Bracketology: Projecting the NCAA Tournament field as of Feb. 23

For these projections, teams are evaluated on what they have accomplished (or failed to accomplish) to this point in the season without looking ahead.

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

Automatic bids are determined by the projected winner of each conference according to KenPom.

 EAST
 SOUTH
 New York
1 Villanova 1
Kansas
 Oklahoma City
16 Texas Southern/Hampton 16
Wagner/Bucknell
 

 

8 St. Joseph’s 8 USC
9 Connecticut 9 Florida
 

 

 St. Louis
5 Kentucky 5 Purdue
 Denver
12 Saint Bonaventure/Michigan 12 Valparaiso
 

 

4 Duke 4 Utah
13 Chattanooga 13
UNC Wilmington
 

 

Providence
6 California 6 Baylor
 Des Moines
11 Monmouth 11 Saint Mary’s
 

 

3 West Virginia 3 Iowa
14
Stony Brook
14
South Dakota State
 

 

Raleigh
7 South Carolina 7 Dayton
 St. Louis
10 VCU 10 Seton Hall
 

 

2 North Carolina 2 Xavier
15 Belmont 15
Stephen F. Austin
 

 

WEST
SOUTH
 Raleigh
1 Virginia 1 Oklahoma
 Oklahoma City
16
North Florida
16
Weber State
 

 

8 Providence 8 Colorado
9 Wisconsin 9 Wichita State
 

 

 Denver
5 Texas A&M 5 Notre Dame
 Spokane
12 Little Rock 12 San Diego State
 

 

4 Iowa State 4 Arizona
13
Yale
13
Hawaii
 

 

 Providence
6 Texas 6 Indiana
 New York
11 Alabama/Syracuse 11 Temple
 
3 Maryland 3 Miami (Fla.)
14
UAB
14
Akron
 

 

 Spokane
7 Pittsburgh 7 Texas Tech
 Des Moines
10 Oregon State 10 Butler
 

 

2 Oregon 2 Michigan State
15
New Mexico State
15
UNC Asheville

 

First five out: George Washington, Tulsa, Cincinnati, Gonzaga, Florida State

Next five out: Washington, Vanderbilt, UCLA, LSU, Clemson

Bids by conference:

ACC — 7

Big 12 — 7

Big Ten — 7

Pac-12 — 7

Big East — 5

SEC — 5

Atlantic 10 — 4

AAC — 2

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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