Ultra Early Bracketology for the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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By Jesse Kramer

The battle against college basketball withdrawal continues. I gave you a look at my Ultra Early Top Rankings for the 2013-14 season, and now here is my Ultra Early Bracketology. At this point, I am projecting based on how the 2013-14 rosters currently look, meaning that anyone who has not yet declared for the 2013 NBA Draft is considered playing next season. Of course, a lot can change over the couple of weeks as players declare for the draft or transfer, and more high-impact recruits choose a destination.

Here’s a quick overview of what the 2014 NCAA Tournament will look like. (If you don’t care about these details, you can skip ahead to the seeds and matchups below.) As always, the First Four play-in games will take place at Dayton University on March 18 and 19. Second and Third Round games on March 20 and March 22 will take place in Buffalo, NY; Milwaukee, WI; Orlando, FL; and Spokane, WA. First weekend games on March 21 and March 23 will be in Raleigh, NC; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; and Saint Louis, MO.

The regional sites are Memphis, TN; Anaheim, CA; New York, NY; and Indianapolis, IN.

If I am not mistaken, I believe that a team can play an NCAA tournament game in its home city as long as it is not the host for that site. For example, Gonzaga can play in Spokane since Washington State is hosting, but St. John’s cannot play in the East Region because it is hosting the regional semifinal and final at Madison Square Garden. Other teams that cannot play in certain places are: Marquette (Milwaukee), Stetson (Orlando), Washington State (Spokane), North Carolina State (Raleigh), Texas-San Antonio (San Antonio), San Diego State (San Diego), Memphis (South Region, Memphis), IUPUI and Butler (Midwest Region, Indianapolis).

Now, time for some brackets. (Projected conference champions are listed with their conference in parentheses.)

 

Midwest Region (Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium)

Milwaukee

No. 1 Michigan State (Big 10) vs. No. 16 Charleston Southern (Big South)/Alabama State (SWAC)

No. 8 Wichita State vs. No. 9 Harvard (Ivy)

San Antonio

No. 5 Memphis vs. No. 12 Arizona State

No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 13 Wright State (Horizon)

Buffalo

No. 6 Iowa vs. No. 11 Cincinnati

No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Towson (CAA)

Orlando

No. 7 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Oregon

No. 2 Florida vs. No. 15 Elon (SoCon)

 

East Region (New York, Madison Square Garden)

Raleigh

No. 1 Louisville (American) vs. No. 16 Vermont (A-East)

No. 8 Indiana State (MVC) vs. No. 9 Butler

San Diego

No. 5 Boise State vs. No. 12 Minnesota/Missouri

No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 13 Eastern Kentucky (OVC)

Orlando

No. 6 Villanova (Big East) vs. No. 11 Saint Louis

No. 3 Duke (ACC) vs. No. 14 Manhattan (MAAC)

Milwaukee

No. 7 Tennessee vs. No. 10 Baylor

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Boston U (Patriot)

 

West Region (Anaheim, Honda Center) 

San Diego

No. 1 Arizona (Pac-12) vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s (NEC)/North Carolina Central (MEAC)

No. 8 Alabama vs. No. 9 Virginia

Saint Louis

No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 12 Creighton/Missouri

No. 4 New Mexico (MWC) vs. No. 13 Long Beach State (Big West)

Buffalo

No. 6 La Salle (A10) vs. No. 11 Denver (Summit)

No. 3 Connecticut vs. No. 14 Montana (Big Sky)

Spokane

No. 7 Kansas State vs. No. 10 St. John’s

No. 2 Gonzaga (WCC) vs. No. 15 Northwestern State (Southland)

 

South Region (Memphis, FedExForum)

Saint Louis

No. 1 Kentucky (SEC) vs. No. 16 Toledo (MAC)

No. 8 Marquette vs. No. 9 UNLV

Spokane

No. 5 North Carolina vs. No. 12 New Mexico State (WAC)

No. 4 Colorado vs. No. 13 Louisiana Tech (C-USA)

Raleigh

No. 6 Georgetown vs. No. 11 Stanford

No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast (A-Sun)

San Antonio

No. 7 VCU vs. No. 10 Notre Dame

No. 2 Oklahoma State (Big 12) vs. No. 15 Georgia State (Sun Belt)

 

Last Four In: Minnesota, Maryland, Missouri, Creighton

First Four Out: Pittsburgh, Illinois, Miami, Massachusetts

Next Four Out: Iowa State, Temple, Florida State, Oklahoma

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