Brett Siegel Bracketology: March 8, 2017

The countdown is down to 4 days! With the ACC tournament starting yesterday and many more starting today and tomorrow, the bracket could be shaken up big time with one loss. One more ticket will be punched tonight before a basketball filled weekend! Be sure to check out my previous Bracketology to see who moved where!

NOTE: In my Bracketology, I have the Midwest meeting up with the West in the Final Four and the East meeting up with the South.

AUTO-BIDS:

  • Gonzaga – WCC
  • Wichita State – MVC
  • UNC-Wilmington – CAA
  • Vermont – American East
  • Winthrop – Big South
  • Florida Gulf Coast – A. Sun
  • East Tennessee State – Southern
  • Northern Kentucky – Horizon
  • Iona – MAAC
  • South Dakota State – Summit
  • Jacksonville State – OVC
  • Mt. St. Mary’s – NEC

 

MIDWEST:

Sites: Tulsa, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Indianapolis

#1 Kansas Jayhawks (28-3) v.s. #16 New Orleans/Mt. St. Mary’s

#8 Dayton Flyers (24-6) v.s. #9 Michigan Wolverines (20-11)

#5 Virginia Cavaliers (21-9) v.s. #12 Nevada Wolfpack (25-6)

#4 Purdue Boilermakers (25-6) v.s. #13 UT-Arlington Mavericks (24-7)

#6 Creighton Bluejays (23-8) v.s. #11 Michigan State Spartans (18-13)

#3 Kentucky Wildcats (26-5) v.s. #14 CSU-Bakersfield Roadrunners (21-8)

#7 Wisconsin Badgers (23-8) v.s. #10 Marquette Golden Eagles (19-11)

#2 Louisville Cardinals (24-7) v.s. #15 Northern Kentucky Norse (24-10)

 

WEST:

Sites: Salt Lake City, Greenville, Milwaukee, Sacramento

#1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (32-1) v.s. #16 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (18-16)

#8 Virginia Tech Hokies (21-9) v.s. #9 Arkansas Razorbacks (23-8)

#5 SMU Mustangs (27-4) v.s. #12 Vanderbilt/Illinois State

#4 Duke Blue Devils (23-8) v.s. #13 Princeton Tigers (21-6)

#6 Iowa State Cyclones (20-10) v.s. #11 Xavier/Wake Forest

#3 Butler Bulldogs (23-7) v.s. #14 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (26-7)

#7 Wichita State Shockers (30-4) v.s. #10 Seton Hall Pirates (20-10)

#2 UCLA Bruins (28-3) v.s. #15 Texas Southern Tigers (21-11)

 

EAST:

Sites: Buffalo, Orlando, Orlando, Tulsa

#1 Villanova Wildcats (28-3) v.s. #16 N.C. Central/Jacksonville State

#8 Miami Hurricanes (20-10) v.s. #9 VCU Rams (24-7)

#5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (23-8) v.s. #12 Vermont Catamounts (28-5)

#4 Florida Gators (24-7) v.s. #13 Akron Zips (24-7)

#6 St. Mary’s Gaels (28-4) v.s. #11 USC Trojans (23-8)

#3 Florida State Seminoles (24-7) v.s. #14 East Tennessee State Buccaneers (27-7)

#7 Maryland Terrapins (24-7) v.s. #10 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (27-4)

#2 Baylor Bears (25-6) v.s. #15 Iona Gaels (22-12)

 

SOUTH:

Sites: Greenville, Buffalo, Sacramento, Salt Lake City

#1 North Carolina Tar Heels (26-6) v.s. #16 North Dakota Fighting Hawks (19-9)

#8 South Carolina Gamecocks (22-9) v.s. #9 Northwestern Wildcats (21-10)

#5 Cincinnati Bearcats (27-4) v.s. #12 UNC-Wilmington Seahawks (29-5)

#4 West Virginia Mountaineers (24-7) v.s. #13 Bucknell Bison (25-8)

#6 Minnesota Golden Gophers (23-8) v.s. #11 Syracuse Orange (18-13)

#3 Arizona Wildcats (27-4) v.s. #14 Winthrop Eagles (26-6)

#7 Oklahoma State Cowboys (20-11) v.s. #10 Providence Friars (20-11)

#2 Oregon Ducks (27-4) v.s. #15 UC-Irvine Anteaters (19-13)

 

Last Four Byes: Marquette, Michigan State, Syracuse, USC

Last Four In: Xavier, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Illinois State

First Four Out: Rhode Island, Iowa, Kansas State, Georgia

Next Four Out: Illinois, Houston, California, Texas Tech

 

Conference Breakdown:

ACC: 10 teams

Big Ten: 7 teams

Big East: 7 teams

Big-12: 5 teams

SEC: 5 teams

Pac-12: 4 teams

A-10: 2 teams

AAC: 2 teams

WCC: 2 teams

 

 

 

Brett Siegel

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Brett Siegel
I am currently a sophomore at The University of Louisville, majoring in Sports Administration and minoring in Communication. This is my second year being the lead NBA Draft Analyst for CPP and writer for Louisville Basketball. I am a huge sports fan that loves college basketball and watching the players transition from the college court to the big stage in the NBA! If you have any questions or comments, my email is bsiegelsports@gmail.com.

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