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Who stays and who turns pro shapes next season's bracket

Arizona's Lauri Markkanen has already declared for the NBA draft. Casey Sapio/USA TODAY Sports

Realistically, how does one go about the task of forecasting a series of outcomes that won't culminate for another 49 weeks? The next Selection Sunday -- March 11, 2018 -- is indeed that far away.

But inquiring hoop heads want to know what the next NCAA tournament bracket might look like, especially now that our spring/summer/fall withdrawal period has arrived. So, as a public service, we once again dig up the handy-dandy, super-duper, often-imitated, never-duplicated "Next Season Bracket Machine."