Noah Holley Bracketology: March 9, 2017

How’s it going, everybody!

Welcome to my updated bracket.  People, we are just THREE days away from Selection Sunday!  This is the craziest time of the year in college basketball, and it’s about to get even crazier today, as the top seeds in the major conference tournaments will hit the court.

We don’t have much time to waste, so we’ll get right into the bracket in just a sec.  First let’s take a look at the ever-growing list of teams that have punched their ticket to the big dance:

  • 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)

Bucknell joined the list last night after routing Lehigh.  There are no conference tournament finals tonight, and there won’t be any until Championship Saturday, meaning this list will stay the same for awhile.

Anyway, let’s get into the bracket.  I’ll be updating this daily from here on out, so be sure to stay tuned.  Enjoy!

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


Sites: Buffalo, Greenville, Orlando, Tulsa

1 Villanova vs 16 Mount St. Mary’s/NC Central
8 Virginia Tech vs 9 Seton Hall
5 Cincinnati vs 12 UNC-Wilmington
4 Duke vs 13 Bucknell
6 Creighton vs 11 Michigan State
3 Florida State vs 14 Florida Gulf Coast
7 Wichita State vs 10 VCU
2 Baylor vs 15 UC-Irvine


Sites: Greenville, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Buffalo

1 North Carolina vs 16 Jacksonville State
8 Dayton vs 9 South Carolina
5 West Virginia vs 12 Syracuse/Iowa
4 Florida vs 13 ETSU
6 Iowa State vs 11 Xavier
3 Arizona vs 14 Iona
7 Maryland vs 10 Southern Cal
2 Kentucky vs 15 Northern Kentucky


Sites: Tulsa, Milwaukee, Sacramento, Milwaukee

1 Kansas vs 16 New Orleans/North Dakota
8 Michigan vs 9 Arkansas
5 SMU vs 12 Nevada
4 Virginia vs 13 Vermont
6 Wisconsin vs 11 Middle Tennessee State
3 UCLA vs 14 Akron
7 Saint Mary’s vs 10 Northwestern
2 Louisville vs 15 Texas Southern


Sites: Sacramento, Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City

1 Gonzaga vs 16 South Dakota State
8 Oklahoma State vs 9 Marquette
5 Notre Dame vs 12 Princeton
4 Purdue vs 13 UT-Arlington
6 Minnesota vs 11 Wake Forest/Vanderbilt
3 Butler vs 14 Winthrop
7 Miami vs 10 Providence
2 Oregon vs 15 CSU-Bakersfield


  • Last Four Byes: Providence, Southern Cal, Michigan State, Xavier
  • Last Four In: Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Iowa
  • First Four Out: Rhode Island, Kansas State, Illinois State, Illinois
  • Next Four Out: Houston, Cal, Indiana, Georgia


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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