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The shuffling continues! This might be the most unsettled I've seen a bracket at this point of the season ever? I do need to address the bubble briefly. Usually I'm trying to find teams to put in due to lacking résumé's. This year, that is not the case. I've got about 5-6 teams that are out that you can make a legit case for them being in. I've moved Louisville out, but they are far from done. UCLA, USC, Utah, Temple, LSU, Marquette, Georgia and Nebraska are all in the mix, and very close. That being said, I think this might hurt Nebraska. They are a solid team, no doubt, but their resume is lacking compared to other teams, and they don't have much left on their schedule. 3 weeks to get all of this sorted out, bring it!

PLEASE NOTE - My projections are based on at-large chances, so only conference leaders from 1-bid conferences are not placed in a First Four game.  Until a team wins the conference tournament, they are not officially a lock and can be placed in a First Four game or even out for multi-bid conferences.

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Last updated 02/18/2018 08:29 AM Central Time 

Seeds

Seed East - Boston Midwest - Omaha South - Atlanta West - Los Angeles
1 Villanova 24-3   Xavier 24-4   Virginia 24-2   Kansas 21-6
2 North Carolina 21-7 Auburn 23-4 Purdue 23-5   Duke 21-5  
3 Cincinnati 23-3   Clemson 20-5   Texas Tech 22-5 Michigan State 26-3  
4 West Virginia 19-8   Ohio State 22-6   Tennessee 19-7   Arizona 21-6  
5 Kentucky 18-9 Gonzaga 25-4   Rhode Island 21-4   Texas A&M 17-10  
6 Missouri 18-9   Alabama 17-10   Wichita State 20-5   Oklahoma 16-10
7 Creighton 19-8   Florida State 18-8   Arizona State 19-7 Arkansas 19-8
8 Virginia Tech 19-8   Houston 20-5 Seton Hall 17-9   Nevada 23-5
9 Texas 16-11 Kansas State 19-8   Florida 17-10 Miami 18-8
10 Michigan 21-7   TCU 18-9 Butler 18-10   Providence 17-10
11 Baylor 16-10   Saint Bonaventure 20-6/Saint Mary's 25-4 NC State 18-9   Washington 18-9/Syracuse 18-9
12 MTSU 22-5   Loyola-Chicago 22-5   Buffalo 20-7   Vermont 22-5
13 New Mexico State 22-5 South Dakota State 23-6   ETSU 23-5   Louisiana 23-4  
14 Charleston 22-6   Belmont 22-7   Rider 20-7   UCSB 20-6
15 Penn 19-7   Wright State 20-8   Montana 20-7   Bucknell 20-9  
16 FGCU 20-10/NC A&T 16-11   Nicholls State 18-9/Texas Southern 8-18   Wagner 20-7   UNC-Asheville 18-10  
Last 4 in - Saint Mary's, Saint Bonventure, Syracuse, Washington  
First 4 out - LSU, Marquette, UCLA, Utah  
Moving In - Texas Southern, Syracuse  
Moving out - Ark-PB, Louisville  
Others considered for at-large bids (no particular order) - Temple, Louisville, USC, Georgia, Nebraska, Boise State, Penn State      
On Life Support - Oregon, UCF, Notre Dame, Western Kentucky, South Carolina, Iowa State, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State      
No longer considered for at-large bid (starting Jan 15) - Northwestern, Wisconsin, Saint Johns, San Diego State, Stanford, Minnesota, Ole Miss, SMU, BYU, Boston College, Colorado      
Multi bid conferences - ACC (9), Big 12 (8), SEC (8), Big East (6), Big 10 (4), Pac 12 (3), AAC (3), A10 (2), WCC (2)  
Leaders or highest RPI from projected 1-bid conferences - (23 total)America East - Vermont, Atlantic Sun - FGCU, Big Sky - Montana, Big South - UNC-Asheville, Big West - UCSB, CAA - Charleston, C-USA - MTSU, Horizon - Wright State, Ivy - Penn, MAAC - Rider, MAC - Buffalo, MEAC - NC A&T, MVC - Loyola-Chicago, MWC - Nevada, Northeast - Wagner, Ohio Valley - Belmont, Patriot - Bucknell, Southern - ETSU, Southland - Nicholls State, SWAC - Texas Southern, Summit - South Dakota State, Sun Belt - Louisiana, WAC - New Mexico State      
Banned from participating - Alabama A&M, Grambling, Savannah State, SE Missouri State  
Transition Schools, ineligible for the tourney      
                 
Teams in Blue are officially IN the tournament.  
Teams in Black are LOCKS for the tournament as of today (Bold faced for 1-bid leagues - league leader or highest RPI chosen for now)   
Teams in Red have work left to do  

Bracket

East - Boston     Midwest - Omaha  
Pittsburgh   Detroit
1 Villanova 24-3     1 Xavier 24-4  
16 FGCU 20-10/NC A&T 16-11     16 Nicholls State 18-9/Texas Southern 8-18  
8 Virginia Tech 19-8     8 Houston 20-5
9 Texas 16-11   9 Kansas State 19-8  
San Diego   Boise
5 Kentucky 18-9   5 Gonzaga 25-4  
12 MTSU 22-5     12 Loyola-Chicago 22-5  
13 New Mexico State 22-5   13 South Dakota State 23-6  
4 West Virginia 19-8     4 Ohio State 22-6  
Dallas   Nashville
3 Cincinnati 23-3     3 Clemson 20-5  
14 Charleston 22-6     14 Belmont 22-7  
6 Missouri 18-9     6 Alabama 17-10  
11 Baylor 16-10     11 Saint Bonaventure 20-6/Saint Mary's 25-4
Charlotte   Nashville
10 Michigan 21-7     10 TCU 18-9
7 Creighton 19-8     7 Florida State 18-8  
15 Penn 19-7     15 Wright State 20-8  
2 North Carolina 21-7   2 Auburn 23-4
             
South - Atlanta     West - Los Angeles  
Pittsburgh   Wichita
1 Virginia 24-2     1 Kansas 21-6
16 Wagner 20-7     16 UNC-Asheville 18-10  
8 Seton Hall 17-9     8 Nevada 23-5
9 Florida 17-10   9 Miami 18-8
Boise   San Diego
5 Rhode Island 21-4     5 Texas A&M 17-10  
12 Buffalo 20-7     12 Vermont 22-5
13 ETSU 23-5     13 Louisiana 23-4  
4 Tennessee 19-7     4 Arizona 21-6  
Dallas   Wichita
3 Texas Tech 22-5   3 Michigan State 26-3  
14 Rider 20-7     14 UCSB 20-6
6 Wichita State 20-5     6 Oklahoma 16-10
11 NC State 18-9     11 Washington 18-9/Syracuse 18-9
Detroit   Charlotte
10 Butler 18-10     10 Providence 17-10
7 Arizona State 19-7   7 Arkansas 19-8
15 Montana 20-7     15 Bucknell 20-9  
2 Purdue 23-5     2 Duke 21-5  

Match-ups
Seed East - Boston Midwest - Omaha South - Atlanta West - Los Angeles
1 Villanova 24-3   Xavier 24-4   Virginia 24-2   Kansas 21-6
16 FGCU 20-10/NC A&T 16-11   Nicholls State 18-9/Texas Southern 8-18   Wagner 20-7   UNC-Asheville 18-10  
8 Virginia Tech 19-8   Houston 20-5 Seton Hall 17-9   Nevada 23-5
9 Texas 16-11 Kansas State 19-8   Florida 17-10 Miami 18-8
12 MTSU 22-5   Loyola-Chicago 22-5   Buffalo 20-7   Vermont 22-5
5 Kentucky 18-9 Gonzaga 25-4   Rhode Island 21-4   Texas A&M 17-10  
13 New Mexico State 22-5 South Dakota State 23-6   ETSU 23-5   Louisiana 23-4  
4 West Virginia 19-8   Ohio State 22-6   Tennessee 19-7   Arizona 21-6  
3 Cincinnati 23-3   Clemson 20-5   Texas Tech 22-5 Michigan State 26-3  
14 Charleston 22-6   Belmont 22-7   Rider 20-7   UCSB 20-6
6 Missouri 18-9   Alabama 17-10   Wichita State 20-5   Oklahoma 16-10
11 Baylor 16-10   Saint Bonaventure 20-6/Saint Mary's 25-4 NC State 18-9   Washington 18-9/Syracuse 18-9
10 Michigan 21-7   TCU 18-9 Butler 18-10   Providence 17-10
7 Creighton 19-8   Florida State 18-8   Arizona State 19-7 Arkansas 19-8
15 Penn 19-7   Wright State 20-8   Montana 20-7   Bucknell 20-9  
2 North Carolina 21-7 Auburn 23-4 Purdue 23-5   Duke 21-5  

These projections are based on how I think the committee will make their selections, not how I would want to make them, if the season ended TODAY.  If you have any questions or comments about these predictions, if you find any errors, or if you just want to talk hoops feel free to email me.  Please note this is for entertainment purposes only. Yes, W.A.G. stands for Wild Ass Guess.  Thanks and enjoy.



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