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Bracketology 2020 is about to kick it up a notch as we have officially entered March. Selection Sunday is around the corner.

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 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 Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020):

Bracketology 2020

South (Houston)


1 BAYLOR vs 16 ROBERT MORRIS/NORTH CAROLINA A&T

8 BYU vs 9 Purdue


5 Oregon vs 12 YALE

4 Butler vs 13 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN


6 Iowa vs 11 Rhode Island

3 AUBURN vs 14 HOFSTRA


7 Ohio State vs 10 Wichita State

2 LOUISVILLE vs 15 MONTANA


East (New York City)


1 SAN DIEGO STATE vs 16 AUSTIN PEAY

8 Illinois vs 9 USC


5 Michigan State vs 12 Arizona State/Oklahoma

4 Villanova vs 13 COLGATE


6 Marquette vs 11 Cincinnati/Virginia

3 West Virginia vs 14 UC IRVINE


7 Texas Tech vs 10 NORTHERN IOWA

2 Duke vs 15 LITTLE ROCK


Midwest (Indianapolis)


1 Kansas vs 16 PRAIRIE VIEW A&M/RIDER

8 Rutgers vs 9 St. Mary’s


5 COLORADO vs 12 LIBERTY

4 Creighton vs 13 VERMONT


6 LSU vs 11 Xavier

3 Florida State vs 14 WRIGHT STATE


7 HOUSTON vs 10 Stanford

2 MARYLAND vs 15 NORTH DAKOTA STATE


West (Los Angeles)


1 GONZAGA vs 16 BOWLING GREEN

8 Michigan vs 9 Indiana*


5 Kentucky vs 12 ETSU

4 Penn State vs 13 NORTH TEXAS


6 Arizona vs 11 Florida

3 SETON HALL vs 14 NEW MEXICO STATE


7 Wisconsin vs 10 Arkansas

2 DAYTON vs 15 WINTHROP

* = To keep the seed lines correct with my S-Curve, I have ignored bracket rules against pitting conference foes against one another in the first round.

The Bubble

Last Four Byes

Wichita State

Rhode Island

Xavier

Florida

Last Four In

Cincinnati

Virginia

Arizona State

Oklahoma

First Four Out

Minnesota

Alabama

VCU

North Carolina State

Next Four Out

Georgetown

Memphis

Utah State

Richmond

S-Curve

  1. Baylor
  2. Kansas
  3. Gonzaga
  4. San Diego State
  5. Duke
  6. Dayton
  7. Maryland
  8. Louisville
  9. Florida State
  10. Auburn
  11. Seton Hall
  12. West Virginia
  13. Villanova
  14. Penn State
  15. Creighton
  16. Butler
  17. Oregon
  18. Colorado
  19. Kentucky
  20. Michigan State
  21. Marquette
  22. Arizona
  23. Iowa
  24. LSU
  25. Ohio State
  26. Houston
  27. Wisconsin
  28. Texas Tech
  29. Illinois
  30. Michigan
  31. Rutgers
  32. BYU
  33. St. Mary’s
  34. Purdue
  35. Indiana
  36. USC
  37. Northern Iowa
  38. Arkansas
  39. Stanford
  40. Wichita State
  41. Rhode Island
  42. Xavier
  43. Florida
  44. Cincinnati
  45. Virginia
  46. Arizona State
  47. Oklahoma
  48. ETSU
  49. Liberty
  50. Yale
  51. Stephen F. Austin
  52. Vermont
  53. North Texas
  54. Colgate
  55. UC Irvine
  56. New Mexico State
  57. Wright State
  58. Hofstra
  59. Montana
  60. North Dakota State
  61. Winthrop
  62. Little Rock
  63. Austin Peay
  64. Bowling Green
  65. Prairie View A&M
  66. Rider
  67. Robert Morris
  68. North Carolina A&T

Per Conference

Big Ten – 11 (Maryland, Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Rutgers, Purdue, Indiana)

Big East – 6 (Seton Hall, Villanova, Creighton, Butler, Marquette, Xavier)

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

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

SEC – 5 (Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Arkansas, Florida)

ACC – 4 (Duke, Louisville, Florida State, Virginia)

AAC – 3 (Houston, Wichita State, Cincinnati)

WCC – 3 (Gonzaga, BYU, St. Mary’s)

A-10 – 2 (Dayton, Rhode Island)

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