Bracketology: Iowa grabs No. 1 seed, Big 12 with five on top three seed lines

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.

Automatic bids are determined by the projected winner of each conference according to KenPom.

EAST
SOUTH
 New York
1 Villanova 1
Oklahoma
 Oklahoma City
16
Texas Southern/Hampton
16
Mount St. Mary’s/Stephen F. Austin
8 Pittsburgh 8 Wichita State
9 Michigan 9 California
 Providence
5 Arizona 5 Providence
 Sopkane
12
Little Rock
12 Valparaiso
4 Maryland 4 USC
13 San Diego State 13
South Dakota State
Raleigh
6 Louisville 6 Kentucky
 Denver
11 Gonzaga 11 Connecticut
3 West Virginia 3 Iowa State
14
Stony Brook
14
Akron
St. Louis
7 Texas Tech 7 Butler
 St. Louis
10 UCLA 10 Florida
2 Xavier 2 Texas A&M
15
Yale
15
North Florida
WEST
MIDWEST
 Raleigh
1
North Carolina
1 Iowa
 Des Moines
16
Navy
16
Cal St. Bakersfield
8 Indiana 8 Notre Dame
9 South Carolina 9 Oregon State
 Spokane
5 Utah 5 Dayton
 Providence
12 Chattanooga 12 Florida State/George Washington
4 Oregon 4 Miami (Fla.)
13
Hawaii
13
William & Mary
 Denver
6 Texas 6 Purdue
 New York
11 Seton Hall/Clemson 11 VCU
3 Baylor 3 Virginia
14
UAB
14
Belmont
 Des Moines
7 Colorado 7 Duke
 Oklahoma City
10 Monmouth 10 Saint Mary’s
2 Michigan State 2 Kansas
15
Weber State
15
UNC Asheville

First five out: Stanford, Boise State, Washington, Alabama, Georgetown

Next five out: Syracuse, Cincinnati, Saint Joseph’s, Georgia Tech, Kansas State

Photo: David Scriver / Iowa City Press-Citizen
Photo: David Scriver / Iowa City Press-Citizen

Bids by conference:

ACC — 9

Pac-12 — 8

Big 12 — 7

Big Ten — 6

Big East — 5

SEC — 4

Atlantic 10 — 3

WCC — 2

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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