2022 men's NCAA tournament bracket predictions after the top 16 reveal (2024)

On Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, the DI Men's Basketball Selection Committee revealed its in-season top 16 rankings. After seeing the reveal,NCAA.com correspondent Andy Katz has updated his projections for the 2022 men's basketball tournament.

Check out the in-season reveal of the top 16 rankings.

Here's how Katz projects the 68-team field to look after the in-season top 16 reveal.

First, here's the bracket in table form (scroll to the right to view the full bracket).

March Madness bracket predictions

SeedWESTEASTMIDWESTSOUTH
1GonzagaKansasAuburnArizona
16Southern/New OrleansColgateUNC Wilmington/Norfolk StateLongwood
8Boise StateWyomingSeton HallIowa
9Wake ForestMiami (FL)Notre DameMurray State
5Ohio StateAlabamaMichigan StateHouston
12ChattanoogaMemphis/North CarolinaSan Francisco/CreightonNorth Texas
4TexasWisconsinUCLAProvidence
13OhioSouth Dakota StateVermontIona
6ArkansasUSCLSUUConn
11OklahomaIndianaDavidsonMichigan
3IllinoisVillanovaTexas TechTennessee
14Texas StateMontana StateSeattleWagner
7XavierColorado StateMarquetteSaint Mary's
10TCUIowa StateLoyola-ChicagoRutgers
2DukeKentuckyPurdueBaylor
15YaleLong Beach StateCleveland StateJacksonville State

RANKINGS:Click here for the latest NET rankings|AP Top 25

Let's take a closer look at Katz's bracket.

Shuffling at the top

In Katz's top seven teams, just one remains in the same overall position as five days ago — No. 1 Gonzaga. Elsewhere, Auburn and Arizona flipped as the second and third overall seeds, respectively.

Kentucky lost its status as a one seed after a 13-point loss to Tennessee on the road. Taking Kentucky's place is Kansas with a one seed, slotting in fourth overall.

Baylor also passed Kentucky; the Bears are staying right on Kansas's tail down the stretch in the Big 12. Baylor also moved past Purdue in the process.

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Number of bids by conference

Conferences with multiple teams in Katz's preseason bracket
ConferenceTotal TeamsTeams (Automatic Qualifier in bold)
Big Ten9Purdue,Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State,
Michigan State, Iowa, Rutgers, Michigan, Indiana
Big 127Kansas, Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas,
Iowa State, TCU, Oklahoma
Big East7Villanova,Providence, UConn, Marquette,
Xavier, Seton Hall, Creighton
SEC6Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama,
LSU, Arkansas
ACC5Duke, Notre Dame, Miami (FL), Wake Forest, North Carolina
Pac-123Arizona, UCLA, USC
West Coast3Gonzaga, Saint Mary's, San Francisco
Mountain West3Colorado State, Boise State, Wyoming
AAC2Houston, Memphis

With Rutgers exiting the bubble and joining the field, the Big Ten has nine teams in Katz's latest bracketology, with five teams in the top 20 overall seeds. That's followed by the SEC and Big 12 each have four teams among the top 20 overall seeds. In Katz's top 10 overall seeds, the Big 12 reign supreme with three teams to lead all conferences.

The Pac-12 has just three teams predicted in this year's tournament for the second time this season.

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Teams in the First Four

Here are Andy Katz's teams in the First Four.

1.Memphis
2.North Carolina
3.San Francisco
4.Creighton

Memphis leads Katz's First Four. After the Tigers went through some rough patches earlier this season, a talented team, with the likes of Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren, gets into the tournament.

North Carolina is also in the First Four; Katz has the Tar Heels making the tournament in head coach Hubert Davis' first year at the Chapel Hill helm.

Katz leapfrogged Creighton up from the eighth team out on the bubble to the final team in his First Four. If the Bluejays have staying power, we'll find out soon enough; Creighton plays Marquette, Providence, UConn and Seton Hall in four of its final five games.

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Teams on the outside looking in

Here are Andy Katz's first four teams out.

First four out

1. Oregon
2. BYU
3. Virginia
4. Florida

Oregon drops from the tournament field in Katz's last bracket after losing to Arizona State on Feb. 17. The Ducks were a 12 seed just a few days ago. The rest of the first four out remains the same.

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Here are the next teams to miss the cut.

Next four out

5. Mississippi State
6. SMU
7. San Diego State
8. West Virginia

SMU falls all the way from a 12 seed to the next four out in the latest bracketology. The Mustangs lost to Temple, a team that sits 118th in the most recent NET rankings. Luckily, SMU has appearances with Memphis and Houston still on the regular-season schedule to add to its resume.

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Andy Katz's automatic qualifiers

Here are Katz's 32 automatic qualifier predictions.

ConferenceAutomatic qualifier
America EastVermont
AmericanHouston
Atlantic 10Davidson
ACCDuke
ASUNJacksonville State
Big 12Kansas
Big EastProvidence
Big SkyMontana State
Big SouthLongwood
Big TenPurdue
Big WestLong Beach State
CAAUNC Wilmington
Conference USANorth Texas
HorizonCleveland State
IvyYale
MAACIona
MACOhio
MEACNorfolk State
Missouri ValleyLoyola-Chicago
Mountain WestBoise State
NECWagner
OVCMurray State
Pac-12Arizona
PatriotColgate
SECAuburn
SouthernChattanooga
SouthlandNew Orleans
SWACSouthern
Summit LeagueSouth Dakota State
Sun BeltTexas State
WCCGonzaga
WACSeattle

Andy Katz's field of 68

Here is Katz’s full seed list in order, 1-68:

RANK | SEED | TEAM | CONFERENCE
1. 1 -- Gonzaga | WCC (AQ)
2. 1 -- Auburn | SEC (AQ)
3. 1 -- Arizona | Pac-12 (AQ)
4.1 -- Kansas | Big 12 (AQ)
5. 2 -- Baylor | Big 12
6. 2 -- Kentucky | Big 12
7. 2 -- Purdue | Big Ten (AQ)
8. 2 -- Duke | ACC (AQ)
9. 3 -- Villanova | Big East
10. 3 -- Texas Tech | Big 12
11. 3 -- Tennessee | SEC
12. 3 -- Illinois | Big Ten
13. 4-- Wisconsin | Big Ten
14. 4-- UCLA | Pac-12
15. 4 -- Providence | Big East (AQ)
16.4 -- Texas | Big 12
17. 5 -- Ohio State | Big Ten
18. 5 -- Houston | AAC (AQ)
19. 5 -- Michigan State | Big Ten
20. 5 -- Alabama | SEC
21. 6 -- UConn | Big East
22. 6 -- LSU | SEC
23. 6-- USC | Pac-12
24. 6 -- Arkansas | SEC
25. 7 -- Marquette | Big East
26. 7 -- Xavier | Big East
27. 7 -- Saint Mary's | WCC
28. 7 -- Colorado State | MWC
29.8 -- Seton Hall | Big East
30.8 -- Boise State | MWC (AQ)
31.8 -- Wyoming | MWC
32. 8 -- Iowa | Big Ten
33. 9 -- Notre Dame | ACC
34. 9 -- Miami (FL) | ACC
35. 9 -- Murray State | OVC (AQ)
36. 9 -- Wake Forest | ACC
37.10 -- Loyola-Chicago | MVC (AQ)
38. 10 -- Rutgers | Big Ten
39. 10 -- Iowa State | Big 12
40. 10 -- TCU | Big 12
41. 11 -- Oklahoma | Big 12
42. 11 -- Michigan | Big Ten
43.11 -- Indiana | Big Ten
44. 11 -- Davidson | A10 (AQ)
45. 12 -- Memphis | AAC
46. 12 -- North Carolina | ACC
47. 12 -- San Francisco | WCC
48. 12 -- Creighton | Big East
49. 12 -- North Texas | Conference USA (AQ)
50.12 -- Chattanooga | SoCon (AQ)
51. 13 -- South Dakota State | Summit (AQ)
52. 13 -- Iona | MAAC (AQ)
53. 13 -- Ohio | MAC (AQ)
54. 13 -- Vermont | America East (AQ)
55. 14 -- Wagner | NEC (AQ)
56. 14 -- Seattle | WAC (AQ)
57. 14 -- Texas State | Sun Belt (AQ)
58. 14 -- Montana State | Big Sky (AQ)
59.15 -- Yale | Ivy (AQ)
60. 15 -- Cleveland State | Horizon (AQ)
61. 15 -- Jacksonville State | ASun (AQ)
62. 15 -- Long Beach State | Big West (AQ)
63.16 -- Colgate | Patriot (AQ)
64. 16 -- Longwood | Big South (AQ)
65.16 -- UNC Wilmington | CAA (AQ)
66. 16 -- Norfolk State | MEAC (AQ)
67.16 -- Southern | SWAC (AQ)
68. 16 -- New Orleans | Southland (AQ)

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