Bracketology: Duke, Michigan State lead trek to Selection Sunday

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As the new year dawns, Duke and Michigan State lead our trek toward Selection Sunday. Neither of those should come as a surprise.  Arizona State and Oklahoma, on the other hand?  That’s a different story.  The Sun Devils and Sooners have put together impressive runs.  ASU and OU anchor the West Region as its top two seeds.

The new year also means more frequent updates.  Given what we’ve seen so far?  It should be fun.  On a quick housekeeping note, projected conference champions (for the bracket) reflect the current standings. Ties are broken by the RPI leader based on the loss column.

UPDATED: January 2, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • Washington vs. Auburn | East Region
  • Boston College vs. Missouri West Region
  • ROBER MORRIS vs. NC A&T | South Region
  • TX-SOUTHERN vs. SE LOUISIANA | Midwest Region

BRACKET PROJECTION 

SOUTH Atlanta                            MIDWEST – Omaha
Charlotte Detroit
1) Duke 1) MICHIGAN STATE
16) ROBERT MORRIS / NC A&T 16) SE-LOUISIANA / TX-SOUTHERN
8) Florida 8) Texas
9) Butler 9) Syracuse
Nashville Boise
5) ARKANSAS 5) Kentucky
12) WESTERN KENTUCKY 12) MISSOURI STATE
4) Seton Hall 4) TCU
13) FURMAN 13) LIPSCOMB
Wichita San Diego
6) Cincinnati 6) Tennessee
11) Louisville 11) Baylor
3) Kansas 3) ARIZONA
14) BELMONT 14) UC-SANTA BARBARA
Detroit Charlotte
7) Florida State 7) NEVADA
10) Alabama 10) Michigan
2) XAVIER 2) NORTH CAROLINA
15) NORTHERN KENTUCKY 15) RADFORD
EAST – Boston WEST – Los Angeles
Pittsburgh San Diego
1) Villanova 1) Arizona State
16) PRINCETON 16) BUCKNELL
8) St. Bonaventure 8) Notre Dame
9) SMU 9) Minnesota
Dallas Boise
5) Virginia 5) Texas Tech
12) LOUISIANA 12) NEW MEXICO ST
4) Texas AM 4) GONZAGA
13) BUFFALO 13) SOUTH DAKOTA ST
Nashville Dallas
6) Miami-FL 6) Creighton
11) Washington / Auburn 11) Boston College / Missouri
3) Purdue 3) WICHITA STATE
14) VERMONT 14) WILLIAM & MARY
Pittsburgh Wichita
7) RHODE ISLAND 7) Clemson
10) Maryland 10) UCLA
2) WEST VIRGINIA 2) Oklahoma
15) CANISIUS 15) NORTHERN COLORADO

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

Last Four Byes (at large): UCLA, Alabama, Louisville, Baylor

Last Four IN (at large): Auburn, Missouri, Boston College, Washington

First Four OUT (at large): Virginia Tech, Houston, Boise State, Oklahoma State

Next four teams OUT (at large): Ohio State, Georgia, Providence, Marquette

Breakdown by Conference …

ACC (10): NORTH CAROLINA, Duke, Virginia, Miami-FL, Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Louisville, Boston College

SEC (8): ARKANSAS, Texas AM, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Missouri

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

Big East (5): XAVIER, Villanova, Seton Hall, Creighton, Butler

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

Pac 12 (4): ARIZONA STATE, Arizona, UCLA, Washington

American (3): WICHITA STATE, Cincinnati, SMU

Atlantic 10 (2): RHODE ISLAND, St. Bonaventure

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Missouri State (MVC) Canisius (MAAC), Western Ketucky (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Princeton (IVY), Northern Colorado (BSKY), Northern Kentucky (HORIZON), SE Louisiana (SLND), Furman (STHN), UC-Santa Barbara (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Lipscomb (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), William & Mary (CAA), Radford (BSO), North Carolina A&T (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Robert Morris (NEC), Texas-Southern (SWAC)