Bracketology

64-thumbWelcome to Bracketville’s home for Bracketology. This is where you will find bracket projections for the 2015 NCAA Tournament. At the time of publication (update) the bracket reflects an overview of where the NCAA landscape stands. The closer we get to Selection Sunday, the bracket reflects a more season ending today approach.

UPDATED: February 27, 2015

Teams in CAPS represent the projected AUTOMATIC bid.  In the event of a tie in the loss column, RPI is the first tiebreaker used. Exceptions are made for teams that use an abbreviation (UCLA, BYU, etc).

Several new bracketing principles were introduced last year. 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)

  • Boise State vs. Davidson Midwest Region
  • Tulsa vs. Texas AM South Region
  • TX-SOUTHERN vs. ST. FRANCIS (NY) Midwest Region
  • UL-MONROE vs. BUCKNELL East Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

MIDWEST – Cleveland                    EAST - Syracuse                                  
Louisville Charlotte
1) KENTUCKY 1) VIRGINIA
16) ST. FRANCIS / TX-STHERN 16) UL-MONROE / BUCKNELL
8) Ohio State 8) Xavier
9) St. John’s 9) Dayton
Columbus Seattle
5) Northern Iowa 5) North Carolina
12) Boise State / Davidson 12) VALPARAISO
4) Notre Dame 4) Arkansas
13) IONA 13) HARVARD
Louisville Jacksonville
6) Butler 6) SMU
11) LSU 11) Oregon
3) Iowa State 3) Baylor
14) CENTRAL MICHIGAN 14) HIGH POINT
Columbus Pittsburgh
7) SAN DIEGO ST 7) Indiana
10) Cincinnati 10) Georgia
2) WISCONSIN 2) VILLANOVA
15) SO DAKOTA ST 15) FLA GULF COAST
WEST – Los Angeles SOUTH – Houston                        
Seattle Charlotte
1) GONZAGA 1) Duke
16) NORTHEASTERN 16) ALBANY
8) Iowa 8) Oklahoma State
9) NC State 9) Purdue
Jacksonville Portland
5) West Virginia 5) WICHITA STATE
12) WOFFORD 12) MURRAY STATE
4) Louisville 4) Utah
13) LOUISIANA TECH 13) S.F. AUSTIN
Omaha Pittsburgh
6) Georgetown 6) Providence
11) Temple 11) Tulsa / Texas AM
3) Oklahoma 3) Maryland
14) EASTERN WASHINGTON 14) NC-CENTRAL
Portland Omaha
7) Michigan State 7) VCU
10) Colorado State 10) Mississippi
2) ARIZONA 2) KANSAS
15) UC-DAVIS 15) NEW MEXICO ST

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

Last Five teams in (at large): Temple, Texas AM, Tulsa, Davidson, Boise State

First Five teams out (at large): Illinois, Stanford, Miami-FL, Texas, Pittsburgh

Next five teams out (at large): Old Dominion, UCLA, BYU, Saint Mary’s, Rhode Island

Breakdown by Conference …

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

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

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

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

SEC (6): Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, Ole Miss, LSU, Texas AM

American (4): SMU, Temple, Cincinnati, Tulsa

Pac 12 (3): Arizona, Utah, Oregon

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

Atlantic 10 (2): VCU, Dayton

Missouri Valley (2): Wichita State, Northern Iowa

Conference USA (1): Louisiana Tech

West Coast (1): Gonzaga

ONE BID LEAGUES: UL-Monroe (SBELT), Harvard (IVY), Eastern Washington (BSKY), Valparaiso (HZN), S.F. Austin (SLND), Wofford (STHN), UC-Davis (BWEST), Central Michigan (MAC), Iona (MAAC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Murray State (OVC), Northeastern (CAA), High Point (BSO), NC-Central (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Albany (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), St. Francis – NY (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)

  1. Friar Fran
    January 2, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    No Providence in your field? Don’t sleep on the Friars

  2. t-dogs
    February 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Any chance of Chattanooga beating Wofford in the SoCon finals and that becoming a 2 bid league?

    • Dave Ommen
      February 28, 2015 at 6:49 am

      Remote chance. I wouldn’t say impossible, but a variety of scenarios would likely have to unfold.

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