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Ok folks - you've been clamoring for it for almost 2 months now, and so I deliver - forget the fact I'm a slacker - I just wanted to wait til the NBA pre-draft stuff was done...hey, what happens if Zion would've come back...ok ok, let's not get too crazy. Here is my first bracket for the 2019-20 - it is messy, things will change, maybe by June 15, but this is what I think right now. No future schedules were taken into account, a few flyers were taken (Dayton?), and I tried to spread things around as realistically as I could. The PAC12 could stink again, but everything I read says they won't. As always, the last 10-12 spots were difficult to pick, so I just made the call. Yes, I hate your team, and mine is better than yours, but that's the way it goes. Fewer mid-majors right now but I'm keeping an eye on the MWC. Smaller conferences - no real clue yet. Have a great weekend folks, and a great summer!!! Thanks again for your continued support or hatred, whichever category you fall into.

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 07/23/2019 07:27 PM Central Time 

Seeds

Seed East - New York Midwest - Indianapolis South - Houston West - Los Angeles
1 Kentucky   Michigan State   Duke   Kansas  
2 Villanova   Louisville   Auburn   North Carolina  
3 Virginia   Texas Tech   Maryland   Gonzaga  
4 Ohio State   Seton Hall   Houston   Florida State  
5 LSU   Iowa   Arizona   Memphis  
6 Florida   Purdue   Cincinnati   Tennessee  
7 Washington   Michigan   Creighton   Iowa State  
8 VCU   Xavier   Baylor   Marquette  
9 Saint Mary's   Utah State   Mississippi State   Oregon  
10 Davidson   Texas   Arizona State   Colorado  
11 Wichita State/Georgetown   NC State/Georgia   Syracuse   Dayton  
12 Western Kentucky   ETSU   New Mexico State   UC Irvine  
13 Vermont   Belmont   Missouri State   Harvard  
14 Liberty   Wright State   Toledo   Montana  
15 North Dakota State   SFA   Texas-Arlington   Charleston  
16 Radford   Texas Southern/Norfolk State   Iona/Robert Morris   Bucknell  
Last 4 in - NC State, Georgetown, Wichita State, Georgia  
First 4 out - Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Clemson, Ole Miss  
Moving In - Everyone in now  
Moving out - All others  
Others considered for at-large bids (no particular order) - Connecticut, South Florida, Temple, UCF, Duquesne, St. Bonaventure, Boston, College, Georgia Tech, Miami-FLA, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Butler, DePaul, Providence, St. John's, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Rutgers, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, TCU, West Virginia, UTEP, Buffalo, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington State, Wofford, BYU      
On Life Support (but probably dead) - Coming Feb 2020      
No longer considered for at-large bid - Coming Jan 2020      
Multi bid conferences - ACC (7), SEC (7), Big 10 (6), Big East (6), Big 12 (5), PAC12 (5), AAC (4), A10 (3),  WCC (2)      
Leaders or highest NET from projected 1-bid conferences - (23 total): America East - Vermont, Atlantic Sun - Liberty, Big Sky - Montana, Big South - Radford, Big West - UC Irvine, CAA - Charleston, C-USA - Western Kentucky, Horizon - Wright State, Ivy - Harvard, MAAC - Iona, MAC - Toledo, MEAC - Norfolk State, MVC - Missouri State, MWC - Utah State, Northeast - Robert Morris, OVC - Belmont, Patriot - Bucknell, Southern - ETSU, Southland - SFA, SWAC - Texas Southern, Summit - North Dakota State, Sun Belt - Texas Arlington, WAC - New Mexico State      
Banned from participating - none….yet  
Transition Schools, ineligible for the tourney - Cal Baptist, North Alabama, Merrimack      

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 Michigan State 5 17 Iowa 9 33 Oregon 13 51 Vermont
2 Kentucky 18 Arizona 34 Utah State 52 Missouri State
3 Duke 19 LSU 35 Mississippi State 53 Belmont
4 Kansas 20 Memphis 36 Saint Mary's 54 Harvard
2 5 North Carolina 6 21 Florida 10 37 Texas 14 55 Liberty
6 Louisville 22 Purdue 38 Arizona State 56 Wright State
7 Auburn 23 Cincinnati 39 Colorado 57 Toledo
8 Villanova 24 Tennessee 40 Davidson 58 Montana
3 9 Gonzaga 7 25 Michigan 11 41 Syracuse 15 59 SFA
10 Maryland 26 Iowa State 42 Dayton 60 Charleston
11 Texas Tech 27 Washington 43 NC State 61 Texas-Arlington
12 Virginia 28 Creighton 44 Georgetown 62 North Dakota State
4 13 Ohio State 8 29 VCU 45 Wichita State 16 63 Radford
14 Seton Hall 30 Baylor 46 Georgia 64 Bucknell
15 Houston 31 Xavier 12 47 UC Irvine 65 Iona
16 Florida State 32 Marquette 48 New Mexico State 66 Robert Morris
          49 Western Kentucky 67 Texas Southern
          50 ETSU 68 Norfolk State
          1st 4 out 1 Oklahoma      
          2 Wisconsin      
          3 Clemson      
          4 Ole Miss      

Bracket

East - New York     West - Los Angeles  
Cleveland   Omaha
1 Kentucky     1 Kansas  
16 Radford     16 Bucknell  
8 VCU     8 Marquette  
9 Saint Mary's     9 Oregon  
Omaha   Sacramento
5 LSU     5 Memphis  
12 Western Kentucky     12 UC Irvine  
13 Vermont     13 Harvard  
4 Ohio State     4 Florida State  
Tampa   Spokane
3 Virginia     3 Gonzaga  
14 Liberty     14 Montana  
6 Florida     6 Tennessee  
11 Wichita State/Georgetown     11 Dayton  
Albany   Greensboro
10 Davidson     10 Colorado  
7 Washington     7 Iowa State  
15 North Dakota State     15 Charleston  
2 Villanova     2 North Carolina  
             
South - Houston     Midwest - Indianapolis  
Greensboro   Cleveland
1 Duke     1 Michigan State  
16 Iona/Robert Morris     16 Texas Southern/Norfolk State  
8 Baylor     8 Xavier  
9 Mississippi State     9 Utah State  
Sacramento   Spokane
5 Arizona     5 Iowa  
12 New Mexico State     12 ETSU  
13 Missouri State     13 Belmont  
4 Houston     4 Seton Hall  
Albany   St. Louis
3 Maryland     3 Texas Tech  
14 Toledo     14 Wright State  
6 Cincinnati     6 Purdue  
11 Syracuse     11 NC State/Georgia  
Tampa   St. Louis
10 Arizona State     10 Texas  
7 Creighton     7 Michigan  
15 Texas-Arlington     15 SFA  
2 Auburn     2 Louisville  

Match-ups
Seed East - New York Midwest - Indianapolis South - Houston West - Los Angeles
1 Kentucky   Michigan State   Duke   Kansas  
16 Radford   Texas Southern/Norfolk State   Iona/Robert Morris   Bucknell  
8 VCU   Xavier   Baylor   Marquette  
9 Saint Mary's   Utah State   Mississippi State   Oregon  
12 Western Kentucky   ETSU   New Mexico State   UC Irvine  
5 LSU   Iowa   Arizona   Memphis  
13 Vermont   Belmont   Missouri State   Harvard  
4 Ohio State   Seton Hall   Houston   Florida State  
3 Virginia   Texas Tech   Maryland   Gonzaga  
14 Liberty   Wright State   Toledo   Montana  
6 Florida   Purdue   Cincinnati   Tennessee  
11 Wichita State/Georgetown   NC State/Georgia   Syracuse   Dayton  
10 Davidson   Texas   Arizona State   Colorado  
7 Washington   Michigan   Creighton   Iowa State  
15 North Dakota State   SFA   Texas-Arlington   Charleston  
2 Villanova   Louisville   Auburn   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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