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 Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020):

Bracketology 2020

South (Houston)


1 BAYLOR vs 16 PRAIRIE VIEW A&M/NORFOLK STATE

8 St. Mary’s vs 9 Rutgers


5 KENTUCKY vs 12 Providence/Purdue

4 COLORADO vs 13 YALE


6 Michigan vs 11 Wichita State

3 Villanova vs 14 HOFSTRA


7 Ohio State vs 10 Georgetown

2 Florida State vs 15 UC IRVINE


East (New York City)


1 SAN DIEGO STATE vs 16 MONTANA

8 LSU vs 9 Rhode Island


5 Auburn vs 12 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

4 Penn State vs 13 AKRON


6 Marquette vs 11 USC/Indiana

3 Louisville vs 14 COLGATE


7 Illinois vs 10 North Carolina State

2 DAYTON vs 15 LITTLE ROCK


Midwest (Indianapolis)


1 Kansas vs 16 SIENA/ST. FRANCIS

8 BYU vs 9 Xavier


5 Butler vs 12 ETSU

4 Oregon vs 13 VERMONT


6 Arizona vs 11 Oklahoma

3 Creighton vs 14 WRIGHT STATE


7 HOUSTON vs 10 Virginia

2 MARYLAND vs 15 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE


West (Los Angeles)


1 GONZAGA vs 16 AUSTIN PEAY

8 Arizona State vs 9 Texas Tech


5 Michigan State vs 12 LIBERTY

4 West Virginia vs 13 NORTH TEXAS


6 Iowa vs 11 NORTHERN IOWA

3 SETON HALL vs 14 NEW MEXICO STATE


7 Wisconsin vs 10 Florida

2 DUKE vs 15 WINTHROP

The Bubble

Last Four Byes

Virginia

Georgetown

Wichita State

Oklahoma

Last Four In

USC

Indiana

Providence

Purdue

First Four Out

Stanford

Richmond

Utah State

Cincinnati

Next Four Out

Arkansas

Mississippi State

Alabama

South Carolina

S-Curve

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

Per Conference

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

Big East – 8 (Villanova, Seton Hall, Creighton, Butler, Marquette, Xavier, Georgetown, Providence)

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

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

Pac-12 – 5 (Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, USC)

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

WCC – 3 (Gonzaga, BYU, St. Mary’s)

AAC – 2 (Houston, Wichita State)

A-10 – 2 (Dayton, Rhode Island)

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