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

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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.

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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).

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

(Check out March Madness voting results here).

Matchup

Outcome

(1) Gonzaga vs. (8) Colorado

Gonzaga, 90.1 percent to 9.9 percent

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

SDSU, 80.4 to 19.6

(3) Maryland vs. (6) BYU

Maryland, 67.6 to 32.4

(4) Oregon vs. (5) Auburn

Auburn, 52.9 to 47.1

(1) Baylor vs. (8) LSU

Baylor, 85.3 to 14.7

(2) Villanova vs. (10) Florida

Villanova, 79.9 to 20.1

(3) Kentucky vs. (11) Texas Tech

Kentucky, 69.2 to 30.8

(4) Wisconsin vs. (5) Virginia

Virginia, 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).

Matchup

Outcome

(1) Kansas vs. (4) Louisville

Kansas, 73.7 percent to 26.3 percent

(2) Creighton vs. (3) Michigan State

Michigan State, 69.8 to 30.2

(1) Dayton vs. (4) Seton Hall

Dayton, 73.7 to 26.3

(2) Florida State vs. (3) Duke

Florida State, 64.5 to 35.5

Friday, March 27

Matchup

Outcome

(1) Gonzaga vs. (5) Auburn

TBD

(2) San Diego State vs. (3) Maryland

TBD

(1) Baylor vs. (5) Virginia

TBD

(2) Villanova vs. (3) Kentucky

TBD

Elite Eight matchups

Saturday, March 28

Matchup

Outcome

(1) Kansas vs. (3) Michigan State

TBD

(1) Dayton vs. (2) Florida State

TBD

Sunday, March 29

Matchup

Outcome

TBD vs. TBD

TBD

TBD vs. TBD

TBD

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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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