2018 NCAA Tournament Brackets, Predictions, and Insights
From 68 to 1. Who gets to San Antonio?
The 2018 NCAA Tournament is on deck, and the field of 68 teams has been announced. Here you can find the following:
- Your region-by-region brackets.
- Brackets that you can print and disseminate as you see fit.
- Our predictions and analysis, including who we’re taking to win it all and who we see as potential bracket busters and early flops.
Now that you know, once and for all, who is in the tournament, what are you going to do about it? You know, besides fill out your bracket and watch all the videos that pop up down here?
If you’re so inclined, you can see how we did on college basketball bracketology this year. I maintain that the way we organized them 1 to 68 is how it should have been, but the Committee in their infinite wisdom betrayed us.
This page will be updated frequently as it populates with new information.
2018 NCAA Tournament: Printable Bracket
Click the big ol’ button to get your printable bracket for the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
2018 NCAA Tournament: See The Regions
Each thumbnail takes you to the different regions; we tossed in the First Four just for the hell of it.
2018 NCAA Tournament: 5 Teams That Could Ruin Your Bracket
We all know there are going to be upsets, and maybe they won’t even be in the first round. If they are, however, the teams in this video could be responsible. These are five double-digit seeds that could pick off one of your Sweet Sixteen or Elite Eight teams.
2018 NCAA Tournament: The Most to Least Likely to Win The Big Dance
From first (1) to last (68), we rank the likelihood of every single team to win the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
|1||(1) Villanova Wildcats (Big East)||The East Region is navigable for the Wildcats, who have plenty of recent experience being here.|
|2||(1) Virginia Cavaliers (ACC)||Demonstrably one of the best teams in the country this season.|
|3||(2) North Carolina Tar Heels (ACC)||Like this team can’t get hot and win a tournament; they’ve been in the title game back to back years.|
|4||(2) Duke Blue Devils (ACC)||They have the coach and the talent to go a long way.|
|5||(1) Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12)||Very solid basketball team, though not the best of the one-seeds.|
|6||(1) Xavier Musketeers (Big East)||The last of the one seeds, but capable of a long run.|
|7||(3) Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten)||It seems like they get to the Final Four every other year.|
|8||(2) Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten)||This is as good of a team as Purdue has had in a long time.|
|9||(3) Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten)||Michigan has had some great recent March runs.|
|10||(2) Cincinnati Bearcats (American)||There are some roadblocks in their bracket, but a very good team.|
|11||(3) Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12)||There’s a lot to like about this team, especially the play of Keenan Evans.|
|12||(4) Arizona Wildcats (Pac-12)||If they can get through Virginia, it’s going to be a great March.|
|13||(5) Kentucky Wildcats (SEC)||UK has plenty of talent and a championship pedigree.|
|14||(3) Tennessee Volunteers (SEC)||Things could break the right way in the South and get them to the Elite Eight.|
|15||(5) West Virginia Mountaineers (Big 12)||Their recent run in the Big 12 Tournament complemented a strong resume.|
|16||(4) Auburn Tigers (SEC)||Auburn’s early flop in the SEC Tournament was a little concerning.|
|17||(4) Gonzaga Bulldogs (WCC)||Among the best and most seasoned of the mid-major teams, despite missing some pieces from last year.|
|18||(4) Wichita State Shockers (American)||A Sweet Sixteen run is at least plausible, if not probable.|
|19||(6) Florida Gators (SEC)||The Gators have picked off a number of top teams this season.|
|20||(6) Houston Cougars (American)||The Coogs have only lost twice since February 1.|
|21||(5) Clemson Tigers (ACC)||The Tigers are a defensively stout team, and you know what they say about defense and championships.|
|22||(5) Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten)||The Buckeyes have done a hell of a job this season, though they’re not the best five seed.|
|23||(6) TCU Horned Frogs (Big 12)||From NIT win to NCAA win? Maybe not, but this is a hot offensive team.|
|24||(6) Miami Hurricanes (ACC)||The Hurricanes have been up and down, but when they’re on, they’re very good.|
|25||(7) Texas A&M Aggies (SEC)||The difficulty of the Aggies’ schedule might prepare them well for the tourney.|
|26||(7) Arkansas Razorbacks (SEC)||This is a sneaky good team for a seven.|
|27||(10) Providence Friars (Big East)||Providence has impressed me a lot these last few weeks.|
|28||(7) Rhode Island Rams (A-10)||This team accomplished a lot, but they’re not quite hitting their stride in March.|
|29||(8) Missouri Tigers (SEC)||For an eight, Missouri has compiled a nice resume. If they get Xavier in the second round, it could be tight.|
|30||(8) Seton Hall Pirates (Big East)||Seton Hall is taking on some water lately, and their seed doesn’t bode well for a long run.|
|31||(8) Virginia Tech Hokies (ACC)||The Hokies have also taken a few big scalps this season.|
|32||(7) Nevada Wolf Pack (MWC)||Nevada’s having themselves a year, but the MWC Tournament is leaving a bad taste.|
|33||(9) Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC)||Another streaky team that’s very good when they’re rolling in the right direction.|
|34||(8) Creighton Bluejays (Big East)||Creighton is starting to go cold at the worst time.|
|35||(9) Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12)||Playing in their conference may have prepared them well for the Dance.|
|36||(9) NC State Wolfpack (ACC)||They’re (probably) better than what we saw in the ACC Tournament.|
|37||(10) Butler Bulldogs (Big East)||The Bulldogs have some big wins but there’s not a lot to like about their recent play.|
|38||(10) Texas Longhorns (Big 12)||Texas is an one-off upset kind of team, but probably not a deep-run kind of team.|
|39||(9) Florida State Seminoles (ACC)||Another team that’s been mediocre or less since February.|
|40||(11) Syracuse Orange (ACC)||You may not think they belong in the tourney, but they have the right coach to make some noise, literally and figuratively.|
|41||(11) UCLA Bruins (Pac-12)||It won’t be easy getting through the play-in, let alone Florida.|
|42||(11) San Diego State Aztecs (MWC)||They have a tough draw in the first round, but winning that could lead to a little roll.|
|43||(11) St. Bonaventure Bonnies (A-10)||They’ve been hot, but it’s a David & Goliath situation against UCLA.|
|44||(10) Oklahoma Sooners (Big 12)||Trae Young aside, the Sooners are flopping and twitching.|
|45||(11) Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac-12)||ASU was fortunate to get into the tournament at all.|
|46||(12) New Mexico State Aggies (WAC)||This is a pesky, experienced tournament team.|
|47||(12) Davidson Wildcats (A-10)||Bob McKillop knows what he’s doing, though it’s a tough draw.|
|48||(11) Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (MVC)||Great story and great season, but it’s hard to see them going far.|
|49||(13) Buffalo Bulls (MAC)||I still think they’re a little underseeded, but only a little.|
|50||(12) Murray State Racers (OVC)||They’re a threat for an early upset but probably not much more.|
|51||(13) Marshall Thundering Herd (C-USA)||Just like Murray State, an early threat but not a late one.|
|52||(12) South Dakota State Jackrabbits (Summit)||It will be hard getting past Gonzaga out in Boise.|
|53||(13) Charleston Cougars (CAA)||Very hot team, but they haven’t beaten anyone of note.|
|54||(14) Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (Southland)||Some other year I’d have put them ten spots higher on this list, but not now.|
|55||(14) Wright State Raiders (Horizon)||Tennessee will be by far the best team they’ve faced this season.|
|56||(13) UNC-Greensboro Spartans (Southern)||Defensively a fine team, but playing Gonzaga in the Pacific Northwest is a major issue.|
|57||(14) Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky)||If they get past Michigan, they deserve their due.|
|58||(14) Bucknell Bison (Patriot)||Not like Bucknell hasn’t ruined brackets before, but now?|
|59||(15) Georgia State Panthers (Sun Belt)||A Georgia State run would be an achievement to say the least.|
|60||(15) Iona Gaels (MAAC)||The Gaels know the NCAA Tournament drill.|
|61||(15) Lipscomb Bisons (A-Sun)||Your first time is always awkward and you never know if you’re doing a good job until it’s over.|
|62||(15) Cal State Fullerton Titans (Big West)||Purdue isn’t unbeatable, but they’re 62nd for a reason.|
|63||(16) UMBC Retrievers (America East)||All they have to do is beat the best team in the country out of the gate.|
|64||(16) Radford Highlanders (Big South)||Just happy to be here.|
|65||(16) Pennsylvania Quakers (Ivy)||The 16 seed is an impossible draw, but you never know with Kansas and these upsets.|
|66||(16) LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds (NEC)||Not a very good team, or even a good team.|
|67||(16) Texas Southern Tigers (SWAC)||They have to worry about the play-in first.|
|68||(16) NC Central Eagles (MEAC)||Forget the Cubs and Eagles winning championships: NC Central winning the 2018 NCAA Tournament would mean the coming Apocalypse.|
2018 NCAA Tournament: Our Picks
We filled out our bracket, then made it look all pretty and put it into a YouTube video. Who are our national champions?
2018 NCAA Tournament: Sunday, March 18 Upset-O-Meter
Please don’t hate us, UMBC. There is literally no precedent for a 16 ever getting to or getting out of this second-round contest. I will qualify this by saying that even though it’s our least likely upset, it can happen, and we’ll be rooting for it. (Sorry, EMAW folks.)
|1||(5) Clemson vs. (4) Auburn|
|2||(7) Nevada vs. (2) Cincinnati|
|3||(10) Butler vs. (2) Purdue|
|4||(7) Texas A&M vs. (2) North Carolina|
|5||(11) Syracuse vs. (3) Michigan State|
|6||(9) Florida State vs. (1) Xavier|
|7||(13) Marshall vs. (5) West Virginia|
|8||(16) UMBC vs. (9) Kansas State|
2018 NCAA Tournament: So, Did Anything Good Happen In The First Round?
You know, other than UMBC beating Virginia in a titanic upset?
2018 NCAA Tournament: Saturday, March 17 Upset-O-Meter
We will find out what teams have the Luck O’ The Irish (note: not Fighting Irish) in the St. Patrick’s Day NCAA Upset-O-Meter, and which higher seeds are in big trouble.
|1||(5) Ohio State vs. (4) Gonzaga|
|2||(6) Houston vs. (3) Michigan|
|3||(6) Florida vs. (3) Texas Tech|
|4||(7) Rhode Island vs. (2) Duke|
|5||(13) Buffalo vs. (5) Kentucky|
|6||(11) Loyola-Chicago vs. (3) Tennessee|
|7||(8) Seton Hall vs. (1) Kansas|
|8||(9) Alabama vs. (1) Villanova|
2018 NCAA Tournament: Friday, March 16 Upset-O-Meter
We did it yesterday, so let’s do it again today. Where are the upset alerts going to be?
|1||(9) Kansas State vs. (8) Creighton|
|2||(10) Providence vs. (7) Texas A&M|
|3||(10) Texas vs. (7) Nevada|
|4||(9) Florida State vs. (8) Missouri|
|5||(10) Butler vs. (7) Arkansas|
|6||(11) Syracuse vs. (6) TCU|
|7||(12) New Mexico State vs. (5) Clemson|
|8||(12) Murray State vs. (5) West Virginia|
|9||(13) Marshall vs. (4) Wichita State|
|10||(13) Charleston vs. (4) Auburn|
|11||(14) Bucknell vs. (3) Michigan State|
|12||(15) Georgia State vs. (2) Cincinnati|
|13||(15) Cal State Fullerton vs. (2) Purdue|
|14||(15) Lipscomb vs. (2) North Carolina|
|15||(16) Texas Southern vs. (1) Xavier|
|16||(16) UMBC vs. (1) Virginia|
2018 NCAA Tournament: Thursday, March 15 Upset-O-Meter
What is the most likely game to produce an upset in Act 1 of the tournament’s first round? In what game will Hell freeze over if the upset wins?
|1||(9) Alabama vs. (8) Virginia Tech|
|2||(9) North Carolina State vs. Seton Hall|
|3||(10) Oklahoma vs. (7) Rhode Island|
|4||(11) Loyola-Chicago vs. (6) Miami|
|5||(11) San Diego State vs. (6) Houston|
|6||(11) St. Bonaventure vs. (6) Florida|
|7||(12) South Dakota State vs. (5) Ohio State|
|8||(12) Davidson vs. (5) Kentucky|
|9||(13) Buffalo vs. (4) Arizona|
|10||(14) Montana vs. (3) Michigan|
|11||(14) Stephen F. Austin vs. (3) Texas Tech|
|12||(14) Wright State vs. (3) Tennessee|
|13||(15) Iona vs. (2) Duke|
|14||(13) UNC-Greensboro vs. (4) Gonzaga|
|15||(16) Pennsylvania vs. (1) Kansas|
|16||(16) Radford vs. (1) Villanova|
See much more on the 2018 NCAA Tournament at NCAA.com March Madness.