Bracketology 2020: Predicting the NCAA Tournament

Welcome to Bracketology 2020, where our resident bracketologist, Justin Meyer, gives you his prediction of what the selection committee would have the NCAA Tournament look like if the season were to end today. He has done bracketology for roughly 10 years, and this is his sixth season as part of the Bracket Matrix.

This is not what he would make the bracket if he were the selection committee, and this is not a guess for what it will look like on Selection Sunday (unless, of course, it is Selection Sunday). It is merely a snapshot of where things stand right now.

Moving forward, you can also expect updates to our Bubble Watch series, breaking down where all remotely relevant teams stand relative to the cutline, with resume explanations and a set of requirements for what the team needs to secure its spot in the Big Dance. You can find the previous bracketology entry here.

Without further ado, here is your update for how the Field of 68 stands right now in our Bracketology 2020 (as of games played through Sunday, March 8, 2020):

Bracketology 2020

Midwest (Indianapolis)


1 KANSAS vs 16 PRAIRIE VIEW A&M/NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL

8 St. Mary’s vs 9 Marquette


5 Louisville vs 12 LIBERTY

4 BYU vs 13 VERMONT


*6 Michigan vs 11 Xavier

*3 Michigan State vs 14 COLGATE


7 Iowa vs 10 Richmond

2 CREIGHTON vs 15 UC IRVINE


East (New York City)


1 DAYTON vs 16 LITTLE ROCK

8 Arizona vs 9 LSU


5 West Virginia vs 12 Cincinnati/North Carolina State

4 KENTUCKY vs 13 NORTH TEXAS


6 Ohio State vs 11 ETSU

3 Seton Hall vs 14 BELMONT


7 HOUSTON vs 10 Arizona State

2 FLORIDA STATE vs 15 WINTHROP


South (Houston)


1 Baylor vs 16 SIENA/ST. FRANCIS (PA)

8 USC vs 9 Florida


5 Butler vs 12 YALE

4 OREGON vs 13 AKRON


6 Illinois vs 11 UTAH STATE

3 Duke vs 14 HOFSTRA


7 Penn State vs 10 Texas Tech

2 Villanova vs 15 NORTH DAKOTA STATE


West (Los Angeles)


1 GONZAGA vs 16 EASTERN WASHINGTON

8 Providence vs 9 Oklahoma


5 Auburn vs 12 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

4 WISCONSIN vs 13 NEW MEXICO STATE


6 Virginia vs 11 Indiana/Stanford

3 Maryland vs 14 BRADLEY


7 Colorado vs 10 Rutgers

2 San Diego State vs 15 WRIGHT STATE

Note – * indicates a matchup that breaks bracket rules, but to keep my seeding consistent, I’m ignoring it for the purposes of a mock bracket.

The Bubble

Last Four Byes

Rutgers

Texas Tech

Richmond

Xavier

Last Four In

Indiana

Stanford

Cincinnati

North Carolina State

First Four Out

Wichita State

UCLA

Texas

Saint Louis

Next Four Out

Northern Iowa

Memphis

Mississippi State

Rhode Island

S-Curve

  1. Kansas
  2. Baylor
  3. Gonzaga
  4. Dayton
  5. San Diego State
  6. Florida State
  7. Villanova
  8. Creighton
  9. Michigan State
  10. Seton Hall
  11. Duke
  12. Maryland
  13. Kentucky
  14. Oregon
  15. BYU
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Louisville
  18. Butler
  19. Auburn
  20. West Virginia
  21. Ohio State
  22. Virginia
  23. Illinois
  24. Michigan
  25. Iowa
  26. Penn State
  27. Colorado
  28. Houston
  29. Arizona
  30. Providence
  31. USC
  32. St. Mary’s
  33. Marquette
  34. Oklahoma
  35. Florida
  36. LSU
  37. Arizona State
  38. Rutgers
  39. Texas Tech
  40. Richmond
  41. Xavier
  42. Indiana
  43. Utah State
  44. ETSU
  45. Stanford
  46. Cincinnati
  47. North Carolina State
  48. Stephen F. Austin
  49. Yale
  50. Liberty
  51. Vermont
  52. Akron
  53. New Mexico State
  54. North Texas
  55. Belmont
  56. Bradley
  57. Hofstra
  58. Colgate
  59. UC Irvine
  60. North Dakota State
  61. Wright State
  62. Winthrop
  63. Little Rock
  64. Eastern Washington
  65. Siena
  66. St. Francis (PA)
  67. Prairie View A&M
  68. North Carolina Central

Per Conference

Big Ten – 10 (Michigan State, Maryland, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, Penn State, Rutgers, Indiana)

Big East – 7 (Villanova, Creighton, Seton Hall, Butler, Providence, Marquette, Xavier)

Pac-12 – 6 (Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, USC, Arizona State, Stanford)

ACC – 5 (Florida State, Duke, Louisville, Virginia, North Carolina State)

Big 12 – 5 (Kansas, Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas Tech)

SEC – 4 (Kentucky, Auburn, Florida, LSU)

WCC – 3 (Gonzaga, BYU, St. Mary’s)

AAC – 2 (Houston, Cincinnati)

A-10 – 2 (Dayton, Richmond)

MWC – 2 (San Diego State, Utah State)

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