March 13 projections 1PM ET NCAA Brackets

College Basketball fans rejoice – it’s Christmas Day for you today. The day you’ve waited all season for. And for all of those jonesing for an office pool since the ending of football season last month, don’t fret – we have your fix coming too.

As promised, in advance of today’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament selections, here are the current projections we feel will make the big dance later today. Teams in BOLD receive automatic bids into the tournament.

As we publish this, there are four conference tournaments undecided. We indicated which team goes where based upon who wins or loses those games today within these brackets. In our opinion, the winner of the Atlantic-10 championship between Richmond and Dayton is in, the loser is out. The other three games played today will place both teams into the tournament.

The teams that are in italics are the teams that we project will play in the ‘First Four’ games on Tuesday:

  • EAST
    • Charlotte
      • (1) Duke vs. (16) UNC Asheville
      • (8) Temple vs. (9) Villanova
    • Washington DC
      • (4) Purdue vs. (13) Bucknell
      • (5) Georgetown vs. (12) Princeton
    • Washington DC
      • (3) Florida vs. (14) Saint Peter’s
      • (6) St. John’s vs. (11) Penn State/Boston College winner
    • Tampa
      • (2) Pittsburgh vs. (15) Boston University
      • (7) Old Dominion vs. (10) Clemson
  • SOUTHEAST
    • Cleveland
      • (1) Ohio State vs. (16) Akron/Alabama State winner
      • (8) George Mason vs. (9) Missouri
    • Charlotte
      • (4) Syracuse vs. (13) Belmont
      • (5) Texas A&M vs. (12) Tennessee
    • Cleveland
      • (3) Connecticut vs. (14) Long Island
      • (6) Xavier vs. (11) Florida State
    • Tampa
      • (2) Kentucky vs. (15) Wofford
      • (7) Memphis vs. (10) Cleveland State
  • SOUTHWEST
    • Tulsa
      • (1) Kansas vs. (16) Ark-Little Rock/UT San Antonio winner
      • (8) UNLV vs. (9) Michigan State
    • Chicago
      • (4) Wisconsin vs. (13) Oakland
      • (5) Vanderbilt vs. (12) UCLA
    • Denver
      • (3) BYU vs. (14) Indiana State
      • (6) Kansas State vs. (11) Michigan
    • Chicago
      • (2) Notre Dame vs. (15) Morehead State
      • (7) Butler vs. (10) Alabama Birminghmam
  • WEST
    • Denver
      • (1) San Diego State vs. (16) UC Santa Barbara
      • (8) Utah State vs. (9) Cincinnati
    • Tucson
      • (4) Louisville vs. (13) Richmond
      • (5) Arizona vs. (12) Gonzaga
    • Tulsa
      • (3) Texas vs. (14) Northern Colorado
      • (6) West Virginia vs. (11) St. Mary’s/Colorado State winner
    • Tucson
      • (2) North Carolina vs. (15) Hampton
      • (7) Washington vs. (10) Marquette

LAST FOUR IN: Boston College, Colorado State, St. Mary’s, Tennessee 
FIRST FOUR OUT: Georgia, Harvard, Illinois, Missouri State

Be sure to watch our special edition of INSIDE SPORTS this week as we look at all of the matchups. Our special guest is Westwood One broadcaster Dave Sims. Watch us live stream the recording of our show Sunday night at 11PM ET/8PM PT (that’s tonight) on the home page of SyndicateRadio.TV and then the edited version Tuesday on DoubleGTV.com

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