HALF-BRACKETOLOGY: Projecting the NCAA Tournament’s top 9 seeds for each region

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Myles Powell and Seton Hall (21-7 overall, first place in the Big East) could be playing close to home in the NCAA Tournament, as a 3-seed in the East regional.

With Selection Sunday just 12 days away, BATSBY Sports offers a new twist to its NCAA Tournament coverage: Predicting the top 36 seeds (1 through 9 per region), along with the corresponding playing venues for opening weekend (first/second round).

It’s worth noting: Our projections aren’t necessarily focused on power rankings with the top-tier schools.

Rather, we’re taking certain educated guesses when presuming this expanded field, factoring in current track record, strength of schedule, expert rankings (analytics sites) and probability of future success within conference tournament play.

(NOTE: TEAM RECORDS THROUGH MARCH 2, 2020)

REGIONALS/FINAL FOUR

EAST — New York City
MIDWEST — Indianapolis
SOUTH — Houston
WEST — Los Angeles

FINAL FOUR — Atlanta

EAST

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: SACRAMENTO

SEED #1 — San Diego State (28-1)
SEED #16 — TBD

SEED #8 — LSU (20-9)
SEED #9 — Oklahoma (18-11)

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: SPOKANE

SEED #4 — Ohio State (20-9)
SEED #13 — TBD

SEED #5 — Oregon (22-7)
SEED #12 — TBD

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: ALBANY

SEED #3 — Seton Hall (21-7)
SEED #14 — TBD

SEED #6 — Penn State (21-8)
SEED #11 — TBD

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: GREENSBORO

SEED #7 — Florida (18-11)
SEED #10 — TBD

SEED #2 — Duke (24-6)
SEED #15 — TBD

MIDWEST

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: OMAHA

SEED #1 — Kansas (26-3)
SEED #16 — TBD

SEED #8 — Colorado (21-9)
SEED #9 — Illinois (20-9)

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: ST. LOUIS

SEED #4 — Creighton (22-7)
SEED #13 — TBD

SEED #5 — BYU (24-7)
SEED #12 — TBD

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: CLEVELAND

SEED #3 — Michigan State (20-9)
SEED #14 — TBD

SEED #6 — Auburn (24-5)
SEED #11 — TBD

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: CLEVELAND

SEED #7 — Marquette (18-10)
SEED #10 — TBD

SEED #2 — Dayton (27-2)
SEED #15 — TBD

SOUTH

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: OMAHA

SEED #1 — Baylor (26-3)
SEED #16 — TBD

SEED #8 — Saint Mary’s (24-7)
SEED #9 — Stanford (20-9)

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: ST. LOUIS

SEED #4 — Kentucky (24-5)
SEED #13 — TBD

SEED #5 — Iowa (20-9)
SEED #12 — TBD

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: ALBANY

SEED #3 — Villanova (22-7)
SEED #14 — TBD

SEED #6 — Texas Tech (18-12)
SEED #11 — TBD

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: TAMPA

SEED #7 — Wisconsin (19-10)
SEED #10 — TBD

SEED #2 — Louisville (24-6)
SEED #15 — TBD

WEST

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: SPOKANE

SEED #1 — Gonzaga (29-2)
SEED #16 — TBD

SEED #8 — Michigan (18-11)
SEED #9 — Northern Iowa (25-5)

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: SACRAMENTO

SEED #4 — Arizona (19-10)
SEED #13 — TBD

SEED #5 — West Virginia (19-10)
SEED #12 — TBD

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: TAMPA

SEED #3 — Florida State (24-5)
SEED #14 — TBD

SEED #6 — Houston (22-7)
SEED #11 — TBD

SUB-REGIONAL SITE: GREENSBORO

SEED #7 — Butler (20-9)
SEED #10 — TBD

SEED #2 — Maryland (23-6)
SEED #15 — TBD

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