Bracketology: Michigan State gets its due

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Michigan State has completed a near two-month stretch of perfection, last losing at Louisville on November 27.

The Spartans’ run includes an impressive 8-0 start in the Big Ten and a 5-0 road record since that loss to the Cardinals.

Add in an impressive 7-2 mark against Group 1 (NET ratings) and MSU has a solid top-seed profile.

In the interest of full disclosure, we have seven teams with viable one-seed resumes, and Kentucky is quickly building its case, too.

The race is on.

The middle and lower-end of the bracket remains littered with mix of average to questionable profiles.  That’s pretty typical for this time of year.

With Buffalo’s recent loss, Bowling Green earns the Mid-American’s automatic bid this morning; bumping the Bulls into the at-large pool.  That takes away one at-large spot from someone else.

UPDATED: January 24, 2019

FIRST FOUR – DAYTON
EAST REGION Minnesota vs. Arizona
MIDWEST REGION Alabama vs. Arizona State
SOUTH REGION Norfolk State vs. Prairie View
EAST REGION Sam Houston vs. Robert Morris

SOUTH Louisville   MIDWEST – Kansas City                   
Columbia Columbus
1) TENNESSEE 1) MICHIGAN STATE
16) PR VIEW / NORFOLK ST  16) WEBER STATE
8) Syracuse 8) Mississippi State
9) St. John’s 9) TCU
San Jose Salt Lake City
5) Virginia Tech 5) VILLANOVA
12) MURRAY STATE 12) SAINT LOUIS
4) NEVADA 4) Louisville
13) NORTHERN KENTUCKY 13) NORTH TEXAS
Jacksonville Tulsa
6) Kansas State 6) Wisconsin
11) WOFFORD 11) Alabama / Arizona St
3) North Carolina 3) HOUSTON
14) RADFORD 14) LOYOLA-CHICAGO
Columbus Tulsa
7) Ole Miss 7) Florida State
10) Seton Hall 10) Ohio State
2) Michigan 2) KANSAS
15) SOUTH DAKOTA ST 15) UC-SANTA BARBARA
WEST – Anaheim EAST – Washington, DC
Hartford Columbia
1) Virginia 1) DUKE
16) ROB MORRIS / SAM HOUSTON 16) BUCKNELL
8) Nebraska 8) Auburn
9) WASHINGTON 9) Cincinnati
San Jose Des Moines
5) Iowa State 5) Texas Tech
12) HOFSTRA 12) LIPSCOMB
4) Purdue 4) Iowa
13) BOWLING GREEN 13) STONY BROOK
Hartford Des Moines
6) LSU 6) Oklahoma
11) Baylor 11) Minnesota / Arizona
3) Maryland 3) Marquette
14) YALE 14) GEORGIA STATE
Salt Lake City Jacksonville
7) Buffalo 7) NC State
10) Texas 10) Indiana
2) GONZAGA 2) Kentucky
15) GRAND CANYON 15) RIDER

BUBBLE NOTES
Last 4 Byes Last 4 IN      First 4 OUT Next 4 OUT
Seton Hall Alabama Butler Pittsburgh
Texas Minnesota Florida VCU
Ohio State Arizona State UCF San Francisco
Baylor Arizona Temple Fresno State

TOP SEED LINE: Tennessee is the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Michigan State, Duke, and Virginia

Breakdown by Conference …

Big 10 (10): MICHIGAN STATE, Michigan, Maryland, Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Indiana, Ohio State, Minnesota

ACC (8): DUKE, Virginia, North Carolina, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Florida State, NC State, Syracuse

SEC (7): TENNESSEE, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State, Alabama

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

Big East (4): VILLANOVA, Marquette, St. John’s, Seton Hall

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

American (2): HOUSTON, Cincinnati

Mid American (2): BOWLING GREEN, Buffalo

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

Atlantic 10 (1): SAINT LOUIS

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Loyola-Chicago (MVC), Rider (MAAC), North Texas (C-USA), Georgia State (SBELT), Yale (IVY), Weber State (BSKY), Northern Kentucky (HORIZON), Sam Houston (SLND), Wofford (STHN), UC-Santa Barbara (BWEST), Lipscomb (ASUN), Murray State (OVC), Hofstra (CAA), Radford (BSO), Norfolk State (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), Grand Canyon (WAC), Stony Brook (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Robert Morris (NEC), Prairie View (SWAC)