One day away from March, the bubble has lost lots of air and the NCAA Tournament picture has become more clear.
In this latest edition of bracketology, here’s a look at the field as if the season were to end today.
Caution: The predicted field/seeding is highly likely to change from day to day or minute to minute.
*Automatic bids in italics.
1 SEEDS: Villanova; Kansas; North Carolina; Gonzaga.
2 SEEDS: Oregon; Baylor; Louisville; UCLA.
3 SEEDS: Kentucky; Duke; Butler; Florida State.
4 SEEDS: Florida; Arizona; West Virginia; Purdue.
5 SEEDS: Virginia; Wisconsin; Creighton; Cincinnati.
6 SEEDS: Notre Dame; SMU; Iowa State; Miami.
7 SEEDS: Minnesota; St. Mary’s; South Carolina; Maryland.
8 SEEDS: Oklahoma State; Dayton; Virginia Tech; Xavier.
9 SEEDS: Michigan; Michigan State; Northwestern; VCU.
10 SEEDS: Wichita State; USC; Arkansas; California.
11 SEEDS: Marquette; Seton Hall vs. Wake Forest; Syracuse vs. Vanderbilt; Middle Tennessee State.
12 SEEDS: Illinois State; North Carolina Wilmington; Nevada; Texas Arlington.
13 SEEDS: Akron; Vermont; Monmouth; New Mexico State.
14 SEEDS: Princeton; Belmont; UNC Asheville; Valparaiso.
15 SEEDS: East Tennessee State; Bucknell; Florida Gulf Coast; North Dakota State.
16 SEEDS: Texas Southern; Eastern Washington; UC Irvine vs. NC Central; New Orleans vs. Mount St. Mary’s.
LAST FOUR IN: Seton Hall; Syracuse; Wake Forest; Vanderbilt.
FIRST FOUR OUT: Providence; Rhode Island; Georgia; Kansas State.
NEXT FOUR OUT: Tennessee; TCU; Houston; Georgia Tech.
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN: ACC (10); Big Ten (7); Big East (6); Big 12 (5); Pac 12 (5); SEC (5); Atlantic 10 (2); AAC (2); Missouri Valley (2); West Coast (2).
Note: Automatic bids are determined by the highest RPI team in each conference.