Sideline Intel Bracketology 2018-19: Preseason Edition

It’s so close, we can almost taste it.

As of the publishing of this edition of Sideline Intel Bracketology, there are only 25 days until the return of college basketball. And for the latter 21 of those days, hoops fans can pass the time with the exciting return of the NBA.

Selection Sunday’s a little further down the road. Try 156 days.

But if there’s anything we know about this beautiful sport, it’s that those days are going to fly. So, strap in. It’s going to be a wild ride.

If you want to look into a crystal ball, though, here’s a good look at what the field might look like on March 17, 2019, if nothing outside of the expected happens. That’s how college basketball works, right?

For now, dig in. College hoops is right around the corner.

Over the course of the weeks leading up to the November 6 tip-off of the 2018-19 college basketball season, keep coming back to this page and following @sidelineintel on twitter for links to extensive preview content. 

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MIDWEST REGIONAL | Kansas City, MO

(Des Moines, Iowa)
No. 1 KANSAS / Big 12
No. 16 RADFORD / Big South vs. No. 16 UC DAVIS / Big West

No. 8
Louisville
No. 9 Xavier

(Seattle, Wash.)
No. 5 Ohio State
No. 12 PENNSYLVANIA / Ivy

No. 4 Virginia Tech
No. 13 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE / Summit

(Jacksonville, Fla.)
No. 6 Butler
No. 11 LOYOLA-CHICAGO / Missouri Valley

No. 3 Tennessee
No. 14 GEORGIA STATE / Sun Belt

(Salt Lake City, Utah)
No. 7 Nebraska
No. 10 Xavier

No. 2 NEVADA / Mountain West
No. 15 UNC GREENSBORO / Southern


EAST REGIONAL | Washington, D.C.

(Columbia, S.C.)
No. 1 DUKE / ACC
No. 16 GRAMBLING STATE / SWAC

Duke and its freshmen are primed to sit atop a miles-deep ACC

No. 8
 Arizona State
No. 9 Indiana

(Salt Lake City, Utah)
No. 5 Florida
No. 12 OLD DOMINION / Conference USA

No. 4 Kansas State
No. 13 MONTANA / Big Sky

(Des Moines, Iowa)
No. 6 OREGON / Pac-12
No. 11 BUFFALO / MAC

No. 3 MICHIGAN STATE / Big Ten
No. 14 NORTHEASTERN / Colonial

(Hartford, Conn.)
No. 7 Florida State
No. 10 Maryland

No. 2 VILLANOVA / Big East
No. 15 BELMONT / Ohio Valley


SOUTH REGIONAL | Louisville, Ky.

(Columbus, Ohio)
No. 1 KENTUCKY / SEC
No. 16 HAMPTON / MEAC vs. No. 16 NORTHERN KENTUCKY / Horizon

No. 8 Houston
No. 9 Xavier

(Tulsa, Okla.)
No. 5 Clemson
No. 12 DAVIDSON / Atlantic 10

No. 4 West Virginia
No. 13 BUCKNELL / Patriot

(Tulsa, Okla.)
No. 6 Purdue
No. 11 USC vs. No. 11 Notre Dame

No. 3 Auburn
No. 14 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN / Southland

(Jacksonville, Fla.)
No. 7 Texas Tech
No. 10 Arizona

No. 2 Virginia
No. 15 FLORIDA GULF COAST / Atlantic Sun


WEST REGIONAL | Anaheim, Calif.

(Seattle, Wash.)
No. 1 GONZAGA / West Coast
No. 16 WAGNER / Northeast

No. 8 
CINCINNATI / American
No. 9 LSU

(Hartford, Conn.)
No. 5 TCU
No. 12 Washington vs. No. 12 Wisconsin

No. 4 Syracuse
No. 13 ALBANY / America East

(Columbus, Ohio)
No. 6 Mississippi State
No. 11 Marquette

No. 3 Michigan
No. 14 IONA / Metro Atlantic

(Seattle, Wash.)
No. 7 UCLA
No. 10 Seton Hall

No. 2 North Carolina
No. 15 NEW MEXICO STATE / WAC


CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

ACC | 11 | 1 on the bubble | Average Seed: 5.6
Big Ten | 8 | 1 on the bubble | Average Seed: 6.9
SEC | 6 | 3 on the bubble | Average Seed: 4.5
Pac-12
| 6 | 0 on the bubble | Average Seed: 9.0
Big 12 | 5 | 3 on the bubble | Average Seed: 4.2
Big East
| 5 | 1 on the bubble | Average Seed: 7.6 
American | 2 | 1 on the bubble | Average Seed: 8.0


THE BUBBLE

Last Four Byes
Arizona
Xavier
Maryland
Marquette

Last Four In
USC
Notre Dame
Washington
Wisconsin

First Four Out
Vanderbilt
Providence
Oklahoma State
Texas A&M

Next Four Out
Texas
Penn State
Central Florida
Wichita State

Four More
Rhode Island
Baylor
Alabama
Boston College

Outside Shots (Alphabetical):  Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa State, Saint Bonaventure, Saint Mary’s, Saint Joseph’s, Saint John’s, Temple, Tulsa, Wake Forest

Out of 353 Division I college basketball teams, 92 are mentioned on this page. 49 are from Power 5 leagues, with another . Wondering why you can’t find yours? Think yours should be higher, or your rival should be lower? Feel free to start the discussion on twitter @sidelineintel or @Jeff_Griffith21.

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Sideline Intel Bracketology: Post-Deadline Edition

It’s the middle of June, and sports are pretty slow. All we’ve got as college basketball fans is recruiting… maybe the World Cup… maybe baseball?

Why not drop a bracket, right?

Here’s a look at where I’d say the field of 68 stands, now that we know who’s staying and who’s going.

Let’s be honest, it’s all speculation, but it’s better than nothing. Take a look:

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EAST REGIONAL | Washington, D.C.

(Columbia, S.C.)
No. 1 DUKE
No. 16 WOFFORD / No. 16 UC DAVIS

No. 8 
Houston
No. 9 Xavier

(Seattle, Wash.)
No. 5 UCLA
No. 12 PENNSYLVANIA

No. 4 WEST VIRGINIA
No. 13 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

(Jacksonville, Florida)
No. 6 Florida
No. 11 Maryland

No. 3 Virginia
No. 14 FLORIDA GULF COAST

(Jacksonville, Florida)
No. 7 Purdue
No. 10 NC State

No. 2 Auburn
No. 15 HAMPTON


MIDWEST REGIONAL | Kansas City, Mo.

(Des Moines, Iowa)
No. 1 KANSAS
No. 16 TEXAS SOUTHERN

No. 8
 LSU
No. 9 Louisville

(Tulsa, Okla.)
No. 5 Clemson
No. 12 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Marquette

No. 4 Michigan
No. 13 BUCKNELL

(Tulsa, Okla.)
No. 6 OREGON
No. 11 Notre Dame / No. 11 Penn State

No. 3 Tennessee
No. 14 Belmont

(Salt Lake City, Utah)
No. 7 Ohio State
No. 10 BUFFALO

No. 2 NEVADA
No. 15 GEORGIA STATE


SOUTH REGIONAL | Louisville, Ky.

(Columbus, Ohio)
No. 1 KENTUCKY
No. 16 NORTHERN KENTUCKY vs. No. 16 Radford

No. 8 Arizona State
No. 9 Nebraska

(Des Moines, Iowa)
No. 5 Florida State
No. 12 DAVIDSON

No. 4 Kansas State
No. 13 NEW MEXICO STATE

(Hartford, Conn.)
No. 6 Texas Tech
No. 11 Arizona

No. 3 Virginia Tech
No. 14 RIDER

(Hartford, Conn.)
No. 7 Mississippi State
No. 10 Indiana

No. 2 VILLANOVA
No. 15 Northeastern


WEST REGIONAL | Anaheim, Calif.

(Salt Lake City, Utah)
No. 1 GONZAGA
No. 16 WAGNER

No. 8 
Vanderbilt
No. 9 Miami

(Seattle, Washington)
No. 5 TCU
No. 12 MARSHALL

No. 4 Syracuse
No. 13 MONTANA

(Columbus, Ohio)
No. 6 Butler
No. 11 LOYOLA-CHICAGO

No. 3 MICHIGAN STATE
No. 14 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 7 Cincinnati
No. 10 Seton Hall

No. 2 North Carolina
No. 15 ALBANY


And here’s a quick look at the bubble:

Last Four Byes
St. Bonaventure
NC State
USC
Oklahoma

Last Four In
UCLA
Louisville
Alabama
Texas

First Four Out
Arizona State
Syracuse
Oklahoma State
Saint Mary’s

Next Four Out
Baylor
Middle Tennessee
Notre Dame
Marquette

 

Sideline Intel Bracketology 2019: Pre-Draft Edition

Call me crazy, I already know I am.

The 2018-19 college basketball season is over 200 days away. There are still several recruits to be signed, transfers to be locked up and draft decisions to be made, but, for now, here’s an early look at the 68 teams who will fight to cut down the nets in Minneapolis next April.

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EAST REGIONAL | Washington, D.C.

(Columbia, S.C.)
No. 1 DUKE
No. 16 LIBERTY / No. 16 UC DAVIS

No. 8
LSU
No. 9 Houston

(Hartford, Conn.)
No. 5 Texas Tech
No. 12 PENNSYLVANIA

No. 4 CINCINNATI
No. 13 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

(Jacksonville, Fla.)
No. 6 Maryland
No. 11 Louisville

No. 3 Virginia
No. 14 FLORIDA GULF COAST

(Columbus, Ohio)
No. 7 Butler
No. 10 NC State

No. 2 Kentucky
No. 15 Hampton


SOUTH REGIONAL | Louisville, Ky.

(Hartford, Conn.)
No. 1 VILLANOVA
No. 16 TEXAS SOUTHERN

No. 8
 Mississippi State
No. 9 Wichita State

(Seattle, Wash.)
No. 5 Virginia Tech
No. 12 RHODE ISLAND

No. 4 OREGON
No. 13 BUCKNELL

(Des Moines, Iowa)
No. 6 Arizona State
No. 11 BUFFALO

No. 3 Michigan
No. 14 BELMONT

(Columbia, S.C.)
No. 7 TCU
No. 10 Creighton

No. 2 North Carolina
No. 15 GEORGIA STATE


MIDWEST REGIONAL | Kansas City, Mo.

(Des Moines, Iowa)
No. 1 KANSAS
No. 16 NORTHERN KENTUCKY / No. 16 WOFFORD

No. 8 Ohio State
No. 9 Arkansas

(Salt Lake City, Utah)
No. 5 Kansas State
No. 12 LOYOLA-CHICAGO

No. 4 Florida
No. 13 MONTANA

(Salt Lake City, Utah)
No. 6 UCLA
No. 11 Wake Forest / No. 11 Seton Hall

No. 3 NEVADA
No. 14 IONA

(Columbus, Ohio)
No. 7 Notre Dame
No. 10 Oklahoma State

No. 2 MICHIGAN STATE
No. 15 NORTHEASTERN


WEST REGIONAL | Anaheim, Calif.

(Jacksonville, Fla.)
No. 1 AUBURN
No. 16 WAGNER

No. 8 
Purdue
No. 9 Xavier

(Tulsa, Okla.)
No. 5 Syracuse
No. 12 MARSHALL

No. 4 West Virginia
No. 13 NEW MEXICO STATE

(Tulsa, Okla.)
No. 6 Clemson
No. 11 Miami / No. 11 Nebraska

No. 3 Tennessee
No. 14 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

(Seattle, Wash.)
No. 7 Florida State
No. 10 Penn State

No. 2 GONZAGA
No. 15 ALBANY


And here’s one last look at the bubble:

Last Four Byes
Creighton
Oklahoma State
NC State
Louisville

Last Four In
Wake Forest
Seton Hall
Miami
Nebraska

First Four Out
Boston College
Texas A&M
Texas
Marquette

Next Four Out
Baylor
Wisconsin
Indiana
Alabama

Sideline Intel Bracketology: Final Edition

This is it. Happy Selection Sunday!

I’ve got nothing left to say. Here are my final brackets, and now it’s up to the committee. Enjoy:

Note: all-caps denote a conference champion.

And another note… The group of teams between seed Nos. 7-10 was an absolute muddled mess of conference affiliation issues. If you have an issue with a team’s seeding in that range, your answer probably has something to do with that. The committee will often make procedural movements between seed lines to avoid early matchups of teams of the same conference. The actual bubble picture can be seen below the bracket.

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SOUTH REGIONAL | Atlanta, Ga.

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 1 VIRGINIA
No. 16 TEXAS SOUTHERN / No. 16 LIU BROOKLYN

No. 8
Butler
No. 9 St. Bonaventure

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 Clemson
No. 12 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

No. 4 KENTUCKY
No. 13 MURRAY STATE

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 6 Arkansas
No. 11 LOYOLA-CHICAGO

No. 3 Michigan State
No. 14 LIPSCOMB

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 7 Texas A&M
No. 10 Kansas State

No. 2 Duke
No. 15 IONA


EAST REGIONAL | Boston, Mass.

(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
No. 1 VILLANOVA
No. 16 GEORGIA STATE / No. 16 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL

No. 8
 Missouri
No. 9 Virginia Tech

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 5 Texas Tech
No. 12 SAN DIEGO STATE

No. 4 West Virginia
No. 13 MARSHALL

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 6 Miami
No. 11 UCLA / No. 11 Texas

No. 3 Auburn
No. 14 WRIGHT STATE

(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
No. 7 Nevada
No. 10 Oklahoma

No. 2 CINCINNATI
No. 15 PENNSYLVANIA


MIDWEST REGIONAL | Omaha, Neb.

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 1 KANSAS
No. 16 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

No. 8 Providence
No. 9 Florida State

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 5 GONZAGA
No. 12 DAVIDSON

No. 4 Wichita State
No. 13 UNC GREENSBORO

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 6 Houston
No. 11 Louisville / No. 11 Alabama

No. 3 Tennessee
No. 14 MONTANA

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 7 Creighton
No. 10 USC

No. 2 North Carolina
No. 15 CAL STATE FULLERTON


WEST REGIONAL | Los Angeles, Calif.

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 1 Xavier
No. 16 RADFORD

No. 8 
TCU
No. 9 NC State

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 Ohio State
No. 12 NEW MEXICO STATE

No. 4 ARIZONA
No. 13 BUCKNELL

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 6 Florida
No. 11 BUFFALO

No. 3 MICHIGAN
No. 14 CHARLESTON

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 7 Rhode Island
No. 10 Seton Hall

No. 2 Purdue
No. 15 MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY


And here’s one last look at the bubble:

Last Four Byes
St. Bonaventure
NC State
USC
Oklahoma

Last Four In
UCLA
Louisville
Alabama
Texas

First Four Out
Arizona State
Syracuse
Oklahoma State
Saint Mary’s

Next Four Out
Baylor
Middle Tennessee
Notre Dame
Marquette

Sideline Intel Bracketology: Mar. 10

With the NCAA Tournament bracket release just over 24 hours away and still more than 20 bids left to be locked up.

But Friday wasn’t about the bids being clinched. It was about the bids being stolen.

San Diego State and New Mexico will play to steal a spot in the NCAA Tournament with the Aztecs having blitzed Nevada. The same will be true in the Conference-USA, where top-seed Middle Tennessee could sneak in, along with its league’s champion.

With all this considered, as well as a few surprise results that went final right before this bracket was set to publish — looking at you, UMBC — here’s Saturday’s bracket update.

Note: all-caps denote a projected conference champion; all-caps & bold face denote a clinched conference champion.

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SOUTH REGIONAL | Atlanta, Ga.

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 1 VIRGINIA
No. 16 LIU-BROOKLYN / No. 16 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

No. 8
Missouri
No. 9 Butler

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 GONZAGA
No. 12 NEW MEXICO STATE

No. 4 Texas Tech
No. 13 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 6 Houston
No. 11 UCLA

No. 3 TENNESSEE
No. 14 UC IRVINE

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 7 Creighton
No. 10 Kansas State

No. 2 Duke
No. 15 WRIGHT STATE


EAST REGIONAL | Boston, Mass.

(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
No. 1 Villanova
No. 16 RADFORD

No. 8
 Virginia Tech
No. 9 St. Bonaventure

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 5 Kentucky
No. 12 SAN DIEGO STATE

No. 4 Clemson
No. 13 MURRAY STATE

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 6 Texas A&M
No. 11 Texas / No. 11 Arizona State

No. 3 Michigan State
No. 14 MONTANA

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 7 Arkansas
No. 10 Providence

No. 2 North Carolina
No. 15 LIPSCOMB


MIDWEST REGIONAL | Omaha, Neb.

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 1 KANSAS
No. 16 SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA / No. 16 HAMPTON

No. 8 Florida State
No. 9 Seton Hall

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 5 Ohio State
No. 12 WESTERN KENTUCKY

No. 4 Wichita State
No. 13 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 6 Miami
No. 11 Alabamaa / No. 11 USC

No. 3 AUBURN
No. 14 CHARLESTON

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 7 NEVADA
No. 10 Louisville

No. 2 Purdue
No. 15 IONA


WEST REGIONAL | Los Angeles, Calif.

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 1 XAVIER
No. 16 MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY

No. 8 
TCU
No. 9 NC State

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 ARIZONA
No. 12 BUFFALO

No. 4 West Virginia
No. 13 UNC GREENSBORO

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 6 Florida
No. 11 LOYOLA-CHICAGO

No. 3 MICHIGAN
No. 14 BUCKNELL

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 7 Rhode Island
No. 10 Oklahoma

No. 2 CINCINNATI
No. 15 PENNSYLVANIA


And here’s a look at the bubble:

Last Four Byes
Kansas State
Providence
Louisville
UCLA

Last Four In
Texas
Alabama
USC
Arizona State

First Four Out
Syracuse
Oklahoma State
Saint Mary’s
Baylor

Next Four Out
Middle Tennessee
Notre Dame
Marquette
Penn State

 

Sideline Intel Bracketology: Mar. 9

 

Things are getting weird.

Middle Tennessee lost to Southern Miss and a Missouri team that finally has Michael Porter Jr. was picked off by Georgia. The bubble is shrinking as teams lose left and right, and somehow, mostly chalk has risen out of power-five leagues so far.

There’s some decent shake-up today, especially, of course, on the bubble. Check it out:

Note: all-caps denote a projected conference champion; all-caps & bold face denote a clinched conference champion.

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SOUTH REGIONAL | Atlanta, Ga.

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 1 VIRGINIA
No. 16 NICHOLLS STATE / No. 16 HAMPTON

No. 8
Arkansas
No. 9 Butler

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 ARIZONA
No. 12 NEW MEXICO STATE

No. 4 West Virginia
No. 13 VERMONT

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 6 Miami
No. 11 Texas / No. 11 Arizona State

No. 3 AUBURN
No. 14 UC DAVIS

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 7 Creighton
No. 10 Saint Mary’s

No. 2 Duke
No. 15 MONTANA


EAST REGIONAL | Boston, Mass.

(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
No. 1 Villanova
No. 16 IONA

No. 8 
Florida State
No. 9 St. Bonaventure

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 5 GONZAGA
No. 12 WESTERN KENTUCKY

No. 4 Clemson
No. 13 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 6 Texas A&M
No. 11 UCLA

No. 3 CINCINNATI
No. 14 CHARLESTON

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 7 RHODE ISLAND
No. 10 Kansas State

No. 2 Michigan State
No. 15 WRIGHT STATE


MIDWEST REGIONAL | Omaha, Neb.

(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
No. 1 XAVIER
No. 16 RADFORD

No. 8 
Houston
No. 9 NC State

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 Ohio State
No. 12 BUFFALO

No. 4 Texas Tech
No. 13 MURRAY STATE

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 6 Florida
No. 11 Syracuse / No. 11 USC

No. 3 Wichita State
No. 14 BUCKNELL

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 7 TCU
No. 10 Louisville

No. 2 Purdue
No. 15 PENNSYLVANIA


WEST REGIONAL | Los Angeles, Calif.

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 1 KANSAS
No. 16 LIU BROOKLYN No. 16 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

No. 8 
Virginia Tech
No. 9 Seton Hall

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 5 Kentucky
No. 12 LOYOLA-CHICAGO

No. 4 MICHIGAN
No. 13 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 6 NEVADA
No. 11 Providence

No. 3 Tennessee
No. 14 UNC GREENSBORO

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 7 Missouri
No. 10 Oklahoma

No. 2 North Carolina
No. 15 LIPSCOMB


And here’s a look at the bubble:

Last Four Byes
Kansas State
Saint Mary’s
Providence
UCLA

Last Four In
Texas
Syracuse
USC
Arizona State

First Four Out
Oklahoma State
Alabama
Middle Tennessee
Baylor

Next Four Out
Notre Dame
Marquette
Penn State
Boise State

 

Sideline Intel Bracketology: Mar. 8

The bubble started to get a little messy last night. Arizona State lost to Colorado. Oklahoma State and Notre Dame picked up wins. Syracuse lost to North Carolina. Washington was stunned by Oregon State, as was NC State by Boston College. Marquette and Texas escaped fatal opening-round upsets.

No, conference tournament first-round results don’t change a lot. They’re still one game.

But yes, if your team won Wednesday night, it’s doing something right, because now it has a chance to play its way into the field Thursday night.

And if your team lost… you’ll just have to sit and wait.

While you’re doing so, check out today’s bracket update,

Note: all-caps denote a projected conference champion; all-caps & bold face denote a clinched conference champion.

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SOUTH REGIONAL | Atlanta, Ga.

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 1 VIRGINIA
No. 16 NICHOLLS STATE / No. 16 HAMPTON

No. 8
Arkansas
No. 9 Seton Hall

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 ARIZONA
No. 12 NEW MEXICO STATE

No. 4 West Virginia
No. 13 VERMONT

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 6 Miami
No. 11 Providence / No. 11 UCLA

No. 3 AUBURN
No. 14 UC DAVIS

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 7 Creighton
No. 10 Kansas State

No. 2 Duke
No. 15 MONTANA


EAST REGIONAL | Boston, Mass.

(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
No. 1 Villanova
No. 16 IONA

No. 8 
Houston
No. 9 St. Bonaventure

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 5 GONZAGA
No. 12 BUFFALO

No. 4 Clemson
No. 13 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 6 Texas A&M
No. 11 Saint Mary’s

No. 3 CINCINNATI
No. 14 CHARLESTON

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 7 Missouri
No. 10 Louisville

No. 2 Michigan State
No. 15 WRIGHT STATE


MIDWEST REGIONAL | Omaha, Neb.

(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
No. 1 XAVIER
No. 16 RADFORD

No. 8 
Florida State
No. 9 Oklahoma

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 Ohio State
No. 12 LOYOLA-CHICAGO

No. 4 Texas Tech
No. 13 MURRAY STATE

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 6 Florida
No. 11 Oklahoma State / No. 11 Syracuse

No. 3 Wichita State
No. 14 BUCKNELL

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 7 RHODE ISLAND
No. 10 NC State

No. 2 Purdue
No. 15 PENNSYLVANIA


WEST REGIONAL | Los Angeles, Calif.

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 1 KANSAS
No. 16 LIU BROOKLYN No. 16 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

No. 8 
Virginia Tech
No. 9 Butler

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 5 Kentucky
No. 12 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

No. 4 MICHIGAN
No. 13 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 6 NEVADA
No. 11 Texas

No. 3 Tennessee
No. 14 UNC GREENSBORO

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 7 Texas Christian
No. 10 Arizona State

No. 2 North Carolina
No. 15 LIPSCOMB


And here’s a look at the bubble:

Last Four Byes
Kansas State
Arizona State
Saint Mary’s
Texas

Last Four In
Providence
Oklahoma State
Syracuse
UCLA

First Four Out
Notre Dame
Alabama
Baylor
USC

Next Four Out
Marquette
Penn State
Nebraska
Boise State

 

Sideline Intel Bracketology: Mar. 7

Okay, today the fun begins.

Last night, Gonzaga, South Dakota State, Wright State, LIU Brooklyn and Charleston all locked up their spots in the NCAA Tournament.

Today, tournament major action from all of the high-major and notable mid-major conferences gets going, as we look to iron out the bubble and all the close calls between seeds.

One last look at the field before chaos ensues? Be my guest.

Note: all-caps denote a projected conference champion; all-caps & bold face denote a clinched conference champion.

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SOUTH REGIONAL | Atlanta, Ga.

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 1 VIRGINIA
No. 16 NICHOLLS STATE / No. 16 HAMPTON

No. 8
Arkansas
No. 9 Seton Hall

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 ARIZONA
No. 12 NEW MEXICO STATE

No. 4 West Virginia
No. 13 VERMONT

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 6 Miami
No. 11 Providence / No. 11 UCLA

No. 3 AUBURN
No. 14 UC DAVIS

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 7 Creighton
No. 10 Saint Mary’s

No. 2 Duke
No. 15 MONTANA


EAST REGIONAL | Boston, Mass.

(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
No. 1 Villanova
No. 16 IONA

No. 8 
Houston
No. 9 NC State

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 5 GONZAGA
No. 12 BUFFALO

No. 4 Clemson
No. 13 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 6 Texas A&M
No. 11 Texas

No. 3 CINCINNATI
No. 14 CHARLESTON

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 7 Missouri
No. 10 Kansas State

No. 2 Michigan State
No. 15 WRIGHT STATE


MIDWEST REGIONAL | Omaha, Neb.

(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
No. 1 XAVIER
No. 16 RADFORD

No. 8 
Florida State
No. 9 Oklahoma

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 Ohio State
No. 12 LOYOLA-CHICAGO

No. 4 Texas Tech
No. 13 MURRAY STATE

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 6 Florida
No. 11 Saint Mary’s

No. 3 Wichita State
No. 14 BUCKNELL

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 7 RHODE ISLAND
No. 10 Butler

No. 2 Purdue
No. 15 PENNSYLVANIA


WEST REGIONAL | Los Angeles, Calif.

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 1 KANSAS
No. 16 LIU BROOKLYN No. 16 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

No. 8 
Virginia Tech
No. 9 Arizona State

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 5 Kentucky
No. 12 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

No. 4 MICHIGAN
No. 13 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 6 NEVADA
No. 11 Syracuse / No. 11 Alabama

No. 3 Tennessee
No. 14 UNC GREENSBORO

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 7 Texas Christian
No. 10 St. Bonaventure

No. 2 North Carolina
No. 15 LIPSCOMB


And here’s a look at the bubble:

Last Four Byes
Kansas State
Louisville
Saint Mary’s
Texas

Last Four In
Providence
Syracuse
Alabama
UCLA

First Four Out
Baylor
USC
Marquette
Oklahoma State

Next Four Out
Washington
Penn State
Nebraska
Boise State

 

Sideline Intel Bracketology: Mar. 6

Day two of the “true” Championship Week is upon us. On Monday, Iona and UNC Greensboro locked up their spots in the dance, increasing the number of clinched bids to seven.

61 to go!

Take a look at our bracket, with just a few minor tweaks. Don’t worry, chaos isn’t far away, with most major tournaments tipping off Wednesday and Thursday.

Note: all-caps denote a projected conference champion; all-caps & bold face denote a clinched conference champion.

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SOUTH REGIONAL | Atlanta, Ga.

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 1 VIRGINIA
No. 16 NICHOLLS STATE / No. 16 HAMPTON

No. 8
Arkansas
No. 9 Seton Hall

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 ARIZONA
No. 12 NEW MEXICO STATE

No. 4 West Virginia
No. 13 VERMONT

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 6 Miami
No. 11 Providence / No. 11 UCLA

No. 3 AUBURN
No. 14 UC DAVIS

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 7 Creighton
No. 10 Saint Mary’s

No. 2 Duke
No. 15 PENNSYLVANIA


EAST REGIONAL | Boston, Mass.

(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
No. 1 Villanova
No. 16 IONA

No. 8 
Houston
No. 9 NC State

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 5 GONZAGA
No. 12 BUFFALO

No. 4 Clemson
No. 13 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 6 Texas A&M
No. 11 Texas

No. 3 CINCINNATI
No. 14 CHARLESTON

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 7 Missouri
No. 10 Kansas State

No. 2 Michigan State
No. 15 WRIGHT STATE


MIDWEST REGIONAL | Omaha, Neb.

(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
No. 1 XAVIER
No. 16 LIPSCOMB

No. 8 
Florida State
No. 9 Oklahoma

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 Ohio State
No. 12 LOYOLA-CHICAGO

No. 4 Texas Tech
No. 13 MURRAY STATE

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 6 Florida
No. 11 Louisville

No. 3 Wichita State
No. 14 BUCKNELL

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 7 RHODE ISLAND
No. 10 Butler

No. 2 Purdue
No. 15 WAGNER


WEST REGIONAL | Los Angeles, Calif.

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 1 KANSAS
No. 16 RADFORD No. 16 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

No. 8 
Virginia Tech
No. 9 Arizona State

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 5 Kentucky
No. 12 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

No. 4 MICHIGAN
No. 13 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 6 NEVADA
No. 11 Syracuse / No. 11 Alabama

No. 3 Tennessee
No. 14 UNC GREENSBORO

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 7 Texas Christian
No. 10 St. Bonaventure

No. 2 North Carolina
No. 15 MONTANA


And here’s a look at the bubble:

Last Four Byes
Kansas State
Saint Mary’s
Louisville
Texas

Last Four In
Providence
Syracuse
Alabama
UCLA

First Four Out
Baylor
USC
Marquette
Oklahoma State

Next Four Out
Washington
Penn State
Nebraska
Boise State

 

Sideline Intel Bracketology: Mar. 5

With one week left before Selection Sunday, a handful of NCAA Tournament bids have been clinched, with several to be locked up in the coming days.

On that note, congratulations are due to Michigan, Loyola-Chicago, Murray State, Radford and Lipscomb (for the first time ever), each of which is already dancing.

You’ll see a lot of movement in this week’s bracket, mostly due to a more in-depth study of each individual résumé so as to negate any previous errors made and get a clean slate heading into the last week of bracket projections.

Take a look:

Note: all-caps denote a projected conference champion; all-caps & bold face denote a clinched conference champion.

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SOUTH REGIONAL | Atlanta, Ga.

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 1 VIRGINIA
No. 16 NICHOLLS STATE / No. 16 HAMPTON

No. 8
Arkansas
No. 9 Seton Hall

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 ARIZONA
No. 12 NEW MEXICO STATE

No. 4 West Virginia
No. 13 VERMONT

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 6 Miami
No. 11 Texas / No. 11 UCLA

No. 3 AUBURN
No. 14 UC DAVIS

(Charlotte, N.C.)
No. 7 Creighton
No. 10 Alabama

No. 2 Duke
No. 15 PENNSYLVANIA


EAST REGIONAL | Boston, Mass.

(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
No. 1 Villanova
No. 16 IONA

No. 8 
Houston
No. 9 NC State

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 5 GONZAGA
No. 12 BUFFALO

No. 4 Clemson
No. 13 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 6 Texas A&M
No. 11 Louisville

No. 3 CINCINNATI
No. 14 CHARLESTON

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 7 Missouri
No. 10 St. Bonaventure

No. 2 Michigan State
No. 15 WRIGHT STATE


MIDWEST REGIONAL | Omaha, Neb.

(Pittsburgh, Pa.)
No. 1 XAVIER
No. 16 LIPSCOMB

No. 8 
Florida State
No. 9 Oklahoma

(San Diego, Calif.)
No. 5 Ohio State
No. 12 LOYOLA-CHICAGO

No. 4 Texas Tech
No. 13 MURRAY STATE

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 6 Florida
No. 11 Syracuse / No. 11 Providence

No. 3 Wichita State
No. 14 BUCKNELL

(Detroit, Mich.)
No. 7 RHODE ISLAND
No. 10 Saint Mary’s

No. 2 Purdue
No. 15 WAGNER


WEST REGIONAL | Los Angeles, Calif.

(Wichita, Kan.)
No. 1 KANSAS (24-6, 13-4 Big 12)
No. 16 RADFORD No. 16 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

No. 8 
Virginia tech
No. 9 Arizona State

(Boise, Idaho)
No. 5 Kentucky
No. 12 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

No. 4 MICHIGAN
No. 13 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

(Dallas, Tex.)
No. 6 NEVADA
No. 11 Kansas State

No. 3 Tennessee
No. 14 UNC GREENSBORO

(Nashville, Tenn.)
No. 7 Texas Christian
No. 10 Butler

No. 2 North Carolina
No. 15 MONTANA


And here’s a look at the bubble:

Last Four Byes
St. Bonaventure
Alabama
Kansas State
Louisville

Last Four In
Texas
Syracuse
Providence
UCLA

First Four Out
Baylor
USC
Marquette
Oklahoma State

Next Four Out
Washington
Penn State
Nebraska
Boise State