Butler’s in our latest NCAA tourney bracket — is your team?

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Welcome to Championship Week. 

Duke rejoins the top line as a No. 1 seed in the West in our latest bracket projection.  The Blue Devils and North Carolina tangle for the ACC title this weekend.  It could have big-time seeding implications.  Also, last year’s national runner-up Butler rejoins the bracket as one of our final at-large teams – slotted for the First Four in Dayton.  The Bulldogs have somewhat backed their way in – with a lot of other bubble teams losing – but there will be no complaints about receiving a Dance ticket.  Busy weekend ahead.  We still have 11 spots available heading into the final eight days of the regular season.

UPDATED: Friday, March 4 | Records reflect Division I games only – through March 3.

Teams in CAPS represent the projected conference champion for this bracket. Exceptions are made for those teams that traditionally use an abbreviation (UTEP, BYU, etc).

NOTE: In the new 68-team format you will notice two pairing games that represent the First Four pairings. In this bracket the First Four games in Dayton would be … Virginia Tech vs. Butler | Washington State vs. Michigan | Texas Southern vs. McNeese State | Northern Colorado vs. Bethune-Cookman. The final four at-large teams are paired along with the teams seeded 65-68 on the S-curve. The matchups are indicated in the bracket below.

Next Update: Monday, March 7.

BRACKET PROJECTION …

EASTNewark   SOUTHEASTNew Orleans
Cleveland   Cleveland
1) OHIO STATE (28-2)   1) PITTSBURGH (26-4)
16) B-COOKMAN / NO. COLORADO   16) McNEESE ST / Tx-SOUTHERN
8  UTAH STATE (26-3)   8  Kansas State (19-9)
9) Marquette (18-12)   9) Old Dominion (24-6)
     
Tampa   Tampa
5) Vanderbilt (21-8)   5) Georgetown (21-8)
12) Virginia Tech / Butler   12) Michigan / Washington St.
4) St. John’s (19-10)   4) FLORIDA (23-6)
13) BELMONT (28-4)   13) CHARLESTON (22-9)
     
Charlotte   Tucson
6) XAVIER (23-6)   6) Villanova (21-8)
11) Boston College (18-11)   11) Gonzaga (21-9)
3) Louisville (23-7)   3) San Diego State (26-2)
14) MILWAUKEE (18-12)   14) LONG BEACH (17-10)
     
Tulsa   Chicago
7) Arizona (24-6)   7) Missouri (21-8)
10) Michigan State (16-12)   10) Florida State (20-9)
2) Texas (24-6)   2) Purdue (25-5)
15) KENT STATE (19-10)   15) VERMONT (23-7)
     
SOUTHWEST – San Antonio   WEST – Anaheim
Tulsa   Charlotte
1) KANSAS (27-2)   1) DUKE (27-3)
16) FLORIDA ATLANTIC (19-9)   16) MURRAY STATE (21-7)
8  UNLV (22-7)   8  GEORGE MASON (25-5)
9) Tennessee (18-12)   9) Washington (20-9)
     
Washington, DC   Tucson
5) West Virginia (19-10)   5) Kentucky (21-8)
12) UAB (21-7)   12) MISSOURI STATE (23-7)  
4) North Carolina (22-6)   4) Connecticut (21-8)
13) PRINCETON (21-5)   13) OAKLAND (21-9)
     
Denver   Washington, DC
6) Temple (23-6)   6) Texas AM (21-7)
11) ST. MARY’S (21-7)   11) Richmond (23-7)
3) Wisconsin (23-6)   3) Syracuse (24-6)
14) FAIRFIELD (23-6)   14) BUCKNELL (23-8)
     
Chicago   Denver
7) UCLA (21-9)   7) Cincinnati (23-7)
10) Georgia (20-9)   10) Illinois (18-12)
2) Notre Dame (24-5)   2) BYU (26-3)
15) COASTAL CAROLINA (23-4)   15) LONG ISLAND (25-5)

 

NOTES on the BRACKET: Ohio State remains the No. 1 overall seed followed by Pittsburgh, Kansas, and Duke. The two seeds in order are Notre Dame, Purdue, Texas, BYU

Last Five teams in (at large): Boston College, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Butler, Washington State

First Five teams out (at large): Colorado, Alabama, Colorado State, Baylor, Clemson

Next in Line: Memphis, Penn State, Cleveland State, VCU

Bracket adjustments: Washington move up a line, Georgia down a line to avoid conference conflicts.

Here is the team breakdown by Conference …

Big East (11): PITTSBURGH, Connecticut, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Villanova, West Virginia, Louisville, St. John’s, Cincinnati, Marquette

Big Ten (6): OHIO STATE, Purdue, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan

Big 12 (5): KANSAS, Texas, Texas AM, Missouri, Kansas State

ACC (5): DUKE, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Boston College

SEC (5): FLORIDA, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Georgia

Pac 10 (4): ARIZONA, UCLA, Washington, Washington State

Mountain West (3): SAN DIEGO STATE, BYU, UNLV

Atlantic 10 (3): XAVIER, Temple, Richmond

Colonial (2): GEORGE MASON, Old Dominion

West Coast (2): ST. MARY’S, Gonzaga

Conference USA (1): UAB

Missouri Valley (1): MISSOURI STATE

Horizon (1): MILWAUKEE

Auto Bid conference champions … Utah State (WAC), Murray State (OVC), Fairfield (MAAC), Kent State (MAC), Northern Colorado (Big Sky), Charleston (Southern), Oakland (Summit), Long Beach (Big West), Long Island (NEC), Belmont (Atlantic Sun), Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt), Princeton (Ivy), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Bethune-cookman (MEAC), Bucknell (Patriot), Vermont (America East), McNeese State(Southland), Texas Southern (SWAC)