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Ok folks, here is my first bracket for next season. Please note, this will change several times until the season starts. This is based on many "way-too-early" top 25 rankings for next season. If you don't see your team and feel they should at least be under consideration, let me know and I'll add them. As of now, rosters are not set, nor are schedules, and in some cases, coaches. I'm wrong, and I know it, but I still love the tourney and bracketology.

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 04/05/2018 06:09 PM Central Time 

Seeds

Seed East - Washington DC Midwest - Kansas City South - Louisville West - Anaheim
1 Villanova   Kansas   Duke   Kentucky  
2 Virginia   North Carolina   Tennessee   Gonzaga  
3 Auburn   Michigan   Michigan State   Kansas State  
4 Nevada   LSU   Oregon   Virginia Tech  
5 Louisville   West Virginia   Florida   UCLA  
6 Maryland   Florida State   Syracuse   Mississippi State  
7 Cincinnati   Purdue   Clemson   TCU  
8 NC State   Loyola-Chicago   Texas Tech   Wisconsin  
9 Nebraska   Penn State   Vanderbilt   Xavier  
10 Arkansas   Texas A&M   Iowa State   Marquette  
11 Miami/Texas   Arizona State/Houston   Butler   Ohio State  
12 Marshall   Davidson   South Dakota State   Buffalo  
13 Montana   Vermont   UNCG   New Mexico State  
14 Georgia State   Northeastern   Bucknell   Belmont  
15 Iona   Harvard   Northern Kentucky   SFA  
16 UNC-Asheville/Texas Southern UC Davis   Hampton/Wagner   Lipscomb  
Last 4 in - Miami, Texas, Arizona State, Houston  
First 4 out - Boston College, Wichita State, BYU, Notre Dame  
Moving In -  
Moving out  
Others considered for at-large bids (no particular order) - Western Kentucky, San Diego State, Memphis, Tulsa, Temple, Connecticut, Saint Bonaventure, Rhode Island, VCU, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Creighton, Seton Hall, Providence, Georgetown, Saint Johns, Indiana, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, ODU, MTSU, Bradley, Illinois State, New Mexico, Arizona, USC, Washington, Stanford, Colorado, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri, Mississippi, Saint Mary's      
On Life Support -       
No longer considered for at-large bid (starting Jan 15) -       
Multi bid conferences - ACC (10), SEC (9), Big 10 (8), Big 12 (7), Big East (4), Pac 12 (3), AAC (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 - Hampton, 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      
                 
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     Midwest - Kansas City  
Hartford   Tulsa
1 Villanova     1 Kansas  
16 UNC-Asheville/Texas Southern     16 UC Davis  
8 NC State     8 Loyola-Chicago  
9 Nebraska     9 Penn State  
Salt Lake City   Des Moines
5 Louisville     5 West Virginia  
12 Marshall     12 Davidson  
13 Montana     13 Vermont  
4 Nevada     4 LSU  
Jacksonville   Columbus
3 Auburn     3 Michigan  
14 Georgia State     14 Northeastern  
6 Maryland     6 Florida State  
11 Miami/Texas     11 Arizona State/Houston  
Hartford   Columbia
10 Arkansas     10 Texas A&M  
7 Cincinnati     7 Purdue  
15 Iona     15 Harvard  
2 Virginia     2 North Carolina  
             
South - Louisville     West - Anaheim  
Columbia   Columbus
1 Duke     1 Kentucky  
16 Hampton/Wagner     16 Lipscomb  
8 Texas Tech     8 Wisconsin  
9 Vanderbilt     9 Xavier  
Seattle   Salt Lake City
5 Florida     5 UCLA  
12 South Dakota State     12 Buffalo  
13 UNCG     13 New Mexico State  
4 Oregon     4 Virginia Tech  
Des Moines   Tulsa
3 Michigan State     3 Kansas State  
14 Bucknell     14 Belmont  
6 Syracuse     6 Mississippi State  
11 Butler     11 Ohio State  
Jacksonville   Seattle
10 Iowa State     10 Marquette  
7 Clemson     7 TCU  
15 Northern Kentucky     15 SFA  
2 Tennessee     2 Gonzaga  

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

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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