The NCAA Tournament field is starting to fill out as teams are punching their dance tickets every night by winning their conference tournament. There have been 14 teams that have already secured their spots in the field of 68 teams all vying for the chance to play for the NCAA College Basketball Championship.
However, selection Sunday is just a few days away, so we do not know where teams will be seeded.
Here is a breakdown of who may go where when the tournament starts on March 15th.
No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 16 Western Kentucky/Stony Brook
No. 8 New Mexico vs. No. 9 Southern Miss.
No. 5 Temple vs. No. 12 Brigham Young
No. 4 UNLV vs. No. 13 Long Beach St.
No. 6 Iowa St. vs. No. 11 South Florida
No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 14 Nevada
No. 7 New Mexico vs. No. 10 West Virginia
No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 15 Davidson
In this bracket the top seed goes to the Syracuse Orange of the Big East. They will win their conference tournament and will be rewarded with the opportunity of opening their quest to the top of the NCAA college basketball world in Pittsburgh, then Boston before playing in the Final Four at New Orleans.
However, the sleeper team in this bracket is the UNLV Rebels.
They are ranked 20th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings and have an RPI of 14. They own six wins over teams ranked in the top 50 of the RPI, including a victory over the No. 2 seed in this bracket, North Carolina.
But, in the end the winner out of the East will be Syracuse.
MIDWEST (St. Louis)
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville
No. 8 Connecticut vs. No. 9 Virginia
No. 5 Murray St. vs. No. 12 Drexel
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Akron
No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 11 Harvard
No. 3 Georgetown vs. No. 14 Bucknell
No. 7 Kansas St. vs. No. 10 Washington
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Detroit
This will be the hardest bracket to choose a winner from.
For starters you have a deep pool of teams, with 10 teams in the RPI’s top 50 and two of the best mid-majors that may enter the tournament playing each other in the first round between Murray St. and Drexel.
Plus, there are some interesting matchups in the first round with Notre Dame versus Harvard and Michigan versus Detroit in Columbus, Ohio. Then in the second round there is the potential of seeing the defending champion, Connecticut, facing off against Kansas and a Big East conference meeting in Pittsburgh between Georgetown and Notre Dame.
The winner—or survivor—of this bracket could be No. 12 Drexel, but will more than likely be No. 4 Wisconsin.
No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 16 LIU Brooklyn/Savannah St.
No. 8 Purdue vs. No. 9 Alabama
No. 5 Louisville vs. No. 12 Xavier/Northwestern
No. 4 Baylor vs. No. 13 Belmont
No. 6 St. Mary’s vs. No. 11 South Dakota St.
No. 3 Michigan St. vs. No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth
No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 Cincinnati
No. 2 Missouri vs. No. 15 Montana
This bracket features the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Kentucky. This bracket, much like the NCAA Tournament, is the Wildcats' to lose. They have the most talented team, have a record of 30-1 and should be able to cruise through this bracket to the Final Four.
However, the surprise team in this bracket will be either No. 10 Cincinnati or No. 4 Baylor.
Baylor is a top-10 RPI team and has won eight of its last 12 games. Cincinnati may have an RPI outside of the top 50, but it has six wins over teams in the top 50 of the RPI and has seven wins in its last nine games.
But, in the end, Kentucky wins the South Region.
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 Mississippi Valley State
No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Creighton
No. 5 Florida St. vs. No. 12 Colorado St.
No. 4 Florida vs. No. 13 Seton Hall/Texas
No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 California
No. 3 Indiana vs. No. 14 Valparaiso
No. 7 San Diego St. vs. No. 10 St. Louis
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Texas-Arlington
The West Region is tough, in that there isn’t a clear-cut favorite. There are four possible favorites who could make a run to the Final Four: Duke, Ohio State, Indiana and Florida.
However, this field is deep with sleepers who could string together four or five tournament wins to make the Final Four: California, Seton Hall, Texas or Florida State.
But, the team that will make its way to New Orleans to play in the Final Four will be THE Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Final Four will consist of two great games of Kentucky vs. Ohio State and Syracuse vs. Wisconsin. From there it looks like Kentucky will play Syracuse in the final game with Kentucky cutting down the nets in the end.