Bracketology: Madness as March arrives

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Madness prevailed on Tuesday night, as odd results engulfed college hoops.  March starts tomorrow, you say?  Okay, maybe that explains it.  If so, buckle up.  The next twelve days could get bumpy.

The No. 1 seed line remains stable.  Other than that?  Seed lines are up for grabs, especially in the middle of the bracket.  Along the bubble, teams have a lot on the line between now and Selection Sunday.

Quick note … a couple of teams had their true seed line altered to fit bracketing principles.  Here’s the latest …

UPDATED: February 28, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • Louisville vs. Kansas State | West Region
  • Syracuse vs. Washington East Region
  • NC A&T vs. ARK-PINE BLUFF | South Region
  • NICHOLLS vs. UC-IRVINE | East Region

BRACKET PROJECTION

SOUTH Atlanta    EAST – Boston                         
Charlotte Pittsburgh
1) VIRGINIA 1) Villanova
16) NC A&T / ARK-PB 16) NICHOLLS / UC-IRVINE
8) Butler 8) Miami-FL
9) Arizona State 9) Missouri
Boise San Diego
5) Ohio State 5) Kentucky
12) LOUISIANA 12) Syracuse / Washington
4) West Virginia 4) Texas Tech
13) MURRAY STATE 13) VERMONT
Dallas Wichita
6) RHODE ISLAND 6) Arkansas
11) MIDDLE TENNESSEE 11) USC
3) AUBURN 3) CINCINNATI
14) CHARLESTON 14) RIDER
Nashville Nashville
7) NC State 7) Creighton
10) Providence 10) Alabama
2) Purdue 2) North Carolina
15) NORTHERN KENTUCKY 15) UNC-ASHEVILLE
WEST – Los Angeles MIDWEST – Omaha
Wichita Detroit
1) KANSAS 1) XAVIER
16) FL GULF COAST 16) PENNSYLVANIA
8) Seton Hall 8) TCU
9) Texas AM 9) Florida State
San Diego Boise
5) ARIZONA 5) Michigan
12) NEW MEXICO ST 12) LOYOLA (CHI)
4) Clemson 4) GONZAGA
13) BUFFALO 13) SOUTH DAKOTA ST
Dallas Pittsburgh
6) Florida 6) Houston
11) Kansas St / Louisville 11) St. Bonaventure
3) Wichita State 3) Tennessee
14) UNC-GREENSBORO 14) BUCKNELL
Detroit Charlotte
7) Virginia Tech 7) NEVADA
10) Saint Mary’s 10) Oklahoma
2) MICHIGAN STATE 2) Duke
15) MONTANA 15) WAGNER

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

Last Four Byes (at large): Saint Mary’s, St. Bonaventure, Alabama, USC

Last Four IN (at large): Kansas State, Louisville, Syracuse, Washington

First Four OUT (at large): Baylor, UCLA, Texas, Marquette

Next four teams OUT (at large): Mississippi State, Nebraska, Georgia, LSU

Breakdown by Conference …

ACC (10): VIRGINIA, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech, Miami-FL, Florida State, Louisville, Syracuse

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

BIG 12 (6): KANSAS, West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma, Kansas State

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

Big 10 (4): MICHIGAN STATE, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan

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

American (3): CINCINNATI, Wichita State, Houston

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

West Coast (2): GONZAGA, Saint Mary’s

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

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