Bracketology: West Virginia and wild weekend

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Talk about your wild weekends.  In the wake of upsets, uprisings, and some general chaos, here’s a question worth asking … Which teams, if any, will emerge as clear-cut No. 1 seeds?  In most years, we can cite at least one or two of those teams in early January.  This year?  Not so much.  As it stands right now, even the best teams have flaws, which means the there’s a legitimate race ahead for those coveted top four spots on the seed list.

West Virginia held serve Saturday against Oklahoma and, for now, sits atop the South Region.  The Mountaineer are joined by Villanova (East), Oklahoma (Midwest), and Xavier (West) on the one-line.  When a group of bunched teams lose, sometimes a good loss (or an acceptable one) allows for status quo.  Either way, think about the seed list this morning the same as you do the weather.  Don’t like it much?  Give it a day or two; it’s likely to change.

UPDATED: January 8, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • Providence vs. Louisville | East Region
  • Minnesota vs. Houston West Region
  • SE LOUISIANA vs. NC A&T | East Region
  • TX-SOUTHERN vs. PENN | West Region

BRACKET PROJECTION

EAST Boston SOUTH – Atlanta                      
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
1) Villanova 1) WEST VIRGINIA
16) NC A&T / SE LOUISIANA 16) BUCKNELL
8) Michigan 8) Ohio State
9) Miami-FL 9) Washington
Boise San Diego
5) Cincinnati 5) AUBURN
12) BUFFALO 12) LOUISIANA
4) TCU 4) Clemson
13) VERMONT 13) FURMAN
Detroit Nashville
6) Florida 6) Kentucky
11) Providence / Louisville 11) SMU
3) Michigan State 3) SETON HALL
14) WILLIAM & MARY 14) MURRAY STATE
Charlotte Charlotte
7) Tennessee 7) RHODE ISLAND
10) Maryland 10) Baylor
2) VIRGINIA 2) Duke
15) RIDER 15) RADFORD
WEST – Los Angeles MIDWEST – Omaha
Detroit Wichita
1) XAVIER 1) Oklahoma
16) TX-SOUTHERN / PENN 16) ROBERT MORRIS
8) Arkansas 8) Butler
9) UCLA 9) Notre Dame
Boise Wichita
5) GONZAGA 5) ARIZONA
12) NEW MEXICO ST 12) WESTERN KENTUCKY
4) Kansas 4) North Carolina
13) SOUTH DAKOTA ST 13) LIPSCOMB
Dallas Dallas
6) Creighton 6) Florida State
11) Minnesota / Houston 11) Marquette
3) Texas Tech 3) WICHITA STATE
14) UC-DAVIS 14) DRAKE
San Diego Nashville
7) NEVADA 7) Texas AM
10) Georgia 10) Texas
2) Arizona State 2) PURDUE
15) MONTANA STATE 15) WRIGHT STATE

NOTES on the BRACKET: Villanova is the No. 1 overall seed – followed by West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Xavier

Last Four Byes (at large): Maryland, Georgia, Marquette, SMU

Last Four IN (at large): Providence, Louisville, Minnesota, Houston

First Four OUT (at large): St. Bonaventure, Missouri, Syracuse, Alabama

Next four teams OUT (at large): Saint Mary’s, Boston College, LSU, UCF

Breakdown by Conference …

ACC (8): VIRGINIA, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Miami-FL, Notre Dame, Louisville

SEC (7): AUBURN, Kentucky, Texas AM, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia

BIG 12 (7): OKLAHOMA, West Virginia, TCU, Texas Tech, Kansas, Texas, Baylor

Big 10 (6): PURDUE, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota

Big East (6): SETON HALL, Xavier, Villanova, Creighton, Butler, Providence

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

American (4): WICHITA STATE, Cincinnati, SMU, Houston

Atlantic 10 (1): RHODE ISLAND

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Missouri State (MVC) Rider (MAAC), Western Ketucky (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Penn (IVY), Montana State (BSKY), Wright State (HORIZON), SE Louisiana (SLND), Furman (STHN), UC-Davis (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)