Bracketology: Virginia pushing for No. 1 overall seed

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Virginia exorcised a road demon Saturday, winning a rare game at Cameron Indoor Stadium against the Duke Blue Devils.  In the process, the Cavaliers inched past Purdue for No. 2 on the overall seed list (Purdue is now No. 3), and they could end up passing Villanova for the No. 1 overall seed with a strong February.  The Duke loss, as close as it was, also allows Kansas to narrowly inch past the Blue Devils and claim the final No. 1 seed in today’s bracket update.  Basketball minds can agree to disagree on the oh-so-close resumes of the Jayhawks and Blue Devils, but if today were Selection Sunday (as it were), KU would likely get the nod as Big 12 champion.  The good news for Duke fans is this: it would allow Duke to be moved back into the East Region rather than be placed out West.

Here’s today’s update …

UPDATED: January 29, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • South Carolina vs. Marquette | South Region
  • SMU vs. Boise State Midwest Region
  • HARVARD vs. NC A&T | East Region
  • LONG BEACH ST vs. ARK-PINE BLUFF | Midwest Region

BRACKET PROJECTION 

EAST Boston                        SOUTH – Atlanta      
Pittsburgh Charlotte
1) VILLANOVA 1) VIRGINIA
16) HARVARD / NC A&T 16) WAGNER
8) Miami-FL 8) Michigan
9) Alabama 9) TCU
Boise Dallas
5) RHODE ISLAND 5) Tennessee
12) LOYOLA-CHI 12) MIDDLE TENNESSEE
4) Ohio State 4) West Virginia
13) BELMONT 13) E. TENNESSEE ST
Dallas Nashville
6) Seton Hall 6) Wichita State
11) Houston 11) South Carolina / Marquette
3) Texas Tech 3) Michigan State
14) VERMONT 14) WRIGHT STATE
Charlotte Detroit
7) Arizona State 7) Louisville
10) Butler 10) Kansas State
2) Duke 2) Xavier
15) NORTHEASTERN 15) RIDER
WEST – Los Angeles MIDWEST – Omaha
Wichita Detroit
1) KANSAS 1) PURDUE
16) FL GULF COAST 16) LONG BEACH ST / ARK-PB
8) NEVADA 8) Texas
9) Arkansas 9) Providence
Boise San Diego
5) Kentucky 5) Florida
12) NEW MEXICO ST 12) BUFFALO
4) North Carolina 4) Clemson
13) SOUTH DAKOTA ST 13) LOUISIANA
Pittsburgh Wichita
6) SAINT MARY’S 6) Gonzaga
11) Washington 11) SMU / Boise State
3) CINCINNATI 3) Oklahoma
14) MONTANA 14) S.F. AUSTIN
San Diego Nashville
7) Creighton 7) Florida State
10) NC State 10) USC
2) ARIZONA 2) AUBURN
15) UNC-ASHEVILLE 15) BUCKNELL

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

Last Four Byes (at large): Kansas State, NC State, Washington, Houston

Last Four IN (at large): SMU, Marquette, Boise State, South Carolina

First Four OUT (at large): Syracuse, Texas AM, Virginia Tech, UCLA

Next four teams OUT (at large): Missouri, Georgia, Western Kentucky, Notre Dame

Breakdown by Conference …

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

SEC (7): AUBURN, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina

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

BIG 12 (7): KANSAS, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Texas, TCU, Kansas State

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

American (4): CINCINNATI, Wichita State, Houston, SMU

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

West Coast (2): SAINT MARY’S, Gonzaga

Mountain West (1): NEVADA, Boise State

Atlantic 10 (1): RHODE ISLAND

ONE BID LEAGUES: Loyola-Chicago (MVC), Rider (MAAC), Middle Tennessee (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Harvard (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Wright State (HORIZON), S.F. Austin (SLND), East Tennessee State (STHN), Long Beach State (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), Northeastern (CAA), Radford (BSO), North Carolina A&T (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Wagner (NEC), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (SWAC)

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