Casey’s Got A New Bracket

After several hours of pouring over stats, records, RPI rankings and a few coin flips, this week’s bracket projections are done. I rue the day I committed to this and the conference tournament projections I said I’d do. Actually, those might be kinda fun. Anyway, I attempted to build regions this time too. I’d have them in a fancy bracket for you, but Photoshop and I have gone to war and at the moment, I’m losing.

East Regional
1. Syracuse (Big East) vs. 16. winner of Stony Brook (America East) vs. Norfolk State (MEAC)
8. California (PAC-12) vs. 9. Alabama (SEC)
4. Louisville (Big East) vs. 13. Oral Roberts (Summit League)
5. Temple (Atlantic 10) vs. 12. Miami FL (ACC)
6. Murray State (OVC) vs. 11. Illinois (Big 10)
3. Georgetown (Big East) vs. 14. Nevada (WAC)
7. Vanderbilt (SEC) vs. 10. Iowa State (Big 12)
2. North Carolina (ACC) vs. 15. Valparaiso (Horizon League)

West Regional
1. Duke (ACC) vs. 16. UNC Asheville (Big South)
8. Harvard (Ivy League) vs. 9. Saint Louis (Atlantic 10)
4. UNLV (Mountain West) vs. 13. Middle Tennessee State (Sun Belt)
5. Saint Mary’s (WCC) vs. 12. winner of Xavier (Atlantic 10) vs. Minnesota (Big Ten)
6. Southern Miss (Conference USA) vs. 11. West Virginia (Big East)
3. Baylor (Big 12) vs. 14. Iona (MAAC)
7. Gonzaga (WCC) vs. 10. Seton Hall (Big East)
2. Michigan State (Big Ten) vs. 15. Bucknell (Patriot League)
Midwest Regional
1. Missouri (Big 12) vs. 16. winner of Texas-Arlington (Southland) vs. Mississippi Valley State (SWAC)
8. Mississippi State (SEC) vs. 9. Connecticut (Big East)
4. Michigan (Big Ten) vs. 13. BYU (WCC)
5. Wisconsin (Big Ten) vs. 12. New Mexico (Mountain West)
6. Wichita State (Missouri Valley) vs. 11. Kansas State (Big 12)
3. Marquette (Big East) vs. 14. Davidson (Southern)
7. Creighton (Missouri Valley) vs. 10. Purdue (Big Ten)
2. Ohio State (Big Ten) vs. 15. Belmont (Atlantic Sun)
South Regional
1. Kentucky (SEC) vs. 16. Long Island (Northeast)
8. Memphis (Conference USA)  vs. 9. Virginia (ACC)
4. Indiana (Big Ten) vs. 13. winner of NC State (ACC) vs. Cincinnati (Big East)
5. Florida (SEC) vs. 12. Akron (MAC)
6. Florida State (ACC) vs. 11. Long Beach State (Big West)
3. San Diego State (Mountain West) vs. 14. Drexel (CAA)
7. Notre Dame (Big East) vs. 10. Arizona (PAC-12)
2. Kansas (Big 12) vs. Weber State (Big Sky)
Last Four In: NC State, Xavier, BYU, Cincinnati
First Four Out: Texas, Washington, Colorado State, Northwestern

Multiple Bids:
Big East 9
Big Ten 8
Big 12 5
Atlantic 10 3
Mountain West 3
Conference USA 2
Missouri Valley 2
PAC-12 2

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