NCAA tourney bracket projections

Originally Published: March 12, 2017
By Joe Lunardi | ESPN Insider

University of Phoenix StadiumJennifer Stewart/Getty ImagesUniversity of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona will play host to the 2017 Final Four.

Before filling out your Tournament Challenge bracket, take some time and do your homework. For the 12th consecutive year, ESPN's Joe Lunardi has assigned a team of analysts to put together Insider's Tournament Guide, offering in-depth roster, system and statistical breakdowns for all 68 tournament teams to help you make smart picks.

Click on any of the teams below to get the inside scoop.


Villanova vs. 16 Mount St. Mary's/New Orleans

Duke vs. 15 Troy

Baylor vs. 14 New Mexico State (FREE)

Florida vs. 13 East Tennessee State

Virginia vs. 12 UNC Wilmington

SMU vs. 11 Providence/USC

South Carolina vs. 10 Marquette

Wisconsin vs. 9 Virginia Tech


Kansas vs. 16 North Carolina Central/UC Davis

Louisville vs. 15 Jacksonville State

Oregon vs. 14 Iona

Purdue vs. 13 Vermont

Iowa State vs. 12 Nevada

Creighton vs. 11 Rhode Island

7 Michigan vs. 10 Oklahoma State

Miami vs. 9 Michigan State


North Carolina vs. 16 Texas Southern

Kentucky vs. 15 Northern Kentucky

UCLA vs. 14 Kent State

Butler vs. 13 Winthrop

Minnesota vs. 12 Middle Tennessee

Cincinnati vs. 11 Kansas State/Wake Forest

Dayton vs. 10 Wichita State

Arkansas vs. 9 Seton Hall


Gonzaga vs. 16 South Dakota State

Arizona vs. 15 North Dakota

Florida State vs. 14 Florida Gulf Coast

West Virginia vs. 13 Bucknell

Notre Dame vs. 12 Princeton

Maryland vs. 11 Xavier

Saint Mary's vs. 10 VCU

Northwestern vs. 9 Vanderbilt

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