Bracketology: Northwestern safely in NCAA Tournament field for now

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Welcome back to The Catch and Shoot’s bracket projections!

The bracket is broken down into 32 spots given as automatic bids (noted in the bracket with italics), and the remaining 36 are at-large selections.

Teams are evaluated by how they have performed to this point in the season without projecting how they will perform the rest of the season.

For the first time in a long time, there’s a nice local flavor to the bracket: Northwestern is safely in the field as a No. 8 seed in the East Region, facing Virginia Tech in Buffalo. Illinois is also clinging to a spot in the First Four thanks to Saturday’s win over BYU.

Here’s the full field of 68.

EAST
SOUTH
Buffalo
1
Villanova
1 Baylor
Tulsa
16
Long Beach State/North Dakota
16
NC Central/Wagner
8 Northwestern 8 Cincinnati
9 Virginia Tech 9 VCU
Orlando
5 South Carolina 5 Wisconsin
Buffalo
12
Tennessee State
12 UNC Wilmington
4 Virginia 4 Xavier
13
Fort Wayne
13
Chattanooga
Milwaukee
6 Minnesota 6 Florida
Greenville
11 Texas A&M 11 Pittsburgh/Ohio State
3 Butler 3 Duke
14
Florida Gulf Coast
14
Winthrop
Indianapolis
7 Arizona 7 Maryland
Indianapolis
10 Seton Hall 10 TCU
2 Louisville 2 Kentucky
15
Lehigh
15
Princeton
MIDWEST
WEST
Tulsa
1 Kansas 1 Gonzaga
Sacramento
16
Vermont
16
Eastern Michigan
8 Middle Tennessee 8 Arkansas
9 Providence 9 Clemson
Salt Lake City
5 Saint Mary’s 5 Florida State
Orlando
12 Miami/Illinois 12 UT Arlington
4 Indiana 4 West Virginia
13 Dayton 13
Monmouth
Sacramento
6 Michigan 6 Purdue
Greenville
11 Valparaiso 11 Wichita State
3 USC 3 North Carolina
14
San Diego State
14
New Mexico State
Milwaukee
7 Oregon 7 Notre Dame
Salt Lake City
10 Oklahoma State 10 Iowa State
2 Creighton 2 UCLA
15
Texas Southern
15
Sam Houston State

 

Last four in: Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Illinois, Miami (FL)

On the outside looking in: SMU, Marquette, Temple, Wake Forest, Colorado

Bids by conference:

ACC — 10

Big Ten — 9

Big 12 — 6

Big East — 6

SEC — 5

Pac-12 — 4

A10 — 2

WCC — 2

 

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