A projected look at the 2017 NCAA tournament bracket

Scout bracketology expert Kyle Reichert updates his projected bracket for the 2017 NCAA tournament

Tuesday delivered three major upsets with West Virginia beating Kansas, Marquette knocking off top overall seed Villanova and Tennessee taking down SEC leader Kentucky. Marquette’s win vaulted the Golden Eagles into the projected field, as its resume now boasts the ultimate signature win. West Virginia currently sits in third place in the Big 12, but sits as a four seed with wins over the two teams above them (Kansas and Baylor).

An unfortunate story line has emerged with Creighton senior guard Maurice Watson out for the season with a torn ACL, and the Bluejays have struggled to adjust. Having lost at home to Marquette and losing by 20 at mediocre Georgetown, Watson’s injury has some implications for Creighton’s seeding, as the committee will put more weight on Creighton’s resume without Watson on the court. Creighton was a legitimate top-10 team before Watson’s injury, so a game against Creighton prior to January 16th will carry far more weight than it will for any team playing them after.

Even with Duke’s recent struggles, the ACC currently having six teams among the top 24 on the seed list. And while they aren’t as strong at the top as in past years, the Big Ten has seven teams in the field.

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Note: Teams that have received the conference's automatic bid have the conference in (parentheses).

SOUTH

WEST

1. Baylor 1. Gonzaga (WCC)
16. Fairleigh Dickinson (NEC) vs. Texas Southern SWAC 16. New Orleans (Southland)
8. Northwestern 8. USC
9. Utah 9. TCU
5. Florida 5. Notre Dame
12. Middle Tennessee (CUSA) 12. Nevada (MWC)
4. Virginia 4. Creighton
13. Valparaiso (Horizon) 13. Nex Mexico State (WAC)
6. South Carolina 6. Purdue
11. Wichita St. vs. Miami (Fl) 11. Alabama vs. Wake Forest
3. Oregon 3. Butler
14. Winthrop (Big South) 14. Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun)
7. St. Mary's 7. SMU
10. Marquette 10. Virginia Commonwealth
2. Louisville 2. Arizona (Pac-12)
15. Bucknell 15. Belmont (Ohio Valley)

MIDWEST

EAST

1. Kansas (Big 12) 1. Villanova (Big East)
16. UC Irvine (Big West) 16. Morgan St. (MEAC) vs. Weber St. (Big Sky)
8. Dayton 8. Iowa State
9. Minnesota 9. Indiana
5. Wisconsin (B1G) 5. Maryland
12. Akron (MAC) 12. UNC Wilmington (CAA)
4. Cincinnati (AAC) 4. West Virginia
13. Monmouth (MAAC) 13. Vermont (America East)
6. Xavier 6. Duke
11. Illinois St. (MVC) 11. Texas Tech
3. Florida State 3. UCLA
15. Georgia Southern (Sun Belt) 14. North Dakota State (Summit)
7. Kansas State 7. Arkansas
10. Virginia 10. Michigan State
2. Kentucky (SEC) 2. North Carolina (ACC)
15. UNC Greensboro (Southern) 15. Princeton (Ivy)

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