Bracketology for March 11, 2020

Creating a Coronavirus Travel Friendly Bracket within the Bracket Rules is Challenging.

This was the toughest bracket to create not because of the bubble teams, there has been a clear cut-off here and if San Francisco had defeated Gonzaga and then went on to win the West Coast Conference Tournament, it would have been an easier process.  However, the objective is to try to ensure proper seeding zones, bracketing rules regarding the conferences and host schools, and be geographically friendly to as many schools as possible.

The highlights of this bracket:

  • Seed numbers matter less if the objective is to reduce travel in this current environment.
  • USC would be a #10 seed ordinarily, but giving them the #12 seed so that they have a shorter trip was the priority.
  • Akron is on many brackets a #13 seed, but they are an #11 seed so that they can play in Cleveland.
  • Florida stays in the East and does not get to play in Tampa, but if they are bounced out of the SEC Tournament by Georgia, this could certainly end up being arranged without any cringing.
  • Liberty would ordinarily be a #12 seed, but sending them to Greensboro for the shorter travel time means pushing them up to a #11 seed.
  • Utah State’s strong resume of accomplishments earns them a shorter trip to a tournament location and they will travel to Spokane as a #9 seed.
  • Last Four In:  Stanford, Richmond, Indiana, Cincinnati
  • First Three Out:  Northern Iowa, Mississippi State, North Carolina State
  • More guidance from the NCAA as far as their plans and what they want to do as it relates to the coronavirus crisis/panic will cause drastic changes to this bracket going forward.  It is possible that this bracket and the NCAA Tournament Bracket can look really screwy and the seed lines could mean very little.  This is unprecedented territory, this is not a typical NCAA Tournament anymore.
Conference Conference
SOUTH – Houston MIDWEST – Indianapolis
St. Louis Omaha
1) Baylor Big XII 1) Kansas Big XII
16) Northern Kentucky Horizon 16) Prairie View A&M/NC Central SWAC/MEAC
8) LSU SEC 8) Colorado Pac-12
9) Providence Big East 9) Saint Mary’s WCC
Tampa Omaha
5) Butler Big East 5) Wisconsin Big Ten
12) Indiana/Cincinnati Big Ten/American 12) Richmond/Stanford A-10/Pac-12
4) Kentucky SEC 4) Louisville ACC
13) North Texas C-USA 13) Stephen F. Austin Southland
Greensboro Cleveland
6) Auburn SEC 6) Houston American
11) ETSU SoCon 11) Akron MAC
3) Maryland Big Ten 3) Michigan St. Big Ten
14) Belmont OVC 14) North Dakota St. Summit
Tampa St. Louis
7) Illinois Big Ten 7) Iowa Big Ten
10) Oklahoma Big XII 10) Wichita St. American
2) Florida St. ACC 2) Creighton Big East
15) Winthrop Big South 15) Little Rock Sun Belt
EAST – New York WEST – Los Angeles
Cleveland Spokane
1) Dayton A-10 1) Gonzaga WCC
16) Robert Morris/Siena NEC/MAAC 16) Eastern Washington Big Sky
8) Florida SEC 8) Marquette Big East
9) Rutgers Big Ten 9) Utah St. MWC
Albany Sacramento
5) Ohio St. Big Ten 5) West Virginia Big XII
12) Yale Ivy 12) USC Pac-12
4) Seton Hall Big East 4) BYU WCC
13) Vermont America East 13) New Mexico St. WAC
Greensboro Spokane
6) Michigan Big Ten 6) Penn St. Big Ten
11) Liberty A-Sun 11) Texas Tech Big XII
3) Duke ACC 3) Oregon Pac-12
14) Hofstra Colonial 14) Bradley MVC
Albany Sacramento
7) Virginia ACC 7) Arizona Pac-12
10) Arizona St. Pac-12 10) Xavier Big East
2) Villanova Big East 2) San Diego St. MWC
15) Colgate Patriot 15) UC Irvine Big West


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