Latest Bracket: Duke creeps up to a No. 1 seed after big weekend

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For the past couple of weeks, Duke and Kansas have been battling for the final No. 1 seed position.  With Kansas losing at Oklahoma State this past weekend, Duke and KU flip-flop on the Seed List and the Blue Devils now sit atop the South Region.  Not that it’s a huge difference, Kansas is the No. 2 seed in the same region.  The other No. 1 seeds remain the same: Kentucky, Virginia, and Gonzaga.  It’ll be interesting to see how the Selection Committee ultimately handles Gonzaga.  If the Bulldogs win out and enter Selection Sunday with only one loss, it’s tough to imagine a scenario in which they are not a No. 1 seed in the West.  But on paper, one could clearly make a case that both Duke and Kansas have superior resumes.

Elsewhere, the Big Ten benefits from its bunching of teams.  Illinois, Purdue, and Michigan State are all among the last six teams in today’s bracket – giving the B10 eight representatives.  It’s doubtful that will hold up over the next month; five to six bids is much more likely.

A final thought … given the current landscape, Championship Week may become more like Tiebreaker Week for the Selection Committee.  Conference tournament results could well determine the final few teams in and out of this year’s NCAA tournament.

If you want to see the complete Seed List for today’s bracket, visit Bracketville.

UPDATED: February 9, 2015

Teams in CAPS represent the projected AUTOMATIC bid.  In the event of a tie in the loss column, RPI is the first tiebreaker used. Exceptions are made for teams that use an abbreviation (UCLA, BYU, etc).

Several new bracketing principles were introduced last year. You can read them for yourself at http://www.ncaa.com. For example: teams from the same conference may now meet before a Regional final, even if fewer than eight teams are selected. The goal is to keep as many teams as possible on their actual seed line.

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • Texas AM vs. Old Dominion East Region
  • Colorado State vs. Michigan State South Region
  • TX-SOUTHERN vs. ST. FRANCIS (NY) Midwest Region
  • BUCKNELL vs. ALBANY East Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

MIDWEST – Cleveland                     EAST Syracuse                                  
Louisville Charlotte
1) KENTUCKY 1) VIRGINIA
16) ST. FRANCIS / TX-STHERN 16) ALBANY / BUCKNELL
8) SMU 8) Ole Miss
9) SAN DIEGO ST 9) Texas
Seattle Pittsburgh
5) Northern Iowa 5) Butler
12) GREEN BAY 12) TULSA
4) Oklahoma 4) Maryland
13) EASTERN WASHINGTON 13) IONA
Columbus Louisville
6) West Virginia 6) VCU
11) Illinois 11) Texas AM / Old Dominion
3) Notre Dame 3) Iowa State
14) BOWLING GREEN 14) HARVARD
Omaha Pittsburgh
7) Cincinnati 7) Ohio State
10) Seton Hall 10) Miami-FL
2) WISCONSIN 2) VILLANOVA
15) HIGH POINT 15) WILLIAM & MARY
SOUTH – Houston WEST – Los Angeles                        
Charlotte Seattle
1) Duke 1) GONZAGA
16) NO DAKOTA ST 16) NEW MEXICO ST
8) Georgia 8) Georgetown
9) Dayton 9) LSU
Portland Jacksonville
5) Indiana 5) WICHITA STATE
12) S.F. Austin 12) WOFFORD
4) Utah 4) Baylor
13) LOUISIANA TECH 13) MURRAY STATE
Columbus Jacksonville
6) Arkansas 6) Oklahoma State
11) Michigan St / Colorado St 11) Purdue
3) Louisville 3) North Carolina
14) NC-CENTRAL 14) UC-DAVIS
Omaha Portland
7) Providence 7) Iowa
10) Stanford 10) Xavier
2) KANSAS 2) ARIZONA
15) GA-SOUTHERN 15) FLA GULF COAST

NOTES on the BRACKET: Kentucky is the overall No. 1 seed followed by Virginia, Gonzaga, and Duke. Next in line: Kansas, Wisconsin, Villanova, and Arizona

Last Five teams in (at large): Purdue, Michigan State, Colorado State, Texas AM, Old Dominion

First Five teams out (at large): St. John’s, NC State, Oregon, Temple, Boise State

Next five teams out (at large): George Washington, Rhode Island, UCLA, Saint Mary’s, Wyoming

Breakdown by Conference …

Big 10 (8): Wisconsin, Maryland, Indiana, Ohio State, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan State

Big 12 (7): Kansas, Iowa State, Baylor, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Texas

Big East (6): Villanova, Butler, Providence, Georgetown, Xavier, Seton Hall

ACC (6): Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, Louisville, North Carolina, Miami-FL

SEC (6): Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, Ole Miss, LSU, Texas AM

Pac 12 (3): Arizona, Utah, Stanford

American (3): Tulsa, Cincinnati, SMU

Mountain West (2): San Diego State, Colorado State

Atlantic 10 (2): VCU, Dayton

Missouri Valley (2): Wichita State, Northern Iowa

Conference USA (2): Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion

West Coast (1): Gonzaga

ONE BID LEAGUES: Georgia Southern (SBELT), Harvard (IVY), Eastern Washington (BSKY), Green Bay (HZN), S.F. Austin (SLND), Wofford (STHN), UC-Davis (BWEST), Bowling Green (MAC), Iona (MAAC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Murray State (OVC), William & Mary (CAA), High Point (BSO), NC-Central (MEAC), North Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Albany (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), St. Francis – NY (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)