This bracketology will evaluate teams based on how they have performed this point in the season. It will not factor in how they are projected to do in the rest of the season.
A conference in parentheses next to a team indicates a team that would have an automatic bid as a conference champion.
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 South Region plays the winner of the West Region, and the winner of the Midwest Region plays the winner of the East Region.
The South Region and the West Region hold the overall No. 1 and No. 4 seeds, respectively. The Midwest Region and East Region hold the overall No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.
No. 1 North Carolina (ACC) vs. No. 16 Vermont (A-East)/Texas Southern (SWAC)
No. 8 Texas A&M vs. No. 9 Creighton (MVC)
No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Washington
No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 13 Cleveland State (Horizon)
No. 6 Purdue vs. No. 11 Notre Dame
No. 3 Florida vs. No. 14 Norfolk State (MEAC)
No. 7 West Virginia vs. No. 10 Illinois
No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 Weber State (Big Sky)
No. 1 Syracuse (Big East) vs. No. 16 Lehigh (Patriot)
No. 8 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 Northwestern
No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 12 Long Beach State (Big West)
No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 13 Kent State (MAC)
No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 11 Michigan State/Wichita State
No. 3 Memphis (C-USA) vs. No. 14 Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt)
No. 7 UNLV (MWC) vs. No. 10 Villanova
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 New Mexico State (WAC)
No. 1 Kentucky (SEC) vs. No. 16 Campbell (Big South)/Murray State (OVC)
No. 8 Miami (FL) vs. No. 9 Kansas State
No. 5 California (Pac-12) vs. No. 12 Belmont (A-Sun)
No. 4 Marquette vs. No. 13 Iona (MAAC)
No. 6 Gonzaga (WCC) vs. No. 11 Texas
No. 3 Xavier (A-10) vs. No. 14 Old Dominion (CAA)
No. 7 Mississippi State vs. No. 10 New Mexico
No. 2 Louisville vs. No. 15 Wagner (NEC)
No. 1 Ohio State (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 Texas-San Antonio (Southland)
No. 8 Cincinnati vs. No. 9 San Diego State
No. 5 Kansas vs. No. 12 Virginia/Oregon State
No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 13 Harvard (Ivy)
No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 11 Georgetown
No. 3 Baylor (Big 12) vs. No. 14 Charleston (SoCon)
No. 7 Temple vs. No. 10 Minnesota
No. 2 Connecticut vs. No. 15 North Dakota State (Summit)
First Four Out
Oklahoma State, Saint Louis, Nebraska, Clemson
Next Four Out
Marshall, St. Mary's, Indiana, Massachusetts
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