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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. 11, 2021):

Bracketology 2021

Region 1

1 BAYLOR vs 16 SAM HOUSTON STATE/NORTH CAROLINA A&T

8 BYU vs 9 Indiana


5 Wisconsin vs 12 BELMONT

4 Oklahoma vs 13 UAB


6 Colorado vs 11 ST. BONAVENTURE

3 Iowa vs 14 GRAND CANYON


7 Rutgers vs 10 LOYOLA CHICAGO

2 VILLANOVA vs 15 CLEVELAND STATE


Region 4

1 MICHIGAN vs 16 TEXAS STATE

8 Xavier vs 9 San Diego State


5 Florida State vs 12 UTAH STATE

4 Texas vs 13 UNC GREENSBORO


6 Creighton vs 11 Arkansas

3 West Virginia vs 14 NAVY


7 Clemson vs 10 Boise State

2 ALABAMA vs 15 EASTERN WASHINGTON


Region 2

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

8 Minnesota vs 9 Colorado State


5 USC vs 12 TOLEDO

4 Missouri vs 13 WINTHROP


6 Oklahoma State vs 11 LSU

3 VIRGINIA vs 14 SIENA


7 Florida vs 10 Stanford

2 Illinois vs 15 UMBC


Region 3

1 Ohio State vs 16 BRYANT

8 UCLA vs 9 Louisville


5 Virginia Tech vs 12 Oregon/VCU

4 Texas Tech vs 13 LIBERTY


6 Kansas vs 11 Drake/Seton Hall

3 Tennessee vs 14 UC IRVINE


7 Purdue vs 10 North Carolina

2 HOUSTON vs 15 NORTHEASTERN


The Bubble

Last Four Byes

North Carolina

Stanford

LSU

Arkansas

Last Four In

Drake

Seton Hall

Oregon

VCU

First Four Out

Maryland

Richmond

Western Kentucky

Saint Louis

Next Four Out

Ole Miss

St. John’s

Connecticut

Georgia Tech


S-Curve

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

Per Conference

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

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

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

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

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

Big East – 4 (Villanova, Creighton, Xavier, Seton Hall)

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

A-10 – 2 (St. Bonaventure, VCU)

MWC – 2 (Loyola Chicago, Drake)

WCC – 2 (Gonzaga, BYU)

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