Bracketology: Virginia reigns over Field of 68

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While plenty of questions remain for a handful of teams on the bubble, this much we know: Virginia will be the overall No. 1 seed when the 2018 NCAA tournament bracket is revealed tonight.  The Cavaliers completed a remarkable season Saturday night by beating North Carolina in the ACC title game.  That appears to leave the No. 1 line as it was yesterday – Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, and Xavier.

The underlying story today is Davidson, who beat Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 championship.  Davidson is now our second bubble thief.

We’ve reached another Selection Sunday.  Here’s to an incredible journey through the Madness of March.

UPDATED: March 11, 2018   |   4:30 p.m.  ET

FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)

  • Oklahoma vs. Arizona State | South Region
  • Texas vs. USC Midwest Region
  • CS-FULLERTON vs. LIU-BROOKLYN | East Region
  • NC-CENTRAL vs. TX-SOUTHERN | South Region

BRACKET PROJECTION …

SOUTH Atlanta    EAST – Boston           
Charlotte Pittsburgh
1) VIRGINIA 1) VILLANOVA
16) NC-CENTRAL / TX-SOUTHERN 16) CS-FULLERTON / LIU-BROOKLYN
8) Providence 8) Virginia Tech
9) Alabama 9) Kansas State
Boise San Diego
5) Houston 5) Clemson
12) DAVIDSON 12) MURRAY STATE
4) Texas Tech 4) KENTUCKY
13) CHARLESTON 13) BUFFALO
Nashville Wichita
6) Ohio State 6) Miami-FL
11) Texas / Arizona St 11) LOYOLA-CHICAGO
3) Tennessee 3) West Virginia
14) BUCKNELL 14) WRIGHT STATE
Detroit Detroit
7) TCU 7) Rhode Island
10) Creighton 10) UCLA
2) Cincinnati 2) Purdue
15) PENNSYLVANIA 15) IONA
WEST – Los Angeles MIDWEST – Omaha
Pittsburgh Wichita
1) Xavier 1) KANSAS
16) RADFORD 16) UMBC
8) Missouri 8) Nevada
9) Florida State 9) NC State
San Diego Boise
5) GONZAGA 5) Wichita State
12) SOUTH DAKOTA ST 12) SAN DIEGO ST
4) ARIZONA 4) Auburn
13) MARSHALL 13) UNC-GREENSBORO
Dallas Dallas
6) Arkansas 6) Florida
11) NEW MEXICO ST 11) Oklahoma / USC
3) MICHIGAN 3) Michigan State
14) S.F. AUSTIN 14) MONTANA
Charlotte Nashville
7) Seton Hall 7) Texas AM
10) St. Bonaventure 10) Butler
2) North Carolina 2) Duke
15) LIPSCOMB 15) GEORGIA STATE

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

Last Four Byes (at large): Butler, Creighton, St. Bonaventure, UCLA

Last Four IN (at large): Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona State, USC

First Four OUT (at large): Saint Mary’s, Louisville, Marquette, Middle Tennessee

Next four teams OUT (at large): Oklahoma State, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Baylor