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NCAA Bracket Projections (Ed. 1)

Head coach Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators have a chance to be the first team in SEC history to finish an 18-game conference schedule undefeated.  (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Head coach Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators have a chance to become the first team in SEC history to finish an 18-game regular-season conference schedule undefeated. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)


Amazingly enough, we’re exactly just two weeks away from the beginning of the NCAA Tournament, when the First Four gets underway in Dayton. With that in mind, here is A Lot Of Sports Talk‘s first bracket projection, as of Tuesday. It might be our last projection, since it was such a headache to move BYU around and make sure they were placed in Thursday/Saturday sites to accommodate for their religious observances (no athletic activities on Sundays.)  We kid, of course! (Not about BYU, but about this being our last projection before Selection Sunday.)

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WEST REGION

San Diego, CA

1. 125px-University_of_Arizona_Block_A.svg Arizona vs.  (16250px-Hp_panthers_logo High Point/ 200px-Weber_State_Wildcats_logo Weber State)

8. 175px-MemphisTigers.svg Memphis vs.  9. 100px-GeorgeWashingtonColonials George Washington

 

Spokane, WA

Ryan Spangler (l.), the Big 12's leading rebounder, and guard Isaiah Cousins (r.) have helped lead the Sooners to second-place in the conference. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Ryan Spangler (l.), the Big 12’s leading rebounder, and guard Isaiah Cousins (r.) have helped lead the Sooners to its current position of second place in the conference. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

5. OU-Logo Oklahoma vs.  12100px-Southern_Miss_Golden_Eagles_Logo.svg Southern Miss

4. Louisville_Cardinals.svg Louisville vs.  13. 150px-NDBison North Dakota State

 

Milwaukee, WI

6. 200px-KSUWildcats_logo.svg Kansas State vs.  11StanfordCardinal Stanford

3. MichiganWolverines Michigan vs.  14. 150px-Georgia_State_Panthers_Logo.svg Georgia State

 

Buffalo, NY

7. 220px-Umass_textlogo Massachusetts vs.  10180px-BYU_Athletic_Logo.svg Brigham Young

2. 100px-SyracuseOrange.svg Syracuse vs.  15. 150px-Vermont_Catamounts.svg Vermont

 

 

EAST REGION

Milwaukee, WI

1. WisconsinBadger.svg Wisconsin vs.  (16100px-Robert_Morris_Colonials.svg Robert Morris / 145px-AlabamaStateHornets Alabama State)

8. 75px-Arizona_State_Sun_Devils_trident_logo Arizona State vs.  9. 125px-SaintJosephsHawks Saint Joseph’s

 

Orlando, FL

5. 100px-SaintLouisBillikens Saint Louis vs.  (12.10737Georgetown / 125px-MinnesotaGoldenGophers Minnesota)

4. 101px-University_of_North_Carolina_Tarheels_Interlocking_NC_logo.svg North Carolina vs.  13. nwd5eewq6qbyq8zgefhmopiuy_medium Stephen F. Austin

 

San Antonio, TX

6. UCLA_athletics_text_logo.svg UCLA vs.  11200px-Harvard_Crimson.svg Harvard

3. 100px-New_Creighton_Bluejays_Logo Creighton vs.  14. 150px-IonaGaels Iona

 

St. Louis, MO

7. 150px-UKentucky_logo Kentucky vs.  10200px-SMU_Mustang_Logo.svg SMU

2. 150px-University_of_Kansas_Jayhawk_logo.svg Kansas vs.  15. 200px-NCCU_Athletics_Logo North Carolina Central

 

 

SOUTH REGION

Orlando, FL

1. Florida_Gators_logo.svg Florida vs.  16.  250px-Davidson_wildcats_logo Davidson

8. Oklahoma State Oklahoma State vs.  9. 150px-PittPanthers Pittsburgh

 

Spokane, WA

5. Texas_Longhorn_logo.svg Texas vs.  12200px-PhoenixLogo Green Bay

4. 200px-SDSU_Logo_2013 San Diego State vs.  13. 220px-BelmontBruins Belmont

 

Buffalo, NY

Roy Devyn Marble, the son of Iowa's all-time leading scorer, Roy Marble, is one of the frontrunners for Big Ten player of the year. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Roy Devyn Marble, the son of Iowa’s all-time leading scorer, Roy Marble, is one of the frontrunners for Big Ten player of the year. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

6. 100px-Cincinnati_Bearcats.svg Cincinnati vs.  11200px-Arkansas-Razorback-Logo-2001 Arkansas

3. 100px-Villanova_Wildcats_Logo.svg Villanova vs.  14. 150px-Delaware_Fightin'_Blue_Hens_Logo.svg Delaware

 

Raleigh, NC

7. 150px-Iowa_Hawkeyes_Logo.svg Iowa vs.  10295px-OregonDucks.svg Oregon

2. 120px-Duke_text_logo.svg Duke vs.  15. 129px-Boston_University_Terriers.svg Boston University

 

 

MIDWEST REGION

St. Louis, MO

1. 150px-WichitaStateShockers Wichita State vs.  16.t3pfuax4ummy6a0rs3hcqjfx4 UC Irvine

8. Ohio State Ohio State vs.  9. 173px-Baylor_University_Athletics_(logo).svg Baylor

 

San Diego, CA

5. 150px-New_Mexico_Lobos_Primary_Mark New Mexico vs.  12100px-ToledoRockets Toledo

4. Msu_head_logo.svg Michigan State vs.  (13. 100px-University-of-Colorado-Boulder-sports-logo Colorado / FSU_Seminoles.svg  Florida State)

 

San Antonio, TX

6. 100px-VCU_Rams.svg VCU vs.  11220px-XavierMusketeers Xavier

3. 160px-Iowa_State_Cyclones_logo.svg Iowa State vs.  14. 160px-MercerBears Mercer

 

Raleigh, NC

7. 150px-Uconn_Huskies_logo2013 Connecticut vs.  10170px-GU_Bulldogs_Logo.svg Gonzaga

2. 293px-Virginia_Cavaliers_sabre.svg Virginia vs.  15. 225px-Uvuathletics Utah Valley University

 

Last four teams out: California, Tennessee, Dayton, Missouri

 

Why?

Georgetown: Don’t let the eyesore of the overall record (16-12) and beyond questionable RPI (64) fool you. None of the other teams jockeying for position on and around the bubble cut line have as many wins against Top 50 RPI teams than the Hoyas’ four (vs. Kansas State, vs. VCU, vs. Michigan State, Xavier). With games against Creighton (home) and Villanova (away) to end the season, Georgetown can all but clinch a bid by Saturday afternoon.

Why not?

California: Most projections have the Golden Bears in the field, and it’s mostly due to Cal’s win over then-undefeated and No. 1 Arizona on Feb. 1. But since then, Cal has gone 3-4, with their only wins against the Washington schools and USC, and all four of those losses to teams currently projected into the NCAA field (Stanford, UCLA, Arizona schools). The Bears’ best win in the non-conference came in the Maui Invitational vs. Arkansas, which might not be enough to carry the day unless the Bears sweep the Rocky Mountain schools at home (Utah, Colorado) to end the regular season.


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