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Per request, here is my updated bracket, post NBA draft entry returnee announcements. Please remember, this is way too early, and based on info I read across the interwebs from various sources. I even printed all of twitter and sifted through a bunch of meme's and political rantings, ok, that is a lie, but I did due diligence. I'm confident that about 60% of these teams will be playing in March, many are a guess. Take it for what it is, something to kill a few minutes during the off-season. No team schedules were taken into account as they haven't "officially" been released yet. Happy Summer!!!

PLEASE NOTE - My projections are based on at-large chances, so only conference leaders from 1-bid conferences are not placed in a First Four game.  Until a team wins the conference tournament, they are not officially a lock and can be placed in a First Four game or even out for multi-bid conferences.

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Last updated 07/24/2018 05:55 PM Central Time 

Seeds

Seed East - Washington DC Midwest - Kansas City South - Louisville West - Anaheim
1 Duke   Kansas   Tennessee   Gonzaga  
2 Nevada   Kentucky   Virginia   North Carolina  
3 Auburn   Villanova   Michigan State   Kansas State  
4 Michigan   Virginia Tech   West Virginia   LSU  
5 UCLA   Oregon   Mississippi State   Florida State  
6 Maryland   Syracuse   Florida   Louisville  
7 Clemson   Purdue   Cincinnati   TCU  
8 Texas Tech   Wisconsin   Loyola-Chicago   NC State  
9 Vanderbilt   Houston   Xavier   Butler  
10 Nebraska   Marquette   Texas A&M   Ohio State  
11 Miami   Texas/Georgia   Davidson   Indiana  
12 South Dakota State   Penn State/Iowa State   Buffalo   Marshall  
13 New Mexico State   Montana   UNCG   Vermont  
14 Georgia State   Northeastern   Bucknell   Belmont  
15 SFA   Harvard   Northern Kentucky   Iona  
16 UNC-Asheville/Texas Southern NC Central/Wagner   Lipscomb   UC Davis  
Last 4 in - Penn State, Iowa State, Texas, Georgia  
First 4 out - Arkansas, Oklahoma State, UTEP, San Diego State  
Moving In -  
Moving out  
Others considered for at-large bids (no particular order) - Boston College, Wichita State, BYU, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Western Kentucky, Memphis, Tulsa, Temple, Connecticut, Saint Bonaventure, Rhode Island, VCU, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Creighton, Seton Hall, Providence, Georgetown, Saint Johns,, Baylor, Oklahoma, ODU, MTSU, Bradley, Illinois State, New Mexico, Arizona, USC, Washington, Stanford, Colorado, Alabama, South Carolina, Missouri, Mississippi, Saint Mary's, Saint Louis, UCF      
On Life Support -       
No longer considered for at-large bid (starting Jan 15) -       
Multi bid conferences - ACC (10), Big 10 (9), SEC (9), Big 12 (7), Big East (4), AAC (2), Pac 12 (2)  
Leaders or highest RPI from projected 1-bid conferences - (25 total): A10 - Davidson, America East - Vermont, Atlantic Sun - Lipscomb, Big Sky - Montana, Big South - UNC-Asheville, Big West - UC Davis, CAA - Northeastern, C-USA - Marshall, Horizon - Northern Kentucky, Ivy - Harvard, MAAC - Iona, MAC - Buffalo, MEAC - NC Central, MVC - Loyola-Chicago, MWC - Nevada, Northeast - Wagner, Ohio Valley - Belmont, Patriot - Bucknell, Southern - UNCG, Southland - SFA, SWAC - Texas Southern, Summit - South Dakota State, Sun Belt - Georgia State, WAC - New Mexico State, WCC - Gonzaga      
Banned from participating -   
Transition Schools, ineligible for the tourney - Cal Baptist, North Alabama      
                 
Teams in Blue are officially IN the tournament.  
Teams in Black are LOCKS for the tournament as of today (Bold faced for 1-bid leagues - league leader or highest RPI chosen for now)   
Teams in Red have work left to do  

Bracket

East - Washington, DC     West - Anaheim  
Columbia   Seattle
1 Duke     1 Gonzaga  
16 UNC-Asheville/Texas Southern     16 UC Davis  
8 Texas Tech     8 NC State  
9 Vanderbilt     9 Butler  
Salt Lake City   Jacksonville
5 UCLA     5 Florida State  
12 South Dakota State     12 Marshall  
13 New Mexico State     13 Vermont  
4 Michigan     4 LSU  
Jacksonville   Tulsa
3 Auburn     3 Kansas State  
14 Georgia State     14 Belmont  
6 Maryland     6 Louisville  
11 Miami     11 Indiana  
Salt Lake City   Hartford
10 Nebraska     10 Ohio State  
7 Clemson     7 TCU  
15 SFA     15 Iona  
2 Nevada     2 North Carolina  
             
South - Louisville     Midwest - Kansas City  
Columbia   Tulsa
1 Tennessee     1 Kansas  
16 Lipscomb     16 Hampton/Wagner  
8 Loyola-Chicago     8 Wisconsin  
9 Xavier     9 Houston  
Des Moines   Seattle
5 Mississippi State     5 Oregon  
12 Buffalo     12 Penn State/Iowa State  
13 UNCG     13 Montana  
4 West Virginia     4 Virginia Tech  
Des Moines   Hartford
3 Michigan State     3 Villanova  
14 Bucknell     14 Northeastern  
6 Florida     6 Syracuse  
11 Davidson     11 Texas/Georgia  
Columbus   Columbus
10 Texas A&M     10 Marquette  
7 Cincinnati     7 Purdue  
15 Northern Kentucky     15 Harvard  
2 Virginia     2 Kentucky  

Match-ups
Seed East - Washington DC Midwest - Kansas City South - Louisville West - Anaheim
1 Duke   Kansas   Tennessee   Gonzaga  
16 UNC-Asheville/Texas Southern   Hampton/Wagner   Lipscomb   UC Davis  
8 Texas Tech   Wisconsin   Loyola-Chicago   NC State  
9 Vanderbilt   Houston   Xavier   Butler  
12 South Dakota State   Penn State/Iowa State   Buffalo   Marshall  
5 UCLA   Oregon   Mississippi State   Florida State  
13 New Mexico State   Montana   UNCG   Vermont  
4 Michigan   Virginia Tech   West Virginia   LSU  
3 Auburn   Villanova   Michigan State   Kansas State  
14 Georgia State   Northeastern   Bucknell   Belmont  
6 Maryland   Syracuse   Florida   Louisville  
11 Miami   Texas/Georgia   Davidson   Indiana  
10 Nebraska   Marquette   Texas A&M   Ohio State  
7 Clemson   Purdue   Cincinnati   TCU  
15 SFA   Harvard   Northern Kentucky   Iona  
2 Nevada   Kentucky   Virginia   North Carolina  

These projections are based on how I think the committee will make their selections, not how I would want to make them, if the season ended TODAY.  If you have any questions or comments about these predictions, if you find any errors, or if you just want to talk hoops feel free to email me.  Please note this is for entertainment purposes only. Yes, W.A.G. stands for Wild Ass Guess.  Thanks and enjoy.



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