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2019 College Basketball Bracketology

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2019 College Basketball Bracketology, Men’s Division I

The field of 68 as we see it.

It’s finally here: 2019 college basketball bracketology. Can the 2019 NCAA Tournament be far behind now?

As some celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a pint, it’s also Selection Sunday, March 17, 2019. 68 teams will learn their NCAA Tournament seeds and others will find out that fate was indeed a cruel mistress. Before we learn in an official sense who is in and out, we tell you our read on the college basketball landscape and size up the contenders.

First, we start with a good, old-fashioned S-curve. Those are our 68 teams ranked in order. Then, we plug them into the bracket. If you want to know WHY we picked certain teams and snubbed others, we have analysis at the bottom. There, that should cover it.

For the hell of it, we’re throwing in a link to last year’s bracketology. Those interested in other college sports can also find their way to our 2019 college hockey bracketology page.

To know when the 32 conferences will be getting their March action on, check out the 2019 conference tournament schedule.

2019 College Basketball Bracketology: S-Curve

1 Duke ACC
2 Virginia ACC
3 Tennessee SEC
4 Gonzaga WCC
5 Kentucky SEC
6 Michigan Big Ten
7 North Carolina ACC
8 Michigan State Big Ten
9 Houston Amer
10 LSU SEC
11 Kansas Big 12
12 Purdue Big Ten
13 Marquette Big East
14 Texas Tech Big 12
15 Iowa State Big 12
16 Nevada MWC
17 Louisville ACC
18 Wisconsin Big Ten
19 Villanova Big East
20 Virginia Tech ACC
21 Kansas State Big 12
22 Iowa Big Ten
23 Florida State ACC
24 Buffalo MAC
25 Maryland Big Ten
26 Mississippi St SEC
27 Cincinnati Amer
28 Auburn SEC
29 Washington Pac-12
30 Ole Miss SEC
31 Texas Big 12
32 NC State ACC
33 Baylor Big 12
34 TCU Big 12
35 Syracuse ACC
36 Ohio State Big Ten
37 St John’s Big East
38 Minnesota Big Ten
39 Alabama SEC
40 Temple Amer
41 Wofford Sthern
42 Oklahoma Big 12
43 VCU A-10
44 Lipscomb A-Sun
45 Seton Hall Big East
46 UCF Amer
47 Clemson ACC
48 Florida SEC
49 Utah State MWC
50 Hofstra CAA
51 New Mexico St WAC
52 Belmont OVC
53 Vermont AmEast
54 Yale Ivy
55 Old Dominion C-USA
56 South Dakota St Summit
57 Loyola-Chicago MVC
58 Radford Big Sth
59 Texas State Sun Blt
60 No Kentucky Horizon
61 UC-Irvine B West
62 Montana Big Sky
63 Bucknell Patriot
64 Sam Houston St Sland
65 Prairie View SWAC
66 St. Francis-PA NEC
67 Canisius MAAC
68 Norfolk State MEAC

Last Four In

UCF Knights (American)
Clemson Tigers (ACC)
Florida Gators (SEC)
Utah State Aggies (MWC)

First Eight Out

Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac-12)
Butler Bulldogs (Big East)
Murray State Racers (OVC)
Indiana Hoosiers (Big Ten)
San Francisco Dons (WCC)
Saint Mary’s Gaels (WCC)
Arkansas Razorbacks (SEC)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Ten)

College Basketball Bracketology: 2019 NCAA Tournament First Four

Dayton, OH
16 St. Francis-Pennsylvania (NEC)
16 Prairie View A&M (SWAC)

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Dayton, OH
16 Canisius (MAAC)
16 Norfolk State (MEAC)

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Dayton, OH
12 UCF (American)
12 Clemson (ACC)

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Dayton, OH
12 Florida (SEC)
12 Utah State (MWC)

2019 College Basketball Bracketology: East Region (Washington)

Columbia, SC
1 Duke (ACC)
16 Norfolk State (MEAC) or Canisius (MAAC)

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Columbia, SC
8 Ole Miss (SEC)
9 TCU (Big 12)

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Salt Lake City, UT
4 Iowa State (Big 12)
13 Vermont (America East)

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Salt Lake City, UT
5 Villanova (Big East)
12 Hofstra (CAA)

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Tulsa, OK
3 Houston (American)
14 Radford (Big South)

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Tulsa, OK
6 Kansas State (Big 12)
11 Seton Hall (Big East)

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Des Moines, IA
7 Auburn (SEC)
10 Syracuse (ACC)

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Des Moines, IA
2 Michigan State (Big Ten)
15 Northern Kentucky (Horizon)

2019 College Basketball Bracketology: West Region (Anaheim)

San Jose, CA
1 Gonzaga (WCC)
16 Sam Houston State (Southland)

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San Jose, CA
8 Washington (Pac-12)
9 Minnesota (Big Ten)

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Hartford, CT
4 Marquette (Big East)
13 Belmont (OVC)

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Hartford, CT
5 Louisville (ACC)
12 Florida (SEC) or Utah State (MWC)

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Hartford, CT
3 Purdue (Big Ten)
14 South Dakota State (Summit)

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Hartford, CT
6 Florida State (ACC)
11 Wofford (Southern)

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Columbus, OH
7 Cincinnati (American)
10 St. John’s (Big East)

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Columbus, OH
2 Kentucky (SEC)
15 Texas State (Sun Belt)

2019 College Basketball Bracketology: Midwest Region (Kansas City)

Columbus, OH
1 Tennessee (SEC)
16 Bucknell (Patriot)

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Columbus, OH
8 Texas (Big 12)
9 NC State (ACC)

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San Jose, CA
4 Nevada (MWC)
13 New Mexico State (WAC)

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San Jose, CA
5 Virginia Tech (ACC)
12 Oklahoma (Big 12)

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Tulsa, OK
3 Kansas (Big 12)
14 Loyola-Chicago (MVC)

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Tulsa, OK
6 Iowa (Big Ten)
11 Lipscomb (Atlantic Sun)

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Jacksonville, FL
7 Maryland (Big Ten)
10 Alabama (SEC)

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Jacksonville, FL
2 North Carolina (ACC)
15 Montana (Big Sky)

2019 College Basketball Bracketology: South Region (Louisville)

Columbia, SC
1 Virginia (ACC)
16 St. Francis-PA (NEC) or Prairie View A&M (SWAC)

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Columbia, SC
8 Baylor (Big 12)
9 Ohio State (Big Ten)

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Salt Lake City, UT
4 Texas Tech (Big 12)
13 Yale (Ivy)

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Salt Lake City, UT
5 Wisconsin (Big Ten)
12 UCF (American) or Clemson (ACC)

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Jacksonville, FL
3 LSU (SEC)
14 Old Dominion (C-USA)

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Jacksonville, FL
6 Buffalo (MAC)
11 VCU (A-10)

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Des Moines, IA
7 Mississippi State (SEC)
10 Temple (American)

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Des Moines, IA
2 Michigan (Big Ten)
15 UC-Irvine (Big West)

2019 College Basketball Bracketology: The Lowdown, February 12

There wasn’t a lot of movement off of the true seed lines, though some teams are going to be out of their so-called natural regions of interest. Someone has to play those games in California and Utah, after all. Regional pods went in order of priority among the top seeds lines, and then the lesser of the top-fours got what was left over, as it should be.

The Pac-12 remains a one-bid conference, with Arizona State still lurking out there. We were ready to drop Oklahoma out of the tournament thanks to their losing streak, but then we discovered there are several teams with even less impressive resumes. Did you realize we have teams in contention that are barely over .500 overall? And some of these people want to expand the tournament to 96.

At least we think we’ve set up some nice regions. The Elite Eight could be Tennessee vs. North Carolina (South), Virginia vs. Kentucky (Midwest), Gonzaga vs. Michigan State (West), and Duke vs. Michigan (East).

2019 College Basketball Bracketology: The Lowdown, January 19

There are a few major divergences in our bracketology from other bracketologists. For example, others put Minnesota into the field and we don’t even have them first four out. We slighted them because their NET of 65 is meh, the 110 strength of schedule is worse, and they picked up a Quadrant 3 loss. The recent Illinois loss was only Quadrant 2, but if you’re fighting for a tournament bid, getting demolished by a 4-12 team will not help you pass the eye test.

Further, we are bullish on North Carolina with combination of good NET, strength of schedule, and Quadrant 1 wins.

We are low on Central Florida and almost left them out of the field. Others have them around the 10 line right now but they have no Quadrant 1 wins, a weak strength of schedule, and a Quadrant 4 loss. Their lone saving grace was having a NET of 38.

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