2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket: Latest Projection of the Field of 68

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2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket: Latest Projection of the Field of 68
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If we're going to get another edition of Kansas vs. Oklahoma in the NCAA tournament, Bleacher Report's latest projection of the field suggests it would come no sooner than the Final Four in an epic battle of No. 1 seeds.

Joining the Jayhawks and Sooners on the top line this week are Virginia and Villanova, though Iowa and North Carolina were under consideration for that honor.

And on the more bubbly side of things, we make Stanford's unpopular case as a tournament team and explain why Pittsburgh appears to be in danger regarding a second straight trip to the NIT.

One important thing to note that's going to be different from most of the projections you'll find on other sites: The projected automatic bid for each conference does not automatically go to the team with the best conference record. (Sorry, Temple. That's just how we roll.)

Other than that, it's business as usual.

The three primary computer metrics considered in this projection are ESPN's Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), KenPom.com's pythagorean rankings (KP) and ESPN's strength of schedule (SOS). And, of course, the oft-mentioned, never-quantifiable eye test was a large part of the seeding process.

As always, we'll take a look at the last five teams to make the field, the first five out and a few on the horizon.

After that, we'll present each seeded region, including the subregional locations in which each pod would be played, and some commentary on which teams have moved the most in each region. Then we'll defend the No. 1 seeds' rankings, followed by a summary of the entire field broken up by conference.

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