Bracketology: Villanova holds on No. 1 spot

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The Villanova Wildcats remain the No. 1 overall seed in today’s bracket.  They also have a favorable upcoming schedule, playing five of their next eight games at home.  Then again, college hoops has been anything but predictable, so who knows.  Purdue continues to build its resume.  The Boilermakers won their road game at Minnesota by 34 points on Saturday.  That’s impressive no matter how you slice it.

Here’s the latest bracket.

UPDATED: January 15, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • NC State vs. Texas AM | East Region
  • Washington vs. Alabama Midwest Region
  • ROBERT MORRIS vs. JACKSON STATE | South Region
  • FLORIDA GULF COAST vs. NC A&T | East Region

BRACKET PROJECTION

EAST Boston                           SOUTH – Atlanta     
Pittsburgh Detroit
1) VILLANOVA 1) PURDUE
16) NC A&T / FL GULF COAST 16) ROB MORRIS / JACKSON ST
8) Florida State 8) Arkansas
9) Houston 9) Texas
Nashville Boise
5) Michigan State 5) Tennessee
12) BUFFALO 12) MIDDLE TENNESSEE
4) AUBURN 4) Clemson
13) LOUISIANA 13) E. TENNESSEE ST
Wichita Detroit
6) Cincinnati 6) Ohio State
11) NC State / Texas AM 11) SAINT MARY’S
3) Kansas 3) Xavier
14) VERMONT 14) WRIGHT STATE
Charlotte Dallas
7) Michigan 7) Florida
10) Providence 10) Notre Dame
2) Duke 2) Texas Tech
15) IONA 15) RADFORD
WEST – Los Angeles MIDWEST – Omaha
Pittsburgh Wichita
1) WEST VIRGINIA 1) OKLAHOMA
16) PENN 16) BUCKNELL
8) Louisville 8) Butler
9) Marquette 9) Miami-FL
Boise San Diego
5) Gonzaga 5) Kentucky
12) SOUTH DAKOTA ST 12) NEW MEXICO ST
4) Seton Hall 4) ARIZONA
13) S.F. AUSTIN 13) BELMONT
San Diego Nashville
6) TCU 6) RHODE ISLAND
11) Georgia 11) Washington / Alabama
3) Arizona State 3) North Carolina
14) MONTANA 14) WILLIAM & MARY
Charlotte Dallas
7) Creighton 7) NEVADA
10) UCLA 10) LSU
2) VIRGINIA 2) WICHITA STATE
15) CS-FULLERTON 15) DRAKE

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

Last Four Byes (at large): Notre Dame, LSU, UCLA, Georgia

Last Four IN (at large): Washington, Alabama, NC State, Texas AM

First Four OUT (at large): Baylor, Missouri, St. Bonaventure, Maryland

Next four teams OUT (at large): Virginia Tech, Western Kentucky, Boise State, Syracuse

Breakdown by Conference …

ACC (9): VIRGINIA, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Louisville, Florida State, Miami-FL, Notre Dame, NC State

SEC (8): AUBURN, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, LSU, Georgia, Texas AM

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

BIG 12 (6): OKLAHOMA, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Kansas, TCU, Texas

Big 10 (4): PURDUE, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan

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

American (3): WICHITA STATE, Cincinnati, Houston

West Coast (2): SAINT MARY’S, Gonzaga

Atlantic 10 (1): RHODE ISLAND

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Drake (MVC), Iona (MAAC), Middle Tennessee (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Penn (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Wright State (HORIZON), S.F. Austin (SLND), East Tennessee State (STHN), UC-Fullerton (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Florida Gulf Coast (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), Jackson State (SWAC)