Bracketology 2017 – March 1, 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. 28, 2017):

The Bracket

Midwest Region (Kansas City)


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

8 Xavier vs. 9 Michigan


5 Virginia vs. 12 UT-ARLINGTON

4 Florida vs. 13 PRINCETON


6 Iowa State vs. 11 Seton Hall/Syracuse

3 UCLA vs. 14 CSU BAKERSFIELD


7 South Carolina vs. 10 Northwestern

2 Louisville vs. 15 OAKLAND


South Region (Memphis)


1 NORTH CAROLINA vs. 16 TEXAS SOUTHERN

8 Maryland vs. 9 Arkansas


5 Cincinnati vs. 12 UNC-WILMINGTON

4 PURDUE vs. 13 VERMONT


6 St. Mary’s vs. 11 USC

3 Butler vs. 14 BUCKNELL


7 Wisconsin vs. 10 Providence

2 KENTUCKY vs. 15 UNC-GREENSBORO


East Region (New York)


1 VILLANOVA vs. 16 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL/UC DAVIS

8 DAYTON vs. 9 Michigan State


5 West Virginia vs. 12 California/Rhode Island

4 Florida State vs. 13 BELMONT


6 Oklahoma State vs. 11 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

3 Arizona vs. 14 FLORIDA GULF COAST


7 Creighton vs. 10 Vanderbilt

2 Baylor vs. 15 SOUTH DAKOTA


West Region (San Jose)


1 GONZAGA vs. 16 NORTH DAKOTA

8 Virginia Tech vs. 9 WICHITA STATE


5 SMU vs. 12 NEVADA

4 Notre Dame vs. 13 MONMOUTH


6 Minnesota vs. 11 Marquette

3 Duke vs. 14 WINTHROP


7 Miami (FL) vs. 10 VCU

2 OREGON vs. 15 AKRON


The Bubble

Last Four In Byes

Vanderbilt

Providence

USC

Marquette

Last Four In

Seton Hall

Syracuse

California

Rhode Island

First Four Out

Illinois State

Illinois

Wake Forest

TCU

Next Four Out

Kansas State

Ohio State

Georgia Tech

Tennessee


Per Conference

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

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

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

Big 12 – 5 (Kansas, Baylor, West Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma 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. Baylor
  9. Arizona
  10. UCLA
  11. Duke
  12. Butler
  13. Florida State
  14. Florida
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Purdue
  17. Virginia
  18. West Virginia
  19. Cincinnati
  20. SMU
  21. Minnesota
  22. St. Mary’s
  23. Iowa State
  24. Oklahoma State
  25. Creighton
  26. South Carolina
  27. Wisconsin
  28. Miami (FL)
  29. Maryland
  30. Virginia Tech
  31. Xavier
  32. Dayton
  33. Michigan State
  34. Michigan
  35. Arkansas
  36. Wichita State
  37. VCU
  38. Northwestern
  39. Vanderbilt
  40. Providence
  41. USC
  42. Marquette
  43. Seton Hall
  44. Middle Tennessee
  45. Syracuse
  46. California
  47. Rhode Island
  48. UT-Arlington
  49. UNC-Wilmington
  50. Nevada
  51. Monmouth
  52. Vermont
  53. Princeton
  54. Belmont
  55. Florida Gulf Coast
  56. CSU Bakersfield
  57. Bucknell
  58. Winthrop
  59. Akron
  60. UNC-Greensboro
  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

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.