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

Sporting News — (Zac Al-Khateeb)

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 will 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).

MatchupOutcome
(1) Kansas vs. (16) N.C. CentralKansas, 84.9 percent to 15.1 percent
(8) Houston vs. (9) IndianaHouston, 53.9-46.1
(5) Butler vs. (12) CincinnatiCincinnati, 52.5-47.5
(4) Louisville vs. (13) AkronLouisville, 76.8-23.2
(6) West Virginia vs. (11) ETSUWest Virginia, 61.8-38.2
(3) Michigan State vs. (14) BelmontMichigan State, 75.7-24.3
(7) Illinois vs. (10) Utah StateUtah State, 65.4-34.6
(2) Creighton vs. (15) North Dakota StateCreighton, 81.6-18.4
(1) Dayton vs. (16) Eastern WashingtonDayton, 89.9-10.1
(8) Providence vs. (9) RutgersRutgers, 56.5-43.5
(5) Ohio State vs. (12) YaleOhio State, 59.3-40-7
(4) Seton Hall vs. (13) VermontSeton Hall, 71.8-28.2
(6) Iowa vs. (11) RichmondIowa, 61.6-38.4
(3) Duke vs. (14) Northern KentuckyDuke, 73.7-23.6
(7) Michigan vs. (10) MarquetteMarquette, 50.3-49.7
(2) Florida State vs. (15) HofstraFlorida State, 85.4-14.6

Friday, March 20

(Check out March Madness voting results here).

MatchupOutcome
(1) Gonzaga vs. (16) SienaGonzaga, 92.4 percent to 7.6 percent
(8) Colorado vs. (9) OklahomaColorado, 53.8-46.2
(5) Auburn vs. (12) LibertyAuburn, 69.2-30.8
(4) Oregon vs. (13) New Mexico StateOregon, 74.8-25.2
(6) BYU vs. (11) Wichita StateBYU, 52.3-47.7
(3) Maryland vs. (14) UC IrvineMaryland, 80.0-20.0
(7) Saint Mary's vs. (10) Arizona StateArizona State, 54.5-45.5
(2) San Diego State vs. (15) Boston USDSU, 67.4-32.6
(1) Baylor vs. (16) Little RockBaylor, 91.9-8.1
(8) LSU vs. (9) USCLSU, 72.6-27.4
(5) Virginia vs. (12) Stephen F. AustinVirginia, 72.4-27.6
(4) Wisconsin vs. (13) North TexasWisconsin, 92.1-7.9
(6) Penn State vs. (11) Texas TechTexas Tech, 62.2-37.8
(3) Kentucky vs. (14) BradleyKentucky, 83.8-16.2
(7) Arizona vs. (10) FloridaFlorida, 62.4-37.6
(2) Villanova vs. (15) WinthropVillanova, 84.4-15.6

Second-round matchups

Saturday, March 21

(Check out March Madness voting results here).

MatchupOutcome
(1) Kansas vs. (8) HoustonKansas, 81.5 percent to 18.5 percent
(4) Louisville vs. (12) CincinnatiLouisville, 65.0-35.0
(3) Michigan State vs. (6) West VirginiaMichigan State, 54.8-45.2
(2) Creighton vs. (10) Utah StateCreighton, 70.5-29.5
(1) Dayton vs. (9) RutgersDayton, 81.0-19.0
(4) Seton Hall vs. (5) Ohio StateSeton Hall, 52.5-47.5
(3) Duke vs. (6) IowaDuke, 57.6-42-4
(2) Florida State vs. (10) MarquetteFlorida State, 77.6 percent-22.4

Sunday, March 22

(Check out March Madness voting results here).

MatchupOutcome
(1) Gonzaga vs. (8) ColoradoGonzaga, 90.1 percent to 9.9 percent
(2) San Diego State vs. (10) Arizona StateSDSU, 80.4 to 19.6
(3) Maryland vs. (6) BYUMaryland, 67.6 to 32.4
(4) Oregon vs. (5) AuburnAuburn, 52.9 to 47.1
(1) Baylor vs. (8) LSUBaylor, 85.3 to 14.7
(2) Villanova vs. (10) FloridaVillanova, 79.9 to 20.1
(3) Kentucky vs. (11) Texas TechKentucky, 69.2 to 30.8
(4) Wisconsin vs. (5) VirginiaVirginia, 50.4 to 49.6

MORE: Best buzzer-beaters in March Madness history

Sweet 16 matchups

Thursday, March 26

(Check out March Madness voting here).

MatchupOutcome
(1) Kansas vs. (4) LouisvilleKansas, 73.7 percent to 26.3 percent
(2) Creighton vs. (3) Michigan StateMichigan State, 69.8 to 30.2
(1) Dayton vs. (4) Seton HallDayton, 73.7 to 26.3
(2) Florida State vs. (3) DukeFlorida State, 64.5 to 35.5

Friday, March 27

(Check out March Madness voting here).

MatchupOutcome
(1) Gonzaga vs. (5) AuburnGonzaga, 71.9 percent to 28.1 percent
(2) San Diego State vs. (3) MarylandMaryland, 53.7 to 46.3
(1) Baylor vs. (5) VirginiaBaylor, 66.3 to 33.7
(2) Villanova vs. (3) KentuckyKentucky, 58.5 to 41.5

Elite Eight matchups

Saturday, March 28

(Check out March Madness voting here).

MatchupOutcome
(1) Kansas vs. (3) Michigan StateKansas, 61.8 percent to 38.2
(1) Dayton vs. (2) Florida StateDayton, 61.1 to 38.9

Sunday, March 29

MatchupOutcome
(1) Gonzaga vs. (3) MarylandGonzaga, 67.5 percent to 32.5
(1) Baylor vs. (3) KentuckyKentucky, 54.9 to 45.1

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Final Four

Saturday, April 4

MatchupOutcome
(1) Kansas vs. (3) KentuckyKansas, 56.8 percent to 43.2
(1) Dayton vs. (1) GonzagaDayton, 59.2, to 40.8

National championship

Monday, April 6

MatchupOutcome
(1) Kansas vs. (1) DaytonTBD