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CSN's Bracketologist Issues First Projections of the 2015 NCAA Tournament Field

October 13, 2015 - Doctor Bracketology has projected the forty-eight teams that will be in the 2015 NCAA Tournament field, the sixteen seeds, and the match-ups based on the most recent RPI issued and a projection of the conference champions based on the information currently available. His analysis is based on projected conference winners and the criteria the selection committee will utilize which includes win-loss record, geography, recent team play, quality wins, and the head-to-head match-ups that have taken place to date. These projections wil continue to be revised as the season progresses.

The Doctor advises that the RPI will likely change dramatically as the season progresses. The picture regarding most conference championships will not be decieded until conference tournaments are completed. The projections are not reflective of any national polls nor are they attempting to gague who the best teams are. The projections are designed to predict what the NCAA Tournament field would be if the selection committee were to announce their selections at this moment. The projections do not take any account expected future results.


 

#1 Wake Forest Region

First Round - Charlotte (CUSA #4) vs. Radford (Big South Automatic)

Second Round - Winner vs. #1 seed Wake Forest (ACC #2)

First Round - Monmouth (MAAC Automatic) vs. Hofstra (CAA Automatic)

Second Round - Winner vs. #16 seed Old Dominion (CUSA #2)

First Round - George Washington (A-10 Automatic) vs. Maryland (Big Ten Automatic)

Second Round - Winner vs. #8 seed Georgetown (Big East #2)  

First Round - Drake (MVC Automatic) vs. SMU (AAC Automatic)

Second Round - Winner vs. #9 seed Creighton (Big East Automatic)


 

#2 North Carolina Region 

First Round - Mercer (Southern Conference #2) vs. Elon (CAA #2) 

Second Round - Winner vs. #2 seed North Carolina (ACC Automatic)

First Round - Wofford (Southern Conference Automatic) vs. Coastal Carolina (Big South #2)

Second Round - Winner vs. #15 seed South Carolina (CUSA Automatic)

First Round - Utah Valley (WAC #2) vs. New Mexico (CUSA #3)

Second Round - Winner vs. #7 seed Denver (Summit Automatic)

First Round - Butler (Big East #3) vs. Virginia (ACC #8)

Second Round - Winner vs. #10 seed Stanford (Pac-12 Automatic)


 

#3 Akron Region

First Round - Wright State (Horizon #2) vs. Ohio State (Big Ten #2)

Second Round - Winner vs. #3 seed Akron (MAC Automatic)

First Round - Georgia State (Sun Belt Automatic) vs. UNC Wilmington (CAA #3)

Second Round - Winner vs. #14 seed Syracuse (ACC #6)

First Round - UIC (Horizon Automatic) vs. FGCU (Atlantic Sun Automatic)

Second Round - Winner vs. #6 seed South Florida (ACC #2)

First Round - Dartmouth (Ivy League Automatic) vs. Boston University (Patriot Automatic)

Second Round - Winner vs. #11 seed Boston College (ACC #5)


 

#4 Notre Dame Region

First Round - Indiana (Big Ten #2) vs. N.C. State (ACC #7)

Second Round - Winner vs. #4 seed Notre Dame (ACC #3)

First Round - San Diego (WCC Automatic) vs. Cal Poly (Big West #2)

Second Round - Winner vs. #13 seed Seattle (WAC Automatic)

First Round - LIU (NEC Automatic) vs. New Hampshire (America East Automatic)

Second Round - Winner vs. #5 seed Clemson (ACC #4)

First Round - UCLA (Pac 12 #2) vs. Gonzaga (WCC #2)

Second Round - Winner vs. #12 seed UC Santa Barbara (Big West Automatic)


Projected Conference Breakdown 

America East 1
American Athletic  2
Atlantic Coast  8
Atlantic Sun 1
Atlantic 10 1
Big East 3
Big South  2
Big Ten 3
Big West  2
Coloniel Athletic Association  3
Conference USA 4
Horizon 2
Ivy 1
Metro Atlantic 1
Mid American 1
Missouri Valley 1
Northeast 1
Pacific 12 2
Patriot League 1
Southern  2
Summit League  1
Sun Belt  1
WAC  2
West Coast  2
Total  48

Projected Conference Winners 

Conference Champion RPI
America East  New Hampshire 33
American Athletic SMU 28
Atlantic Coast  North Carolina  2
Atlantic Sun FGCU 16
Atlantic 10 George Washington 101
Big East  Creighton 10
Big South Radford 26
Big Ten Maryland 25
Big West UC Santa Barbara 13
Coloniel Athletic Association Hofstra 20
Horizon League UIC 54
Ivy League Dartmouth 39
Metro Atlantic Monmouth 97
Mid American Akron 3
Missouri Valley Drake 95
Northeast  LIU 185
Pacific 12 Stanford 11
Patriot League Boston University 30
Southern  Wofford 72
Summit League Denver 8
Sun Belt  Georgia State 136
WAC Seattle 14
West Coast  San Diego  46