Bracketology 2017 – February 21, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 edition 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 Feb. 20, 2017):

The Bracket

Midwest Region (Kansas City)


1 KANSAS vs. 16 NORTH DAKOTA/NEW ORLEANS

8 Miami (FL) vs. 9 Arkansas


5 Notre Dame vs. 12 VERMONT

4 UCLA vs. 13 AKRON


6 SMU vs. 11 Tennessee/TCU

3 Duke vs. 14 UNC-ASHEVILLE


7 Oklahoma State vs. 10 Michigan

2 Louisville vs. 15 BUCKNELL


South Region (Memphis)


1 NORTH CAROLINA vs. 16 TEXAS SOUTHERN

8 Northwestern vs. 9 VCU


5 Wisconsin vs. 12 UT-ARLINGTON

4 Butler vs. 13 NEVADA


6 Creighton vs. 11 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

3 FLORIDA vs. 14 VALPARIASO


7 St. Mary’s vs. 10 WICHITA STATE

2 Baylor vs. 15 NORTH DAKOTA STATE


East Region (New York)


1 VILLANOVA vs. 16 MOUNT ST. MARY’S/NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL

8 Iowa State vs. 9 Dayton


5 Cincinnati vs. 12 Seton Hall/Georgia Tech

4 West Virginia vs. 13 MONMOUTH


6 Maryland vs. 11 Marquette

3 Florida State vs. 14 FLORIDA GULF COAST


7 Minnesota vs. 10 Kansas State

2 ARIZONA vs. 15 CSU BAKERSFIELD


West Region (San Jose)


1 GONZAGA vs. 16 UC IRVINE

8 USC vs. 9 Virginia Tech


5 Virginia vs. 12 UNC-WILMINGTON

4 PURDUE vs. 13 BELMONT


6 Xavier vs. 11 California

3 Kentucky vs. 14 PRINCETON


7 South Carolina vs. 10 Michigan State

2 Oregon vs. 15 FURMAN


The Bubble

Last Four In Byes

Michigan

Kansas State

California

Marquette

Last Four In

Tennessee

TCU

Seton Hall

Georgia Tech

First Four Out

Syracuse

Clemson

Wake Forest

Georgetown

Next Four Out

Pittsburgh

Providence

Illinois State

Georgia


Per Conference

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

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

Big 12 – 7 (Kansas, Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Kansas State, TCU)

Big East – 6 (Villanova, Butler, Creighton, Xavier, Marquette, Seton Hall)

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

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

AAC – 2 (Cincinnati, SMU)

A-10 – 2 (Dayton, VCU)

WCC – 2 (Gonzaga, St. Mary’s)


S-Curve

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

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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.