Bracketology 2017 – January 30, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 installment of my bracketology series. The clock is ticking on March Madness, which means 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. 28, 2017):

The Bracket

Midwest Region (Kansas City)


1 BAYLOR vs. 16 UC DAVIS/MORGAN STATE

8 Dayton vs. 9 Georgia Tech


5 Florida vs. 12 VALPARAISO

4 Wisconsin vs. 13 VERMONT


6 St. Mary’s vs. 11 MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE

3 Virginia vs. 14 NEW MEXICO STATE


7 Xavier vs. 10 Indiana

2 KENTUCKY vs. 15 TEXAS SOUTHERN


South Region (Memphis)


1 Kansas vs. 16 MOUNT ST. MARY’S/WEBER STATE

8 Marquette vs. 9 Michigan State


5 South Carolina vs. 12 AKRON

4 Butler vs. 13 MONMOUTH


6 Purdue vs. 11 Texas Tech/Clemson

3 Oregon vs. 14 BELMONT


7 USC vs. 10 Arkansas

2 Louisville vs. 15 PRINCETON


East Region (New York)


1 VILLANOVA vs. 16 SAM HOUSTON STATE

8 Minnesota vs. 9 Iowa State


5 Creighton vs. 12 UNC-WILMINGTON

4 CINCINNATI vs. 13 RICHMOND


6 MARYLAND vs. 11 Tennessee/TCU

3 Florida State vs. 14 GEORGIA SOUTHERN


7 SMU vs. 10 Oklahoma State

2 ARIZONA vs. 15 BUCKNELL


West Region (San Jose)


1 GONZAGA vs. 16 NORTH DAKOTA STATE

8 Virginia Tech vs. 9 VCU


5 Notre Dame vs. 12 NEVADA

4 UCLA vs. 13 WINTHROP


6 Duke vs. 11 ILLINOIS STATE

3 West Virginia vs. 14 FLORIDA GULF COAST


7 Northwestern vs. 10 Kansas State

2 NORTH CAROLINA vs. 15 EAST TENNESSEE STATE


The Bubble

Last Four In Byes

Kansas State

Oklahoma State

Indiana

Arkansas

Last Four In

Texas Tech

Clemson

Tennessee

TCU

First Four Out

Wake Forest

Rhode Island

Seton Hall

Pittsburgh

Next Four Out

North Carolina State

Miami (FL)

Georgetown

Michigan


Per Conference

ACC – 9 (North Carolina, Louisville, Florida State, Virginia, Notre Dame, Duke, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Clemson)

Big 12 – 8 (Baylor, Kansas, West Virginia, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, TCU)

Big Ten – 7 (Wisconsin, Maryland, Purdue, Northwestern, Minnesota, Michigan State, Indiana)

Big East – 5 (Villanova, Butler, Creighton, Xavier, Marquette)

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

Pac-12 – 4 (Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, USC)

A-10 – 3 (Dayton, VCU, Richmond)

AAC – 2 (Cincinnati, SMU)

WCC – 2 (Gonzaga, St. Mary’s)


S-Curve

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

You can find my last bracketology entry here.

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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.