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4

OREGON

6
12

OKLAHOMA

13

KANSAS
VILLANOVA

TEXAS A&M

7
10

DUKE

14

35

EAST

VIRGINIA

NORTH CAROLINA

MICHIGAN ST.

MIAMI FL

5
11

UTAH

8
9

WEST VIRGINIA

CALIFORNIA

16

IOWA ST.

15

KENTUCKY

32

OREGON

6
12

OKLAHOMA

13

MIDWEST

EAST

KANSAS

NORTH CAROLINA

XAVIER

UTAH

8
10

MIAMI FL

7
9

WEST VIRGINIA

IOWA ST.

14

CALIFORNIA

15

KENTUCKY

SOUTH

VIRGINIA
MICHIGAN ST.

TEXAS A&M

5
11

DUKE

16

35

35

34
TRUE
SEED

35

XAVIER

TRUE
SEED

WEST

TRUE
SEED

TRUE
SEED

ALTERNATE

1
2
3
4

MIDWEST

TRUE
SEED

SOUTH

TRUE
SEED

1
2
3
4

TRUE
SEED

TRUE
SEED

2016 BRACKET
TOP QUADRANT

WEST

33

VILLANOVA

33

NOTES
- No bracket is perfect.
- This year's top 16 teams, when contemplating sites and conferences, are as unique a set as one will find.
- There are likely numerous dynamics in the creation and timing of this year's bracket that can never be re-created.
- Sampling of unique dynamics to manage:
- The ACC has 4 teams in the top 16, including 2 teams on the top line.
- The Big 12 has four teams in the top 16.
- The Midwest and South Regional sites are less than 300 miles apart.
- The Midwest, South and East Regional sites are less than 600 mile apart.
BRACKETING PRINCIPLES/PROCEDURES EXCERPTS
- The committee endeavors to achieve reasonable competitive balance in each region of the bracket.
- The committee may relax the principle of keeping teams as close to their area of natural interest for seeding teams on the No. 2 line to avoid, for example, the
overall No. 5 seed being sent to the same region as the overall No. 1 seed.

- Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible. A team moved out of its natural area will be placed in the next closest region to the

extent possible. If two teams from the same natural region are in contention for the same bracket position, the team ranked higher in the seed list shall remain
in its natural region.
Each of the first four teams selected from a conference shall be placed in different regions if they are seeded on the first four lines.
Teams from the same conference shall not meet prior to the regional final if they played each other three or more times during the regular season and
conference tournament.
Teams from the same conference shall not meet prior to the regional semifinals if they played each other twice during the regular season and conference
tournament.
Teams from the same conference may play each other as early as the second round if they played no more than once during the regular season and conference
tournament.
Sixteen levels are established (i.e., the seeds, 1 through 16) in the bracket that cross the four regions, permitting evaluation of four teams simultaneously on the
same level. Teams on each seed line (No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, etc.) should be as equal as possible.

- Each region is divided into quadrants with four levels in each, permitting the evaluation of four different sections within each region against the same sections in
each of the other regions.

- The committee will assign all four teams in each bracket group (seeds 1, 16, 8, 9), (4, 13, 5, 12), (2, 15, 7, 10), (3, 14, 6, 11) to the same first-/second-round site.
There will be two pods at each first-/second-round site which may feed into different regional sites.
- A host institutions team shall not be permitted to play at the site where the institution is hosting. However, the team may play on the same days when the
institution is hosting.

2016 BRACKET
T E A M

EAST

EAST

ACC 2 2210 564 394 210

EAST

SOUTH

MIDWEST

OREGON

P12 1 776 1775 1974 2444

WEST

WEST

WEST

MICHIGAN
B10 1 1897 177 322 524
ST.

OKLAHOMA B12 2 1157 692 684 1258

VILLANOVA BE 1 2374 675 574

MIDWEST MIDWEST MIDWEST

SOUTH

WEST

WEST

EAST

EAST

SOUTH

XAVIER

WEST
VIRGINIA

B12 3 2127 447 328 248

EAST

EAST

EAST

10

MIAMI FL

ACC 3 2304 1198 912 1016

SOUTH

SOUTH

SOUTH

11

UTAH

P12 2 587 1246 1405 1921

WEST

BE 2 1873 264

82

505

"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible.";


Assigned to closest available region.

Closest
Available
1st/2nd Rd

Assigned
1st/2nd Rd

Des Moines Des Moines Des Moines

NOTES

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

2128 666

Raleigh

Raleigh

Raleigh

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

304 1407 838 1074 446 157 2058 645

Raleigh

Raleigh

Raleigh

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

2495 993 1500 1480 2581 2388 364 1729

Spokane

Spokane

Spokane

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

576 1057 471 862 676 568 1625 410

St. Louis

St. Louis

St. Louis

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

1341 495 474

1473 1055 1326 461

Okla City

Okla City

Okla City

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

94 1552 968 1258 236 337 2148 811

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

587 1066 503 754 720 389 1739 307

St. Louis

St. Louis

St. Louis

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."; Raleigh
already taken by two teams, Assigned to closest available region.

331 1310 731 1010 467 268 1938 562

Raleigh

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Assigned to closest
available site.

"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."; Raleigh
already taken by two teams, Assigned to closest available region.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."

1093 1706 1327 1220 1211 702 2516 1069

Raleigh

1984 389 952 864 2087 1819 546 1152

Denver

Denver

Denver

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

1440 794 771 340 1581 1077 1625 658

Okla City

Okla City

Okla City

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

427 1433 890 1055 565

Raleigh

"Each of the first four teams selected from a conference shall be placed in different
regions if they are seeded on the first four lines." East not available because of UNC.
South not available because of Kansas. Assigned to Third closest region, Midwest.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible.";
Assigned to closest available region.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible.";
Assigned to closest geographic region.
"The committee may relax the principle of keeping teams as close to their area of natural
interest for seeding teams on the No. 2 line to avoid, for example, the overall No. 5 seed
being sent to the same region as the overall No. 1 seed. " This would seem to indicate
Michigan State could have been moved to avoid a 1-5 matchup with Kansas in Midwest.
It appears as though Kasnas was moved.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible.";
Assigned to closest available region. Could not go South because Kansas, West Region
closest remaining.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible.";
Essentially was swapped with Xavier (same conference - so much be geographic
purposes.)
"The committee may relax the principle of keeping teams as close to their area of natural
interest for seeding teams on the No. 2 line to avoid, for example, the overall No. 5 seed
being sent to the same region as the overall No. 1 seed. "
Assigning Villanova to the East Region could have meant a Regional Final with North
Carolina, in the home city of Villanova. Policies state "To recognize the demonstrated
quality of such teams, the committee shall not place teams seeded on the first four lines
at a potential home-crowd disadvantage in the first round," which would not apply in
this case.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."
Essentially was swapped with Villanova (same conference - so much be geographic
purposes.)

SOUTH

EAST

EAST

427 1433 890 1055 565

"The committee may relax the principle of keeping teams as close to their area of natural
interest for seeding teams on the No. 2 line to avoid, for example, the overall No. 5 seed
being sent to the same region as the overall No. 1 seed. "

TEXAS A&M SEC 1 1274 916 801 1348


DUKE

ACC 4 2208 645 414 337

14

CALIFORNIA P12 3 371 1831 1975 2504

15

KENTUCKY SEC 2 1876 323

16

St. Louis

Spokane

EAST

VIRGINIA

13

Raleigh

NORTH
ACC 1 2208 645 414 337
CAROLINA

12

1139 508 192 282 1261 925 1263 260

Closest
Geographic
1st/2nd Rd

Kansas' area of national geographic interest would seem to be the Midwest; air mileage
is 25% greater to Louisville (albeit only 100 miles)

Overall Top Seed; "Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as
possible."
Assigned to the 2nd closest region.

Providence

SOUTH

The committee endeavors to achieve reasonable competitive balance in each region of the bracket.

Okla City

Assigned
Regional

F I R S T / S E C O N D - R O U N D S I T E S
Des Moines

MIDWEST MIDWEST

B R A C K E T I N G P R I N C I P L E S / G U I D E L I N E S
Denver

B12 1 1309 435 514 1064

Closest
Closest
Geographic Available
Regional
Regional

Brooklyn

Philadelphia

Louisville

Chicago

Anaheim

CONF

1 2

KANSAS

# FROM

TRUE SEED

TEAM

R E G I O N A L S I T E S

IOWA ST.

61

518

B12 4 1426 297 479 968

MIDWEST MIDWEST

SOUTH

WEST

WEST

EAST

SOUTH

WEST

WEST

SOUTH

SOUTH

SOUTH

MIDWEST

EAST

MIDWEST MIDWEST MIDWEST

Cannot go west because of Oregon (Pac 12), next closest site is Chicago.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible.";
Assigned to closest available region.
"Each of the first four teams selected from a conference shall be placed in different
regions if they are seeded on the first four lines."
North Carolina is EAST, Virginia is MIDWEST, Miami (FL) is SOUTH.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."
Cannot go west because of Oregon (Pac 12), next closest site is Louisville.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible.";
Assigned to closest available region.
"Each of the first four teams selected from a conference shall be placed in different
regions if they are seeded on the first four lines."
Kansas is SOUTH, Oklahoma is WEST, West Virginia is EAST.

2128 666

2569 954 1535 1371 2674 2384 723 1721

Spokane

605 1082 536 741 742 354 1778 315

St. Louis

1034 588

St. Louis

474 1144 890 1242 258

Providence Providence

Providence Providence

Spokane

Spokane

Des Moines Des Moines


Denver

Denver

Assigned to closest
available site.

Assigned to closest
available site.
Assigned to closest
geographic site.
Assigned to closest
available site.
Assigned to closest
available site.

ALTERNATE
T E A M

EAST

SOUTH

SOUTH

P12 1 776 1775 1974 2444

WEST

WEST

WEST

MIDWEST

SOUTH

SOUTH

"Each of the first four teams selected from a conference shall be placed in different
regions if they are seeded on the first four lines."
Assigned to the closest available region.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."
Assigned to closest available region.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."
Assigned to closest available region.
"The committee may relax the principle of keeping teams as close to their area of
natural interest for seeding teams on the No. 2 line to avoid, for example, the overall
No. 5 seed being sent to the same region as the overall No. 1 seed. "

St. Louis

MICHIGAN
B10 1 1897 177 322 524
ST.

ACC 2 2210 564 394 210

"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."


Assigned to the closest geographic region.

Spokane

EAST

Raleigh

OREGON

EAST

Providence

EAST

Overall Top Seed; "Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest
as possible."
Assigned to the closest geographic region.

F I R S T / S E C O N D - R O U N D S I T E S
Okla City

VIRGINIA

MIDWEST MIDWEST MIDWEST

The committee endeavors to achieve reasonable competitive balance in each region of the
bracket.

Des Moines

B R A C K E T I N G P R I N C I P L E S / G U I D E L I N E S
Assigned
Regional

Denver

NORTH
ACC 1 2208 645 414 337
CAROLINA

Closest
Closest
Geographic Available
Regional
Regional

Brooklyn

Philadelphia

Louisville

Chicago

B12 1 1309 435 514 1064

1139 508 192 282 1261 925 1263 260

Closest
Geographic
1st/2nd Rd

Closest
Available
1st/2nd Rd

Assigned
1st/2nd Rd

Des Moines Des Moines Des Moines

NOTES
Assigned to closest
geographic site.

2128 666

Raleigh

Raleigh

Raleigh

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

304 1407 838 1074 446 157 2058 645

Raleigh

Raleigh

Raleigh

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

2495 993 1500 1480 2581 2388 364 1729

Spokane

Spokane

Spokane

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

576 1057 471 862 676 568 1625 410

St. Louis

St. Louis

St. Louis

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

1341 495 474

1473 1055 1326 461

Okla City

Okla City

Okla City

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

94 1552 968 1258 236 337 2148 811

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

587 1066 503 754 720 389 1739 307

St. Louis

St. Louis

St. Louis

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

331 1310 731 1010 467 268 1938 562

Raleigh

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Assigned to closest
available site.

1093 1706 1327 1220 1211 702 2516 1069

Raleigh

1984 389 952 864 2087 1819 546 1152

Denver

Denver

Denver

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

1440 794 771 340 1581 1077 1625 658

Okla City

Okla City

Okla City

Assigned to closest
geographic site.

427 1433 890 1055 565

Raleigh

427 1433 890 1055 565

This would indicate Michigan State could have been moved to avoid a 1-5 matchup
with Kansas in Midwest. It appears as though Kasnas was moved.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."

OKLAHOMA B12 2 1157 692 684 1258

VILLANOVA BE 1 2374 675 574

XAVIER

WEST
VIRGINIA

B12 3 2127 447 328 248

10

MIAMI FL

ACC 3 2304 1198 912 1016

11

UTAH

P12 2 587 1246 1405 1921

12
13

Anaheim

KANSAS

CONF

# FROM

TRUE SEED

TEAM

R E G I O N A L S I T E S

BE 2 1873 264

82

505

TEXAS A&M SEC 1 1274 916 801 1348


DUKE

ACC 4 2208 645 414 337

14

CALIFORNIA P12 3 371 1831 1975 2504

15

KENTUCKY SEC 2 1876 323

16

IOWA ST.

61

518

B12 4 1426 297 479 968

SOUTH/
MIDWEST

WEST

WEST

Could not go Midwest because Kansas, South is not available, West Region closest
remaining.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible.";

Assigning Villanova to the East Region could have meant a Regional Final with North
Carolina, in the home city of Villanova. Policies state "To recognize the demonstrated
quality of such teams, the committee shall not place teams seeded on the first four
lines at a potential home-crowd disadvantage in the first round," which would not
apply in this case.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."
SOUTH MIDWEST MIDWEST
MIDWEST is the only remaining region.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible.";
EAST
EAST
EAST
Raleigh already taken by two teams.
Assigned to closest available region.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible.";
SOUTH
SOUTH
SOUTH
Raleigh already taken by two teams.
Assigned to closest available region.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."
WEST MIDWEST MIDWEST
Cannot go west because of Oregon (Pac 12),
Assigned to next closest site is Chicago.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."
SOUTH
WEST
WEST
Assigned to closest geographic region.
"Each of the first four teams selected from a conference shall be placed in different
regions if they are seeded on the first four lines."
EAST
SOUTH
WEST
North Carolina is EAST, Virginia is MIDWEST, Miami (FL) is SOUTH. Duke would go to
the remaining region, WEST
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."
WEST
SOUTH
SOUTH
Cannot go west because of Oregon (Pac 12), next closest site is Louisville.
"Teams will remain in or as close to their areas of natural interest as possible."
SOUTH MIDWEST EAST
Assigned to closest available region.
"Each of the first four teams selected from a conference shall be placed in different
regions if they are seeded on the first four lines."
MIDWEST MIDWEST MIDWEST
Kansas is MIDWEST, Oklahoma is WEST, West Virginia is EAST, Iowa State would be
SOUTH
EAST

EAST

EAST

2128 666

2569 954 1535 1371 2674 2384 723 1721

Spokane

605 1082 536 741 742 354 1778 315

St. Louis

1034 588

St. Louis

474 1144 890 1242 258

Providence Providence

Providence Providence

Spokane

Spokane

Des Moines Des Moines

Denver

Denver

Assigned to closest
available site.

Assigned to closest
available site.

Assigned to closest
geographic site.
Assigned to closest
available site.
Assigned to closest
available site.