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Things are NOT back to normal...I miss sports, I'm still sad about the tourney being cancelled, but I'm not sick, so there's that. Here's me being optimistic that next season happens, on time, and everyone is happy and healthy. Below is my first stab at a "Way-Too-Early" bracket. Obviously, no scheduling is taken into account. I'm assuming some of the guys who declared for the draft will be back, others no - I will adjust when all of that settles. Stay safe folks.

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 04/24/2020 09:43 AM Central Time 

Seeds

Seed East - Brooklyn Midwest - Minneapolis South - Memphis West - Denver
1 Villanova   Virginia   Baylor   Gonzaga  
2 Duke   Creighton   Iowa   Kansas  
3 Texas Tech   Wisconsin   Florida State   Michigan State  
4 Tennessee   West Virginia   Kentucky   Arizona State  
5 Oregon   North Carolina   Michigan   San Diego State  
6 Houston   Florida   Ohio State   UCLA  
7 Rutgers   Texas   Louisville   Illinois  
8 Indiana   LSU   Colorado   Stanford  
9 Connecticut   Richmond   Arkansas   Oklahoma State  
10 Northern Iowa   Purdue   St. Louis   USC  
11 Arizona   NC State   Alabama/Dayton   Oklahoma  
12 New Mexico State   Providence/Maryland   Vermont   Yale  
13 Belmont   Buffalo   Winthrop   SFA  
14 UC Irvine   Little Rock   Western Kentucky   Lipscomb  
15 N Kentucky   UNC-Greensboro   Delaware   E. Washington  
16 NC Central/Texas Southern Colgate/Robert Morris   Iona   S Dakota State  
Last 4 in - Alabama, Dayton, Providence, Maryland  
First 4 out - Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Memphis, Miami  
Moving In  
Moving out -    
Others considered for at-large bids (no particular order) - Auburn, Utah, Penn State, Nevada, South Carolina, SMU, BYU, Rhode Island, Tulsa, Marquette, Cincinnati, Temple, Clemson, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Butler, Georgetown, DePaul, Seton Hall, St. Johns, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Iowa State, Kansas State, TCU, Xavier, Georgia, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Boise State, Boston College, New Mexico, Utah State, California, Stetson, Loyola-Chicago, Indiana State, Illinois State, Murray State, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, St. Mary's, San Diego, San Francisco, UTEP, Temple, UCF, Davidson    
On Life Support (but probably dead) - Coming February-ish 2021      
No longer considered for at-large bid (must win conf tourney) - Coming February-ish 2021      
Multi bid conferences - Big 10 (10), Big 12 (7), PAC12 (7), ACC (6), SEC (6), Big East (3), A10 (3), AAC (2)      
Leaders or highest NET from projected 1-bid conferences - (24 total): America East - Vermont, Atlantic Sun - Lipscomb, Big Sky - Eastern Washington, Big South - Winthrop, Big West - UC Irvine, CAA - Delaware, C-USA - Western Kentucky, Horizon - Northern Kentucky, Ivy - Yale, MAAC - Iona, MAC - Buffalo, MEAC - NC Central, MVC - San Diego State, MWC - Northern Iowa, Northeast - Robert Morris, OVC - Belmont, Patriot - Colgate, Southern - UNC-Greensboro, Southland - SFA, SWAC - Texas Southern, Summit - South Dakota State, Sun Belt - Little Rock, WAC - New Mexico State, WCC - Gonzaga    
Banned from participating - none yet  
Transition Schools, ineligible for the tourney - Cal Baptist, North Alabama, Merrimack, Dixie State, Tarleton State, Bellarmine, UC San Diego      
                 
Teams in Blue are officially IN the tournament.  
Teams in Black are Virtual LOCKS for the tournament as of today (Bold faced for 1-bid leagues - league leader or highest NET chosen for now)   
Teams in Red have work left to do or need help  

True Seed List

Seed Line Overall Seed Team Seed Line Overall Seed Team Seed Line Overall Seed Team Seed Line Overall Seed Team
1 1 Gonzaga 5 17 Michigan 9 33 Arkansas 13 51 Winthrop
2 Baylor 18 North Carolina 34 Connecticut 52 Buffalo
3 Villanova 19 Oregon 35 Richmond 53 Belmont
4 Virginia 20 San Diego State 36 Oklahoma State 54 SFA
2 5 Kansas 6 21 Houston 10 37 USC 14 55 Lipscomb
6 Creighton 22 Ohio State 38 Purdue 56 Western Kentucky
7 Iowa 23 UCLA 39 St. Louis 57 Little Rock
8 Duke 24 Florida 40 Northern Iowa 58 UC Irvine
3 9 Wisconsin 7 25 Texas 11 41 Oklahoma 15 59 N. Kentucky
10 Michigan State 26 Illinois 42 Arizona 60 Delaware
11 Texas Tech 27 Louisville 43 NC State 61 UNC-Greensboro
12 Florida State 28 Rutgers 44 Alabama 62 Eastern Washington
4 13 Arizona State 8 29 Stanford 45 Dayton 16 63 Iona
14 Kentucky 30 Colorado 12 46 Providence 64 South Dakota State
15 Tennessee 31 LSU 47 Maryland 65 Colgate
16 West Virginia 32 Indiana 48 Vermont 66 Robert Morris
          49 New Mexico St 67 NC Central
          50 Yale 68 Texas Southern
          1st 4 out 1 Georgia Tech      
          2 Texas A&M      
          3 Memphis      
          4 Miami      

Bracket

East - Brooklyn     Midwest - Minneapolis  
Providence   Raleigh
1 Villanova     1 Virginia  
16 NC Central/Texas Southern     16 Colgate/Robert Morris  
8 Indiana     8 LSU  
9 Connecticut     9 Richmond  
San Jose   Boise
5 Oregon     5 North Carolina  
12 New Mexico State     12 Providence/Maryland  
13 Belmont     13 Buffalo  
4 Tennessee     4 West Virginia  
Dallas   Detroit
3 Texas Tech     3 Wisconsin  
14 UC Irvine     14 Little Rock  
6 Houston     6 Florida  
11 Arizona     11 NC State  
Raleigh   Wichita
10 Northern Iowa     10 Purdue  
7 Rutgers     7 Texas  
15 N Kentucky     15 UNC-Greensboro  
2 Duke     2 Creighton  
             
West - Denver     South - Memphis  
Boise   Dallas
1 Gonzaga     1 Baylor  
16 S Dakota State     16 Iona  
8 Stanford     8 Colorado  
9 Oklahoma State     9 Arkansas  
San Jose   Providence
5 San Diego State     5 Michigan  
12 Yale     12 Vermont  
13 SFA     13 Winthrop  
4 Arizona State     4 Kentucky  
Louisville   Louisville
3 Michigan State     3 Florida State  
14 Lipscomb     14 Western Kentucky  
6 UCLA     6 Ohio State  
11 Oklahoma     11 Alabama/Dayton  
Wichita   Detroit
10 USC     10 St. Louis  
7 Illinois     7 Louisville  
15 E. Washington     15 Delaware  
2 Kansas     2 Iowa  

Match-ups
Seed East - Brooklyn Midwest - Minneapolis South - Memphis West - Denver
1 Villanova   Virginia   Baylor   Gonzaga  
16 NC Central/Texas Southern   Colgate/Robert Morris   Iona   S Dakota State  
8 Indiana   LSU   Colorado   Stanford  
9 Connecticut   Richmond   Arkansas   Oklahoma State  
12 New Mexico State   Providence/Maryland   Vermont   Yale  
5 Oregon   North Carolina   Michigan   San Diego State  
13 Belmont   Buffalo   Winthrop   SFA  
4 Tennessee   West Virginia   Kentucky   Arizona State  
3 Texas Tech   Wisconsin   Florida State   Michigan State  
14 UC Irvine   Little Rock   Western Kentucky   Lipscomb  
6 Houston   Florida   Ohio State   UCLA  
11 Arizona   NC State   Alabama/Dayton   Oklahoma  
10 Northern Iowa   Purdue   St. Louis   USC  
7 Rutgers   Texas   Louisville   Illinois  
15 N Kentucky   UNC-Greensboro   Delaware   E. Washington  
2 Duke   Creighton   Iowa   Kansas  

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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