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.
Here is how it will work for conferences whose tournaments have already begun: If the tournament is still in progress, the highest remaining seed in the tournament will get the conference's automatic bid.
To this point, there are three conference tournaments that have been completed, so there are three definite automatic bids.
From the Big South, UNC-Asheville defeated Coastal Carolina to get the Big South's bid to the NCAA Tournament.
From the Atlantic Sun, Belmont gets the automatic bid after defeating North Florida in a blowout on Saturday.
Lastly, Morehead State defeated Tennessee Tech to get its second automatic bid in the last three years.
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 Southwest Region plays the winner of the Southeast Region.
The East Region and the West Region hold the overall No. 1 and No. 4 seeds, respectively. The Southwest Region and Southeast Region hold the overall No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.
Check back for updates as Selection Sunday gets closer.
No. 1 Ohio State (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 Northern Colorado (Big Sky)/McNeese State (Southland)
No. 8 Temple vs. No. 9 Old Dominion
No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Missouri State (MVC)
No. 4 Georgetown vs. No. 13 Harvard (Ivy)
No. 6 West Virginia vs. No. 11 Michigan
No. 3 San Diego State vs. No. 14 Morehead State (OVC)
No. 7 Kansas State vs. No. 10 Illinois
No. 2 Duke vs. Bucknell (Patriot)
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt)
No. 8 Utah State (WAC) vs. No. 9 Tennessee
No. 5 Connecticut vs. No. 12 Clemson/Georgia
No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 13 Oakland (Summit)
No. 6 Xavier (A-10) vs. No. 11 Michigan State
No. 3 North Carolina (ACC) vs. No. 14 Vermont (America East)
No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Florida State
No. 2 BYU (Mountain West) vs. No. 15 Long Beach State (Big West)
No. 1 Kansas (Big 12) vs. No. 16 Texas Southern (SWAC)/Bethune-Cookman (MEAC)
No. 8 UNLV vs. No. 9 UAB (C-USA)
No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Virginia Tech
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Charleston (SoCon)
No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Richmond
No. 3 Wisconsin vs. No. 14 Fairfield (MAAC)
No. 7 George Mason (CAA) vs. No. 10 Marquette
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 15 Kent State (MAC)
No. 1 Pittsburgh (Big East) vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville (Big South)
No. 8 Missouri vs. No. 9 UCLA
No. 5 St. John's vs. No. 12 Alabama/Butler
No. 4 Arizona (Pac-10) vs. Belmont (A-Sun)
No. 6 Villanova vs. No. 11 Boston College
No. 3 Florida (SEC) vs. No. 14 Milwaukee (Horizon)
No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 St. Mary's (WCC)
No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 15 Long Island (NEC)
Last Four In
Butler, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia
First Four Out
Baylor, Gonzaga, Colorado, Washington State
Next Four Out
Memphis, Wichita State, Colorado State, Nebraska
Bids by conference:
Big East: 11
Big Ten: 6
Big 12: 5
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