2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology: Bracket Projections for Jan. 22

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Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America

February is right around the corner, and now is when bracket projections actually begin to take some weight. Arizona and Syracuse currently sit on top as the No. 1 and No. 2 overall seeds. Michigan State and Kansas fill out the top line.

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

On March 18 and 19, the First Four will take place in Dayton. 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 Indianapolis, IN (Midwest); Memphis, TN (South); Anaheim, CA (West); and New York, NY (East).

In this bracket, the No. 1 overall seed is in the West Region, taking on the South Region’s No. 4 overall seed in the Final Four.  The No. 2 overall seed is Syracuse in the East Region, with No. 3 overall Michigan State in the Midwest.

bracketology jan 22West Region (No. 1)

San Diego

No. 1 Arizona (Pac-12) vs. No. 16 Southern (SWAC)/Chattanooga (SoCon)

No. 8 Baylor vs. No. 9 Minnesota


No. 5 Creighton (Big East) vs. No. 12 Toledo (MAC)

No. 4 Memphis vs. No. 13 Stephen F. Austin (Southland)

San Antonio

No. 6 California vs. No. 11 VCU/Providence

No. 3 Oklahoma State vs. No. 14 Northern Colorado (Big Sky)


No. 7 Xavier vs. No. 10 Gonzaga (WCC)

No. 2 San Diego State (MWC) vs. No. 15 UC Irvine (Big West)


South Region (No. 4)

St. Louis

No. 1 Kansas (Big 12) vs. No. 16 Utah Valley (WAC)

No. 8 Virginia vs. No. 9 UCLA


No. 5 St. Louis vs. No. 12 SMU/Tennessee

No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 13 Belmont (OVC)


No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Dayton

No. 3 Florida (SEC) vs. No. 14 Georgia State (Sun Belt)

San Antonio

No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 10 New Mexico

No. 2 Wichita State (MVC) vs. No. 15 Old Dominion (C-USA)


East Region (No. 2)


No. 1 Syracuse (ACC) vs. No. 16 Radford (Big South)/Savannah State (MEAC)

No. 8 Texas vs. No. 9 Colorado


No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 12 Harvard (Ivy)

No. 4 Cincinnati (American) vs. No. 13 Manhattan (MAAC)


No. 6 Duke vs. No. 11 Arkansas

No. 3 Villanova vs. No. 14 Boston University (Patriot)


No. 7 George Washington vs. No. 10 Florida State

No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 Delaware (CAA)


Midwest Region (No. 3)


No. 1 Michigan State (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 South Dakota (Summit)

No. 8 Connecticut vs. No. 9 Kansas State

San Diego

No. 5 Massachusetts (A10) vs. No. 12 Green Bay (Horizon)

No. 4 Iowa State vs. No. 13 Mercer (A-Sun)


No. 6 Louisville vs. No. 11 Stanford

No. 3 Kentucky vs. No. 14 Stony Brook (America East)

St. Louis

No. 7 Pittsburgh vs. No. 10 Oregon

No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 Robert Morris (NEC)


First five out: Missouri, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, North Carolina, Georgetown

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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