26 Aug
2020

March Madness bracket projections: Kentucky, UNC shoot up to 2-seed line

first_imgMORE: Grant Williams, once overlooked, on verge of history with TennesseeAutomatic bids (in parenthesis) go to the team with the fewest conference losses. In case of a tie, the bid is given to the team with the best NET rating.Projected No. 1 seedsVirginia (ACC), Tennessee (SEC), Duke, Michigan (Big Ten)Virginia (20-1): NET/Pom/KPI: 1/1/3. vs. Q1: 6-1. vs. Q2: 5-0. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Tennessee (20-1): NET/Pom/KPI: 4/5/7. vs. Q1: 4-1. vs. Q2: 6-0. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Duke (20-2): NET/Pom/KPI: 3/2/1. vs. Q1: 5-1. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Michigan (21-2): NET/Pom/KPI: 6/6/4. vs. Q1: 5-2. vs. Q2: 7-0. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Projected No. 2 seedsGonzaga (WCC), Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan StateGonzaga (21-2): NET/Pom/KPI: 2/3/11. vs. Q1: 4-2. vs. Q2: 3-0. vs. Q3/4: 14-0Kentucky (19-3): NET/Pom/KPI: 5/8/6. vs. Q1: 6-2. vs. Q2: 3-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-0North Carolina (18-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 8/7/5. vs. Q1: 5-4. vs. Q2: 6-0. vs. Q3/4: 7-0Michigan State (18-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 9/4/10. vs. Q1: 8-3. vs. Q2: 4-2. vs. Q3/4: 6-0Projected No. 3 seedsKansas, Purdue, Marquette, Houston (American)Kansas (17-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 17/16/2. vs. Q1: 8-5. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 4-0Purdue (16-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 11/10/9. vs. Q1: 5-5. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 6-0Marquette (19-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 21/28/15. vs. Q1: 6-3. vs. Q2: 3-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Houston (21-1): NET/Pom/KPI: 7/19/8. vs. Q1: 2-1. vs. Q2: 8-0. vs. Q3/4: 11-0MORE: Zion Williamson the runaway favorite for POYProjected No. 4 seedsLouisville, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Texas TechLouisville (17-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 15/13/14. vs. Q1: 4-5. vs. Q2: 4-1. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Virginia Tech (18-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 10/9/25. vs. Q1: 3-3. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Iowa State (18-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 13/12/17. vs. Q1: 4-4. vs. Q2: 3-1. vs. Q3/4: 11-0Texas Tech (18-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 16/15/21. vs. Q1: 3-5. vs. Q2: 6-0. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Projected No. 5 seedsNevada (MWC), Villanova (Big East), Wisconsin, IowaNevada (21-1): NET/Pom/KPI: 14/17/18. vs. Q1: 0-0. vs. Q2: 8-0. vs. Q3/4: 13-1Villanova (18-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 18/18/13. vs. Q1: 3-2. vs. Q2: 7-2. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Wisconsin (16-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 12/11/20. vs. Q1: 5-4. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 6-0Iowa (17-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 23/23/32. vs. Q1: 3-5. vs. Q2: 5-0. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Projected No. 6 seedsKansas State (Big 12), Maryland, LSU, Florida StateKansas State (17-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 30/35/12. vs. Q1: 4-2. vs. Q2: 4-3. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Maryland (17-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 24/20/23. vs. Q1: 3-4. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 9-0LSU (17-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 19/24/16. vs. Q1: 3-2. vs. Q2: 6-2. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Florida State (17-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 29/21/24. vs. Q1: 3-3. vs. Q2: 4-2. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Projected No. 7 seedsBaylor, Mississippi State, Auburn, St. John’sBaylor (15-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 31/26/27. vs. Q1: 4-3. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 6-2Mississippi State (16-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 26/25/19. vs. Q1: 6-2. vs. Q2: 3-3. vs. Q3/4: 7-0Auburn (15-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 20/14/35. vs. Q1: 1-5. vs. Q2: 6-1. vs. Q3/4: 8-0St. John’s (17-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 40/47/28. vs. Q1: 4-4. vs. Q2: 4-0. vs. Q3/4: 9-2Projected No. 8 seedsWashington (Pac-12), Cincinnati, Oklahoma, SyracuseWashington (18-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 27/33/29. vs. Q1: 2-3. vs. Q2: 2-1. vs. Q3/4: 14-0Cincinnati (19-3): NET/Pom/KPI: 25/29/26. vs. Q1: 2-1. vs. Q2: 4-1. vs. Q3/4: 13-1Oklahoma (15-8): NET/Pom/KPI: 38/40/22. vs. Q1: 3-6. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 7-0Syracuse (16-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 47/33/33. vs. Q1: 2-3. vs. Q2: 4-2. vs. Q3/4: 10-2MORE: February could be month to remember in college basketballProjected No. 9 seedsMinnesota, TCU, Ohio State, Ole MissMinnesota (16-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 52/51/38. vs. Q1: 3-4. vs. Q2: 2-2. vs. Q3/4: 22-0TCU (15-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 37/37/34. vs. Q1: 0-5. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Ohio State (14-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 36/32/39. vs. Q1: 3-5. vs. Q2: 3-2. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Ole Miss (14-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 39/46/42. vs. Q1: 3-7. vs. Q2: 2-0. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Projected No. 10 seedsN.C. State, Buffalo, Arizona State, IndianaN.C. State (16-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 35/41/76. vs. Q1: 1-6. vs. Q2: 4-0. vs. Q3/4: 11-1Buffalo (18-3): NET/Pom/KPI: 22/22/31. vs. Q1: 2-1. vs. Q2: 2-2. vs. Q3/4: 14-0Arizona State (15-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 60/54/36. vs. Q1: 3-1. vs. Q2: 5-3. vs. Q3/4: 7-2Indiana (13-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 44/44/49. vs. Q1: 3-7. vs. Q2: 3-2. vs. Q3/4: 7-0Projected No. 11 seedsSeton Hall, Alabama, VCU, Temple, Texas, Wofford (Southern)Seton Hall (13-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 67/63/44. vs. Q1: 2-5. vs. Q2: 4-2. vs. Q3/4: 7-2*Alabama (13-8): NET/Pom/KPI: 45/48/37. vs. Q1: 2-5. vs. Q2: 6-1. vs. Q3/4: 5-2*VCU (15-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 49/53/40. vs. Q1: 1-3. vs. Q2: 2-2. vs. Q3/4: 12-1*Temple (16-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 53/76/43. vs. Q1: 1-5. vs. Q2: 5-0. vs. Q3/4: 10-1*Texas (12-10): NET/Pom/KPI: 41/30/30. vs. Q1: 4-5. vs. Q2: 2-3. vs. Q3/4: 6-2* First Four teams As we inch nearer to March Madness, we here at Sporting News are here to offer our best projections for the NCAA Tournament.As always with our Field of 68 bracket projection, we’re here to do our best to help you decide for yourself how your favorite team’s resume stacks up. This isn’t a projection of what the seed lines will look like on Selection Sunday, but it’s an educated guess at how the bracket would look if the season ended yesterday. MORE: Inside the minds of college basketball’s top scorersNo. 12 seeds: Davidson (A-10), Lipscomb (Atlantic Sun), Belmont (Ohio Valley), Hofstra (Colonial)No. 13 seeds: New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (America East), South Dakota State (Summit), Old Dominion (C-USA)No. 14 seeds: Montana (Big Sky), Northern Kentucky (Horizon), Bowling Green (MAC) Loyola-Chicago (Missouri Valley)No. 15 seeds: Georgia State (Sun Belt), Radford (Big South), Princeton (Ivy), UC Irvine (Big West)No. 16 seeds: Bucknell (Patriot), Rider (MAAC) *Robert Morris (Northeast), *Sam Houston State (Southland), *Norfolk State (MEAC), *Prairie View A&M (SWAC)*First Four teamsNewbies: Belmont, Bowling Green, Bucknell, Davidson, Lipscomb, Montana, New Mexico State, Norfolk State, Old Dominion, Princeton, Robert MorrisDropped out: Lehigh, Liberty, Marshall, Murray State, North Carolina A&T, Saint Louis, UCF, UMKC, UNLV, Wagner, Weber State, YaleBubble boys (in alphabetical order): Arizona, Arkansas, Butler, Clemson, Creighton, Florida, Nebraska, San Francisco, UCF, UNCG, Utah Statelast_img

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