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Well ladies and gents, we are less than a month from tip-off for the 2019-20 season, preview magazines are out, rosters and schedules are set, so let's get this thing going. Here is my official preseason bracket submitted to USA Today for our preview special edition (one small change on my end might not make the print edition). Yes, it's a wild guess right now but I feel pretty ok on about 50% of these teams. I'm sorry if your team isn't listed, but I just don't think they are good enough right now - by December, there will be wholesale changes. One thing I do feel good about - Michigan State as being my top overall team. Coach Izzo brings back plenty of seasoned guys and Cassius Winston is a leader - the kind that can win a title.  Other than that, we just have to let the season play out and see where the dominos fall. A few questions going in - Will the NCAA drop the hammer on Kansas? (doubt it) Arizona? (nah) Auburn? (maybe) Who's the top dog in the ACC? UNC, Duke or Louisville? All have a shot. I really feel right now this whole thing is wide open, maybe moreso than in the past few years. MSU is the only team that really stands out to me, but not sure that I'd classify them as head and shoulders above everyone else. Oh the joy of it all - I so love college hoops!!! 

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 10/19/2019 08:44 AM Central Time 

Seeds

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

Bracket

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

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

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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