Bracketology: Opportunities for Tulsa, UCLA, Atlantic 10

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As the dust settles from Thursday’s bubble carnage, we’re left with two quick takeaways … 1) the final few teams “IN” remained in place, although in a slightly different order; … and 2) at-large opportunities improved for teams like Tulsa and UCLA, along with a couple of teams from the Atlantic 10.

READ MORE: Thursday’s Bubble Banter

Today is a potentially important day for the top of the bracket, too.  Virginia, Duke, Villanova, Wisconsin, and Arizona all take the court in search of a No. 1 seed position on Sunday.  Kentucky is locked in as the No. 1 overall seed, regardless; but spots 2-4 are still undecided.  We have six teams for three spots.

Enjoy another day of hoops; the Madness continues.

UPDATED: March 13, 2015

Note: Now that we’ve reached Championship Week, teams in CAPS represent the projected AUTOMATIC bid.  Exceptions are made for teams that use an abbreviation (UCLA, BYU, etc).  During conference tournament play, the highest remaining seed will earn the teams auto bid for the bracket until the tournament is completed.

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • Texas vs. BYU West Region
  • Mississippi vs. Temple West Region
  • LAFAYETTE vs. ROBERT MORRIS East Region
  • MANHATTAN vs. Montana Midwest Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

MIDWEST – Cleveland                     EAST Syracuse                                  
Louisville Charlotte
1) Kentucky 1) Virginia
16) MANHATTAN / Montana 16) LAFAYETTE / ROB MORRIS
8) Xavier 8) St. John’s
9) NC State 9) Cincinnati
Jacksonville Seattle
5) West Virginia 5) Arkansas
12) WOFFORD 12) Stephen F. Austin
4) Louisville 4) NORTHERN IOWA
13) Central Michigan 13) Yale
Columbus Pittsburgh
6) Providence 6) Georgetown
11) Indiana 11) Oklahoma State
3) Notre Dame 3) Maryland
14) NC-Central 14) NORTHEASTERN
Louisville Omaha
7) San Diego State 7) Iowa
10) LSU 10) Georgia
2) Wisconsin 2) Kansas
15) BELMONT 15) Albany
WEST – Los Angeles SOUTH – Houston                        
Pittsburgh Charlotte
1) Villanova 1) Duke
16) NORTH FLORIDA 16) COASTAL CAROLINA
8) Dayton 8) VCU
9) Oregon 9) Purdue
Jacksonville Portland
5) Wichita State 5) Utah
12) Texas / BYU 12) VALPARAISO
4) North Carolina 4) Baylor
13) Georgia State 13) Louisiana Tech
Columbus Omaha
6) Butler 6) SMU
11) Mississippi / Temple 11) Colorado State
3) Iowa State 3) Oklahoma
14) UC-Davis 14) New Mexico State
Portland Seattle
7) Ohio State 7) Michigan State
10) Boise State 10) Davidson
2) Arizona 2) GONZAGA
15) NORTH DAKOTA ST 15) Texas-Southern

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

Last Five teams in (at large): Indiana, Mississippi, Temple, Texas, BYU

First Five teams out (at large): Miami-FL, Tulsa, UCLA, Richmond, Texas AM

Next five teams out (at large): Rhode Island, Old Dominion, Murray State, Illinois, Stanford

Breakdown by Conference …

Big 10 (7): Wisconsin, Maryland, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Indiana

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

ACC (6): Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State

Big East (6): Villanova, Georgetown, Providence, Butler, Xavier, St. John’s

SEC (5): Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss

Pac 12 (3): Arizona, Utah, Oregon

Mountain West (3): Boise State, San Diego State, Colorado State

Atlantic 10 (3): Davidson, VCU, Dayton

American (3): SMU, Cincinnati, Temple

Missouri Valley (2): NORTHERN IOWA, Wichita State

West Coast (2): GONZAGA, BYU

Conference USA (1): Louisiana Tech

ONE BID LEAGUES: Georgia State (SBELT), Yale (IVY), Montana (BSKY), VALPARAISO (HZN), S.F. Austin (SLND), WOFFORD (STHN), UC-Davis (BWEST), Central Michigan (MAC), MANHATTAN (MAAC), NORTH FLORIDA (ASUN), BELMONT (OVC), NORTHEASTERN (CAA), COASTAL CAROLINA(BSO), NC-Central (MEAC), NORTH DAKOTA STATE (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Albany (AEAST), LAFAYETTE (PAT), ROBERT MORRIS (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)