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Missing March Madness bracket: Playing out the full schedule, scores for 2020 NCAA Tournament

The 2019-20 season marks an unenviable first in the storied history of the NCAA Tournament: There is no NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA on March 12 made the undoubtedly difficult decision to cancel March Madness, prematurely ending the season and leaving only questions as to what might have been. And while college basketball isn’t the only sport missing competition right now, it certainly feels more pointed without that familiar, frenzied sprint to the finish line.

Which leads us to this: In lieu of an actual tournament — of upsets, buzzer-beaters, barn-burners, of the thrill of victory and of the agony of defeat — Sporting News will instead play out the entire 2020 NCAA Tournament ourselves.

MORE: SN’s final March Madness projections

SN wlll use Ryan Fagan’s final projected Field of 68 to create the field and, beginning on Thursday, will play out the NCAA Tournament over the course it was supposed to take, all the way through the national championship game on April 6. And each team will advance not on who SN thinks might have won, but based on voting from SN’s social poll, published on the respective day the games would have been played.

That’s one kind of March Madness.

With that, here’s everything you need to know about the March Madness bracket that could have been: seeds, scores and highlights.

March Madness seeds by region

(Bolded teams are still in play)

Midwest

1. Kansas
2. Creighton
3. Michigan State
4. Louisville

5. Butler
6. West Virginia
7. Illinois
8. Houston
9. Indiana
10. Utah State
11. ETSU
12. Cincinnati
13. Akron
14. Belmont
15. North Dakota State
16. N.C. Central

West

1. Gonzaga
2. San Diego State
3. Maryland
4. Oregon
5. Auburn
6. BYU

7. Saint Mary’s
8. Colorado
9. Oklahoma
10. Arizona State
11. Wichita State
12. Liberty
13. New Mexico State
14. UC Irvine
15. Boston University
16. Siena

East

1. Dayton
2. Florida State
3. Duke
4. Seton Hall

5. Ohio State
6. Iowa
7. Michigan
8. Providence
9. Rutgers
10. Marquette
11. Richmond
12. Yale
13. Vermont
14. Northern Kentucky
15. Hofstra
16. Eastern Washington

South

1. Baylor
2. Villanova
3. Kentucky
4. Wisconsin
5. Virginia

6. Penn State
7. Arizona
8. LSU
9. USC
10. Florida
11. Texas Tech
12. Stephen F. Austin
13. North Texas
14. Bradley
15. Winthrop
16. Little Rock

MORE: Ranking top 80 upsets in March Madness history

First-round matchups

Thursday, March 19

(Check out March Madness voting results here).

Matchup
Outcome

(1) Kansas vs. (16) N.C. Central
Kansas, 84.9 percent to 15.1 percent

(8) Houston vs. (9) Indiana
Houston, 53.9-46.1

(5) Butler vs. (12) Cincinnati
Cincinnati, 52.5-47.5

(4) Louisville vs. (13) Akron
Louisville, 76.8-23.2

(6) West Virginia vs. (11) ETSU
West Virginia, 61.8-38.2

(3) Michigan State vs. (14) Belmont
Michigan State, 75.7-24.3

(7) Illinois vs. (10) Utah State
Utah State, 65.4-34.6

(2) Creighton vs. (15) North Dakota State
Creighton, 81.6-18.4

(1) Dayton vs. (16) Eastern Washington
Dayton, 89.9-10.1

(8) Providence vs. (9) Rutgers
Rutgers, 56.5-43.5

(5) Ohio State vs. (12) Yale
Ohio State, 59.3-40-7

(4) Seton Hall vs. (13) Vermont
Seton Hall, 71.8-28.2

(6) Iowa vs. (11) Richmond
Iowa, 61.6-38.4

(3) Duke vs. (14) Northern Kentucky
Duke, 73.7-23.6

(7) Michigan vs. (10) Marquette
Marquette, 50.3-49.7

(2) Florida State vs. (15) Hofstra
Florida State, 85.4-14.6

Friday, March 20

(Check out March Madness voting results here).

Matchup
Outcome

(1) Gonzaga vs. (16) Siena
Gonzaga, 92.4 percent to 7.6 percent

(8) Colorado vs. (9) Oklahoma
Colorado, 53.8-46.2

(5) Auburn vs. (12) Liberty
Auburn, 69.2-30.8

(4) Oregon vs. (13) New Mexico State
Oregon, 74.8-25.2

(6) BYU vs. (11) Wichita State
BYU, 52.3-47.7

(3) Maryland vs. (14) UC Irvine
Maryland, 80.0-20.0

(7) Saint Mary’s vs. (10) Arizona State
Arizona State, 54.5-45.5

(2) San Diego State vs. (15) Boston U
SDSU, 67.4-32.6

(1) Baylor vs. (16) Little Rock
Baylor, 91.9-8.1

(8) LSU vs. (9) USC
LSU, 72.6-27.4

(5) Virginia vs. (12) Stephen F. Austin
Virginia, 72.4-27.6

(4) Wisconsin vs. (13) North Texas
Wisconsin, 92.1-7.9

(6) Penn State vs. (11) Texas Tech
Texas Tech, 62.2-37.8

(3) Kentucky vs. (14) Bradley
Kentucky, 83.8-16.2

(7) Arizona vs. (10) Florida
Florida, 62.4-37.6

(2) Villanova vs. (15) Winthrop
Villanova, 84.4-15.6

Second-round matchups

Saturday, March 21

(Check out March Madness voting results here).

Matchup
Outcome

(1) Kansas vs. (8) Houston
Kansas, 81.5 percent to 18.5 percent

(4) Louisville vs. (12) Cincinnati
Louisville, 65.0-35.0

(3) Michigan State vs. (6) West Virginia
Michigan State, 54.8-45.2

(2) Creighton vs. (10) Utah State
Creighton, 70.5-29.5

(1) Dayton vs. (9) Rutgers
Dayton, 81.0-19.0

(4) Seton Hall vs. (5) Ohio State
Seton Hall, 52.5-47.5

(3) Duke vs. (6) Iowa
Duke, 57.6-42-4

(2) Florida State vs. (10) Marquette
Florida State, 77.6 percent-22.4

Sunday, March 22

(Cast your March Madness votes here).

Matchup
Outcome

(1) Gonzaga vs. (8) Colorado
TBD

(2) San Diego State vs. (10) Arizona State
TBD

(3) Maryland vs. (6) BYU
TBD

(4) Oregon vs. (5) Auburn
TBD

(1) Baylor vs. (8) LSU
TBD

(2) Villanova vs. (10) Florida
TBD

(3) Kentucky vs. (11) Texas Tech
TBD

(4) Wisconsin vs. (5) Virginia
TBD

MORE: Best buzzer-beaters in March Madness history

Sweet 16 matchups

Thursday, March 26

Matchup
Outcome

(1) Kansas vs. (4) Louisville
TBD

(2) Creighton vs. (3) Michigan State
TBD

(1) Dayton vs. (4) Seton Hall
TBD

(2) Florida State vs. (3) Duke
TBD

Friday, March 27

Matchup
Outcome

TBD vs. TBD
TBD

TBD vs. TBD
TBD

TBD vs. TBD
TBD

TBD vs. TBD
TBD

Elite Eight matchups

Saturday, March 28

Matchup
Outcome

TBD vs. TBD
TBD

TBD vs. TBD
TBD

Sunday, March 29

Matchup
Outcome

TBD vs. TBD
TBD

TBD vs. TBD
TBD

INSIDE THE MADNESS: 80 years of Final Four memories

Final Four

Saturday, April 4

Matchup
Outcome

TBD vs. TBD
TBD

TBD vs. TBD
TBD

National championship

Monday, April 6

Matchup
Outcome

TBD vs. TBD
TBD

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