Sunday Bracket

We are only one week from Selection Sunday, which means the bracket really is starting to take its final shape. As proof, last year on this site, every team’s actual final seed was within two seed lines of where they were in my Sunday bracket that I released one week before the Selection Show.

So you can expect with a high degree of certainty that your favorite team will be within two seed lines of where they’re listed here.

One Seed Shift

Kansas remains a one seed after getting whipped at Oklahoma State. However, it moves them from three overall to four overall. Xavier is the beneficiary, heading to Omaha as the Midwest one seed. Villanova, Xavier, and Kansas can all lock one seeds by winning their league tournament. Virginia has already locked a one seed and will likely remain one overall regardless of what happens to them in Brooklyn’s ACC Tournament.

Second Round Meetings Between ACC Teams?

The ACC has a lot of teams at the top of the bracket and in the middle of the bracket, so don’t think it’s a mistake that Florida State and Syracuse could draw ACC foes in round two. They only played Virginia and Duke, respectively, once each, so they are allowed to meet that early in the tournament.

First Five Out

In case you’re wondering, the five closest teams to the bracket that are currently out are, in order, Marquette, USC, Utah, Louisville, and Temple.  So don’t be surprised if any of those teams end back up in the bracket.


1 Virginia
16 Radford / Bethune-Cookman

8 Missouri
9 Creighton

5 Florida
12 Mid Tennessee

4 Texas Tech
13 Vermont

6 Texas A&M
11 Baylor / St Mary’s

3 Michigan
14 Montana

7 Oklahoma
10 Providence

2 Auburn
15 Bucknell


1 Kansas
16 Penn

8 NC State
9 Rhode Island

5 Kentucky
12 Loyola-Chicago

4 Michigan State
13 Murray St

11 UCLA / Alabama

3 Wichita St
14 Louisiana

7 Gonzaga
10 St Bonaventure

2 N Carolina
15 Wagner


1 Villanova
16 Ark Pine Bluff / SE Louisiana

8 Florida State
9 Nevada

5 Ohio State
12 S Dakota St

4 West Virginia
13 Charleston

6 Miami
11 Arizona St

3 Cincinnati

7 Seton Hall
10 Syracuse

2 Duke
15 Wright St


1 Xavier

8 Virginia Tech
9 Texas

5 Arizona
12 New Mexico St

4 Clemson
13 Buffalo

6 Houston
11 Kansas St

3 Tennessee
14 Iona

7 Arkansas
10 Butler

2 Purdue
15 UC Davis

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