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 Monday, March 2, 2020):

Bracketology 2020

Midwest (Indianapolis)


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

8 USC vs 9 LSU


5 Penn State vs 12 North Carolina State/Cincinnati

4 BYU vs 13 AKRON


6 Colorado vs 11 ETSU

3 Michigan State vs 14 NEW MEXICO STATE


7 West Virginia vs 10 Xavier

2 Florida State vs 15 LITTLE ROCK


East (New York City)


1 SAN DIEGO STATE vs 16 EASTERN WASHINGTON

8 Arizona vs 9 Texas Tech


5 Wisconsin vs 12 YALE

4 Villanova vs 13 LIBERTY


6 Iowa vs 11 Stanford/Wichita State

3 KENTUCKY vs 14 COLGATE


7 Marquette vs 10 Indiana

2 DAYTON vs 15 UC IRVINE


South (Houston)


1 Baylor vs 16 SIENA/ST. FRANCIS

8 St. Mary’s vs 9 Arizona State


5 Auburn vs 12 UCLA

4 LOUISVILLE vs 13 NORTH TEXAS


6 Michigan vs 11 NORTHERN IOWA

3 Creighton vs 14 BELMONT


7 HOUSTON vs 10 Providence

2 MARYLAND vs 15 WRIGHT STATE


West (Los Angeles)


1 GONZAGA vs 16 WINTHROP

8 Virginia vs 9 Oklahoma


5 Ohio State vs 12 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

4 Oregon vs 13 VERMONT


6 Butler vs 11 Rutgers

3 Duke vs 14 HOFSTRA


7 Illinois vs 10 Florida

2 SETON HALL vs 15 NORTH DAKOTA STATE

The Bubble

Last Four Byes

Providence

Xavier

Indiana

Rutgers

Last Four In

Stanford

Wichita State

North Carolina State

Cincinnati

First Four Out

Richmond

Utah State

Mississippi State

Texas

Next Four Out

Rhode Island

Purdue

Alabama

South Carolina

S-Curve

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

Per Conference

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

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

Pac-12 – 7 (Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, USC, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA)

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

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

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

AAC – 3 (Houston, Wichita State, Cincinnati)

WCC – 3 (Gonzaga, BYU, St. Mary’s)

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