Bracketology 2017 – January 21, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 installment of my bracketology series. As is tradition, I’m starting in late January after we’ve seen all of the non-conference and about one month of conference play. March Madness begins in about two months, meaning it’s time to look ahead to the most wonderful time of the year. The bracket will change a lot between then and now, but if the season were to end right now, here is what the tournament would look like (includes all games through Jan. 20, 2017):

The Bracket

Midwest Region (Kansas City)


1 Baylor vs. 16 UC IRVINE

8 Clemson vs. 9 SMU


5 Minnesota vs. 12 NEVADA

4 Notre Dame vs. 13 MONMOUTH


6 St. Mary’s vs. 11 Wake Forest/Georgia

3 North Carolina vs. 14 GEORGIA SOUTHERN


7 Wisconsin vs. 10 Texas Tech

2 GONZAGA vs. 15 BUCKNELL


South Region (Memphis)


1 KENTUCKY vs. 16 NEW ORLEANS/WEBER STATE

8 DAYTON vs. 9 Indiana


5 CINCINNATI vs. 12 UNC-WILMINGTON

4 ARIZONA vs. 13 VERMONT


6 Xavier vs. 11 VCU

3 Virginia vs. 14 BELMONT


7 Michigan State vs. 10 Rhode Island

2 Creighton vs. 15 PRINCETON


East Region (New York)


1 VILLANOVA vs. 16 UNC-GREENSBORO

8 Northwestern vs. 9 Pittsburgh


5 South Carolina vs. 12 ILLINOIS STATE

4 West Virginia vs. 13 WINTHROP


6 Duke vs. 11 Illinois

3 Oregon vs. 14 FLORIDA GULF COAST


7 TCU vs. 10 Seton Hall

2 Florida State vs. 15 NORTH DAKOTA STATE


West Region (San Jose)


1 KANSAS vs. 16 LIU BROOKLYN/MORGAN STATE

8 USC vs. 9 Virginia Tech


5 Florida vs. 12 AKRON

4 Butler vs. 13 VALPARAISO


6 MARYLAND vs. 11 Arkansas/California

3 Louisville vs. 14 NEW MEXICO STATE


7 Purdue vs. 10 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

2 UCLA vs. 15 TEXAS SOUTHERN


The Bubble

Last Four In Byes

Texas Tech

Rhode Island

VCU

Illinois

Last Four In

Wake Forest

Georgia

Arkansas

California

First Four Out

Providence

Kansas State

Utah

North Carolina State

Next Four Out

Marquette

Michigan

Houston

Iowa State


Per Conference

ACC – 10 (Florida State, Louisville, Virginia, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Duke, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest)

Big Ten – 8 (Minnesota, Maryland, Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Northwestern, Indiana, Illinois)

Big East – 5 (Villanova, Creighton, Butler, Xavier, Seton Hall)

Big 12 – 5 (Baylor, Kansas, West Virginia, TCU, Texas Tech)

Pac-12 – 5 (UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, USC, California)

SEC – 5 (Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas)

A-10 – 3 (Dayton, Rhode Island, VCU)

AAC – 2 (Cincinnati, SMU)

WCC – 2 (Gonzaga, St. Mary’s)


S-Curve

  1. Villanova
  2. Baylor
  3. Kentucky
  4. Kansas
  5. UCLA
  6. Gonzaga
  7. Florida State
  8. Creighton
  9. Louisville
  10. Virginia
  11. Oregon
  12. North Carolina
  13. Arizona
  14. Notre Dame
  15. West Virginia
  16. Butler
  17. Cincinnati
  18. Florida
  19. Minnesota
  20. South Carolina
  21. Duke
  22. St. Mary’s
  23. Xavier
  24. Maryland
  25. Purdue
  26. Wisconsin
  27. Michigan State
  28. TCU
  29. Northwestern
  30. Clemson
  31. Dayton
  32. USC
  33. Virginia Tech
  34. Indiana
  35. SMU
  36. Pittsburgh
  37. Seton Hall
  38. Texas Tech
  39. Rhode Island
  40. Middle Tennessee
  41. VCU
  42. Illinois
  43. Wake Forest
  44. Georgia
  45. Arkansas
  46. California
  47. Illinois STate
  48. Nevada
  49. UNC-Wilmington
  50. Akron
  51. Valparaiso
  52. Vermont
  53. Monmouth
  54. Winthrop
  55. Florida Gulf Coast
  56. Georgia Southern
  57. Belmont
  58. New Mexico State
  59. Texas Southern
  60. Princeton
  61. Bucknell
  62. North Dakota State
  63. UNC-Greensboro
  64. UC Irvine
  65. New Orleans
  66. Weber State
  67. LIU Brooklyn
  68. Morgan State

Be on the look out for the start of my bubble watch series, where I go in-depth explaining where teams stand in relation to the cutline and what they need to do to end up on the right side of it. You can expect to see that start in a few weeks when we get closer to Selection Sunday and the bubble starts to thin.

Also be sure to check out The Bracket Project, which features The Left Bench’s bracketology along with countless others across the Internet to form the ultimate bracket study.

Justin Meyer
Follow Me

Justin Meyer

Editor-In-Chief at The Left Bench
Justin co-founded The Left Bench in 2013, and ever since nothing was the same. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio, who has transplanted to the University of Maryland for college. He watches more college basketball than any one person should and is admittedly a 20-year-old curmudgeon.
Justin Meyer
Follow Me
About Justin Meyer 195 Articles
Justin co-founded The Left Bench in 2013, and ever since nothing was the same. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio, who has transplanted to the University of Maryland for college. He watches more college basketball than any one person should and is admittedly a 20-year-old curmudgeon.