Bracketology: Gonzaga grabs WCC title, BYU waits
A couple of quick notes about today’s bracket (March 12) update:
After securing another West Coast Conference title Tuesday night, the Gonzaga Bulldogs can rest easy while waiting for the 68-team bracket to be revealed on Sunday night. The same can’t be said for Brigham Young. It’s going to be a tense few days for the Cougars. For now, BYU retains its spot in the First Four as one of the final at-large teams in the field. But the Cougars could be overtaken as further bubble games unfold between now and Selection Sunday.
Beyond Gonzaga, we official welcome Milwaukee, Mount St. Mary’s, and North Dakota State to the bracket as automatic qualifiers.
Today, several power conferences begin tournament play. The rest start tomorrow. While some teams are more secure than others, up to 13 spots remain uncertain for the stretch run. That should make for a lot of exciting action.
Teams in CAPS represent the AUTOMATIC bid based on conference tournament results. Exceptions are made for schools typically use abbreviations (UCLA, BYU, etc).
Several new bracketing principles were introduced after last year’s tournament. You can read them for yourself at www.ncaa.com. For example: teams from the same conference may now meet before a Regional final, even if fewer than eight teams are selected. The goal is to keep as many teams as possible on their actual seed line.
FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS - Dayton (First Round)
- Nebraska vs. Tennessee | Midwest Region
- Xavier vs. BYU | South Region
- Texas Southern vs. Weber State | Midwest Region
- MT ST. MARY’S vs. COASTAL CAROLINA | East Region
BRACKET PROJECTION ...
|SOUTH - Memphis||WEST - Anaheim|
|1) Florida||1) Arizona|
|16) WOFFORD||16) Utah Valley|
|8) Kansas State||8) George Washington|
|9) Arizona State||9) GONZAGA|
|5) Ohio State||5) Oklahoma|
|12) BYU / Xavier||12) Toledo|
|4) Louisville||4) Michigan State|
|13) S.F. Austin||13) NORTH DAKOTA ST|
|6) New Mexico||6) Baylor|
|11) Dayton||11) Stanford|
|3) Syracuse||3) Creighton|
|14) Boston University||14) MERCER|
|7) VCU||7) Memphis|
|10) SMU||10) Saint Joseph’s|
|2) Wisconsin||2) Virginia|
|15) UC-Irvine||15) Stony Brook|
|EAST - New York||MIDWEST - Indianapolis|
|1) Villanova||1) WICHITA STATE|
|16) CO CAROLINA / MT ST. MARY’S||16) Weber State / Texas Southern|
|8) Oklahoma State||8) Kentucky|
|9) Iowa||9) Oregon|
|5) North Carolina||5) Texas|
|12) Louisiana Tech||12) HARVARD|
|4) San Diego State||4) Duke|
|13) DELAWARE||13) MANHATTAN|
|6) Massachusetts||6) Saint Louis|
|11) Arkansas||11) Tennessee / Nebraska|
|3) Iowa State||3) Cincinnati|
|14) EASTERN KENTUCKY||14) Georgia State|
|7) Connecticut||7) UCLA|
|10) Colorado||10) Pittsburgh|
|2) Michigan||2) Kansas|
|15) NC-Central||15) MILWAUKEE|
NOTES on the BRACKET: Florida remains the overall No. 1 seed followed by Arizona, Wichita State, and Villanova.
Last Five teams in (at large): Stanford, Nebraska, Xavier, Tennessee, BYU
First Five teams out (at large): California, Georgetown, Minnesota, Missouri, St. John’s
Next five teams out (at large): Providence, Southern Miss, Green Bay, Florida State, Illinois
Breakdown by Conference ...
Big 12 (7): Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma State
Pac 12 (6): Arizona, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon, Colorado
Atlantic 10 (6): Massachusetts, VCU, Saint Louis, George Washington, Saint Joseph’s, Dayton
Big Ten (6): Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska
ACC (5): Duke, Virginia, Syracuse, North Carolina, Pittsburgh
American (5): Louisville, Memphis, Connecticut, Cincinnati, SMU
SEC (4): Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee
Big East (3): Creighton, Villanova, Xavier
Mountain West (2): New Mexico, San Diego State
West Coast (2): GONZAGA, Brigham Young
Missouri Valley (1): Wichita State
Conference Automatic Qualifiers ... Louisiana Tech (C-USA), EASTERN KENTUCKY (Ohio Valley), Georgia State (Sun Belt), Boston University (Patriot), NORTH DAKOTA STATE (Summit), MILWAUKEE (Horizon), WOFFORD (Southern), Utah Valley (WAC), MANHATTAN (MAAC), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Toledo (MAC), MERCER (A-Sun), HARVARD (IVY), UC-Irvine (Big West), DELAWARE (Colonial), Stony Brook (American East), Weber State (Big Sky), NC-Central (MEAC), COASTAL CAROLINA (Big South), MOUNT ST. MARY’S (NEC), Texas Southern (SWAC)