Connoracketology Week 16 (Feb. 24)

*This edition of Connoracketology seeds team based on games played through Feb. 23

     For my full explanation of the bracket and the bubble, be sure to check out my podcast, which will be released tomorrow.  For now, here’s the bracket.  Bold teams are division leaders, italicized teams are in play-in games, and numbers in parentheses represent a team’s seed in the last edition of bracketology.  No number means no seed change.  Teams are ranked left to right within a seed, and an asterisk represents a new team.

1s:  Kentucky, Virginia, Duke, Gonzaga
2s:  Wisconsin, Villanova, Arizona, Notre Dame (3)
3s:  Kansas (2), Northern Iowa (4), Iowa State, Wichita St (4)
4s:  Utah (3), Baylor, Maryland (5), Oklahoma (5)
5s:  Louisville (3), North Carolina (4), Arkansas (6), West Virginia
6s:  Butler (5), Providence, VCU, Georgetown
7s:  SMU, Michigan St (9), Ohio St, San Diego St
8s:  Oklahoma St, Ole Miss (9), Indiana (7), Georgia
9s:  St. John’s (10), Xavier (8), Texas A&M (10), Texas (8)
10s:  Iowa (11), Colorado St (11), Dayton (9), Stanford
11s:  Cincinnati (10), LSU, Temple (9), NC State (12), Purdue (12)
12s:  Oregon*, Tulsa*, Murray St, Iona, Harvard (13)
13s:  Wofford (12), Stephen F. Austin*, Valparaiso, Louisiana Tech
14s:  Central Michigan*, Georgia St*, UC Davis, South Dakota St*
15s:  Northeastern*, NC Central, High Point, New Mexico St (16)
16s:  Florida Gulf Coast (16), Albany (15), St, Francis, Sacramento St*, Bucknell, Texas Southern
Teams that Left the Field
Auto Bids:  Eastern Washington, William & Mary, Bowling Green, Sam Houston St., North Dakota St, UL Monroe
At Large Bids: UCLA, Illinois
Teams that Entered the Field
Auto Bids: Sacramento St, Northeastern, Central Michigan, Stephen F. Austin, South Dakota St., Georgia St
At Large Bids: Oregon, Tulsa
On the Outside Looking In
First Four Out: UCLA, Illinois, Boise State, Davidson
Next Four Out: BYU, Pitt, Old Dominion, Miami
Barely Hanging: Rhode Island, Stephen F. Austin, St. Mary’s, Massachusetts
Bids by Conference
Big Ten: 7
Big 12: 7
ACC: 6
Big East: 6
SEC: 6
American: 4
Pac-12: 4
Atlantic 10: 2
Mountain West: 2
Missouri Valley: 2

22 Conferences: 1

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