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We are well into the 2020-21 college basketball season, and that means it's time to bring Bracketology 2021 to life. Who's in and who's out?

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.

Per usual, you can expect our Bubble Watch series to return later in the season, 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. Here is where you can find the Bubble Watch from last season (before it was called off) to see what’s in store, and you can 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 Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021):

Bracketology 2021

Region 1

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

8 Connecticut vs 9 Louisville


5 Creighton vs 12 TOLEDO

4 West Virginia vs 13 UAB


6 Minnesota vs 11 Colorado State

3 Ohio State vs 14 BRYANT


7 USC vs 10 DRAKE

2 Texas vs 15 GRAND CANYON


Region 4

1 ALABAMA vs 16 SAM HOUSTON STATE

8 Xavier vs 9 BOISE STATE


5 Colorado vs 12 ST. BONAVENTURE

4 Kansas vs 13 SIENA


6 Oklahoma vs 11 Arkansas/North Carolina

3 Wisconsin vs 14 NAVY


7 Virginia Tech vs 10 Oregon

2 HOUSTON vs 15 NORTHEASTERN


Region 2

1 BAYLOR vs 16 SOUTH DAKOTA/MONTANA STATE

8 Rutgers vs 9 LSU


5 Texas Tech vs 12 WINTHROP

4 Missouri vs 13 BELMONT


6 Purdue vs 11 San Diego State

3 VIRGINIA vs 14 ETSU


7 Oklahoma State vs 10 Stanford

2 Iowa vs 15 TEXAS STATE


Region 3

1 MICHIGAN vs 16 CLEVELAND STATE

8 Florida vs 9 BYU


5 Florida State vs 12 Utah State/Maryland

4 Tennessee vs 13 LIBERTY


6 UCLA vs 11 Saint Louis

3 Illinois vs 14 UC IRVINE


7 Clemson vs 10 Indiana

2 VILLANOVA vs 15 UMBC


The Bubble

Last Four Byes

Stanford

Colorado State

San Diego State

Saint Louis

Last Four In

Arkansas

North Carolina

Utah State

Maryland

First Four Out

Providence

Seton Hall

Western Kentucky

Pittsburgh

Next Four Out

Marquette

VCU

Richmond

Syracuse


S-Curve

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Baylor
  3. Michigan
  4. Alabama
  5. Houston
  6. Villanova
  7. Iowa
  8. Texas
  9. Ohio State
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Virginia
  12. Illinois
  13. Tennessee
  14. Missouri
  15. Kansas
  16. West Virginia
  17. Creighton
  18. Texas Tech
  19. Florida State
  20. Colorado
  21. Purdue
  22. Oklahoma
  23. UCLA
  24. Minnesota
  25. USC
  26. Oklahoma State
  27. Clemson
  28. Virginia Tech
  29. Xavier
  30. Florida
  31. Rutgers
  32. Connecticut
  33. Louisville
  34. BYU
  35. Boise State
  36. LSU
  37. Oregon
  38. Indiana
  39. Stanford
  40. Drake
  41. Colorado State
  42. San Diego State
  43. Saint Louis
  44. Arkansas
  45. North Carolina
  46. St. Bonaventure
  47. Utah State
  48. Maryland
  49. Winthrop
  50. Toledo
  51. UAB
  52. Belmont
  53. Liberty
  54. Siena
  55. Navy
  56. UC Irvine
  57. ETSU
  58. Bryant
  59. Grand Canyon
  60. Texas State
  61. UMBC
  62. Northeastern
  63. Sam Houston State
  64. Cleveland State
  65. South Dakota
  66. Montana State
  67. Prairie View A&M
  68. North Carolina A&T

Per Conference

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

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

ACC – 6 (Virginia, Florida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina)

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

Pac-12 – 5 (Colorado, UCLA, USC, Oregon, Stanford)

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

MWC – 4 (Boise State, Colorado State, San Diego State, Utah State)

A-10 – 2 (Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure)

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