Bracketology 2017 – March 8, 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 March 7, 2017):

The Bracket

Midwest Region (Kansas City)


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

8 WICHITA STATE vs. 9 Marquette


5 West Virginia vs. 12 NEVADA

4 PURDUE vs. 13 PRINCETON


6 Maryland vs. 11 Syracuse/Xavier

3 UCLA vs. 14 AKRON


7 Oklahoma State vs. 10 Michigan State

2 Louisville vs. 15 IONA


South Region (Memphis)


1 NORTH CAROLINA vs. 16 JACKSONVILLE STATE

8 Arkansas vs. 9 Michigan


5 Notre Dame vs. 12 UNC-WILMINGTON

4 Florida vs. 13 BUCKNELL


6 Minnesota vs. 11 Wake Forest

3 Butler vs. 14 FLORIDA GULF COAST


7 Creighton vs. 10 VCU

2 KENTUCKY vs. 15 TEXAS SOUTHERN


East Region (New York)


1 VILLANOVA vs. 16 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE/NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL

8 Virginia Tech vs. 9 DAYTON


5 Cincinnati vs. 12 UT-ARLINGTON

4 Virginia vs. 13 VERMONT


6 Wisconsin vs. 11 Vanderbilt

3 Arizona vs. 14 CSU BAKERSFIELD


7 St. Mary’s vs. 10 Seton Hall

2 Baylor vs. 15 NORTHERN KENTUCKY


West Region (San Jose)


1 GONZAGA vs. 16 NORTH DAKOTA

8 Miami (FL) vs. 9 Northwestern


5 SMU vs. 12 USC/Iowa

4 Duke vs. 13 EAST TENNESSEE STATE


6 Iowa State vs. 11 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

3 Florida State vs. 14 WINTHROP


7 South Carolina vs. 10 Providence

2 OREGON vs. 15 UC IRVINE


The Bubble

Last Four In Byes

Seton Hall

Providence

Vanderbilt

Wake Forest

Last Four In

Syracuse

Xavier

USC

Iowa

First Four Out

Rhode Island

Illinois

Kansas State

Illinois State

Next Four Out

Ole Miss

Georgia

Georgia Tech

California


Per Conference

ACC – 10 (North Carolina, Louisville, Florida State, Duke, Virginia, Notre Dame, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Wake Forest)

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

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

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

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

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

AAC – 2 (Cincinnati, SMU)

A-10 – 2 (Dayton, VCU)

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. Florida State
  12. Butler
  13. Duke
  14. Florida
  15. Purdue
  16. Virginia
  17. West Virginia
  18. Notre Dame
  19. Cincinnati
  20. SMU
  21. Minnesota
  22. Iowa State
  23. Maryland
  24. Wisconsin
  25. St. Mary’s
  26. Oklahoma State
  27. Creighton
  28. South Carolina
  29. Miami (FL)
  30. Arkansas
  31. Wichita State
  32. Virginia Tech
  33. Dayton
  34. Marquette
  35. Michigan
  36. Northwestern
  37. VCU
  38. Michigan State
  39. Seton Hall
  40. Providence
  41. Vanderbilt
  42. Wake Forest
  43. Middle Tennessee
  44. Syracuse
  45. Xavier
  46. USC
  47. Iowa
  48. UNC-Wilmington
  49. Nevada
  50. UT-Arlington
  51. Vermont
  52. Princeton
  53. Bucknell
  54. East Tennessee State
  55. Winthrop
  56. Florida Gulf Coast
  57. Akron
  58. CSU Bakersfield
  59. Northern Kentucky
  60. Iona
  61. Texas Southern
  62. UC Irvine
  63. North Dakota
  64. Jacksonville State
  65. New Orleans
  66. Mount St. Mary’s
  67. South Dakota State
  68. North Carolina Central

Teams in bold have clinched their conference’s auto bid


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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.