College Basketball Preview: Preseason Bracketology for 2014 NCAA Tournament

College basketball’s opening day is finally here, and with that is The Catch and Shoot’s preseason Bracketology for the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Here’s a basic of idea of how things will go down when March finally arrives:

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).

Now, it’s time for brackets. This bracketology is set up with Michigan State as the overall No. 1 seed, hypothetically playing Duke in the Final Four, and Kentucky as the second No. 1 seed, hypothetically playing Kansas in the Final Four.

 

Midwest Region

Milwaukee

No. 1 Michigan State (Big 10) vs. No. 16 Norfolk State (MEAC)/Wagner (NEC)

No. 8 Harvard (Ivy) vs. No. 9 Stanford

Spokane

No. 5 Marquette (Big East) vs. No. 12 North Dakota State (Summit)

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

Buffalo

No. 6 Wichita State (MVC) vs. No. 11 St. John’s

No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 New Mexico State (WAC)

Raleigh

No. 7 Creighton vs. No. 10 Arizona State

No. 2 Duke (ACC) vs. No. 15 Boston U (Patriot)

 

South Region

Saint Louis

No. 1 Kentucky (SEC) vs. No. 16 Texas Southern (SWAC)/High Point (Big South)

No. 8 La Salle vs. No. 9 Virginia

Spokane

No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Louisiana Tech (C-USA)

No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 13 Florida Gulf Coast (A-Sun)

Orlando

No. 6 Indiana vs. No. 11 San Diego State

No. 3 North Carolina vs. No. 14 Long Beach State (Big West)

San Antonio

No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 Saint Louis

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

 

West Region

Saint Louis

No. 1 Arizona (Pac-12) vs. No. 16 Northwestern State (Southland)

No. 8 Villanova vs. No. 9 Baylor

San Diego

No. 5 Gonzaga (WCC) vs. No. 12 Indiana State/UMass

No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 13 Manhattan (MAAC)

Buffalo

No. 6 Boise State (MWC) vs. No. 11 Cincinnati

No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 Weber State (Big Sky)

San Diego

No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 10 UNLV

No. 2 Kansas (Big 12) vs. No. 15 Elon (SoCon)

 

East Region

Raleigh

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

No. 8 Georgetown vs. No. 9 Brigham Young

Orlando

No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Boston College/Kansas State

No. 4 VCU (A10) vs. No. 13 Towson (CAA)

San Antonio

No. 6 New Mexico vs. No. 11 Iowa State

No. 3 Memphis vs. No. 14 Eastern Kentucky (OVC)

Milwaukee

No. 7 Connecticut vs. No. 10 Tennessee

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Buffalo (MAC)

 

Photo: UK Athletics

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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