Every week, our co-founder and publisher, Craig Amick, will release his regional projections. These projections are a snap-shot of what the bracket might look like if it were released today based on the criteria that the NCAA Tournament Committee uses to build the field of 64 in June. These projections are not a prediction of what the bracket will look like in June, so every week we will get closer and closer to the final picture.
The national seeds have a number next to them in parenthesis and the projected super regional match-ups are side-by-side. Projected conference champions are in italics.
Please post any questions or comments below or send a tweet to Craig at @craigamick_co.
Here is a little bit of analysis:
National Seeds: Pretty straight up this week. South Carolina and North Carolina State both have a potential opportunity to move up to that line, but it’s likely that these are the eight national seeds.
Regional Hosts: This isn’t as straight up. Right now, there’s a geographical need for either Kansas State or Arkansas to host. At this point, it looks like Kansas State has the upper hand on that. They knocked Mississippi State out of the last host spot. It’s still possible that Arkansas and Mississippi State could host and not out of the question that Mississippi or South Alabama could.
Bubble: The bubble is huge at this point. Really, none of the No. 3 seeds, or even Rice on the 2-line, is safe. This weekend will go a long way toward sorting all of that out.
We’ll have new projections Monday, Friday and Sunday of next week.
Last Four In: Seton Hall, Notre Dame, Illinois, Florida Atlantic
First Four Out: South Florida, North Florida, Creighton, Kansas
|Nashville Regional||Clemson Regional|
|3||Austin Peay||3||William & Mary|
|Tallahassee Regional||Manhattan Regional|
|1||Florida State (8)||1||Kansas State|
|3||Florida||3||Sam Houston State|
|4||Jackson State||4||Wichita State|
|Charlottesville Regional||Tempe Regional|
|1||Virginia (4)||1||Arizona State|
|Corvallis Regional||Bloomington Regional|
|1||Oregon State (5)||1||Indiana|
|Baton Rouge Regional||Los Angeles Regional|
|4||Southern Miss||4||Cal State Bakersfield|
|Fullerton Regional||Raleigh Regional|
|1||Cal State Fullerton (6)||1||North Carolina State|
|2||Virginia Tech||2||Mississippi State|
|3||Notre Dame||3||Florida Atlantic|
|Chapel Hill Regional||Columbia Regional|
|1||North Carolina (2)||1||South Carolina|
|Eugene Regional||Louisville Regional|
|4||South Dakota State||4||Tennessee Tech|