March Madness Bracketology 2017: Picks & Must-See Predictions

March Madness Bracketology 2017: Picks & Must-See Predictions

In a little over a week, the NCAA Tournament will be underway, and you, me, your friends, and basically everyone else in America will call off work on Friday to watch college basketball and drink beer all day, and it’s going to be awesome. But before that, we have to see how the Conference Tournaments play out to see which teams get the automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament and which bubble teams get a bid (or not).

So far, 11 teams have won their conference tournaments and have clinched an automatic bid, which means that we have 57 spots still up for grabs. Now, we still have to see how Selection Sunday and the Conference Tournaments play out before anything is final, but if the NCAA Tournament were to begin today, here’s how I think each region of the bracket would shape out. And to be fair, my opinion is based on what Joe Lunardi thinks, because that guy knows his stuff.

Midwest Region

  1. Kansas
  2. Louisville
  3. UCLA
  4. Purdue
  5. Virginia
  6. Saint Mary’s
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Wichita State (clinched automatic bid)
  9. VCU
  10. Providence
  11. Vanderbilt
  12. Nevada
  13. Akron
  14. CSU Bakersfield
  15. Northern Kentucky (clinched automatic bid)
  16. North Dakota / New Orleans

East Region

  1. Villanova
  2. Baylor
  3. Florida State
  4. Florida
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Maryland
  8. Miami
  9. Michigan
  10. Seton Hall
  11. Middle Tennessee
  12. UNC Wilmington (clinched automatic bid)
  13. East Tennessee State (clinched automatic bid)
  14. Winthrop (clinched automatic bid)
  15. Omaha
  16. Mount Saint Mary’s (clinched automatic bid) / North Carolina Central

West Region

  1. Gonzaga (clinched automatic bid)
  2. Oregon
  3. Butler
  4. Duke
  5. SMU
  6. Iowa State
  7. South Carolina
  8. Virginia Tech
  9. Northwestern
  10. Marquette
  11. Wake Forest / Illinois State
  12. USC / Xavier
  13. Princeton
  14. Florida Gulf Coast (clinched automatic bid)
  15. South Dakota State (clinched automatic bid)
  16. Texas Southern

South Region

  1. North Carolina
  2. Kentucky
  3. Arizona
  4. West Virginia
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Minnesota
  7. Creighton
  8. Dayton
  9. Arkansas
  10. Michigan State
  11. Syracuse
  12. UT Arlington
  13. Vermont
  14. Bucknell
  15. Iona (clinched automatic bid)
  16. Jacksonville State (clinched automatic bid)