NCAA Tournament Bracketology

Updated Jan. 20, 2015

Finally, The Catch and Shoot’s first bracket projections for the 2015 NCAA Tournament have arrived. 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.

To determine the at-large bids, I took the current leader, based on the loss column, of a conference’s standings. If there was a tie for first place, I used head-to-head to determine which team receives the automatic bid. If the teams were a) tied in head-to-head or b) had not yet played head-to-head, then I used whichever team had a higher Kenpom ranking.

MIDWEST

EAST

1
Kentucky
1
Virginia
16
Seattle/Vermont
16
Colgate/Louisiana-Monroe
8
Indiana
8
Baylor
9
George Washington
9
Cincinnati
5
Butler
5
Seton Hall
12
Louisiana Tech
12
Green Bay
4
West Virginia
4
VCU
13
Akron
13
UC Davis
6
Northern Iowa
6
Louisville
11
Kansas State
11
Xavier/Temple
3
Notre Dame
3
Iowa State
14
Texas Southern
14
Sacramento State
7
LSU
7
Arkansas
10
San Diego State
10
Michigan State
2
Wisconsin
2
Villanova
15
Monmouth
15
North Florida

SOUTH

WEST

1
Duke
1
Gonzaga
16
St. Francis NY
16
North Dakota State
8
Dayton
8
Stanford
9
Miami
9
Oklahoma State
5
Oklahoma
5
Texas
12
Stephen F. Austin
12
Wyoming/St. John’s
4
North Carolina
4
Wichita State
13
Murray State
13
Harvard
6
Iowa
6
Old Dominion
11
Tulsa
11
NC State
3
Utah
3
Arizona
14
Coastal Carolina
14
William & Mary
7
Providence
7
Georgetown
10
Washington
10
Georgia
2
Kansas
2
Maryland
15
North Carolina Central
15
Mercer