NCAA Tournament Bracketology

FINAL — Updated March 15, 2015 at 4:41 p.m. CT

Welcome back to The Catch and Shoot’s bracket projections, Selection Sunday style! Five conference championship games will be played Sunday, but everything else is set.

Four of them are just for a matter of seeding, but the American title game could have huge implications. A win for Connecticut over SMU would put the Huskies in the field with an automatic bid and knock the last team in the field to the NIT. (in my bracket this is Ole Miss)

Here is how the bracket is broken down.

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

Here are the 32 automatic qualifiers: Albany (A-East), SMU (American), VCU (Atlantic 10), Notre Dame (ACC), North Florida (A-Sun), Iowa State (Big 12), Villanova (Big East), Eastern Washington (Big Sky), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Wisconsin (Big Ten), UC Irvine (Big West), Northeastern (CAA), UAB (C-USA), Valparaiso (Horizon), Harvard (Ivy), Manhattan (MAAC), Buffalo (MAC), Hampton (MEAC), Northern Iowa (MVC), Wyoming (MWC), Robert Morris (NEC), Belmont (OVC), Arizona (Pac-12), Lafayette (Patriot), Kentucky (SEC), Wofford (SoCon), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Georgia State (Sun Belt), Texas Southern (SWAC), North Dakota State (Summit), New Mexico State (WAC), Gonzaga (WCC).

For conferences that play their championship game Sunday, I took the higher remaining seed as the automatic qualifier.

MIDWEST
EAST
Louisville
1
Kentucky
1 Duke
Charlotte
16
Lafayette/Robert Morris
16
Hampton/North Florida
8 Iowa 8 Xavier
9 Oklahoma State 9 Texas
Jacksonville
5
SMU
5 Arkansas
Jacksonville
12
Valparaiso
12
Wofford
4 North Carolina 4 West Virginia
13
Harvard
13
Georgia State
Omaha
6 Michigan State 6 Butler
Louisville
11 BYU/Ole Miss 11 Colorado State
3 Baylor 3
Notre Dame
14
Northeastern
14
Albany
Columbus
7
VCU
7 San Diego State
Portland
10 Purdue 10 Dayton
2
Wisconsin
2
Arizona
15
Coastal Carolina
15
New Mexico State
WEST
SOUTH
Pittsburgh
1
Villanova
1 Virginia
Charlotte
16
Manhattan
16
UAB
8 NC State 8 Ohio State
9 Cincinnati 9 St. John’s
Portland
5 Louisville 5 Utah
Seattle
12
Stephen F. Austin
12
Wyoming
4 Oklahoma 4
Northern Iowa
13
Buffalo
13
Eastern Washington
Columbus
6 Georgetown 6 Providence
Pittsburgh
11 LSU 11 Temple/Boise State
3
Iowa State
3 Maryland
14
North Dakota State
14
Belmont
Seattle
7 Oregon 7 Wichita State
Omaha
10 Indiana 10 Davidson
2
Gonzaga
2
Kansas
15
UC Irvine
15
Texas Southern

 

On the outside looking in: Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Old Dominion