AJ23 Bracket 03/12/23 Afternoon
West Midwest South East 1 Purdue Kansas Alabama Houston 2 UCLA Arizona Baylor Texas 3 Kansas State Gonzaga Marquette Connecticut 4 Tennessee Xavier Indiana Duke 5 San Diego State Texas A&M Virginia Iowa State 6 St. Mary’s TCU Northwestern Missouri 7 Miami Michigan State Florida Atlantic Kentucky 8 Creighton Maryland Memphis West Virginia 9 USC Auburn Iowa Penn State 10 Oklahoma State Arkansas Illinois Boise State 11 Utah State Mississippi State / Providence Drake North Carolina State 12 VCU Oral Roberts Nevada / Arizona State Charleston 13 Louisiana Princeton Kent State Iona 14 UC Santa Barbara Kennesaw State Furman Grand Canyon 15 Montana State Colgate UNC Asheville Vermont 16 Southeast Missouri TAMUCC Northern Kentucky / Fairleigh Dickinson Howard / Texas Southern
AJ23 Bracket 03/12/23 morning
West Midwest South East 1 Purdue Kansas Alabama Houston 2 UCLA Arizona Baylor Texas 3 Kansas State Gonzaga Marquette Connecticut 4 Tennessee Xavier Indiana Duke 5 San Diego State Texas A&M Virginia Iowa State 6 St. Mary’s TCU Northwestern Missouri 7 Miami Michigan State Florida Atlantic Kentucky 8 Creighton Maryland Memphis West Virginia 9 USC Auburn Iowa Penn State 10 Oklahoma State Arkansas Illinois Boise State 11 Utah State Mississippi State / Providence Drake North Carolina State 12 VCU Oral Roberts Nevada / Arizona State Charleston 13 Yale Louisiana Kent State Iona 14 UC Santa Barbara Grand Canyon Furman Kennesaw State 15 Montana State Colgate UNC Asheville Vermont 16 Southeast Missouri TAMUCC Northern Kentucky / Fairleigh Dickinson Howard / Texas Southern
AJ23 Bracket 03/07/23
West Midwest South East 1 UCLA Kansas Alabama Purdue 2 Baylor Houston Texas Kansas State 3 Gonzaga Tennessee Marquette Arizona 4 Virginia Xavier Indiana Connecticut 5 Michigan State Iowa State Miami TCU 6 San Diego State St. Mary’s Northwestern Texas A&M 7 Creighton Iowa Kentucky Missouri 8 West Virginia Maryland Memphis Duke 9 Illinois Boise State Florida Atlantic Auburn 10 USC Arkansas Wisconsin North Carolina State 11 Charleston Rutgers / Penn State Nevada Providence 12 Oklahoma State / Utah State Oral Roberts Drake VCU 13 Utah Valley Yale Kent State Iona 14 UC Irvine Furman Louisiana Kennesaw State 15 Montana Vermont UNC Asheville Colgate 16 Grambling State TAMUCC Northern Kentucky / Southeast Missouri Howard / Fairleigh Dickinson
AJ23 Bracket Projection 02/21/23
West Midwest South East 1 Arizona Kansas Alabama Purdue 2 Texas Houston Baylor UCLA 3 Iowa State Tennessee Virginia Kansas State 4 Northwestern Miami Marquette Connecticut 5 Xavier TCU Gonzaga St. Mary’s 6 San Diego State Iowa Indiana Creighton 7 Rutgers Michigan State Kentucky Providence 8 Arkansas Texas A&M Illinois North Carolina State 9 Florida Atlantic Duke Missouri West Virginia 10 Auburn Oklahoma State Nevada Maryland 11 Charleston Memphis / Arizona State Boise State Pittsburgh 12 Utah Valley Oral Roberts USC / Wisconsin VCU 13 Iona Liberty Kent State Southern Mississippi 14 UC Irvine Youngstown State Drake Yale 15 Eastern Washington Samford UNC Asheville Colgate 16 Howard TAMUCC Alcorn State / Morehead State Vermont / Farleigh Dickinson
AJ23 Bracket Projection 01/30/23
West Midwest South East 1 Tennessee Kansas Purdue Alabama 2 Arizona Houston Baylor UCLA 3 Texas Kansas State Gonzaga Iowa State 4 Marquette TCU Xavier Virginia 5 St. Mary’s Providence Illinois Connecticut 6 San Diego State Florida Atlantic Indiana North Carolina State 7 Missouri Iowa Duke Rutgers 8 North Carolina Northwestern Auburn West Virginia 9 Maryland Michigan State Creighton Clemson 10 Boise State Nevada Memphis Miami 11 USC Oral Roberts Oklahoma New Mexico / Texas A&M 12 Pittsburgh / Penn State St. Louis Kent State Charleston 13 Utah Valley Cornell Iona Southern Mississippi 14 UC Santa Barbara Southern Illinois Liberty Youngstown State 15 Eastern Washington UNC Asheville Furman Colgate 16 Norfolk State Northwestern State Southern / Morehead State Vermont / Farleigh Dickinson
AJ23 Bracket Projection 01/16/23
West Midwest South East 1 Alabama Kansas Purdue Houston 2 UCLA Tennessee Xavier Texas 3 Gonzaga Arizona Iowa State Connecticut 4 Kansas State Marquette Virginia TCU 5 North Carolina State Miami Auburn Rutgers 6 Arizona State Baylor Providence St. Mary’s 7 Florida Atlantic Oklahoma Illinois Clemson 8 Boise State Iowa Arkansas Duke 9 Wisconsin Nevada North Carolina San Diego State 10 New Mexico Michigan State Missouri Maryland 11 Northwestern Oral Roberts USC Memphis / Indiana 12 VCU Penn State / Creighton Kent State Charleston 13 Utah Valley Cornell Iona Marshall 14 UC Irvine SIUE Liberty Southern Illinois 15 Eastern Washington Samford Youngstown State Colgate 16 UMBC TAMUCC Southern / Norfolk State Longwood / Farleigh Dickinson
AJ23 Bracket Projection 01/09/23
West Midwest South East 1 Arizona Kansas Purdue Houston 2 Alabama UCLA Tennessee Connecticut 3 Texas Gonzaga Xavier Kansas State 4 Ohio State Arkansas Iowa State Virginia 5 Auburn Duke Miami Providence 6 San Diego State Baylor St. Mary’s Marquette 7 TCU Missouri Wisconsin North Carolina State 8 Oklahoma New Mexico Florida Atlantic Maryland 9 Rutgers Arizona State West Virginia North Carolina 10 Indiana Iowa Memphis Illinois 11 Virginia Tech Oral Roberts Mississippi State Utah / Northwestern 12 Kent State Nevada / Boise State Dayton Charleston 13 Utah Valley Iona indiana State Southern Miss 14 UCSB SIUE FGCU Princeton 15 Eastern Washington UMass Lowell Longwood Furman 16 Grambling State TAMUCC Northern Kentucky / Norfolk State Colgate / Farleigh Dickinson
R code to construct a ballot
Inputs a ranked list (spreadsheet) of teams 1 to 68.
Follows basic bracket principles (although some of these principles are flexible as per the committee).
Checks to confirm that all 32 conferences (auto bids) are represented.
The four number 1 seeds, by ranked order, get placed in their preferred region if still available, otherwise get randomly placed to available region.
Teams 5 to 16 get placed in seed lines 2 to 4, with no two teams from the same conference in the same region unless there are 5 or more top 4 seeds from the conference.
A check is done on balance of regions in the top 4 seeds. The difference in sum of ranks (absolute seeding 1-68) of teams in each region should not exceed 5.
Remaining teams get placed in the bracket. Intra-conference match-ups are avoided in the first two rounds. E.g. seeds 4, 5, 12, and 13 from the same region should all be from different conferences, if possible.
The final four automatic teams are placed into the Dayton play in games as 16/16 matchups.
The final four at large teams are placed into the Dayton play in games, either both matchups as 11/11 or one as an 11/11 matchup and the other as a 12/12 matchup, depending on where automatic bids are seeded. In theory it is possible that a play-in game for the final at large teams could be on the 13 seed line or lower, but this has never happened to date. The script is not designed to handle this remote possibility.
AJ23 Bracket Projection 01/02/2023
West Midwest South East 1 Arizona Houston Purdue Connecticut 2 Alabama Kansas Tennessee UCLA 3 Gonzaga Xavier Miami Ohio State 4 Duke Arkansas Texas Virginia 5 New Mexico Iowa State San Diego State Baylor 6 Indiana Kansas State Auburn West Virginia 7 St. Mary’s Missouri Marquette Wisconsin 8 Providence TCU Virginia Tech Utah 9 North Carolina Arizona State Florida Atlantic Maryland 10 Utah State Rutgers Illinois Mississippi State 11 Kentucky Southern Illinois Oklahoma Nevada / Boise State 12 Memphis / UCF Sam Houston State Dayton Charleston 13 Iona Oral Roberts Kent State James Madison 14 UCSB Eastern Washington FGCU Princeton 15 UMass Lowell Longwood Northern Kentucky UNC Greensboro 16 Grambling State Norfolk State Northwestern State / Eastern Illinois Colgate / Farleigh Dickinson