Behind the Bracket — An expanded NCAA event in all probability will not occur, nevertheless it may work like this


Simply in case the 48- and 16-team variations aren’t sufficient to fulfill the longing for pandemic alternate options to the normal 68-team NCAA event area, we current the primary month-to-month replace of a possible 80-team bracket.

This is a refresher on the fundamentals:

• All convention champions — common season and event — qualify for the expanded area.

• As a substitute of the present First 4 video games, there can be 16 opening-round contests unfold throughout the 4 areas. These video games can be performed on the house courtroom of the upper seed (with out followers).

• Groups successful each regular-season and convention event championships — double qualifiers, if you’ll — obtain an opening-round e. They develop into a part of a 48-team group advancing on to the central event web site.

• The variety of at-large groups, set for 37 this yr as a result of Ivy League opting out, will fluctuate between 32 and 48 relying on the variety of “double qualifiers” (the standard variety of groups on this class is 12 to 16).

• Decreased journey will probably be a consideration within the opening-round pairings when it may be accomplished with out unduly impacting aggressive stability.

• Current ideas for avoiding intraconference pairings stay in place.

These pairings are up to date means of video games of Dec. 28 (at present projected “double” qualifiers are listed in ALL CAPS, with a e; present “bid stealers” are in daring):

WOODEN REGION

(1) GONZAGA vs. (20) MOUNT ST. MARY’S
(8) Virginia Tech/(15) Boise State vs. (9) Indiana/(14) Alabama
(5) OREGON vs. (16) WRIGHT STATE
(4) Texas Tech vs. (17) GEORGIA STATE

(6) Clemson vs. (11) USC/(12) Seton Corridor
(3) Illinois vs. (18) HOFSTRA
(7) Xavier vs. (10) NC State/(13) Maryland
(2) Texas vs. (19) COLGATE

MARAVICH REGION

(1) Baylor vs. (20) NORFOLK STATE
(8) Arkansas/(14) Windfall vs. (9) Purdue/(13) Ole Miss
(5) San Diego State vs. (16) FURMAN
(4) Rutgers vs. (17) TOLEDO

(6) Virginia vs. (11) Richmond/(12) BYU
(3) Iowa vs. (18) ABILENE CHRISTIAN
(7) Duke vs. (10) Stanford/(12) SMU
(2) TENNESSEE vs. (19) SOUTHERN UTAH

NAISMITH REGION

(1) VILLANOVA vs. (20) TEXAS SOUTHERN
(8) Saint Louis/(13) Penn State vs. (9) UCLA/(12) Drake
(5) FLORIDA STATE vs. (16) WINTHROP
(4) Michigan vs. (17) NEW MEXICO STATE

(6) Michigan State vs. (15) WESTERN KENTUCKY
(3) West Virginia vs. (18) BELMONT
(7) Louisville/(14) Arizona State vs. (10) LSU/(11) Drake
(2) HOUSTON vs. (19) UC IRVINE

PHOG ALLEN REGION

(1) KANSAS vs. (20) STONY BROOK
(8) Florida/(15) Davidson vs. (9) Minnesota/(14) Arizona
(5) Ohio State vs. (16) LOYOLA CHICAGO
(4) Missouri vs. (17) LIBERTY

(6) North Carolina vs. (11) NORTHWESTERN/(12) Oklahoma
(3) Creighton vs. (18) SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
(7) Colorado vs. (10) Syracuse/(13) UConn
(2) Wisconsin vs. (19) SAINT PETER’S

LAST FOUR BYES

Clemson
Duke
Xavier
Colorado

LAST FOUR IN

Penn State
Alabama
Maryland
Arizona State

FIRST FOUR OUT

TCU
Marquette
Saint Mary’s
VCU

NEXT FOUR OUT

Dayton
UCF
Georgia
Utah

MULTI-BID CONFERENCES

Massive Ten (13)
ACC (9)
Massive 12 (7)
Pac-12 (7)
SEC (7)
Massive East (6)
Atlantic 10 (3)
West Coast (3)
American (2)
Mountain West (2)



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