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2021 NCAA bracketology: March Insanity predictions by Andy Katz

Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Ohio State are nonetheless the 4 No. 1 seeds in March Insanity correspondent Andy Katz’s newest NCAA match predictions, they usually had been additionally the highest 4 groups within the NCAA Division I Males’s Basketball Committee’s top-16 reveal, which was introduced earlier this month.

Katz’s newest predictions mirror the video games performed by way of Sunday, Feb. 21. Katz will make bracket projections each week between now and Choice Sunday, which is March 14. He bought 67 of the 68 groups right in his ultimate prediction earlier than Choice Sunday in 2019.

FILL IT OUT: Get a printable 2021 NCAA bracket right here

Right here is the place Katz tasks this 12 months’s match area nearly midway into the common season and a couple of month and a half from Choice Sunday. (Faucet or click on right here to to open the bracket in a brand new window.)

The 2021 NCAA bracket, predicted by Andy Katz based on games through Feb. 21.The 2021 NCAA bracket, predicted by Andy Katz based mostly on video games by way of Feb. 21.

And this is that very same bracket in desk type. Scroll to the fitting to view the entire desk.

  Area area area area
1 Gonzaga Ohio State Baylor Michigan
16 Prairie View/North Carolina A&T James Madison South Dakota/Wagner Texas State
         
2 Florida State Alabama Illinois Villanova
15 Grand Canyon Siena Cleveland State Vermont
         
3 Iowa West Virginia Houston Oklahoma
14 Jap Washington Liberty UNC Greensboro Colgate
         
4 Kansas Texas Tech USC Texas
13 Abilene Christian Winthrop Toledo UC Santa Barbara
         
5 Purdue Creighton Wisconsin Virginia
12 Western Kentucky Wichita State Belmont Seton Corridor/VCU
         
6 Arkansas Virginia Tech Tennessee Missouri
11 UConn St. Bonaventure Louisville/San Diego State Boise State
         
7 UCLA Maryland Oklahoma State Clemson
10 Indiana Drake North Carolina Minnesota
         
8 Xavier Colorado Rutgers BYU
9 Oregon LSU Florida Loyola Chicago

Let’s take a better take a look at Katz’s bracket.

Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Ohio State are the No. 1 seeds

The 4 No. 1 seeds in Andy Katz’s most up-to-date NCAA match predictions are the identical as these within the DI Males’s Basketball Committee’s top-16 reveal.

Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Ohio State are additionally the highest 4 groups within the AP ballot — in that order — and the primary three groups are additionally the highest three groups within the NET rankings, as of Feb. 22.

If these predicted seeds are to carry, then the Large Ten might be part of an unique membership of conferences that had a number of No. 1 seeds in the identical NCAA match. In the meantime, Gonzaga and Baylor are every making an attempt to take an undefeated document into Choice Sunday.

Along with two No. 1 seeds, the Large Ten has plenty of every part else

Katz tasks 10 Large Ten groups to make the NCAA match, essentially the most of any convention. The seed traces of the convention’s projected NCAA match groups are two No. 1 seeds, a No. 2 seed, a No. 3 seed, two No. 5 seeds, a No. 7 seeds, a No.  8 seed, and two No. 10 seeds.

If these groups make the NCAA match and obtain these precise seeds, and if the better-ranked group then received in every first-round matchup, there’s an opportunity 9 Large Ten groups might nonetheless be alive within the NCAA match within the second spherical. That is as a result of the convention has high quality groups, and a excessive amount of them.

If some or all of these projections maintain, listed here are some notable milestones that may very well be achieved and potential match droughts that would finish:

  • Rutgers is projected to make the NCAA match for the primary time since 1991.
  • Illinois is projected to make the NCAA match for the primary time since 2013.
  • Indiana is projected to make the NCAA match for the primary time since 2016.
  • Iowa might doubtlessly earn its greatest seed since 2006, when it was a No. 3 seed. The Hawkeyes have acquired a No. 10, No. 7, No. 7 and No. 11 seed, respectively, of their final 4 match appearances.

Latest nationwide champions in an uncommon place

Duke and North Carolina mixed to win three nationwide championships final decade and the Tar Heels had been the nationwide runners-up in 2016, so the 2 Tobacco Street rivals mixed to look in 40 p.c of the championship video games from 2010 by way of 2019.

In Katz’s newest predicted bracket for 2021, North Carolina is projected to make the sphere as a No. 10 seed. Duke is just not within the projected area.

Kentucky, which received the 2012 nationwide championship and misplaced within the 2014 nationwide championship, is not within the match image for Katz after beginning 8-13. Michigan State, which has made each NCAA match since 1998 and which is the final Large Ten group to win the nationwide championship, is just not in Katz’s newest projected match area, because the Spartans are 11-9 (5-9 Large Ten).

Here is Katz’s full area of 68:

RANK | SEED | TEAM | CONFERENCE
1. 1 — Gonzaga | WCC (AQ)
2. 1 — Baylor | Large 12 (AQ)
3. 1 — Michigan | Large Ten (AQ)
4. 1 — Ohio State | Large Ten
5. 2 — Illinois | Large Ten
6. 2 — Alabama | SEC (AQ)
7. 2 — Villanova | Large East (AQ)
8. 2 — Florida State | ACC
9. 3 — Iowa | Large Ten
10. 3 — Oklahoma | Large 12
11. 3 — West Virginia | Large 12
12. 3 — Houston | American (AQ)
13. 4 — Kansas | Large 12
14. 4 — Texas Tech | Large 12
15. 4 — Texas | Large 12
16. 4 — USC | Pac-12 (AQ)
17. 5 — Wisconsin | Large Ten
18. 5 — Purdue | Large Ten
19. 5 — Creighton | Large East
20. 5 — Virginia | ACC (AQ)
21. 6 — Tennessee | SEC
22. 6 — Missouri | SEC
23. 6 — Virginia Tech | ACC
24. 6 — Arkansas | SEC
25. 7 — UCLA | Pac-12
26. 7 — Clemson | ACC
27. 7 — Oklahoma State | Large 12
28. 7 — Maryland | Large Ten
29. 8 — Rutgers | Large Ten
30. 8 — Colorado | Pac-12
31. 8 — BYU | WCC
32. 8 — Xavier | Large East
33. 9 — Oregon | Pac-12
34. 9 — Loyola Chicago | Missouri Valley (AQ)
35. 9 — LSU | SEC
36. 9 — Florida | SEC
37. 10 — Minnesota | Large Ten
38. 10 — Indiana | Large Ten
39. 10 — Drake | Missouri Valley
40. 10 — North Carolina | ACC
41. 11 — UConn | Large East
42. 11 — St. Bonaventure | Atlantic 10
43. 11 — Boise State | Mountain West
44. 11 — Louisville | ACC
45. 11 — San Diego State | Mountain West
46. 11 — Seton Corridor | Large East
47. 12 — VCU | Atlantic 10
48. 12 — Wichita State | American
49. 12 — Western Kentucky | C-USA (AQ)
50. 12 — Belmont | OVC (AQ)
51. 13 — Toledo | MAC (AQ)
52. 13 — UC Santa Barbara | Large West (AQ)
53. 13 — Winthrop | Large South (AQ)
54. 13 — Abilene Christian | Southland (AQ)
55. 14 — UNC Greensboro | Southern (AQ)
56. 14 — Liberty | ASUN (AQ)
57. 14 — Colgate | Patriot (AQ)
58. 14 — Jap Washington | Large Sky (AQ)
59. 15 — Grand Canyon | WAC (AQ)
60. 15 — UMBC | America East  (AQ)
61. 15 — Siena | MAAC (AQ)
62. 15 — Cleveland State | Horizon (AQ)
63. 16 — James Madison | CAA (AQ)
64. 16 — Texas State | Solar Belt (AQ)
65. 16 — South Dakota | Summit (AQ)
66. 16 — Wagner | NEC (AQ)
67. 16 — Prairie View A&M | SWAC (AQ)
68. 16 — North Carolina A&T | MEAC (AQ)

 

Here is the schedule for this season’s match:

Spherical Dates LocationS
Choice Sunday Sunday, March 14  
First 4 Thursday, March 18 Mackey Area, Simon Skjodt Meeting Corridor
First Spherical Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 Mackey Area, Simon Skjodt Meeting Corridor, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium
Second Spherical Sunday, March 21 and Monday, March 22 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lucas Oil Stadium
Candy 16 Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse
Elite Eight Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30 Lucas Oil Stadium
Ultimate 4 Saturday, April 3 and Monday, April 5 Lucas Oil Stadium

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