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2019 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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.

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: 2/18

Seed List:

Bold – current conference leaderItalic – bubble team

1. Duke, Virginia, Tennessee, Gonzaga
2. Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan St, North Carolina
3. Kansas, Purdue, Houston, Marquette
4. Nevada, Louisville,  LSU, Iowa St
5. Wisconsin, Kansas St, Texas Tech, Mississippi St
6. Villanova, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Maryland
7. Ole Miss, Florida St, Cincinnati, Ohio St
8. Wofford, Washington, Buffalo, Texas
9. Baylor, St. John’s, Syracuse, Minnesota
10. Florida, Auburn, TCU, Temple
11. NC State, Lipscomb, Seton Hall, Oklahoma, Alabama
12. Arizona St, Nebraska, BelmontVCU, Liberty
13. New Mexico St, Yale, UC-Irvine, Old Dominion
14. Vermont, Hofstra, Texas St, Montana
15. Drake, Bucknell, Radford, South Dakota St
16. Northern Kentucky, Sam Houston St, Quinnipiac, St. Francis (PA), Norfolk St, Prairie View A&M

Last 4 Byes: Temple, NC State, Lipscomb, Seton Hall

Last 4 IN: Oklahoma, Alabama, Arizona St, Nebraska

First 4 OUT: Furman, Utah St, Butler, Indiana

Next 4 OUT: Georgetown, Clemson, UNC-Greensboro, UCF

Others Considered: Arkansas, St. Mary’s,  Oregon, Davidson, Murray St, San Francisco, Toledo, Creighton

Bracket

East Region

Columbia, SC
1. Duke vs 16. Norfolk St/Prairie View A&M
8. Wofford vs 9. Minnesota

Salt Lake City, UT
4. LSU vs 13. New Mexico St
5. Kansas St vs 12. Belmont

Hartford, CT
3. Marquette vs 14. Vermont
6. Virginia Tech vs 11. Oklahoma/Alabama

Columbus, OH
2. Michigan vs 15. Drake
7. Cincinnati vs 10. Florida

South Region

Columbia, SC
1. Virginia vs 16. Sam Houston St
8. Buffalo vs 9. Baylor

San Jose, CA
4. Iowa St vs 13. UC-Irvine
5. Mississippi St vs 12. Arizona St/Nebraska

Des Moines, IA
3. Purdue vs 14. Hofstra
6. Villanova vs 11. NC State

Jacksonville, FL
2. Kentucky vs 15. Bucknell
7. Ohio St vs 10. Temple

Midwest Region

Columbus, OH
1. Tennessee vs 16. Northern Kentucky
8. Texas vs 9. St. John’s

Hartford, CT
4. Louisville vs 13. Yale
5. Wisconsin vs 12. VCU

Tulsa, OK
3. Kansas vs 14. Texas St
6. Iowa vs 11. Lipscomb

Des Moines, IA
2. Michigan St vs 15. South Dakota St
7. Florida St vs 10. Auburn

West Region

Salt Lake City, UT
1. Gonzaga vs 16. Quinnipiac/St Francis (PA)
8. Washington vs 9. Syracuse

San Jose, CA
4. Nevada vs 13. Old Dominion
5. Texas Tech vs 12. Liberty

Tulsa, OK
3. Houston vs 14. Montana
6. Maryland vs 11. Seton Hall

Jacksonville, FL
2. North Carolina vs 15. Radford
7. Ole Miss vs 10. TCU