March 11th Sweet 16 Bracketology

Photo Credit: Our Daily Bears (featured image), CBS Sports (team logos)

This is a current top 4 seed (16-team) bracket selection/prediction based on the following criteria, as explained below.

According to Wikipedia, “Teams are spread out according to conference. The first three teams selected from each conference must be placed in different regions. When a conference has more than three teams in the tournament, the committee tries to seed the teams so that they cannot meet until the regional final.”

The first bracket is how I would seed the top 4 seeds in each region as of now. The matchups below are essentially the matchups that would happen if the higher seeds were to win each game leading up to the Sweet 16. This list includes each team’s current record.

 

EAST REGION

nova #1 Villanova Wildcats (30-3) vs. smu #4 Southern Methodist Mustangs (28-4)

unc #2 North Carolina Tar Heels (27-7) vs. wvu #3 West Virginia Mountaineers (26-7)

 

WEST REGION

gonzag #1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (32-1) vs. pur #4 Purdue Boilermakers (25-7)

ucla #2 California-Los Angeles Bruins (29-4) vs. duke #3 Duke Blue Devils (26-8)

 

SOUTH REGION

oreg #1 Oregon Ducks (29-4) vs. lou #4 Louisville Cardinals (24-8)

uk #2 Kentucky Wildcats (27-5) vs. baylor #3 Baylor Bears (25-7)

 

MIDWEST REGION

kansas #1 Kansas Jayhawks (28-4) vs. fsu #4 Florida State Seminoles (25-8)

ariz #2 Arizona Wildcats (29-4) vs. nd #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (25-8)

 

The second bracket is my prediction as to who the top 4 seeds in each region will be as of now. The matchups below are essentially the matchups that would happen if the higher seeds were to win each game leading up to the Sweet 16. This list includes each team’s current record.

 

EAST REGION

nova #1 Villanova Wildcats (30-3) vs. nd #4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (25-8)

duke #2 Duke Blue Devils (26-8) vs. baylor #3 Baylor Bears (25-7)

 

MIDWEST REGION

 kansas #1 Kansas Jayhawks (28-4) vs. butler #4 Butler Bulldogs (23-8)

ariz #2 Arizona Wildcats (29-4) vs. fsu #3 Florida State Seminoles (25-8)

 

SOUTH REGION

unc #1 North Carolina Tar Heels (27-7) vs. fla #4 Florida Gators (24-8)

uk #2 Kentucky Wildcats (27-5) vs. ucla #3 California-Los Angeles Bruins (29-4)

 

WEST REGION

gonzag #1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (32-1) vs. wvu #4 West Virginia Mountaineers (26-7)

oreg #2 Oregon Ducks (29-4) vs. lou #3 Louisville Cardinals (24-8)

 

-Asher Fair

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