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2018 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

by Ian

Bracketology is both the art and the science of looking at the resumes of 70+ teams and deciding which teams should be “in” and “out” of the field, not based on what I think, but based on the historical trends of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. Predicting what the Committee will do is often a difficult venture but that’s the fun and the challenge. I’ll be updating my bracket projection at least once a week from here until Selection Sunday and including some analytical posts delving deeper into the science of Bracketology.

For starters, check out the Bracketology 101 post to give some baseline for how the Committee develops the bracket.

A full breakdown of my 2/16 bracket from last week is available here.

Here is my latest bracket projection of the 2017-2018 College Basketball Season. Once again, I will be taking part in The Bracket Matrix‘s annual bracket competition where I am ranked in the Top 50 in the nation.

(Current conference leaders are presumed as conference champions and appear in bold.)

Bracket Date: 3/10

Seed List:

Red – Conference Tournament winner, Bold – current conference leader/highest remaining seedItalic – bubble team)

1. Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Kansas
2. North Carolina, Duke, Purdue, Cincinnati
3. Auburn, Michigan St, Tennessee, Texas Tech
4.  Michigan, Gonzaga, Wichita St, West Virginia
5. Clemson, Kentucky, Arizona, Ohio St
6. Florida, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Miami
7.  Houston, TCU, Creighton, Rhode Island
8.  Missouri, Florida St, Texas, Butler
9. Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Seton Hall, Nevada
10. Kansas St, USC, NC State, Alabama
11. UCLA, Louisville, Providence, Syracuse, St BonaventureLoyola-Chicago
12. Western Kentucky, New Mexico St, South Dakota St, Murray St
13. Vermont, Buffalo, Louisiana-Lafayette, Charleston
14. UNC-Greensboro, New Mexico, Montana, Bucknell
15. UC Irvine, Wright St, Lipscomb, Iona
16. Radford, Harvard, SE Louisiana, LIU-Brooklyn, Hampton, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

South Region

1. Virginia vs 16. SE Louisiana/Arkansas-Pine Bluff
8. Texas vs 9. Seton Hall

4. Michigan vs 13. Buffalo
5. Kentucky vs 12. South Dakota St

3. Auburn vs 14. UNC-Greensboro
6. Florida vs 11. Louisville/St Bonaventure

2. Cincinnati vs 15. UC Irvine
7. Creighton vs 10. NC State

East Region

1. Villanova vs 16. LIU-Brooklyn/Hampton
8. Florida St vs 9. Nevada

San Diego
4. West Virginia  vs 13. Louisiana
5. Arizona vs 12. New Mexico St

3. Michigan St vs 14. Bucknell
6. Arkansas vs 11. Providence/Syracuse

2. North Carolina vs 15. Iona
7. Houston vs 10. Kansas St

Midwest Region

1. Kansas vs 16. Radford
8. Butler vs 9. Virginia Tech

San Diego
4. Wichita St vs 13. Charleston
5. Ohio St vs 12. Murray St

3. Tennessee vs 14. New Mexico
6. Miami vs 11. Loyola-Chicago

2. Duke vs 15. Wright St
7. TCU vs 10. USC

West Region

1. Xavier vs 16. Harvard
8.Missouri vs 9. Oklahoma

4. Gonzaga vs 13. Vermont
5. Clemson vs 12. Western Kentucky

3. Texas Tech vs 14. Montana
6. Texas A&M vs 11. St. UCLA

2. Purdue vs 15. Lipscomb
7. Rhode Island vs 10. Alabama