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

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Selection Sunday for the 2021 NCAA males’s basketball tournament is right here. 

The 68-team field has taken form thru convention tournament week, and Sunday’s time desk will full it with 5 tournament finals. The bracket changed from the No. 1 seeds to the bubble over the last 5 days, and SN tracked the entire action with on daily foundation updates.

Right here’s a spy at Sporting News’ updated Field of 68 heading into Selection Sunday.  

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March Madness bracket predictions for 2021 NCAA Match 

Projected No. 1 seeds

  • Gonzaga 26-0 (West Cruise) 
  • Baylor 22-2  
  • Illinois 23-6 (Colossal Ten) 
  • Michigan 20-4 

Lowdown:  Will Michigan forward Isaiah Livers’ foot damage have an effect on the preference committee? The Wolverines lost 68-67 to Ohio Reveal within the Colossal Ten semifinals and at minimum will flip spots with Illinois heading into the tournament. Michigan lost three of its closing 5 video games. That acknowledged, it might well well maybe quiet withhold onto the closing No. 1 seed.  

Projected No. 2 seeds 

  • Ohio Reveal 21-9
  • Alabama 24-6 (SEC) 
  • Houston 24-3 (American) 
  • Iowa 21-8

Lowdown: Houston, Ohio Reveal and Alabama all play Sunday, but this is able to well maybe be no longer easy for any of them to movement onto that No. 1 line. Ohio Reveal ensured a No. 2 seed with a victory in opposition to rival Michigan, and the Buckeyes might well maybe be labored true into a free conversation as a No. 1 seed given they might ranking a 3-2 document in opposition to the Wolverines and Illini. Alabama furthermore might well maybe quiet stick as a No. 2 after maintaining off Tennessee in a 73-68 thriller within the SEC semifinals. It didn’t inconvenience that Arkansas lost. 

Projected No. 3 seeds 

  • Texas 19-7 (Colossal 12)
  • Arkansas 22-6 
  • Oklahoma Reveal 20-8
  • Kansas 20-8 

Lowdown:  It is miles the Colossal 12 line. Texas is the convention tournament champion and thus has a No. 3 seed. Oklahoma Reveal, the Longhorns’ opponent within the closing, will share that line. Kansas and Virginia every left their convention tournaments because of COVID-19 tests, and the most efficient case for every is that they can play within the indispensable round Saturday. This might well well maybe even be attention-grabbing to study how that uncertainty is factored into their seeds, but this line appears care for the easy solution for KU. 

Projected No. 4 seeds 

  • Florida Reveal 16-6 
  • West Virginia 18-9 
  • Virginia 18-6
  • Purdue 18-9 

Lowdown:  Virginia and Florida Reveal tumble to this line because an ACC Match that turned into impacted by COVID-19. The Seminoles overlooked their likelihood to climb to the No. 3 line by shedding the ACC championship sport to Georgia Tech. 

Projected No. 5 seeds 

  • Villanova 16-6 
  • Creighton 20-8
  • LSU 18-8
  • Tennesee 18-8

Lowdown:  LSU has won seven of its closing 9 video games heading true into a matchup with Alabama. Tennessee gets this line, too, after Colorado’s loss within the Pac-12 championship sport. Creighton and Villanova overlooked opportunties to movement up a line after shedding to Georgetown within the Colossal East Match. 

Projected No. 6 seeds 

  • Wisconsin 17-12 
  • Colorado 22-8
  • Texas Tech 17-10 
  • USC 22-7

Lowdown:  Texas Tech and Wisconsin ranking double-digit losses, but every will furthermore ranking the wait on of the energy of their conferences to preserve on this line. The Pink Raiders and Badgers might well maybe quiet no longer spin past a No. 7. 

Projected No. 7 seeds 

  • BYU 20-6 
  • San Diego Reveal 23-4 (Mountain West) 
  • Oregon 20-6
  • North Carolina 18-10 

Lowdown:  Right here’s the West Cruise line with BYU, Oregon and San Diego Reveal. The Aztecs and Cougars defective within the tip 25 in KenPom. North Carolina might well maybe even be a No. 8 seed, but a stable exhibiting within the ACC Match, to no longer recount payment vitality, will attach the Tar Heels on this line. 

Projected No. 8 seeds 

  • Loyola Chicago 24-4 (MVC) 
  • Georgia Tech 17-8 (ACC) 
  • Connecticut 15-6 
  • Oklahoma 15-10

Lowdown:  Georgia Tech makes the soar as much as this line after successful the ACC Match. The Ramblers are a difficult team; they might well maybe scenario a high seed given the lawful matchup. St. Bonaventure might well maybe tumble a walk if it loses to VCU within the Atlantic 10 championship sport. 

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The rest of field projections 

No. 9 seeds:  Clemson 16-7, St. Bonaventure 16-4 (A-10), Virginia Tech 15-6, Florida 14-9

No. 10 seeds:  Missouri 17-9, Maryland 16-13, Rutgers 15-10, VCU 19-7

No. 11 seeds:  Oregon Reveal 17-12 (Pac-12), Louisville 13-7, Michigan Reveal 15-12, Utah Reveal20-8, Drake25-4

No. 12 seeds:  North Texas 17-9 (C-USA), UC Santa Barbara 22-4 (Colossal West), Georgetown (Colossal East) 12-12, UCLA* 17-9, Syracuse16-9

No. 13 seeds:  Liberty 22-5 (A-Sun), Winthrop 23-1 (Colossal South), Ohio 16-7 (MAC), Colgate 13-7 (Patriot)

No. 14 seeds:  UNC-Greensboro 20-8 (Southern), Morehead Reveal 23-7 (Ohio Valley), Big Canyon 17-6 (WAC), Jap Washington 15-7 (Colossal Sky)

No. 15 seeds:  Cleveland Reveal 19-7 (Horizon), Iona 12-5 (MAAC), Oral Roberts 16-10 (Summit), Drexel 12-7 (Colonial)

No. 16 seeds:  Abilene Christian 23-4 (Southland), Hartford 15-8 (The US East), Norfolk Reveal15-7 (MEAC), Texas Southern16-8 (SWAC), Appalachian Reveal17-11 (Sun Belt), Mount St. Mary’s12-10 (Northeast)

Teams in italics play Sunday


First Four teams 


Teams which ranking clinched automatic bids 

Superb four in 

  • Drake 25-4 
  • Utah Reveal 20-8 
  • Syracuse 16-9 
  • UCLA 17-9

Lowdown: This objects up a blue-blood First Four matchup between UCLA and Syracuse. Drake and Utah Reveal furthermore are in. All of these teams are rooting for Houston over Cincinnati within the American Athletic Conference championship. 

First four out 

  • Wichita Reveal 16-5
  • St. Louis 14-6
  • Colorado Reveal 18-6 
  • Xavier 13-8 

Lowdown:  Oregon Reveal and Georgetown knocked Wichita Reveal and St. Louis out with shock convention tournament runs. MWC teams Boise Reveal and Colorado Reveal is no longer going to moderately crack the 68-team field. Xavier had its bubble burst with a loss to Seton Hall. Duke furthermore remains on the out of doors looking out in. 

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