What the 2020 NCAA Tournament Bracket Might Have Looked Like

We'll never know what the official 2020 NCAA tournament field of 68 would've been, but we can still imagine it.
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Thursday would have been the first full day of the 2020 men's NCAA tournament had it not been canceled one week ago due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the NCAA ultimately opted not to reveal a bracket by the selection committee of what the field would have been, that doesn't mean we can't still imagine it.

We asked SI's bracketologists, Jim Root and Ky McKeon of Three Man Weave, to project what the field would have looked like on Selection Sunday, but with a few important caveats. Any conference that played its tournament championship game to award an NCAA automatic bid would have that autobid stand (for example, Boston University keeps the Patriot League's spot in the field of 68). For the rest of the conferences, the autobid was rewarded to the regular-season champ (in the event of a tie, it went to the No. 1 seed). 

In addition, any conference tournaments that started and didn't finish (like the ACC, Big East, Big Ten and Pac-12, which played first- and/or second-round games), had those results thrown out. Otherwise, it would create too much unevenness amongst bubble teams, some of whom got an extra game and some of whom didn't.

With these parameters in mind, here is the final bracket projection by Three Man Weave. Below it is a text version that includes NCAA tournament subregional sites as well.

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South Region

Omaha:

(1) Kansas vs. (16) Robert Morris / NC Central
(8) LSU vs. (9) Arizona State

Sacramento:

(5) West Virginia vs. (12) Liberty
(4) Wisconsin vs. (13) North Texas

St. Louis:

(6) Penn State vs. (11) Utah State
(3) Creighton vs. (14) Bradley

Tampa:

(7) Michigan vs. (10) Marquette
(2) Florida State vs. (15) Little Rock

Midwest Region

St. Louis:

(1) Baylor vs. (16) Boston University / Prairie View A&M
(8) Colorado vs. (9) Saint Mary's

Tampa:

(5) Auburn vs. (12) Yale
(4) Maryland vs. (13) Akron

Greensboro:

(6) Iowa vs. (11) NC State / Xavier
(3) Kentucky vs. (14) Belmont

Albany:

(7) Illinois vs. (10) Texas Tech
(2) Villanova vs. (15) Winthrop

West Region

Spokane:

(1) Gonzaga vs. (16) Eastern Washington
(8) Florida vs. (9) USC

Omaha:

(5) Butler vs. (12) Cincinnati
(4) Louisville vs. (13) Vermont

Albany:

(6) BYU vs. (11) Richmond / UCLA
(3) Seton Hall vs. (14) Hofstra

Sacramento:

(7) Arizona vs. (10) Rutgers
(2) San Diego State vs. (15) North Dakota State

East Region

Cleveland:

(1) Dayton vs. (16) Siena
(8) Providence vs. (9) Oklahoma

Spokane:

(5) Ohio State vs. (12) Stephen F. Austin
(4) Oregon vs. (13) New Mexico State

Cleveland:

(6) Virginia vs. (11) East Tennessee State
(3) Michigan State vs. (14) UC Irvine

Greensboro:

(7) Houston vs. (10) Indiana
(2) Duke vs. (15) Northern Kentucky