As of Tuesday, March 8, we are only five days away from Selection Sunday and the Madness has already begun. With some automatic qualifiers having already clinched their bids and other conference tournaments just beginning, March Madness correspondent Andy Katz has updated his projections for the 2022 NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Here's how Katz projects the 68-team field to look, through the games played on Monday, March 7.
First, here's the bracket in table form (scroll to the right to view the full bracket).
March Madness bracket predictions
|16||Nicholls/Alcorn State||UNC Wilmington||Bryant/Northern Kentucky||Norfolk State|
|8||Boise State||North Carolina||Marquette||Michigan State|
|9||Iowa State||San Francisco||Michigan||Memphis|
|13||Toledo||South Dakota State||Iona||Vermont|
|6||Ohio State||LSU||Saint Mary's||Iowa|
|11||Notre Dame||Rutgers||Loyola Chicago||Davidson|
|14||New Mexico State||Georgia State||Montana State||Princeton|
|7||Murray State||Colorado State||Seton Hall||Southern California|
|10||San Diego State||TCU||Wake Forest||Miami (FL)|
|15||Colgate||Jacksonville||Longwood||Long Beach State|
Let's take a closer look at Katz's bracket.
The top seeds
There's no surprise at the top as Katz gives Gonzaga the top overall seed yet again.
It's the final three No. 1 seeds where things get exciting.
Over the last month, Katz has had five different teams earning one of the three other No. 1 seeds. In his latest projections, Katz sees Baylor, Arizona and Kansas rounding out the top seed line of the bracket, respectively. Just outside, on the No. 2 seed line, lurk SEC powers Auburn and Kentucky at fifth and sixth overall, respectively.
Arizona is the only team among the five that has earned a No. 1 seed in every one of Katz's bracket projections over the last month. Baylor and Kansas have moved all around the top of the bracket projections, with to a few head-to-head matchups between the Bears and Jayhawks leading to movement.
With conference tournaments on the horizon, the battle for positioning at the top of the 2022 NCAA men's tournament bracket should be exciting to watch.
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Number of bids by conference
|Conference||Total Teams||Teams (Automatic Qualifier/No. 1 seed in bold)|
|Big Ten||9||Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State,
Michigan State, Michigan, Rutgers, Indiana
|Big East||6||Villanova, Providence, UConn, Seton Hall,
|Big 12||6||Baylor, Kansas, Texas Tech, Texas,
Iowa State, TCU
|SEC||6||Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas,
|ACC||5||Duke, North Carolina, Miami (FL.),
Wake Forest, Notre Dame
|Mountain West||3||Colorado State, Boise State, San Diego State|
|Pac-12||3||Arizona, UCLA, Southern California|
|AAC||3||Houston, Memphis, SMU|
|WCC||3||Gonzaga, Saint Mary's, San Francisco|
What's changed in Katz's bracket predictions over the last week?
Well, it starts with the Big Ten. The conference reigns supreme with nine teams in the projected field as Rutgers joins the tournament picture after being one of the first four teams out a week ago.
Katz projects the Big East, Big 12 and SEC to each have six teams in the tournament. The Big East loses Xavier from the field (more on that below), while the projected teams in the field from the Big 12 and SEC remain consistent.
The ACC also remains consistent with its five projected NCAA tournament teams. North Carolina's win over Duke launched the Tar Heels from the worst-seeded ACC team to the second-highest seeded team from the conference.
Also of note is the Atlantic 10 earning its first at-large appearance in Katz's bracket predictions since the start of January, thanks to VCU earning one of the final spots in the projected tournament field.
Teams on the outside looking in
Here are Katz's first four teams out of his projected bracket.
First four out1. Wyoming
Wyoming and Xavier fall from the tournament field in Katz's latest bracket projections after losses to UNLV and St. John's, respectively. Wyoming gets a rematch against UNLV to open the Mountain West conference tournament on March 10. With a solid tournament performance, the Cowboys have the potential to rise back into the projected field. Xavier enters the Big East tournament seeded eighth after losing seven of its last nine games to close the regular season.
Elsewhere, BYU's tournament resume is complete. The Cougars lost to San Francisco — a projected tournament team — in the quarterfinals of the WCC tournament. BYU now sits at 22-10 with four Quadrant 1 wins ahead of Selection Sunday.
Here are the next teams to miss the cut.
Next four out
5. Virginia Tech
7. St. Bonaventure
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Andy Katz's automatic qualifiers
Here are Katz's 32 automatic qualifier predictions, which now include some schools that have officially secured a bid.
|Conference||Automatic qualifier (Clinched in bold)|
|Big Sky||Montana State|
|Big West||Long Beach State|
|Conference USA||North Texas|
|Missouri Valley||Loyola Chicago|
|Mountain West||Boise State|
|Summit League||South Dakota State|
|Sun Belt||Georgia State|
|WAC||New Mexico State|
Andy Katz's field of 68
Here is Katz’s full seed list in order, from one through 68:
|RANK | SEED | TEAM | CONFERENCE (AQ Bolded if Clinched)|
|1. 1 -- Gonzaga | WCC (AQ)|
|2. 1 -- Baylor | Big 12|
|3. 1 -- Arizona | Pac-12 (AQ)|
|4. 1 -- Kansas | Big 12 (AQ)|
|5. 2 -- Auburn | SEC (AQ)|
|6. 2 -- Kentucky | SEC|
|7. 2 -- Wisconsin | Big Ten|
|8. 2 -- Villanova | Big East|
|9. 3 -- Duke | ACC (AQ)|
|10. 3 -- Purdue | Big Ten|
|11. 3 -- Tennessee | SEC|
|12. 3 -- Texas Tech | Big 12|
|13. 4 -- Illinois | Big Ten (AQ)|
|14. 4 -- UCLA | Pac-12|
|15. 4 -- Providence | Big East (AQ)|
|16. 4 -- Arkansas | SEC|
|17. 5 -- UConn | Big East|
|18. 5 -- Texas | Big 12|
|19. 5 -- Houston | AAC (AQ)|
|20. 5 -- Alabama | SEC|
|21. 6 -- Iowa | Big Ten|
|22. 6 -- LSU | SEC|
|23. 6 -- Saint Mary's | WCC|
|24. 6 -- Ohio State | Big Ten|
|25. 7 -- Southern California | Pac-12|
|26. 7 -- Colorado State | Mountain West|
|27. 7 -- Murray State | OVC (AQ)|
|28. 7 -- Seton Hall | Big East|
|29. 8 -- North Carolina | ACC|
|30. 8 -- Michigan State | Big Ten|
|31. 8 -- Boise State | Mountain West (AQ)|
|32. 8 -- Marquette | Big East|
|33. 9 -- Iowa State | Big 12|
|34. 9 -- Memphis | AAC|
|35. 9 -- San Francisco | WCC|
|36. 9 -- Michigan | Big Ten|
|37. 10 -- San Diego State | Mountain West|
|38. 10 -- TCU | Big 12|
|39. 10 -- Miami (FL.) | ACC|
|40. 10 -- Wake Forest | ACC|
|41. 11 -- Rutgers | Big Ten|
|42. 11 -- Davidson | A10 (AQ)|
|43. 11 -- Notre Dame | ACC|
|44. 11 -- Loyola Chicago | MVC (AQ)|
|45. 12 -- Creighton | Big East|
|46. 12 -- SMU | AAC|
|47. 12 -- Indiana | Big Ten|
|48. 12 -- VCU | A10|
|49. 12 -- North Texas | CUSA (AQ)|
|50. 12 -- Chattanooga | SoCon (AQ)|
|51. 13 -- South Dakota State | Summit (AQ)|
|52. 13 -- Toledo | MAC (AQ)|
|53. 13 -- Iona | MAAC (AQ)|
|54. 13 -- Vermont | America East (AQ)|
|55. 14 -- New Mexico State | WAC (AQ)|
|56. 14 -- Princeton | Ivy (AQ)|
|57. 14 -- Montana State | Big Sky (AQ)|
|58. 14 -- Georgia State | Sun Belt (AQ)|
|59. 15 -- Long Beach State | Big West (AQ)|
|60. 15 -- Colgate | Patriot (AQ)|
|61. 15 -- Longwood | Big South (AQ)|
|62. 15 -- Jacksonville | ASUN (AQ)|
|63. 16 -- UNC Wilmington | CAA (AQ)|
|64. 16 -- Norfolk State | MEAC (AQ)|
|65. 16 -- Bryant | NEC (AQ)|
|66. 16 -- Northern Kentucky | Horizon (AQ)|
|67. 16 -- Nicholls | Southland (AQ)|
|68. 16 -- Alcorn State | SWAC (AQ)|