2018 NCAA Tournament Field best guess – 25 Feb 2018

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

SOUTHEAST

 

1 Virginia – 16 Texas Southern/Hampton

8 Kansas State – 9 Houston

5 Arkansas – 12 Louisiana

4 West Virginia – 13 Vermont

3 North Carolina – 14 Florida Gulf Coast

6 Butler – 11 Boise State

7 Rhode Island – 10 Penn State

2 Cincinnati – 15 Bucknell

EAST

 

1 Villanova – 16 Penn/Wagner

8 Florida – 9 Saint Mary’s (CA)

5 TCU – 12 New Mexico State

4 Ohio State – 13 Murray State

3 Xavier – 14 Northern Kentucky

6 Miami (FL) – 11 Loyola (IL)

7 Nevada – 10 Missouri

2 Gonzaga – 15 UC Santa Barbara

MIDWEST

 

1 Michigan State – 16 Winthrop

8 Virginia Tech – 9 USC

5 Kentucky – 12 Oklahoma State/Mississippi State

4 Texas Tech – 13 Montana

3 Auburn – 14 East Tennessee State

6 Florida State – 11 Louisville

7 Seton Hall – 10 Creighton

2 Kansas – 15 Stephen F. Austin

WEST

1 Duke – 16 Canisius

8 Arizona – 9 Nebraska

5 Michigan – 12 North Carolina State/Alabama

4 Tennessee – 13 South Dakota

3 Clemson – 14 Buffalo

6 Wichita State – 11 Oregon

7 Middle Tennessee – 10 UCLA

2 Purdue – 15 Northeastern

 

Bubble Teams:

Last Four In: North Carolina State, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State

First Four Out: St. Bonaventure, Utah, Providence, Fresno State

Next Four Out: South Dakota State, Old Dominion, San Diego State, Western Kentucky

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Teams with work to do (and solidly in if they do so): Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas, Arizona State

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

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