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College Basketball Bracketology Last Updated March 11, 2018 5pm ET

College Basketball Bracketology

Selection Sunday 2018 is on March 11. The North Carolina Tar Heels are the defending national champions.

For additional information on the NCAA and its various conferences, see the NCAA men’s basketball website.

The following bracket is our projection of the field of 68 if the season ended today. Take this with as many grains of salt as fit your fancy. We try to structure the bracket keeping the following rules in mind: you can’t have a first-round matchup of conference foes, and you can’t play on a court where you’re the host. This sometimes leads the team matches to be a little bit off from the S-curve (e.g. the best 7 seed can’t face the worst 10 seed because they are in the same conference).

If you don’t like where your team is playing (such as Boise), I didn’t book the venues. They all have to go somewhere.

Please note: For the purposes of this exercise, the team in first place on the day of publication listed above is assumed to receive the league’s automatic bid.




College Basketball Bracketology: S-Curve

1 Virginia Cavaliers (ACC)*
2 Villanova Wildcats (Big East)*
3 Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12)*
4 Xavier Musketeers (Big East)
5 Cincinnati Bearcats (American)*
6 North Carolina Tar Heels (ACC)
7 Duke Blue Devils (ACC)
8 Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten)*
9 Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten)
10 Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten)
11 Tennessee Volunteers (SEC)
12 Arizona Wildcats (Pac-12)*
13 Auburn Tigers (SEC)
14 Kentucky Wildcats (SEC)*
15 Wichita State Shockers (American)
16 West Virginia Mountaineers (Big 12)
17 Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12)
18 Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten)
19 Gonzaga Bulldogs (WCC)*
20 Clemson Tigers (ACC)
21 Houston Cougars (American)
22 Rhode Island Rams (A-10)
23 Florida Gators (SEC)
24 Arkansas Razorbacks (SEC)
25 Miami Hurricanes (ACC)
26 Texas A&M Aggies (SEC)
27 Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC)
28 Seton Hall Pirates (Big East)
29 Providence Friars (Big East)
30 Missouri Tigers (SEC)
31 TCU Horned Frogs (Big 12)
32 Florida State Seminoles (ACC)
33 Butler Bulldogs (Big East)
34 Creighton Bluejays (Big East)
35 Virginia Tech Hokies (ACC)
36 Nevada Wolf Pack (MWC)
37 Texas Longhorns (Big 12)
38 North Carolina State Wolfpack (ACC)
39 Oklahoma Sooners (Big 12)
40 UCLA Bruins (Pac-12)
41 Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12)
42 St. Bonaventure Bonnies (A-10)
43 USC Trojans (Pac-12)
44 Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac-12)
45 Buffalo Bulls (MAC)*
46 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (MVC)*
47 San Diego State Aztecs (MWC)*
48 Davidson Wildcats (A-10)*
49 New Mexico State Aggies (WAC)*
50 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (Summit)*
51 Murray State Racers (OVC)*
52 Georgia State Panthers (Sun Belt)*
53 Charleston Cougars (CAA)*
54 UNC-Greensboro Spartans (Southern)*
55 Marshall Thundering Herd (C-USA)*
56 Wright State Raiders (Horizon)*
57 Bucknell Bison (Patriot)*
58 Lipscomb Bisons (A-Sun)*
59 Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky)*
60 Iona Gaels (MAAC)*
61 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (Southland)*
62 Pennsylvania Quakers (Ivy)*
63 UMBC Retrievers (America East)*
64 Cal State Fullerton Titans (Big West)*
65 Radford Highlanders (Big South)*
66 LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds (NEC)*
67 Texas Southern Tigers (SWAC)*
68 North Carolina Central Eagles (MEAC)*

First 10 Out

Louisville Cardinals (ACC)
Baylor Bears (Big 12)
Saint Mary’s Gaels (WCC)
Syracuse Orange (ACC)
Marquette Golden Eagles (Big East)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (ACC)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (Big 12)
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (C-USA)
Penn State Nittany Lions (Big Ten)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (SEC)

The “Last Four In” are obviously the play-ins.

There are 32 conferences in Division I men’s college basketball, and all determine their champions via postseason tournament. The remaining 36 bids to the 2018 NCAA Tournament come in the form of at-large bids.

As in past years, the last four at-large teams and the last four in the field overall play in the “First Four” in Dayton, Ohio.

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