2013 NCAA Tournament Bracketology: March 13 Bracket Projections

Here are my bracket projections of the 2012-13 season, updated as of Wednesday, March 13.

A conference in parentheses next to a team indicates that team is projected to win its conference’s automatic bid.

Here are the automatic bids that have already been determined: Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun), Belmont (Ohio Valley), Harvard (Ivy), Liberty (Big South), Creighton (Missouri Valley), James Madison (CAA), Iona (MAAC), Davidson (SoCon), Western Kentucky (Sun Belt), Gonzaga (WCC), LIU-Brooklyn (NEC), Valparaiso (Horizon), and South Dakota State (Summit).

With the 68-team format, there are four play-in games. There will be two play-in games for the bottom four at-large teams, and two play-in games for conference tournament winners who earned automatic bids.

In this bracket, the winner of the East Region plays the winner of the South Region, and the winner of the Midwest Region plays the winner of the West Region.

East Region


No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 Liberty (Big South)/Southern (SWAC)

No. 8 Illinois vs. No. 9 San Diego State


No. 5 Saint Louis (A10) vs. No. 12 Kentucky

No. 4 Marquette vs. No. 13 Davidson (SoCon)

Auburn Hills

No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 11 Belmont (OVC)

No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast (A-Sun)


No. 7 Creighton (MVC) vs. No. 10 Colorado

No. 2 Miami (ACC) vs. No. 15 Iona (MAAC)


South Region


No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 16 Norfolk State (MEAC)

No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 9 Wichita State

San Jose

No. 5 Butler vs. No. 12 Valparaiso (Horizon)

No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 13 Louisiana Tech (WAC)


No. 6 UNLV vs. No. 11 Villanova

No. 3 Florida (SEC) vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin (Southland)

Kansas City

No. 7 UCLA (Pac12) vs. No. 10 Cincinnati

No. 2 Kansas (Big 12) vs. No. 15 James Madison (CAA)


West Region

Salt Lake City

No. 1 Gonzaga (WCC) vs. No. 16 W. Kentucky (Sun Belt)/LIU-Brooklyn (NEC)

No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Minnesota

San Jose

No. 5 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 Bucknell (Patriot)

No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 13 Boise State/Iowa State

Auburn Hills

No. 6 VCU vs. No. 11 Oklahoma

No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 South Dakota State (Summit)


No. 7 Missouri vs. No. 10 Temple

No. 2 New Mexico (MWC) vs. No. 15 Montana (Big Sky)


Midwest Region


No. 1 Indiana (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 Long Beach State (Big West)

No. 8 Memphis (C-USA) vs. No. 9 NC State

Salt Lake City

No. 5 Syracuse vs. No. 12 La Salle/Tennessee

No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 13 Akron (MAC)

Kansas City

No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 11 St. Mary’s

No. 3 Kansas State vs. No. 14 Harvard (Ivy)


No. 7 Colorado State vs. No. 10 California

No. 2 Georgetown (Big East) vs. No. 15 Vermont (A-East)


Last Four In: La Salle, Tennessee, Boise State, Iowa State

First Five Out: Virginia, Middle Tennessee, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Iowa

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