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: March 13, 2016  |  5:10 p.m. ET  – FINAL

Now that we’ve reached Championship Week, teams in CAPS represent the AUTOMATIC bid. The other automatic bids are noted by the highest remaining seed in the conference tournament (as eligible). 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)

  • Monmouth vs. Syracuse | West Region
  • Temple vs. Michigan | East Region
  • HOLY CROSS vs. SOUTHERN | Midwest Region
  • FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON vs. FLA GULF COAST | South Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

MIDWESTChicago EAST Philadelphia                  
Des Moines Raleigh
1) KANSAS 1) NORTH CAROLINA
16) HOLY CROSS / SOUTHERN 16) HAMPTON
8) Wisconsin 8) SAINT JOSEPH’S
9) Cincinnati 9) USC
Denver Denver
5) Duke 5) Arizona
12) SOUTH DAKOTA ST 12) NORTHERN IOWA
4) California 4) Indiana
13) YALE 13) IONA
Providence St. Louis
6) Texas 6) Notre Dame
11) Wichita State 11) Michigan / Temple
3) Miami-FL 3) Xavier
14) BUFFALO 14) MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Brooklyn Brooklyn
7) Iowa 7) Colorado
10) VCU 10) St. Bonaventure
2) Villanova 2) West Virginia
15) GREEN BAY 15) UNC-ASHEVILLE
WEST – Anaheim SOUTH – Louisville         
St. Louis Raleigh
1) MICHIGAN STATE 1) Virginia
16) FLA GULF CST / FDU 16) AUSTIN PEAY
8) Oregon State 8) Texas Tech
9) CONNECTICUT 9) Butler
Oklahoma City Providence
5) Iowa State 5) Maryland
12) ARK-LITTLE ROCK 12) STONY BROOK
4) Texas AM 4) KENTUCKY
13) HAWAII 13) UNC-WILMINGTON
Des Moines Spokane
6) Baylor 6) SETON HALL
11) Monmouth / Syracuse 11) CHATTANOOGA
3) Purdue 3) Utah
14) S.F. AUSTIN 14) FRESNO STATE
Spokane Oklahoma City
7) Dayton 7) Providence
10) Pittsburgh 10) GONZAGA
2) OREGON 2) Oklahoma
15) WEBER STATE 15) CSU-BAKERSFIELD

NOTES on the BRACKET: Kansas is the No. 1 overall seed followed by North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan State. Next in line: Oregon, Villanova, Oklahoma, West Virginia

Last Four Byes (at large): Pittsburgh, VCU, St. Bonaventure, Wichita State

Last Four IN (at large): Monmouth, Temple, Syracuse, Michigan

First Four OUT (at large): South Carolina, Saint Mary’s, San Diego State, Vanderbilt

Next four teams OUT (at large): Florida, Valparaiso, George Washington, Georgia

Breakdown by Conference …

Pac 12 (7): OREGON, Utah, California, Arizona, Colorado, USC, Oregon State

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

ACC (7): NORTH CAROLINA, Virginia, Miami, Duke, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse

Big 10 (7): MICHIGAN STATE, Purdue, Indiana, Maryland, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan

Big East (5): SETON HALL, Villanova, Xavier, Providence, Butler

Atlantic 10 (4): SAINT JOSEPH’S, Dayton, VCU, St. Bonaventure

American (3): CONNECTICUT, Cincinnati, Temple

SEC (2): KENTUCKY, Texas AM

Missouri Valley (2): NORTHERN IOWA, Wichita State

MAAC (2): IONA, Monmouth

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

Mountain West (1): FRESNO STATE

ONE BID LEAGUES: Iona (MAAC), Middle Tennessee (C-USA), Ark-Little Rock (SBELT), Yale (IVY), Weber State (BSKY), Green Bay (HORIZON), Stephen F. Austin (SLND), Chattanooga (STHN), Hawaii (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Austin Peay (OVC), UNC-Wilmington (CAA), UNC-Asheville (BSO), Hampton (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), CSU-Bakersfield (WAC), Stony Brook (AEAST), Holy Cross (PAT), Fairleigh-Dickinson (NEC), Southern (SWAC)

  1. Jseeds
    March 1, 2016 at 7:37 am

    6 from the SEC? Please. S.Carolina is a fraud (easy schedule), Florida is in a free fall and Alabama seriously? The SEC may be a power football conference but they have UK in Basketball and that’s it! WAY TOO MUCH CREDIT

  2. Paul
    March 6, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Why would Virginia play in the East and Villanova in the South?

    • Dave Ommen
      March 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Only because as of the bracket posting Virginia was a slot ahead on the Seed List and would choose East Region over South. Could change, obviously.

  3. gm
    March 13, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Sparty RPI, 15. Oregon RPI 3. Oregon regular season and conference champion. Oregon=#1 seed over Sparty.

    • Dave Ommen
      March 13, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Could be. We’ll see.

  4. Johnny
    March 13, 2016 at 8:47 am

    If Villanova is next in line for a 1 seed, why would you put them in the Midwest and not the East?

    • Dave Ommen
      March 13, 2016 at 10:51 am

      It’s the bracketing rules (of which I made a mistake in one region early this morning). Top 4 teams from conference have to be separated in regions if they are in the top four seeds lines (an exception would be if five teams from one conference were all top four seeds). As such, Oklahoma and West Virginia as two-seeds cannot be placed in the Midwest Region. So Oklahoma goes South as Oregon is West. West Virginia then has to go East. Midwest would be all that’s left. Those things happen all the time. Committee tries to avoid it, but always can’t.

  5. March 13, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Virginia and Miami can’t be in the same region (re: your 7:25 am ET update on Selection Sunday). The top four teams from a conference can’t be in the same region if they are 1, 2, 3, or 4 seeds.

    • Dave Ommen
      March 13, 2016 at 10:48 am

      That is correct and a mistake from late nights, early mornings. It’ll be fixed with the afternoon final posting. Thanks for your interest and catching that!

  6. Kevinpyt
    March 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

    What makes Green Bay higher seeded than Buffalo?

    • Dave Ommen
      March 13, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Just believe they have a better resume.

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