Bracketology 2017 – February 26, 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. 25, 2017):

The Bracket

Midwest Region (Kansas City)


1 KANSAS vs. 16 NEW ORLEANS/MOUNT ST. MARY’S

8 Virginia Tech vs. 9 Michigan


5 PURDUE vs. 12 UNC-WILMINGTON

4 Florida vs. 13 VERMONT


6 Oklahoma State vs. 11 Marquette

3 UCLA vs. 14 AKRON


7 South Carolina vs. 10 Northwestern

2 Louisville vs. 15 WINTHROP


South Region (Memphis)


1 NORTH CAROLINA vs. 16 TEXAS SOUTHERN

8 Maryland vs. 9 Arkansas


5 Virginia vs. 12 UT-ARLINGTON

4 Butler vs. 13 BELMONT


6 Wisconsin vs. 11 Seton Hall/Syracuse

3 Baylor vs. 14 FLORIDA GULF COAST


7 Iowa State vs. 10 USC

2 KENTUCKY vs. 15 OAKLAND


East Region (New York)


1 VILLANOVA vs. 16 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL/UC DAVIS

8 DAYTON vs. 9 Michigan State


5 Cincinnati vs. 12 NEVADA

4 Notre Dame vs. 13 MONMOUTH


6 St. Mary’s vs. 11 Providence

3 Florida State vs. 14 CSU BAKERSFIELD


7 Creighton vs. 10 Vanderbilt

2 Arizona vs. 15 BUCKNELL


West Region (San Jose)


1 GONZAGA vs. 16 NORTH DAKOTA

8 Xavier vs. 9 WICHITA STATE


5 SMU vs. 12 California/Rhode Island

4 West Virginia vs. 13 PRINCETON


6 Minnesota vs. 11 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

3 Duke vs. 14 EAST TENNESSEE STATE


7 Miami (FL) vs. 10 VCU

2 OREGON vs. 15 SOUTH DAKOTA


The Bubble

Last Four In Byes

Vanderbilt

Northwestern

Providence

Marquette

Last Four In

Seton Hall

Syracuse

California

Rhode Island

First Four Out

Illinois State

Illinois

Wake Forest

TCU

Next Four Out

Kansas State

Tennessee

Georgia Tech

Georgia


Per Conference

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

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

Big East – 7 (Villanova, Butler, Creighton, Xavier, Providence, Marquette, Seton Hall)

Big 12 – 5 (Kansas, Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Iowa State)

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

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

A-10 – 3 (Dayton, VCU, Rhode Island)

AAC – 2 (Cincinnati, SMU)

WCC – 2 (Gonzaga, St. Mary’s)


S-Curve

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

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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.