Athlon Sports' 2014-15 NCAA Tournament Predictions

From the play-in games, to the top seeds: Our preseason picks for 2015 March Madness

Athlon Sports would be the first to tell you to sit back and enjoy the college basketball regular season from start to finish.


But let’s face it: The big prize — the only prize, it seems — is the NCAA Tournament. And that’s part of the excitement of the season. Essentially every team has a chance to play in the championship event. Finish in last place in your conference? You’ve got the conference tournament to remedy a lost season.


For us, bracketology starts early. Here’s our first projection of the field of 68.


Seed South Midwest West East
1 Kentucky Wisconsin Arizona Duke
2 Florida Wichita State North Carolina Kansas
3 Louisville Texas Nebraska Villanova
4 Virginia Iowa State Michigan State San Diego State
5 Colorado Gonzaga VCU Ohio State
6 Harvard Michigan Syracuse Stanford
7 SMU Arkansas UCLA Utah
8 Illinois Oklahoma Kansas State UConn
9 Georgia State LSU Cincinnati Georgetown
10 Florida State Pittsburgh Dayton Iowa
11 Rhode Island Memphis UNLV NC State
12 Louisiana Tech Xavier

Notre Dame/

Northern Iowa


George Washington

13 Belmont New Mexico State Green Bay Akron
14 Northeastern Stephen F. Austin UC Irvine Iona
15 Stony Brook Coastal Carolina Wofford American

St. Francis (NY)/

Weber State


Ark.-Pine Bluff

NC Central Florida Gulf Coast

NCAA bids by conference


ACC (9): Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Virginia, Syracuse, Florida State, NC State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh

American (4): SMU, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Memphis

Atlantic 10 (4): VCU, Dayton, Rhode Island, George Washington

Big 12 (5): Kansas, Texas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma

Big East (3): Villanova, Georgetown, Xavier

Big Ten (7): Wisconsin, Michigan State, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, Iowa

Missouri Valley (2): Wichita State, Northern Iowa

Mountain West (2): San Diego State, UNLV

Pac-12 (5): Arizona, Colorado, Stanford, UCLA, Utah

SEC (4): Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, LSU

West Coast (2): Gonzaga, BYU


One-bid conferences


America East (Stony Brook), Atlantic Sun (Florida Gulf Coast), Big Sky (Weber State), Big Sky (Coastal Carolina), Big West (UC Irvine), Colonial (Northeastern), Conference USA (Louisiana Tech), Horizon (Green Bay), Ivy (Harvard), MAAC (Iona), MAC (Akron), MEAC (NC Central), Northeast (St. Francis Brooklyn), Ohio Valley (Belmont), Patriot (American), Southern (Wofford), Southland (Stephen F. Austin), Summit (IPFW), Sun Belt (Georgia State), SWAC (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), WAC (New Mexico State)

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