Bracketology: Charting Penn State Basketball's Projected NCAA Tournament Seed (02.20.20)

By Craig Fritz on February 20, 2020 at 11:03 am
Penn State Forward Mike Watkins
Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to Penn State's streak-snapping loss against Illinois on Tuesday, the Lions had risen to a consensus 3-seed in The Bracket Project's 2020 Bracket Matrix. Though it looks like a No. 9 ranking will serve as the program's all-time high-water mark for the time being, it's still likely that Lamar Stevens and company will find themselves between the 2 and the 6 lines come Selection Sunday.

If that 2-seed seems a little high, you're not completely wrong. Penn State would likely have to finish 7-1 or 6-2 in its final eight games, including an appearance in the Big Ten Tournament championship game to get there, but it's still in play. In fact, nine of the 116 brackets in this week's matrix have the Lions as a 2-seed.

An inverse of the last few weeks, the projections are probably a little more favorable than they should be since most of these brackets were updated PRIOR to Tuesday's defeat.

Bracket Matrix Breakdown
seed # of brackets
2 9
3 52
4 37
5 16
6 1
9 1

Notable brackets:

  • Joe Lunardi/ESPN - 3 seed vs. Hofstra in Albany (last updated 2/19)
  • Jerry Palm/CBS - 3 seed vs. Wright State in Cleveland (last updated 2/17)
  • Chris Dobbertean/SBNation - 4 seed vs. Stephen F. Austin in Omaha (last updated 2/18)
  • Tim Krueger/Stadium - 4 seed vs. Vermont in Cleveland (last updated 2/17)
  • Mike DeCourcy/FOX Sports - 2 seed vs. South Dakota State (last updated 2/17)
  • Mike Lazarus/Yahoo Sports - 4 seed vs. Vermont (last updated 2/17)
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