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Bracketology 2024: A First In What Is Becoming A New Era

For the first time since I started doing this in 2006, a certain team is nowhere to be found. Plus, how to find me and these projections now that I am no longer tweeting.

A throwback look at the top four seeds in each region for Tuesday, January 16, 2024.
Graphic by Chris Dobbertean using logos from (primarily) SportsLogos.net.

It’s a week later than usual, but bracketology is back for the final two months of the men’s college basketball season. From now until the final week of the season (or so), I will have fresh projections on Tuesdays and Fridays—as usual, daily brackets roll out one week from Selection Sunday, which happens to be St. Patrick’s Day (Chicago Amateur Hour), March 17th.

The biggest change for how I will be doing things for the foreseeable future is the fact I am no longer actively tweeting, since I cannot support a platform run by a Nazi. My account still exists, though it is locked (so no new followers).

In the meantime, you can find me on Bluesky as ChrisDobbertean.net and on Threads as ChrisDobbertean. I will also be posting links to all of my projections on the Blogging the Bracket Facebook page.

As for today’s bracket, I’m going to keep my commentary to a minimum, thanks to a migraine. However, this marks the first time that the Gonzaga Bulldogs do not appear in a projected bracket since I started doing this in 2006. In fact, the Zags are not even among the first eight teams left out—they’re currently the 11th team out (behind Cincinnati and James Madison). Mark Few’s club may very well need to win February 10th’s trip to Rupp Arena to stay in the at-large picture.

Text-Only Bracket for Screen Readers and Seed List

Key:

  • Conference logos indicate auto bid holders.

Graphics by Chris Dobbertean using logos from either SportsLogos.net, Wikimedia Commons, or the institutions’ websites.

Ins and Outs (27)

In: Butler, BYU, Central Connecticut State (NEC), Colorado State, Drexel (CAA), Eastern Washington (Big Sky), Iowa State, Jackson State (SWAC), Lafayette (Patriot), Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina Central (MEAC), Oakland (Horizon), Oklahoma, Omaha (Summit), Oregon (Pac-12), Princeton (Ivy), Saint Peter’s (MAAC), Sam Houston (Southland), Samford (Southern), Seton Hall, Troy (Sun Belt), Utah, Utah State (MW), Wake Forest, Western Illinois (OVC), Winthrop (Big South)

Out: App State (Sun Belt), Arkansas, Charleston (CAA), Colgate (Patriot), Florida, Gonzaga, Howard (MEAC), Indiana, Iona (MAAC), Iowa, Kansas State. Liberty, Maryland, Missouri, Sacred Heart (NEC), South Dakota State (Summit), Stanford, Syracuse, Texas, Texas Southern (SWAC), UCLA, UNC Asheville (Big South), UNC Greensboro (SoCon), USC, Weber State (Big Sky), Wright State (Horizon), Yale (Ivy)

Lowest-ranked NET at-large: Northwestern (69)

Lowest-ranked KenPom at-large: Ole Miss (70)

Highest-ranked NET exclusion: Indiana State (28)

Highest-ranked KenPom exclusion: Gonzaga (27)

24 single-bid conferences

My next projection will come on Friday, complete with a rundown of the weekend TV/streaming picture.