Bracketology: You’re up Auburn!

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Auburn, it’s your turn.  Welcome to the No. 1 seed line.

With Purdue’s loss at Wisconsin, the Boilermakers slip a notch, opening a door for the Tigers, who enter as the fourth overall seed and No. 1 seed in the West Region.  Kansas is now next in line.

Virginia continues to lead the Field of 68, followed by Xavier, Villanova, and those aforementioned Tigers.  Just for fun, Xavier and Villanova meet on Saturday at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati.  Villanova won the first meeting in Philadelphia.

The bubble isn’t overly deep, but it is tightly contested.  There’s little separation among about 15 or so teams.  The result: there’s a lot left to decide between now and Selection Sunday.

Here’s were we stand today …

UPDATED: February 16, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • Washington vs. Texas | East Region
  • UCLA vs. Baylor Midwest Region
  • NICHOLLS ST vs. SAVANNAH ST | Midwest Region
  • PENN vs. ARKANSAS-PB | South Region

BRACKET PROJECTION 

SOUTH Atlanta               MIDWEST – Omaha   
Charlotte Nashville
1) VIRGINIA 1) XAVIER
16) PENN / ARK-PB 16) NICHOLLS ST / SAV ST
8) Providence 8) Kentucky
9) Arkansas 9) Saint Mary’s
Boise Boise
5) Oklahoma 5) RHODE ISLAND
12) LOUISIANA 12) LOYOLA (CHI)
4) Tennessee 4) West Virginia
13) E. TENNESSEE ST 13) BELMONT
Detroit Dallas
6) Alabama 6) Missouri
11) NC State 11) UCLA / Baylor
3) MICHIGAN STATE 3) Clemson
14) BUFFALO 14) CHARLESTON
Pittsburgh Detroit
7) Florida State 7) Miami-FL
10) Kansas State 10) TCU
2) CINCINNATI 2) Purdue
15) NO KENTUCKY 15) FL GULF COAST
WEST – Los Angeles EAST – Boston
Nashville Pittsburgh
1) AUBURN 1) Villanova
16) UNC-ASHEVILLE 16) WAGNER
8) Houston 8) Michigan
9) Seton Hall 9) Virginia Tech
San Diego San Diego
5) GONZAGA 5) Texas AM
12) NEW MEXICO ST 12) Washington / Texas
4) ARIZONA 4) Ohio State
13) SOUTH DAKOTA ST 13) VERMONT
Wichita Dallas
6) Creighton 6) Florida
11) MIDDLE TENNESSEE 11) Louisville
3) North Carolina 3) TEXAS TECH
14) UC-SANTA BARBARA 14) RIDER
Wichita Charlotte
7) Arizona State 7) Wichita State
10) NEVADA 10) Butler
2) Kansas 2) Duke
15) MONTANA 15) BUCKNELL

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

Last Four Byes (at large): Butler, Kansas State, NC State, Louisville

Last Four IN (at large): Washington, Texas, UCLA, Baylor

First Four OUT (at large): USC, Utah, St. Bonaventure, Syracuse

Next four teams OUT (at large): Nebraska, Temple, LSU, Marquette

Breakdown by Conference …

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

SEC (8): AUBURN, Tennessee, Texas AM, Florida, Missouri, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas

BIG 12 (8): TEXAS TECH, Kansas, West Virginia, Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State, Texas, Baylor

Big East (6): VILLANOVA, Xavier, Creighton, Providence, Seton Hall, Butler

Big 10 (4): OHIO STATE, Purdue, Michigan State, Michigan

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

American (3): CINCINNATI, Wichita State, Houston

West Coast (2): GONZAGA, Saint Mary’s

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

Atlantic 10 (1): RHODE ISLAND

ONE BID LEAGUES: Loyola-Chicago (MVC), Rider (MAAC), Middle Tennessee (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Pennsylvania (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Northern Kentucky (HORIZON), Nicholls State (SLND), East Tennessee State (STHN), UC-Santa Barbara (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), Charleston (CAA), UNC-Asheville (BSO), Savannah State (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.