Bracketology: An update as we hit Championship Week

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Here is today’s updated NCAA tournament bracketology projection.

It’s been an unprecedented 24 hours.  Talking about seed lines and bubble teams seems incongruent with the health issues before us.

At this point, however, the NCAA tournament is still a go.  So to is our attempt to convey how we think the Selection Committee will complete its Field of 68.

While the final selections remain a question, there is one thing of which seems certain: Kansas will be the No. 1 overall seed on Sunday night when (and if) the 2020 NCAA Tournament bracket is revealed.

We’ll see how the day unfolds.

Below you’ll find today’s updated NCAA tournament bracketology. If you’re looking for the NBC Sports Bubble Watch, it can be found here.



The latest look at where our NCAA tournament bracketology projection stands …

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UPDATED: March 12, 2020

FIRST FOUR – DAYTON
SOUTH REGION Texas Tech vs. NC State
EAST REGION Texas vs. Xavier
SOUTH REGION  Prairie View AM vs. Siena
MIDWEST REGION ROB MORRIS vs. NC Central

MIDWEST Indianapolis WEST – Los Angeles                 
Omaha Spokane
1) Kansas 1) GONZAGA
16) ROB MORRIS / NC Central 16) Siena / PV-AM
8) Saint Mary’s 8) Colorado
9) Houston 9) Oklahoma
Tampa Spokane
5) BYU 5) Ohio State
12) S.F. Austin 12) Akron
4) Louisville 4) Oregon
13) Vermont 13) New Mexico State
Greensboro Cleveland
6) Iowa 6) Virginia
11) Xavier / Texas 11) EAST TENNESSEE ST
3) Kentucky 3) Michigan State
14) BRADLEY 14) Little Rock
St. Louis Sacramento
7) Illinois 7) Arizona
10) UTAH STATE 10) Marquette
2) Creighton 2) San Diego State
15) UC-Irvine 15) Eastern Washington
EAST – New York SOUTH – Houston                       
Cleveland St. Louis
1) Dayton 1) Baylor
16) WINTHROP 16) BOSTON UNIVERSITY
8) LSU 8) USC
9) Arizona State 9) Indiana
Omaha Sacramento
5) Butler 5) Auburn
12) LIBERTY 12) Cincinnati
4) Maryland 4) Wisconsin
13) YALE 13) North Texas
Greensboro Albany
6) West Virginia 6) Penn State
11) UCLA 11) Texas Tech / NC State
3) Duke 3) Seton Hall
14) HOFSTRA 14) BELMONT
Albany Tampa
7) Michigan 7) Providence
10) Florida 10) Rutgers
2) Villanova 2) Florida State
15) NORTHERN KENTUCKY 15) NORTH DAKOTA ST

BUBBLE NOTES
Last 4 Byes Last 4 IN      First 4 OUT Next 4 OUT
Rutgers Texas Tech Richmond Mississippi State
Marquette NC State Wichita State Memphis
Florida Texas Stanford Saint Louis
UCLA Xavier Northern Iowa Arkansas

Top Seed Line
Kansas, Gonzaga, Baylor, Dayton
Seed List

Breakdown by Conference …
Big Ten (10)
Big East (7)
Pac 12 (6)
Big 12 (6)
ACC (5)
SEC (4)

West Coast (3)
American (2)
Mountain West (2)

Atlantic 10 (1)

OK, how good are you guys at NCAA tournament bracketology?

Not too bad. Our bracketologist, Dave Ommen, is sitting atop the ranks for the bracket matrix, which cobbles together everyone who does this for a living. So yeah, we’re on our game.

When do conference tournaments begin?

Conference tournaments — when teams can earn automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament — begin on Tuesday, March 3. Most of the league tournaments for that week are mid-major and low-major schools (though those can often be the most exciting games to watch).

There is a full schedule for all 32 conference tournaments here, though check back with us later on for previews for all those tournaments, recaps and highlights from the buzzer-beaters and many dunks for the start of March.

When do Selection Sunday and the NCAA Tournament begin?

Selection Sunday for the 2020 NCAA Tournament is on March 15 (about 4 pm ET), while the games begin a couple days later. The First Four is on March 17 and 18, while the craziness of Round 1 starts on Thursday, March 19.

The Final Four, held in Atlanta this year, starts on Saturday, April 4. The National Title Game is Monday, April 6.