NCAA Tournament Bracket Projections, March 1: New Mexico Climbs To No. 1 Seed in South, Tennessee Sneaks Into the Field

Here are some new bracket projections, updated for March 1.

A conference in parentheses next to a team indicates that team is in this bracket as a conference champion AQ.

With the 68-team format, there will be 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 Midwest Region plays the winner of the South Region, and the winner of the West Region plays the winner of the East Region.

The Midwest Region and the South Region hold the overall No. 1 and No. 4 seeds, respectively. The West Region and the East Region hold the overall No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.


Midwest Region


No. 1 Indiana (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 Southern (SWAC)/Charleston Southern (Big South)

No. 8 Colorado vs. No. 9 Creighton


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

No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 13 Valparaiso (Horizon)

Auburn Hills

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

No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Stony Brook (A-East)


No. 7 NC State vs. No. 10 Oklahoma

No. 2 Georgetown (Big East) vs. No. 15 Montana (Big Sky)


South Region

Salt Lake City

No. 1 New Mexico (MWC) vs. No. 16 Niagara (MAAC)

No. 8 Missouri vs. No. 9 Wichita State (MVC)


No. 5 Marquette vs. No. 12 St. Mary’s/La Salle

No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Louisiana Tech (WAC)


No. 6 Oregon (Pac-12) vs. No. 11 Temple

No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 14 Harvard (Ivy)

Kansas City

No. 7 Illinois vs. No. 10 North Carolina

No. 2 Kansas (Big 12) vs. No. 15 Northwestern State (Southland)


West Region

Salt Lake City

No. 1 Gonzaga (WCC) vs. No. 16 Mercer (A-Sun)/Norfolk State (MEAC)

No. 8 Cincinnati vs. No. 9 Memphis (C-USA)

San Jose

No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 12 Belmont (OVC)

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

Kansas City

No. 6 Pittsburgh vs. No. 11 California

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


No. 7 Colorado State vs. No. 10 VCU

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


East Region


No. 1 Miami (ACC) vs. No. 16 Robert Morris (NEC)

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

San Jose

No. 5 Butler vs. No. 12 Akron (MAC)

No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 13 Bucknell (Patriot)


No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 11 Virginia

No. 3 Florida (SEC) vs. No. 14 Davidson (SoCon)

Auburn Hills

No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 10 Iowa State

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Northeastern (CAA)


Last Four In: St. Mary’s, La Salle, Kentucky, Boise State

First Five Out: Villanova, Ole Miss, Baylor, Maryland, Arizona State

On the outside looking in: UMass, Alabama, St. John’s, Southern Miss


Leave a Reply