Noah Holley Bracketology: March 11, 2017

One.  More.  Day.

How’s it going, everybody?  Welcome back to my bracket.  In case you were unaware, today is a pretty important day in college hoops.  We fanatics refer to it as “Championship Saturday.”  This is because a whopping 15 tickets will be punched today, including those from the Pac-12, ACC, Big 12, and Big East.


These 14 teams are locked in to the NCAA Tournament field:

  • Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley)
  • Wichita State (Missouri Valley)
  • Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun)
  • Winthrop (Big South)
  • UNC-Wilmington (Colonial)
  • East Tennessee State (Southern)
  • Iona (MAAC)
  • Gonzaga (WCC)
  • South Dakota State (Summit)
  • Horizon (Northern Kentucky)
  • Mount St. Mary’s (Northeast)
  • Bucknell (Patriot)
  • Vermont (America East)

Yes, my friends, things are about to get crazy.  Well, it was crazy already.  More crazy, then.  If that’s even possible!

We don’t have any time to waste, so let’s get right into to the bracket.  Guys, be sure to check back tomorrow, as I will have two projections out, one early tomorrow morning and the other right before the Selection Show.  I’ll also be doing a bracket breakdown podcast with my fellow bracketologists at 11 AM tomorrow, so be sure to tune in for that as well.

(*denotes projected lock, BOLD denotes lock, (!) denotes bubble team)


Sites: Buffalo, Milwaukee, Tulsa, Greenville

1 Villanova* vs 16 Mount St. Mary’s/NC Central
8 Miami vs 9 Dayton
5 Purdue vs 12 Vermont
4 West Virginia* vs 13 Princeton*
6 Cincinnati vs 11 Michigan State
3 Baylor vs 14 Akron*
7 Northwestern vs 10 South Carolina
2 Duke* vs 15 Iona


Sites: Greenville, Orlando, Sacramento, Buffalo

1 North Carolina vs 16 Jacksonville State 
8 Seton Hall vs 9 Oklahoma State
5 SMU* vs 12 Wake Forest/Southern Cal
4 Florida vs 13 East Tennessee State
6 Creighton vs 11 Syracuse/Kansas State
3 UCLA vs 14 CSU-Bakersfield*
7 Michigan vs 10 Vanderbilt
2 Kentucky* vs 15 Northern Kentucky


Sites: Tulsa, Milwaukee, Orlando, Salt Lake City

1 Kansas vs 16 North Dakota*
8 Wichita State vs 9 VCU*
5 Virginia vs 12 UNC-Wilmington
4 Butler vs 13 Bucknell
6 Minnesota* vs 11 Middle Tennessee*
3 Florida State vs 14 Florida Gulf Coast
7 Saint Mary’s vs 10 Xavier
2 Oregon* vs 15 UC-Irvine*


Sites: Sacramento, Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City

1 Gonzaga vs 16 South Dakota State/New Orleans
8 Virginia Tech vs 9 Arkansas
5 Iowa State vs 12 Nevada*
4 Notre Dame vs 13 Texas-Arlington*
6 Wisconsin vs 11 Providence
3 Louisville vs 14 Winthrop
7 Maryland vs 10 Marquette
2 Arizona vs 15 Texas Southern*


  • Last Four Byes: Vanderbilt, Xavier, Michigan State, Providence
  • Last Four In: Syracuse, Kansas State, USC, Wake Forest
  • Out: Rhode Island, Illinois State, Cal
Noah Holley
Hello! My name is Noah. I am a 14 year old sports fanatic that is an intern for College Pride Press. I am one of the site's bracketologists. I also write about other random stuff. For my own website,, I cover college football, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, golf, and MLL. Be sure to check it out! (Twitter: @NoahSports1)

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