NCAA Tournament Bracket Projections: Duke Overall No. 1 Seed Once Again

It’s championship week and we will have at least two automatic qualifiers by the end of the day: Mercer/Florida Gulf Coast from the Atlantic Sun and Belmont/Murray State from the OVC. Harvard could win the Ivy League with a win over Cornell and a Princeton loss to Brown.

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

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 the bottom four conference tournament winners who earned automatic bids.

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


East Region


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

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


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

No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 13 Akron (MAC)


No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 11 Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt)

No. 3 Florida (SEC) vs. No. 14 Stony Brook (A-East)


No. 7 NC State vs. No. 10 Colorado

No. 2 Louisville vs. No. 15 Harvard (Ivy)


South Region


No. 1 New Mexico (MWC) vs. No. 16 Mercer (A-Sun)

No. 8 UCLA vs. No. 9 Oklahoma

San Jose

No. 5 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 St. Mary’s

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


No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 11 La Salle

No. 3 Miami (ACC) vs. No. 14 Davidson (SoCon)

Kansas City

No. 7 Missouri vs. No. 10 Wichita State

No. 2 Kansas (Big 12) vs. No. 15 Montana (Big Sky)


West Region

Salt Lake City

No. 1 Gonzaga (WCC) vs. No. 16 Norfolk State (MEAC)/Robert Morris (NEC)

No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Minnesota

San Jose

No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 12 Tennessee/Iowa State

No. 4 Marquette vs. No. 13 Valparaiso (Horizon)

Kansas City

No. 6 UNLV vs. No. 11 Belmont (OVC)

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

Auburn Hills

No. 7 VCU vs. No. 10 Cincinnati

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Long Beach State (Big West)


Midwest Region


No. 1 Indiana (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 Niagara (MAAC)

No. 8 Memphis (C-USA) vs. No. 9 Creighton (MVC)

Salt Lake City

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

No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 13 Boise State/Kentucky

Auburn Hills

No. 6 Oregon (Pac12) vs. No. 11 Temple

No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin (Southland)


No. 7 Colorado State vs. No. 10 California

No. 2 Georgetown (Big East) vs. No. 15 Northeastern (CAA)


Last Four In: Tennessee, Iowa State, Boise State, Kentucky

First Five Out: Massachusetts, Virginia, Mississipppi, Iowa, Alabama

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