Holiday Bracketology!: Villanova headlines Field of 68

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In the spirit of the season, how about a quick peek inside our Bracket Stocking?

The first team we find is Villanova – the No. 1 overall seed in today’s update.  They are followed by Michigan State, Duke, and Arizona State.  If you’re looking for Christmas surprises, how about the Sun Devils?  Early wins over San Diego State, Xavier, and Kansas headline an impressive resume.

Early brackets can be quirky because we’re still waiting for teams like Miami-FL to be tested.  We also have early conference starts for teams like Boston College and Duke, along with a pair of games each for those in the Big Ten.  BC benefits from their upset of the Blue Devils, grabbing a slot as the “auto-bid” champ from the ACC.

Conference play begins in earnest the next two weeks.  Enjoy the Holiday season!

BRACKET UPDATE: December 22, 2017

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • St. John’s vs. Virginia Tech | South Region
  • Butler vs. Washington South Region
  • NAVY vs. MORGAN STATE | East Region
  • UC-SANTA BARBARA vs. TX-SOUTHERN | Midwest Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

EAST Boston                      MIDWEST – Omaha               
Pittsburgh Detroit
1) VILLANOVA 1) MICHIGAN STATE
16) MORGAN ST / NAVY 16) UCSB / TX-SOUTHERN
8) Florida 8) Louisville
9) SMU 9) Missouri
Boise San Diego
5) Texas Tech 5) Arizona
12) UT-ARLINGTON 12) S.F. AUSTIN
4) Virginia 4) Seton Hall
13) CENTRAL MICHIGAN 13) NEW MEXICO ST
Nashville Charlotte
6) Tennessee 6) Cincinnati
11) MID TENNESSEE 11) Michigan
3) Miami-FL 3) North Carolina
14) ALBANY 14) MURRAY STATE
Pittsburgh Wichita
7) NEVADA 7) Arkansas
10) Maryland 10) NORTHERN IOWA
2) WEST VIRGINIA 2) Kansas
15) UNC-ASHEVILLE 15) PRINCETON
WEST – Los Angeles SOUTH – Atlanta
San Diego Charlotte
1) ARIZONA STATE 1) Duke
16) RIDER 16) WAGNER
8) Notre Dame 8) RHODE ISLAND
9) Minnesota 9) Alabama
Boise Dallas
5) TCU 5) WICHITA STATE
12) BOSTON COLLEGE 12) Butler / Washington
4) GONZAGA 4) Oklahoma
13) PORTLAND STATE 13) TOWSON
Wichita Nashville
6) Creighton 6) Baylor
11) Syracuse 11) Virginia Tech / St. John’s
3) Purdue 3) Kentucky
14) SO DAKOTA ST 14) FURMAN
Dallas Detroit
7) Clemson 7) Florida State
10) UNLV 10) Texas
2) TEXAS AM 2) Xavier
15) LIPSCOMB 15) OAKLAND

NOTES on the BRACKET: Villanova is the No. 1 overall seed – followed by Michigan State, Duke, and Arizona State.

Last Four Byes (at large): UNLV, Maryland, Syracuse, Michigan

Last Four IN (at large): Virginia Tech, St. John’s, Butler, Washington

First Four OUT (at large): Houston, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Temple

Next four teams OUT (at large): Ohio State, Auburn, Kansas State, UCLA

Breakdown by Conference …

ACC (10): BOSTON COLLEGE, Duke, Miami-FL, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Syracuse

SEC (7): TEXAS AM, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, Alabama, Missouri

BIG 12 (7): WEST VIRGINIA, Kansas, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas Tech, Baylor, Texas

Big East (6): VILLANOVA, Xavier, Seton Hall, Creighton, St. John’s, Butler

Big 10 (5): MICHIGAN STATE, Purdue, Minnesota, Maryland, Michigan

Pac 12 (3): ARIZONA STATE, Arizona, Washington

American (2): WICHITA STATE, Cincinnati

Mountain West (2): NEVADA, UNLV

Atlantic 10 (1): RHODE ISLAND

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Northern Iowa (MVC) Rider (MAAC), Middle Tennessee (C-USA), UT-Arlington (SBELT), Princeton (IVY), Portland State (BSKY), Oakland (HORIZON), Stephen F. Austin (SLND), Furman (STHN), UC-Santa Barbara (BWEST), Central Michigan (MAC), Lipscomb (ASUN), Murray State (OVC), Towson (CAA), UNC-Asheville (BSO), Morgan State (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Albany (AEAST), Navy (PAT), Wagner (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)

Bracketing principles: read them for yourself at http://www.ncaa.com.