The first bracket of the year is always a little bit of a strange one — poring through numbers from the RPI, BPI, KenPom, and simple wins and losses can make you wonder how much you’ve seen of certain teams. Most teams are not even a third of the way through their conference seasons, and wacky results from the non-conference portion of the season can still be having an effect on how things look right now. And yet, we’ve only got a third of the season remaining, and all of these games will continue to count for something. It will be interesting to see what sticks and what doesn’t from here on out.
Link to bracket with teams seeded in regions:
1 seeds: Duke, Villanova, Kansas, Purdue
2 seeds: Virginia, Xavier, North Carolina, West Virginia
3 seeds: Clemson, Auburn, Ohio St., Florida
4 seeds: Michigan St., Oklahoma, Cincinnati, Arizona
5 seeds: Texas Tech, Tennessee, Wichita St., Nevada
6 seeds: Nevada, Kentucky, TCU, Seton Hall
7 seeds: Miami-FL, Alabama, St. Mary’s, Creighton
8 seeds: Gonzaga, Arizona St., Texas A&M, Louisville
9 seeds: Michigan, Florida St., USC, Butler
10 seeds: Texas, SMU, Providence, Arkansas
11 seeds: Marquette, Houston, Missouri (play-in), Middle Tennessee St. (play-in), Notre Dame (play-in), Boise St. (play-in)
12 seeds: New Mexico St., Buffalo, Old Dominion, Louisiana-Lafayette
13 seeds: South Dakota St., Belmont, Vermont, East Tennessee St.
14 seeds: Wright St., William & Mary, Montana, Hawaii
15 seeds: Bucknell, Radford, Drake, Canisius
16 seeds: Wagner, Penn, Florida Gulf Coast (play-in), Nicholls St. (play-in), North Carolina A&T (play-in), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (play-in)
Last Four In: Missouri, Middle Tennessee St., Notre Dame, Boise St.
First Four Out: Syracuse, Georgia, Western Kentucky, St. Bonaventure
Next Four Out: Maryland, Kansas St., UCLA, Washington