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Here you go folks, the wait is over, my too-early bracket is here. It's probably got plenty of goofs and takes only conference schedules under consideration. I'll try to put a new one out around the draft, and for sure before the season starts. But, this is a decent starting point for next season.

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 04/26/2017 06:22 PM Central Time 

Seeds

Seed East - Boston Midwest - Omaha South - Atlanta West - San Diego
1 North Carolina   Michigan State   Louisville   Arizona  
2 Villanova   Kansas   Kentucky   Duke  
3 UCLA   Notre Dame   Wichita State   West Virginia  
4 Florida   USC   Miami   Butler  
5 Cincinnati   Gonzaga   Minnesota   Oregon  
6 Purdue   Michigan   Baylor   Xavier  
7 Virginia   Saint Mary's   Seton Hall   Alabama  
8 Vanderbilt   Iowa State   TCU   Indiana  
9 Northwestern   Florida State   SMU   Virginia Tech  
10 South Carolina   Georgia Tech   Oklahoma   Creighton  
11 Illinois State   VCU/Auburn   Wake Forest/Wisconsin   Rhode Island  
12 Vermont   Mid Tennessee State   Texas Arlington   Nevada  
13 Belmont   Oakland   Princeton   New Mexico State  
14 Bucknell   FGCU   Winthrop   Charleston  
15 Monmouth   Mount Saint Mary's   Furman   Ohio  
16 New Orleans/NC Central   South Dakota   Texas Southern/Weber State UC Irvine  
                 
Last 4 in - Auburn, VCU, Wisconsin, Wake Forest  
First 4 out - Utah, Maryland, Arkansas, Providence  
Moving In  
Moving out  
Others considered for at-large bids - Providence, Missouri, Texas Tech, UCF, Houston, Connecticut, Temple, Dayton, St. Bonaventure, Richmond, Davidson, Syracuse, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Marquette, Iowa, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas, Northern Iowa, Ole Miss, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Colorado State, San Diegoe State, UNLV, New Mexico, Texas A&M      
On Life Support -       
No longer considered for at-large bid -       
Multi bid conferences - ACC (10), Big 10 (7), Big 12 (6), SEC (6), Big East (5), 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 -   
Transition Schools, ineligible for the tourney      

 


Bracket

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

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

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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