2018 NCAA Tournament Field best guess – 18 Feb 2018

Here is my latest guess at the NCAA Tournament field and the matchups.

SOUTHEAST

1 Virginia – 16 Hampton/Texas Southern

8 Houston – 9 North Carolina State

5 Kentucky – 12 Louisiana

4 West Virginia – 13 East Tennessee State

3 Texas Tech – 14 UC Santa Barbara

6 Missouri – 11 Louisville

7 Seton Hall – 10 Syracuse

2 Kansas – 15 Florida Gulf Coast

 

 

EAST

1 Villanova – 16 Penn/Wagner

8 Rhode Island – 9 Middle Tennessee

5 Tennessee – 12 USC/Penn State

4 Florida State – 13 South Dakota

3 North Carolina – 14 Buffalo

6 Butler – 11 St. Bonaventure

7 Florida – 10 Kansas State

2 Cincinnati – 15 Stephen F. Austin

 

MIDWEST

1 Xavier – 16 Northeastern

8 Miami (FL) – 9 Saint Mary’s (CA)

5 Wichita State – 12 Oklahoma State/Arizona State

4 Ohio State – 13 Vermont

3 Auburn – 14 Northern Kentucky

6 Michigan – 11 New Mexico State

7 Virginia Tech – 10 Boise State

2 Michigan State – 15 Bucknell

 

 

 

 

WEST

1 Purdue – 16 Rider

8 Arizona – 9 Arkansas

5 Baylor – 12 Loyola (IL)

4 Clemson – 13 Murray State

3 Gonzaga – 14 Montana

6 Nevada – 11 UCLA

7 Alabama – 10 Creighton

2 Duke – 15 Winthrop

Bubble Teams:

Last Four In: Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, USC

First Four Out: Utah, Mississippi State, Washington, Nebraska

Next Four Out: Davidson, Old Dominion, BYU, Oregon

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Teams with work to do (and solidly in if they do so): Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas, TCU, Notre Dame

Other potential bubble teams (if they win a few critical games): LSU, Maryland, Georgia

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