Bracketology: Keep an eye on LSU

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Keep an eye on LSU.  The Tigers continue inching their way up the seed list, grabbing the final No. 2 seed this morning, passing Michigan State.  Following last night’s win at Florida, the Bayou Bengals are 9-2 vs. Quad 1 teams, including wins over both Tennessee and Kentucky, and are 9-1 in true road games.

For various reasons, next week’s SEC tournament in Nashville will be worth the price of admission.  Tennessee and Kentucky are jockeying for No. 1 seeds; and what if LSU wins the SEC tourney, beating Kentucky and/or Tennessee again?  They would have to be in the discussion, right?

It was a mixed night on the bubble, with Seton Hall winning a huge home game against Marquette.  It was an equally rough night for North Carolina State, who lost at home to Georgia Tech.  The Wolfpack are squarely on the cutline heading into the ACC tournament.

UPDATED: March 7, 2019

MIDWEST REGION Texas vs. Creighton
SOUTH REGION Temple vs. Alabama
EAST REGION Iona vs. Norfolk State
WEST REGION Prairie View vs. St. Francis (PA)

EAST Washington, DC      WEST – Anaheim      
Columbia Salt Lake City
1) Virginia 1) Gonzaga
16) Iona / Norfolk State 16) Prairie View / St. Francis
8) Oklahoma 8) Syracuse
9) UCF 9) Baylor
San Jose Hartford
5) Villanova 5) Maryland
12) Belmont 12) Lipscomb
4) Kansas State 4) Florida State
13) UC-Irvine 13) Vermont
Des Moines Tulsa
6) Cincinnati 6) Nevada
11) TCU 11) Ohio State
3) Michigan State 3) Texas Tech
14) Yale 14) Georgia Southern
Jacksonville Des Moines
7) Buffalo 7) Louisville
10) Seton Hall 10) St. John’s
2) LSU 2) Michigan
15) Loyola-Chicago 15) Montana
MIDWEST – Kansas City SOUTH – Louisville
Columbus Columbia
1) Tennessee 1) Duke
16) Campbell 16) Sam Houston State
8) Wofford 8) Washington
9) VCU 9) Ole Miss
Hartford San Jose
5) Virginia Tech 5) Marquette
12) Texas / Creighton 12) Alabama / Temple
4) Wisconsin 4) Kansas
13) Old Dominion 13) New Mexico State
Salt Lake City Tulsa
6) Mississippi State 6) Iowa State
11) Arizona State 11) Florida
3) Houston 3) Purdue
14) South Dakota State 14) Hofstra
Jacksonville Columbus
7) Auburn 7) Iowa
10) Minnesota 10) Utah State
2) North Carolina 2) Kentucky
15) Colgate 15) Wright State

Last 4 Byes Last 4 IN      First 4 OUT Next 4 OUT
Ohio State Alabama NC State Murray State
Arizona State Texas Clemson Indiana
TCU Temple Furman Butler
Florida Creighton UNC-Greensboro Georgetown

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

Breakdown by Conference …

Big 10 (8): MICHIGAN, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State

BIG 12 (8): TEXAS TECH, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU, Texas

SEC (8): TENNESSEE, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida, Alabama

ACC (7): VIRGINIA, Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Syracuse

Big East (5): VILLANOVA, Marquette, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Creighton

American (4): HOUSTON, Cincinnati, UCF, Temple

Pac 12 (2): WASHINGTON, Arizona State

Mountain West (2): NEVADA, Utah State

Southern (1): WOFFORD

Atlantic 10 (1): VCU

Mid American (1): BUFFALO

West Coast (1): GONZAGA

ONE BID LEAGUES: Loyola-Chicago (MVC), Iona (MAAC), Old Dominion (C-USA), Texas State (SBELT), Yale (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Wright State (HORIZON), Sam Houston State (SLND), UC-Irvine (BWEST), Lipscomb (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), Hofstra (CAA), Campbell (BSO), Norfolk State (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Colgate (PAT), St. Francis (PA) (NEC), Prairie View (SWAC)

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