The Otter Room’s Official Bracket Projections (2/20)

I love Joe Lunardi’s work, but having bracket projections before February is just a useless exercise. So many things change from week-to-week that only now is the bracket picture starting to become clear.

For the remainder of the season, The Otter Room will release weekly bracket projections every Monday.

#1 Seed

Gonzaga* (WCC)
North Carolina* (ACC)
Kansas* (Big XII)
Villanova* (Big East)

#2 Seed
Louisville
Arizona* (PAC 12)
Oregon
Baylor

#3 Seed
Duke
UCLA
Florida* (SEC)
Purdue* (BIG Ten)

#4 Seed
Kentucky
West Virginia
Florida State
Wisconsin

#5 Seed
Notre Dame
Butler
Virginia
Cincinnati* (AAC)

#6 Seed
Maryland
Wichita State* (Missouri Valley)
SMU
Creighton

#7 Seed
Xavier
Saint Mary’s
VCU* (A-10)
Iowa State

#8 Seed
South Carolina
Northwestern
USC
Dayton

#9 Seed
Virginia Tech
Kansas State
Miami
Cal

#10 Seed
Arkansas
Syracuse
Oklahoma State
Georgia Tech

#11 Seed
Houston
Middle Tennessee* (Conference USA)
UNCW* (CAA)
Wake Forest (play-in)
TCU (play-in)

#12 Seed
Minnesota
Michigan (play-in)
Alabama (play-in)
Belmont* (OVC)
Monmouth* (MAAC)

#13 Seed
Valparaiso* (Horizon)
UT-Arlington* (Sun Belt)
Vermont* (America East)
Nevada* (Mountain West)

#14 Seed
Princeton* (Ivy)
Akron* (MAC)
Bucknell* (Patriot)
North Dakota State* (Summit)

#15 Seed
Furman* (Southern)
CSU-Bakersfield* (WAC)
Florida Gulf Coast* (Atlantic Sun)
UNC-Asheville* (Big South)

#16 Seed
North Carolina Central* (MEAC)
North Dakota* (Big Sky)
UC-Irvine* (Big West) (play-in)
New Orleans* (Southland) (play-in)
Texas Southern* (SWAC) (play-in)
Mount St. Mary’s* (NEC) (play-in)

Last Four In: Michigan, TCU, Wake Forest, Alabama

Last Four Out: Rhode Island, Marquette, Utah, Illinois State

*indicates automatic bid

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