The Otter Room’s Official Bracket Projections (2/27)

Despite losses from North Carolina and Gonzaga, both teams maintain their spot on the one line. UCLA is close, but I just don’t believe in their defense enough. The middle of the pack, on the other hand, has a ton of movement.

#1 Seed

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

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

#3 Seed
Florida State
Arizona
Kentucky* (SEC)
Purdue* (BIG Ten)

#4 Seed
Florida
Butler
Duke
Notre Dame

#5 Seed
Virginia
West Virginia
SMU* (AAC)
Wichita State* (Missouri Valley)

#6 Seed
Iowa State
Cincinnati
Saint Mary’s
Virginia Tech

#7 Seed
Miami
Wisconsin
VCU* (A-10)
South Carolina

#8 Seed
Maryland
Xavier
USC
Dayton

#9 Seed
Oklahoma State
Creighton
Arkansas
Michigan State

#10 Seed
Northwestern
Syracuse
Illinois State
Minnesota

#11 Seed
Michigan
Middle Tennessee* (Conference USA)
UNCW* (CAA)
Houston (play-in)
Utah (play-in)

#12 Seed
Cal
Seton Hall (play-in)
Rhode Island (play-in)
UT-Arlington* (Sun Belt)
Monmouth* (MAAC)

#13 Seed
Princeton (Ivy)
Belmont* (OVC)
East Tennessee State (Southern)
Nevada* (Mountain West)

#14 Seed
Oakland (Horizon)
Akron* (MAC)
Bucknell* (Patriot)
Vermont* (America East)

#15 Seed
North Dakota State* (Summit)
CSU-Bakersfield* (WAC)
Florida Gulf Coast* (Atlantic Sun)
Winthrop* (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: Rhode Island, Houston, Utah, Seton Hall

Last Four Out: Ole Miss, Providence, Marquette, Wake Forest

*indicates automatic bid

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