Final March Madness bracket predictions: Projecting the Field of 68 for 2021 NCAA Tournament

Range Sunday for the 2021 NCAA men’s basketball tournament is below. 

The sixty eight-workforce field has taken form by means of convention tournament 7 days, and Sunday’s agenda will finish it with 5 tournament finals. The bracket adjusted from the No. one seeds to the bubble over the previous 5 days, and SN tracked all the action with day by day updates.

Listed here is a glance at Sporting News’ updated Field of 68 heading into Range Sunday.  

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March Madness bracket predictions for 2021 NCAA Tournament 

Projected No. one seeds

  • **Gonzaga 26- (West Coast) 
  • Baylor 22-2  
  • Illinois 22-6 (Huge Ten) 
  • Michigan 20-4 

Lowdown: Will Michigan ahead Isaiah Livers’ foot injuries influence the selection committee? The Wolverines lost 68-67 to Ohio Condition in the Huge Ten semifinals and at minimal will flip spots with Illinois heading into the tournament. Michigan dropped three of its previous 5 online games. That claimed, it should really hold onto the ultimate No. one seed.  

Projected No. two seeds 

  • Ohio Condition 21-8
  • Alabama 23-6 (SEC) 
  • Houston 23-3 (American) 
  • Iowa 21-8

Lowdown: Houston, Ohio Condition and Alabama all participate in Sunday, but it will be difficult for any of them to transfer onto that No. one line. Ohio Condition ensured a No. two seed with a victory in opposition to rival Michigan, and the Buckeyes could be labored into a unfastened conversation as a No. one seed given they would have a 3-two record in opposition to the Wolverines and Illini. Alabama also should really adhere as a No. 2 after holding off Tennessee in a seventy three-sixty eight thriller in the SEC semifinals. It did not harm that Arkansas dropped. 

Projected No. 3 seeds 

  • **Texas 19-seven (Huge 12)
  • Arkansas 22-6 
  • Oklahoma Condition 20-8
  • Kansas 20-8 

Lowdown: It’s the Huge 12 line. Texas is the convention tournament champion and therefore has a No. 3 seed. Oklahoma Condition, the Longhorns’ opponent in the ultimate, will share that line. Kansas and Virginia both equally remaining their convention tournaments mainly because of COVID-19 exams, and the most effective situation for both equally is that they can participate in in the initially spherical Saturday. It will be appealing to see how that uncertainty is factored into their seeds, but this line appears to be like the effortless remedy for KU. 

Projected No. 4 seeds 

  • Florida Condition 16-6 
  • West Virginia 18-9 
  • Virginia 18-6
  • Purdue 18-9 

Lowdown: Virginia and Florida Condition tumble to this line as a outcome of an ACC Match that was impacted by COVID-19. The Seminoles skipped their likelihood to climb to the No. 3 line by dropping the ACC championship video game to Georgia Tech. 

Projected No. five seeds 

  • Villanova 16-6 
  • Creighton 20-8
  • LSU 18-8
  • Tennesee 18-8

Lowdown: LSU has received 7 of its previous nine online games heading into a matchup with Alabama. Tennessee receives this line, much too, immediately after Colorado’s decline in the Pac-12 championship video game. Creighton and Villanova skipped opportunties to transfer up a line immediately after dropping to Georgetown in the Huge East Match. 

Projected No. 6 seeds 

  • Wisconsin seventeen-12 
  • Colorado 22-8
  • Texas Tech seventeen-10 
  • USC 22-seven

Lowdown: Texas Tech and Wisconsin have double-digit losses, but both equally will also gain from the strength of their conferences to stay on this line. The Pink Raiders and Badgers should really not slide previous a No. seven. 

Projected No. seven seeds 

  • BYU 20-6 
  • **San Diego Condition 23-4 (Mountain West) 
  • Oregon 20-6
  • North Carolina 18-10 

Lowdown: This is the West Coast line with BYU, Oregon and San Diego Condition. The Aztecs and Cougars rank in the best twenty five in KenPom. North Carolina could be a No. 8 seed, but a sturdy demonstrating in the ACC Match, not to point out manufacturer electrical power, will put the Tar Heels on this line. 

Projected No. 8 seeds 

  • **Loyola Chicago 24-4 (MVC) 
  • **Georgia Tech seventeen-8 (ACC) 
  • Connecticut 15-6 
  • Oklahoma 15-ten

Lowdown: Georgia Tech will make the bounce up to this line immediately after successful the ACC Match. The Ramblers are an appealing workforce they could obstacle a best seed given the right matchup. St. Bonaventure could tumble a contact if it loses to VCU in the Atlantic ten championship video game. 

Additional: Michigan’s Juwan Howard is Sporting News’ Coach of the Year 

Rest of field projections 

No. nine seeds: Clemson 16-seven, St. Bonaventure 15-4 (A-ten), Virginia Tech 15-6, Florida fourteen-nine
No. ten seeds: Missouri seventeen-nine, Maryland 16-thirteen, Rutgers 15-ten, VCU 19-6
No. eleven seeds: **Oregon Condition seventeen-12 (Pac-12), Louisville thirteen-seven, Michigan Condition 15-12, Utah Condition* 20-8, Drake* twenty five-4
No. 12 seeds: **North Texas seventeen-nine (C-Usa), **UC Santa Barbara 22-4 (Huge West), **Georgetown (Huge East) 12-12, UCLA* 17-nine, Syracuse* 16-nine
No. thirteen seeds: **Liberty 22-five (A-Sunshine), **Winthrop 23-one (Huge South), **Ohio 16-seven (MAC), Colgate 12-seven (Patriot)
No. fourteen seeds: **UNC-Greensboro 20-8 (Southern), **Morehead Condition 23-seven (Ohio Valley), **Grand Canyon seventeen-6 (WAC), **Japanese Washington 15-seven (Huge Sky)
No. 15 seeds: **Cleveland Condition 19-seven (Horizon), **Iona 12-five (MAAC), **Oral Roberts 16-ten (Summit), **Drexel 12-7 (Colonial)
No. 16 seeds: **Abilene Christian 23-4 (Southland), **Hartford 15-8 (The united states East), **Norfolk Condition* 15-seven (MEAC), **Texas Southern* 16-8 (SWAC), **Appalachian Condition* seventeen-eleven (Sunshine Belt), **Mount St. Mary’s* 12-
ten (Northeast)

Teams in italics participate in Sunday
* To start with 4 teams 
** Teams that have clinched automatic bids 

Last four in 

  • Drake twenty five-4 
  • Utah Condition 20-8 
  • Syracuse 16-9 
  • UCLA seventeen-nine

Lowdown: This sets up a blue-blood To start with 4 matchup concerning UCLA and Syracuse. Drake and Utah Condition also are in. All of these groups are rooting for Houston over Cincinnati in the American Athletic Convention championship. 

To start with four out 

  • Wichita Condition 16-five
  • St. Louis fourteen-6
  • Colorado Condition 18-6 
  • Xavier thirteen-8 

Lowdown: Oregon Condition and Georgetown knocked Wichita Condition and St. Louis out with shock convention tournament runs. MWC groups Boise Condition and Colorado Condition will not likely rather crack the sixty eight-workforce field. Xavier had its bubble burst with a decline to Seton Corridor. Duke also remains on the outdoors searching in.