2016 Barnes Bracketology – FINAL

COLUMBUS, Ohio – So this is the end. My final bracket. My goals for my racket compared to the committee’s is this:
1. Get all #1 seeds right and in the correct region
2. Have every team in the correct seed position, plus/minus 2 spots
3. Get at least 50% of the second/third round locations correct
4. BONUS: Correctly predict one actual first round tournament matchup

 

AND REMEMBER: There is no right/wrong in this exercise. This is all subjective. Yes, I would love to get all 68 teams but I am trying to predict the unpredictable, which is what 10 people I have never met are thinking. Hope you enjoyed this!

MY PROJECTED FIELD OF 68
(changes in italics)

LOCKS: Added UConn. They deserved it. Some decent shuffling as well with UNC jumping to the second spot, Villanova dropping to sixth, and Saint Joseph’s and Seton Hall moving up some slots.

 


LOCKS (38): Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan State, Oregon, Villanova, Oklahoma, Xavier, West Virginia, Utah, Miami (FL), Kentucky, Texas A+M, Purdue, Indiana, Maryland, Duke, California, Iowa State, Texas, Arizona, Seton Hall, Baylor, Notre Dame, Saint Joseph’s, Dayton, Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado, Providence, Texas Tech, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, USC, St. Bonaventure, UConn, South Carolina, Wichita State

 

 

AUTOS: Changes only coming to teams that won their tournaments.

Teams that have clinched their berth will appear in bold

 

AUTOS (24): America EastStony Brook, Atlantic SunFlorida Gulf CoastBig SkyWeber State, Big SouthUNC-Asheville, Big WestHawaii, ColonialUNC-Wilmington, Conference-USAMiddle Tennessee, HorizonGreen Bay, IvyYale, MAACIona, MACBuffalo, MEACHampton, Missouri ValleyNorthern Iowa, Mountain WestFresno State, Northeast Fairleigh Dickinson, Ohio ValleyAustin PeayPatriotHoly Cross, SouthernChattanooga, SouthlandStephen F. Austin, SWACSouthern, SummitSouth Dakota State, Sun BeltAR-Little Rock, WCC – GonzagaWACCal St. Bakersfield

 

AT-LARGE: This was tough.These are in order, so the last four teams will be playing in the “First Four” in Dayton.

 

AT-LARGE (6): Butler, Cincinnati, VCU, Monmouth, Temple, Saint Mary’s

 



BUBBLE WATCH

 

BUBBLE: Again, this was tough.

 

These are in order, so to figure out the first teams out, head to the final team from the AT-LARGE category and look for all the teams behind them.

BUBBLE (12): Butler, Cincinnati, VCU, Monmouth, Temple, Saint Mary’s, San Diego State, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Valparaiso, Tulsa

SEEDING

 

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Big 12 (7), Pac-12 (7), ACC (6), Big Ten (6), Big East (5), A-10 (4), SEC (4), American (3), MAAC (2), Missouri Valley (2), West Coast (2)

(Click on bracket to enlarge)
MIDWEST vs. WEST
EAST vs. SOUTH
**Kansas is the overall top seed

 

 

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