Bracketology: Looking at Last Four In, First Four Out, teams on the rise

Bracketology: Looking at Last Four In, First Four Out, teams on the rise

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The NCAA tournament we lost last season has been found — and will be different from any previous such event.

The realities of the coronavirus pandemic mean the 2021 NCAA tournament will be held at a single destination – the state of Indiana – with multiple venues utilized and usual tournament schedule adjusted. The Final Four is slated to be held at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3 and 5, but uncertainty will continue to reign following a regular season characterized by numerous cancellations and postponements throughout college basketball.

What is expected to remain familiar is the selection of a 68-team field, which is where Joe Lunardi comes in. Joey Brackets will continue to perform the bracket math and make projections on the field until Selection Sunday on March 14. For a deeper look at the NCAA tournament bubble, visit John Gasaway’s Bubble Watch (ESPN+) . — ESPN college basketball staff

Bracket Watch

The upcoming collision of Michigan and Ohio State may go a long way toward determining the final No. 1 seeds. Or not. The bottom line is the loser of that game will not automatically drop. For there to be a change on the top line, another team needs to pass one or more of the current residents. There are candidates, the best one right now being Illinois, but the most likely outcome is the status quo.

On the Bubble

Last Four Byes

Last Four In

First Four Out

Next Four Out

68-Team Bracket

Region 1

Region 4

Region 2

Region 3

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