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After the disappointments of 2020, we now have 2021 college basketball bracketology, because there will be an NCAA Tournament this year.

Literally days away from the start of March Madness with Selection Sunday, everything got bagged thanks to Covid-19 last year. Here in 2021, things will be different, but thanks to those changes, the tournament is going to happen.

More recent bracket updates will be towards the front – prior updates will be on more distant pages


Determining the Bracket

There will be a little less strategy on our part this year in trying to put these teams into pods. Why? Because all 68 entrants will go into the same bubble to play out the Big Dance. The games will not all take place at the same venue – that would be silly – but the Indianapolis area will host every game of the tournament this season.1 At least for this year, gone are the days of trying to figure out how close a one-seed can get to playing a home game.

As it has been for the last few years, the primary metric used by the NCAA to “weigh” the teams is their proprietary NET ranking.2 It will not mimic our seed list of 1-68, but it’s a good starting point for anyone looking to play along at home.

The format for the tournament remains the same: 68 teams, a First Four featuring eight teams, and then from there it compresses from 64 down to one.

Like we do every year, with these 2021 college basketball bracketology updates, we share our seed list, and then the updated 68-team bracket.

S-Curve: February 21, 2021

1Gonzaga BulldogsWCC*
2Baylor BearsBig 12*
3Michigan WolverinesBig Ten*
4Ohio State BuckeyesBig Ten
5Illinois Fighting IlliniBig Ten
6Alabama Crimson TideSEC*
7Villanova WildcatsBig East*
8Iowa HawkeyesBig Ten
9Houston CougarsAmerican*
10West Virginia MountaineersBig 12
11Oklahoma SoonersBig 12
12Florida State SeminolesACC*
13Kansas JayhawksBig 12
14Virginia CavaliersACC
15Texas Tech Red RaidersBig 12
16Texas LonghornsBig 12
17Tennessee VolunteersSEC
18Wisconsin BadgersBig Ten
19Missouri TigersSEC
20USC TrojansPac-12*
21Creighton BluejaysBig East
22Purdue BoilermakersBig Ten
23Colorado BuffaloesPac-12
24Virginia Tech HokiesACC
25Oklahoma State CowboysBig 12
26UCLA BruinsPac-12
27Arkansas RazorbacksSEC
28Loyola Chicago RamblersMVC*
29Rutgers Scarlet KnightsBig Ten
30Florida GatorsSEC
31BYU CougarsWCC
32LSU TigersSEC
33San Diego State AztecsMWC
34Clemson TigersACC
35Boise State BroncosMWC*
36Louisville CardinalsACC
37Xavier MusketeersBig East
38Indiana HoosiersBig Ten
39Drake BulldogsMVC
40North Carolina Tar HeelsACC
41Oregon DucksPac-12
42Minnesota Golden GophersBig Ten
43VCU RamsA-10*
44Seton Hall PiratesBig East
45Colorado State RamsMWC
46Connecticut HuskiesBig East
47St. Bonaventure BonniesA-10
48Syracuse OrangeACC
49Western Kentucky HilltoppersC-USA*
50Belmont BruinsOVC*
51UC-Santa Barbara GauchosBig West*
52Winthrop EaglesBig South*
53Abilene Christian WildcatsSouthland*
54Wright State RaidersHorizon*
55Colgate RaidersPatriot*
56Toledo RocketsMAC*
57Liberty FlamesA-Sun*
58Grand Canyon AntelopesWAC*
59UNC-Greensboro SpartansSouthern*
60Siena SaintsMAAC*
61Eastern Washington EaglesBig Sky*
62South Dakota State JackrabbitsSummit*
63UMBC RetrieversAmEast*
64Texas State BobcatsSun Belt*
65James Madison DukesCAA*
66Prairie View A&M PanthersSWAC*
67Wagner SeahawksNEC*
68Norfolk State SpartansMEAC*

Last In/First Out: February 21

Last Eight In

North Carolina Tar HeelsACC
Oregon DucksPac-12
Minnesota Golden GophersBig Ten
Seton Hall PiratesBig East
Colorado State RamsMWC
Connecticut HuskiesBig East
St. Bonaventure BonniesA-10
Syracuse OrangeACC

First Ten Out

Stanford CardinalPac-12
Utah State AggiesMWC
Wichita State ShockersAmerican
St. John’s Red StormBig East
Arizona WildcatsPac-12
Saint Louis BillikensA-10
Richmond SpidersA-10
Maryland TerrapinsBig Ten
SMU MustangsAmerican
Mississippi RebelsSEC

Bracketology by Region: February 21

First Four

2021 bracketology first four 2-21-21

First Round

Region 1 (Gonzaga)
2021 College Basketball Bracketology - Region 1 2-21-21
Region 2 (Baylor)
2021 College Basketball Bracketology - Region 2 2-21-21
Region 3 (Michigan)
2021 College Basketball Bracketology - Region 3 2-21-21
Region 4 (Ohio State)
2021 College Basketball Bracketology - Region 4 2-21-21
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