Bracketology: Gonzaga regains West Region

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With the Super Bowl behind us, the march to Selection Sunday is officially here.

Today’s bracket finds a new, but familiar face reigning over the West Region: Gonzaga.  Can the Zags hold on? That’s the million dollar question in Spokane.

The race is far from over.

We have several heavy hitters in play for all four No. 1 seed positions. Teams such as Duke, Tennessee, Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky and North Carolina. All have opportunities for resume building wins over the next month. That’s not a knock on Gonzaga, who sits at No. 2 on the NCAA’s NET Ratings this morning.

February is moving month in college basketball. The next three weeks will set the stage for March and Championship Week. Results will define whose in play for this year’s final at-large spots.

BRACKET UPDATE: February 4, 2019

FIRST FOUR – DAYTON
SOUTH REGION TCU vs. VCU
MIDWEST REGION Seton Hall vs. Temple
EAST REGION Norfolk State vs. Robert Morris
MIDWEST REGION Rider vs. Prairie View

EAST Washington, DC   SOUTH – Louisville                       
Columbia Columbia
1) DUKE 1) TENNESSEE
16) NORFOLK ST / R. MORRIS  16) LEHIGH
8) Minnesota 8) Buffalo
9) Arizona State 9) NC State
Jacksonville San Jose
5) Texas Tech 5) Virginia Tech
12) BELMONT 12) LIPSCOMB
4) VILLANOVA 4) Wisconsin
13) OLD DOMINION 13) VERMONT
Tulsa Des Moines
6) LSU 6) Maryland
11) St. John’s 11) TCU / VCU
3) Kansas 3) Marquette
14) BOWLING GREEN 14) RADFORD
Des Moines Jacksonville
7) Cincinnati 7) Mississippi State
10) Alabama 10) Oklahoma
2) Michigan State 2) North Carolina
15) LOYOLA-CHICAGO 15) PRINCETON
WEST – Anaheim MIDWEST – Kansas City
Salt Lake City Hartford
1) GONZAGA 1) Virginia
16) SAM HOUSTON 16) RIDER / PR. VIEW
8) Ole Miss 8) Auburn
9) Syracuse 9) Ohio State
Salt Lake City San Jose
5) Iowa 5) Iowa State
12) HOFSTRA 12) Seton Hall / Temple
4) Louisville 4) NEVADA
13) UC-IRVINE 13) NEW MEXICO ST
Tulsa Hartford
6) Kansas State 6) Florida State
11) DAVIDSON 11) WOFFORD
3) HOUSTON 3) Purdue
14) GEORGIA STATE 14) NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Columbus Columbus
7) WASHINGTON 7) BAYLOR
10) Texas 10) Indiana
2) MICHIGAN 2) Kentucky
15) MONTANA 15) SOUTH DAKOTA ST

BUBBLE NOTES
Last 4 Byes Last 4 IN      First 4 OUT Next 4 OUT
Oklahoma TCU Florida Arizona
Indiana VCU UCF Arkansas
Texas Seton Hall Nebraska Creighton
St. John’s Temple Butler Clemson

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

Breakdown by Conference …

Big 10 (9): MICHIGAN, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio State, Indiana

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

BIG 12 (8): BAYLOR, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, TCU

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

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

American (3): HOUSTON, Cincinnati, Temple

Pac 12 (2): WASHINGTON, Arizona State

Atlantic 10 (2): DAVIDSON, VCU

Mid American (2): BOWLING GREEN, Buffalo

Mountain West (1): NEVADA

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Loyola-Chicago (MVC), Rider (MAAC), Old Dominion (C-USA), Georgia State (SBELT), Princeton (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Northern Kentucky (HORIZON), Sam Houston (SLND), Wofford (STHN), UC-Irvine (BWEST), Lipscomb (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), Hofstra (CAA), Radford (BSO), Norfolk State (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Lehigh (PAT), Robert Morris (NEC), Prairie View (SWAC)