March Madness bracket predictions 4.0: Projecting the Field of 68 for 2021 NCAA Match

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Various Sunday for the 2021 NCAA males’s basketball match is factual days away.

The 68-crew field is taking shape by convention match week, and Wednesday’s agenda aspects 33 convention match games. Lots can exchange from the No. 1 seeds to the bubble over the subsequent four days, and SN will track the circulate with day after day updates from right here by Various Sunday.

Right here’s a survey at Sporting News’ updated Field of 68 as of Wednesday, March 10:

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March Madness bracket predictions for 2021 NCAA Match

Projected No. 1 seeds

  • Gonzaga 26-0 (West Wing)
  • Baylor 21-1 (Huge 12)
  • Michigan 19-3 (Huge Ten)
  • Illinois 20-6

Lowdown: Gonzaga acquired the West Wing Convention match for the eighth time in 9 seasons and desire to be a digital lock for the tip seed within the match. Baylor additionally looks to be a lock for a No. 1 seed heading into Huge 12 match circulate Thursday. Illinois and Michigan likely will preserve on this line too, nonetheless it absolutely could well per chance require a success no longer decrease than one sport within the Huge Ten match factual to be safe.

Projected No. 2 seeds

  • Alabama 21-6 (SEC)
  • Iowa 20-7
  • Houston 21-3 (American)
  • Ohio Voice 18-8

Lowdown: Iowa and Ohio Voice are attention-grabbing 2-seeds on assorted paths. The Hawkeyes could well per chance disappear up to a No. 1 with a solid showing in Indianapolis. KenPom has Iowa at No. 4, so it be that that that you might per chance per chance well per chance judge of. The Buckeyes, within the period in-between, are a borderline 3-seed after dropping their final four games of the fashioned season. Ohio Voice slid to the No. 5 seed within the Huge Ten match. To be stunning, three of those slack-season losses were to prime-10 teams.

Projected No. 3 seeds

  • Arkansas 21-5
  • Virginia 17-6 (ACC)
  • Kansas 19-8
  • Texas 17-7

Lowdown: Arkansas enters the SEC Match as even handed one of presumably the most up to this level teams in college basketball. The Razorbacks hang acquired eight straight, including an 81-66 victory in opposition to Alabama on Feb. 24. Arkansas could well per chance play into the No. 2 line with ease. The Huge 12 will attach four teams on both the No. 3 or No. 4 line, looking out on how they fare within the Huge 12 match. Kansas and Texas are greater seeds than the pair of teams we positioned on the No. 4 line — and KenPom has them ranked greater as neatly.

Projected No. 4 seeds

  • Villanova 16-5 (Huge East)
  • West Virginia 18-8
  • Oklahoma Voice 18-7
  • Purdue 18-8

Lowdown: West Virginia and Oklahoma Voice play within the Huge 12 quarterfinals on Thursday, so that must always resolve that debate. Villanova feels a toddle low right here given their KenPom rating of No. 10, and they might per chance well per chance without enlighten play up a line (or two) pending on how they fare within the Huge East match. Purdue did snag the No. 4 seed within the Huge Ten match, nonetheless there is a indispensable gap between them and the assorted excessive seeds within the convention.

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Projected No. 5 seeds

  • Florida Voice 15-5
  • Creighton 18-7
  • Oregon 19-5 (Pac-12)
  • USC 21-6

Lowdown: Florida Voice has a solid case to climb into that No. 4 line and is separated from Purdue by one enviornment on KenPom. The Seminoles did lose two of their final three games within the fashioned season. Oregon is the tip seed within the Pac-12 match, and the Ducks acquired their final five games within the fashioned season. That acknowledged, Oregon had a 1-2 document in opposition to USC and Colorado this season. The Buffaloes could well per chance without enlighten be positioned on this line.

Projected No. 6 seeds

  • Colorado 20-7
  • Tennessee 17-7
  • Texas Tech 17-9
  • Oklahoma 14-9

Lowdown: The Huge 12 love continues. The convention could well hang all seven Match teams on the first six traces, and Texas Tech could well per chance pass as a No. 5 seed at this level. Clemson closed the season with six wins its final seven games. They are in decent shape to preserve on this line. Tennessee, which finished 3-3 in its final six games, stays on this line before LSU for now. 

Projected No. 7 seeds

  • Florida 13-8
  • LSU 16-8
  • San Diego Voice 20-4 (Mountain West)
  • Wisconsin 16-11

Lowdown: The Badgers hang double-digit losses, nonetheless they additionally head into the Huge Ten match with a KenPom rating of No. 11. They are a first-rate candidate to be overseeded a toddle based mostly on the energy of the Huge Ten. LSU, which acquired five of its final seven games, and Florida are both on this line for now. 

Projected No. 8 seeds

  • Clemson 16-7
  • UConn 14-6
  • Loyola-Chicago 24-4 (Missouri Valley)
  • North Carolina 16-9

Lowdown:  Clemson likely could well per chance disappear down to this line after a 67-64 loss to Miami on Thursday. North Carolina and UConn are enormous names, nonetheless the crew No. 1 seeds could well very neatly be cautious of is Loyola-Chicago. The Ramblers hang lost factual one sport since Jan. 11.

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Leisure of field projections

No. 9 seeds: Virginia Tech 15-5, St. Bonaventure (A-10), Missouri 15-8, BYU 20-6

No. 10 seeds: Georgia Tech 15-8, UCLA 17-8, Louisville 13-6, Rutgers 14-10

No. 11 seeds: Michigan Voice 15-11, Maryland 15-12, VCU 19-6, Winthrop 23-1 (Huge South)

No. 12 seeds: Louisiana Tech 20-6 (C-USA), Wichita Voice 15-4, Colorado Voice17-5, Drake25-4, St. Louis14-6, Syracuse 16-8*

No. 13 seeds: Toledo 20-7 (MAC), UC Santa Barbara 19-4 (Huge West), Colgate 12-7 (Patriot), Liberty 22-5 (A-Sun)

No. 14 seeds: UNC-Greensboro 20-8 (Southern), Morehead Voice 23-7 (Ohio Valley), Substantial Canyon 15-6 (WAC), Southern Utah 19-3 (Huge Sky)

No. 15 seeds: Cleveland Voice 19-7 (Horizon), Nicholls Voice 17-6 (Southland), Hartford 13-8 (The USA East), Oral Roberts 16-10 (Summit)

No. 16 seeds: Prairie Peep A&M 14-4 (SWAC), Monmouth 12-7 (MAAC), North Carolina A&T11-10 (MEAC), Appalachian Voice17-11 (Sun Belt), Mount St. Mary’s12-10 (Northeast), Drexel 12-7(Colonial)

*First Four teams


Teams that hang clinched computerized bids

Final four in

  • St. Louis 14-6
  • Drake 25-4
  • Colorado Voice 17-5
  • Syracuse 16-8

Lowdown: Syracuse is attend in industry. The Orange beat N.C. Voice on Thursday nonetheless could well per chance need one extra to be safe. Drake didn’t grab its convention match, nonetheless the Bulldogs desire to be in a job crack the Field of 68. Colorado Voice needs to understand a sport within the MWC match to preserve off two bubble teams at the attend of them within the the same convention.

First four out

  • Xavier 13-8
  • Boise Voice 18-7
  • Utah Voice 18-7
  • Ole Omit 15-10

Lowdown: Xavier is in anxiousness after a 70-69 loss to Seton Hall within the Huge East match on Thursday. That extra time loss, could well per chance knock the Musketeers off the bubble. Xavier blew a 14-level lead within the loss. Some projections desire both Utah Voice or Boise Voice over Colorado Voice for a form of final four spots. Now we hang Ole Omit before Seton Hall within the pecking mumble, nonetheless that can exchange. Duke and Indiana remain off our radar for now.

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