Brett Siegel Bracketology: Selection Sunday Final Rankings

The 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket will be released shortly, so here are my last projections of the year!

If you missed a previous Bracketology Report, catch up on the past rankings here!

*Note: (#) means which numbered team they are from that conference, * denotes auto-bid (Conference Champ)

 

Bracketology Rankings:

1 Seeds:

  1. Virginia Cavaliers (31-2) (17-1) – ACC (1)*  
  2. Villanova Wildcats (30-4) (14-4) – Big East (1)*  
  3. Kansas Jayhawks (27-7) (13-5) – Big 12 (1)* 
  4. Xavier Musketeers (28-5) (15-3) – Big East (2) 

2 Seeds:

  1. North Carolina Tar Heels (25-10) (11-7)– ACC (2) 
  2. Duke Blue Devils (26-7) (13-5) – ACC (3) 
  3. Purdue Boilermakers (28-6) (15-3) – Big Ten (1)
  4. Cincinnati Bearcats (30-4) (16-2) – American (1)* 

3 Seeds:

  1. Michigan State Spartans (29-4) (16-2) – Big Ten (2)
  2. Tennessee Volunteers (25-8) (13-5) – SEC (1) 
  3. Michigan Wolverines (28-7) (13-5) – Big Ten (3)*
  4. Auburn Tigers (25-7) (13-5) – SEC (1)

4 Seeds:

  1. West Virginia Mountaineers (24-10) (11-7) – Big 12 (2) 
  2. Texas Tech Red Raiders (24-9) (11-7) – Big 12 (3)
  3. Arizona Wildcats (27-7) (13-4) – PAC 12 (1)*
  4. Wichita State Shockers (25-7) (14-4) – American (2)

5 Seeds:

  1. Kentucky Wildcats (24-10) (10-8) – SEC (3)* ↑ (2)
  2. Clemson Tigers (23-9) (11-7) – ACC (4) ↓ (1)
  3. Gonzaga Bulldogs (30-4) (17-1) – WCC (1)* ↓ (1)
  4. Houston Cougars (26-7) (14-4) – American (3) ↑ (1)

6 Seeds:

  1. Ohio State Buckeyes (24-8) (15-3) – Big Ten (4) ↓ (1)
  2. Arkansas Razorbacks (23-11) (10-8) – SEC (4)
  3. Florida Gators (20-12) (11-7) – SEC (5)
  4. Miami (FL) Hurricanes (22-9) (11-7) – ACC (5)

7 Seeds:

  1. TCU Horned Frogs (21-11) (9-9) – Big 12 (4)
  2. Texas A&M Aggies (20-12) (9-9) – SEC (6) 
  3. Seton Hall Pirates (21-11) (10-8) – Big East (3)
  4. Virginia Tech Hokies (21-11) (10-8) – ACC (6)

8 Seeds:

  1. Providence Friars (21-13) (10-8) – Big East (4)
  2. Florida State Seminoles (20-11) (9-9) – ACC (7)
  3. Missouri Tigers (20-12) (10-8) – SEC (7) ↑ (1)
  4. Creighton Bluejays (21-11) (10-8) – Big East (5) ↑ (1)

9 Seeds:

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide (19-15) (8-10) – SEC (8) ↑ (1)
  2. Oklahoma Sooners (18-13) (8-10) – Big 12 (5)  ↑ (1)
  3. Kansas State Wildcats (22-11) (10-8) – Big 12 (6) ↑ (1)
  4. Rhode Island Rams (25-7) (15-3) – A-10 (1) ↓ (5)

10 Seeds:

  1. Butler Bulldogs (20-13) (9-9) – Big East (6) 
  2. NC State Wolfpack (21-11) (11-7) – ACC (8) 
  3. Texas Longhorns (19-14) (8-10) – Big 12 (7)
  4. Nevada Wolfpack (27-7) (15-3) – MW (1) ↑ (1)

11 Seeds:

  1. Davidson Wildcats (21-11) (13-5) – A-10 (2)* NEW
  2. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (28-5) (15-3) – MVC (1)*
  3. UCLA Bruins (21-11) (11-7) – PAC 12 (2)  ↓ (3)
  4. Oklahoma State Cowboys (19-14) (8-10) – Big 12 (8) ↓ (1)
  5. St. Bonaventure Bonnies (25-7) (14-4) – A-10 (2)
  6. USC Trojans (23-11) (12-6) – PAC 12 (3) ↓ (2)

12 Seeds:

  1. New Mexico State Aggies (28-5) (12-2) – WAC (1)*
  2. San Diego State Aztecs (22-10) (11-7) – MW (2)*
  3. Buffalo Bulls (26-8) (14-3) – MAC (1)*
  4. South Dakota State Jackrabbits (28-6) (13-1) – Summit (1)*

13 Seeds:

  1. Murray State Racers (26-5) (16-2) – OVC (1)*
  2. Charleston Cougars (26-7) (14-4) – CAA (1)*
  3. UNC-Greensboro Spartans (27-7) (15-3) – Southern (1)*
  4. Montana Grizzlies (26-7) (16-2) – Big Sky (1)*

14 Seeds:

  1. Bucknell Bison (25-9) (17-2) – Patriot (1)*
  2. Marshall Thundering Herd (24-10) (12-6) – C-USA (1)*
  3. Wright State Radiers (25-9) (14-4) – Horizon (1)*
  4. Georgia State Panthers (24-10) (12-6) – Sun Belt (1)*

15 Seeds:

  1. Lipscomb Bison (23-9) (10-4) – A. Sun (1)*
  2. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (28-6) (14-4) – Southland (1)*
  3. Pennsylvania Quakers (24-8)  – IVY League (1)* NEW
  4. UMBC Retrievers (24-10) (12-4) – A. East (1)*

16 Seeds:

  1. Iona Gaels (20-13) (11-7) – MAAC (1)*
  2. CS-Fullerton Titans (20-11) (10-6) – Big West (1)*
  3. Radford Highlanders (22-12) (12-6) – Big South (1)*
  4. LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds (18-16) (10-8) – NEC (1)*
  5. NC Central Eagles (19-15) (9-7) – MEAC (1)* 
  6. Texas Southern Tigers (15-19) (12-6) – SWAC (1)*

 

Last 4 Byes: 

Butler, NC State, Texas, Nevada

Last 4 In:

UCLA, Oklahoma State, St. Bonaventure, USC

First 4 Out:

Louisville, Baylor, Arizona State, Notre Dame

Next 4 Out:

Middle Tennessee, St. Mary’s, Syracuse, Marquette

 

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN:

ACC – 8, Big-12 – 8, SEC – 8, Big East – 6, Big Ten – 4, PAC-12 – 3, American – 3,  A-10 – 3, MW – 2, Others – 1

 

BRACKET PREVIEW:

*Note: I have the South Region and the West Region meeting in the Final Four*

SOUTH REGION: 

Sites: Charlotte, Boise, Nashville, Pittsburgh

(-) #1 Virginia vs. (-) #16 Radford/Texas Southern

(↑) #8 Creighton vs. (-) #9 Kansas State

(-) #5 Kentucky vs. (-) #12 Buffalo

(-) #4 Texas Tech vs. (-) #13 Murray State

(-) #6 Arkansas vs. (NEW) #11 Davidson

(-) #3 Michigan State vs. (-) #14 Wright State

(-) #7 Seton Hall vs. (-) #10 NC State

(-) #2 Cincinnati vs. (-) #15 Lipscomb

 

EAST REGION:

Sites: Pittsburgh, Boise, San Diego, Detroit

(-) #1 Villanova vs. (-) #16 NC Central/LIU-Brooklyn

(-) #8 Missouri vs. (-) #9 Oklahoma

(-) #5 Clemson vs. (-) #12 San Diego State

(-) #4 West Virginia vs. (-) #13 Charleston

(-) #6 Miami (FL) v.s (-) #11 Loyola-Chicago

(-) #3 Tennessee vs. (-) #14 Georgia State

(-) #7 Virginia Tech vs. (-) #10 Butler

(-) #2 Purdue vs. (-) #15 Stephen F. Austin

 

WEST REGION:

Sites: Detroit, San Diego, Wichita, Nashville

(-) #1 Xavier vs. (-) #16 CS-Fullerton

(-) #8 Florida State  vs. (↓) #9 Rhode Island

(↑) #5 Houston vs. (-) #12 New Mexico State

(-) #4 Arizona vs. (-) #13 Montana

(-) #6 Ohio State vs. (-) #11 UCLA/Oklahoma State

(-) #3 Auburn vs. (-) #14 Bucknell

(-) #7 Texas A&M vs. (-) #10 Texas

(-) #2 North Carolina vs. (-) #15 UMBC

 

MIDWEST REGION:

Sites: Wichita, Dallas, Dallas, Charlotte

(-) #1 Kansas vs. (-) #16 Iona

(-) #8 Providence vs. (-) #9 Alabama

(-) #5 Gonzaga vs. (-) #12 South Dakota State

(-) #4 Wichita State vs. (-) #13 UNC-Greensboro

(-) #6 Florida vs. (-) #11 St. Bonaventure/USC

(-) #3 Michigan vs. (-) #14 Marshall

(-) #7 TCU vs. (↑) #10 Nevada

(-) #2 Duke vs. (NEW) #15 Penn

 

FIRST FOUR MATCHUPS: Dayton, OH

#11 UCLA vs. #11 Oklahoma State – W

#11 St. Bonaventure vs. #11 USC – MW

#16 Radford vs. #16 Texas Southern – S

#16 NC Central vs. #16 LIU-Brooklyn – E

 

Be sure to check out ALL of our Bracketology content has we head into the final month of the season and be sure to check out CPP’s Bracketologist, Noah Holley’s Bracketology Reports and Rankings as well!

 

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.