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Updated Seeds for 2022 NCAA Tournament.

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Madness has arrived in full swing, as evident by this weekend’s slaying of top teams; and not a minute too soon. This past Saturday, the top six teams in the AP Top 25 lost, a first in the poll’s history. Seven of the top 10 lost. Luckily, most of these schools were facing teams that are projected amongst the tournament field, aside from Arizona. These losses are par for the course during late February matchups as teams are limping through grueling conference clashes. Yet, the margin of giants beaten in one day can only mean that March is coming and the chaos is coming with it. The losses suffered should have little impact on the overall seeding, but conference tournament play is bound to shake up the slate. 

Loyola-Chicago likely lost out on a chance to go dancing this March after losing the regular-season finale in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Panthers should make noise in the conference tournament to help their case as well. With top teams going down some remain powerful forces and others below them surge ahead. Baylor is likely to shoot up multiple spots after a nice win against Kansas on Saturday in Waco. Duke is hoping to paint Coach K a nice sunset to ride off into as they took care of business against a down Syracuse squad. Saint Mary’s solidified the notion that the Gaels are not to be taken lightly after dispatching Gonzaga by double-digits at home on Saturday. SEC play has seen the top four teams trade blows and show the definitions of home-court advantages with the top two teams losing close games in hostile environments. Purdue found itself on the wrong side of Tom Izzo’s malevolent March magic as they fell on a buzzer-beater to the Spartans in Lansing on Saturday afternoon.

There is no secret formula or ancient prophecy to point to when determining something as delicate as the outcomes of games of college basketball. In addition, the number of exponents in the equation is multiplied due to the tradition and pageantry of the college game making the science and calculation superfluous. Sometimes you just don’t know till it’s over, and sometimes even then it doesn’t feel right. That’s March.

We aren’t in that coveted month quite yet, but the madness is in full bloom. Here is a look at the updated projected seedings after Sunday’s games on February 27th:

WEST PROJECTED SEEDS

1. Gonzaga (24-3, WCC) v.s. 

16. Norfolk State (19-6. MEAC)

8. Iowa State (20-9, Big 12) v.s.

9. Notre Dame (21-8, ACC)

Portland, Oregon 

5. Colorado State (23-4, MWC) v.s. 

12. S. Dakota State (27-4, Summit)

4. UCLA (21-6, PAC-12) v.s. 

13. Chattanooga (24-7, SoCon)

Milwaukee, WI

6. Alabama (19-10, SEC) v.s. 

11. Miami (Fla.) (20-9, ACC)

3. Villanova (21-7, Big East) v.s. 

14. Princeton (21-5, Ivy)

Pittsburgh, PA

7. Boise State (23-6, MWC) v.s. 

10. Davidson (24-4, A10)

2. Wisconsin (23-5, Big Ten) v.s. 

15. Long Beach St. (16-11, Big West)

Milwaukee, WI

EAST PROJECTED SEEDS

1. Baylor (24-5, Big 12) v.s. 

16. Longwood (23-6, Big South)

8. Murray State (28-2, OVC ) v.s. 

9. Creighton (19-9, Big East)

Fort Worth, Texas

5. Ohio State (18-8, Big Ten) v.s. 

12 Iona (24-5, MAAC)

4. Illinois (20-8, Big Ten) vs. 

13. Toledo (23-6, MAC)

Portland, Oregon

6. Michigan State (19-9, Big Ten) v.s. 

11. SMU (20-7, AAC)

3. Kentucky (23-6, SEC) v.s. 

14. Vermont (24-5, America East)

Indianapolis, IN

7. Wyoming (23-5, MWC) v.s. 

10. Xavier (17-11, Big East)

2. Duke (25-4, ACC) v.s. 

15. Colgate (20-11, Patriot)

Greenville, SC

MIDWEST PROJECTED SEEDS

1. Kansas (23-5, Big 12) v.s. 

16. Cleveland State (19-9, Horizon) OR Nichols St. (19-10, Southland)

8. LSU (20-9, SEC) v.s. 

9. TCU (18-9, Big 12)

Greenville, SC

5. Saint Mary’s (24-6, WCC) vs. 1

2. Wake Forest (22-8, ACC) OR 

Florida (18-11, SEC)

4. Connecticut (21-7, Big East) v.s. 

13. New Mexico State (23-5, WAC)

Pittsburgh, PA

6. Houston (24-4, AAC) v.s. 

11. San Francisco (23-8, WCC)

3. Purdue (24-5, Big Ten) v.s. 

14 Northern Iowa (18-10, MVC)

Indianapolis, IN

7. Seton Hall (18-9, Big East) v.s. 

10. North Texas (22-4, C-USA)

2. Auburn (25-4, SEC) v.s. 

15. Montana State (21-7, Big Sky)

Fort Worth, Texas

SOUTH PROJECTED SEEDS

1. Arizona (25-3, PAC-12) v.s 

16. Southern University (15-12) 

OR Bryant (19-9, NEC)

8. Marquette (18-10, Big East) v.s. 

9. Iowa (20-8, Big Ten)

San Diego, California

5. Tennessee (21-7, SEC) v.s. 

12. BYU (21-9, WCC)

4. Arkansas (23-6, SEC) v.s. 

13 Texas State (21-6, Sun Belt)

Buffalo, New York

6. USC (25-4, PAC-12) v.s. 

11. Memphis (17-9, AAC) OR 

Michigan (15-12, Big Ten)

3. Texas Tech (22-7, Big 12) v.s. 

14. Towson (23-7, Colonial)

San Diego, California

7. Texas (21-8, Big 12) v.s. 

10. San Diego State (18-7, MWC)

2. Providence (24-3, Big East) v.s. 

15. Jacksonville State (20-9, ASUN)

Buffalo, New York

LAST FOUR IN: Michigan, Memphis, Wake Forest, UNI

FIRST FOUR OUT: North Carolina, Loyola-Chicago, Oregon, VCU

TOP FOUR SEEDS: Gonzaga, Kansas, Arizona, Baylor

BRACKET BUSTERS: North Texas, Iona, Boise State, USC

SLEEPER PICKS: Providence, Houston, Saint Mary’s, Michigan State

UPCOMING GAMES TO WATCH: 

Baylor at Texas – Mon. February 28, 8:00 PM

Providence at Villanova – Tue. March 1, 5:30 PM

Purdue at Wisconsin – Tue. March 1, 8:00 PM

Alabama at LSU – Sat. March 5, 11:00 AM

Davidson at Dayton – Sat. March 5, 11:30 AM

Boise State at Colorado State – Sat. March 5, 7:30 PM

USC at #12 UCLA – Sat. March 5, 9:00 PM

Houston at Memphis – Sun. March 6, 11:00 AM

Michigan at Ohio State – Sun. March 6, 11:30 AM

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