Xavier

The 12 Seeds

NC-Wilmington, Vanderbilt, Illinois State, Nevada, Texas-Arlington

The 13 Seeds

Princeton, Vermont, East Tennessee State, Akron

The 14 Seeds 

Bucknell, Florida Gulf Coast, Winthrop, CSU Bakersfield

The 15 Seeds

Northern Kentucky, Iona, Texas Southern, UC Irvine

The 16 Seeds

South Dakota State, Jacksonville State, Mount St. Mary’s, North Dakota, New Orleans, North Carolina Central

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

Syracuse, Xavier, Vanderbilt, Illinois State

First Four Out

Rhode Island, Kansas State, Iowa, California

Next Four Out

Illinois, Houston, Georgia, Clemson

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

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

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

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

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

Big Sky – North Dakota

Big South – Winthrop

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

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – NC-Wilmington

Conference USA – Middle Tennessee

Horizon – Northern Kentucky

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Akron

MEAC – North Carolina Central

Missouri Valley – Wichita State, Illinois State

Mountain West – Nevada

Northeast – Mount St. Mary’s

Ohio Valley – Jacksonville State

Pac-12 – Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Bucknell

SEC – Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas, Vanderbilt

Southern – East Tennessee State

Southland – New Orleans

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas-Arlington

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – CSU Bakersfield

WCC – Gonzaga, St. Mary’s (CA)