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Bracketology: Opportunities for Tulsa, UCLA, Atlantic 10

Stanford v UCLA

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As the dust settles from Thursday’s bubble carnage, we’re left with two quick takeaways ... 1) the final few teams “IN” remained in place, although in a slightly different order; ... and 2) at-large opportunities improved for teams like Tulsa and UCLA, along with a couple of teams from the Atlantic 10.
READ MORE: Thursday’s Bubble Banter

Today is a potentially important day for the top of the bracket, too. Virginia, Duke, Villanova, Wisconsin, and Arizona all take the court in search of a No. 1 seed position on Sunday. Kentucky is locked in as the No. 1 overall seed, regardless; but spots 2-4 are still undecided. We have six teams for three spots.

Enjoy another day of hoops; the Madness continues.

UPDATED: March 13, 2015

Note: Now that we’ve reached Championship Week, teams in CAPS represent the projected AUTOMATIC bid. Exceptions are made for teams that use an abbreviation (UCLA, BYU, etc). During conference tournament play, the highest remaining seed will earn the teams auto bid for the bracket until the tournament is completed.

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS - Dayton (First Round)


  • Texas vs. BYU | West Region
  • Mississippi vs. Temple | West Region
  • LAFAYETTE vs. ROBERT MORRIS | East Region
  • MANHATTAN vs. Montana | Midwest Region

BRACKET PROJECTION ...

MIDWEST - ClevelandEAST - Syracuse
LouisvilleCharlotte
1) Kentucky1) Virginia
16) MANHATTAN / Montana16) LAFAYETTE / ROB MORRIS
8) Xavier8) St. John’s
9) NC State9) Cincinnati
JacksonvilleSeattle
5) West Virginia5) Arkansas
12) WOFFORD12) Stephen F. Austin
4) Louisville4) NORTHERN IOWA
13) Central Michigan13) Yale
ColumbusPittsburgh
6) Providence6) Georgetown
11) Indiana11) Oklahoma State
3) Notre Dame3) Maryland
14) NC-Central14) NORTHEASTERN
LouisvilleOmaha
7) San Diego State7) Iowa
10) LSU10) Georgia
2) Wisconsin2) Kansas
15) BELMONT15) Albany
WEST - Los AngelesSOUTH - Houston
PittsburghCharlotte
1) Villanova1) Duke
16) NORTH FLORIDA16) COASTAL CAROLINA
8) Dayton8) VCU
9) Oregon9) Purdue
JacksonvillePortland
5) Wichita State5) Utah
12) Texas / BYU12) VALPARAISO
4) North Carolina4) Baylor
13) Georgia State13) Louisiana Tech
ColumbusOmaha
6) Butler6) SMU
11) Mississippi / Temple11) Colorado State
3) Iowa State3) Oklahoma
14) UC-Davis14) New Mexico State
PortlandSeattle
7) Ohio State7) Michigan State
10) Boise State10) Davidson
2) Arizona2) GONZAGA
15) NORTH DAKOTA ST15) Texas-Southern

NOTES on the BRACKET: Kentucky is the overall No. 1 seed followed by Virginia, Duke, and Villanova. Next in line: Wisconsin, Arizona, Gonzaga, and Kansas.

Last Five teams in (at large): Indiana, Mississippi, Temple, Texas, BYU

First Five teams out (at large): Miami-FL, Tulsa, UCLA, Richmond, Texas AM

Next five teams out (at large): Rhode Island, Old Dominion, Murray State, Illinois, Stanford

Breakdown by Conference ...

Big 10 (7): Wisconsin, Maryland, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Indiana

Big 12 (7): Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Texas

ACC (6): Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State

Big East (6): Villanova, Georgetown, Providence, Butler, Xavier, St. John’s

SEC (5): Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss

Pac 12 (3): Arizona, Utah, Oregon

Mountain West (3): Boise State, San Diego State, Colorado State

Atlantic 10 (3): Davidson, VCU, Dayton

American (3): SMU, Cincinnati, Temple

Missouri Valley (2): NORTHERN IOWA, Wichita State

West Coast (2): GONZAGA, BYU

Conference USA (1): Louisiana Tech

ONE BID LEAGUES: Georgia State (SBELT), Yale (IVY), Montana (BSKY), VALPARAISO (HZN), S.F. Austin (SLND), WOFFORD (STHN), UC-Davis (BWEST), Central Michigan (MAC), MANHATTAN (MAAC), NORTH FLORIDA (ASUN), BELMONT (OVC), NORTHEASTERN (CAA), COASTAL CAROLINA(BSO), NC-Central (MEAC), NORTH DAKOTA STATE (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Albany (AEAST), LAFAYETTE (PAT), ROBERT MORRIS (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)