Bracketology: Projecting the NCAA Tournament field as of March 6

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.

Two automatic bids have been determined so far: Austin Peay (OVC) and Yale (Ivy).

For conferences’ that have not yet determined automatic bids, the highest seed remaining in respective conference tournaments will be projected as the automatic qualifier.

 MIDWEST
 EAST
 Des Moines
1 Kansas 1
Villanova
 New York
16 Austin Peay/Hampton 16
Wagner/Texas Southern
 

 

8 Notre Dame 8 Pittsburgh
9 Oregon State 9 St. Bonaventure
 

 

 Spokane
5 California 5 Purdue
 Denver
12 San Diego State 12 VCU/Tulsa
 

 

4 Kentucky 4 Duke
13 Chattanooga 13
Akron
 

 

Providence
6 Seton Hall 6 Iowa
 Raleigh
11 Monmouth 11 Valparaiso
 

 

3 West Virginia 3 North Carolina
14
UAB
14
Evansville
 

 

St. Louis
7 Wisconsin 7 Dayton
 St. Louis
10 Vanderbilt 10 South Carolina
 

 

2 Xavier 2 Michigan State
15 IPFW 15
Winthrop
 

 

WEST
SOUTH
 Oklahoma City
1 Oklahoma 1 Virginia
 Raleigh
16
Lehigh
16
Florida Gulf Coast
 

 

8 Colorado 8 USC
9 Butler 9 Providence
 

 

 Des Moines
5 Indiana 5 Arizona
 Oklahoma City
12 Hofstra 12 Little Rock
 

 

4 Iowa State 4 Texas
13
Yale
13
Stony Brook
 

 

 Providence
6 Baylor 6 Texas A&M
 New York
11 Wichita State/Connecticut 11 Temple
 

 

3 Maryland 3 Miami (Fla.)
14
Hawaii
14
Stephen F. Austin
 

 

 Spokane
7 Saint Joseph’s 7 Texas Tech
 Denver
10 Syracuse 10 Saint Mary’s
 

 

2 Oregon 2 Utah
15
Weber State
15
New Mexico State

 

Last four in: Connecticut, Wichita State, VCU, Tulsa

On the bubble: Cincinnati, Michigan, George Washington, Florida, Alabama, Gonzaga

Photo: AP / Gerry Broome
Photo: AP / Gerry Broome

Bids by conference:

ACC — 7

Big 12 — 7

Pac 12— 7

Big Ten — 6

Big East — 5

A10 — 4

SEC — 4

AAC — 3

MVC — 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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