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Jordan Guskey | NCAA.com | February 21, 2019

The complete March Madness field of 68 predicted less than a month before conference tournaments start

Andy Katz reveals his bracket

Our own NCAA.com basketball analyst Andy Katz has traveled the country all season long. He's watched games. He's talked to the best players and coaches. And through it all he's sifted through the mountain of information he's collected to put together full bracket predictions for the March Madness field.

Before we break down his seventh bracket prediction of the season for the Division I men's basketball tournament, let's take a look at the bracket itself. (Tap or click here to open the bracket in a new window or tab).

Andy Katz predicts bracket.

And here's that bracket in table form:

  East West South Midwest
1 Duke Gonzaga Virginia Tennessee
16 Prairie View/Norfolk St. Sam Houston St. St. Francis (PA)/Canisius Lehigh
         
8 Texas Baylor Mississippi St. St. John's
9 Ole Miss Minnesota VCU Oklahoma
         
5 Kansas St. Florida State Villanova Iowa St.
12 Arizona St./Florida Belmont New Mexico St. Alabama/Georgetown
         
4 Nevada LSU Texas Tech Maryland
13 Liberty Hofstra Yale Old Dominion
         
6 Iowa Louisville Virginia Tech Wisconsin
11 North Carolina St. TCU UCF Auburn
         
3 Kansas Marquette Purdue Houston
14 South Dakota Montana Vermont UC Irvine
         
7 Syracuse Cincinnati Buffalo Washington
10 Temple Wofford Seton Hall Ohio St.
         
2 Michigan Michigan St. Kentucky North Carolina
15 Loyola-Chicago Radford Northern Kentucky Texas St.

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Duke remains a 1 seed

The Blue Devils suffered a lopsided loss against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Duke (23-3, 11-2 in ACC) also lost freshman sensation Zion Williamson in the first half to a mild knee sprain and it's unclear at this point how much time the possible national player of the year could miss. But Mike Krzyzewski's squad still has Cam Reddish. It still has Tre Jones and RJ Barrett. And Marques Bolden, Jack White and ... you get the point.

Duke is still Duke. It still owns key wins against Kentucky, Virginia and Louisville. The sting from a rivalry loss won't subside right away, and it'll linger longer as Williamson works his way back to the court. What Katz's prediction shows is there's no reason to panic right now. The Blue Devils must find another way to replicate the energy lost without Williamson on the floor. They must replace that production, too.

But is there another coach fans would want to guide Duke there? Trust in Krzyzewski.

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Mississippi moves to safety, Indiana drops out

Ole Miss dropped to an 11 seed in Katz's previous prediction and into a First Four game against Indiana. Since then Ole Miss has won three of four to move up to a 9 seed while IU has lost three straight and dropped out.

The Rebels (18-8, 8-5 in SEC) are on the right track again after a four-game losing streak. They traveled to Georgia and Auburn and picked up wins. They beat Missouri at home. And while they lost against South Carolina the Rebels are still fifth in a deep SEC field. Games against both Tennessee and Kentucky remain, among three others, as the regular season comes to a close. But both are at home and the other three games are against teams Ole Miss has already beaten this season. Don't be surprised to see the Rebels' stock rise.

The Hoosiers (13-13, 4-11 in Big Ten) are now on a four-game losing streak and have won just once in their last 12 games. IU has five games left: on the road at Iowa, at home against Wisconsin and Michigan State, on the road at Illinois and home against Rutgers. Indiana must get back on track, and then make a run in the Big Ten tournament. Anything less and it's four straight years of missing the NCAA tournament for a program that expects so much more.

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Texas Tech jumps into Katz's top 16

Texas Tech moved up from 24th overall and a 6 seed to 15th overall and a 4 seed in Katz's latest prediction. The Red Raiders had been on a bit of a slide, losing four of their past seven, but since Katz's previous prediction picked up road wins at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and beat Baylor at home.

Texas Tech (21-5, 9-4 in Big 12) is now just one game back of the Big 12-leading Kansas State Wildcats. It has a star in Jarrett Culver, who leads the team in points, rebounding and assists. And it wouldn't surprise anyone if it won its last five games ahead of the Big 12 tournament. The Red Raiders are poised to end the season amid the top three seeds.

Andy Katz's field of 68

Here is Katz’s full seed list in order. Beneath it, you’ll find a list of all 68 teams in Katz's latest field, with how their seeding has changed since the last prediction:

Overall seed Team Seed AQ
1 Gonzaga 1 *
2 Duke 1 *
3 Virginia 1  
4 Tennessee 1 *
5 Kentucky 2  
6 North Carolina 2  
7 Michigan 2  
8 Michigan St. 2 *
9 Houston 3 *
10 Kansas 3  
11 Purdue 3  
12 Marquette 3 *
13 LSU 4  
14 Maryland 4  
15 Texas Tech 4  
16 Nevada 4 *
17 Iowa St. 5  
18 Kansas St. 5 *
19 Villanova 5  
20 Florida St. 5  
21 Wisconsin 6  
22 Virginia Tech 6  
23 Iowa 6  
24 Louisville 6  
25 Buffalo 7 *
26 Cincinnati 7  
27 Washington 7 *
28 Syracuse 7  
29 Baylor 8  
30 Mississippi St. 8  
31 St. John's 8  
32 Texas 8  
33 Ole Miss 9  
34 Oklahoma 9  
35 Minnesota 9  
36 VCU 9  
37 Seton Hall 10  
38 Ohio St. 10  
39 Temple 10  
40 Wofford 10 *
41 NC State 11  
42 Auburn 11  
43 UCF 11  
44 TCU 11  
45 Arizona St. 11  
46 Florida 11  
47 Alabama 12  
48 Georgetown 12  
49 Belmont 12 *
50 New Mexico St. 12 *
51 Hofstra 13 *
52 Liberty 13 *
53 Yale 13 *
54 Old Dominion 13 *
55 Vermont 14 *
56 UC Irvine 14 *
57 South Dakota St. 14 *
58 Montana 14 *
59 Texas St. 15 *
60 Northern Kentucky 15 *
61 Loyola-Chicago 15 *
62 Radford 15 *
63 Lehigh 16 *
64 Sam Houston St. 16 *
65 Prairie View 16 *
66 Norfolk State 16 *
67 St. Francis (PA) 16 *
68 Canisius 16 *

First four out: Clemson, Utah St., Butler, South Carolina

Team BRACKET 6 Bracket 7 Movement
Gonzaga 1 1 0
Duke 1 1 0
Virginia 1 1 0
Tennessee 1 1 0
Kentucky 2 2 0
North Carolina 2 2 0
Michigan 2 2 0
Michigan St. 2 2 0
Houston 3 3 0
Kansas 3 3 0
Purdue 3 3 0
Marquette 3 3 0
LSU 5 4 +1
Maryland 5 4 +1
Texas Tech 6 4 +2
Nevada 4 4 0
Iowa St. 4 5 -1
Kansas St. 6 5 +1
Villanova 5 5 0
Florida St. 7 5 +2
Wisconsin 4 6 -2
Virginia Tech 5 6 -1
Iowa 5 6 -1
Louisville 4 6 -2
Buffalo 8 7 +1
Cincinnati 6 7 -1
Washington 6 7 -1
Syracuse 7 7 0
Baylor 8 8 0
Mississippi St. 7 8 -1
St. John's 7 8 -1
Texas 9 8 +1
Ole Miss 11 9 +2
Oklahoma 9 9 0
Minnesota 9 9 0
VCU 11 9 +2
Seton Hall 10 10 0
Ohio St. 8 10 -2
Temple 11 10 +1
Wofford 11 10 +1
North Carolina St. 10 11 -1
Auburn 8 11 -3
UCF 11 11 0
TCU 9 11 -2
Arizona St. N/A 11 N/A
Florida N/A 11 N/A
Alabama 10 12 -2
Georgetown N/A 12 N/A
Belmont 12 12 0
New Mexico St. 13 12 +1
Hofstra 12 13 -1
Liberty N/A 13 N/A
Yale 15 13 +2
Old Dominion 13 13 0
Vermont 13 14 -1
UC Irvine 14 14 0
South Dakota St. 13 14 -1
Montana 14 14 0
Texas St. 15 15 0
Northern Kentucky 14 15 -1
Loyola-Chicago 15 15 0
Radford 15 15 0
Lehigh N/A 16 N/A
Sam Houston St. 16 16 0
Prairie View 16 16 0
Norfolk St. 16 16 0
St. Francis (PA) N/A 16 N/A
Canisius N/A 16 N/A

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