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ESPN's Joe Lunardi has Utes and Cougars both in his way-too-early 2015 tournament field

Published: Wednesday, April 9 2014 11:40 a.m. MDT

Utah Utes guard Delon Wright (55), Jordan Joveridge and Princeton Onwas, left to right, celebrate as the University of Utah defeats the University of Colorado 75-64 in men's PAC 12 basketball Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

The NCAA basketball season might have ended with Connecticut’s surprising title on Monday, but ESPN’s Joe Lunardi is reminding everyone it’s never too early to think about next year.

Lunardi released his projected 2015 NCAA bracket Wednesday, placing Utah as a No. 9 seed facing Maryland, while BYU is a No. 12 seed in one of the play-in games taking on Georgetown.

The Cougars were a No. 10 seed in the most recent tournament, before falling to Oregon 87-68 in the opening round. Utah last played in the tournament in 2009, but participated in the NIT this past season. Both teams return most of its players from last year.

Lunardi has Wisconsin, Arizona, Kansas and Michigan as his projected No. 1 seeds. You can check out his 2015 bracket here.

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