Bracketology

64-thumbWelcome to Bracketville’s home for Bracketology. This is where you will find bracket projections for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. At the time of publication (update) the bracket reflects an overview of where the NCAA landscape currently stands.

UPDATED: February 1, 2016

Teams in CAPS represent the projected AUTOMATIC bid. In the event of a tie in the loss column, RPI is first tiebreaker. Notes: To simulate actual bracket conditions, we’ve used current conference leaders to receive the automatic bid. Exceptions are made for teams that use an abbreviation (ex: UCLA)

Several new bracketing principles were introduced a couple of years ago. You can read them for yourself at http://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)

  • UCLA vs. Florida State | Midwest Region
  • Saint Joseph’s vs. Seton Hall | South Region
  • HAMPTON vs. WAGNER | East Region
  • BUCKNELL vs. TEXAS-SOUTHERN | South Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

SOUTH – Louisville  EAST Philadelphia                 
Oklahoma City Raleigh
1) OKLAHOMA 1) NORTH CAROLINA
16) TX-SOUTH / BUCKNELL 16) HAMPTON / WAGNER
8) WICHITA STATE 8) VCU
9) Washington 9) South Carolina
Providence Brooklyn
5) Kentucky 5) Baylor
12) VALPARAISO 12) MONMOUTH
4) Miami-FL 4) Providence
13) AKRON 13) HOFSTRA
St. Louis Denver
6) USC 6) Louisville
11) Seton Hall / St.  Joseph’s 11) Gonzaga
3) Michigan State 3) Iowa State
14) BELMONT 14) NORTH FLORIDA
Oklahoma City St. Louis
7) Notre Dame 7) Indiana
10) California 10) Florida
2) TEXAS AM 2) Xavier
15) SOUTH DAKOTA ST 15) S.F. AUSTIN
WEST – Anaheim         MIDWEST – Chicago
Des Moines Des Moines
1) IOWA 1) Kansas
16) NEW MEXICO ST 16) MONTANA
8) Duke 8) Colorado
9) SAINT MARY’S 9) SAN DIEGO ST
Spokane Denver
5) Utah 5) Texas
12) CHATTANOOGA 12) UCLA / Florida State
4) West Virginia 4) Purdue
13) UC-IRVINE 13) ARK-LITTLE ROCK
Spokane Providence
6) Michigan 6) Dayton
11) Clemson 11) Syracuse
3) OREGON 3) Maryland
14) UAB 14) STONY BROOK
Brooklyn Raleigh
7) Pittsburgh 7) Arizona
10) Connecticut 10) CINCINNATI
2) VILLANOVA 2) Virginia
15) YALE 15) NC-ASHEVILLE

NOTES on the BRACKET: Oklahoma is the No. 1 overall seed, followed by North Carolina, Kansas, and Iowa.  Next in line: Villanova, Xavier, Virginia, Texas AM

Last Four Byes (at large): California, Clemson, Gonzaga, Syracuse

Last Four IN (at large): Saint Joseph’s, UCLA, Florida State, Seton Hall

First Four OUT (at large): LSU, George Washington, Butler, Georgetown

Next four teams OUT (at large): Vanderbilt, Kansas State, Oregon State, Wisconsin

Breakdown by Conference …

ACC (10): NORTH CAROLINA, Virginia, Miami-FL, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Duke, Clemson, Syracuse, Florida State

Pac 12 (8): OREGON, Utah, Arizona, USC, Colorado, Washington, California, UCLA

Big 12 (6): OKLAHOMA, Kansas, Iowa State, West Virginia, Baylor, Texas

Big 10 (6): IOWA, Michigan State, Maryland, Purdue, Michigan, Indiana

Big East (4): VILLANOVA, Xavier, Providence, Seton Hall

SEC (4): TEXAS AM, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida

Atlantic 10 (3): VCU, Dayton, Saint Joseph’s

American (2): CINCINNATI, Connecticut

West Coast (2): SAINT MARY’S, Gonzaga

Mountain West (1): SAN DIEGO STATE

MAAC (1): MONMOUTH

Missouri Valley (1): WICHITA STATE

ONE BID LEAGUES: UAB (C-USA), Ark-Little Rock (SBELT), Yale (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Valparaiso (HORIZON), Stephen F. Austin (SLND), Chattanooga (STHN), UC-Irvine (BWEST), Akron (MAC), North Florida (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), Hofstra (CAA), UNC-Asheville (BSO), Hampton (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Stony Brook (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Wagner (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)

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