Friday Bracket

SOUTH

1 Duke
16 Brown / Navy

8 Temple
9 Providence

5 Xavier
12 Vermont

4 Cincinnati
13 Towson

6 Seton Hall
11 Texas

3 Florida
14 Tenn Tech

7 Syracuse
10 Missouri

2 Villanova
15 UNC-Asheville

WEST

1 Texas A&M
16 Prairie View A&M / NC A&T

8 Northern Iowa
9 Florida State

5 Nevada
12 NC State / Saint John’s

4 Arizona State
13 Portland St

6 USC
11 Oklahoma

3 UNC
14 Hawaii

7 Texas Tech
10 Utah

2 Virginia
15 Grand Canyon

MIDWEST

1 Kansas
16 East Tenn State

8 Creighton
9 Purdue

5 Baylor
12 UCLA / Clemson

4 Gonzaga
13 Milwaukee

6 Minnesota
11 Washington State

3 Wichita State
14 Akron

7 Arkansas
10 UNLV

2 Miami
15 W. Illinois

EAST

1 Michigan State
16 Wagner

8 Alabama
9 Western Kentucky

5 Tennessee
12 Colorado

4 West Virginia
13 Rider

6 Rhode Island
11 UT-Arlington

3 Notre Dame
14 SF Austin

7 TCU
10 Louisville

2 Kentucky
15 FGCU

 

Some notes:

-The ACC is going to be stacked at the top this year.  That means the committee is going to have a hard time slotting them into different regions to meet the principles and procedures. In this bracket, UNC is a three seed but the fifth selection from the ACC. Because the top four teams are all in different regions, UNC was able to be slotted into the same region as another ACC team, Virginia.

-Man, does Michigan State look like they’re hitting their stride?! They have looked absolutely dominating in victories over UNC and Notre Dame.  Those two are three seeds in this bracket, but Michigan State’s defense completely overwhelmed them.  All the talk this year is about Duke, but Michigan State and Kansas have been absolutely suffocating their opponents since both teams’ third game.

-What a huge win for Miami at Minnesota.  That will undoubtedly be a Tier 1 victory, and it shows that Miami is a legitimate threat for not just a top seed, but for a Final Four down the road.

-Rhode Island and Nevada are flying under the radar. Don’t sleep on those two, as both are well-coached, talented teams. The Rams have a neutral court win over Seton Hall and Nevada is unbeaten with a win over URI.

-Every year, we see more and more rivals being paired up in the bracket because of the committee’s emphasis on placing teams in their natural region.  This bracket would be a doozy with Cincinnati and Xavier potentially meeting in the second round, as well as Louisville and Kentucky.  And don’t be surprised if Kansas and Wichita State potentially meet in Omaha for a trip to the Final Four.

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