NCAA Tournament Bracketology

Updated April 9, 2014

What made you think I’d wait to put up my first bracket projections for the 2015 NCAA Tournament? Next year’s Big Dance is still way in the future, but we might as well take a general look at the what the field could look like.

Here’s a rundown of how things will look later next March.

The First Four will take place on March 17 and 18 in Dayton. Second round games will be played on March 19 and 20, and third round games will be March 21 and 22. Second and third round games will take place in Jacksonville, Fla.; Louisville, Ky.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Portland, Ore.; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Omaha, Neb.; Seattle, Wash.

Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games will take place March 26-29. The regional sites are Cleveland, Ohio (Midwest); Los Angeles, Calif. (West); Syracuse, N.Y. (East); Houston, Texas (South).

The 2015 Final Four will be played in Indianapolis.

Automatic qualifiers are in italics.

MIDWEST

WEST

Columbus
1   Wisconsin 1   Arizona
Portland
16   Alabama State/Hampton 16   St. Francis (NY)/High Point
8   Baylor 8   Minnesota
9   Georgia 9   Colorado State
Portland
5   VCU 5   Nebraska
Seattle
12   Xavier/BYU 12   Maryland/Providence
4   Texas 4   Wichita State
13   Cleveland State 13   New Mexico State
Jacksonville
6   Michigan State 6   San Diego State
Omaha
11   Pittsburgh 11   Clemson
3   Virginia 3   Iowa State
14   Wofford 14   Stephen F. Austin
Louisville
7   Harvard 7   Oregon
Jacksonville
10   Dayton 10   New Mexico
2   Kentucky 2   Florida
15   Northeastern 15   UC Irvine

SOUTH

EAST

Omaha
1   Kansas 1   Duke
Charlotte
16   Albany 16   Eastern Washington
8   Illinois 8   Iowa
9   Memphis 9   UCLA
Pittsburgh
5   Colorado 5   Oklahoma
Seattle
12   Louisiana Tech 12   Iona
4   Louisville 4   Connecticut
13   Louisiana-Lafayette 13   Toledo
Louisville
6   Kansas State 6   Gonzaga
Pittsburgh
11   Arkansas 11   West Virginia
3   SMU 3   Villanova
14   Murray State 14   Florida Gulf Coast
Charlotte
7   Ohio State 7   Syracuse
Columbus
10   Utah 10   Cincinnati
2   North Carolina 2   Michigan
15   IPFW 15   American