Bracketology 2018 – February 27, 2018

Welcome to another entry of 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 Feb. 24, 2018):

The Bracket

South Region (Atlanta)


1 VIRGINIA vs 16 BETHUNE-COOKMAN/ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

8 Creighton vs 9 MIDDLE TENNESSEE


5 ARIZONA vs 12 LOUISIANA

4 West Virginia vs 13 VERMONT


6 Houston vs 11 Texas

3 Tennessee vs 14 RIDER


7 Texas A&M vs 10 Virginia Tech

2 Purdue vs 15 MONTANA


West Region (Los Angeles)


1 KANSAS vs 16 UNC-ASHEVILLE

8 Butler vs 9 North Carolina State


5 GONZAGA vs 12 Louisville/Marquette

4 RHODE ISLAND vs 13 UNC GREENSBORO


6 Michigan vs 11 Kansas State

3 CINCINNATI vs 14 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON


7 Oklahoma vs 10 Missouri

2 North Carolina vs 15 UC IRVINE


East Region (Boston)


1 Villanova vs 16 PENN/NICHOLLS

8 USC vs 9 Miami (FL)


5 Kentucky vs 12 NEW MEXICO STATE

4 Clemson vs 13 BUFFALO


6 TCU vs 11 Arkansas

3 MICHIGAN STATE vs 14 BUCKNELL


7 Seton Hall vs 10 Florida State

2 AUBURN vs 15 NORTHERN KENTUCKY


Midwest Region (Omaha)


1 XAVIER vs 16 FLORIDA GULF COAST

8 Florida vs 9 St. Bonaventure


5 Ohio State vs 12 LOYOLA-CHICAGO

4 Wichita State vs 13 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE


6 NEVADA vs 11 Arizona State/Providence

3 Texas Tech vs 14 MURRAY STATE


7 Alabama vs 10 St. Mary’s

2 Duke vs 15 WAGNER


The Bubble

Last Four In Byes

Missouri

Texas

Arkansas

Kansas State

Last Four In

Arizona State

Providence

Louisville

Marquette

First Four Out

Syracuse

Washington

Baylor

LSU

Next Four Out

Utah

Oregon

Mississippi State

UCLA


Per Conference

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

SEC – 8 (Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida, Missouri, Arkansas)

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

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

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

AAC – 3 (Cincinnati, Wichita State, Houston)

Pac-12 – 3 (Arizona, USC, Arizona State)

A-10 – 2 (Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure)

WCC – 2 (Gonzaga, St. Mary’s)


S-Curve

  1. Virginia
  2. Villanova
  3. Xavier
  4. Kansas
  5. North Carolina
  6. Duke
  7. Auburn
  8. Purdue
  9. Michigan State
  10. Tennessee
  11. Cincinnati
  12. Texas Tech
  13. Wichita State
  14. Rhode Island
  15. West Virginia
  16. Clemson
  17. Arizona
  18. Kentucky
  19. Ohio State
  20. Gonzaga
  21. Michigan
  22. Nevada
  23. TCU
  24. Houston
  25. Texas A&M
  26. Seton Hall
  27. Alabama
  28. Oklahoma
  29. Butler
  30. Creighton
  31. Florida
  32. USC
  33. Miami (FL)
  34. Middle Tennessee
  35. St. Bonaventure
  36. North Carolina State
  37. Florida State
  38. St. Mary’s
  39. Virginia Tech
  40. Missouri
  41. Texas
  42. Arkansas
  43. Kansas State
  44. Arizona State
  45. Providence
  46. Louisville
  47. Marquette
  48. Loyola-Chicago
  49. New Mexico State
  50. Louisiana
  51. Vermont
  52. Buffalo
  53. South Dakota State
  54. UNC Greensboro
  55. College of Charleston
  56. Murray State
  57. Bucknell
  58. Rider
  59. Montana
  60. Northern Kentucky
  61. Wagner
  62. UC Irvine
  63. UNC-Asheville
  64. Florida Gulf Coast
  65. Penn
  66. Nicholls
  67. Bethune-Cookman
  68. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

To see my previous entry, click here. Also, 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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