This weekly 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 in the rest of the season.
Teams that are currently in first place in their respective conference will be given an automatic bid from that conference. A conference in parentheses next to a team indicates a conference champion.
With the 68-team format, there will now 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 East Region plays the winner of the West Region, and the winner of the Southeast Region plays the winner of the Southwest Region.
The East Region and the West Region hold the overall No. 1 and No. 4 seeds, respectively. The Southeast Region and Southwest Region hold the overall No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.
No. 1 Ohio State (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 Texas Southern (SWAC)/ Bethune-Cookman (MEAC)
No. 8 Utah State (WAC) vs. No. 9 Old Dominion
No. 5 North Carolina vs. No. 12 Gonzaga/Colorado State
No. 4 Connecticut vs. No. 13 Belmont (A-Sun)
No. 6 Xavier (A-10) vs. No. 11 Michigan State
No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 Murray State (OVC)
No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 St. Mary's (WCC)
No. 2 San Diego State vs. No. 15 Bucknell (Patriot)
No. 1 Duke (ACC) vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina (Big South)
No. 8 Temple vs. No. 9 UAB (C-USA)
No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Missouri State (MVC)
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Charleston (SoCon)
No. 6 Villanova vs. No. 11 Richmond
No. 3 Florida (SEC) vs. No. 14 Milwaukee (Horizon)
No. 7 Cincinnati vs. No. 10 Illinois
No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
No. 1 BYU (Mountain West) vs. No. 16 Texas State (Southland)/Northern Colorado (Big Sky)
No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 9 Florida State
No. 5 St. John's vs. No. 12 Butler/Boston College
No. 4 Arizona (Pac-10) vs. No. 13 Princeton (Ivy)
No. 6 Texas A&M vs. No. 11 Georgia
No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Fairfield (MAAC)
No. 7 Missouri vs. No. 10 Marquette
No. 2 Purdue vs. Long Island (NEC)
How many Big East teams will make the NCAA Tournament?
No. 1 Pitt (Big East) vs. No. 16 Long Beach State (Big West)
No. 8 UNLV vs. No. 9 UCLA
No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech
No. 4 Georgetown vs. No. 13 Oakland (Summit)
No. 6 West Virginia vs. No. 11 Alabama
No. 3 Wisconsin vs. No. 14 Vermont (A-East)
No. 7 George Mason (CAA) vs. No. 10 Tennessee
No. 2 Texas (Big 12) vs. No. 15 Kent State (MAC)
Last Four In
Gonzaga, Boston College, Butler, Colorado State
First Four Out
Baylor, Clemson, Memphis, Maryland
Next Four Out
Cleveland State, Penn State, Colorado, VCU