GAME DUCKS: With a big win over Arizona, we can almost safely move Oregon off the bubble. Almost. (Photo courtesy: Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)

GAME DUCKS: With a big win over Arizona, we can almost safely move Oregon off the bubble. Almost. (Photo courtesy: Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)

After another unbelievably-full Saturday of college basketball, we have seen a massive shift in parts of the bracket projection. Below is the new projection in its entirety, but let’s run through some of the highlights real quick:

-Kansas took a head-in-hands loss to West Virginia yesterday, almost knocking them off the final #1 seed. If someone like Villanova steps up and wins their conference tournament, you can bet we’ll revisit the Jayhawks’ seeding.

-Arkansas took an abysmal loss to Alabama, practically begging to be knocked off the bubble. But for now, we’ll leave them in as no team has made a better argument for an invite. Missouri could’ve been that team, but they lost to Tennessee, and now Tennessee looks much safer heading into the SEC tournament.

-Belmont and Green Bay, both dangerous mid-majors, both lost in their conference tournaments and neither has the resume to make it to the big dance as an at-large berth. You’ll find them in the First Four Out and Next Four Out, respectively, but with their basketball playing done, the only direction they can really go is down.

-And on one last why-are-we-even-talking-about-this note, High Point lost in the Big South tourney, so Winthrop is the new projected champion.

March Madness: Projecting The Field (v2)

East Midwest
1 Florida^ 1 Wichita St.^
16 Davidson^ 16 Robert Morris^
8 Connecticut 8 Oregon
9 Kansas State 9 SMU
5 VCU 5 St. Louis^
12 Harvard # 12 Toledo^
4 Michigan St. 4 Virginia
13 Delaware^ 13 N. Dakota St.^
6 UCLA 6 Oklahoma
11 Southern Miss.^ 11 Stanford/Tennessee
3 Duke 3 Wisconsin
14 Georgia St.^ 14 Boston U.^
7 Texas 7 New Mexico
10 Dayton 10 Oklahoma St.
2 Michigan^ 2 Creighton^
15 Vermont^ 15 Eastern Kentucky #*
West South
1 Arizona^ 1 Kansas^
16 Wright State^*/N. Colorado^ 16 Southern U.^/Winthrop^*
8 Iowa 8 Arizona St.
9 Xavier 9 St. Joseph’s
5 Kentucky 5 North Carolina
12 BYU 12 Minnesota/Arkansas
4 Louisville^ 4 Cincinnati
13 Stephen F. Austin^ 13 Iona^
6 Ohio State 6 Massachusetts
11 Pittsburgh 11 Baylor
3 Iowa State 3 San Diego St.^
14 New Mexico St.^ 14 Mercer^
7 George Washington 7 Memphis
10 Colorado 10 Gonzaga^
2 Syracuse^ 2 Villanova
15 UC-Irvine^ 15 N.C. Central^
^ = Projected Conference Champion
# = Automatic Berth Clinched
* = New Team To Bracket Projection
Bold = First Round “First Four” Game

Last Four In: Stanford, Tennessee, Minnesota, Arkansas
First Four Out: Missouri, Belmont, Providence, Nebraska
Next Four Out: Florida St., California, St. John’s, Green Bay