By Joe Lunardi Updated: 4/20/2021 at 7:30 a.m. ET
After the most unusual NCAA tournament in history, a return to the version of March Madness fans have known and loved is back on the schedule for 2021-22. A standard selection process, a multiple-city event, and the return of fans, bands and cheerleaders are among the elements college basketball worshippers will welcome back in March. ESPN will have you covered up through Selection Sunday with the most recent men’s NCAA tournament bracket projections, including the teams on the bubble and those best positioned to cut down the nets in New Orleans on April 4.
If you liked the last NCAA tournament, just wait. The epic Final Four game between Gonzaga and UCLA could happen again. If this first bracket for the 2021-22 season were to play out exactly as projected, the Bulldogs and Bruins would meet for the national championship on April 4, 2022. Wow. Joining the Zags and UCLA as No. 1 seeds are Kansas and Alabama, with Villanova, Michigan and Purdue right behind them in the chase for the top line. We will, of course, be monitoring all of the offseason player movement and update these brackets at least one each month throughout the spring and summer.
On the BubbleLast Four ByesLast Four InFirst Four OutNext Four Out68-Team Bracket
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