Bracketology: Final NCAA Tournament Bracket Predictions

After a grueling Championship Week, here are my final bracket projections.

As usual, underneath the bracket I will give my last four in and my first eight out.

Final NCAA Tournament Bracket Predictions

EAST (BOSTON) MIDWEST (ST. LOUIS)
PITTSBURGH – March 15 & 17 LOUISVILLE – March 15 & 17
1 Syracuse (31-2) 1 Kentucky (32-2)
16 Lamar (23-11) 16 UNC-Asheville (24-9)
8 Gonzaga (25-6) 8 Kansas State (21-10)
9 Purdue (21-12) 9 Connecticut (20-13)
ALBUQUERQUE – March 15 & 17 PORTLAND – March 15 & 17
5 Vanderbilt (24-10) 5 Wichita State (27-5)
12 Long Beach State (25-8) 12 Seton Hall (20-12)/California (24-9)
4 Florida State (24-9) 4 Wisconsin (24-9)
13 Drexel (27-6)/Iona (25-7) 13 Ohio (27-7)
COLUMBUS – March 16 & 18 ALBUQUERQUE – March 15 & 17
6 San Diego State (26-7) 6 Temple (24-7)
11 Southern Mississippi (25-8) 11 Colorado State (20-11)
3 Michigan (24-9) 3 Baylor (27-7)
14 Montana (25-6) 14 New Mexico State (26-9)
OMAHA – March 16 & 18 GREENSBORO – March 16 & 18
7 Cincinnati (24-10) 7 Memphis (26-8)
10 Virginia (22-8) 10 West Virginia (19-13)
2 Missouri (30-4) 2 Duke (27-6)
15 Loyola, MD (24-8) 15 Detroit (22-13)
WEST (PHOENIX) SOUTH (ATLANTA)
COLUMBUS – March 16 & 18 GREENSBORO – March 16 & 18
1 Michigan State (27-7) 1 North Carolina (29-5)
16 Vermont (23-11)/Miss. Vall. St. (21-12) 16 W. Kentucky (15-18)/Norfolk St. (25-9)
8 Iowa State (22-10) 8 Notre Dame (22-11)
9 Alabama (21-11) 9 Saint Louis (25-7)
PORTLAND – March 15 & 17 NASHVILLE – March 16 & 18
5 New Mexico (27-6) 5 Murray State (30-1)
12 Colorado (23-11) 12 Texas (20-13)
4 Louisville (26-9) 4 Indiana (25-8)
13 Saint Bonaventure (20-11) 13 Davidson (25-7)
LOUISVILLE – March 15 & 17 NASHVILLE – March 16 & 18
6 Creighton (28-5) 6 UNLV (26-8)
11 BYU (25-8) 11 VCU (28-6)
3 Marquette (25-7) 3 Georgetown (23-8)
14 South Dakota State (27-7) 14 Belmont (27-7)
OMAHA – March 16 & 18 PITTSBURGH – March 15 & 17
7 Florida (23-10) 7 Saint Mary’s (27-5)
10 Harvard (26-4) 10 Xavier (21-11)
2 Kansas (27-6) 2 Ohio State (27-7)
15 LIU Brooklyn (25-8) 15 Lehigh (26-7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NCAA Tournament Bracket Last Four In:

  • Seton Hall
  • Drexel
  • Iona
  • California

NCAA Tournament First Eight Out:

  • North Carolina State
  • Marshall
  • Tennessee
  • Washington
  • Mississippi State
  • South Florida
  • Miami (FL)
  • Mississippi

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march-madness-2011-printable-bracketHere is how the bids broke out by conference:

Big East (9): Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville*, Marquette, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, Syracuse, West Virginia

Big Ten (6): Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Big 12 (6): Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri*, Texas

ACC (4): Duke, Florida State*, North Carolina, Virginia

Atlantic 10 (4): Saint Bonaventure*, Saint Louis, Temple, Xavier

Mountain West (4): Colorado State, New Mexico*, San Diego State, UNLV

SEC (4): Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Vanderbilt*

West Coast (3): BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s*

Colonial (2): Drexel, VCU*

Conference USA (2): Memphis*, Southern Mississippi

MAAC (2): Iona, Loyola (MD)*

Missouri Valley (2): Creighton*, Wichita State

Pac-12 (2): California, Colorado*

America East: Vermont*

Atlantic Sun: Belmont*

Big Sky: Montana*

Big South: UNC-Asheville*

Big West: Long Beach State*

Horizon: Detroit*

Ivy: Harvard*

MAC: Ohio*

MEAC: Norfolk State*

Northeast: LIU Brooklyn*

Ohio Valley: Murray State*

Patriot: Lehigh*

Southern: Davidson*

Southland: Lamar*

Summit: South Dakota State*

Sun Belt: Western Kentucky*

SWAC: Mississippi Valley State*

WAC: New Mexico State*

* – Won automatic berth

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About Andy Bottoms

While Andy was born and raised in Indiana, he would like to point out that he grew up shooting hoops in his driveway and not against the side of a barn like you see in all the March Madness promos or in the middle of a field like Jimmy Chitwood. Andy ranks among the top bracketologists according to the Bracket Matrix and has provided his projections to Fox Sports for the past three seasons. When not compiling excuses for missing work during the NCAA Tournament, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud IU graduate and co-hosts The Assembly Call postgame show following every IU game. Twitter: @AndyBottoms

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