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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: March 14, 2021

1Gonzaga BulldogsWCC*
2Illinois Fighting IlliniBig Ten*
3Baylor BearsBig 12
4Michigan WolverinesBig Ten
5Ohio State BuckeyesBig Ten
6Iowa HawkeyesBig Ten
7Alabama Crimson TideSEC*
8Texas LonghornsBig 12*
9Oklahoma State CowboysBig 12
10Arkansas RazorbacksSEC
11Kansas JayhawksBig 12
12Houston CougarsAmerican*
13Purdue BoilermakersBig Ten
14Virginia CavaliersACC
15Tennessee VolunteersSEC
16Florida State SeminolesACC
17West Virginia MountaineersBig 12
18Texas Tech Red RaidersBig 12
19Creighton BluejaysBig East
20Wisconsin BadgersBig Ten
21Villanova WildcatsBig East
22San Diego State AztecsMWC*
23Colorado BuffaloesPac-12
24USC TrojansPac-12
25BYU CougarsWCC
26Loyola Chicago RamblersMVC*
27Missouri TigersSEC
28LSU TigersSEC
29Georgia Tech Yellow JacketsACC*
30Oklahoma SoonersBig 12
31Oregon DucksPac-12
32Connecticut HuskesBig East
33Maryland TerrapinsBig Ten
34North Carolina Tar HeelsACC
35Virginia Tech HokiesACC
36Florida GatorsSEC
37Rutgers Scarlet KnightsBig Ten
38Clemson TigersACC
39VCU RamsA-10
40Michigan State SpartansBig Ten
41St. Bonaventure BonniesA-10*
42UCLA BruinsPac-12
43Louisville CardinalsACC
44Syracuse OrangeACC
45Utah State AggiesMWC
46Drake BulldogsMVC
47Georgetown HoyasBig East*
48Oregon State BeaversPac-12*
49Winthrop EaglesBig South*
50UC-Santa Barbara GauchosBig West*
51Colgate RaidersPatriot*
52UNC-Greensboro SpartansSouthern*
53Morehead State EaglesOVC*
54North Texas Mean GreenC-USA*
55Ohio BobcatsMAC*
56Cleveland State VikingsHorizon*
57Abilene Christian WildcatsSouthland*
58Liberty FlamesA-Sun*
59Eastern Washington EaglesBig Sky*
60Oral Roberts Golden EaglesSummit*
61Iona GaelsMAAC*
62Grand Canyon AntelopesWAC*
63Hartford HawksAmEast*
64Drexel DragonsCAA*
65Texas Southern TigersSWAC*
66Mount St. Mary’s MountaineersNEC*
67Norfolk State SpartansMEAC*
68Appalachian State MountaineersSun Belt*

Last In/First Out: March 14

Last Eight In

Clemson TigersACC
VCU RamsA-10
Michigan State SpartansBig Ten
UCLA BruinsPac-12
Louisville CardinalsACC
Syracuse OrangeACC
Utah State AggiesMWC
Drake BulldogsMVC

First Twelve Out

Colorado State RamsMWC
Ole Miss RebelsSEC
Wichita State ShockersAmerican
Saint Louis BillikensA-10
Boise State BroncosMWC
Seton Hall PiratesBig East
Duke Blue DevilsACC
Xavier MusketeersBig East
Memphis TigersAmerican
St. John’s Red StormBig East
Western Kentucky HilltoppersC-USA
SMU MustangsAmerican

Bracketology by Region: March 14

First Four

First Four 3-14-21 bracketology

First Round

Region 1 (Gonzaga)
FINAL 2021 College Basketball Bracketology - Region 1
Region 2 (Illinois)
FINAL 2021 College Basketball Bracketology - Region 2
Region 3 (Baylor)
FINAL 2021 College Basketball Bracketology - Region 3
Region 4 (Michigan)
FINAL 2021 College Basketball Bracketology - Region 4
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