Bracketology 2018 – January 29, 2018

Welcome to the 2018 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 Jan. 28, 2018):

The Bracket

East Region (Boston)


1 VIRGINIA vs 16 NEW ORLEANS/ARKANSAS PINE-BLUFF

8 USC vs 9 Texas


5 Florida vs 12 LOYOLA-CHICAGO

4 Michigan State vs 13 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE


6 Florida State vs 11 Providence

3 Tennessee vs 14 MONTANA


7 Louisville vs 10 Marquette

2 Oklahoma vs 15 RIDER


West Region (Los Angeles)


1 Duke vs 16 WINTHROP

8 NEVADA vs 9 Arizona State


5 Kentucky vs 12 NEW MEXICO STATE

4 ARIZONA vs 13 BELMONT


6 RHODE ISLAND vs 11 South Carolina/Missouri

3 Clemson vs 14 EAST TENNESSEE STATE


7 Creighton vs 10 Syracuse

2 KANSAS vs 15 FLORIDA GULF COAST


South Region (Atlanta)


1 VILLANOVA vs 16 LONG BEACH STATE/NORTH CAROLINA A&T

8 Michigan vs 9 Alabama


5 Ohio State vs 12 BUFFALO

4 CINCINNATI vs 13 LOUISIANA


6 Miami (FL) vs 11 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

3 Texas Tech vs 14 BUCKNELL


7 ST. MARY’S vs 10 Washington

2 AUBURN vs 15 WAGNER


Midwest Region (Omaha)


1 PURDUE vs 16 HARVARD

8 Butler vs 9 TCU


5 Wichita State vs 12 Kansas State/Texas A&M

4 West Virginia vs 13 VERMONT


6 Seton Hall vs 11 North Carolina State

3 North Carolina vs 14 WRIGHT STATE


7 Gonzaga vs 10 Arkansas

2 Xavier vs 15 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON


The Bubble

Last Four In Byes

Washington

Marquette

Providence

North Carolina State

Last Four In

South Carolina

Missouri

Kansas State

Texas A&M

First Four Out

Houston

Boise State

LSU

Western Kentucky

Next Four Out

St. Bonaventure

Virginia Tech

Georgia

Utah


Per Conference

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

SEC – 9 (Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina, Missouri, Texas A&M)

Big 12 – 7 (Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Texas, TCU, Kansas State)

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

Big Ten – 4 (Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan)

Pac-12 – 4 (Arizona, USC, Arizona State, Washington)

AAC – 2 (Cincinnati, Wichita State)

WCC – 2 (St. Mary’s, Gonzaga)


S-Curve

  1. Virginia
  2. Villanova
  3. Purdue
  4. Duke
  5. Kansas
  6. Xavier
  7. Auburn
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Tennessee
  10. Clemson
  11. North Carolina
  12. Texas Tech
  13. Arizona
  14. Cincinnati
  15. West Virginia
  16. Michigan State
  17. Florida
  18. Ohio State
  19. Kentucky
  20. Wichita State
  21. Rhode Island
  22. Seton Hall
  23. Miami (FL)
  24. Florida State
  25. Louisville
  26. St. Mary’s
  27. Creighton
  28. Gonzaga
  29. Nevada
  30. Butler
  31. Michigam
  32. USC
  33. Texas
  34. Alabama
  35. TCU
  36. Arizona State
  37. Syracuse
  38. Arkansas
  39. Washington
  40. Marquette
  41. Providence
  42. North Carolina State
  43. Middle Tennessee
  44. South Carolina
  45. Missouri
  46. Kansas State
  47. Texas A&M
  48. New Mexico State
  49. Buffalo
  50. Loyola-Chicago
  51. South Dakota State
  52. Louisiana
  53. Vermont
  54. Belmont
  55. East Tennessee State
  56. Wright State
  57. Bucknell
  58. Montana
  59. Rider
  60. Wagner
  61. College of Charleston
  62. Florida Gulf Coast
  63. Winthrop
  64. Harvard
  65. Long Beach State
  66. North Carolina A&T
  67. New Orleans
  68. Arkansas Pine-Bluff

Stay tuned for many more updated entries to come before Selection Sunday. And be sure to check out The Bracket Project, which features The Left Bench’s bracketology along with countless others across the internet to form the ultimate bracket study.

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