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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, Feb. 4, 2021):

Bracketology 2021

Region 1

1 BAYLOR vs 16 MONTANA STATE/NORTH CAROLINA A&T

8 BOISE STATE vs 9 Louisville


5 West Virginia vs 12 WINTHROP

4 Missouri vs 13 UAB


6 Oklahoma State vs 11 North Carolina

3 Iowa vs 14 GRAND CANYON


7 Rutgers vs 10 ST. BONAVENTURE

2 VILLANOVA vs 15 NORTHEASTERN


Region 4

1 Ohio State vs 16 SAM HOUSTON STATE

8 Colorado vs 9 Connecticut


5 Virginia Tech vs 12 Maryland/Seton Hall

4 Texas vs 13 UNC GREENSBORO


6 Kansas vs 11 Oregon

3 Wisconsin vs 14 NAVY


7 Creighton vs 10 Stanford

2 ALABAMA vs 15 CLEVELAND STATE


Region 2

1 GONZAGA vs 16 SOUTH DAKOTA/PRAIRIE VIEW A&M

8 Minnesota vs 9 Colorado State


5 Purdue vs 12 TOLEDO

4 Oklahoma vs 13 BELMONT


6 UCLA vs 11 LSU

3 VIRGINIA vs 14 UC IRVINE


7 Xavier vs 10 San Diego State

2 Illinois vs 15 BRYANT


Region 3

1 MICHIGAN vs 16 LOUISIANA

8 Clemson vs 9 BYU


5 Florida State vs 12 VCU/Indiana

4 Tennessee vs 13 LIBERTY


6 USC vs 11 Arkansas

3 Texas Tech vs 14 SIENA


7 Florida vs 10 DRAKE

2 HOUSTON vs 15 UMBC


The Bubble

Last Four Byes

North Carolina

LSU

Oregon

Arkansas

Last Four In

Maryland

Seton Hall

VCU

Indiana

First Four Out

Utah State

Richmond

Western Kentucky

Loyola Chicago

Next Four Out

St. John’s

Syracuse

Saint Louis

Georgia Tech


S-Curve

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

Per Conference

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

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

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

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

Big East – 5 (Villanova, Xavier, Creighton, Connecticut, Seton Hall)

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

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

A-10 – 2 (St. Bonaventure, VCU)

WCC – 2 (Gonzaga, BYU)

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