Bracketology: Villanova reclaims overall No. 1 seed

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With two days until Selection Sunday, the reigning national champions are back atop the bracket.  Villanova eased through a victory on Thursday while Kansas fell to TCU.  North Carolina retains its spot in the South, but could push past Kansas on the final seed list by beating Duke tonight.  Gonzaga remains No. 1 in the West Region.

UPDATED:  March 10, 2017

Note: Teams in ALL CAPS (other than abbreviated teams) represent automatic bids as they are earned.

Regarding bracketing principles, 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)

  • Illinois State vs. Kansas State | Midwest Region
  • USC vs. Wake Forest South Region
  • SOUTH DAKOTA ST vs. New Orleans | Midwest Region
  • MOUNT ST. MARY’S vs. NC Central | East Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

EAST – New York MIDWEST Kansas City
Buffalo Tulsa
1) Villanova 1) Kansas
16) MT. ST. MARY’S / NC Central 16)  SO DAKOTA ST / New Orleans
8) Miami 8) Michigan
9) Oklahoma State 9) Seton Hall
Orlando Buffalo
5) Minnesota 5) Virginia
12) UNC-WILMINGTON 12) UT-Arlington
4) Florida 4) Butler
13) Princeton 13) Vermont
Salt Lake City Indianapolis
6) Iowa State 6) Wisconsin
11) Mid Tennessee St 11) Kansas State / Illinois State
3) Arizona 3) Louisville
14) IONA 14) Akron
Greenville Sacramento
7) Creighton 7) Saint Mary’s
10) VCU 10) WICHITA STATE
2) Duke 2) UCLA
15) Texas-Southern 15) UC-Irvine
WEST – San Jose SOUTH – Memphis
Salt Lake City Greenville
1) GONZAGA 1) North Carolina
16) North Dakota 16) JACKSONVILLE STATE
8) Arkansas 8) Dayton
9) Northwestern 9) Marquette
Milwaukee Milwaukee
5) West Virginia 5) Cincinnati
12) Nevada 12) Wake Forest / USC
4) Notre Dame 4) Purdue
13) BUCKNELL 13) EAST TENNESSEE ST
Orlando Tulsa
6) SMU 6) Maryland
11) Vanderbilt 11) Xavier
3) Florida State 3) Baylor
14) WINTHROP 14) FLA GULF COAST
Sacramento Indianapolis
7) South Carolina 7) Virginia Tech
10) Michigan State 10) Providence
2) Oregon 2) Kentucky
15) CSU-Bakersfield 15) NORTHERN KENTUCKY

NOTES on the BRACKET: Villanova is the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Kansas, North Carolina, and Gonzaga.

Last Four Byes (at large): VCU, Providence, Xavier, Vanderbilt

Last Four IN (at large): Kansas State, Wake Forest, USC, Illinois State

First Four OUT (at large): Syracuse, Rhode Island, California, Georgia

Next four teams OUT (at large): Indiana, Iowa, Houston, Illinois

Breakdown by Conference …

ACC (9): NORTH CAROLINA, Louisville, Duke, Florida State, Virginia, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Miami-FL, Wake Forest

Big 10 (7): PURDUE, Minnesota, Maryland, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State

Big East (7): VILLANOVA, Butler, Creighton, Marquette, Seton Hall, Providence, Xavier

Big 12 (6): KANSAS, Baylor, West Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State

SEC (5): FLORIDA, Kentucky, South Carolina, Arkansas, Vanderbilt

Pac 12 (4): OREGON, Arizona, UCLA, USC

Atlantic 10 (2): DAYTON, VCU

American (2): SMU, Cincinnati

West Coast (2): GONZAGA, Saint Mary’s

Missouri Valley (2): WICHITA STATE, Illinois State

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

ONE BID LEAGUES: IONA (MAAC), Middle Tennessee State (C-USA), UT-Arlington (SBELT), Princeton (IVY), North Dakota (BSKY), NORTHERN KENTUCKY (HORIZON), New Orleans (SLND), EAST TENNESSEE STATE (STHN), UC-Irvine (BWEST), Akron (MAC), FLORIDA GULF COAST (ASUN), JACKSONVILLE STATE (OVC), UNC-WILMINGTON (CAA), WINTHROP (BSO), NC-Central (MEAC), SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (SUM), CSU-Bakersfield (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), BUCKNELL (PAT), MOUNT ST. MARY’S (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)