Bracketology 2021: Predicting the NCAA Tournament


Welcome to Bracketology 2021, 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 more than 10 years, and this is his seventh 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.

Our Bubble Watch series is back! Check out the latest entry here to see where everyone stacks up relative to the bubble and learn what your team needs to do to dance. You can also find the last bracketology update here.

This year, the entire 2021 NCAA Tournament will be held in Indiana because of the pandemic, meaning the regions will be unattached to a location. That will not be a factor in what region teams play in.

Without further ado, here is your update for how the Field of 68 stands right now in our Bracketology 2021 (as of games played through Monday, March 8, 2021):

Bracketology 2021

Region 1

1 GONZAGA vs 16 APPALACHIAN STATE/NORTH CAROLINA A&T

8 Clemson vs 9 Rutgers


5 USC vs 12 WINTHROP

4 Oklahoma State vs 13 TOLEDO


6 Colorado vs 11 Maryland

3 Texas vs 14 SIENA


7 LSU vs 10 Georgia Tech

2 Ohio State vs 15 CLEVELAND STATE


Region 4

1 Illinois vs 16 NORTH DAKOTA STATE

8 LOYOLA CHICAGO v s9 Virginia Tech


5 Texas Tech vs 12 Xavier/Boise State

4 VIRGINIA vs 13 LIBERTY


6 BYU vs 11 Drake/Colorado State

3 Kansas vs 14 COLGATE


7 Oregon vs 10 ST. BONAVENTURE

2 ALABAMA vs 15 DREXEL


Region 2

1 BAYLOR vs 16 NICHOLLS/PRAIRIE VIEW A&M

8 Wisconsin vs 9 VCU


5 Tennessee vs 12 WESTERN KENTUCKY

4 Purdue vs 13 UC SANTA BARBARA


6 Oklahoma vs 11 Louisville

3 Arkansas vs 14 BRYANT


7 Florida vs 10 North Carolina

2 Iowa vs 15 SOUTHERN UTAH


Region 3

1 MICHIGAN vs 16 HARTFORD

8 SAN DIEGO STATE vs 9 Connecticut


5 Florida State vs 12 WICHITA STATE

4 VILLANOVA vs 13 UNC GREENSBORO


6 Creighton vs 11 UCLA

3 West Virginia vs 14 MOREHEAD STATE


7 Missouri vs 10 Michigan State

2 Houston vs 15 GRAND CANYON


The Bubble

Last Four Byes

Michigan State

Maryland

Louisville

UCLA

Last Four In

Drake

Xavier

Colorado State

Boise State

First Four Out

Ole Miss

Saint Louis

Utah State

Syracuse

Next Four Out

St. John’s

Seton Hall

North Carolina State

Stanford


S-Curve

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Baylor
  3. Michigan
  4. Illinois
  5. Iowa
  6. Alabama
  7. Ohio State
  8. Houston
  9. Arkansas
  10. Kansas
  11. West Virginia
  12. Texas
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. Purdue
  15. Villanova
  16. Virginia
  17. Florida State
  18. Texas Tech
  19. Tennessee
  20. USC
  21. Colorado
  22. Creighton
  23. Oklahoma
  24. BYU
  25. Missouri
  26. Oregon
  27. Florida
  28. LSU
  29. Clemson
  30. Wisconsin
  31. San Diego State
  32. Loyola Chicago
  33. Virginia Tech
  34. Rutgers
  35. VCU
  36. Connecticut
  37. St. Bonaventure
  38. North Carolina
  39. Georgia Tech
  40. Michigan State
  41. Maryland
  42. Louisville
  43. UCLA
  44. Drake
  45. Xavier
  46. Colorado State
  47. Boise State
  48. Wichita State
  49. Western Kentucky
  50. Winthrop
  51. Toledo
  52. UC Santa Barbara
  53. UNC Greensboro
  54. Liberty
  55. Colgate
  56. Morehead State
  57. Bryant
  58. Siena
  59. Cleveland State
  60. Southern Utah
  61. Grand Canyon
  62. Drexel
  63. North Dakota State
  64. Hartford
  65. Nicholls
  66. Prairie View A&M
  67. Appalachian State
  68. North Carolina A&T

Per Conference

Big Ten – 9 (Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Michigan State, Maryland)

ACC – 7 (Virginia, Florida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Louisville)

Big 12 – 7 (Baylor, Kansas, West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma)

SEC – 6 (Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Florida, LSU)

Big East – 4 (Villanova, Creighton, Connecticut, Xavier)

Pac-12 – 4 (USC, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA)

MWC – 3 (San Diego State, Colorado State, Boise State)

AAC – 2 (Houston, Wichita State)

A-10 – 2 (VCU, St. Bonaventure)

MVC – 2 (Loyola Chicago, Drake)

WCC – 2 (Gonzaga, BYU)

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