Bracketology: Duke grabs No. 1 overall seed

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We could well be in for a few surprises when the Selection Committee announces its pairings this evening.  Duke being the No. 1 overall seed will not be one of them.

As for the remaining No. 1 seeds, Virginia seems like a sure bet for No. 2 overall, slotted to the South.  Then, the debate begins.  North Carolina is playing as well as anyone.  Gonzaga lost only three games all season, although two of those were to UNC and Tennessee.  The final spots will likely come down to UNC, Tennessee, Gonzaga and Michigan State, if the Spartans beat Michigan a third time.  We’ve also seen the Committee make a final decision about the Big 10 before the game is played.

Oregon threw one final wrench into the bubble last night by beating Washington in the Pac-12 title game.  Who the Ducks knocked out remains to be seen.  It could have been one the quality mid-majors on the board, or it could even be conference foe Arizona State.  Enjoy your Selection Sunday.

UPDATED: March 17, 2019

FIRST FOUR – DAYTON
EAST REGION St. John’s vs. Arizona State
WEST REGION Temple vs. Ohio State
SOUTH REGION IONA vs. FAIR-DICKINSON
EAST REGION NO DAKOTA ST vs. NC CENTRAL

EAST Washington, DC   SOUTH – Louisville              
Columbia Columbia
1) DUKE 1) Virginia
16) IONA / FDU 16) PRAIRIE VIEW 
8) Ole Miss 8) Seton Hall
9) UCF 9) Baylor
Hartford Hartford
5) VILLANOVA 5) Kansas State
12) LIBERTY 12) MURRAY STATE
4) IOWA STATE 4) Purdue
13) NORTHEASTERN 13) VERMONT
Tulsa Salt Lake City
6) Cincinnati 6) Maryland
11) Arizona St / St. John’s 11) VCU
3) LSU 3) Texas Tech
14) YALE 14) SAINT LOUIS
Des Moines Columbus
7) Louisville 7) BUFFALO
10) Oklahoma 10) Washington
2) Michigan 2) Kentucky
15) COLGATE 15) GARDNER-WEBB
WEST – Anaheim MIDWEST – Kansas City
Columbus Jacksonville
1) Tennessee 1) North Carolina
16) AB CHRISTIAN 16) NC CENTRAL / ND STATE
8) Minnesota 8) Iowa
9) Syracuse 9) UTAH STATE
San Jose San Jose
5) Virginia Tech 5) Marquette
12) NEW MEXICO ST 12) SAINT MARY’S
4) Wisconsin 4) Kansas
13) UC-IRVINE 13) OLD DOMINION
Jacksonville Tulsa
6) Mississippi State 6) AUBURN
11) Temple / Ohio State 11) OREGON
3) Florida State 3) Houston
14) GEORGIA STATE 14) NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Salt Lake City Des Moines
7) Nevada 7) WOFFORD
10) Florida 10) TCU
2) Gonzaga 2) Michigan State
15) MONTANA 15) BRADLEY

BUBBLE NOTES
Last 4 Byes Last 4 IN      First 4 OUT Next 4 OUT
Washington Ohio State Belmont NC Greensboro
TCU Temple NC State Furman
Florida St. John’s Indiana Xavier
VCU Arizona State Alabama Texas

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

Breakdown by Conference …

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

SEC (7): AUBURN, Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Florida

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

BIG 12 (7): IOWA STATE, Texas Tech, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU

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

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

Pac 12 (3): OREGON, Washington, Arizona State

Mountain West (2): UTAH STATE, Nevada

West Coast (2): SAINT MARY’S, Gonzaga

Atlantic 10 (2): SAINT LOUIS, VCU

Southern (1): WOFFORD

Mid American (1): BUFFALO

ONE BID LEAGUES: BRADLEY (MVC), IONA (MAAC), OLD DOMINION (C-USA), GEORGIA STATE (SBELT), YALE (IVY), MONTANA (BSKY), NORTHERN KENTUCKY (HORIZON), ABILENE CHRISTIAN (SLND), UC-IRVINE (BWEST), LIBERTY (ASUN), MURRAY STATE (OVC), NORTHEASTERN (CAA), GARDNER-WEBB (BSO), NC CENTRAL (MEAC), NORTH DAKOTA STATE (SUM), NEW MEXICO STATE (WAC), VERMONT (AEAST), COLGATE (PAT), FAIRLEIGH-DICKINSON (NEC), PRAIRIE VIEW (SWAC)

Bracketing principles: read them for yourself at http://www.ncaa.com.