NCAA Bracketology

Written by on February 15, 2021


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In a battle between two projected No. 1 seeds, Ohio State fell to Michigan 92-87 on Sunday at dwelling.  

The Buckeyes (18-5, 12-5) and prime No. 2 seed Illinois are so shut that Ohio State would have dropped from its No. 1 seed with a loss to another Huge Ten crew in addition to Michigan. 

The Preventing Illini (16-5, 12-3) have not misplaced since Jan. 16, a head-to-head assembly with the Buckeyes that’s the distinction maker proper now. 

When making use of a blind résumé check, Ohio State has eight Quadrant 1 (top-25 dwelling, top-75 away) victories in comparison with Illinois’ seven. However the Illini have a greater NET rating of Four in comparison with OSU’s 7, partially on account of taking part in two fewer video games, which included a postponement of their scheduled Feb. 11 conflict with Michigan (now slated for March 2). 

Ohio State has a greater energy of schedule, however Illinois may shorten the margin by taking part in 4 of its final 5 on the street – with all of these Quad 1 alternatives. OSU, in the meantime, solely has three video games in Huge Ten play remaining. 

Gonzaga, Baylor and Michigan are near solidifying No. 1 seeds. Ought to this battle for the ultimate prime seed stay tight, a March 6 assembly between Ohio State and Illinois –  the Huge Ten finale for each groups – could possibly be an important consequence for the NCAA choice committee getting into Choice Sunday, which is March 14.  

The NCAA Tournament tips off March 18.

No. 1 seeds

Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan, Ohio State. 

Final 4 in

Seton Corridor, Minnesota, Maryland, Syracuse.

First 4 out

Georgia Tech, Indiana, Connecticut, Utah State.

Subsequent 4 out

St. Johns, Stanford, Ole Miss, SMU.



Others thought-about for at-large bids (no specific order): Memphis, Richmond, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, UAB, Georgia, Duke. 

On life help: TCU, Marquette, Windfall, Marshall, Utah, Arizona State, Oregon State, Mississippi State, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas A&M, St Mary’s, San Francisco, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Dayton, Davidson, Nevada, Penn State.

Multi-bid conferences: Huge Ten (9), Huge 12 (7), ACC (6), SEC (6), Pac-12 (4), Huge East (4), Mountain West (3), Atlantic 10 (2), Missouri Valley (2), West Coast (2).

Leaders or highest NET from projected one-bid conferences – (20 whole): America East – UMBC, Atlantic Solar – Liberty, Huge Sky – Japanese Washington, Huge South – Winthrop, Huge West – UCSB, CAA – Northeastern,  C-USA – UAB, Horizon – Wright State, MAAC – Siena, MAC – Toledo, MEAC – Norfolk St., Northeast – Bryant, OVC – Belmont, Patriot – Navy, Southern – UNCG, Southland – Sam Houston, SWAC – Prairie View A&M, Summit – South Dakota, Solar Belt – Texas State, WAC – Grand Canyon

  • Banned from collaborating: Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Delaware State, Auburn, Arizona 
  • Transition colleges, ineligible for the match: Cal Baptist, North Alabama, Merrimack, Dixie State, Tarleton State, Bellarmine, UC San Diego   
  • COVID-19: Ivy League, Bethune-Cookman, Maryland-Japanese Shore, Howard, Maine

Observe: Most statistical knowledge is used from The NET rankings (NCAA Analysis Device) are also a reference level. 

About our bracketologist: Shelby Mast has been projecting the sector since 2005 on his web site, Bracket W.A.G. He joined USA TODAY in 2014. In his eighth season as our nationwide bracketologist, Mast has completed as one of many prime three bracketologists up to now seven March Madnesses. He’s additionally predicted for The Indianapolis Star, and is an inaugural member of the Tremendous 10 Choice Committee. Observe him on Twitter @BracketWag.

Observe school basketball reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson

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