March Insanity bracket predictions 4.0: Projecting the Area of 68 for 2021 NCAA Match

Choice Sunday for the 2021 NCAA males’s basketball event is simply days away.

The 68-team subject is taking form by way of convention event week, and Wednesday’s schedule options 33 convention event games. So much can change from the No. 1 seeds to the bubble over the subsequent 4 days, and SN will monitor the motion with every day updates from right here by way of Choice Sunday.

Here’s a have a look at Sporting Information’ up to date Area of 68 as of Wednesday, March 10:

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March Insanity bracket predictions for 2021 NCAA Match

Projected No. 1 seeds

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

Lowdown: Gonzaga received the West Coast Convention event for the eighth time in 9 seasons and needs to be a digital lock for the highest seed within the event. Baylor additionally seems to be a lock for a No. 1 seed heading into Huge 12 event motion Thursday. Illinois and Michigan probably will keep on this line too, nevertheless it would possibly require successful no less than one game within the Huge Ten event simply to be protected.

Projected No. 2 seeds

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

Lowdown: Iowa and Ohio State are attention-grabbing 2-seeds on totally different paths. The Hawkeyes may slide as much as a No. 1 with a powerful exhibiting in Indianapolis. KenPom has Iowa at No. 4, so it is doable. The Buckeyes, in the meantime, are a borderline 3-seed after shedding their final 4 games of the common season. Ohio State slid to the No. 5 seed within the Huge Ten event. To be truthful, three of these late-season losses have been to top-10 groups.

Projected No. 3 seeds

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

Lowdown: Arkansas enters the SEC Match as one of many hottest groups in school basketball. The Razorbacks have received eight straight, together with an 81-66 victory towards Alabama on Feb. 24. Arkansas may play into the No. 2 line with ease. The Huge 12 will put 4 groups on both the No. 3 or No. 4 line, relying on how they fare within the Huge 12 event. Kansas and Texas are larger seeds than the pair of groups we positioned on the No. 4 line — and KenPom has them ranked larger as effectively.

Projected No. 4 seeds

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

Lowdown: West Virginia and Oklahoma State play within the Huge 12 quarterfinals on Thursday, so that ought to remedy that debate. Villanova feels a contact low right here given their KenPom score of No. 10, and so they may simply play up a line (or two) pending on how they fare within the Huge East event. Purdue did snag the No. 4 seed within the Huge Ten event, however there’s a vital hole between them and the opposite excessive seeds within the convention.

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Projected No. 5 seeds

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

Lowdown: Florida State has a powerful case to climb into that No. 4 line and is separated from Purdue by one spot on KenPom. The Seminoles did lose two of their final three games within the common season. Oregon is the highest seed within the Pac-12 event, and the Geese received their final 5 games within the common season. That mentioned, Oregon had a 1-2 document towards USC and Colorado this season. The Buffaloes may simply 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 may have all seven Match groups on the primary six strains, and Texas Tech may move as a No. 5 seed at this level. Clemson closed the season with six wins its final seven games. They’re in respectable form to remain on this line. Tennessee, which completed 3-3 in its final six games, stays on this line forward of LSU for now. 

Projected No. 7 seeds

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

Lowdown: The Badgers have double-digit losses, however in addition they head into the Huge Ten event with a KenPom score of No. 11. They’re a main candidate to be overseeded a contact based mostly on the energy of the Huge Ten. LSU, which received 5 of its final seven games, and Florida are each 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 probably may slide right down to this line after a 67-64 loss to Miami on Thursday. North Carolina and UConn are large names, however the group No. 1 seeds may be cautious of is Loyola-Chicago. The Ramblers have misplaced only one game since Jan. 11.

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Remainder of subject 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 State 15-11, Maryland 15-12, VCU 19-6, **Winthrop 23-1 (Huge South)
No. 12 seeds: Louisiana Tech 20-6 (C-USA), Wichita State 15-4, Colorado State* 17-5, Drake* 25-4, St. Louis* 14-6, 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-Solar)
No. 14 seeds: **UNC-Greensboro 20-8 (Southern), **Morehead State 23-7 (Ohio Valley), Grand Canyon 15-6 (WAC), Southern Utah 19-3 (Huge Sky)
No. 15 seeds: **Cleveland State 19-7 (Horizon), Nicholls State 17-6 (Southland), Hartford 13-8 (America East), **Oral Roberts 16-10 (Summit)
No. 16 seeds: Prairie View A&M 14-4 (SWAC), Monmouth 12-7 (MAAC), North Carolina A&T* 11-10 (MEAC), **Appalachian State* 17-11 (Solar Belt), **Mount St. Mary’s* 12-10 (Northeast), **Drexel 12-7* (Colonial)

*First 4 groups
** Groups which have clinched computerized bids

Final 4 in

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

Lowdown: Syracuse is again in enterprise. The Orange beat N.C. State on Thursday however would possibly want another to be protected. Drake did not win its convention event, however the Bulldogs ought to have the option crack the Area of 68. Colorado State must win a game within the MWC event to carry off two bubble groups behind them in the identical convention.

First 4 out

  • Xavier 13-8
  • Boise State 18-7
  • Utah State 18-7
  • Ole Miss 15-10

Lowdown: Xavier is in bother after a 70-69 loss to Seton Corridor within the Huge East event on Thursday. That additional time loss, may knock the Musketeers off the bubble. Xavier blew a 14-point lead within the loss. Some projections favor both Utah State or Boise State over Colorado State for a type of final 4 spots. We have now Ole Miss forward of Seton Corridor within the pecking order, however that may change. Duke and Indiana stay off our radar for now.

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