On Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, the DI Men's Basketball Selection Committee revealed its in-season top 16 rankings. After seeing the reveal, NCAA.com correspondent Andy Katz has updated his projections for the 2022 men's basketball tournament.
Check out the in-season reveal of the top 16 rankings.
Here's how Katz projects the 68-team field to look after the in-season top 16 reveal.
First, here's the bracket in table form (scroll to the right to view the full bracket).
March Madness bracket predictions
|16||Southern/New Orleans||Colgate||UNC Wilmington/Norfolk State||Longwood|
|8||Boise State||Wyoming||Seton Hall||Iowa|
|9||Wake Forest||Miami (FL)||Notre Dame||Murray State|
|5||Ohio State||Alabama||Michigan State||Houston|
|12||Chattanooga||Memphis/North Carolina||San Francisco/Creighton||North Texas|
|13||Ohio||South Dakota State||Vermont||Iona|
|14||Texas State||Montana State||Seattle||Wagner|
|7||Xavier||Colorado State||Marquette||Saint Mary's|
|15||Yale||Long Beach State||Cleveland State||Jacksonville State|
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Let's take a closer look at Katz's bracket.
Shuffling at the top
In Katz's top seven teams, just one remains in the same overall position as five days ago — No. 1 Gonzaga. Elsewhere, Auburn and Arizona flipped as the second and third overall seeds, respectively.
Kentucky lost its status as a one seed after a 13-point loss to Tennessee on the road. Taking Kentucky's place is Kansas with a one seed, slotting in fourth overall.
Baylor also passed Kentucky; the Bears are staying right on Kansas's tail down the stretch in the Big 12. Baylor also moved past Purdue in the process.
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Number of bids by conference
|Conference||Total Teams||Teams (Automatic Qualifier in bold)|
|Big Ten||9||Purdue, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State,
Michigan State, Iowa, Rutgers, Michigan, Indiana
|Big 12||7||Kansas, Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas,
Iowa State, TCU, Oklahoma
|Big East||7||Villanova, Providence, UConn, Marquette,
Xavier, Seton Hall, Creighton
|SEC||6||Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama,
|ACC||5||Duke, Notre Dame, Miami (FL), Wake Forest, North Carolina|
|Pac-12||3||Arizona, UCLA, USC|
|West Coast||3||Gonzaga, Saint Mary's, San Francisco|
|Mountain West||3||Colorado State, Boise State, Wyoming|
With Rutgers exiting the bubble and joining the field, the Big Ten has nine teams in Katz's latest bracketology, with five teams in the top 20 overall seeds. That's followed by the SEC and Big 12 each have four teams among the top 20 overall seeds. In Katz's top 10 overall seeds, the Big 12 reign supreme with three teams to lead all conferences.
The Pac-12 has just three teams predicted in this year's tournament for the second time this season.
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Teams in the First Four
Here are Andy Katz's teams in the First Four.
2. North Carolina
3. San Francisco
Memphis leads Katz's First Four. After the Tigers went through some rough patches earlier this season, a talented team, with the likes of Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren, gets into the tournament.
North Carolina is also in the First Four; Katz has the Tar Heels making the tournament in head coach Hubert Davis' first year at the Chapel Hill helm.
Katz leapfrogged Creighton up from the eighth team out on the bubble to the final team in his First Four. If the Bluejays have staying power, we'll find out soon enough; Creighton plays Marquette, Providence, UConn and Seton Hall in four of its final five games.
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Teams on the outside looking in
Here are Andy Katz's first four teams out.
First four out1. Oregon
Oregon drops from the tournament field in Katz's last bracket after losing to Arizona State on Feb. 17. The Ducks were a 12 seed just a few days ago. The rest of the first four out remains the same.
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Here are the next teams to miss the cut.
Next four out
5. Mississippi State
7. San Diego State
8. West Virginia
SMU falls all the way from a 12 seed to the next four out in the latest bracketology. The Mustangs lost to Temple, a team that sits 118th in the most recent NET rankings. Luckily, SMU has appearances with Memphis and Houston still on the regular-season schedule to add to its resume.
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Andy Katz's automatic qualifiers
Here are Katz's 32 automatic qualifier predictions.
|Big Sky||Montana State|
|Big West||Long Beach State|
|Conference USA||North Texas|
|Mountain West||Boise State|
|Summit League||South Dakota State|
|Sun Belt||Texas State|
Andy Katz's field of 68
Here is Katz’s full seed list in order, 1-68:
|RANK | SEED | TEAM | CONFERENCE|
|1. 1 -- Gonzaga | WCC (AQ)|
|2. 1 -- Auburn | SEC (AQ)|
|3. 1 -- Arizona | Pac-12 (AQ)|
|4. 1 -- Kansas | Big 12 (AQ)|
|5. 2 -- Baylor | Big 12|
|6. 2 -- Kentucky | Big 12|
|7. 2 -- Purdue | Big Ten (AQ)|
|8. 2 -- Duke | ACC (AQ)|
|9. 3 -- Villanova | Big East|
|10. 3 -- Texas Tech | Big 12|
|11. 3 -- Tennessee | SEC|
|12. 3 -- Illinois | Big Ten|
|13. 4 -- Wisconsin | Big Ten|
|14. 4 -- UCLA | Pac-12|
|15. 4 -- Providence | Big East (AQ)|
|16. 4 -- Texas | Big 12|
|17. 5 -- Ohio State | Big Ten|
|18. 5 -- Houston | AAC (AQ)|
|19. 5 -- Michigan State | Big Ten|
|20. 5 -- Alabama | SEC|
|21. 6 -- UConn | Big East|
|22. 6 -- LSU | SEC|
|23. 6 -- USC | Pac-12|
|24. 6 -- Arkansas | SEC|
|25. 7 -- Marquette | Big East|
|26. 7 -- Xavier | Big East|
|27. 7 -- Saint Mary's | WCC|
|28. 7 -- Colorado State | MWC|
|29. 8 -- Seton Hall | Big East|
|30. 8 -- Boise State | MWC (AQ)|
|31. 8 -- Wyoming | MWC|
|32. 8 -- Iowa | Big Ten|
|33. 9 -- Notre Dame | ACC|
|34. 9 -- Miami (FL) | ACC|
|35. 9 -- Murray State | OVC (AQ)|
|36. 9 -- Wake Forest | ACC|
|37. 10 -- Loyola-Chicago | MVC (AQ)|
|38. 10 -- Rutgers | Big Ten|
|39. 10 -- Iowa State | Big 12|
|40. 10 -- TCU | Big 12|
|41. 11 -- Oklahoma | Big 12|
|42. 11 -- Michigan | Big Ten|
|43. 11 -- Indiana | Big Ten|
|44. 11 -- Davidson | A10 (AQ)|
|45. 12 -- Memphis | AAC|
|46. 12 -- North Carolina | ACC|
|47. 12 -- San Francisco | WCC|
|48. 12 -- Creighton | Big East|
|49. 12 -- North Texas | Conference USA (AQ)|
|50. 12 -- Chattanooga | SoCon (AQ)|
|51. 13 -- South Dakota State | Summit (AQ)|
|52. 13 -- Iona | MAAC (AQ)|
|53. 13 -- Ohio | MAC (AQ)|
|54. 13 -- Vermont | America East (AQ)|
|55. 14 -- Wagner | NEC (AQ)|
|56. 14 -- Seattle | WAC (AQ)|
|57. 14 -- Texas State | Sun Belt (AQ)|
|58. 14 -- Montana State | Big Sky (AQ)|
|59. 15 -- Yale | Ivy (AQ)|
|60. 15 -- Cleveland State | Horizon (AQ)|
|61. 15 -- Jacksonville State | ASun (AQ)|
|62. 15 -- Long Beach State | Big West (AQ)|
|63. 16 -- Colgate | Patriot (AQ)|
|64. 16 -- Longwood | Big South (AQ)|
|65. 16 -- UNC Wilmington | CAA (AQ)|
|66. 16 -- Norfolk State | MEAC (AQ)|
|67. 16 -- Southern | SWAC (AQ)|
|68. 16 -- New Orleans | Southland (AQ)|