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Well, 4 weeks from today we will have college hoops, so it's time to post my preseason bracket, which will be in USA Today's print edition next week. Please note, this is mostly a guess, but I feel pretty comfortable with about 40-50% of these teams, until the season actually starts. I did take into account the big scandal and it's possible impact, but no penalties have been handed out yet, and Louisville was already high on my list, and due to the fact their new coach is someone from the staff who is familiar with the team, I'm keeping them highly seeded for now. Yes, I know, your team is too low and I'm dumb, but hey, I'm just ready for some hoops. Enjoy your weekend.

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 10/13/2017 05:17 PM Central Time 

Seeds

Seed East - Boston Midwest - Omaha South - Atlanta West - Los Angeles
1 Michigan State   Kansas   Duke   Arizona  
2 Louisville   Villanova   Kentucky   Florida  
3 USC   Miami   Wichita State   West Virginia  
4 North Carolina   Cincinnati   Purdue   Notre Dame  
5 Minnesota   Northwestern   Xavier   Butler  
6 Gonzaga   Texas   Baylor   UCLA  
7 Seton Hall   Alabama   Saint Mary's   Wisconsin  
8 Creighton   Texas A&M   TCU   Virginia Tech  
9 Virginia   Florida State   Providence   Maryland  
10 Missouri   Oregon   SMU   Rhode Island  
11 Oklahoma/Vanderbilt   VCU/Georgia Tech   Indiana   Nevada  
12 Illinois State   Vermont   Texas Arlington   Mid Tennessee State  
13 Princeton   Oakland   Belmont   New Mexico State  
14 Bucknell   Winthrop   FGCU   Charleston  
15 Mount Saint Mary's   Monmouth   Furman   Ohio  
16 New Orleans/NC Central   South Dakota   Texas Southern/Weber State UC Irvine  
                 
Last 4 in - VCU, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma  
First 4 out - Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia, Stanford  
Moving In  
Moving out  
Others considered for at-large bids (no particular order) - Illinois, Texas Tech, UCF, Houston, Connecticut, Temple, Dayton, St. Bonaventure, Richmond, Davidson, Syracuse, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Iowa, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Northern Iowa, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Colorado State, San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico, Michigan, Iowa State, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Utah, NC State, Valparaiso, Arizona State, California, Colorado      
On Life Support -       
No longer considered for at-large bid -       
Multi bid conferences - ACC (9), Big 10 (7), Big 12 (6), SEC (6), Big East (6), Pac 12 (4), AAC (3), A10 (2), WCC (2)  
Leaders or highest RPI from projected 1-bid conferences - (23 total): America East - Vermont, Atlantic Sun - FGCU, Big Sky - Weber State, Big South - Winthrop, Big West - UC Irvine CAA - Charleston, C-USA - Mid Tennessee State, Horizon - Oakland, Ivy - Princeton, MAAC - Monmouth, MAC - Ohio, MEAC - NC Central, MVC - Illinois State, MWC - Nevada, Northeast - Mount Saint Mary's, Ohio Valley - Belmont, Patriot - Bucknell, Southern - Furman, Southland - New Orleans, SWAC - Texas Southern, Summit - South Dakota, Sun Belt - Texas Arlington, WAC - New Mexico State      
                 
Banned from participating - Alabama A&M, Grambling, Savannah State, SE Missouri State  
Transition Schools, ineligible for the tourney      

 


Bracket

         
Detroit   San Diego
1 Michigan State     1 Arizona  
16 New Orleans/NC Central     16 UC Irvine  
8 Creighton     8 Virginia Tech  
9 Virginia     9 Maryland  
Detroit   Boise
5 Minnesota     5 Butler  
12 Illinois State     12 Mid Tennessee State  
13 Princeton     13 New Mexico State  
4 North Carolina     4 Notre Dame  
San Diego   Wichita
3 USC     3 West Virginia  
14 Bucknell     14 Charleston  
6 Gonzaga     6 UCLA  
11 Oklahoma/Vanderbilt     11 Nevada  
Nashville   Charlotte
10 Missouri     10 Rhode Island  
7 Seton Hall     7 Wisconsin  
15 Mount Saint Mary's     15 Ohio  
2 Louisville     2 Florida  
             
         
Charlotte   Wichita
1 Duke     1 Kansas  
16 Texas Southern/Weber State     16 South Dakota  
8 TCU     8 Texas A&M  
9 Providence     9 Florida State  
Dallas   Boise
5 Xavier     5 Northwestern  
12 Texas Arlington     12 Vermont  
13 Belmont     13 Oakland  
4 Purdue     4 Cincinnati  
Dallas   Pittsburgh
3 Wichita State     3 Miami  
14 FGCU     14 Winthrop  
6 Baylor     6 Texas  
11 Indiana     11 VCU/Georgia Tech  
Nashville   Pittsburgh
10 SMU     10 Oregon  
7 Saint Mary's     7 Alabama  
15 Furman     15 Monmouth  
2 Kentucky     2 Villanova  

Match-ups
Seed East - Boston Midwest - Omaha South - Atlanta West - Los Angeles
1 Michigan State   Kansas   Duke   Arizona  
16 New Orleans/NC Central   South Dakota   Texas Southern/Weber State   UC Irvine  
8 Creighton   Texas A&M   TCU   Virginia Tech  
9 Virginia   Florida State   Providence   Maryland  
12 Illinois State   Vermont   Texas Arlington   Mid Tennessee State  
5 Minnesota   Northwestern   Xavier   Butler  
13 Princeton   Oakland   Belmont   New Mexico State  
4 North Carolina   Cincinnati   Purdue   Notre Dame  
3 USC   Miami   Wichita State   West Virginia  
14 Bucknell   Winthrop   FGCU   Charleston  
6 Gonzaga   Texas   Baylor   UCLA  
11 Oklahoma/Vanderbilt   VCU/Georgia Tech   Indiana   Nevada  
10 Missouri   Oregon   SMU   Rhode Island  
7 Seton Hall   Alabama   Saint Mary's   Wisconsin  
15 Mount Saint Mary's   Monmouth   Furman   Ohio  
2 Louisville   Villanova   Kentucky   Florida  

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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