This bracketology will evaluate teams based on how they have performed to this point in the season. It will not factor in how they are projected to do the rest of the season.
A conference in parentheses next to a team indicates that team is in this bracket as a conference champion AQ.
With the 68-team format, there will be four play-in games. There will be two play-in games for the bottom four at-large teams and two play-in games for the bottom four conference tournament winners who earned automatic bids.
In the bracket, the winner of the Midwest Region plays the winner of the East Region, and the winner of the South Region plays the winner of the West Region.
The Midwest Region and the East Region hold the overall No. 1 and No. 4 seeds, respectively. The South Region and West Region hold the overall No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.