1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – December 31st

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 interviews, feedback, and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team websites are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET

Coming in mid-January

The 1 Seeds

Baylor, Purdue, Gonzaga, Duke

The 2 Seeds

Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, Auburn

The 3 Seeds

Iowa State, Ohio State, Michigan State, USC

The 4 Seeds

LSU, Houston, Alabama, Seton Hall

The 5 Seeds

Texas, Xavier, Wisconsin, Providence

The 6 Seeds

Tennessee, Connecticut, Kentucky, Villanova 

The 7 Seeds

Illinois, Texas Tech, Colorado State, West Virginia

The 8 Seeds

North Carolina, Iowa, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech

The 9 Seeds

BYU, Loyola-Chicago, Florida, Minnesota

The 10 Seeds

Saint Mary’s (CA), Mississippi State, San Francisco, Indiana

The 11 Seeds

Creighton, San Diego State, Wake Forest, Louisville, Northwestern, UCF

The 12 Seeds

St. Bonaventure, Belmont, Chattanooga, Iona

The 13 Seeds

Ohio, UAB, New Mexico State, South Dakota State

The 14 Seeds

UC Irvine, Towson, Vermont, Oakland

The 15 Seeds

Wagner, Navy, Weber State, Texas State

The 16 Seeds

Princeton, Florida Gulf Coast, Campbell, Nicholls State, Norfolk State, Texas Southern

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

Wake Forest, Louisville, Northwestern, UCF

First Four Out

Arkansas, Florida State, Cincinnati, TCU

Next Four Out

Marquette, Clemson, Michigan, Memphis

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

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

ACC – Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Louisville

America East – Vermont

American – Houston, UCF

Atlantic 10 – St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast

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

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

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Campbell

Big Ten – Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Northwestern

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – Towson

Conference USA – UAB

Horizon – Oakland

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Ohio

MEAC – Norfolk State

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Colorado State, San Diego State

Northeast – Wagner

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Navy

SEC – Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State

Southern – Chattanooga

Southland – Nicholls State

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas State

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary’s (CA), San Francisco

1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – December 30th

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 interviews, feedback, and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team websites are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET

Coming in mid-January

The 1 Seeds

Baylor, Purdue, Gonzaga, Duke

The 2 Seeds

Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, Auburn

The 3 Seeds

Iowa State, Ohio State, Michigan State, USC

The 4 Seeds

LSU, Houston, Alabama, Seton Hall

The 5 Seeds

Texas, Xavier, Wisconsin, Providence

The 6 Seeds

Tennessee, Connecticut, Kentucky, Villanova 

The 7 Seeds

Illinois, Texas Tech, Colorado State, West Virginia

The 8 Seeds

North Carolina, Iowa, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech

The 9 Seeds

BYU, Loyola-Chicago, Florida, Minnesota

The 10 Seeds

Michigan, Saint Mary’s (CA), Mississippi State, San Francisco

The 11 Seeds

Indiana, Creighton, San Diego State, Wake Forest, Louisville, Northwestern

The 12 Seeds

St. Bonaventure, Belmont, Chattanooga, Iona

The 13 Seeds

Ohio, UAB, New Mexico State, South Dakota State

The 14 Seeds

UC Irvine, Towson, Vermont, Oakland

The 15 Seeds

Wagner, Navy, Weber State, Texas State

The 16 Seeds

Princeton, Florida Gulf Coast, Campbell, Nicholls State, Norfolk State, Texas Southern

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

San Diego State, Wake Forest, Louisville, Northwestern

First Four Out

Arkansas, Florida State, Cincinnati, UCF

Next Four Out

Marquette, Clemson, TCU, Memphis

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Big Ten (10), Big 12 (7), SEC (7), Big East (6), ACC (5), WCC (4), Pac-12 (3), Mountain West (2)

ACC – Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Louisville

America East – Vermont

American – Houston

Atlantic 10 – St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast

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

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

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Campbell

Big Ten – Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Northwestern

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – Towson

Conference USA – UAB

Horizon – Oakland

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Ohio

MEAC – Norfolk State

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Colorado State, San Diego State

Northeast – Wagner

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Navy

SEC – Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State

Southern – Chattanooga

Southland – Nicholls State

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas State

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary’s (CA), San Francisco

1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – December 29th

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 interviews, feedback, and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team websites are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET

Coming in mid-January

The 1 Seeds

Baylor, Purdue, Gonzaga, Duke

The 2 Seeds

Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, Iowa State

The 3 Seeds

Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan State, LSU

The 4 Seeds

Seton Hall, Houston, USC, Alabama

The 5 Seeds

Texas, Tennessee, Xavier, Wisconsin

The 6 Seeds

Connecticut, Kentucky, Villanova, Illinois

The 7 Seeds

Providence, Texas Tech, Colorado State, West Virginia

The 8 Seeds

North Carolina, Iowa, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech

The 9 Seeds

BYU, Loyola-Chicago, Florida, Michigan

The 10 Seeds

Memphis, Minnesota, Saint Mary’s (CA), Arkansas

The 11 Seeds

Creighton, Wake Forest, San Francisco, Indiana, San Diego State, Louisville

The 12 Seeds

St. Bonaventure, Belmont, Chattanooga, Iona

The 13 Seeds

Ohio, UAB, Hofstra, UC Irvine

The 14 Seeds

South Dakota State, New Mexico State, Vermont, Oakland

The 15 Seeds

Wagner, Navy, Weber State, Texas State

The 16 Seeds

Princeton, Florida Gulf Coast, Campbell, Nicholls State, Norfolk State, Texas Southern

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

San Francisco, Indiana, San Diego State, Louisville

First Four Out

Mississippi State, Northwestern, Florida State, Utah State

Next Four Out

Cincinnati, Marquette, Clemson, UCF

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

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

ACC – Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Louisville

America East – Vermont

American – Houston, Memphis

Atlantic 10 – St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast

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

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

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Campbell

Big Ten – Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – Hofstra

Conference USA – UAB

Horizon – Oakland

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Ohio

MEAC – Norfolk State

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Colorado State, San Diego State

Northeast – Wagner

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Navy

SEC – Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas

Southern – Chattanooga

Southland – Nicholls State

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas State

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary’s (CA), San Francisco

1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – December 28th

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 interviews, feedback, and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team websites are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET

Coming in mid-January

The 1 Seeds

Baylor, Purdue, Gonzaga, Duke

The 2 Seeds

Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, Iowa State

The 3 Seeds

Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan State, LSU

The 4 Seeds

Seton Hall, Houston, USC, Alabama

The 5 Seeds

Texas, Tennessee, Xavier, Wisconsin

The 6 Seeds

Connecticut, Kentucky, Villanova, Illinois

The 7 Seeds

Providence, Texas Tech, Colorado State, West Virginia

The 8 Seeds

North Carolina, Iowa, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech

The 9 Seeds

BYU, Loyola-Chicago, Florida, Michigan

The 10 Seeds

Memphis, Minnesota, Saint Mary’s (CA), Arkansas

The 11 Seeds

Creighton, Wake Forest, San Francisco, Indiana, San Diego State, Louisville

The 12 Seeds

St. Bonaventure, Belmont, Chattanooga, Iona

The 13 Seeds

Ohio, UAB, Hofstra, UC Irvine

The 14 Seeds

South Dakota State, New Mexico State, Vermont, Oakland

The 15 Seeds

Wagner, Navy, Weber State, Texas State

The 16 Seeds

Princeton, Florida Gulf Coast, Campbell, Nicholls State, Norfolk State, Texas Southern

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

San Francisco, Indiana, San Diego State, Louisville

First Four Out

Mississippi State, Northwestern, Florida State, Utah State

Next Four Out

Cincinnati, Marquette, Clemson, UCF

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

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

ACC – Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Louisville

America East – Vermont

American – Houston, Memphis

Atlantic 10 – St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast

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

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

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Campbell

Big Ten – Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – Hofstra

Conference USA – UAB

Horizon – Oakland

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Ohio

MEAC – Norfolk State

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Colorado State, San Diego State

Northeast – Wagner

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Navy

SEC – Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas

Southern – Chattanooga

Southland – Nicholls State

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas State

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary’s (CA), San Francisco

1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – December 27th

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 interviews, feedback, and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team websites are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET

Coming in mid-January

The 1 Seeds

Baylor, Purdue, Gonzaga, Duke

The 2 Seeds

Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, Iowa State

The 3 Seeds

Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan State, LSU

The 4 Seeds

Seton Hall, Houston, USC, Alabama

The 5 Seeds

Texas, Tennessee, Xavier, Wisconsin

The 6 Seeds

Connecticut, Kentucky, Villanova, Illinois

The 7 Seeds

Providence, Texas Tech, Colorado State, West Virginia

The 8 Seeds

North Carolina, Iowa, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech

The 9 Seeds

BYU, Loyola-Chicago, Florida, Michigan

The 10 Seeds

Memphis, Minnesota, Saint Mary’s (CA), Arkansas

The 11 Seeds

Creighton, Wake Forest, San Francisco, Indiana, San Diego State, Louisville

The 12 Seeds

St. Bonaventure, Belmont, Chattanooga, Iona

The 13 Seeds

Ohio, UAB, Hofstra, UC Irvine

The 14 Seeds

South Dakota State, New Mexico State, Vermont, Oakland

The 15 Seeds

Wagner, Navy, Weber State, Texas State

The 16 Seeds

Princeton, Florida Gulf Coast, Campbell, Nicholls State, Norfolk State, Texas Southern

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

San Francisco, Indiana, San Diego State, Louisville

First Four Out

Mississippi State, Northwestern, Florida State, Utah State

Next Four Out

Cincinnati, Marquette, Clemson, UCF

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

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

ACC – Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Louisville

America East – Vermont

American – Houston, Memphis

Atlantic 10 – St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast

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

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

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Campbell

Big Ten – Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – Hofstra

Conference USA – UAB

Horizon – Oakland

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Ohio

MEAC – Norfolk State

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Colorado State, San Diego State

Northeast – Wagner

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Navy

SEC – Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas

Southern – Chattanooga

Southland – Nicholls State

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas State

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary’s (CA), San Francisco

1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – December 26th

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 interviews, feedback, and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team websites are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET

Coming in mid-January

The 1 Seeds

Baylor, Purdue, Gonzaga, Duke

The 2 Seeds

Kansas, UCLA, Iowa State, Arizona

The 3 Seeds

Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan State, Seton Hall

The 4 Seeds

Houston, LSU, USC, Alabama

The 5 Seeds

Texas, Tennessee, Xavier, Wisconsin

The 6 Seeds

Connecticut, Kentucky, Villanova, Florida

The 7 Seeds

Providence, Illinois, Texas Tech, Arkansas

The 8 Seeds

North Carolina, Iowa, Memphis, Virginia Tech

The 9 Seeds

BYU, West Virginia, Colorado State, Oklahoma

The 10 Seeds

Minnesota, Saint Mary’s (CA), Michigan, Creighton

The 11 Seeds

Wake Forest, San Francisco, Louisville, Indiana, San Diego State, St. Bonaventure

The 12 Seeds

Loyola-Chicago, Belmont, Chattanooga, UC Irvine

The 13 Seeds

Ohio, Iona, UAB, Hofstra

The 14 Seeds

South Dakota State, Vermont, New Mexico State, Oakland

The 15 Seeds

Navy, Weber State, Wagner, Texas State

The 16 Seeds

Princeton, Florida Gulf Coast, Campbell, Nicholls State, Norfolk State, Texas Southern

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

San Francisco, Louisville, Indiana, San Diego State

First Four Out

Florida State, Mississippi State, Utah State, Northwestern

Next Four Out

Wichita State, Cincinnati, Marquette, Clemson

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

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

ACC – Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Louisville

America East – Vermont

American – Houston, Memphis

Atlantic 10 – St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast

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

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

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Campbell

Big Ten – Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – Hofstra

Conference USA – UAB

Horizon – Oakland

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Ohio

MEAC – Norfolk State

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Colorado State, San Diego State

Northeast – Wagner

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Navy

SEC – Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas

Southern – Chattanooga

Southland – Nicholls State

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas State

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary’s (CA), San Francisco

1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – December 24th

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 interviews, feedback, and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team websites are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET

Coming in mid-January

The 1 Seeds

Baylor, Purdue, Gonzaga, Duke

The 2 Seeds

Kansas, UCLA, Iowa State, Arizona

The 3 Seeds

Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan State, Seton Hall

The 4 Seeds

Houston, LSU, USC, Alabama

The 5 Seeds

Texas, Tennessee, Xavier, Wisconsin

The 6 Seeds

Connecticut, Kentucky, Villanova, Florida

The 7 Seeds

Providence, Illinois, Texas Tech, Arkansas

The 8 Seeds

North Carolina, Iowa, Memphis, Virginia Tech

The 9 Seeds

BYU, West Virginia, Colorado State, Oklahoma

The 10 Seeds

Minnesota, Saint Mary’s (CA), Michigan, Creighton

The 11 Seeds

Wake Forest, San Francisco, Louisville, Indiana, San Diego State, St. Bonaventure

The 12 Seeds

Loyola-Chicago, Belmont, Chattanooga, UC Irvine

The 13 Seeds

Ohio, Iona, UAB, Hofstra

The 14 Seeds

South Dakota State, Vermont, New Mexico State, Oakland

The 15 Seeds

Navy, Weber State, Wagner, Texas State

The 16 Seeds

Princeton, Florida Gulf Coast, Campbell, Nicholls State, Norfolk State, Texas Southern

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

San Francisco, Louisville, Indiana, San Diego State

First Four Out

Florida State, Mississippi State, Utah State, Northwestern

Next Four Out

Wichita State, Cincinnati, Marquette, Clemson

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

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

ACC – Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Louisville

America East – Vermont

American – Houston, Memphis

Atlantic 10 – St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast

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

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

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Campbell

Big Ten – Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – Hofstra

Conference USA – UAB

Horizon – Oakland

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Ohio

MEAC – Norfolk State

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Colorado State, San Diego State

Northeast – Wagner

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Navy

SEC – Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas

Southern – Chattanooga

Southland – Nicholls State

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas State

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary’s (CA), San Francisco

1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – December 22nd

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 interviews, feedback, and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team websites are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET

Coming in mid-January

The 1 Seeds

Baylor, Purdue, Gonzaga, Duke

The 2 Seeds

Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, Iowa State

The 3 Seeds

Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan State, Seton Hall

The 4 Seeds

Houston, LSU, USC, Alabama

The 5 Seeds

Texas, Xavier, Wisconsin, Connecticut

The 6 Seeds

Kentucky, Villanova, Florida, Providence

The 7 Seeds

Tennessee, Illinois, Texas Tech, Arkansas

The 8 Seeds

North Carolina, Iowa, BYU, Memphis

The 9 Seeds

Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Colorado State, Oklahoma

The 10 Seeds

Minnesota, Saint Mary’s (CA), Michigan, Creighton

The 11 Seeds

Wake Forest, San Francisco, Louisville, Indiana, San Diego State, St. Bonaventure

The 12 Seeds

Loyola-Chicago, Belmont, Chattanooga, UC Irvine

The 13 Seeds

Ohio, Iona, UAB, Hofstra

The 14 Seeds

South Dakota State, Vermont, New Mexico State, Navy

The 15 Seeds

Oakland, Weber State, Wagner, Texas State

The 16 Seeds

Princeton, Florida Gulf Coast, Campbell, Nicholls State, Norfolk State, Texas Southern

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

San Francisco, Louisville, Indiana, San Diego State

First Four Out

Florida State, Mississippi State, Utah State, Northwestern

Next Four Out

Wichita State, Cincinnati, Marquette, Wyoming

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

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

ACC – Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Louisville

America East – Vermont

American – Houston, Memphis

Atlantic 10 – St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast

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

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

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Campbell

Big Ten – Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – Hofstra

Conference USA – UAB

Horizon – Oakland

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Ohio

MEAC – Norfolk State

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Colorado State, San Diego State

Northeast – Wagner

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Navy

SEC – Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas

Southern – Chattanooga

Southland – Nicholls State

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas State

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary’s (CA), San Francisco

1-3-1 Sports Field of 68 – December 21st

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 interviews, feedback, and ideas from readers regarding potential topics, discussions, etc. Furthermore, if any individual team websites are interested in working in conjunction on team-specific bracketology Q&A pieces, I’d love to contribute. Let the fun begin!

THE BRACKET

Coming in mid-January

The 1 Seeds

Baylor, Purdue, Gonzaga, Duke

The 2 Seeds

Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, Iowa State

The 3 Seeds

Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan State

The 4 Seeds

Seton Hall, Houston, LSU, USC

The 5 Seeds

Texas, Xavier, Wisconsin, Connecticut

The 6 Seeds

Kentucky, Villanova, Florida, Providence

The 7 Seeds

Tennessee, Illinois, Texas Tech, Arkansas

The 8 Seeds

North Carolina, Iowa, BYU, Memphis

The 9 Seeds

Virginia Tech, Marquette, West Virginia, Colorado State

The 10 Seeds

Oklahoma, Minnesota, Saint Mary’s (CA), Michigan

The 11 Seeds

Creighton, Wake Forest, San Francisco, Louisville, Indiana, St. Bonaventure

The 12 Seeds

Loyola-Chicago, Belmont, Chattanooga, UC Irvine

The 13 Seeds

Ohio, Iona, UAB, Hofstra

The 14 Seeds

South Dakota State, Vermont, New Mexico State, Navy

The 15 Seeds

Oakland, Weber State, Wagner, Texas State

The 16 Seeds

Princeton, Florida Gulf Coast, Campbell, Nicholls State, Norfolk State, Texas Southern

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BUBBLE ACTION

Last Four In

Wake Forest, San Francisco, Louisville, Indiana

First Four Out

Wichita State, San Diego State, Utah State, Florida State

Next Four Out

Wyoming, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Cincinnati

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CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Big Ten (9), Big 12 (7), Big East (7), SEC (7), ACC (5), WCC (4), Pac-12 (3), American (2)

ACC – Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Louisville

America East – Vermont

American – Houston, Memphis

Atlantic 10 – St. Bonaventure

Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast

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

Big East – Seton Hall, Xavier, Connecticut, VIllanova, Providence, Marquette, Creighton

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Campbell

Big Ten – Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana

Big West – UC Irvine

Colonial – Hofstra

Conference USA – UAB

Horizon – Oakland

Ivy – Princeton

MAAC – Iona

MAC – Ohio

MEAC – Norfolk State

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago

Mountain West – Colorado State

Northeast – Wagner

Ohio Valley – Belmont

Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, USC

Patriot – Navy

SEC – Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas

Southern – Chattanooga

Southland – Nicholls State

Summit – South Dakota State

Sun Belt – Texas State

SWAC – Texas Southern

WAC – New Mexico State

WCC – Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary’s (CA), San Francisco

How to Win Your Bracket Pool (2021 Edition)

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 five tournaments, 28 of the 40 teams (70%) on the 1 and 2 seed line advanced to the Sweet 16. If you can essentially lock in 5 or 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 five tournaments, 33 of the 40 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])

In years past, I had 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.

As part of an update from 2019, I moved to a model that predicts the exact score of each game. After the projected score is developed, the model turns that into a projected probability of victory, then uses rules of conditional probability to project teams advancing in the tournament. I also updated the training data for the model to include tournament results from games that took place between 2014 and 2019. I felt that games during this time period were more indicative of future tournament results, especially given the NCAA’s freedom of movement rule implementation.

West Region

West Region

South Region

South Region

Midwest Region

Midwest Region

East Region

East Region

Bonus TL;DR version: Synthesizing the above charts for people who don’t like numbers.

Most Likely First Round Upsets

Going crazy picking a ton of upsets doesn’t do you any good. Instead, I would pick one (or two tops if you’re feeling real wild) from the following options:

  • (11) Michigan St./UCLA over BYU
  • (11) Syracuse over San Diego State
  • (12) Georgetown over Colorado
  • (11) Utah State over Texas Tech
  • (11) Wichita State/Drake over Southern California

Toss-Up Games

These are the 7/10 and 8/9 games that could get either way. I recommend the following strategy:

  • (8) Oklahoma vs. (9) Missouri – Take Oklahoma.
  • (7) Oregon vs. (10) VCU – Take Oregon.
  • (8) North Carolina vs. (9) Wisconsin – Take Wisconsin.
  • (7) Florida vs. (10) Virginia Tech – Flip a coin.
  • (8) Loyola-Chicago vs. (9) Georgia Tech – Flip a coin.
  • (7) Clemson vs. (10) Rutgers – Flip a coin.
  • (8) LSU vs. (9) St. Bonaventure – Flip a coin.
  • (7) Connecticut vs. (10) Maryland – Take Connecticut.

Best Final Four Picks by Region

  • West: (1) Gonzaga, (2) Iowa
  • South: (1) Baylor, (2) Ohio State
  • Midwest: (1) Illinois, (2) Houston, (3) West Virginia
  • East: (2) Alabama, (1) Michigan, (4) Florida State, (3) Texas

Best Champion Picks

  • (1) Gonzaga
  • (1) Baylor
  • (1) Illinois
  • (2) Iowa
  • (2) Houston