What if the NCAA Tournament consisted solely of teams from mid-major conferences?
It’s a question you’ve probably never asked, but a question I’ve attempted to answer anyway. Below, you will find an NCAA Tournament bracket made up only of teams from non-Power 5/Big East/AAC conferences.
“How were they chosen?” I can hear you asking because you’re ready to fight with me about seeds. I’m glad you asked! Because this is a meaningless waste of time, I simply took the 68 best mid-majors, according to KenPom, and seeded them accordingly. It’s imperfect, but I wasn’t about to get the Mid-Major Madness Staff together and make a selection committee.
That means there are no at-larges and no auto-bids, so the First Four is just the last eight teams in the field. I also took a few liberties with regions and placement to both keep teams as close to home as possible and avoid first-round conference matchups. That’s as far as I went with it.
Enjoy, I guess. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Mid-Major NCAA Tournament
|1 Gonzaga||1 Dayton||1 Wichita State||1 Saint Mary's|
|16 NDSU/Rice||16 Fort Wayne/Samford||16 NC Central/Penn||16 South Dakota/Wyoming|
|8 Bakersfield||8 Richmond||8 UNC Asheville||8 Ohio|
|9 Akron||9 Furman||9 George Mason||9 San Francisco|
|5 San Diego State||5 St. Bonaventure||5 Belmont||5 Bucknell|
|12 UNC Greensboro||12 Buffalo||12 Florida Gulf Coast||12 La Salle|
|4 Nevada||4 Princeton||4 BYU||4 Monmouth|
|13 Towson||13 Iona||13 Georgia State||13 New Mexico|
|6 Colorado State||6 Davidson||6 College of Charleston||6 Louisiana Tech|
|11 Oakland||11 Harvard||11 Winthrop||11 Saint Peter's|
|3 UT Arlington||3 Vermont||3 UNC Wilmington||3 East Tennessee State|
|14 Missouri State||14 William & Mary||14 George Washington||14 Toledo|
|7 Boise State||7 Valparaiso||7 Chattanooga||7 Loyola Chicago|
|10 New Mexico State||10 Lehigh||10 Old Dominion||10 Fresno State|
|2 Middle Tennessee||2 Rhode Island||2 VCU||2 Illinois State|
|15 Santa Clara||15 Northeastern||15 Albany||15 Elon|