Bracketology: Virginia holds No. 1 overall seed

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Welcome to Championship Week!

Whether it’s a seed line position or a position in the final Field of 68, there’s a lot on the line in the next six days.  If there’s one confident bet it’s this: Virginia will be the No. 1 overall seed come Sunday night.  Villanova and Xavier also look like good wagers, although there are scenarios in which only one of them ends up being a No. 1 seed.  Kansas retains its No. 1 slot out West, with Duke very much in the mix (No. 5 on the seed list).  How Kansas, Duke, Villanova, and Xavier fare in their conference tournaments may well determine how the final one-line looks this weekend.  We can say the same for the two-line with teams like Cincinnati, Auburn, Tennessee, and North Carolina (as examples).

As for the bubble, let’s just say its highly unsettled.  Multiple teams have an opportunity to play their way in or out come Sunday morning.  Here’s were we stand …

UPDATED: March 5, 2018

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • Syracuse vs. Alabama | East Region
  • Marquette vs. UCLA South Region
  • SE Louisiana vs. Iona | East Region
  • Hampton vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff | South Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

SOUTH Atlanta    EAST – Boston           
Charlotte Pittsburgh
1) Virginia 1) Villanova
16) Hampton / Ark-PB 16) SE Louisiana / Iona
8) TCU 8) Rhode Island
9) St. Bonaventure 9) Florida State
San Diego San Diego
5) Florida 5) Ohio State
12) MURRAY STATE 12) Syracuse / Alabama
4) West Virginia 4) Texas Tech
13) Louisiana 13) Vermont
Nashville Wichita
6) Miami-FL 6) Kentucky
11) Marquette / UCLA 11) Texas
3) Cincinnati 3) North Carolina
14) Charleston 14) UNC-Greensboro
Nashville Detroit
7) Seton Hall 7) Missouri
10) Arizona State 10) Butler
2) Auburn 2) Michigan State
15) Wagner 15) Wright State
WEST – Los Angeles MIDWEST – Omaha
Wichita Pittsburgh
1) Kansas 1) Xavier
16) RADFORD 16) Harvard
8) Nevada 8) NC State
9) Creighton 9) Oklahoma
Boise Boise
5) Arizona 5) Clemson
12) New Mexico St 12) LOYOLA-CHI
4) Gonzaga 4) Wichita State
13) South Dakota St 13) Buffalo
Dallas Dallas
6) Arkansas 6) Houston
11) Kansas State 11) Middle Tennessee
3) MICHIGAN 3) Tennessee
14) Montana 14) Bucknell
Charlotte Detroit
7) Texas AM 7) Virginia Tech
10) Providence 10) Saint Mary’s
2) Duke 2) Purdue
15) LIPSCOMB 15) UC-Davis

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

Last Four Byes (at large): Butler, Arizona State, Kansas State, Texas

Last Four IN (at large): UCLA, Marquette, Syracuse, Alabama

First Four OUT (at large): Baylor, Washington, USC, Oklahoma State

Next four teams OUT (at large): Louisville, Notre Dame, LSU, Penn State

Breakdown by Conference …

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

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

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

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

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

Pac 12 (3): Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA

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-CHI (MVC), Iona (MAAC), Middle Tennessee (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Harvard (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Wright State (HORIZON), SE Louisiana (SLND), UNC-Greensboro (STHN), UC-Davis (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), LIPSCOMB(ASUN), MURRAY STATE (OVC), Charleston (CAA), RADFORD (BSO), Hampton (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Wagner (NEC), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (SWAC)